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.

Date: July 11th, 2017

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Date: June 26th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Presents 17 Grant Awards

Seventeen projects that will benefit the people that are the Lancaster community were presented at a special event held in the Community Room of the Schreiner Memorial Library.

In his opening remarks, David Helmke, LCF advisory board chair noted, “As you all know, our goal is to build endowed funds that will provide monies FOREVER to support great projects in Lancaster. And, as you know it takes ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER to achieve that! Tonight I am presenting grants from five funds. Two were established during the last year – the Gillilan Family Fund and the Merlet Family Community Endowment. We offer our sincere thanks to Tod Gillilan and to Phyllis Merlet for investing in

2017 Lancaster Community Fund Grant Presentation – June 20, 2017
Seated, left to right: Margaret Bussan (Lancaster Preschool); Jackie Edge (EMS); Megan Kase (WBC); Sarah Williams (LCSD); Tori Leeser and Audrey Gaio-Johnston (SOC).
Middle row: Michelle Uppena (LCSD), Heather Bontreger (Chamber), Kristin Holman-Steffel (CLA); Mary Vandehey (LCSD); Rebekah Vogelsberg (LCSD), Jamie McCartney (LFD); Jody Sturmer (LCSD); Ashley Miller (LCSD) and Ashley Krantz (LCSD).
Back row: Katie Glass (CLA); Andy Robbins and Mike Lieurance (American Legion); Jeff Grutzmacher (Chamber): Jen Wagner & Sandy Leibfried (Grant Regional); Josh McLimans and Dan Glass (Library Foundation).

Lancaster and for entrusting the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board to manage the application process for the awarding of those monies.”

Grants were presented as follows:

• $951 to the Grant Regional Health Center Foundation in support of the attaining the Gold Standard for the Treatment of Heat Illnesses (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1800 to the Lancaster Emergency Medical Services for the acquisition of portable radios (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $700 to the Lancaster Fire Department to assist with the organization and safe keeping of tools at the fire station (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $400 to the Lancaster PreSchool to purchase adjustable height tables for the classroom (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $2400 to the Lancaster Community Schools to support the Makerspace Robotics project (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $5000 to the Lancaster High School in support of the Auditorium Lighting Project (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1000 to the Lancaster Public Library Foundation to support purchases related to safety and accessibility (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $330 to Southwest Opportunities Center to purchase sun shade umbrellas for the patio (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $750 to UW-Extension – Grant County in support of the 2017 Creative Youth Expo (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1060 to Wisconsin Badger Camp to purchase adaptable personal flotation devices for the camp (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1400 to the Richard Burns American Legion Post #109 to be used to construct a Veterans Memorabilia Display Case to be placed near the Senior Center in the City Hall (Gillilan Family Fund);
• $840 to the Lancaster Schools in support of the purchase of heart rate monitors for the high school physical education classes (Merlet Family Community Endowment and Morse Family Fund);
• $1125 to the Community Leadership Alliance in support of scholarship assistance for Lancaster attendees of the 2018 program (Morse Family Fund);
• $2000 to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce in support of the music for the 2017 Night on the Square (Morse Family Fund);
• $1500 to the Lancaster Middle School in support of the Potency of Poetry project (Morse Family Fund);
• $790 to Winskill Elementary School in support of contracting Opera for the Young, “Rusalka, A Mermaid’s Tale (Schacht Family Fund); and
• $995 to the Lancaster Community Schools/Winskill Elementary to purchase bicycle helmets, continuing the “Fit 4 Life–Safe 4 Life” project (Schacht Family Fund).

Helmke concluded the evening by recognizing fellow advisory board members Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane and Bette Steinbrenner as well as special advisor and LCF historian Rod Roggensack. He acknowledged the work of the many former board members, many of whom were in attendance.

Helmke also announced that the next grant cycle for the Lancaster Community Fund will have a closing date of November 1.

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. The Fund receives donations online at www.cfsw.org or to PO Box 294, Lancaster. For more information about the Lancaster Community Fund, 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).