LCNI was formed on June 12, 2015 to take advantage of an incredible grant opportunity and to help resolve some of the structural and financial challenges faced by the neighborhood associations.
One of the original founders had secured a pledge for a small donation and a pledge for a large grant for the Bluffside Neighborhood Assoc, but because it had no legal status, much less as a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit corporation, it was not possible to obtain. After a number of discussions, it was decided to proceed ASAP to form a new organization to obtain these funds to help improve our neighborhoods.
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There were some other non-profits that graciously offered to act as the agents for reasonable and nominal fees, however using another organization as an agent complicated the process and potentially the implementation of these funds.
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All of the other neighborhood associations, with the exception of the Washburn Neighborhood Assoc, have found themselves in the same quandary when it comes to their legal and tax exempt status. The time, energy and cost for for each neighborhood association is prohibitive, so one of the goals of the new La Crosse Neighborhoods, Inc. is to address this fundamental problem.
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Now each and every neighborhood association that chooses to be a part of La Crosse Neighborhoods, Inc. can have not only legal status, but tax exempt status as part of a La Crosse area organization. Obviously this requires bylaws that establish the parameters for governance, finances, and the like.  The biggest and most exciting opportunity is working collaboratively together as neighborhood associations – in a way that preserves our independence and individual goals while supporting the development of all neighborhoods big or small, new or old.
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Another important goal to obtain the required liability insurance coverage that is also daunting for each individual association, but a bit more feasible when for an umbrella organization. Currently none of the unincorporated neighborhood associations have liability coverage, which is in and of itself a challenge, especially when it comes to any neighborhood activities or functions.
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Today Jacob Sciammas, Charley Weeth & Deborah Eve Lombard are the officers bringing hope to overcome these challenges by providing support for the neighborhood associations to flourish.
A 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit corporation to advocate for initiatives and programs that protect, preserve and improve all of the neighborhoods in the La Crosse area for all of the residents.