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The Board of Directors at the Community Foundation of Dunn County recently awarded over $22,000 in grants to 9 nonprofit organizations in areas such as basic human needs, arts, environment, health and recreation concluding the Foundation’s formal grant cycle for 2013.
The Community Foundation awarded more than $53,000 in competitive grants in 2013, which is the highest dollar amount in the Foundation’s history. “November 15th was National Philanthropy Day and November 12 – 18 was Community Foundation Week,” according to the Foundation’s Executive Director, Linda McIntyre, “There is no better time to highlight our philanthropic impact in the community and the good work of the local agencies and organizations we support.” The recipients of this competitive grant cycle are:
Arts Coming Together, for A Year of Arts Exploration Arts & Culture: $2,000
The Bridge To Hope, for Repairs and Improvements to the Emergency Shelter: $2,595
The ARC of Dunn County, Inc., for Sibshop Program: $1,345
Dunn County ShredPark Inc., for Bike park at Dunn County Rec Park (Shred Park): $2,350
Boyceville Lions Club, for Playground Equipment for Andy Pafko Park in Boyceville: $6,000
Colfax Municipal Building, for Theater Restoration & Repair: $3,000
Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association, for Land Water & People Coming Together Conference for the Environment: $2,000
WestCAP, for Appliances for Boyceville Food Pantry: $3,375
Three beneficiaries of this year’s grants help illustrate the range of programs funded and populations supported by the Community Foundation:
• The West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency (West CAP) received funds to upgrade their freezers at their Food Pantry located at the Food Access and Resources Center in Boyceville. WestCAP’s food pantry in Boyceville provides food security for over 100 low-income households every month. The new, larger freezers have increased their capacity to accept frozen donations, including venison donations during the recent hunting season.
• The Red Cedar: Land, Water & People Coming Together Conference is the only major educational event dealing with the improvement of water quality in the entire Red Cedar Watershed. The Tainter/Menomin Lake Improvement Association is committed to making the waters of our local lakes clean and safe by 2018. We are pleased to be part of helping educate the community and bringing together our regional partners to explore both the issues creating the problem and opportunities that exist to help clean up our watershed.
• The Dunn County ShredPark offers our community a place for families to stay active and connected. Our grant will help them build a progressive bike park complete with berms, jumps, drops and pump track features to challenge riders of all ages and skills. Along with the now complete SnowPark, the new BikePark makes the ShredPark a place for families to play all year round.
McIntyre also added that the Board of Directors just approved distributions from several designated and donor advised funds that awarded additional grants of $17,000 to area non-profits, bringing this year’s grant total to more than $113,000. McIntyre concluded by saying that several Donor Advised and Designated Funds will be distributing additional grants before the month of December,
About the Community Foundation of Dunn County
The Community Foundation of Dunn County was created in 1995 by a group of community members to promote charitable giving that would create a permanent source of capital to benefit and enrich the quality of life of everyone in the Dunn County area. The Foundation serves as a resource to help inform, encourage and engage people to take a role in improving the quality of life in their communities, now and in the future through local giving. The Foundation plays an active role in the community by managing and growing numerous types of endowments funds established by individuals, families or companies. The Foundation also provides assistance to area non-profit organizations to help build endowment funds to help sustain their futures.
The Community Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations throughout Dunn County in the areas of the arts and culture, heritage, the environment, health, education, basic needs, recreation, community and economic development. The Community Foundation is available to assist anyone carry out their philanthropic goals to help meet the needs of our communities for today and tomorrow.
For more information contact the Community Foundation of Dunn County at 715-232-8019 or visit www.cfdunncounty.org.