Community Foundation Posts Record Year

Tom Giffey

If figures recently announced by the Eau Claire Community Foundation are any indication, the Chippewa Valley is a generous place – and its people are growing even more generous. The foundation, which serves as a conduit between donors and the charities they support, says it had a record year in 2018: It received an “unprecedented” $4.9 million in donations and issued more than 500 grants. More than $2.8 million in grants (366 grants, to be precise), were given by the ECCF itself, a total that includes about $1.7 million to support the Pablo Center at the Confluence. The Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation – a supporting organization of the ECCF – issued the remainder of the grants, which totaled $124,000 and benefited students and educators in the Eau Claire Area School District through scholarships, enrichment opportunities, and many other resources. To learn more about how to contribute to one of the ECCF’s existing funds or how to create a new one that will serve as a lasting legacy for yourself and your family, visit

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