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New funds approved in first quarter 2021

Announcing seven new funds in first quarter We’ve had a busy start to the year, and are thrilled to report that our board of directors recently approved seven new La Crosse Community Foundation funds. One of my absolute favorite things is helping people establish funds that best reflect their charitable goals. It’s so much fun […]

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Grant story: The Good Fight

The Good Fight receives unrestricted grant award Testing an unrestricted grantmaking program In early 2020, we started to pilot a new unrestricted grantmaking program. Other community foundations in the nation, mostly in costal areas, were already providing unrestricted funding to nonprofits and we wondered if that was something we could start here. We also understood […]

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Planned giving in a pandemic

Planned giving in a pandemic The need for estate planning has never been greater than now. The uncertainties around the COVID-19 pandemic combined with the impending “greatest wealth transfer in history” has highlighted this need. Financial advisors recommend individuals, especially baby boomers, have a solid plan in place to protect their wealth so they can […]

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MATCH UPDATE: Black Empowerment Fund

Exciting match update for the Black Empowerment Fund When we announced in October that Sam and Jean Skemp made a $50,000 gift to establish the new Black Empowerment Fund, we could never had imagined the incredible community response. The news of the Black Empowerment Fund inspired two $25,000 matching challenges. After the first, from LCF, […]

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First quarter grants awarded!

Announcing first grants awarded in 2021! Our first of four annual competitive grant rounds closed January 15, and we are thrilled to announce the most recent group of LCF grantees. A total of $304,855 was awarded in response to the $492,225 requested. We are grateful for all those who have contributed to LCF for helping […]

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Roger LeGrand: A Tribute

Remembering an enthusiastic, dedicated community servant and friend   It was a shock to learn that former board member Roger LeGrand died suddenly of a heart attack February 8 at the age of 75, leaving behind many loved ones and an incredible legacy of community service. His life and career were filled with a relentless […]

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21 reasons to start a fund in 2021

Need a reason to start a fund? We have 21! Hello friends! Today is 1/21/21, so we decided it’s a perfect time to give you 21 reasons to start a fund in 2021! We have so many giving options at the community foundation, and starting a fund is easy, fast, and fun! If you are […]

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20 new funds in 2020!

New funds at La Crosse Community Foundation Want to hear some good news? We established with donors 20 new funds in 2020! And, we’re on trend to have even more new funds established in 2021. We have five main fund types, and plenty of options to help donors achieve their charitable goals. Most new funds […]

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Race-related regional read coming soon

Grant to support Waking Up White Regional Read We recently awarded a grant to help the Waking Up White Regional Community Learning Collaborative bring a regional read to La Crosse this summer. The $6,990 grant will support the local group’s efforts to increase awareness of white privilege and racial inequities through reading and discussing Debbie […]

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Zielke Baseball Grant Now Open!

Baseball grant due January 15 In 2000, the Corrine Zielke Fund was established by a bequest from Mrs. Zielke to start a baseball grant program at LCF. Grants support baseball projects and programs in La Crosse County. Baseball grant applications are accepted once per year and are due January 15. Decisions will be made by […]

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