Date: September 26th, 2017

Smith Interim President Following Executive Director's Departure

Ann Heiden has announced her resignation, effective September 26, as executive director of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin and will return to nonprofit development work in Madison.

Gary Smith takes over as Interim President/CEO September 26, 2017

“I was given an opportunity to be directly involved with a mission that impacts impoverished areas across the US and internationally, something I feel called to do” says Heiden. “I’m very excited to think of what’s ahead in this newly created position.” Heiden says the Community Foundation is in great shape with $50 million in assets and a highly professional, knowledgeable staff.

Heiden took over as executive director in June 2014, replacing Sue Conley who retired from the organization after serving for more than 13 years.  In her three years, Heiden has led operations and helped the organization with leadership and teamwork strategies, staff structure, donor relations, marketing, organization efficiency, and more.

Board President, Ken Klaas, said the board of directors has hired a recruitment consultant in search of the next executive director. In the meantime, Gary Smith, one of the organization’s founders and retired non-profit executive director will serve as interim President/CEO until a replacement is hired.  Gary was most recently interim executive director of Rotary Botanical Gardens. He retired as president of the local United Way in 2008.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin serves to match charitable donors with the needs of communities in nine southern Wisconsin counties, including Rock, Walworth, Crawford, Iowa, Lafayette, Green, Grant, Sauk, and Vernon.  The Foundation was established in 1992 and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with assets of $50 million. For more information on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, call (608) 758-0883 or visit www.cfsw.org.

Date: September 5th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Fall 2017 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for its Fall 2017 grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, November 1, 2017. Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than midnight on that day. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and incomplete or late applications will not be accepted or considered. The online application is available at www.cfsw.org. Select the grants tab, then grants available. Scroll to Lancaster Community Fund, Fall.

Board chair David Helmke noted, “We are honored to award monies during this grant cycle that are available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund. As many will recall, Keith Tiedemann, through his estate, made an endowed gift of over $4 Million to the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. His direction was that the earnings available from that endowment were to be granted for projects and activities in Lancaster, through an application and review process under the auspices of the Lancaster Community Fund. This year the LCF board has approved grants from the Tiedemann Fund to support the development of the accessible playground at Winskill and the addition of a drug canine unit to the Lancaster Police Department. It is our hope that groups and organizations will develop projects and submit grant applications that are similar in scope and impact to those recently awarded. Our goal is to continue to find ways to make our community ‘the community of choice’ in this region.”

The Lancaster Community Fund encourages applications from non-profit organizations as well as the schools and municipal committees/boards for projects or programs that serve the people within the city of Lancaster and the Lancaster School District. Requests from individuals are not eligible. Applications must clearly state the scope and impact of the project including the projected number of Lancaster area residents involved in and/or served by the project.

A local volunteer advisory board will review the grant applications and recommend grant awards. Current Lancaster Fund Advisory Board Members include Dave Helmke, Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane, and Bette Steinbrenner.

Lancaster Fund grant application forms are available online at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website. The specific address is http://www.cfsw.org/grants/open-grant-applications/.

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 chair, 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: August 18th, 2017

PHS Scholarship Fund and Platteville Community Fund Honor Volunteers

The annual Platteville Hometown Festival, through an initiative promoted by the Platteville Regional Chamber of Commerce, presents an opportunity for area non-profits to publicly honor those who have provided a ‘spark’ to our community by freely giving of their time, talent, and resources.

Jason Bell

The PHS Scholarship Fund chose Jason Bell as its 2017 Volunteer of the Year. A Platteville native son, Jason is a 3rd generation auctioneer – following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Chester and his father, Gary.  While a part of his livelihood has been earned through his skill as an auctioneer, Jason has willingly assisted a number of non-profits to hold success fund-raising events and has involved his staff as volunteers.  Much of the success of the many charity auctions he has worked are the result of relationships that Jason has developed and nurtured over the years.  Jason ‘knows’ the folks in Southwest Wisconsin and ‘knows’ the bidders.  He and his staff keep the energy level high through their interactions with the bidders, resulting in ‘top dollar’ for the items donated.  When the PHS Scholarship Fund embarked on its inaugural “It Takes A Village” dinner and auction in 2015, Jason jumped onboard. The PHS Scholarship Advisory Board and Planning Committee are looking forward to Jason’s expertise for the 4th “It Takes a Village” event scheduled for February 17, 2018.  The PHS Scholarship Fund recognizes Jason Bell and his crew not only for helping raise scholarship dollars but also for giving back, so willingly, to the Platteville community.

The Platteville Community Fund selected Ruth Hinzmann as its 2017 Volunteer of the Year.

Ruth Hinzmann

Ruth moved to Platteville in 2013.  A native of Holy Cross, Iowa, she had brought her son for a college visit and loved the town.  She found folks to be friendly and loved the convenience of services.  Ruth had retired from her 15-year successful bakery business in Sherrill, Iowa, and thought a bakery might work here.  That wasn’t the case; but Ruth had grown attached to Platteville so she moved on to other opportunities.  Ruth has been a dedicated and relentless volunteer for the Platteville Community Fund, the PHS Scholarship Fund, the Platteville Community Arboretum, Platteville’s Main Street program, and the Platteville Public Library.  Her organization skills have been essential to many highly successful Platteville events including Sweet Treats on Main, the PHS Scholarship award presentations, and the Platteville Community Fund’s P-Vegas event.  The Platteville Community Fund recognizes Ruth for her service to Platteville, her adopted community.

 

The PHS Scholarship Fund and the Platteville Community Fund are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Both Funds are governed locally, by volunteer advisory boards.  In May of 2017, the PHS Scholarship Fund awarded $131,380 in scholarship support to 71 PHS students.  During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Platteville Community Fund held two grant cycles, making 27 awards totaling $49161.  For information about either Fund, contact CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org).

Jason Bell

Date: July 31st, 2017

Platteville Community Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Platteville Community Fund is now accepting grant applications for its fall grant cycle.  The application deadline is Friday, September 15, 2017.  Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 pm on Sept 15.  Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

In making the grant application announcement, Platteville Community Fund advisory board chair Nathan Curry noted, “The Platteville Community Fund has been awarding grants since 2005.  Our community understands the long-term value of endowment building.  In our initial year of grant making there was one grant of $400 awarded from the Platteville Community Fund.  During our fall 2017 grant cycle we will make awards from the earnings of four endowed funds:  the Platteville Community Fund, the Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund, the Schneller-Tang Community Fund and the Carmen & Eva Beining Community Fund.  We expect to grant nearly $18,000 in earnings generated by these four funds.”

The Platteville Community Fund Advisory Board is particularly interested in applications that support innovative projects for children and families, community access, and sustainability as well as those for events and activities that promote the arts, healthy living and diversity.   Projects or programs provided by charitable non-profits that serve the people within the Platteville School District are eligible for consideration.  Requests from individuals are not eligible.

The application form is available online at the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website (www.cfsw.org).  Select the “Grants” tab and then “Grants Available.”  Scroll until you find the Platteville Community Fund, Fall entry and then ‘click to apply.’   Completed applications must be submitted online no later than 11:59 pm Friday, September 15, 2017.  Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applications will not be accepted.  If you need help or have questions both CFSW grants and scholarships manager Lannie Troon (lannie@cfsw.org or 800-995-2379) and CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (barb@cfsw.org or 608-778-3344) are available to assist.

The Platteville Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity.  For more information, contact Nathan Curry, advisory board chair, at (608)348-2615 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org.  Community members interested in making a donation may send a check to the Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, WI 53815, or make a donation online at www.cfsw.org.

Date: July 27th, 2017

Crawford County Community Fund Announces 2017 Grant Cycle

The Crawford County Community Fund is currently accepting grant applications for its annual grant cycle. The application deadline is OCTOBER 1, 2017.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 1. 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 grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Crawford County 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 Crawford County Community Fund seeks projects or programs that address current community needs with a focus on economic development.  The mission of the Crawford County Community Fund is “to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic needs.”  Projects or programs provided by charitable non-profit organizations or businesses that serve the people within Crawford County and have a strong connection to fulfilling the Crawford County Community Fund mission are eligible for consideration.   Requests from individuals are not eligible.

Sharon Murphy, chair of Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board, has announced that the board expects to award $6000 during this grant cycle.  Further, she has noted that the grant review committee is anxious to receive the 2017 grant applications and will look specifically to fund requests that address increased economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the county.  2016 grants were awarded to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, for development of the Kickapoo Indian Caverns near Wauzeka; the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, in support of the “Ready, Set, Grow” campaign; the Village of Ferryville for re-development of Sugar Creek Park; and the Village of Gays Mills Stump Dodger Trail project.

Current members of the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board are Chad Abram, Craig Anderson, Lori Bekkum, Pete Flesch, Joe Friar, Sharon Murphy, Camille Smith, Bob Van Hoesen, and Will Cronin.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Sharon Murphy, advisory board chair, 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. Community members interested in making a donation may send a check to the Crawford County Community Foundation, PO Box 13, Seneca, WI 54654-0013, or visit www.cfsw.org to donate online.