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 www.cfsw.org.

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 www.cfsw.org.

Date: February 19th, 2019

Tiedemann Grant of $50,000 Awarded to City/Chamber in Support of Economic Development Initiatives During the Hwy 61 Reconstruction

On Wednesday, February 13, the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board presented a grant of $50,000 to the City of Lancaster and Chamber of Commerce for economic development initiatives associated with the reconstruction of Highway 61.  In making the award, the board noted the importance of the many businesses that will be impacted by the project and the need for all to support those businesses during construction.

Front row (left to right): Kyle Vesperman and Megan Slane (LCF advisory board), Kari Schauff (Cruisin’ Kids) and Heather Bontreger (Chamber), Mayor David Varnum. Back row (left to right): Kevin Raisbeck and Joe Krantz (LCF advisory board), Brian Janssen (Peoples State Bank), Sam Jonas (LCF advisory board), Sandy Weist (BMO Harris Bank), Audrey Johnston (Southwest Opportunities) and Dan Glass (Chamber President and Attorney), David Carlson (City Administrator), John Hauth (Director of Public Works), and David Kurihara (City Clerk Treasure)

Board chair Joe Krantz said, “These monies are to assist the Chamber and City in communicating the “access pathways” to the businesses that will feel the impact of this construction.  Additionally, the Chamber is developing a number of initiatives, including some special events, to encourage people to continue to shop along the reconstruction route.  Our board is very supportive of the program, developed by the Chamber and City, to assist business owners that need to improve their alternate entrances so that customers can continue to have access.”

This $50,000 grant is one of the largest awarded by the Lancaster Community Fund. The grant monies were available from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund.

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 (co-chair) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]).  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.cfsw.org.

Date: February 15th, 2019

Lancaster Community Fund Announces Spring 2019 Grant Cycle

The Lancaster Community Fund is accepting grant applications for the 2019 spring grant cycle. Deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 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. Additionally, we are honored to make the first grants from the recently established Douglas and LuAnne Pink Family Fund, We are forever grateful to the many people in our community who have made investments in our funds. This generosity has led to spring 2019 available grant monies in excess of $30,000.”

Applications for projects or programs that propose practical solutions to current community needs in the areas of the arts and culture, education, appreciation of and knowledge about our community’s history, and health and human services are highly encouraged. The focus is funding projects that serve the residents who reside in the geographic area that is the Lancaster School District.

Grant applications must be completed online here. Among the items applicants are 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. Wednesday, May 1, 2019. 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 ([email protected]) and CFSW grants manager Lannie Troon ([email protected]) 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 Susan Hermsen, Amara Hoffman, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, Luanne Pink, Crysti Prange, Megan Slane, Kevin Raisbeck, and Kyle Vesperman.

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 (co-chair) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit www.cfsw.org.