Date: July 27th, 2017

Crawford County Community Fund Announces 2017 Grant Cycle

The Crawford County Community Fund is currently accepting grant applications for its annual grant cycle. The application deadline is OCTOBER 1, 2017.

Applications must be completed online and submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 1. 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 Crawford County Community Fund.  Questions?  Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ( and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Jackie Ommodt ( are available to assist.

The Crawford County Community Fund seeks projects or programs that address current community needs with a focus on economic development.  The mission of the Crawford County Community Fund is “to create stronger communities by matching generosity with economic needs.”  Projects or programs provided by charitable non-profit organizations or businesses that serve the people within Crawford County and have a strong connection to fulfilling the Crawford County Community Fund mission are eligible for consideration.   Requests from individuals are not eligible.

Sharon Murphy, chair of Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board, has announced that the board expects to award $6000 during this grant cycle.  Further, she has noted that the grant review committee is anxious to receive the 2017 grant applications and will look specifically to fund requests that address increased economic vitality and improve the quality of life in the county.  2016 grants were awarded to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, for development of the Kickapoo Indian Caverns near Wauzeka; the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, in support of the “Ready, Set, Grow” campaign; the Village of Ferryville for re-development of Sugar Creek Park; and the Village of Gays Mills Stump Dodger Trail project.

Current members of the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board are Chad Abram, Craig Anderson, Lori Bekkum, Pete Flesch, Joe Friar, Sharon Murphy, Camille Smith, Bob Van Hoesen, and Will Cronin.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact Sharon Murphy, advisory board chair, at (608)624-3409 or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, at (608)778-3344 or Community members interested in making a donation may send a check to the Crawford County Community Foundation, PO Box 13, Seneca, WI 54654-0013, or visit to donate online.

Date: July 11th, 2017

Remarkable Wisconsin Women Bus Tour Set for October 4th!

Date: June 26th, 2017

Lancaster Community Fund Presents 17 Grant Awards

Seventeen projects that will benefit the people that are the Lancaster community were presented at a special event held in the Community Room of the Schreiner Memorial Library.

In his opening remarks, David Helmke, LCF advisory board chair noted, “As you all know, our goal is to build endowed funds that will provide monies FOREVER to support great projects in Lancaster. And, as you know it takes ALL OF US WORKING TOGETHER to achieve that! Tonight I am presenting grants from five funds. Two were established during the last year – the Gillilan Family Fund and the Merlet Family Community Endowment. We offer our sincere thanks to Tod Gillilan and to Phyllis Merlet for investing in

2017 Lancaster Community Fund Grant Presentation – June 20, 2017
Seated, left to right: Margaret Bussan (Lancaster Preschool); Jackie Edge (EMS); Megan Kase (WBC); Sarah Williams (LCSD); Tori Leeser and Audrey Gaio-Johnston (SOC).
Middle row: Michelle Uppena (LCSD), Heather Bontreger (Chamber), Kristin Holman-Steffel (CLA); Mary Vandehey (LCSD); Rebekah Vogelsberg (LCSD), Jamie McCartney (LFD); Jody Sturmer (LCSD); Ashley Miller (LCSD) and Ashley Krantz (LCSD).
Back row: Katie Glass (CLA); Andy Robbins and Mike Lieurance (American Legion); Jeff Grutzmacher (Chamber): Jen Wagner & Sandy Leibfried (Grant Regional); Josh McLimans and Dan Glass (Library Foundation).

Lancaster and for entrusting the Lancaster Community Fund advisory board to manage the application process for the awarding of those monies.”

Grants were presented as follows:

• $951 to the Grant Regional Health Center Foundation in support of the attaining the Gold Standard for the Treatment of Heat Illnesses (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1800 to the Lancaster Emergency Medical Services for the acquisition of portable radios (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $700 to the Lancaster Fire Department to assist with the organization and safe keeping of tools at the fire station (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $400 to the Lancaster PreSchool to purchase adjustable height tables for the classroom (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $2400 to the Lancaster Community Schools to support the Makerspace Robotics project (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $5000 to the Lancaster High School in support of the Auditorium Lighting Project (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1000 to the Lancaster Public Library Foundation to support purchases related to safety and accessibility (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $330 to Southwest Opportunities Center to purchase sun shade umbrellas for the patio (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $750 to UW-Extension – Grant County in support of the 2017 Creative Youth Expo (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1060 to Wisconsin Badger Camp to purchase adaptable personal flotation devices for the camp (LCF Endowment Fund);
• $1400 to the Richard Burns American Legion Post #109 to be used to construct a Veterans Memorabilia Display Case to be placed near the Senior Center in the City Hall (Gillilan Family Fund);
• $840 to the Lancaster Schools in support of the purchase of heart rate monitors for the high school physical education classes (Merlet Family Community Endowment and Morse Family Fund);
• $1125 to the Community Leadership Alliance in support of scholarship assistance for Lancaster attendees of the 2018 program (Morse Family Fund);
• $2000 to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce in support of the music for the 2017 Night on the Square (Morse Family Fund);
• $1500 to the Lancaster Middle School in support of the Potency of Poetry project (Morse Family Fund);
• $790 to Winskill Elementary School in support of contracting Opera for the Young, “Rusalka, A Mermaid’s Tale (Schacht Family Fund); and
• $995 to the Lancaster Community Schools/Winskill Elementary to purchase bicycle helmets, continuing the “Fit 4 Life–Safe 4 Life” project (Schacht Family Fund).

Helmke concluded the evening by recognizing fellow advisory board members Tabitha Jackering, Sam Jonas, Joe Krantz, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane and Bette Steinbrenner as well as special advisor and LCF historian Rod Roggensack. He acknowledged the work of the many former board members, many of whom were in attendance.

Helmke also 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. The Fund receives donations online at or to PO Box 294, Lancaster. For more information about the Lancaster Community Fund, contact David Helmke, advisory board chair, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or

Date: June 26th, 2017

North Crawford Community Education Foundation Presents Scholarships

2017 NCCEF Scholarship Recipients. Front row (Left to right): Jordan Finnell, Matilyn Barr, Maggie Schellhorn, Tyler Martin, Mary Jo Cody, and Christian Collins Back row (left to right): North Crawford Community Education Foundation Advisory Board Members Chuck Bolstad, Ann Everson, Vickie Stephenson, Rick Busch, Dan Everson, Joe Friar, Margaret Davidson, Harry Heisz and Karen Bolstad

North Crawford Community Education Foundation board chair, Chuck Bolstad, presented scholarships to 6 North Crawford students at the recent Scholarship Night for Seniors.

In his introductory remarks, Bolstad noted, “I know that the North Crawford community has a long history of supporting the efforts of graduating seniors from North Crawford High School. This evening is a celebration of that history. I know that many individuals and families have worked for years to be able to grant scholarships. I am proud to be here this evening representing a new organization, the North Crawford Community Endowment Foundation.”

Bolstad continued by recognizing the efforts of both Tarasa Lown, who had worked as director of resource development for North Crawford, and guidance counselor Stephanie Colsch who were instrumental in unifying the efforts of the community of donors into one organization. He also noted that the school district and school board have been supportive of the new organization. Bolstad noted that the goal is to build and grow an endowment fund, using only the annual earnings to fund scholarships for North Crawford graduating seniors, thus providing support not just now, but forever. He concluded by thanking the many businesses, families and individuals who have been the initial donors to the Foundation.

Legacy scholarships honoring the memory of Merlin and Ona Dregne and Carmen Armbruster were presented to:

• Mary Jo Cody was the recipient of the Dregne Scholarship. Merlin and Ona Dregne were long time area farmers who were very active in their church and community. Their family established a scholarship that emphasized the value of growing up and learning to work on a family farm.

• Matilyn Barr received the Armbruster Scholarship. Carmen Armbruster was the wife of John Armbruster a successful and memorable social studies teacher at North Crawford. Carmen lost a decade long battle with cancer in December of 2012. Her family and friends made gifts for a scholarship to recognize Carmen’s achievements in art and design.

Additional scholarships, made possible through donations to the North Crawford Community Education Foundation, were presented to Maggie Schellhorn, Chris Collins, Jordan Finnell and Tyler Martin.

In commenting on her scholarship award, Maggie Schellhorn wrote, “This scholarship is very unique and a very neat idea. I truly appreciate your help in making college more affordable for me. It is nice knowing you have faith in me to be successful in the future.”

While the Foundation has been established to support the school and its students, it should be noted that it is separate from the school, school administration and the school board. The advisory board operates independently of the school district and is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

The North Crawford Community Education Foundation accepts gifts from individuals, organizations, businesses and families. There are brochures available at the school district office. There is also information available online at Donations are being received online at and by mail at NCCEF, 47050 County Rd X, Soldiers Grove WI 54655. Please direct questions and requests for additional information to CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus (, 608-778-3344), to Charles Bolstad ( or to Rick Busch (

Date: June 19th, 2017

Annual 5th Grade Elizabeth Summers Academic Achievement Awards presented at Iowa-Grant

Seven Iowa-Grant Middle School students were recently presented certificates and monetary awards made possible through a charitable bequest from the estate of Elizabeth J. Summers.

2017 Elizabeth Summers Academic Achievement Awards Front Row (l-r): Recipients Rylee Stecklein, Madisen Crow, Landon Wetzel, Sophie Volenec, Adriana Jelle, Kaden Lindner, & Conner Dowell. Second row (l-r): Kyle Reimenapp (IG 5th grade teacher), Paulette DiVall (IGEF Advisory Board Chair), Jessica Sigg (IG 5th grade teacher).

The Elizabeth J. Summers Elementary Academic Achievement Awards were presented through a partnership of the Iowa-Grant School District, the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation (IGEF), and the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

The students earned the award as fifth graders, during the 2016-2017 academic year. They were selected for being in the top 10% of their class as determined by their performance on standardized tests and on the recommendation of their teachers.

The recipients include Madisen Crow, Conner Dowell, Adriana Jelle, Kaden Lindner, Rylee Stecklein, Sophie Volenec, and Landon Wetzel.

Iowa-Grant School was contacted in 2010 by Fennimore Attorney David Kurth, representing the Summers estate. He shared the news of a bequest of $30,000, given by Elizabeth Summers in honor of her older twin sisters who were rural school teachers.  Josephine and Genevieve Kalile attended the Normal School in Platteville and taught in Boscobel, Mount Hope, Wingville and Castle Rock and in Boscobel, Anderson Mills, Beaver Dam and Mt. Horeb, respectively.  In her Trust documents, Ms. Summers specified that the monies available annually were to be used for academic awards for outstanding 5th grade students. The Iowa Grant School Board directed that the funds be administered by the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation (IGEF), a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin.

In announcing the awards, Paulette Divall, chair of the Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, noted, “We all know that you have worked hard to achieve this award. Awards just do not happen without plenty of hard work. Sometimes you probably have given up some other fun activity to spend extra time studying. We are sure that you parents, teachers, siblings & friends are all very proud of you. The Elizabeth Summers award was established to instill a sense of accomplishment in our 5th grade students. It is important that you realize how important it is to study and work hard to achieve your goals. This is a very good start in establishing a good educational plan and prepare you for future challenges. We all hope that you continue to work hard.”

The Iowa-Grant Educational Foundation, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, was established in 2000.  Its mission is to build an endowment that provides 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 is beyond the boundaries of the Iowa-Grant School District budget.  For more information or to make a donation to the Foundation contact IGEF advisory board chair Paulette DiVall ( or CFSW Donor Services Representative Barb Daus ( 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