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2020 Grants and Scholarships

Grants and scholarship awards total $2M more than 2019 $4,318,863 was awarded in grants and scholarships in 2020, which is $2,000,000 more than in 2019! This total includes grants and scholarships from all of our fund types: designated, donor advised, scholarship, unrestricted, and field of interest. Some of these grants are considered competitive grants, or […]

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Which fund type is right for you?

How to choose a fund type If you’re thinking about starting a fund at La Crosse Community Foundation, and not sure which fund type would be best for your charitable goals, you’re in luck! This fun quiz is for you! And when you’re ready to pick up the phone and get started, we’re here to […]

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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 organizations are important resources to our region and bring to the table different approaches to […]

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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 scholarship award nights to look forward to! Every high school, college, and university in […]

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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 our longevity, we have earned the respect and trust of many who then […]

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RFP – Pandemic Relief and Recovery Grant

Announcing the newest pandemic response grant! La Crosse Community Foundation is pleased to announce the new Pandemic Relief and Recovery Grant for unrestricted funding. All charitable organizations that primarily serve La Crosse County, with the exception of large public and/or charitable organizations (hospitals, city/village/town governments, county government, school districts, and universities), are eligible to apply. […]

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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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