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Donor Stories

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of La Crosse Legacy Fund

After serving the La Crosse community for nearly 150 years, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church had to make the difficult decision to dissolve in August 2019. The St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of La Crosse Legacy Fund was established later that year with the proceeds from the sale of the church’s building at 420 West Avenue in […]

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Tina Schwier Memorial Scholarship Fund

Tina (Garves) Schwier passed away in May 2018 after a long battle with breast cancer. This fund was established as a tribute to her by Dale Walter, a friend and colleague with whom she worked for more than 15 years. Others have given to the fund in Tina’s memory, including a generous gift from Bremer […]

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Forever Society Member Spotlight: Jean Gitz Bassett

When Jean Gitz Bassett passed away in 2018, she left part of her estate to La Crosse Community Foundation with directions to support her Jean Gitz Bassett Fund and create the new Jean Gitz Bassett First Presbyterian Church of La Crosse Fund. The first is a field of interest fund used in LCF’s competitive grantmaking […]

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Shelterbelt Fund: Gabe & Annie Berendes

Gabe and Annie Berendes are passionate, inspiring young philanthropists who are actively engaged in the local community. Gabe grew up in La Crosse and Annie in Dubuque, Iowa, and both credit their parents for shaping their philanthropic views by encouraging them to use their time, talent, and treasure for the benefit of others. Annie’s work […]

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Maureen and Robert Freedland Funds for Studies of the Shoah (Holocaust)

Maureen and Robert Freedland established their funds that support Holocaust education in our region to honor the memory of their families and all others who perished in the Holocaust. Maureen’s parents immigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia after WWII, having survived the tragic murders of their entire families in the Holocaust. This family trauma […]

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Getting to Know Robert and Eleanor Franke

Robert (Bob) and Eleanor Franke are known to many in La Crosse because of the philanthropic gift bestowed to the community at the time of Bob’s passing. La Crosse Community Foundation (LCF) is fortunate to host the Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Fund that’s used to support the good work of our local nonprofits through […]

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Kaitlin Elizabeth Mahr Memorial Scholarship

The Kaitlin Elizabeth Mahr Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in May of 2008, just one year after Katie’s death from suicide. Katie’s parents Todd and Deb, and brother Sam, started the scholarship program to honor her life by awarding two $500 scholarships each year to Onalaska High School seniors who plan to study writing and […]

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Coulee Council On Addictions Agency Fund

Agency funds are established by community philanthropists to ensure their favorite nonprofit organizations will have ongoing financial support, forever. The Coulee Council On Addictions (CCA) Agency Fund was created for that exact purpose. CCA can enjoy a guaranteed annual distribution from this endowed fund that will only grow with continued giving. CCA was founded in […]

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La Crosse Concert Band Fund

Over the past century, the La Crosse Concert Band has become a beloved entity of the Seven Rivers Region. Each summer it treats the community to lively and diverse music free of charge in the picturesque Riverside Park. Since 1930, musicians have gathered in the Riverside Park bandshell in honor of Dr. Wendell A. Anderson, […]

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Tom’s Grocery Bag

As a child, Tom Kennedy learned the impact an adequate meal can have on a child. One of 11 children, Tom lost his parents at a young age and had to fend for himself at mealtime, a burden many children continue to face today. Through Tom’s Grocery Bag Fund, which was established in 2013 by […]

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