These funds support organizations in a general area of charitable interest. A field of interest fund supports organizations in a general area of charitable interest. They include funds that support health, social services, the arts, environment, education or a geographical area. These funds give the foundation grantmaking discretion within the specified area of interest.
Field-of-Interest Funds enable donors to focus their giving on the issue or cause they care about most.
You may contribute to an existing Field-of-Interest Fund or consider starting one of your own, either with a gift now, or a planned gift to ensure your legacy. Donors can entrust the Foundation with the selection of the most needed programs to receive grant funding based on a competitive process.
Current Field of Interest Funds
HEALTHY FUTURES FUND
The Healthy Futures Fund is the Community Foundation’s major source for competitive grants in the health field. Its objectives are to improve the health and well-being of Dunn County Residents by supporting direct health care needs, health education, increasing awareness and sharing quality of life opportunities to benefit all citizens. It also seeks non-traditional partnerships and collaborations; and innovative programs that have countywide impact and are replicable in other communities.
MARSHALL HAGEN MEMORIAL FUND
Marshall Hagen had the desire to make a difference in his community. After he passed on, he wanted to help ensure that there would be a permanent source of income that would support programs and services that could directly benefit the lives of people in Dunn County that are suffering from cancer.
BYRON OLSON MEMORIAL FUND
Byron Olson, of Menomonie, Wisconsin, desired that a portion of his estate be used to establish a fund to benefit individuals in Dunn County, Wisconsin, in need of supplemental medical care or services. This fund will make grants to individuals and children in emergency need for things such as eyeglasses, dental care, prescriptions, medical care, food/gas, and many other things.
DRUMS ALONG RED CEDAR YOUTH MUSIC ENDOWMENT FUND
Menomonie used to host the popular Drums Along Red Cedar event every year with the proceeds going to fund school music mini-grants. In 2009, this event was discontinued, but its founders, volunteers and supported left a legacy of an endowed fund at the Foundation. This fund allows the board to award unrestricted grants to music programs to the school districts of Dunn County.
To pay for the pharmaceutical and medical supply expenses of people with Type I or Type II Diabetes who are low income and/ or experiencing difficulty accessing supplies because they are uninsured etc.
Colfax Alumni Fund
To support Colfax Public Schools
Heritage Tree Fund
Urban Forestry board project for tree plaintings; memorial gifts encouraged
West Wisconsin Land Trust Fund
The Youssef and Kamel Mawardi Fund for Wakanda Elementary School
Menomonie Area Mountain Bike Association Fund
Network of bike trails at the Bjornson Environmental site. The 443-acre Bjornson Environmental Site is located on N6945 160th St. With this vote of approval the trail formation process will begin with logging this fall and a number of trails should be open in the fall of 2015.
The School district has been working along side the Chippewa Valley Off Road Bicycle Association and the Menomonie Area Mountain Bike Association (MAMBA) to develop the trails. Here at the Community Foundation we are proud to see the project move forward. In August the CFDC awarded a grant to MAMBA help with the purchase of much needed equipment to maintain these trails. Allowing the volunteers to manage the multi-use trail system for people to hike, run, and bike on safely.
This is Your Community
We know you care: about education, your neighbors, the environment. We do, too. Together, we can make a difference.
For donors, we work with you to find the best way to support the causes you care about: by creating your own named charitable fund or by donating to a pooled fund. Learn about the different fund options we have available, from Donor Advised Funds which offer you flexibility to focus on your distinctive charitable goals, to Field of Interest Funds where you can entrust the Foundation with the selection of the most needed programs to receive grant funding based on a competitive process.
In addition learn about giving now vs giving later. You can be assured that your charitable wished can be fulfilled by meeting with Foundation staff to discuss your planned gift.