Donor Stories

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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Jack and Marti Schwem Fund

Jack and Marti Schwem established their donor advised fund – The Jack & Marti Schwem Fund – in 1999 to provide financial support for area arts, family, and healthcare focused organizations. Marti, an artist, and Jack, former CEO of Lutheran Hospital and Lutheran Health System, both shared a love of the arts and healthcare. The […]

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Valerie Burman Art Plus Scholarship Fund

Throughout her life, Valerie Burman was an avid supporter of the arts. As a beloved teacher at the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Western Wisconsin Technical College, Burman made a lasting impact on her students. As a painter and print maker, Valerie Lee Wentzel-Burman exhibited in numerous cities and galleries, soaking in […]

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