Coulee Collaboration - 2013

$100,000 award to
Hillview Urban Agriculture Center
for their "Food For All" project

March 6, 2013

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Bob Franke was a resident of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Bob lived the 91 years of his life in the home in which he was born. He and his wife, Eleanor, left an estate of more than $20 million, which has become the fund base for the Foundation which bears their names.

The Foundation is a non-profit Wisconsin corporation located in La Crosse, whose purpose is to support the La Crosse Community Foundation, Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare and the Diocese of La Crosse. A portion of the earnings of the Foundation are undesignated and are available for distribution to IRC Section 501(c)(3) organizations throughout the Greater La Crosse area through grant applications which are available on this site, upon request.

Take a few moments to consider the Frankes' history and you will begin to understand the kind of people they were to leave such a legacy for generations to come!

— Melvyn L. Hoffman
Executive Director

4TH ANNUAL CARE & SHARE EXPO is almost here!

The Franke Foundation will be hosting our 4th Annual Care & Share Expo Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Main La Crosse Library located at 800 Main Street, La Crosse in the "museum room." The event is open to IRC 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations which benefit La Crosse County in Wisconsin. We will be awarding matching funds again this year!

If you are interested in having a table for displaying your organization’s informational material at this year's event, please submit your application no later than November 6th.

Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation