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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Bucyrus Foundation
    to continue the name in perpetuity said Sullivan who spent 35 years at Bucyrus including nearly 11 as its president and heads up the Bucyrus Foundation Nearly a decade before the acquisition leaders transferred 15 1 million in assets from the company s private foundation to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to create a supporting organization At that time Sullivan said the board wanted to avoid the possibility of having a purchasing company absorb the Bucyrus Foundation and stray away from what it historically supported The supporting organization provided a great alternative allowing Bucyrus to have its own advisory board to make decisions on grantmaking and other matters while the Greater Milwaukee Foundation handled administrative details What we have set up now is absolutely perfect it provides great investment returns at a low cost Sullivan said That is testament to the quality of people who work at the Foundation and the people who have nurtured us along the way We re right where we want to be right now Bucyrus started the foundation in the 1970s and supported community and social services medical research and health care education and arts and culture It offered an employee matching program where employees and retirees could make small donations to agencies of their choice and the foundation would match them dollar for dollar and provided college scholarships to employees children Its grantmaking has evolved just as its structure has from a private foundation to a supporting organization to a donor advised fund In lieu of smaller more frequent grants to a broad range of safety net agencies the Bucyrus Foundation now is making more sizable investments over a longer period of time to more focused areas The goal Sullivan said is to be more proactive so as to eliminate the need for safety nets

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/bucyrus-foundation/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Jenny and Marshall Chay
    over the years rose to become an executive For the past 20 years he s been an owner and operator at one time Chay owned six stores within the greater Milwaukee area But several years ago Chay wanted to devote less time to work and more to volunteering and charity Acknowledging that the Golden Arches had given him and his family a golden opportunity to give back Chay and his wife Jenny created the ACME Foundation Fund in 2007 The donor advised fund takes its name from the Chays business ACME Enterprises which stands for their children Anna Catherine Michael and Elisabeth The ease of giving through the Greater Milwaukee Foundation combined with the assurance that their money would go directly to causes they cared about prompted the Chays to pick the Foundation Jenny said Jenny admits she and Marshall have different ways of looking at the world A Minneapolis native she learned about philanthropy while active with her church Marshall who was born in Seoul South Korea and moved with his family to Milwaukee when he was age eight didn t share the same background We were very poor said Marshall who said he learned about philanthropy while working at McDonald s It was there that customers would contribute money to donation boxes by the register which benefited the local Ronald McDonald House a home away from home for parents and families of children who stay in area hospitals When it came to deciding what their fund would support it didn t take long for the couple to agree The fund supports organizations that tackle hunger such as the Hunger Task Force and those that work with children including the Ronald McDonald House But the Chays also like to find new innovative programs Jenny credits BranchingOut the Foundation s

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/jenny-and-marshall-chay/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Christin Cleaver
    about starting a fund Build a Stronger Community Learn how through our impact areas Home Donors Donor Stories Christin Cleaver Empowered and improving the community For her philanthropy much like her artwork Christin Cleaver takes inspiration from the world around her and experiments until she finds something that works I ve tried helping people by giving them money That totally doesn t work said Christin who believes in empowering people to help themselves Although she no longer lives in the greater Milwaukee area Christin s connections to our community run deep Her grandfather John Cleaver founded two successful area manufacturing companies the first in 1931 Christin spent many of her early years here and earned her business degree at Marquette University When her grandmother Harriet passed away she named Christin with whom she was close as successor advisor to a portion of the fund created when the assets of the private John C Cleaver Foundation were moved to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in 1991 Today Christin often returns to Milwaukee to visit the friends with whom she remains close Through visitor s eyes she sees the beautiful new high end condos downtown and close by But because she keeps up with area news talks with friends and works with the Foundation s Community Investment staff she is equally aware of the challenges facing greater Milwaukee which she describes as a city in need of healing With grantmaking that can bring a little more happiness and harmony into people s lives and help them help themselves Christin supports a variety of area organizations Some like Neighborhood House were among her grandmother s favorites Others like Pets Helping People Inc just touch a cord in someone determined to change things for the better Previous Story Donor Stories Next Story Learn More Contact

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/christin-cleaver/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Lucy Cohn
    Fund She and Norman created the designated fund through a deferred gift of their 24th floor downtown Milwaukee condo with a retained life interest They came from very modest means and were very frugal said attorney George Dionisopoulos of Lucy and Norman who died in 2000 They did not look to live some type of luxurious lifestyle It was very clear they would save for helping others and for charity Lucy was born in Kokomo Indiana one of 10 children of Russian emigrants She graduated from Cincinnati s Jewish Hospital School of Nursing before serving in the Army Nurse Corps While raising two sons Lucy became what Norm described as a perennial student eventually earning a bachelor s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin Madison a master s degree from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and a doctorate from Marquette University Her career included time as a nurse at Columbia Hospital and Mount Sinai director of patient care services at Mount Sinai head of psychiatric nursing at Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing and nursing professor at several local colleges before eventually going into private practice I m a peripatetic counselor she said in a 1972 Milwaukee Sentinel story I counsel in equipment rooms in classrooms in corridors and on stairways There s no place I don t counsel Lucy s volunteering knew no boundaries either Every day she devoted time and compassion somewhere from the Milwaukee Public Library to the Milwaukee Art Museum to the Temple Emanuel El B ne Jeshurun In fact Lucy continued seeing clients and fulfilling her volunteer duties up to the last days of her life She certainly found great comfort and satisfaction in helping others Dionisopoulos said In fact Lucy continued seeing clients and fulfilling her volunteer duties up to the last

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/lucy-cohn/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Farnham Family
    Information Donor Stories BranchingOut Give Online Learn More Contact a member of our philanthropic services team to learn more about starting a fund Build a Stronger Community Learn how through our impact areas Home Donors Donor Stories Farnham Family Values guide family s grantmaking So many critical needs so many worthwhile organizations How best to make a difference can be overwhelming The Farnham family s approach is direct and simple know your values get involved with organizations that advance those values and support those organizations For Barbra Jeff and their children Alison and Ian this means supporting groups like Young Life Both Alison and Ian have been active with the Christian organization which offers young people in middle school and high school opportunities for positive and life changing experiences The Farnhams also share their enthusiasm for worthwhile organizations with friends They will often support programs we care about and we support things that are important to them Barbra explained These days the Farnhams split their time between Waukesha and Arizona Using their fund the Alian Farnham Fund they are making a difference in both communities and deepening relationships in two places The fund which they created in 2002 has been a family endeavor from the beginning The name Alian comes from the combination of Alison and Ian s names Barbra and Jeff are glad their children who will succeed them as advisers are involved with the fund now As the children become adults the fund gives them all another way to remain close They know our wishes and will continue what we re doing and they re excited about that Barbra said Previous Story Donor Stories Next Story Learn More Contact a member of our philanthropic services team to learn more about starting a fund Build a Stronger Community Learn

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/farnham-family/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Ted and Jeanne Hasbrook
    Milwaukee area to start careers and a family Retiring out West however had long been part of the couple s retirement plan and for more than two decades they have resided in Tucson Arizona But two things keep them connected to home their children two of whom live in Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation The Foundation continues to make us feel like we are a good part of Wisconsin said Ted who started the Ted and Jeanne Hasbrook Fund with his wife in 1991 It s so nice to know that even though we haven t donated directly in the last few years our fund continues to be a strong one Jeanne a former school teacher said they feel strongly about helping people in need and both volunteered while living in Wisconsin Jeanne volunteered at Milwaukee s Laubach Literacy Center served as a Girl Scout troop leader and joined Father Groppi in the city s first open housing march Together the couple served meals through St Benedict the Moor s meal program and was involved in their church St Monica s in Whitefish Bay Giving back even after going away remained important Hasbrook became familiar with the Foundation through the Milwaukee Journal where he worked in advertising When Journal Communications created a Foundation fund in1986 to commemorate its 50th anniversary of being employee owned the Hasbrooks were among the original donors to add to the fund by contributing company stock What impressed them most about the Foundation was its ability to continue to meet a wide range of community needs over the years because of its strong investment performance The couple created an unrestricted fund giving the Board full discretion to make grants to respond to the community s most pressing needs Over the years their fund has supported

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/ted-and-jeanne-hasbrook/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: High Point Fund
    we are and what is important to us High Point Fund Supporting African American Performing Arts was created to foster awareness in the community of the unique and important role African American performing arts groups play in defining Milwaukee s artistic and cultural identity Milwaukee is home to nearly a half dozen African American performing arts organizations Some such as Ko Thi Dance Company and Hansberry Sands Theatre Company have been part of Milwaukee s cultural landscape for decades But all of the organizations have traditionally operated with very lean budgets with little funding available to promote professional development expand staff or mount more complex productions Gifts have come mostly from small contributions from individuals in the black community who care about the arts and the community says Venora McKinney cofounder of High Point and one of the driving forces behind the fund But we ve been fortunate to also have a great partner in the Milwaukee Rep which allows the High Point Fund to have one performance a year for a fundraiser Close partnerships with the Milwaukee Rep and a number of local foundations have also helped the fund reach a goal of 200 000 to provide permanent support for Milwaukee African American performing arts organizations The organizing groups African American Children s Theatre City Ballet Theatre Hansberry Sands The Heritage Chorale of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Rep were brought together by cofounders McKinney and Sarah O Connor Each group now receives an annual grant that can be used to help the organizations strengthen their ability to enhance Milwaukee s African American performing arts The name for the fund represents a high point when the participating groups and the community came together to support the important work of Milwaukee s African American performing arts groups and artists The High

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/high-point-fund/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Judy and Gary Jorgensen
    through our impact areas Home Donors Donor Stories Judy and Gary Jorgensen Family embraces charitable rite of passage For many rites of passage have nearly disappeared the driver s license being a conspicuous exception The Jorgensen family has created and embraced one all their own As each of Judy and Gary Jorgensen s grandchildren reaches age 12 he or she is invited to help recommend grants from the family s advised fund the Jorgensen Family Fund We had two intentions in creating the fund said Judy a Greater Milwaukee Foundation Board member and former chair First help them develop philanthropic ideas and broaden their philanthropic vision early Not that we were too concerned because they all have philanthropic parents Also it gives them an excuse to get together at least once a year even after we re gone Judy couldn t be happier with the results of this new family adventure She came prepared grant suggestions in hand when the family gathered to consider their first grants on the very day granddaughter Annie turned 12 Well Granny they told me we came up with our own ideas I thought How good is this Five of the 11 Jorgensen grandchildren are old enough to participate in advising the fund They ve recommended grants to the Salvation Army to purchase toys for children to Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County to Milwaukee s Urban Ecology Center for school programs and to Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin for Christmas food baskets Jorgensen is looking ahead to site visits with her grantmaking grandchildren We decided this would be more fun than a fund just for Gary and me she said with a smile Learn more about the Jorgensen family s approach to philanthropy and why they believe it is important to join a community

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/donors/donor-stories/judy-and-gary-jorgensen/ (2016-05-01)
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