Date: December 16th, 2014

Grants Awarded by Crawford County Community Fund

Crawford County Community Fund grants were presented at the Dec 16 county board meeting. Left to right: Carol Abrahamzon, Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Inc; Sasha Dull, Crossing Rivers Health Foundation; Karen Sjoberg, Wauzeka-Steuben Schools; Kayla Leibfried, Wisconsin Badger Camp; David Wilder, Wisconsin History Foundation.

The Crawford County Community Fund presented its 2014 grants on Tuesday, December 16, at the Crawford County Board meeting.  A reception, with the grant recipients, county board members, county staff, the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board, and other invited guests followed and included refreshments, locally grown and/or produced.

Sharon Murphy, chair of the Crawford County Community Fund advisory board presented the grants.  In her remarks Dr. Murphy noted, “We truly appreciate the continuing support of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors in helping us to build and to promote our work.  This is the 6th year that the Crawford County Community Fund has awarded grants.  With today’s awards, organizations that serve our county have received a combined total of $18,665. These monies are available due to the establishment of our Fund in 2008 and through the generous support of our donors.  We are confident that these grants, along with the over $14,000 awarded for flood recovery, have had and will continue to have a positive impact on the economic health of our county.”

The 2014 grants include:

  • $1000 to the Crossing Rivers Health Foundation – in support of the new Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center
  • $1015 to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Inc – in support of a collaborative migratory birding project with Ferryville Tourism
  • $500 to Reality Check, c/o Wauzeka-Steuben Schools – in support of Reality Check, a financial literacy program
  • $500 to Wisconsin Badger Camp – in support of camperships for Crawford County camp attendees
  • $1000 to the Wisconsin History Foundation Inc – in support of the Villa Louis pond restoration project

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Established in 2008 as a permanent endowment fund for the benefit of Crawford County, the Crawford County Community Fund supports charitable economic development within the county.  Its primary projects include the grants program, a leadership recognition program and sponsorship of the Crawford Markets Care program.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin works with charitable donors in nine counties in southern Wisconsin and holds 15 community funds, 12 public school funds, and more than 530 additional funds established to match personal philanthropy with community need.  Donations to the Crawford County Community Fund are accepted to PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or online at  For further information contact Sharon Murphy (608-624-3409 or [email protected]) or Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344).