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What isLa Crosse Community Foundation?

A grantmaking organization that manages endowed charitable funds established by individuals, families and nonprofits to support causes they care about both now and in perpetuity.

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United Ways and community foundations: What’s the difference?

Understanding United Ways and community foundations One of the most frequently asked questions I get from folks is how does the community foundation differ from United Way? It is a great question, and one of my favorites to explain. Both [...]
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It’s scholarship season!

Springtime means scholarship season is here! Well, it's finally spring, and this year we have the added bonus of thawing out from the COVID freeze. As life slowly returns to normal and schools resume proms and sporting events, we also have [...]
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La Crosse Community Foundation’s Forever Society

Do good here forever with the Forever Society La Crosse Community Foundation celebrated its 90th birthday in 2020, and it seems like we've been around forever! Our age makes us one of the oldest community foundations in the nation, and because of [...]
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Agency Fund Spotlight: La Crosse County Historical Society Endowments Read Full Story St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of La Crosse Legacy Fund Read Full Story Tina Schwier Memorial Scholarship Fund Read Full Story Featured Donor Stories Our donors are catalysts for good today, and for generations to come. Read More Forever Society Member Spotlight: Jean Gitz Bassett Read Full Story

Grant Spotlights

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An experience with Bill Miller at Northside Elementary

Thanks to a 2019 grant from the June Kjome Justice and Peace Fund, students at Northside Elementary School in La Crosse were able spend meaningful time with Bill Miller, a Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, activist, painter, and Native flute player, originally hailing from La Crosse. The purpose of the project was to promote awareness of […]

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Recent Grant Recipients

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the Exchange/Shelter Development Inc

$30,000 | Robert & Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund & Norman L. Gillette, Sr. Family Fund | Health and Human Services

This grant assisted the Exchange to establish and maintain a furniture bank in La Crosse which recycles community donations and provides furnishings and home essentials to those in need.

UW – Whitewater for Kendra Ames

$3,400 | John and Ruth Sherman Scholarship Fund | Education

A bequest by John and Ruth Sherman established this scholarship fund that annually provides several scholarships for La Crosse county students.

Don Olsen Scholarship for Toya Reynolds

$600 | Don Olsen Hospitality Scholarship Fund | Education

This scholarship assists students studying hospitality services at Western Technical College. Ms. Reynolds is pursuing a degree in Culinary Management.