Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

La Crosse Community Foundation

Serving the donors' interests and the community's needs since 1930.

aka La Crosse Community Foundation   |   La Crosse, WI   |  http://www.laxcommfoundation.com/

Mission

To enrich the quality of life in the greater La Crosse area.

Ruling year info

1952

Executive Director

Jamie Schloegel

Main address

401 Main St. Suite 205

La Crosse, WI 54901 USA

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EIN

39-6037996

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Public Foundations (T30)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grant and Scholarship Program

We use earnings from our investment funds to provide grants and scholarships to qualified organizations meetings identified community needs.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Budget
$2,428,063

We offer a variety of charitable giving options that provide a powerful and highly personal approach to giving.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2017

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member 2016

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Females,Males,Families

Related Program

Grant and Scholarship Program

Context Notes

total of 415 grants and 175 scholarships

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Grant and Scholarship Program

Context Notes

total grants and scholarships

Number of evaluations conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Grant and Scholarship Program

Context Notes

survey of donors, non profits and grant recipients, board members

Number of overall donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Context Notes

total number of donors

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The La Crosse Community Foundation uses its resources to improve the quality of life in the greater La Crosse area. The Foundation works with donors and nonprofit organizations to facilitate community philanthropy, to identify areas of need or priority, convene the community to address those needs, and ultimately provide grants and distributions for programs that work with those needs.

La Crosse Community Foundation works with donors and organizations via community conversations and needs assessments. While doing so, the foundation identifies organizations that have the capacity to either address needs, with additional support, or identify partners willing to work on areas of interest. Donors are interested in improving the overall community environment and the Community Foundation is able to provide additional information, expertise, and follow-up that support the donors' interests and the community's needs.

The La Crosse Community Foundation has served as a leading community philanthropic organization since 1930. The Foundation meets all standards for community foundations established by the Council on Foundations. An independent board of 11 members representing the entire region, and appointed by independent mechanisms oversee the operation of the Foundation. Foundation staff participate in numerous community meetings, coalitions, and community need groups, convene the groups, agencies, and individuals working on the needs, and issue grants to programs working with those needs, or link donors and fundholders to projects.

In grantmaking, the La Crosse Community Foundation uses metrics identified by both the community and the nonprofits administering grants as to effectiveness. All agencies receiving grant funds complete reports to evaluate the program and show how they improved the community. Emerging needs are identified via community listening sessions, through staff service on innumerable community policy boards, community needs surveys, and data research.

Recent major grant initiatives include supporting central city housing and neighborhoods, replanting lost-to-disease trees, supporting an urban biodiversity effort that includes county health dept. staffing and education programs, grant support for two neighborhood police officers in a critical city neighborhood, supporting bluff-land preservation and public works projects with staffing grants as well as educational outreach to public school students, building a new completely accessible city park complete with a catch-and-release trout pond and playground equipment fully accessible for young children who live with disabilities. The Foundation also supports public concerts and performances. In addition, the Foundation extends significant scholarship support and supports human services programs that feed, clothe and shelter children and adults who live in poverty.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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La Crosse Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/30/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sandy Brekke, R.N.

St. Clare Health Mission & Gundersen Population Health

Term: 2017 - 2019


Board co-chair

Brent Smith, J.D.

Johns, Flaherty & Collins, S.C.

Term: 2016 - 2018

Susan Christopherson

Fowler & Hammer Const., owner

Sandy Brekke

St. Clare Health Mission Director

Tom Kennedy

retired CFO Brennan Marine

Tom Sleik

Hale Skemp Law Office

Rick Kyte

Viterbo University

Brent Smith

Johns, Flaherty & Collins, SC

Barb Erickson

Community Volunteer

Joseph Moua

Bremer Bank

Julie Nordeen

Jamie Dahl

Taggert Brooks

Univ. of Wis. La Crosse

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

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