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. The current ‘wishes’ are listed below.

In addition, the following link will take you to a spreadsheet showing a list of needs in the community that we are aware.

Giving Opportunities for Donor Advised Fundholders

If you’re interested in supporting one of these worthy causes, please give us a call at (608) 782-3223.


Mid West Music Fest

Amount Requested: $2,500

Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) produces a two-day, multi-genre music fest in downtown La Crosse. In 2019, it will take place on May 17 and 18th and feature 200 musicians on seven stages to a crowd of 2,000 people. MWMF’s mission is to promote music in the region, creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse economic resources for artists, community members, and children.

MWMF patron feedback requested more children’s activities at the festival. We will schedule more activities for children and their parents during the Saturday afternoon time of the festival. May 2019’s festival will feature two performance stages in the Oktoberfest grounds. “The Parenting Place,” is partnering with us to provide their expertise in quality family programming. We are overseeing booking & organizing the performances.

Acts for children include a puppeteer; an interactive stage where children can play along with an accomplished musician through the aid of live-looping technology; & the “Dangerous Fun Show,” a huge hit with families at other music festivals that we have attended. This show features a performance artist who breathes fire, lays on a bed of nails, & lets kids stand on his back while he lay on a bed of glass. One stage features La Crosse high school students performing between sets, giving the youth a chance to play to an audience with the benefit of professional sound, light, & staging equipment.

Submitted: 12/13/2018


La Crosse Community Theatre

Amount Requested: $2,500

La Crosse Community Theatre is implementing a new program called The Penguin Project. The Penguin Project was formed in 2004 and has evolved into a National program with 28 Chapters across 15 states. Once a year, a group of children take the stage to perform a modified version of a Broadway musical. These productions are unique, however, because all of the roles are filled by young artists with developmental disabilities, including down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, visual impairment, hearing impairment and other neurological disorders. They are joined onstage by a dedicated group of peer mentors – children the same age without disabilities who have volunteered to work side-by-side with them through 4 months of rehearsals and through the final performance. The program provides a supportive environment for children with disabilities to explore their creative talents. It has also demonstrated that participation in the performing arts has a therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. The impact of the program has reached beyond the stage to create a social network for children who previously had very few friends and limited social opportunities. The relationships that are formed between these children create a mutual admiration and respect that both carry with them for the rest of their lives. Please consider helping LCT make The Penguin Project a reality.

Submitted: 12/10/2018


Mid West Music Fest

Amount Requested: $1,500

Mid West Music Fest (MWMF) produces a two-day, multi-genre music fest in downtown La Crosse. In 2019, it will take place on May 17 and 18th and feature 200 musicians on seven stages to a crowd of 2,000 people. The MWMF mission is to promote music in the region, creating opportunities for artists, stimulating downtown economic development, and providing diverse economic resources for artists, community members, and children.

MWMF pays every artist who performs, but visiting artists’ feedback has requested a desire for more hospitality. We would like to offer a deeper, warmer welcome to La Crosse with at least one hot, home-cooked meal for each musician.

To follow their passion for music, musicians give up home-life as they travel constantly to unknown stages. MWMF will partner with an area chef who will donate his or her time to cook for the musicians, but the fest will need to purchase of all the fresh ingredients. We feel that this will be a unique form of visiting artist hospitality that will help to leave a memorable impression of the La Crosse event. Mid West Music Fest is where music and community meet. The combination of drawing artists together and providing a crowd to hear them perform creates a powerful arts experience. MWMF would love to enhance the artists’ visit with the deeper, more comfortable welcome of a home-cooked meal. Thank you for your consideration.

Submitted: 12/13/2018


La Crosse Montessori Preschool

Amount Requested: $900

La Crosse Montessori Preschool asks for your investment to train 3 staff in Positive Discipline techniques. Current research points to the preschool age as a critical time to guide children in social-emotional growth. Teaching positive conflict resolution skills at the preschool age not only establishes a lifelong pattern of emotional accountability and strong social skills but also reduces bullying and aggressive social behavior later.

This intensive 2-day training provides proven, practical techniques for classroom management as well as resources to support parents and families. This workshop focuses on using positive behavior management to guide children through conflict experiences and into growth. Rather than feeling shame, isolation, confusion or disenfranchisement from discipline, children will feel more empowered and connected. Attendees will become Certified Positive Discipline Educators, enabling us to bring this powerful and timely training back to other educators and parents in the La Crosse area via workshops and community partnerships.

The workshop is hosted by St. Catherine’s University Advanced Montessori Programs in St. Paul, MN in March 2019. It is based on the research of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs and books by Dr. Jane Nelson. Your support will provide registration costs ($1080), mileage ($190), and meals ($230). We have a supporter who will cover hotel costs ($720), and we have received approval for a discounted registration rate ($120 value).

Submitted: 12/6/18


La Crosse Public Education Foundation

Amount Requested: $2,500

There is a need to update all the School District of La Crosse elementary school classroom libraries, which haven’t had an infusion of books in 20 years. Any new books in the classroom libraries were purchased by the teachers out of their personal funds. Books are estimated to cost $500-$1000 per classroom, with 150 classrooms throughout the District, for a total of $100,000. The la Crosse Public Library and LPEF partnered for a successful Give-A-Gift annual event raising $10,000 for fifth grade classrooms. LPEF is seeking matching funds to bring more books to more grade levels.

Submitted: 12/4/18


La Crosse Public Education Foundation

Amount Requested: $2,500

LPEF is seeking to purchase a new set of performance risers for the School District of La Crosse, Longfellow Middle School, where over 250 School District of La Crosse students at Longfellow and La Crosse Design Institute, use the risers daily for music classes, special events, choir and adaptive music. 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.

Submitted: 12/4/18


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


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