History Of Hometown Heroes

The Chippewa County Community Foundation and the Youth Advisory Council are proud to
present the History of Hometown Heroes, an Armed Forces veteran banner project to honor
and commemorate the brave service of our local heroes past and present. The banners will be
displayed throughout our community from Memorial Day until after Veterans’ Day for three years.
Space is limited, so selection of veterans as well as banner placement will be on a strictly first-
come, first-served basis. Please review the requirements and submit your completed
application by March 1
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Mission Statement

Our mission is to inspire a philanthropic culture with our community to promote a thriving place to live, work and play.


The role of a Community Foundation is to provide for the FUTURE needs of the community by accepting donations to establish permanently endowed funds, and using the interest from these invested funds to benefit the community through grants for projects.

The Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees and has a youth component, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC).

Whitney-Jo Anderson Memorial Dance Scholarship

On behalf of the family of Whitney-Jo Anderson, the Chippewa County Community Foundation is honored to announce the availability of the annual Whitney-Jo Anderson Memorial Dance Scholarship. On April 19, 2008, the Lord called a precious little girl’s name and she answered his call. Whitney-Jo was 9 years old when she went to live with her heavenly father.
Anyone who met Whitney-Jo quickly fell in love with her strong personality and her attitude on life. She loved life even though she had battled a heart condition and cancer for much of her life. Whitney-Jo’s greatest passion was to dance. She learned her passion for ballet dancing in the Academy of Performing Arts studio under the caring direction of Luanna Luxton- Armstrong.

The family of Whitney-Jo has created a legacy for their precious angel by establishing the Whitney-Jo Anderson Memorial Dance Scholarship Fund with the Chippewa County Community Foundation. This scholarship will pay $350 towards dance lessons and/or dance attire.

Applications can be picked up at the Soo Theatre, Allure Dance Studio, Academy of Performing Arts Studio or the Chippewa County Community Foundation – 511 Ashmun St. – Suite 200 (2nd floor of Huntington Bank). Applications are due October 15th.

The Chippewa County Community Foundation will be accepting Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant applications until Wednesday, April 18th, 2018.

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The Chippewa County Community Foundation’s YAC is a student-led group responsible for developing grant recommendations for the annual distribution of income from the Youth Enrichment Endowment Fund held at the Chippewa County Community Foundation. This fund was established by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is held in permanent endowment for projects and programs that benefit youth. YAC members (high school age students) identify issues of concern to youth in the community and prepare a grant application that addresses those areas. Finally, members review the grant proposals received and make funding recommendations to the Chippewa County Community Foundation’s (CCCF) Board of Trustees.

Grant applicants must be available to present their youth-related project to the YAC students on the evening of Wednesday, April 25th between 4pm & 7pm. The maximum grant request is $3,500.

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Our Community Foundation at a Glance
Established in 1994, the Chippewa County Community Foundation is one of more than 700 community foundations in the United States today. We serve Chippewa County, offering people a variety of ways to touch our community through philanthropic giving.
Board of Trustees

Debbie Jones, Executive Director
Nikki Dowd-McKechnie, Chair
Kelly Freeman, Vice Chair 
Erica Newland, Secretary
Stacey Swanson, Treasurer 
Doug Laprade
Josh Billington
Susan Kenn
Josh MacDonald
Randy Anderson
Alex Prater


Financial Statements
The Chippewa County Community Foundation annually appoints an independent auditor to conduct an audit of the combined financial statements of the Foundation.

Copy and paste our most recent audited financial statements into a search engine for more information.

2015: file:///C:/Users/Diane/Downloads/SKMBT_C22018070311560.pdf

2016: file:///C:/Users/Diane/Downloads/SKMBT_C22018070312030.pdf

Also available are our yearly
990 IRS Tax Returns:


Investment Policy

The purpose of this Investment Policy Statement is to establish a clear understanding of the philosophy and the investment objectives for the Chippewa County Community Foundation (hereinafter, “CCCF”). This document will further describe the standards that will be utilized by the Finance Committee in monitoring investment performance, as well as, serve as a guideline for any financial manager retained.

Spending Policy

This Spending Policy Formula is applied against the net asset value of all endowed funds at the calendar year end of each year. Net asset value is after the investment and administrative fees have been paid.

Helping donors do good work…forever.
The Chippewa County Community Foundation is a nonprofit, community corporation created by and for the people of Chippewa County. We are here to help our donors make a positive impact on their community.

Three special features of Community Foundations

One: Personalized Service. We make giving easy and effective, accepting a wide variety of gifts and providing donors a number of charitable options. You can contribute cash, stocks, property, and bequests. You may also establish a fund in your name or in the name of a loved one. In most cases, your gift qualifies for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Two: Local Expertise. Our professional staff has an in-depth understanding of the issues, opportunities, and resources that shape our community. They monitor all areas of community need- including human services, education, the environment, healthcare, the arts, and economic development. We can help you learn more about local organizations and programs that make a difference in areas you care about most.

Three: Community Leadership. We invest in the long term and bring people and organizations together, convening diverse voices to address local issues and opportunities. Our business is building community.

Chippewa County Community Foundation

For Good. For Ever.

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