Date: April 2nd, 2018

Crawford County Leadership Awards to Be Presented April 19

Seven awards will be presented at the 8th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards program, organized by the advisory board to the Crawford County Community Fund. The event, honoring the awardees, will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018, in Prairie du Chien at Crossing Rivers Health Center. It will begin with an hors d’oeuvres and dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and is asked to RSVP by Friday, April 13, 2018 to Camille Smith, Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board chair (608-769-2503 or camillemsmith@icloud.com).

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

• Business Development Award – to Pam Ritchie for her work with Café Hope and the Opportunity Center
• Above & Beyond Awards (2) – to Cindy Kohles & Ron Wagner and to Liz Bremmer & Tammy Otteson
• Tourism Award – to Big River Long Rifles Inc for their organization of the Prairie Villa Rendezvous
• Leadership and Service Award – to Rivers & Bluffs Animal Shelter with Bev Pozega as the driving force
• Educational Leadership Awards (2) – to Diane Yager and to Pat Connors

Mr. Rusty Cunningham, editor of the La Crosse Tribune, is the featured speaker. Sponsors include BAPI, Community Development Alternatives, Driftless Development, Kickapoo Culinary Center, Nelson True Value, Peoples State Bank, River Bank – Ferryville Branch, Royal Bank, Scenic Rivers Energy Cooperative and The Marketplace. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Camille Smith (608-739-2503).

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 over $135,000, using the earnings to make annual grants. The CCCF also organizes and administers the Crawford Markets Care program, which provides vouchers/coupons to food pantry clients to make fresh produce purchases at Crawford County Farmer’s Markets.
Community members, organizations and businesses may donate 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 Camille Smith, Crawford County Community Fund chairperson at (608) 608-739-2503 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org.

Date: March 21st, 2018

Grants Available from Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment

“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed… Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Henry David Thoreau

Members of the Hawkins Family (Michelle, Lynn, Tim, and Geralyn), celebrating the establishment of the Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment which will provide grants, in perpetuity, to ensure a user-friendly outdoor classroom that encourages students’ and others’ positive interaction with the natural environment.

That simple statement most assuredly embodies the life of the late Don Hawkins and the work that continues from the many ‘seeds’ that he nurtured. As an agriculture instructor from 1951 to 1983 at MPHS, Don Hawkins planted seeds in every student he taught. After his retirement and through his work as a community volunteer, he continued to plant seeds and care for the land. Mr. Hawkins’ work as caretaker and advocate for two pieces of school property, one by the elementary school and the other by the high school, are among his most visible projects in Mineral Point. As a result of the seeds that he planted and nurtured – literally and figuratively – Mineral Point is home to the 5-acre “Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna” and a beautiful 20-acre tall-grass prairie.

Mr. Hawkins’ family – pictured right – have assured the continuation of their father’s legacy of ‘having faith in a seed.’ Through the establishment the Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund, monies will be generated annually and in perpetuity, for grants that:

•Encourage students and community members to spend time in the savannas experiencing nature, what Mr. Hawkins called “Vitamin N”;
•Provide opportunities for people to learn about the native plants and animals of Wisconsin;
•Emphasize the importance of conservation and responsible land stewardship;
•Provide hands-on learning activities in the savannas;
•Increase the community’s awareness of the savannas and encourage the spirit of volunteerism;
•Promote activities across age groups that capture the spirit that existed in a one-room school house;
•Encourage continuous improvement, experimentation and innovation in savanna-related programming, activities, and events.

The initial seed money to establish the Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund came from a bequest in Mr. Hawkins’ will to support educational activities in the savannas. The Hawkins family generously supplemented that bequest. Donations have also been received from those who worked with Mr. Hawkins and continue his work in the savannas.

The recently created Mineral Point Excellence in Education Advisory Board, which is affiliated with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, has been identified to receive and evaluate grant applications for the expenditure of earnings from this Endowment.

MPEIE board chair Kristin Mitchell noted, “We are proud to announce the availability of monies for initial grants from the Hawkins Endowment. Any charitable non-profit organization or local government entity (municipality or school including specific classes and/or organizations) are eligible to make application. Our ultimate goal is ensure a user-friendly outdoor classroom that encourages students’ and others’ positive interaction with the natural environment.”

The application is available at www.cfsw.org – select the grants tab and find the application in the grants available list (https://www.cfsw.org/grants/open-grant-applications/). Please download the application, complete it, and save it as a .pdf. Submit it with the other required documents via email to grants@cfsw.org. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. The complete application must be submitted via email no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 22, 2018 – Earth Day.

The Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity. It is administered by the Mineral Point Excellence in Education advisory board. For additional information, contact Kristin Mitchell, board chair (608-987-3370 or kristin@kristinmitchelldesign.com) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org). For those interested in supporting this endowment, donations may be made online at www.cfsw.org or by mail to CFSW/Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Fund, PO Box 5, Mineral Point WI 53565.

Date: February 22nd, 2018

Community Foundation Hires Jackson as New President/CEO

JANESVILLE, WI. –The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (CFSW) announces the recent hiring of its President/CEO following the departure of Ann Heiden who left the position last October. Wyatt Jackson, of Milltown Indiana, will be responsible for leading the organization’s mission, policies, donor development, strategy, and financial objectives.

Wyatt Jackson

Jackson comes to the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin from the Community Foundation of Crawford County (CFCC) in southern Indiana, where he served as the Programs and Operations Manager. Prior to this position, Jackson served as the CFCC Interim Director, Dubois County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Graduate Intern, an assistant to the Indiana University Foundation President, intern within IU Foundation’s Corporate Relations Department, and member of the IU Student Foundation’s Little 500 Steering Committee. He has served on the Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis Division of Student Affairs development team and brings experience in nonprofit curriculum and development from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s The Fundraising School.

“I’m thrilled to join the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. Over the course of my career, I’ve had the opportunity to be part of several strong organizations and I know this experience will be even more amazing,” said Jackson. “I look forward to the opportunity to engage with my new community and help provide opportunities for achieving the vision our donors and our community members have for all of Southern Wisconsin,” he said.

Jackson is currently a doctoral student with the Indiana University School of Education’s Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs Program. He holds a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, as well as a Bachelor Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Indiana University – Bloomington. Jackson will start at the Community Foundation on March 15.

A welcome reception is scheduled for March 21 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville.
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Date: February 20th, 2018

Grants Available from Legacy Gifts Made to Benefit Platteville

Legacy – we have all heard that word but do we really have an understanding of its meaning? In this context, legacy is defined as something that exists today as a result of actions taken at an earlier time. Annually we recognize and thank some very special people who took action – many years ago – that will bring benefits to this community FOREVER.

Perhaps you or members of your family knew Clarence Gribble, Elinore Loveland, Margaret Keizer and/or Robert & Marjorie Hartshorn. These Platteville benefactors left testamentary gifts that have been working in and for our community for years. In fact, Mr. Gribble’s legacy gift has given back to this community for nearly 70 years!
The advisory board of the Platteville Community Fund is honored to organize the process for the distribution of funds from these legacy gifts. Annually in the spring, and through its affiliation with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, the PCF board invites grant applications. This year’s application deadline is Sunday, April 15, 2018. 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, “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 of 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 12 years that it has made grants, the Platteville Community Fund has presented 258 awards totaling nearly $525,000.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018. 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 manager Lannie Troon (Lannie@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).

Date: February 20th, 2018

Lancaster Community Fund Invites Grant Applications

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2018 spring grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, May 1.

Joe Krantz, chair of the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board noted, “Funding during this grant cycle is available from the Lancaster Community Fund Endowment, the Merlet Family Community Endowment, the Gillilan Family Community Fund, the Morse Family Fund, and the Schacht Family 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 investments in these Funds. This generosity has led to spring 2018 available grant monies in excess of $25,000.”

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. Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 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 manager Lannie Troon (Lannie@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, Amara Hoffman, 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 Joe Krantz (advisory board chair) Kevin Raisbeck (grant review 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.