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.

Date: January 9th, 2018

Grants Awarded by Crawford County Community Fund

The Crawford County Community Fund presented its 2017 grants at the December meeting of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors. This is the 9th year that grants have been presented from the earnings of the Fund. The endowment was established in 2008 when an anonymous donor challenged Crawford County residents to match a $25,000 donation. As of the end of November, the endowment exceeded $125,000 with grant awards for the 9-year period exceeding $34,000.

The 2017 grants include:

2017 Crawford County Community Fund grant recipients. Left to right – Representing the Ferryville Farmer’s Market: Sherry Quamme (standing), Bob Jelinek, Marsha Stross and Theresa Yaeger (seated) and Jeanne Rutter (standing); representing the School District of North Crawford Music Department: Holly Roth Jones; representing the Mississippi Valley Conservancy: Rick Lange and Jim Czajkowski

• $1000 to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to support a new event at Kickapoo Caverns, Wauzeka – the Family Bat Fest;
• $1600 to the School District of North Crawford Music Department for the purchase of instruments, to be kept by the school, and to be used by students who would not otherwise be able to participate in band; and
• $1000 to the Ferryville Farmers Market in support of Project “Moving Forward”, which is designed to increase both the number of vendors offering fresh produce and the number of quality craft vendors participating in the Ferryville Market.

Camille Smith, chair of the Crawford County Community Fund advisory board, presented the awards and made a special presentation to Dr. Sharon Murphy who completed her maximum 6 years of service in December. Murphy joined the board in 2012 and was immediately elected vice chair. For the past 4 years, she has served as chair. Under her leadership, the CCCF expanded its leadership recognition program, improved and expanded the Crawford Markets Care program and increased its visibility across the county.

Additionally, Smith recognized fellow board members Chad Abram, Craig Anderson, Lori Bekkum, Pete Flesch, Joe Friar, Roni Gundlach, Michael Higgins, Bob Van Hoesen and ex-officio Will Cronin, from the County Extension Office for their ongoing commitment to Fund noting, “This Fund is BY US (meaning our donations are increasing the endowment) and FOR US, as evidenced it today’s grant awards. It’s truly a win-win for Crawford County and its residents.”

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Its primary projects include the grants program, a leadership recognition program and sponsorship of the Crawford Markets Care program. The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin works with charitable donors in nine counties in southern Wisconsin. Donations to the Crawford County Community Fund are accepted to PO Box 13, Seneca WI 54654 or online at For further information, contact Camille Smith ([email protected]) or CFSW Donor Services Rep Barb Daus ([email protected] or 608-778-3344).

Date: January 9th, 2018

Lancaster Community Fund Presents Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund Grants to Six Projects

The Lancaster Community Fund advisory board welcomed representatives for six outstanding projects as well as a number of former LCF advisory board members and donors to its December 20 grant presentation event.

Fall 2017 Lancaster Community Fund grantees – all awards, totaling $20,980, from the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund. Left to right. Josh Jensen, St Clement School; Sarah Williams, Winskill Elementary; Dana Straka and Pastor Mark Hoehne, First Presbyterian Church Mission Trip; Kristin Holman-Steffel, Lancaster Library Foundation.
Standing: Missy Kliebenstein, Angie Cohen and Sandy Leibfried, Grant Regional; Courtney Gundlach, Mayor Dave Varnam, and Dave Carlson, City of Lancaster Recreation Program.

Prior to announcing the recipients, advisory board chair Joe Krantz recognized the service of several ‘local leaders in philanthropy’ including

• Tabitha Jackering who served her maximum 6 years on the advisory board including 5 years as vice chair;
• David Helmke, who led the organization as chair for the past 2 years;
• Amara Hoffman, who has recently been elected to the board
• Megan Slane, who is the editor/producer of the annual update and solicitation letter
• Rod Roggensack, for his tireless service as historian; and
• Ken Klaas for his past service to the LCF board and his current service as chair of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin board.

Krantz noted the service of Richard Mack and Angie Gruetzmacher as community representatives to the grant review committee. He followed with the presentation of grants as follows:

• $800 to the City of Lancaster Summer Recreation Program to be used to purchase equipment for expanding the program to include a multi-age Saturday morning option;
• $1500 to Grant Regional Health Center to purchase presentation equipment for the Education/Wellness Center;
• $2280 to the Lancaster Public Library Foundation to purchase STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program materials for students age kindergarten through grade 12;
• $3000 to First Presbyterian Church in support of the high school mission trip;
• $6350 to St Clement School in support of the purchase of classroom touch panels; and
• $7050 to Winskill Elementary in support of the “Let’s Get Rolling Safely” program and specifically for the purchase of inline skating equipment.

At the conclusion of the event Krantz noted, “With these grants (our first was given in 2000), the Lancaster Community Fund has been privileged to award 177 grants totaling nearly $390,000. What an investment in this community! Our work is truly For Good. For Ever. For Lancaster!

The Lancaster Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc., a tax-exempt public charity. It is governed by a local advisory board that includes Joe Krantz, chair; David Helmke, Amara Hoffman, Sam Jonas, LuAnne Pink, Crysti Prange, Kevin Raisbeck, Megan Slane and Bette Steinbrenner. For more information, contact Joe Krantz, advisory board chair; Kevin Raisbeck, advisory board vice 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