Patti Boeve realized as she was growing up that she wanted to help others. "If I could assist or help anyone, I wanted to," she said.
She has supported charitable activities in Chippewa Falls for years, including sponsoring YMCA memberships for families, working in the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon and participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. She is a chaplain and trustee with VFW Auxiliary Post 1038 and serves on the Prairie View Cemetery board.
"I thought, I want to do things for the community more and more," she said.
Previously a Northwestern Bell telephone operator, Patti was a longtime receptionist/switchboard operator for Mason Shoes and worked for the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District.
In 2017, Patti attended the Community Foundation of Chippewa County's annual meeting. She found the organization a good match for her philanthropic desires.
After supporting others' funds, she discussed ways to create her own with her friend Chuck Frenette, the Foundation's treasurer.
"I didn't realize until I talked to Chuck that I could give stocks," she said. "It's convenient and easy."
"Donors can make gifts of appreciated stock to the Community Foundation, and that gift can be placed into any of our charitable funds. Your gift of stock qualifies for a tax deduction, and you avoid capital gains tax that would otherwise arise from the sale of this stock. When the Foundation receives your gift of stock, it will be sold upon receipt and we will handle all of the administrative details," explained Executive Director Jill Herriges.
Patti gave stocks and cash to fund the Patti J. Boeve Fund, which was endowed February 9, 2021. The fund is Unrestricted, so the Foundation will distribute the fund's grants based on changing regional needs through their annual Community Needs grant cycle.
Grants will be made at the discretion of the Foundations Board of Directors.