Black River Area Foundation
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Founded in 1986, the Black River Falls Area Foundation is one of more than 550 community foundations in the nation and part of an exciting philanthropic movement that began in 1914.

The concept of a community foundation is simple: a means to build a substantial amount of money over time from contributions and a means to use the income from these funds to meet the community’s charitable needs now and into the future.

Community foundations play a significant role in their communities. As public charities under the law, they offer their donors maximum tax advantages. They also share common traits:

  • A mission to enrich the quality of life in the community they serve;
  • A focus on developing a permanent charitable endowment to benefit their communities’ changing needs;
  • An independent, local governing body that is knowledgeable about, and representative of, the community;
  • A resource of philanthropic services for donors with varied charitable interests and varied amounts and kinds of gifts; and
  • An accountability to the public and an openness to its broad participation in the foundation.




The mission of the Black River Falls Area Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the Black River Falls Area. We work to realize that goal with the support of individuals, families, businesses and organizations that share this commitment. We achieve this by:


  • Providing a vehicle for donors with diverse community interests.
  • Protecting donations through prudent investing and stewardship.
  • Serving as a resource and catalyst to accomplish community projects.
  • Expanding our communities’ endowment by encouraging philanthropy.
  • We address a broad range of community goals rather than focusing on one particular issue. In this way, we are able to meet changing needs and provide support to what matters most to the people who live and work in the Black River Falls area.