Date: April 8th, 2019

Crawford County Leadership Awards to Be Presented April 25

Seven awards will be presented at the 9th 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 25, 2019, 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 Monday, April 15, 2019 to Lori Bekkum, Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board chair (608-412-0673 or [email protected]).

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

· Business Development Award – to Driftless Brewing Company, Soldiers Grove and the leadership team of Scott Noe, Cynthia Olmstead, Chris Balistreri, and Michael Varnes-Epstein;

· Above & Beyond Awards (2) – to Ellen Brooks and to Brad Niemcek;

· Tourism Award – to the Village of Gays Mills Event Committee for their organization of Applefest;

· Leadership and Service Award – to Kathy Quamme;

· Educational Leadership Award – to Robert Ghormley; and

· Outstanding Youth Leader Award – to Grace Corlis (North Crawford).

Dr. Timothy Dale, associate professor and chair of the department of political science and public administration at UW-La Crosse and a political analyst, is the featured speaker.

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 nearly $140,000, using the earnings to make annual grants. The CCCF also organizes and administers the Crawford Markets Care program, which provides vouchers/coupons to Crawford County 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 Barb Daus, donor services representative for the Crawford County Community Fund, at (608)778-3344 or [email protected]

Date: March 14th, 2019

Mineral Point Community Fund Announces Second Grant Cycle

It was nearly a year ago that the Mineral Point Community Endowment advisory board announced its initial grant awards – $2000 for the Sardeson building renovation and $2000 to assist with the restoration of the Governor Dodge Lodge at Water Tower Park.

Fast forward to March of 2019, a short 3 years after the formation of the endowment.  The volunteer group (Keith Burrows, Jim Kackley, Kristin Mitchell, Lori Pittz, Peter Schmalz, Mike Wagner and Joe Witmer) leading this initiative to build an endowment that is FOR GOOD, FOR EVER, FOR MINERAL POINT is excited to announce the 2nd grant cycle.

Kristin Mitchell, board chair, noted, “Thanks to a very successful end-of-2018 $10,000 challenge campaign, the endowment fund received donations of nearly $34,000 and now totals nearly $185,000.  This growth means that we will have more monies available for our 2019 grants. Our local board looks forward to receiving and reviewing the applications and to making the grant awards. We are particularly interested in visible and lasting projects that benefit the entire Mineral Point community.”

Charitable non-profit organizations and/or local government entities serving the people of the Mineral Point area are eligible to apply for grants; requests from individuals are not eligible. Applications must be completed online at and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Mailed, emailed or faxed copies of applica­tions and/or incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

To access the application, go to, choose grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Mineral Point Community Fund.  For more information, contact CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected]).

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 [email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or [email protected] org). Donations may be made online at or by mail to MP Community Endowment Fund, PO Box 24, Mineral Point WI 53565.

Date: March 12th, 2019

Grant Presented to Lancaster Community Players

The Lancaster Community Fund advisory board presented a grant of $15,000 from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund to the Lancaster Community Players for lighting upgrades for the city-owned Grantland Theater. It is the goal of LCP to have the lighting project completed for their April 25 to 28, spring 2019 production of “Mamma Mia!”

Front row (left to right): Megan Slane and Amara Hoffmann (LCF advisory board), Lisa Haskins, Deanna Seippel, and Lisa Nicolai (Lancaster Community Players, Mayor Dave Varnum
Back row (left to right): Joe Krantz (LCF advisory board), Kevin Koester, Bill Haskins, Shawn Steinhoff, and Corey Weydert (Lancaster Community Players), David Carlson and Dave Kurihara (City of Lancaster)

Date: February 21st, 2019

DUWI Fund Presents Grants

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019 the DUWI Fund held a grant awards reception at Town Bank. Through generous gifts by area citizens, awards totaling more than $11,000 were made to 9 community organizations.

The recipients of the 2018-2019 grants include the following:

Darlington Community of Churches – Food Pantry
Darlington Community Revitalization – Tunes @ Twilight
Hodan Center Incorporated- Energy Savings For the Center
Holy Rosary School – 4K Technology
Humpty Dumpty Preschool, Inc. – Learning Center
Lafayette County Historical Society –Basement Renovations
Volunteer Activites – Entertainment for S.U.N. Meal Sight
S.U.N. – Home Delivered Meals
Wisconsin Badger Camp, Inc. – Campership Program

These grants were made available from the DUWI Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc. The DUWI Fund responds to the area’s not-for-profit organizations wishing to start new, innovative programs or expand current services. Grants from the DUWI Fund have encouraged community participation in the arts, education, environment, health and human service programs, and historical preservation.

For more information on the DUWI Fund, the Darlington Community Fund or the Darlington Excellence in Education Fund, please call Linda Gebhardt, Donor Service Representative for Green and Lafayette Counties at (608) 328-4060 or email at [email protected] Or visit the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin website at

Date: February 19th, 2019

Community Foundation Hires Sarah Lee as New Donor Service Representative

Sarah Lee

JANESVILLE, WI. – The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (CFSW) announces the recent hiring of Sarah Lee as a Donor Service Representative. Lee, of Janesville, will assist donors, by helping them create charitable funds to support the causes of their choice; non-profit organizations and groups in the creation of funds solely for the support of their organization; and students by serving as a scholarship resource for both high school graduates and older students. Lee will also serve as the support to local Community Funds and their advisory boards in Rock and Walworth Counties.

While much of her experience is in orchestral performance, Lee has created and directed multiple educational outreach programs as a part of the orchestras and music organizations she has performed with, such as the Whiz Kids Music Program out of the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music, and the Long-Term Residency Program with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance from Ball State University, and a Master’s of Music and Artist Diploma in Bassoon Performance from the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music.

“I find great meaning in bringing my love for music into underserved communities and enriching a city with real change through music;” says Lee. “This same desire to create real impact for good has made me excited to be a part of the CFSW team; this work is invaluable, and I am honored to get a chance to be a part of it.”

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin works to match charitable donors with the needs of their communities throughout the southern Wisconsin counties of Rock, Walworth, Crawford, Iowa, Lafayette, Green, Grant, and Vernon. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with assets in excess of $50 million. For more information on the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, call (608) 758-0883 or visit