Now Accepting Grant Applications!

Spring is here and May 1, 2013 marks our spring deadline for local nonprofits to submit a grant request. Our board will meet in May and have final decisions by the end of the month. So if your group has a project or something you need help with, we have more information on our Grant Application page. Also note that we may like to brief hear presentations from the applicants!

HCF Grants $2,000 to Carpenter Nature Center Project in Hudson

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June 2012 – Hudson Star Observer

The Hudson Community Foundation gave $2,000 to the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center to enhance and develop trails at the 300-acre Hein Prairie and Wildlife Preserve on its Wisconsin campus, south of Hudson on County Road F and East Cove Road.

Enhancements will include a trail map and a brochure holder for the Greenwald Kiosk installed on site, and development of the trails for increased public use.

Pictured from left are Jim Freund, CSCVNC treasurer and board member, Jim Fitzpatrick, CSCVNC executive director and board member, Kim Burns, HCF board secretary, and Dick Whitcomb, HCF president.

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center provides environmental education, outdoor experiences and habitat conservation and serves 20,000-30,000 visitors annually, including 7,000 K-12 students.

HCF is committed to enriching the quality of life in the greater Hudson community through grants for social services, health, arts and humanities, education and environmental initiatives.

HCF Joins the Hudson Chamber

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June 18, 2012 – Hudson Star Observer
The Hudson Community Foundation was welcomed by the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau with a ribbon cutting under the Hudson arch.

The Hudson Community Foundation is an organization committed to enriching the quality of life in the greater Hudson community. Since its founding nearly 15 years ago, HCF and its donor partners have given more than $1 million to local services and organizations.

At the event were, front from left, Chamber Ambassadors Pennie Peterson, Pete Keskey, Phaedra Raethke, from the Hudson Community Foundation Tricia Christensen, Dick Whitcomb and Maureen Wegleitner, Chamber President Kim Heinemann, Chamber Ambassador Dawn Marquart, from Hudson Community Foundation David Robson and Chamber Ambassador Traci Leffner; back, from Hudson Community Foundation Ryan Cari, Al Kiecker, John Malmberg, Meg Heaton, John Schommer and Barry Lundeen.

A Decade of Serving Hudson


HCF has grown to just over $1 million in assets over the last decade. It is made up of more than 20 individual donor foundations and a general foundation. Since making its first donation in 2000 to the Hudson High School All-Night Graduation Party, now an annual donation, the HCF has awarded grants totaling more than $115,000 throughout the community while providing donors a variety of options in which to give back to the community.

“We all could see the good the various foundations like Andersen’s and the Phipps can accomplish, but there is a limit to what they can do. We saw the Hudson Community Foundation as a way to give local people a chance to give back to Hudson by helping those who help the community,” said retired First National Bank President Ken Heiser, who served as HCF’s first president.

The foundation got started with a grant from the Bremer Foundation that would give the HCF $20,000 if it raised $10,000. First National Bank donated $10,000 and Heiser, along with others including past presidents Sam Cari and Susie Gilbert, raised the matching funds and then some to create HCF.

“With the foundation, everybody can be a philanthropist. You don’t need to have $50,000 or $100,000 to begin making a difference, and you don’t have to worry about all the paperwork and management of it. You can start with something far less and build it over time. And it allows for generations of a family to get directly involved in a legacy of giving,” said Heiser.

Gilbert says Hudson is lucky to have so many non-profit groups that improve the quality of life for everyone in the community. “It is wonderful to be able to be a resource for these organizations even if our donations aren’t as large as we would like, but I believe they make a difference. And over the next 20 to 30 years, I hope we will be able to make much more of an impact as the foundation grows.”

Current Board President, Jay Griggs believes that as more and more Hudson families become familiar with the HCF, they will want to be part of it. “Our dream is to surpass $20 million in the foundation so we can give out $1 million in grants each year to benefit the community. It took us 10 years to get to the first million, but from here on I expect the rate of growth will increase as more local citizens find out how we can help them create a legacy and make a difference by giving something back to their community.”