Date: June 6th, 2018

Platteville Community Fund Presents Grants Totaling Nearly $19,000

Nathan Curry, chair of the Platteville Community Fund, and Joe Rosemeyer, PCF advisory board member, presented 13 grants totaling nearly $19,000 at a special presentation breakfast held May 31.

Front (left to right): Morgan Pinzer and Donna Gavin (UWP – Girls Who Code); Tori Leeser (Southwest Opportunities Center); Brandi Kamps (Badger Camp), Nancy Fairchild (Make Music Platteville), Stephanie Saager-Bourret (JMA-Historic Re-enactment); Sheila Kelley (PHS Scholarship Fund); Val Shaw (PPS – Chinese Language Classroom) Back row (left to right): Kim Sargent, Stacia Stephenson and Keith Thompson (UWP – Girls Who Code); Mike Penn (Platteville Community Arboretum); Kevin Cooley (PHS – Band); Phillip Wagner (Platteville Chorale); Jack Luedtke (Platteville Main Street/Make Music), Sabrina Earl (Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin); Diana Bolander (Rollo Jamison & Mining Museums); Darlene Masters and Jack Basten (Family Advocates)

The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, holds two grant cycles per year. For the spring 2018 grant cycle, PCF received 18 applications with total requests of nearly $53,000. Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005. In total and over 13 years, PCF has made 277 grant awards that have invested over $575,000 in our community!

The monies awarded each spring are available through legacy gifts made by now deceased former residents including Clarence Gribble – owner of the Platteville Journal until 1933; Elinore Loveland – a Platteville native who returned home to retire; Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn – Robert was chair of the mechanics department of the mining school; Marjorie’s Dad, Jesse White, taught chemistry there; and Margaret Keizer – former Platteville middle school English teacher. The ‘trusts’ created by these individuals give back to our community every year, making it a better place to live, work, play, and learn.

Spring 2018 grant awards are as follows:

From the Elinore Loveland Trust

• Family Advocates – $1000, support of the Kids in Transition Summer Academic Continuation Program
• Platteville Chorale – $737.50, in support of the Children’s Choir Spring Tour
• Platteville School District – $500, to support for the development of a Chinese Language Classroom
• UW-Platteville, Computer Science & Software Engineering – $1080, for the “Girls Who Code” Club
• Wisconsin Badger Camp – $2700, for the campership program for Platteville area attendees

From the Robert A and Marjorie M Hartshorn Trust

• City of Platteville: Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums – $754, to support exhibiting images/footage of 1930s zinc mining
• Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums – $2000, to support the 2018 Historic Re-Enactment
• Southwest Opportunities Center – $460, for Senior Room Enhancements

From the Clarence Gribble Trust

• Platteville Community Arboretum – $2600, to purchase a trailer to support trail maintenance
• Platteville Main Street Program – $800, in support of the 2018 Make Music Platteville initiative
• Platteville School District PHS Band – $1300, for a portable PA for the Marching Band

From the Loveland, Hartshorn and Gribble Trusts

• PHS Scholarship Fund — $3000 for PHS Class of 2019 scholarships to attend UWP or SWTC.

From the Margaret S Keizer Charitable Fund

• Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin – $2000, for purchases associated with the creation of a nature playscape for families

PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Louise Brockman, Kim Brodbeck, Ed Faherty, Kathy Lomax, Eileen Nickels, Joe Rosemeyer, Mary Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier. PCF welcomes donations from individuals, organizations, businesses and estates. Anyone can make a gift, large or small, and every gift benefits the Platteville community.
To learn more about the Platteville Community Fund contact chair Nathan Curry (608-348-2615 or or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or Donations are received through the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818

Date: May 29th, 2018

Darlington Seniors Receive Scholarships from Platteville Consumers Cooperative Endowment

Nearly a decade ago, the shareholders of the Platteville Consumers Cooperative voted to dissolve. Class A stockholders turned in their stock certificates and received payment. The Board of Directors also voted to create a perpetual scholarship fund to benefit graduates of high schools in their market area: Belmont, Benton, Cuba City, Darlington, Iowa-Grant, Lancaster, Platteville, Shullsburg, and Southwestern/Hazel Green. Since 2012, the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin has managed the endowment and made monies available for the annual scholarship awards.

2018 recipients of the Platteville Consumers Cooperative Endowment Scholarship are Darlington High School students Benjamin Cooper (left) and Grady Rielly (right).

Leon Neuheisel, who served as an officer of the Cooperative, shared “We are honored to present these annual scholarships. Ag producers from Southwest Wisconsin invested in the Cooperative. We are sharing their belief in and support of the Cooperative by investing in our youth. Our scholarships are awarded to students pursuing post-high school education – at the university, college, or technical school level – in the field of agriculture or agri-business.”

Benjamin Cooper and Grady Rielly were the recipients of $1200 scholarships, available from the nearly $55,000 endowment. Ben will pursue study in dairy science at Iowa State University. Grady has chosen to attend UW-Platteville where he will study dairy science.

To learn more about scholarships available through the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit and select the scholarship tab. To inquire about the establishment of a scholarship endowment with the Foundation, contact Linda Gebhardt ( or Barb Daus ( The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a repository for more than 700 charitable funds worth more than $50 million. Each of these funds was created by donors to enhance the quality of life in Southern Wisconsin.

Date: May 29th, 2018

Inaugural Grants Awarded from Mineral Point Community Endowment

MPCF board member Nancy Schmit, center, presents a grant in support of the Restoration of the Governor Dodge Lodge at Water Tower Park to Kiwanis President Joelle Doye (left) and Kiwanis 50-year member Merle Freymiller.

Some may remember the early conversations – in January of 2016 – about the development of an endowment that would generate monies FOR GOOD, FOR EVER, FOR MINERAL POINT. Much has happened since the successful establishment of the Mineral Point Community Endowment fund in June of that year. In fact, through the generous contributions of many in our community, the endowment currently exceeds $150,000 (3 times the required initial amount of $50,000). The endowed monies ARE NOT EXPENDED. Rather, earnings on the endowment are made available to DO GOOD through grants to benefit the community.

Earlier this month the MPCF advisory board reviewed 8 grant requests from very well developed and written grant applications. Two awards were approved – a grant to Shake Rag Alley for the Sardeson Building Renovation Project and a grant to the Mineral Point Kiwanis for the Restoration of the Governor Dodge Lodge at Water Tower Park.

Kristin Mitchell, board chair, noted, “There are incredible organizations in our community with great people whose ideas and energy enhance life for all of us. We are extremely proud to make these grants and very appreciated of the many donors that have helped us to establish and build the MPCF endowment.

Mike Wagner, MPCF board member (right), presents a grant in support of the Sardeson Building Renovation Project to Mike Christensen, president of the board of Shake Rag Alley.

We’re looking forward to 2019 with the goal of making additional grants.”

The Mineral Point Community Endowment Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For additional information, contact Kristin Mitchell, board chair (608-987-3370 or or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or Donations may be made online at or by mail to MP Community Endowment Fund, PO Box 24, Mineral Point WI 53565.

Date: May 22nd, 2018

Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Awards Scholarships to 16 Students

Sixteen Class of 2018 Iowa-Grant graduates were recently presented certificates and scholarship awards totaling just over $12,900 made possible through the work of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation and its volunteer board of directors and the donations of those that support Iowa-Grant, its programs and students.

Recipients of 2018 Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Scholarships
Front row – left to right: Matthew Hill, Bailey Lindner, Gracelyn Silvers, Callie Rickard, Brady Peat, Fred Skaife IGEF Board. Middle row – left to right: William Spurley, Clayton Kite, Clint Havlik, Rebecca Gorsline, Hännah Lindner, Peggy Biddick IGEF Board. Back row – left to right: Easton Dobson, Blake Butteris, Brandon Graul, Carley Rider, Brandon Bickford, Garret Bingham.

Those receiving scholarships and their post-secondary education plans follow:

Brandon Bickford, studying Farm Operations/Ag Mechanics at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College;
Garret Bingham, studying Ag Business at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College;
Blake Butteris, studying Ag Business at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College;
Easton Dobson, studying Industrial Engineering at UW-Milwaukee;
Rebecca Gorsline, studying Astronomy/Physics at UW-Madison;
Brandon Graul, studying Farm Operations/Ag Mechanics at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College;
Clint Havlik, studying Business Administration at UW-Platteville;
Matthew Hill, studying Communications at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College;
Clayton Kite, studying Business at UW-La Crosse;
Bailey Lindner, studying Biology/Pre-Med at UW-Madison;
Hannah Lindner, studying Communication/Spanish at Eureka College;
Brady Peat, studying Business Finance at UW-Madison;
Callie Rickard, studying Occupational Therapy at UW-Milwaukee;
Carley Rider, studying Engineering at UW-Platteville;
Gracelyn Silvers, studying Child Psychology at Madison College; and
William Spurley, studying Microbiology at UW-Madison.

In commenting on the scholarship presentations IGEF board chair Paulette Divall said, “Without the support of our many donors these scholarships would not be possible. We are particularly grateful for the endowed scholarships that have been established by families and through bequests; these legacy scholarships will be given for ever. We are equally honored that a number of families have chosen to give the memorial monies that honor their deceased loved ones to IGEF to be used, this year, for scholarships.”

The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2000. Its mission is to build an endowment that provides private resources for the support of the Iowa-Grant School District. The Foundation’s work includes providing scholarships to graduating seniors and making grants in support of innovative and creative educational programming that is beyond the boundaries of the Iowa-Grant School District budget. For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette Divall ( or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344). Donations may be sent to the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, PO Box 124, Livingston, WI 53554 or can be made online at

Date: April 24th, 2018

Crawford County Community Fund Presents 2018 Leadership Awards

Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien was the site for the presentation of the 8th annual Crawford County Leadership Awards, hosted by the Crawford County Community Fund. Rusty Cunningham, executive editor of the La Crosse Tribune, was the keynote speaker. CCCF Board Chair Camille Smith provided an update on activities of the Crawford County Community Fund and Lori Bekkum and Bob Van Hoesen presented the awards. Music was provided by a flute ensemble from North Crawford School.
Event sponsors included BAPI; Community Development Alternatives; Driftless Development; the Kickapoo Culinary Center; the Marketplace; Mississippi Valley Printers Inc/Courier Press; Nelson True Value; Peoples State Bank; River Bank; Royal Bank; and Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative.

Front row (from the left): the Bushnell Sisters (Tammy Otteson and Liz Bremmer); Seneca educator Diane Yager; Opportunity Center CEO Pam Ritchie. Back row: Ron Wagner & Cindy Kohles; reps of the Big River Long Rifles – Julie Rosauer and Butch & Norma Smith; Seneca principal Pat Connors; reps of Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter – Bev Pozega and Staci Roth.

The Community Leadership and Service Award, honoring public service that enhances the economic, cultural, or social well-being of the Crawford County community, was presented to Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter, with Bev Pozega as ‘driving force.’ The Shelter – located on the north edge of Prairie du Chien – is open and providing services for homeless animals to find ‘forever’ homes. Ms. Pozega invested countless hours scheduling, organizing, and staffing fundraisers that, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, raised over $750,000 for the animal shelter construction.

The Tourism Award, recognizing a commitment to the enhancement of Crawford County tourism development and promotion, was presented to Big River Long Rifles Inc for their organization and sponsorship of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous. The Rendezvous recreates life as it was in the 1840’s when Prairie du Chien was the hub of fur trading. This year celebrating its 43rd anniversary, this event brings hundreds of participants and thousands of tourists to Crawford County and Prairie du Chien, year in and year out.

Two Educational Leadership Awards were presented. Diane Yager, a teacher at Seneca, was recognized for her role as SHARE advisor. One of the longest running youth leadership programs in Wisconsin, SHARE’s activities include the annual Christmas gift basket project, which distributes some 200 baskets to persons in their community and the annual School Wellness Day which features mini-sessions on topics such as drug abuse prevention, mental health, mediation, healthy eating, and fitness as well as plenary assemblies with well-known presenters like Miss Wisconsin, renowned humorist/hypnotist Terry DaVolt, and motivational speaker Mike McGowan.

Seneca administrator and teacher Pat Connors was applauded for his role in creating the STARS (Students and Teachers Achieving Real Success) program, designed to recognize and reward those students who follow the rules and do their part to create a productive learning environment in the middle school. Pat was also cited as the driving force behind the academic probation program, which, since its implementation, has reduced the number of low/failing grades in the school.

There were two Above and Beyond Awards presented. This award recognizes an individual, business, or organization that has demonstrated “out of the box” thinking that promotes regionalism, cooperation among communities or organizations, creative strategies or innovative approaches. Sisters Liz Bremmer and Tammy Otteson, were recognized for their efforts to support and help others by raising money. Whether it be the Eagles Heart and Cancer Telethon, Wheel of Todd, the Hooking for Hope Annual Fishing Tournament & Auction, or benefits for those suffering traumatic illness or disaster, Liz and Tammy share their knowledge and experience in fund raising then pitch in, with their families, as volunteers.

Cindy Kohles and Ron Wagner, known as the ‘Above & Beyond’ volunteers in Gays Mills, are known for their modesty and their dedication to recognizing the work of and crediting others. Whether it is the 2nd Harvest mobile food pantry, the CouleeCap food pantry, the Gays Mills Public Library, the Kickapoo Exchange Natural Foods Co-op, the Kickapoo Cultural Exchange or the Kickapoo Valley Friends, you’ll find Cindy and Ron working to make Crawford County a better place to live, work, and play.

The Business Development Award recognizes an individual, business, or organization that has demonstrated a spirit of community involvement toward the improvement of business and economic development in Crawford County. Pam Ritchie, CEO of the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien, was recognized for her leadership in building new enterprises to fund the Opportunity Center, citing the development of the Sharing Spaces Kitchen and Greenhouse, Unity Adult Care, and – specifically – the recently opened Café Hope. Located in the building on Beaumont that formerly housed Kozelka’s Men Wear, Café Hope opened in January teaching vocational skills to clients with the ultimate goal of their locating community-based employment.

The Crawford County Community Fund has presented Leadership Awards since 2011. Nominations are solicited, county-wide, in the first quarter of the year with the annual recognition event held in April. The Crawford County Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc, is a tax-exempt public charity. The mission of the Crawford County Community Fund is to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic need. That mission is accomplished by building an endowment to fund a grants program, through the continuation of the Crawford Markets Care initiative, and through this recognition program.

For more information, contact Camille Smith, Crawford County Community Fund chairperson (, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344,