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.

Date: February 8th, 2018

Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation Announces Excellence in Education Grant Recipients

At its meeting in early January, the advisory board of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation presented grant awards totaling $2280 in support of four special initiatives proposed by faculty at Iowa-Grant. Since 2002 and with these awards, a total of $18,450 has been awarded to 32 projects.

Recipients of Fall 2017 Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation EIE grants – left to right:
Carrie Hartnett (PI Day), Sarah Fenstermann, Molly Leibfried, Heather Mayne, and Kristen Nelson (Kindergarten field trip), Carolyn Laufenberg (Imathimation). Not present: Tim Donovan (Trees for Tomorrow).

IGEF solicits grant applications twice each academic year. Specifically Excellence in Education grants are designed to support of projects or activities, not funded by tax dollars, that propose innovative and creative ideas that inspire both students and faculty to achieve educational excellence and/or provide ways to strengthen and support families so that education becomes an attainable, shared family endeavor.

Projects proposed in fall of 2017 that received grant funding include:
• Support for student participation in the fall Trees for Tomorrow program: $1,000, proposed by Tim Donovan
• Funding for a Kindergarten field trip to the Black Earth Children Museum with a stop at the Cobb Fire Station: $400, proposed by Sarah Fenstermann, Molly Leibfried, Heather Mayne, and Kristen Nelson
• Pi Day Celebration (3/14/2018) for high school math: $80, proposed by Carrie Hartnett
• A family focused, K through 6th grade math event – Imathimation: $800, proposed by Carolyn Laufenberg

In speaking of the grant program, IGEF board chair Paulette Divall noted, “We are always excited to receive and read the proposals of our IG faculty and staff. We have an extraordinary group of professionals who are very focused on helping our children to learn, grow and mature. We know that our grant-making is only possible because of the tremendous support of our IG community – near and far. IGEF was formed in 1999. As we approach our 20th anniversary, we want everyone to know that the gifts they have given are making a difference in our school and for our children. Thank you!”

The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin. Its mission is to build endowments that provide 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 supplements the offerings of the Iowa-Grant School District. For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette Divall (pdivall@yahoo.com) or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus (barb@cfsw.org or 608-778-3344). Donations to the Foundation can be sent to the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, PO Box 124, Livingston, WI 53554 or can be made online at www.cfsw.org.

Date: February 5th, 2018

Mineral Point Community Fund Grants Available

It was in early 2016 (just 2 years ago) that a group of enthusiastic volunteers came together to work on building an endowment to fund projects in the community. That group (known as the Mineral Point Community Foundation), which includes Nancy Harker, Lisa Hay, Jim Kackley, Frank McGettigan, Kristin Mitchell, Lori Pittz, Nancy Schmit, Mike Wagner and Lowry White, has been active in spreading the word about the creation of the Mineral Point Community Endowment. Endowments are permanent funds whose assets are invested to generate income to be used for charitable purposes. The Mineral Point Community Endowment Fund is a pool of money that has been assembled from folks within and/or near-in-heart to our community who want to provide ongoing support FOR EVER, FOR MINERAL POINT.

Over the 2-year time period, the assets of the Mineral Point Community Endowment have grown to over $150,000. That growth has enabled the MP Community Foundation Board to announce its inaugural grant cycle.

Kristin Mitchell, board chair, noted, “The application is neither long nor rigorous. There is a tip sheet available online. Additionally, through our affiliation with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, there are experts available via phone. You may also contact me or a board member with questions. Our local board will review the applications and make the grant awards. We are particularly interested in visible and lasting projects that benefit the 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 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 grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Mineral Point Community Fund. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (Barb@cfsw.org) and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Lannie Troon (Lannie@cfsw.org) are available to assist.

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 kristin@kristinmitchelldesign.com) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org). Donations may be made online at www.cfsw.org or by mail to MP Community Endowment Fund, PO Box 24, Mineral Point WI 53565.

Date: January 24th, 2018

PHS Cross Country Team Donates 100% of Dance Proceeds for PHS Scholarships

PHS Cross Country Team Donates Proceeds of ‘Dance’ to PHS Scholarship Fund. Left to right: High School Principal Tim Engh, along with cross country team members Cori Kettler and Julia Kasper and Coach Rob Serres, present a $1500 check to PHS Scholarship Fund advisory board members Valerie Gill-Mast and Angie Wright.

The Platteville High School Cross Country Teams are leading by example. These students, coached by Rob Serres, truly understand the meaning of philanthropy – promoting the welfare of others by generously giving of themselves.
When the PHS Scholarship Fund advisory board looked for a partner for its first-ever “Dancing with the Stars” event, it was members of the PHS Cross Country Team that stepped up. The Team was truly more than a partner assuming the role of leader in recruiting the dancers, choreographing and teaching the dance, and organizing the event promotion.

When we recognize philanthropists, we often speak of giving freely of time, talent, and resources. Most certainly many on the team gave freely of time and talent. Those in attendance for the high school basketball games on December 15 most certainly saw the team’s commitment to ‘doing it right’ with lively music, delightful costumes, and enthusiastic dancers. In addition, those in attendance showed their appreciation with monetary donations, expecting the Team to donate one-half of the evening’s proceeds for scholarships.

Is it a surprise that this Team did more than expected donating 100% of the evening’s donations for scholarships? Over time, we have seen our PHS Cross Country Team lead by example and do more than expected. Special thanks are due this group of students who worked on behalf of their fellow students and donated $1500 for scholarships for members of the PHS Class of 2018. Please thank them when you see them! And, better yet, follow their example! You have a chance to do just that at the upcoming, February 17, PHS Scholarship Fund Dinner and Auction. Get your tickets today. Call 608-348-6822 or email phs.scholarship.fund@gmail.com.

The PHS Scholarship Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For additional information contact Sheila Kelley (608-348-2615) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or barb@cfsw.org). Donations may be made online at www.cfsw.org or by mail to PHS Scholarship Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville WI 53818.