Date: January 11th, 2017

Join Mary Van Hout in a Conversation about Middle-Class Philanthropy

So often when we hear the word philanthropy we immediately think of people like Bill and Melinda Gates who have, indeed, given billions of dollars to support charitable projects.  Philanthropy is not about the amount of money.  Philanthropy is about the practice of investing time, energy, and resources to help make life better for others.  It’s not about billions or millions; rather it’s about ongoing, consistent support.

Join Mary Van Hout, Chartered Financial Consultant, on Wednesday, January 18, for a conversation about philanthropy and about making a difference in your community, FOREVER.  Peoples State Bank, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, is hosting this conversation.  There are 2 opportunities to participate:  at 8:30 Peoples State Bank, Prairie du Chien or at 4 p.m. in the Village Hall at Soldiers Grove.

Cheryl Mader, CFSW board member, noted, “There are so many people in our community who are investing their time and energy to make this a special place to live, work, and play.  This informal conversation will provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and to learn about how it is possible to continue helping the community – be it the hospital, their church, their service club, the local school or some other charitable interest – when they are no longer among us.  It truly is possible for all people, regardless of their personal means, to make a difference in the community – FOREVER.”

Barb Daus, CFSW staff member, noted “During my five years in supporting the development of philanthropy in Crawford County I have been impressed with the dedication of people to making this county a great place.  I see so many investing time as well as making consistent donations to many charitable endeavors.  I have witnessed the investment by many which has resulted in the over $110,000 endowment that is the Crawford County Community Fund.  I believe that many folks who support various charitable endeavors will be interested in this conversation.”

There is no cost to participate in this discussion of Middle Class Philanthropy; and there will be no solicitation or request for funds.  This is simply an opportunity to ask questions and learn.  Requests for additional information should be directed to Cheryl Mader (608-778-4256) or Barb Daus (, 608-778-3344).

Date: January 5th, 2017

Grants Awarded by Crawford County Community Fund

Sitting (l-r): Rachel Jovi (Village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Nancy Ashmore (Ready, Set, Grow/Prairie du Chien Memorial Library); Rick Lange and Carol Abrahamzon (Kickapoo Indian Caverns/Mississippi Valley Conservancy). Standing (l-r): Kile Martz (Village of Gays Mills/Stump Dodger Trail); Larry & Sherry Quamme, Jeanne Rutter and Marsha Stross (Village of Ferryville/Sugar Creek Playground)

The Crawford County Community Fund presented its 2016 grants at the December meeting of the Crawford County Board of Supervisors.  A reception, with the grant recipients, county board members, county staff, the Crawford County Community Fund Advisory Board, and other invited guests followed and included refreshments, locally grown and/or produced.

Sharon Murphy, chair of the Crawford County Community Fund advisory board, presented the awards.  In her remarks Dr. Murphy noted, “This is the 8th year that the Crawford County Community Fund has come before you to present our annual grants.  With today’s grants a total of just over $30,000 has been awarded since the Fund’s inception.  Think about it…the original challenge that we accepted in 2008 was a $25,000 gift which was matched by people within this county including you, the County Board.  Already – in 2016 – projects in our county have received more than the original challenge gift.  And, the best news…we will be able to continue to give grants because our fund is an endowment and over this 8-year period has grown to over $110,000!”

The 2016 grants include:

  • $1000 to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy to be used in the acquisition and development of the Kickapoo Indian Caverns near Wauzeka;
  • $1500 to the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library, in support of the “Ready, Set, Grow” campaign to double the size of the library;
  • $1500 to the Village of Ferryville Vision and Promotions Board in support of the re-development of Sugar Creek Park; and
  • $2000 to the Village of Gays Mills Stump Dodger Trail project to be used for signage.

The Crawford County Community Fund is a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  Established in 2008 as a permanent endowment fund for the benefit of Crawford County, the Crawford County Community Fund supports charitable economic development within the county.  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 Sharon Murphy (608-624-3409 or or Barb Daus ( or 608-778-3344).

Date: December 19th, 2016

Lancaster Community Fund Presents Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Fund Grants

Seated, l-r: Ashley Krantz (Lancaster Schools, Physical Education), Cheryl Raisbeck (K-3 St Clement), Heather Harty amd Victoria Lucey (CASH School Assembly) Middle row l-r: Cindy Busch and Tara Fortney (Lancaster Library Foundation), Heather Bontreger (Lancaster Chamber), Larry Wagner (Lancaster Fire Department), Sandy Leibfried and Nicole Clapp (Grant Regional Health Center) Back row, l-r: Larry Busch, Lori Busch and Marty Busch (Lancaster Community Band), Marcia Chambers (Winskill), Leah Whitford (Butler vs Bullying).

The Lancaster Community Fund advisory board welcomed representatives of 11 outstanding projects to its December 13 grant presentation event.  Grant applications were solicited starting in September with a November 1 deadline.  In total, 17 applications requesting over $81,000 were received and reviewed.

In announcing the recipients, advisory board chair David Helmke noted, “The monies for these grants are the result the tremendous gift made through the estate of Keith Tiedemann which established the Charles “Sonny” Tiedemann Charitable Endowment Fund.  Tonight we are pleased to present $19,950 in support of 11 projects within our community.  With tonight’s presentation we are privileged to have presented over $139,000 to 27 projects – all since the spring of 2015.”

Grants were presented as follows:

  • $5,000 to the Lancaster Community Band, through the City of Lancaster, for the purchase of percussion equipment;
  • $1,000 to Grant Regional Health Center for the purchase of 2 medical hip chairs;
  • $1,000 to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce for the construction and installation of durable benches in the downtown;
  • $600 to the Lancaster Community Schools Physical Education Program to purchase projection and associated technology equipment;
  • $1,000 to the Lancaster Community School District in support of the Chris Herren School Assembly (C.A.S.H.);
  • $1,100 to the Lancaster Fire Department for the purchase of 2 portable radios;
  • $1,500 to the Lancaster Public Library Foundation for the purchase and installation of a podium, wireless projector and screen in the Community Room;
  • $1,750 to St Clement School to support the purchase of tablets for the K-3 program;
  • $1,000 to Winskill Elementary and Lancaster Middle School in support of a presentation by LeRoy Butler on bullying;
  • $1,000 to Winskill Elementary in support of the purchase of additional technology/iPads to ‘reach even more students;’
  • $5,000 to Wisconsin Badger Camp in support of the construction of an additional lodge (the 4th) at their camp facility.

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 David Helmke, chair; Tabitha Jackering; Sam Jonas; Joe Krantz; LuAnne Pink; Crysti Prange; Kevin Raisbeck; Megan Slane; and Bette Steinbrenner.  For more information, contact David Helmke, advisory board chair, or Barb Daus, donor services representative with the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin (608-778-3344 or  For further information about the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, visit

Date: November 29th, 2016

Platteville Community Fund Presents Grants Totaling $18,668

The Platteville Community Fund presented 9 grants totaling $18,668 at the fall grants ceremony held on November 17.

Nathan Curry, board chair, reported that the Platteville Community Fund had received 15 applications with requests totaling just over $59,000.  Further Curry acknowledged the foresight of Platteville residents, now deceased, in leaving monies in trust to benefit the community – For Good. For Ever.

Fall grant recipients.

Fall grant recipients.

Five grants were awarded from the Robert and Marian Graham Community Fund.  The Grahams purchased a small local business in 1960.  They grew that business – the Shopping News – into a regional paper, serving folks in Grant, Iowa, and Lafayette counties.  When they sold the business and retired, in 1976, they wanted to give back to the community that had been so good to them for so many years.  For over 40 years, monies from the Graham Fund have been returned to the community to fund programs, projects and special initiatives.  The fall 2016 grantees include:

  • The Mining and Rollo Jamison Museums – $2500 in support of the museums initiative to increase accessibility through the installation of handicap accessible doors.
  • The Platteville Chorale – $600 to support a regional performance tour by the Children’s Choir.
  • The Platteville School District and specifically the Platteville Middle School Science Program – $300 to purchase multiple copies of the novel, Trinity: A Graphic History of the 1st Atomic Bomb.
  • The UW-Platteville Office of Continuing Education College of Kids Program – $500 in support of need-based scholarships for Platteville School District students to attend the 2017 College for Kids program.
  • The Platteville Public Library Foundation – a total of $10,000, which included grant monies of $4200 from the Platteville Community Fund endowment, for furniture, fixtures and equipment for the soon to opened, expanded and new Platteville Public Library.

Two grants were presented from the Schneller-Tang Community Fund.  This endowment was established in 2007 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of what we know today as Esterline/

AVISTA.  Originally started by Cindy Tang and her father, as Insight Industries, and later led by Jim Schneller (as AVISTA), this Fund awarded its 1st grants in 2011.  Grantees for 2016 include:

  • Southwest Health and specifically the Emergency Medical Services – $1000 to assist in the purchase of ventilators, essential in respiratory support, for the ambulances.
  • Southwest Opportunities Center – $268 in support of the safety improvement program.

Two grants were presented from Carmen and Eva Beining Community Fund.  The philanthropy of the Beinings is well known throughout this community.  Carmen and Eva were life-long residents who helped to build Platteville.  They have left a number of legacy gifts that will continue their work, for ever.

  • Family Connections of Southwest Wisconsin – $1000 to purchase necessary supplies for events including Play ‘n Learn and Family Fun activities.
  • Family Promise of Grant County – $2500 to support the purchase of kitchen appliances and other furniture for the group’s Day Center.

Established in 2002, PCF made its first grant in 2005.  To date the Fund has awarded 219 grants that have invested nearly $440,000 in the Platteville community.  PCF requests grant applications twice every year.  The deadline for submission of spring grant materials is April 15.  Applications are made online through the CFSW website –

PCF is governed by a local volunteer board including Louise Brockman, Nathan Curry, Ed Faherty, Eileen Nickels, Joe Rosemeyer, Mary Rosemeyer, Jen Schweigert, Cindy Tang, Bill Van Deest, Gene Weber, and Jan Weier.

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 or Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin donor services representative Barb Daus (608-778-3344 or  Donations are received throughout the year and may be sent to Platteville Community Fund, PO Box 46, Platteville, Wisconsin 53818

Date: November 21st, 2016

New Glarus Awards more than $22,000 in Grants

Since its inception in 1996 the New Glarus Community Fund and New Glarus Excellence in Education Fund has awarded more than $282,000 in grants to area organizations.  At a recent reception at the New Glarus Hotel over $22,300 was awarded to the following organizations:

New Glarus Community Fund:

New Glarus EMS – Siren Amplifier

New Glarus Library – Not Your Grandma’s Library

New Glarus Vision – Operation Batting Cage

School District of New Glarus – Wyalusing Bethel Horizons

New Glarus Historical Society – Settler’s Cabin Restoration

New Glarus Fire District – Roof Vent Saw Replacement

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Green County – NG School Friends Mentoring

Family Promise of Green County – Gas Cards

Friends of New Glarus Woods State Park – Self-Guided Ecosystem Educational Signs

SWCAP – Green Cares Food Pantry

Village of New Glarus – Dog Park Fencing

Wilhelm Tell Guild – Shooting Barn & Tell Grounds Electrical Repairs & Flagpole


Dr. Fred W. & Alice J Kundert Charitable Fund

New Glarus Historical Society – Settler’s Cabin Restoration


Anonymous II Fund:

Friends of the Chalet of the Golden Fleece – Restoration/Gutters

New Glarus Vision – Music in the Park

New Glarus Historical Society – Settler’s Cabin Restoration


New Glarus Excellence in Education Fund:

School District of New Glarus:

3 / 4 STEM Stations

Wyalusing / Stonefield Village

Blankets for Compassion

Breathe for Change

Stand Up and Learn



The New Glarus Community Fund is the only community resource uniquely positioned to identify areas of need and direct resources to meet those needs – proving that together, charitable giving through the New Glarus Community Fund creates a better place to live for all of us – a place where everyone counts.

The New Glarus Community Fund and the New Glarus Excellence in Education Fund are components of the Community Foundation of Southern WI.  For more information on the New Glarus Community Fund and/or the New Glarus Excellence in Education Fund contact Linda Gebhardt, Donor Service at 608-328-4060 or