Clark County Community Foundation Inc.
301 N Main St PO Box 116 Loyal WI 54446
WI Charitable Org No. 15617-800
A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization
Copyright 2013-2019 Clark County Community Foundation Inc. - All Rights Reserved
Perhaps invoking the promise of the upcoming spring is a
good place to begin. It is this seasonal change that brings
new life, not only to nature, the land, but even more
importantly to humankind. We are invariably uplifted as
the days warm and the cold nights recede. Likewise, our
Foundation will continue to thrive if we transfer a
portion of that newfound energy to it.
I read somewhere that Presidents are to provide
inspiration, leadership if you will, and look forward to
the future. I am pleased to once again, add my thoughts
and comments to this 2018 Annual Report and hope that
those reading this, might find a measure of creativity or
sustaining energy from the information you are about to
read. So, while it is tempting for me to share with you
this past year’s accomplishments, I invite you to read the
various Committee Reports that follow.
I would like to begin my comments by reminding
ourselves of our Foundation’s Statement of Purpose that
states in part …. for the broad based charitable benefit of
the communities and citizens of Clark County,
Wisconsin and to enhance their quality of life through
endowment and grant giving.
What is a Community?
Many of you know my fondness for quotes, especially
those that speak to the importance and
significance of community. Here are two for us to
“I am of the opinion, that my life belongs to the whole
community as long as I live. It is my privilege to do whatever I
can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die for the harder I
work, the more I live.”
- George Bernard Shaw (Playwright & Critic)
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by
the compassionate actions of its members.”
- Coretta Scott King (Civil Rights icon)
I am confident both Mr. Shaw and Mrs. King would be
pleased and approve the words we chose in our
Foundation’s Statement of Purpose and the efforts we as
a Foundation make in our attempt to enhance the quality
of life for the citizens and communities of Clark County.
Memorable Moments in 2017
If our Statement of Purpose was seen only as “lofty
words” then you would miss the best part of what the
Foundation is all about.
This past year, several Board Members and I were able to
witness first hand, the impact our Scholarship Programs
have by attending various scholarship award ceremonies
held at Clark County High Schools. What a profound
experience it was to stand at a podium and announce an
educational scholarship to an achieving and deserving
student on behalf of the generous donors of the Clark
County Community Foundation. In that brief yet
memorable exchange between donor and recipient, the
numerous volunteer hours committed to the work of the
Foundation were validated and reinforced.
It is a challenge to quantify into words the wonderful
feeling of knowing (hoping) these scholarships might
make in the life of these young people. Exhilarating is
not too strong a word. Additionally, to observe other
organizations and Foundations participating in these
same award ceremonies, many with more generous
scholarship amounts, serves to reinforce our resolve to be
able to offer more (and larger) scholarship opportunities.
As I referenced earlier, I believe we are in the seasonal
spring of our commitment; our long winter of tedious,
but necessary development of guiding principles and
policy is within reach. I am confident we can embrace the
coming summer and future with great optimism.
Where to Focus our Efforts Moving
As your president I feel an obligation to offer some
thoughts and ideas on where we should concentrate our
efforts to turn that optimism into reality.
Notwithstanding favorable press received from our grant
giving and scholarship programs, our presence at
community functions, mail solicitations, and our website,
it is apparent – many citizens are still not aware of the
My conclusion was validated in recent efforts to fill a
vacant position on the Board of Directors. Several of the
prospective persons I contacted were not aware of the
Foundation. We are making some progress though as
the number of grant applications received this past fall
was double the amount we received in 2016.
Our Development and Fundraising Committee has
several projects planned for 2018. One of the more
visible efforts is the establishment of a Speaker’s
Bureau, so if you know of a group or organization in
need of a speaker, please let us know! Our website and
literature does indicate that we are available to speak to
organizations, and we will take a more pro-active
approach by contacting area organizations to make
them aware of this opportunity, as well.
Growing the Foundation’s Assets
Two new scholarship funds were created this past year
in memory of area loved ones.
-Erik Pentz Memorial Scholarship Fund (Greenwood HS)
-The Harry & Esther King Memorial Scholarship Fund
We are grateful these families have chosen to be a part
of our Foundation Family and we look forward to
working with each of them for many years to come.
And, we recently entered into a fiscal sponsorship
agreement with Clark County’s Forestry and Parks
Department to assist them with a fund-raising effort to
make needed improvements at the Clark County
Fairgrounds. You will be hearing more details
regarding this effort in the weeks and months to come
and we look forward to working with the County and
others to see what we can accomplish by working
While making steady progress in growing our
Foundation’s monetary assets is a major focus, we also
need to “grow” our list of volunteers. Without
resources to hire staff, all of the activities that go with
the operation of an organization are done by our
volunteers. Whether it is a clerical activity or efforts in
support of each Committee’s duties, to date all of these
activities are done by board members and a few
community volunteers. As we grow, each new
Foundation activity comes with a layer of additional
responsibility that requires a certain amount of time
and effort. These tasks need to be done if we are going
to maintain the standard of professionalism established
for this Foundation at its initial organizing.
So, while we are excited about being able to provide
additional benefits and services to meet the full
potential of our mission, we need volunteers to assist us
in accomplishing these goals. One of our board
members said it best. “We need worker bees.” Each
hour spent on routine tasks is an hour less that we can
spend on steps to help move the Foundation forward.
Accordingly, I am requesting that each of you make a
concerted effort to assist in finding volunteers.
No doubt there are additional things we can and will
do. I am however convinced that doing a few things,
and doing them well, is preferable to setting unrealistic
goals and failing to achieve them.
I am grateful to the generous donors, your selfless
commitment, the professionalism and the expertise all
of you bring to this endeavor. I also wish to
acknowledge the cities of Greenwood and Loyal for
generously offering their meeting facilities.
I continue to be honored to serve as your President.
Great progress has been made since those first
organizational meetings. It is like the continuous small
waves on the oceans that eventually become a rising
tide. Thank you for all that you do and for being a part
of our Foundation’s story.
Steven W. Hemersbach, President
April 5, 2018