Current Community Needs Wishlist

We are trying something new at LCF! Local nonprofit organizations can now submit a request for funding of special projects in our new online NPO Wishlist.  If you’re interested in supporting one of the worthy causes listed below, give us a call at (608) 782-3223.


Franciscan Spirituality Center

Amount Requested: $350

The Franciscan Spirituality Center is requesting funding for Grief Circle. This group is for those who are grieving the death of someone they loved. The support of others on the same journey often provides a great deal of comfort and healing. A gift of $350 will cover one semester; $700 the entire year – 2019.

Submitted: 10/5/2018


The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse, Inc.

Amount Requested: $12,000

The Hunger Task Force Food Recovery Program works with 102 distinct programs that provide meals, pantry packages, or youth programming to the communities we serve. (La Crosse, Vernon, Monroe, Trempeleau, Winona, and Houston Counties) Over 60,000 lives are touched every month by our food services to the pantry and meal site network. We work closely with all of those programs to share resources, provide education to our clients, and collaborate to provide the best service to our collective clients.

We are very proud that we accomplish much with very little. However, one of our largest expenses is to keep our industrial refrigerator and freezers running. Food safety and temperature control is of utmost importance when dealing with food donations. Our energy bill runs over $12,000 per year to keep our donations protected.

Submitted: 10/1/2018


Mississippi Valley Conservancy

Amount Requested: $550

Mississippi Valley Conservancy is requesting funding to attend a CNAP 2.0 course which they do not have the funds in their budget to attend. This course would further educate their nonprofit accounting by digging deeper into the accounting and compliance topics they are offering. The course is scheduled to start on Nov. 29, 2018.

Submitted 10/4/2018


La Crosse Public Education Foundation

Amount Requested: $2,000

The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Fund helps School District of La Crosse students overcome roadblocks to achievement by addressing needs in areas such as food, clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, transportation, academic and co-curricular support. The RAK program goal is to address student needs that create obstacles to attendance, self-esteem and academic success. Each of the fourteen District schools has a RAK account so that staff are able provide funds at a student’s time of need; they see a need, they write a check. LPEF saw a 43% increase in RAK need over the last two years. RAK allows economically disadvantaged students to focus on school and stay in school. Completing school with basic skills makes it more likely for students to get jobs, and to break the cycle of poverty thereby enriching the quality of their lives, and life in the greater La Crosse area. LPEF is seeking donors to sponsor a school’s RAK fund.

Submitted: 10/9/2018


La Crosse Public Education Foundation

Amount Requested: $10,000

LPEF is seeking to purchase a new set of performance risers for the School District of La Crosse, Lincoln Middle School, where over 400 School District of La Crosse students at Lincoln Middle School, School of Technology and Arts II (SOTA II), and Coulee Montessori, use the risers daily for music classes, special events, drama club, summer school productions and show choir. The risers are over 15 years old and are sorely in need of replacement. There are bent and broken legs, missing hardware, and ratchet straps holding the platforms together. The grip surface has chipped or worn off in many places making students feel uncomfortable, causing difficulty in focusing on the activity assigned. In addition, the existing risers are heavy and difficult to set-up and take down, whereas new risers are made of lighter weight materials which will make them easier, faster and safer to set-up, saving staff time and resources. We are seeking funding outside of the District for this project because this one-time purchase is too large for the Lincoln School annual building budget, and the risers must be purchased as a complete unit.

Submitted 10/9/2018


Children’s Museum of La Crosse

Amount Requested: Any

Remember the excitement of a field trip: the thrilling change in the routine, the bus ride, the arrival at the destination? Schools exist not only to provide economically useful skills, but also to produce civilized young men and women who appreciate the arts and culture and know how to behave and get the most out of such institutions. Field trips educate, entertain and awaken kids to new interests and even new ideas for future careers. Field trips are also a great equalizer: while more-advantaged families may take their children to museums and other cultural institutions outside of school hours, less-advantaged students are less likely to have these opportunities if not provided by schools. Despite associated benefits, school field trips are on the decline. Financial pressures force schools to make difficult decisions about how to allocate scarce resources, and field trips can be seen as unnecessary. Greater focus on standardized tests in schools also leads to cuts in field trips. Schools in our region are also taking fewer field trips. When we asked, educators told us that cost, primarily bus/transportation expense, is the primary reason. Another reason that surprised and saddened us was that teachers are worried about how students will behave in a museum or similar public location. We are seeking ongoing financial support for Free First Field Trips: no-cost visits to the Children’s Museum of La Crosse for local kindergarten students, teachers and parents.

Submitted: 9/28/2018


La Crosse Public Education Foundation

Amount Requested: $12,000

New fitness equipment is needed at Logan High School of the School District of La Crosse, to replace old and worn out equipment and provide additional equipment so that more students can be active at the same time and make it a safer place to exercise. Physical Education classes use the weight room during the school day, and student athletes use it before and after school, for a total of about 600 students using it per year. They would like three new treadmills, three new elliptical machines, two new rowing machines and a stationary bike.

Submitted: 10/9/2018


Franciscan Spirituality Center

Amount Requested: $500

MEDITATION FOR EMOTIONAL HEALTH: This group meets bi-weekly to offer meditation as a coping skill for those experiencing anxiety or depression. Each session includes a brief discussion time followed by a meditative practice. A gift of $500 would underwrite this program for 2019.

Submitted: 10/5/2018


Franciscan Spirituality Center

Amount Requested: $750

DEPRESSION ANONYMOUS: A 12-step group for those dealing with depression to generate positive energies, form friendships and find support. Weekly meetings. A gift of $750 would underwrite the program for 2019.

Submitted: 10/5/2018