About the CVTC Foundation

CVTC Foundation, Inc., exists to enhance the vision and mission of Chippewa Valley Technical College. This task is accomplished by securing resources that will provide student scholarships, support staff initiatives, invest in technology, and provide for ongoing facility development. CVTC Foundation, Inc., engages volunteers and staff in building a philanthropic culture through cultivating friends and alumni, raising funds, providing student scholarships, and managing the resources invested by the Foundation for CVTC. Read fast facts about CVTC Foundation, Inc.

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Karen Kohler
Vice President of Institutional Advancement & Executive Director

Holly Bembenek
Major Gifts Officer

Kristi Erickson
Advancement Services Coordinator

Amanda Kroll
Advancement Assistant

CVTC Foundation, Inc.
620 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54701


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At CVTC, philanthropy is part of an ongoing effort to put student success at the forefront of all we do. Gifts to CVTC Foundation, Inc., support current students, faculty and staff development, facilities and technology, and the communities we serve. Making a gift is an impactful way to show your pride in CVTC, honor a loved one, leave a legacy at the College, or make a difference because it feels good! Thank you for your past support and future consideration.

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CVTC offers several ways to support students and staff right now! If you are passionate about helping a student in an emergency, or providing training for College staff, learn about foundation below.

Foundation Funds

Foundation Funds

CVTC Foundation, Inc., offers several ways to support Chippewa Valley Technical College, its students, and staff.


Alumni Fund

The Alumni Fund is managed by the CVTC Alumni Association board of directors. The Alumni Fund provides student scholarships and contributes to other CVTC initiatives.

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund is a fund dedicated to helping students in financial need during a time of crisis. Our goal is to build this fund to provide students with support so their education is not interrupted.

Other Fund

Interested in establishing a fund at CVTC? Contact CVTC Foundation, Inc. to learn more.

Student Success Fund

This fund is dedicated to securing unrestricted contributions that benefit today’s CVTC students. Student Success Fund support enables CVTC to focus on pressing needs and provide a solid foundation upon which to sustain programs and embark on new initiatives. The fund supports scholarships for students, equipment for training students, and new program initiatives to advance the mission of the College.

Scholarship Funds

CVTC Foundation, Inc., has over 300 existing scholarship funds. If you are interested in learning more about supporting existing scholarship funds or creating a new scholarship opportunity, contact CVTC Foundation, Inc.

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Ways to Give

Credit or Debit Card Gift Online

You can make an impact at CVTC by submitting a gift online via credit or debit card.

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Legacy Giving

Leave a legacy at CVTC. A planned gift, as part of your long-term estate and financial plans, will support our students and programs far into the future while ensuring that your loved ones are well taken care of.


CVTC Foundation, Inc., accepts equipment and other in-kind donations that help ensure CVTC programs provide training on the technology that is currently used in local business and industry.

Cash Gift by Mail

Want to write a check? Make your check payable to CVTC Foundation, Inc., and mail it with your completed donation form to:

CVTC Foundation, Inc.
620 W. Clairemont Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701

Honorary or Memorial Gift

Does your gift honor or memorialize someone you love? Note the person you want to honor or memorialize when you make your gift.

Start Your Own Scholarship Fund or Endowment

Endowments are permanently restricted funds where only the interest earned on the fund is spent on scholarships, allowing the fund to exist in perpetuity. A minimum donation for an endowed fund is $10,000.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can establish an endowed fund, contact CVTC Foundation, Inc.

CVTC Foundation, Inc.

Please Note: Each gift to CVTC Foundation, Inc., is assessed an administrative fee: 5 percent for new charitable gifts, 3 percent for new endowment gifts, and 1.5 percent of fund balance for endowment management.​


Foundation Board Members

The CVTC Foundation is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated board of directors. These individuals, volunteering their time and expertise, have enabled the Foundation to grow financially and programmatically over the past year. Our board members serve on a number of standing committees, as dedicated volunteers. The following committees provide advice, oversight, and time to fulfill the mission of the CVTC Foundation: Annual Gifts, Nominations, Investment/Finance, Major Gifts, and Executive.​

Gordon Howie - Mayo Clinic Health System, Eau Claire (President)

Therese Pershall - BMO Harris Bank, Altoona (Vice President)

BJ Rauckman - Xcel Energy, Eau Claire (Treasurer/Secretary)

Scott Hoffmann - WIN Technology, Eau Claire (Past President)

Kelly Bakken - Altoona Police Department, Altoona

Megan Bollman - Oral Surgery Associates, Altoona

Wesley Escondo - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern WI, Eau Claire

Wendy Kado - Silver Spring Foods Inc., Eau Claire

David Leisses - J.F. Ahern Co., Menomonie

Kevin Renley - Market & Johnson, Eau Claire

Sheri Scheidler - Farrell Equipment & Supply, Eau Claire

Tyler Tomesh - CCF Bank, Eau Claire

John Wagner - HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls