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, choose grants available from the grants dropdown menu and scroll to Mineral Point Community Fund. Questions? Both CFSW donor services rep Barb Daus ([email protected]) and CFSW grants and scholarships manager Lannie Troon ([email protected]) 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 [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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]). Donations may be made online at or by mail to PHS Scholarship Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville WI 53818.

Date: January 23rd, 2018

Crawford Community Fund Helps Fund Family Bat Fest

Special thanks to the Courier Press for the great coverage!

Date: January 23rd, 2018

North Crawford Excellence in Education Grants Awarded

Two projects that will enhance and supplement initiatives in classrooms in the North Crawford Schools received grant funding from the North Crawford Community Excellence in Education Endowment Fund.

Inaugural Excellence in Education grants presented at North Crawford
North Crawford Community Education Foundation board co-chair Rick Busch (far left) and board member Margaret Davidson (far right) presented grants for classroom projects to Amy Geary (NC 1st grade teacher) and Nathan McKittrick (NC math teacher)

Rick Busch, co-chair of the NCCEF advisory board, made the presentations at the January 19 staff training activity. Busch gave a brief history of the formation of the North Crawford Community Education Foundation. He noted that a group of volunteers came together during the 2015-2016 school year to explore options for developing endowments to support scholarships and grants for school projects. That group moved forward with a goal of endowing both an excellence in education and a scholarship fund. Over the course of 2017, 50 businesses/individuals/organizations responded as ‘charter donors’ – giving a minimum of $1000 for these endowments.

Busch presented grant awards totaling $898 for the following initiatives:

• For the 1st grade classroom, as proposed by Amy Geary: four Hokki Stools in support of the Wiggle While We Work project. These stools will provide a flexible seating option for students with varying learning styles and are designed to result in increased student engagement and focus.
• For students in math, grades 6 through 8, as proposed by Nathan McKittrick: materials for the construction of “standing tables” with dry erase tabletops supported by current research that has proven standing rather than sitting corresponds to increased focus and improved memory.

In completing the presentations, Busch noted, “Today is a great day for North Crawford students and staff. And, this is just the beginning. Endowments are built to provide ongoing, everlasting support. These are the inaugural grants. Our goals are to receive applications and make awards on an annual basis and to continue growing these endowments so that the amount available to grant grows on a yearly basis. We want staff to know that they are recognized and appreciated by our community and that it is possible to propose new and creative projects and initiatives. We live in a competitive school environment and it is our desire that by being able to provide support for projects and unique tools, we will keep North Crawford competitive and a great place for our students and staff that lives up to the motto – Large School Opportunities, Small School Values.”

The North Crawford Community Education Foundation has established two (2) endowed funds – a scholarship endowment and an excellence in education endowment. Both are components of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. For more information, contact advisory board co-chair Rick Busch or Chuck Bolstad or CFSW donor services representative Barb Daus, CFSW (608-778-3344 or [email protected]). Donations may be sent to the North Crawford Community Education Foundation (47050 County Rd X, Soldiers Grove WI 54655) or may be made online at

Date: January 18th, 2018

Nominations Invited for 2018 Crawford County Leadership Awards

Nominations are invited for the 8th Annual Crawford County Leadership Awards. Sponsored by the Crawford County Community Fund, the program recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have helped make Crawford County a better place to live, work and play. Anyone may make a nomination; self-nominations are welcome.

2017 Crawford County Community Fund Leadership Award Recipients
Front row – left to right: Camille Smith, CCCF Chair, Peggy Gallagher (Community Leadership & Service), Bonnie Young (Community Leadership & Service), Sharon Murphy, Past Chair CCCF Advisory Board. Back row – left to right: Stephen Ronnfeldt (Outstanding Youth Leadership), Keefe Keeley, president of Community Conservation representing Dr. Robert Horwich (deceased) (Above and Beyond), Aaron Brin, representing Harriet Behar (Educational Leadership), Eric Frydenlund and Rick Kettner representing Driftless Wisconsin (Tourism)

In speaking of the program, Camille Smith, CCCF advisory board chair noted, “Since we initiated this program in 2011, 44 individuals, businesses and/or organizations have been recognized. This past spring we heard about the investments of time and talent in our county and its people made by Dr. Robert Horwich, Harriet Behar, Bonnie Young, Peggy Gallagher, Stephen Ronnfeldt and through Driftless Wisconsin. We know that there are many more in our communities who work on behalf of all of us, expecting no recognition. We urge you to take time to make a nomination so that we can highlight all the good that is happening around us.”

Nominees are being sought in the following categories:

• Community Leadership and Service. Nominees for this award may be an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area through public service that enhances the economic, cultural or social well-being of their community.
• Tourism Award. This award is presented to an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a commitment to the enhancement of Crawford County through tourism development and promotion.
• Outstanding Youth Leadership. This award is designed to recognize a young person, age 13 to 22, living in Crawford County who has demonstrated outstanding leadership with the potential for positive environmental, economic and/or social impact.
• Above and Beyond Award. As is suggested in the category name, this award recognizes an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated “out of the box” thinking/activity that promotes regionalism, cooperation among communities or organizations, creative strategies or innovative approaches to long-term problems, or diversity awareness.
• Business Development Award. Awardee may be an individual, business or organization that has demonstrated a spirit of community involvement focused on the improvement of business and economic development in Crawford County.
• Educational Leadership Award. Awardee may be an individual (teacher and/or administrator), business, or organization who has designed a specific project and/or educational initiative that has demonstrated a commitment to the Crawford County area in support of furthering excellence in education or fostering strong school/community relationships.

There are a variety of ways to submit nominations. An online form can be completed and submitted. You may also print, complete and either email or mail the nomination form. Please see ( Additionally, nomination forms are available at the public libraries in the county, from Crawford County Community Fund advisory board members or by emailing [email protected] Completed nominations may be mailed to CCCF Leadership Awards, PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or scanned and emailed to [email protected] The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, March 2, 2018. Photos and information about past recipients is available at

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. For questions and/or further information about the Fund and the Leadership Awards program, contact Camille Smith ([email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344). You can also learn more online by simply googling Crawford County Community Fund.