The La Crosse Public Education Foundation has a growing portfolio of endowed funds to support grant projects and other initiatives that sustain and strengthen teaching and learning in the School District of La Crosse.

Randy Eddy Sr. (right) and with Randy Eddy, Jr. and Tonia Eddy. In 2012, Randy and Judy Eddy established an endowed fund at the Foundation.

Randy Eddy Sr. (right) and with Randy Eddy, Jr. and Tonia Eddy. In 2012, Randy and Judy Eddy established an endowed fund at the Foundation.

La Crosse Public Education Foundation Endowment Fund
The La Crosse Public Education Foundation Endowment Fund, created at the La Crosse Community Foundation in 1991, ensures funding will be available to sustain the organization and classroom innovation grants in perpetuity.

Richard Swantz Endowment Fund
The Richard Swantz Endowment Fund, named for the former superintendent of schools and one of LPEF’s founders, fosters teacher excellence by funding a grant each year in the area of staff development.

Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Shoah
The Maureen and Robert Freedland Fund for Studies of the Shoah exposes students to the history of the Shoah, the systematic genocide against the Jewish people and other “undesirable” groups targeted for destruction by the Nazi Regime in World War II. The goal is to help students understand its impact in the world today.

Judy and Randy Eddy Sr. Fund
Established in 2012 by means of a generous gift from longtime La Crosse residents Randy Eddy and his wife, Judy, and supplemented with proceeds from the Randy Eddy Mathathon, this fund provides support to students and teachers in the La Crosse Schools with an emphasis on Logan High School.

McGavock Family Endowment for Music Education 
The McGavock Family Endowment for Music Education provides annual funding for a program or project to enhance music education within the School District of La Crosse. The fund is named for Ronald and Philip McGavock. Ronnie was a professional entertainer who settled in La Crosse to raise a family. Philip was a music educator in his native Illinois.

Janet Kircher Isler Board Advised Fund
Funded in 2012 by a bequest from Janet Kircher Isler, a 1936 graduate of Central High School and a long-time teacher in Illinois, this fund supports special projects as directed by the Foundation’s board of directors.

Barbara Schroeder Board Advised Fund
Funded in 2014 by a bequest from Barbara Schroeder, a 1968 graduate of Central High School, this fund supports special projects as directed by the Foundation’s board of directors.

Other Funds

Several other funds have been established for the benefit of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, including:

Gertrude Salzer Gordon Private Foundation for the benefit of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation supports general operations and grant programs of LPEF.

Steven and Julianna Blanchar Memorial Fund provides funding for Kindergarten field trips for all students in the district during their first year of school.

Sally A. Grimslid Memorial Fund provides extra funding for Northside Elementary School each year. The fund was established in memory of Sally, a former teacher at Franklin Elementary School, a predecessor to Northside.

Kids for Kids Fund, created with a donation from the Norman L. Gillette Sr. Family Fund, provides funding for dental and mental health services for schoolchildren in need.

Duane and Carol Taebel Fund provides annual support for LPEF with preference to activities for teachers and students at Spence Elementary School.

The Dr. Gunnar and Mary Baldwin Gundersen Fund, established through the generosity of Dr. Cameron and Rachel Gundersen,  supports classroom grants and special programs.

Interested in creating an endowed fund?

Please contact Executive Director David Stoeffler at 608-787-0226 or via email at david@lacrosseeducationfoundation.org for further information about our endowment funds or to discuss planned giving options supporting one of these funds, or a new endowment.