Date: June 27th, 2018

Lancaster Community Fund Presents Grants

Grants for fourteen projects that will benefit the people that are the Lancaster community were presented on June 12 at a special event held in the Community Room of the Schreiner Memorial Library.

Left to right – seated: Bobbie McMahan (EMS); Vicki Lucey (CASH); Megan Slane (Lancaster Pre-School); Lynn Crooks (St Clement School); Amy Dreckman (2018 Youth Mission Trip): Tori Leeser (SOC) Left to right – standing: Josh McLimans and Brad Sturmer (Winskill Elementary); Corey Weydert and Sandy Leibfried (Grant Regional Health Center); Deb Reukauf (Lancaster Police); Bob Keeney (Grant County); Mayor Dave Varnam; Larry Wagner (Fire Department); Dave Carlson (City of Lancaster).

In his opening remarks, Joe Krantz, LCF advisory board chair recognized fellow advisory board members Dave Helmke, Amara Hoffman, Sam Jonas, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane and Bette Steinbrenner as well as special advisor & historian Rod Roggensack.

Krantz continued saying, “As you all know, our goal is to build endowed funds that will provide monies FOREVER to support great projects in Lancaster. In addition, as you know, it takes ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER to achieve that! We are very pleased to announce that during our 2017-2018 campaign we received donations from over 100 individuals/families/organizations. This is the first time we have achieved our goal of 100 annual donors. We know everyone receives numerous charitable requests and we are honored that so many have chosen to support our local Lancaster Community Fund. Thank you.”

Grants were presented from monies 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 and included:

•$4000 to Grant County for the purchase and installation of LED’s to light the Grant County Courthouse flag (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$1999 to Grant Regional Health Center in support of the purchase of new exercise equipment – and specifically a recumbent bike (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$5000 to the Lancaster Community Schools to support the Maker Geeks Lead to Entrepreneurs and the purchase of a TeacherGeek MakerCart (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$1200 to the Lancaster Pre-School for the purchase of outdoor playground equipment – and specifically, a swing set (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$3000 to St Clement School for Coding and Robotics Resources for 4K through 6th grade students (LCF Endowment Fund);
•$2000 to CASH – Chemical Abuse Stops Here – to fund the November 19 appearance/performance of Flight Squad, a basketball team that features family entertainment as well as education about bullying, staying in school and combating drugs and alcohol (Merlet Family Community Endowment and LCF Endowment Fund);
•$2250 to Lancaster EMS to fund the purchase of 150 STOP THE BLEED medical kits to be placed in every classroom (public and private) in Lancaster (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$1800 to the Lancaster Fire Department to fund the purchase of pagers (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$5130 to the Lancaster Police Department to support the purchase of 3 defibrillators for police cars and 1 for the Council Chambers (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$1772 to Wisconsin Badger Camp for the purchase portable radios (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$375 to Southwest Opportunities Center for enhancements to the Center’s Day Services program (Gillilan Family Fund);
•$4900 to Winskill Elementary School to support the purchase of document cameras. (Morse Family Fund);
•$1300 to Lancaster Congregational Church in support of the 2018 Youth Mission Trip (Morse Family Fund and Schacht Family Fund); and
•$918 to the Lancaster Community Schools/Winskill Elementary to purchase bicycle helmets, continuing the “Fit 4 Life–Safe 4 Life” project (Schacht Family Fund).

Krantz concluded the evening by noting that the Lancaster Community Fund has been awarding grants since 1999 and will celebrate its 20th anniversary during the upcoming year. He also noted that grants have been awarded from the Schacht Family Fund for 18 years. Krantz congratulated the recipient organizations and announced that the next grant cycle for the Lancaster Community Fund will have a closing date of November 1.

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) or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). Donations are received throughout the year at PO Box 294, Lancaster WI or online at

Date: June 27th, 2018

Mineral Point Excellence in Education Presents Grants

Margaret Mead’s famous quote – “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – most certainly reflects the accomplishments of the Mineral Point Excellence in Education Advisory Board. Formed in January of 2017, this group – including Kristin Mitchell, chair; Nancy Harker, Sarah Fox, Christine Heins, Mary Jean James, Joni Martin, Larry McNeill, Jessie Potterton, and Rebecca Steffes as well as retired board member Monica Dunn – has worked diligently to build an endowment, the earnings from which, will provide monies for grants for school projects in the MP district FOR EVER.

2018 Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna and Mineral Point Excellence in Education Grant Awardees
From left: Laurie Heimsoth (Vitamin ‘N’ Nature Day), Deb Molle (3rd grade Oak Savanna Work/Involvement Day), representing the MPEIE Dr. Sarah Fox and Kristin Mitchell, Amanda Ingwell (Yoga and Mindfulness for School-Aged Children), Jeff David (Opera for the Young), and McKenzy Brown (Nearpod, interactive learning platform subscription).

As of May 1, 2018 the EIE endowment had grown to over $40,000. The initial seed money of $10,000 was provided through the sale of the “Super Snacks for Super Kids” book. Additionally, the advisory board organized the “Every Penny Counts” campaign, challenging classes within the Mineral Point School District to become ‘$1,000 charter donors” to the MP EIE Endowment. As a result, numerous individuals, families, and organizations have made gifts to the endowment.

As noted, the ultimate goal is to generate monies for grants for projects within the MP Schools. Dr. Sarah Fox and EIE Board Chair Kristin Mitchell attended the year-end MP teacher/staff appreciation event and presented three (3) grants, totaling nearly $2000. The projects funded included Opera for the Young, proposed by Jeff David; a subscription to Nearpod, an interactive learning platform, proposed by McKenzy Brown; and needed supplies to initiate Yoga and Mindfulness for School-Aged Children, proposed by Amanda Ingwell.

Fox and Mitchell also presented the initial Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna grants. This named endowment is specific for projects/initiative in the school’s oak savannas. The endowment was funded by gifts from the Hawkins family. Two (2) awards of just over $350 were presented. Deb Molle accepted a grant to fund 3rd grade work at/involvement with the oak savanna; Laurie Heimsoth received the a grant to support Vitamin “N” (Nature) Day.

The Mineral Point Excellence in Education and the Don Hawkins Community Oak Savanna Endowment Funds are components 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]). Donations to either or both endowments may be made online at or by mail to PO Box 5, Mineral Point WI 53565. Make checks payable to CFSW/MPEIE or CFSW/Hawkins Endowment.

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