Community Foundation in the NEWS

“Menomonie woman’s legacy to support new sports complex”

February 19, 2015

After her death Betty left a portion of her estate to charity. One of her gifts was to the Community Foundation of Dunn County to set up an endowment fund to benefit the Menomonie School District. The community foundation has created the Betty Gesche Fund for Menomonie Athletics with her gift. Her gift will help to build the new Menomonie High School Sports Complex, where her name will be inscribed as a devoted supporter of Menomonie Athletics.

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“Community foundations serve and secure”

February 8, 2015

“Our vision is that we will be widely recognized in the area as the leading community resource promoting philanthropy, collaboration and innovation, and building endowments,” she said.

Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie are all graced with community foundations, which are funded by local folks to serve local folks.

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“Boyceville ambulance awarded $60,000 Otto Bremer Foundation grant for heart monitors”

The Boyceville Community Ambulance Service has been awarded a $60,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation to purchase two brand new heart monitors. Feeney told the ambulance district representative that the Boyceville ambulances services had revived numerous grants in 2014. One of those grants was for $12,500 from the Community Foundation of Dunn County. Along with other grants, the Boyceville ambulance service purchased two power cots, one for each ambulance.

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 “Dunn County Veterans Memorial bricks on sale”

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December 14, 2014

The Community Foundation of Dunn County is currently accepting requests for new bricks for the Dunn County Veteran’s Memorial located on Historic Second street in downtown Menomonie. The cost is $250 per brick.

This annual program began on Flag Day, June 14, 2000 when more than 300 bricks were dedicated and the monument unveiled. Its purpose is to honor military veterans from any branch of service during any era. There is no residency requirement, and currently more than 500 veterans are honored.


“Keeping the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts for the people, by the people — and of the people”


Long known as the jewel of Dunn County, the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts has undergone changes over the years, stood the test of time and continues to forge ahead. Outreach has been an important part of the Mabel Tainter’s mission, with a focus on students.Funding from the Community Foundation of Dunn County made it possible for 250 elementary children to see “The Nutcracker.”


“The Valley’s community foundations serve and secure”

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“Community foundations” is a perfect descriptor, for these foundations for the delivery of generosity work like well-planned and poured concrete foundations, seating and securing the community that sits atop them. Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Menomonie are all graced with community foundations, which are funded by local folks to serve local folks.


“This year we have given away almost a quarter of a million dollars. The projects that stand out for me are the basic needs we have helped meet.”

-Georgina Tegart, Executive director, Community Foundation of Dunn County

“Community Foundation of Dunn County holds record breaking fundraising Gala “Jeans & Jewels”

November 8th, 240 people gathered at the Off Broadway Banquet Center, located next to Stout Ale House in Menomonie to celebrate the individuals and organizations that boost the Community Foundation of Dunn County’s important work to improve lives and strengthen communities.

Supporters, sponsors, donors, and attendees helped make this year’s Gala the most attended Gala in the history of the foundation. This resulted in an impressive amount of support, raising over $60,000 for the Community Fouj_j_logo3ndation. The executive director, Georgina Tegart remarks, “This year’s Gala was everything we expected it to be and more. We are amazed at the generosity of the sponsors and the donors this year.”
As the theme suggests, guests were encouraged but not required to dress in Western attire- with jewels of course. The event began at 5:00 pm with a social hour and opportunities to purchase raffle tickets and bid on silent action items. Entertainment was provided by the local country music group “Emily and the Twin Steels” After dinner, we recognized Jan Pierce for her years of dedicated service to the Community Foundation of Dunn County and our entire county with the 2014 Spirit of Philanthropy Award.
The silent auction and the raffle included donations from 45th Parallel, Personal Chef Jodi Giroux, Keyes Chevytown, Pleasant Valley Tree Farm, Bill’s Distributing (UW-Badger Tickets), Jerry Porter (handmade copper trellis), Lammers Foodfest, Junction Liquor, Eau Galle Cheese Factory and too many more to mention. Attendees were encouraged to bid high and bid often and they no trouble doing it with all the fabulous donations.1235242_364778133683148_4078855845030021729_n
A live auction with the Lee Brothers Action Service featured many exciting tips and one of kind pieces. In keeping with the theme, Bob Giede and Anshus Jewlers donated fantastic jewelry.  Other highlights were “Beer for a Year” from Riverside Liquor, a gorgeous original painting from Pat Kell and an amazing weekend stay at Metropolis Resort. Perennial favorite’s such as a 7-day trip to Marco Island, Florida donated by Donated by Mark & Brady Dahms, owners of Halverson Brothers Plumbing & Heating were a big hit.
This year’s Gala was a night to remember with all proceeds going into the community. Big thank you to the 2014 Gala Committee: Debra Labs & Kim Porter, Clint Moses, Sue Neubauer, Cindy O’Connell, Carol VandeBerg, and Royed Wollberg. Also, to the Platinum sponsors of the night: Advanced Engineering Concepts, Bakke Norman Law Office, BMO Harris Bank, Bremer Bank, Dairy State Bank, Russell and Nancy Doane, Debra Labs, Mayo Clinic Health System – Red Cedar, Inc., Bradley and Cindy O’Connell, Tim and Jane Schutz, Royal Credit Union, WESTconsin Credit Union
If you missed it but would like to support the Community Foundation of Dunn County please visit for more information about the mission of the Foundation.

“Boys & Girls Club in Menomonie celebrates grand opening Tuesday”

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Many gathered on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the grand opening of the Boys & Girls Club-Menomonie Center at River Heights Elementary School, where programming will begin with students in grades 3-5. The ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted by the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce. As the club is established at River Heights, membership will  expand  with  transportation from  other  schools in the School District of the Menomonie Area.  The  Menomonie  Center  is the  fourth organization under the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley with support from the Community Foundation of Dunn County


“The Women’s Giving Circle presents grants for women and children in Dunn County”

September 15, 2014

members of the Women’s Giving Circle of Dunn County will celebrate the giving of its first grants during the Fall Philanthropy HiRes-400x400Gala at Jake’s Super Club beginning at 5 p.m. The Women’s Giving Circle was formed late in 2013 and continues to build membership. Its mission is to raise money and distribute funds to projects and initiatives that improve life for women and children in the Dunn County Area though the Community Foundation of Dunn County.

The Women’s Giving Circle is actively seeking new members to participate in philanthropy through education, grant-making, and other community-based activities. Dues are $250 a year; to become a Founder, $1,000 (which covers the dues for four years) must be paid by Dec. 31. Women age 60 or older may choose a Lifetime Membership by making a one time pledge of $5,000, which may be paid in an initial lump sum or $2,500 for the next two years.

For more information visit The Community Foundation of Dunn County website: and on Facebook.


  “Expert to present on creative charitable planning”

September 27, 2014

The community foundations of Chippewa, Dunn and Eau Claire will welcome Bryan Clontz, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CAP, AEP, president and co-founder of Charitable Solutions, LLC, as their upcoming guest presenter. In addition to his long and diverse experience working with nonprofit organizations, he has given more than 2,000 presentations on charitable gift planning and community foundation topics.



“Community Foundation awards over $40,000 to local organizations”

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The Community Foundation of Dunn County (CFDC) has awarded grants totaling more than $40,000 to local organizations and will give out another $50,000 by year end. Every year CFDC awards tens of thousands of dollars to non-profit organizations and community groups that provide a charitable service in the areas of education, health, recreation, the environment, arts and culture, preserving our heritage, and basic needs. The Community Foundation awards grants through a competitive application and review process. CFDC is the steward of two funds created by area families, philanthropists, corporations and private foundations for charitable investment in our community: The Healthy Futures Fund and the Common Good Fund.


“Hanging baskets adorn downtown streets”

June 29, 2014

We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful flower baskets that were hung recently on 80 light poles throughout downtown Menomonie. 53adc3f50b4db.preview-620The hanging baskets have been a major project of the GFWC Menomonie Woman’s Club since the Victorian light poles were installed by the city a number of years ago. The project started out small, but has increased in size over the years, with 160 baskets being purchased by the club for the past several years.

It’s no easy feat to maintain this project, and the club couldn’t do it without the support of the community. Those who enjoy the baskets and wish to assist, the club is still accepting donations to cover the costs associated with the project. Tax deductible donations can be sent to the Community Foundation of Dunn County/GFWC Menomonie Woman’s Club, PO Box 498, Menomonie, WI 54751


“Dunn County is the 10th poorest county in the state of Wisconsin. Knowing that we can get a few caring people to make big changes really gets me excited.”

— Kim Porter, Board member, Community Foundation of Dunn County

“Community Foundation of Dunn County awards $22,000 in grants”

December 16, 2013

The Board of Directors at the Community Foundation of Dunn County recently awarded over $22,000 in grants to nine 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.

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“Dunn County Launches Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Awareness Program”

Jun 11, 2014

To help mark “Plastic Film and Bag Recycling Awareness Month” in DunnCounty, a kick-off event will be held at Indianheaddownload Enterprises at 12:30 p.m., June 12, 2014.  DunnCounty has been chosen as part of a pilot program for a nationwide public outreach initiative to dramatically increase the recycle of plastic film packaging.  As a result Dunn County Solid Waste, in cooperation with Indianhead Enterprises, is now accepting plastic film product wraps and film to be recycled into Trex Company, Inc. composite decking.  A grant from the Community Foundation of Dunn County was integral to making this program possible.