Date: April 26th, 2017

Excellence in Education Grants Awarded at Belmont Schools

From left: Kim Schmelz, representing the Belmont Excellence in Education Advisory Board, presented grants to Liz Weittenhiller, Dee McConnell, Troy Updike and Nik Werner

Four projects that will enhance and supplement initiatives in classrooms in the Belmont Schools received grant funding from the Belmont Excellence in Education Endowment Fund.

Kim Schmelz, advisory board member for the Fund, made the presentations at the conclusion of the April 20 staff training event.  Schmelz gave a brief history of the formation of the Excellence in Education Endowment noting that a group of volunteers came together at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year with a goal of endowing both an excellence in education and a scholarship fund.  The EIE fund was immediately endowed with a gift of $10,000 by Derek and MJ Dachelet.

2017 marks the third time that grants have been awarded for special projects in the Belmont Schools.  Two grants were awarded in 2014 – to support the construction of two ‘little free libraries’ and to support the software subscription fee for Adobe Creative Cloud with After Effects.  One grant was awarded in 2016 – to purchase a camcorder for use by students, faculty and coaches.

Schmelz presented grant awards totaling $1,123 for the following initiatives:

  • For 3rd grade students as proposed by Troy Updike: 2 – STEM activity kits. One that enables students to design and make a solar car; the other, which challenges students to develop and design experiments to move isopods.
  • For pre-kindergarten students as proposed by Liz Weittenhiller: an incubator, egg turner and egg candling light to study the life-cycle of an animal and the responsibilities associated with caring for living things.
  • For special education students at all levels as proposed by Nik Werner: Hokki ergonomic stools, which allow movement while seated, for two classrooms to assist students in focusing on their classwork.
  • For high school students as proposed by Dee McConnell: a GoPro Waterproof Action Camera for use in completing class projects.

In completing the presentations, Schmelz noted, “Today is a great day for Belmont students and staff.  These grants are a visible sign of the support by our community for the work that is done in this school by our teachers.  Our committee is dedicated to finding way to provide grant funding to supplement what is paid for with tax money.  We want staff to know that it is possible to propose new and creative projects and initiatives.  We live in a competitive school environment and it is our desire that by being able to provide support for projects and unique tools, we will keep Belmont competitive and a great place for our students and staff.”

The Belmont Excellence in Education and Scholarship Endowment Funds are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact advisory board member Kim Schmelz or Barb Daus, donor services representative with CFSW (608-778-3344 or Barb@cfsw.org).  Donations may be sent to the Belmont School Funds, PO Box 348, Belmont, WI  53510 or may be made online at www.cfsw.org.

Date: April 6th, 2017

Crawford County Community Fund Announces 2017 Leadership Award Recipients

Six awards will be presented at the 7th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards program, hosted by the Crawford County Community Fund.   The event, honoring the awardees, will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Prairie du Chien at Crossing Rivers Health Center.  It will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.  The public is encouraged to attend but must RSVP by Friday, April 14, 2017 to Sharon Murphy, Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board chair (608-624-3409 or smm@fsmail.bradley.edu).

Those persons, businesses and/or organizations being honored in their respective categories include:

  • Above & Beyond Award – to Dr. Robert Horwich (posthumously)
  • Outstanding Youth Leadership Award – to Steven Ronnfeldt
  • Tourism Award – to Driftless Wisconsin/Eric Frydenlund
  • Leadership and Service Awards – to Peggy Gallagher and to Bonnie Young
  • Educational Leadership Award – to Harriet Behar

Dr. Jo Arney, associate professor at UW-La Crosse and author, is the featured speaker.  A student music ensemble from the Prairie du Chien School will provide music during the social hour.  Sponsors include BAPI, Community Development Alternatives, the Crawford County Economic Development Corporation, Kickapoo Culinary Center, the Marketplace, Nelson True Value, the Orchard Ridge Association, Peoples State Bank, Royal Bank-Gays Mills and Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Sharon Murphy (608-624-3409).

The Crawford County Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2008.  The Fund currently holds an endowment of nearly $120,000.  Community members, organizations and businesses may make donations to the Crawford County Community Fund by sending a check to Crawford County Community Fund, PO Box 13, Seneca, Wisconsin 54654-0013.   Donations are tax deductible, to the limits of the law.  For more information, contact Sharon Murphy, Crawford County Community Fund chairperson at (608) 624-3409 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org.

Date: February 20th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Invites Grant Applications

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2017 spring grant cycle.  Deadline for receipt of applications is May 1.

David Helmke, chairman of the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board noted, “Funding during this grant cycle is available from the Lancaster Community Fund Endowment, the Schacht Family Fund, the Morse Family Fund and the newly created Merlet Family Community Endowment Fund.  Our focus is funding projects that serve the residents who reside in the geographic area that is the Lancaster School District.  We are grateful to the many people in our community who have made gifts to these Funds.  The generosity of our community residents has led to grant awards from the above noted funds of over $158,000 between 2000 and 2016.”

Applications for projects or programs that propose practical solutions to current community needs in the areas of the arts, education, historic preservation, and health and human services are highly encouraged. Grant applications must be completed online; access to the application is available by selecting the grants tab on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website (www.cfsw.org).  Among the items applicants as asked to provide:  the organization’s federal ID number and a copy of the organization’s most recent 990; background information on the applicant organization; and a full description of the project including goals, audience served and budget.  Note: requests from individuals are not eligible for grant awards.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2017. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Questions?  Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (Barb@cfsw.org) and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Jackie Ommodt (Jackie@cfsw.org) are available to assist.

A sub-committee of the local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards to the board. Current Lancaster Fund advisory board members include Dave Helmke, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Luanne Pink, Crysti Prange, Megan Slane, Kevin Raisbeck, and Bette Steinbrenner.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact David Helmke, advisory board chairman, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or Barb@cfsw.org).  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.cfsw.org.

Date: February 10th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Recognized as Non-Profit of the Year

At its annual banquet held February 7, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce honored the Lancaster Commu

nity Fund as Non-Profit of the Year.

In making the award, Chamber Executive Director Heather Bontreger noted, “We are honored to present this award to the Lancaster Community Fund.  The award recognizes a non-profit that has demonstrated significant and impactful contributions to the community.  During calendar year 2016, this group awarded grants totaling just over $90,000 to 24 community projects that have made our

Left to right – LCF Advisory Board members Crysti Prange, Joe Krantz, Bette Steinbrenner, Kevin Raisbeck and David Helmke accept the 2016 Non-Profit of the Year award from Lancaster Chamber President Kyle Vesperman (3rd from left).

community a better place to live, work and play.”

In accepting the award, LCF advisory board chair David Helmke said, “The work we are able to do is the result of gifts made by many, many donors.  On their behalf, we accept this award and challenge you to join in this investment For Good. For Ever. For Lancaster.”

Current Lancaster Community Fund advisory board members include David Helmke, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Luanne Pink, Crysti Prange, Megan Slane, Kevin Raisbeck, and Bette Steinbrenner.  Rod Roggensack serves as community liaison and historian.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact David Helmke, advisory board chairman, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or Barb@cfsw.org).  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.cfsw.org.

Date: February 3rd, 2017

Grants Available from the Platteville Community Fund

The Platteville Community Fund invites applications for its spring 2017 grant cycle. The application deadline is Saturday, April 15, 2017. Charitable non-profit organizations and/or local government entities serving the people of the Platteville area are eligible to apply for grants; requests from individuals are not eligible.

Nathan Curry, Platteville Community Fund Advisory Board chair noted, “The monies for the spring grant cycle are available as a result of legacy gifts provided to the community through the estates of Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Margaret Keizer and Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn. In reviewing applications, our grants committee looks at the scope and potential impact of projects to address new initiatives and needs within our community. It is a great privilege to make these grant awards in remembrance of these five individuals who truly were and continue to be ‘builders’ of Platteville.”

Founded in 2002, the Platteville Community Fund is dedicated to improving the Platteville community by building a family of endowed funds designed to make grants in support projects and programs that enhance arts and culture, education, recreation, health and human services, the environment and the preservation of history. The Platteville Community Fund made its first grant of $400 in 2005. In the 11 years that it has made grants, the Platteville Community Fund has presented 213 awards totaling nearly $447,000.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered. To access the application, go to www.cfsw.org, choose grant available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Platteville Community Fund. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (Barb@cfsw.org) and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Jackie Ommodt (Jackie@cfsw.org) are available to assist.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Platteville Community Fund chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or nathanc@kopplaw.net) or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org).