Our 6th Annual
Care & Share Expo

The Franke Foundation is pleased to report that the total raised at this 4-hour event exceeded $135,000, including matching funds of nearly $45,000 provided by the Franke Foundation.

Save the Date!7th Annual Expo
Saturday, December 2, 2017
10am - 2pm
La Crosse Public Library

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2016 COULEE $100,000

The Foundation invites proposals, under a one-time competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, and will award the grant at our Coulee Collaboration award ceremony to be held March 23, 2017.


  • Letter of Intent: July 31
  • Submission: December 31

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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

Robert and Eleanor Franke Charitable Foundation