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

Date: December 11th, 2017

Lancaster Fund Recognized at K-9 Officer Ceremony

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Date: November 14th, 2017

Platteville Community Fund Presents 11 grants totaling $16,822

Making a difference in and for our community!  That is the work of the dedicated volunteers who provide leadership and the generous donors who provide resources to the Platteville Community Fund.  And, that is the intended impact of grants awarded by the Platteville Community Fund.

Platteville Community Fund Fall 2017 grant recipients Left to right: Audrey Johnston and Tori Lesser, representing SOC; Bob Hundhausen, representing Building Platteville; Paul McDonald and Bob Digman, representing PCA; Melissa Duve, Darlene Masters, and Laura Hermsen, representing Family Advocates; Luke Peters, representing the City of Platteville, Recreation Department; Brandi Kamps, representing Wisconsin Badger Camp; Keri Wedige, representing UWP College for Kids; Maggie Kleisath and Stephanie Saager-Bourett, representing the Platteville Chorale; and Diana Bolander and Mary Huck, representing the Platteville Museums and the Friends of the Platteville Museums

Nathan Curry, PCF board chair, noted, “Today we are presenting grants from the earnings of the Carmen and Eva Beining Endowment, the Robert & Marian Graham Community Endowment, and the Schneller-Tang Endowment.  We are honored to make these awards from legacy gifts invested by these donors that benefit the Platteville community now and forever.”

Fall 2017 Robert & Marian Graham Community Fund grant recipients include:

  • The City of Platteville Recreation Department, $2,250 for the resurfacing of the floor at the Platteville Armory and the painting of courtlines for pickleball.
  •  The Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, $7,500 to fund the replace of the mine incline railing.

Awards from the Carmen & Eva Beining Endowment were presented as follows:

  • Family Advocates, $600 in support of client transportation.
  • The Friends of the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums, $1,000 to purchase archival supplies for the care and preservation of the collection.
  •  The Platteville Chorale, $250 to support rental of facilities for the Platteville Children’s Choirs Holiday Concert.
  • The Platteville Community Arboretum, $500 for the purchase of a chain saw for trail maintenance.
  • Southwest Opportunities Center, $722 to purchase items to complete the Day Services Multi-Stimulation Room project.

A grant of $1,000 from the Schneller-Tang Community Endowment was awarded to Wisconsin Badger Camp in support of the purchase of a canoe transport trailer.

Grants were also presented from the Platteville Community Fund Endowment. Recipients include:

  • Building Platteville, $500 for the purchase of reusable supplies for a ‘new’ community holiday event – Katie’s Garden Winter Wonderland.
  • The City of Platteville Recreation Department, $1,000 for the creation and installation of an artistic bike rake for the recently opened Platteville Public Library.
  • The UWP Office of Continuing Education, $1,500 to fund 15 partial scholarships for the 2018 College for Kids program for attendees from the Platteville Schools geographic area.

For the fall grant cycle, the Platteville Community Fund received 17 applications with total requests in excess of $47,000.  Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.  To date the Fund has awarded 244 grants totaling just over $494,172.  PCF is governed by a local volunteer advisory board including Kim Brodbeck, Louise Brockman, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Mary Rosemeyer, Joe Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, and Jan Weier.  Persons assisting the advisory board in the evaluation of fall 2017 grant applications included Dave Jones, Kathy Lomax, and Tom Osterholz.

The Platteville Community Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 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 throughout the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818

Date: November 3rd, 2017

ZAK Family Foods Supports PHS Scholarship Program

Jason Zakaras, CEO of ZAK Family Foods that owns the Platteville Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell franchise and members of his administrative team of Joe Rechtfertig and Noah Jenkins met with representatives of the PHS Scholarship Fund to present a check of $1000 in support of scholarships for PHS Class of 2018 graduates.

From left: Noah Jenkins, Joe Rechtfertig and Jason Zakaras – all with ZAK Family Foods, Platteville Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell – are congratulated as the most recent business donor to the PHS Scholarship Fund, represented by Sheila Kelley, Eileen Nickels, and Andy Custer.

ZAK Family Foods acquired the Platteville Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell restaurant in late 2016, thereby expanding its operations to four states – including Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin.  ZAK Family Foods operates 31 restaurants employing 650 people.  Their goal is to develop great leaders.  They help their employees not only find but also leverage their passions in life through practical work application while providing training in requisite life skills.

Zakaras noted both his company’s and the franchises’ commitment to youth development, “We are committed to providing not only employment but also education in management, finances, and leadership for our employees.  To that end, a partnership with the community and particularly with this group – working so hard to provide financial assistance for post-secondary education to local students – is both natural and necessary.”

Zakaras and the team at the Platteville restaurant are particularly proud of Hillary Line, a PHS graduate and a 2017 recipient of the $5,000 Taco Bell “Live Mas” Scholarship.  Zakaras indicated that the donation for the PHS Class of 2018 scholarship is in honor of Hillary, who is pursuing a degree in art education.  Further he said, “Her statement – don’t let others limit your potential by telling you what you’re capable of – mirrors our company philosophy of maximizing human potential through leadership development training.  We are extremely proud to offer so many of our KFC and Taco Bell team members scholarships and grants of $2,000-$5,000 multiple times each year.”

Sheila Kelley, chair of the PHS Scholarship Fund advisory board, noted, “We are pleased to welcome ZAK Family Foods to our family of donors.  This company is investing in the youth of our community.  Their leadership in both education of employees and community philanthropy is noteworthy and appreciated.  We are hopeful that other area businesses will follow the example set by ZAK Family Foods.”

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.