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INSPIRING PEOPLE TO GIVE BACK TO SUSTAIN AND ADVANCE THE COMMUNITY WE LOVE. It all begins with you. Charity is essential to our quality of life. It fills our lives with music and surrounds us with art, protects our environmental treasures and preserves our history, educates our children and cares for those in need. All this is possible because of you.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS

GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS at the Door County Community Foundation

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he mission of the Door County Community Foundation is to inspire people to give back to sustain and advance the community we love. We do that by serving as a conduit for giving. We’re a charity whose purpose is to make giving simpler, easier, and more tax efficient so you can be as generous as possible to the charities and causes you care about. We’ve published this Guide to Charitable Funds as a resource to help you with your giving. For a more complete listing of the nearly 400 non-profit and civic groups in Door County, visit us online at www.GiveDoorCounty.org - or just give us a call at (920) 746-1786. Help us inspire people to give back to sustain and advance the community we love. Board of Directors Marcia Smith of Sturgeon Bay Chair Vice-President of Private Banking, Nicolet National Bank Sally O’Brien of Clark Lake Vice Chair Former Director, Benefits, Kimberly-Clark Dick Egan of Clark Lake Secretary Chairman Emeritus, Little Rapids Corporation Jeff Ottum of Sturgeon Bay Treasurer Former Senior Vice President Human Resources, Schreiber Foods, Inc.

Professional Staff Polly Alberts of Brussels Past Chair Owner, Alberts Plastering, Inc. Rob Davis of Ephraim Retired Jacinda Duffin of Fish Creek Broker/Co-Owner, True North Real Estate, LLC. John Herlache of Sturgeon Bay Surgeon, Retired Mark Jinkins of Sturgeon Bay Retired Attorney and CPA (formerly Pinkert Law Firm)

Roger Johnson of Sister Bay Retired Psychologist, Kaiser Permanente

Bret Bicoy of Sturgeon Bay President & CEO

Sharon Lutsey of Egg Harbor Waseda Farms

Julie Haen of Sturgeon Bay Business Officer

Kaaren Northrop of Egg Harbor Co-Owner/Manager, Main Street Market

Christine Henkel of Sturgeon Bay Donor Relations Officer

Patrick O’Hern of Brussels Retired Vice President and General Manager, Bay Shipbuilding Co.

Kacie Mueller of Sturgeon Bay Community Relations Officer

Grace Rossman of Ellison Bay Thrivent Financial, Retired Vicki Wilson of Sturgeon Bay President/Founder, Door County Coffee & Tea Co.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS Summary of Activity for Calendar Year 2018 (unaudited): $21,772,802 $3,825,665 $776,050 $3,991,701 $20,709,076

Total Assets as of January 1, 2018: Contributions Received: Pledges Received: Grants & Scholarships Disbursed: Total Assets as of December 31, 2018:

Budgeted Operating Costs as a Percentage of Assets: FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 3.5% 3.0% 2.6% 2.3% 2.3% 2.1% 2.0% 1.9% 1.8% 1.8%

Grants Awarded from All Funds at the Community Foundation: Adopt a Soldier Door County Air Force Museum Foundation Altrusa Club of Door County Foundation, Inc. American Red Cross Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Found. Arts & Nature Center, Inc. Bay-Lakes Council, Inc, Boy Scouts of America Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Inc. Boys & Girls Club of Door County Boys Hope Girls Hope Breast Cancer Research Foundation Camp Manito-wish YMCA Carroll University Casa Alba Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay Catholic Foundation Christ Child Society Church of Atonement Citizens For Our Bridge Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region Community Housing and Resources Inc. Corpus Christi Catholic Church Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc. Cub Scout Pack 4021 Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption Days for Girls International Doctors Without Borders Donald and Carol Kress Pavilion Door Cancer, Inc. Door Community Auditorium Door County Charities, Inc. Door County Department of Veterans Services

Door County Emergency Services Door County Environmental Council, Inc Door County Habitat For Humanity Door County Historical Society, Inc. Door County Land Trust Door County Library Door County Maritime Museum Door County Medical Center Dental Clinic Door County Medical Center Foundation Door County YMCA Door Kinetic Arts, Inc. Door Peninsula Astronomical Society Door Shakespeare, Inc. Door-Tran Inc. Ducks Unlimited East Maplewood Beavers 4-H Club Ephraim Fire-Rescue Association, Inc. Ephraim Historical Foundation, Inc. Family Services of Northeastern Wisconsin Feed & Clothe My People of Door County Fine Arts Institute of East High, Inc. First United Methodist Church FISC Consumer Credit Counseling of Door County, Inc Fish of Sanibel-Captiva Inc. Francis Hardy Center for the Arts Friends Committee on National Legislation Education Fund Friends of Door County Libraries Friends of Gibraltar Friends of Peninsula State Park Friends of Potawatomi State Park Friends of the Pavilion, Inc. Friends of Wisconsin Public Television Gibraltar Area Schools Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Association Gibraltar Historical Association Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County

Green Bay Botanical Garden H.S. Baird #174 Masonic Lodge HELP of Door County, Inc. HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Immanuel Lutheran Church Interlochen Center for the Arts Jacksonport Fire Department Jesuits Central and Southern Province Kent School Lakeshore CAP, Inc. Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership Lawrence University Leadership Door County Legal Aid Society of Door County Midsummer’s Music, Ltd. Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. Midwest Environmental Advocates Miller Art Museum Mount Tabor Center Namur Belgian Heritage Center National Audubon Society National Parks Conservation Association Nativity Jesuit Academy Neighbor to Neighbor NEW Zoological Society Northeastern Wisconsin Antique Power Association Inc. Northern Door Children’s Center Northern Door First Responders Association Northern Sky Theater NWTC Educational Foundation, Inc. Open Door Bird Sanctuary Partners In Health PATH of Door County Peninsula Music Festival, Inc. Peninsula Players Theatre, Inc. Peninsula Preschool, Inc. Peninsula School of Art PFLAG Door County Planned Parenthood

PowerFlour International, Inc. Prairie Hill Waldorf School Ltd. Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order Purdue Foundation Rawhide Boys Ranch Richard Mauthe Center Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society Rogue Theater Inc Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Saint John’s Communities Foundation, Inc. Salvation Army Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Sawyer Elementary School Scandia Village - Good Samaritan Society Sevastopol School Sister Bay Historical Society Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Firefighters Assoc. Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross Southern Door County School District St. Bernard Catholic School St. Francis & St. Mary Parish St. John Bosco Catholic School St. Joseph’s Catholic Church St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church St. Norbert College St. Thomas School Stella Maris Parish Stephens College Studebaker Family National Association Sturgeon Bay Destination Imagination Program Sturgeon Bay High School Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church Sturgeon Bay School District Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club Sail Training Foundation

Sunshine House, Inc. Surgicorps International The ARC of Northwest Wayne County The Clearing Folk School The Francis Hardy Gallery, Inc. of Door County The Hardy Gallery The League of Women Voters of Door County The Nature Conservancy The Peninsula Singers The Ridges Sanctuary, Inc. The Salvation Army Third Avenue Playhouse Trees for Tomorrow Trueblood Performing Arts Center Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County United Way of Door County Unity Hospice Unity Limited Partnership University of Wisconsin Foundation Violence Intervention Project, Inc. Volunteer Center of Door County Washington Island Community Health Program Washington Island Foundation Washington Island Music Festival Washington Island Police Department Washington Island School We Are Hope, Inc. WI Humane Society Door County Campus Wisconsin Eastern Star Foundation Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Wisconsin Maritime Museum Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin Public Television Wisconsin Wildlife Federation Write On Door County, Inc. Xavier Catholic Schools Zion United Methodist Church

Scholarships Awarded to Students Attending the Following Universities: Fox Valley Technical College Iowa State University Marquette University

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Northeast WI Technical College St. Norbert College

The University of Iowa University of Wisconsin-La Crosse University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Wisconsin Lutheran College

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CHARITABLE FUNDS SUPPORTING CAUSES IN DOOR COUNTY Discretionary Endowment Funds offer you the best of both worlds - the opportunity to choose a broad area that interests you (such as children, the arts, or the environment) while relying on the Door County Community Foundation’s volunteer boards and committees to identify the organizations that will make the greatest impact on that issue. Your gift is endowed and will provide a permanent source of income to be granted to those organizations that are truly making a difference in Door County. We can even create a new Fund named in your honor or in memory of a loved one. Please consider donating today, or in your estate plans, to a Discretionary Endowment Fund.

For Good Forever Fund

Women’s Fund of Door County

www.GiveDoorCounty.org We simply cannot know what issues or opportunities the future will bring, but we can be confident that the Community Foundation will be there to address it because of the For Good Forever Fund - the general unrestricted endowment for Door County. We’re here For Good. And we’re here Forever. This permanent pool of money is a flexible resource to fund our sustainability and advancement grants, invest in community projects, and support future programs of the Community Foundation.

www.WomensFundDoorCounty.org The Women’s Fund of Door County builds, enriches, and nurtures the lives of women and girls through collective wisdom and philanthropy. The Women’s Fund invests in educational opportunities for women and girls and supports arts programs which enrich their souls. It makes grants to promote healthy activities for young girls and to provide support for seniors. It supports efforts to improve women’s health and invests in initiatives that promote equality. Because when she thrives, we all prosper.

Door County Green Fund

Healthy Water Door County

www.GreenFund.com Door County is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. From our lakeshore to the wetlands, our orchards to the meadows, the open spaces and our rural roads - there is something about the beauty of this place that keeps us here or calls us back each year. The Green Fund supports land acquisition projects in our community and also invests in environmental education, funds land preservation, eradicates invasive species, and supports other types of “green” projects.

www.HealthyWaterDoorCounty.org Door County’s unique geography makes our water vulnerable. As a peninsula situated on the Niagara Escarpment, our thin soil layer, combined with the vertical and horizontal fracturing common in our bedrock, makes protecting our water a priority. The mission of Healthy Water Door County is to protect our community’s human, environmental, and economic health by guarding against threats to our water.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS Arts Fund

The “arts” describe a broad range of creative activities that can stimulate thought and inspire the soul. Therein lies the purpose of the Community Foundation’s Arts Fund. The Community Foundation supports creative charitable activities in Door County that use the arts to enrich the community and touch the lives of the people of Door County.

Children & Youth Fund

If the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams, then there is no greater gift to a child than to nurture their ability to believe in their own potential and promise. The Community Foundation supports charities that are working to ensure a brighter future for the community’s children - whether it be alleviating their burdens today or helping them realize the opportunities of tomorrow.

Education Fund

Education must go beyond traditional schooling and formal education. It should include informal modes of learning and extend

beyond traditional settings. It must be integrated into the home and throughout the community - and education is not limited to children. The Community Foundation believes that learning is a lifelong pursuit - and nurtures its incorporation into the many aspects of life in Door County.

Health and Human Needs Fund

It’s difficult to appreciate the incredible beauty and quality of life here in Door County if the very basic needs of your life are not being met. The Community Foundation supports charities that are working to aid those who live in the shadows of society - those whose health or human service needs are not being adequately addressed.

Historic Preservation Fund

Working in partnership with the Clifford and Clara Herlache Heritage Foundation, the Community Foundation’s Historic Preservation Fund supports the appreciation, enhancement, and preservation of historical landmarks and the cultural heritage of Door County, Wisconsin.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES The Door County Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has launched and/or endorsed several community efforts that operate as a project or initiative of the Community Foundation. Please consider supporting these important initiatives. Visit them online to learn more.

The Ellie Helm Foundation Celebrate Water

www.CelebrateWaterDoorCounty.org

Door County Civility Project

www.EllieHelmFoundation.org

Alumni Door County

www.AlumniDoorCounty.org

www.DoorCountyCivilityProject.org

Little Lake Restoration Fund

Community Opportunity Investment Network

Door County Scholarship Network

GO BO! Foundation

www.DoorCountyCommunity Foundation.org/LittleLake.html

www.GoBoFoundation.org

www.DoorCountyScholarships.org

www.InvestDoorCounty.org

Loaves and Fishes of Door County www.LoavesFishesDC.org

Discuss Door County

www.DiscussDoorCounty.org

Door County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Foundation www.SafeDoorCounty.org

Grand Traverse Islands Fund

www.GrandTraverseIslands.com

Potawatomi State Park Pier www.ParkPier.org

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CHARITABLE FUNDS SUPPORTING INDIVIDUAL CHARITIES Many charities entrust the administration of their endowments and other funds to the Door County Community Foundation. It’s a safe and responsible way to manage endowed gifts, long-term assets, and operational reserves. The non-profit community also counts on the Community Foundation’s planned giving expertise to facilitate gifts into their funds. By aggregating these assets under the umbrella of the Community Foundation, economies of scale allow for a far more diversified investment portfolio and lower investment fees than any of the charities could achieve on their own. As a donor, the Community Foundation makes it easy for you to leave a gift in your estate plans (or make a gift today) to as many of these charitable funds as you’d like. Simply name the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. as a beneficiary in your estate plans and designate the specific charitable fund (or multiple funds if you’d like) that should benefit from your generosity. If a charity you care about doesn’t have a fund at the Community Foundation, you can create one for them with your gift, or we can simply pass along your generosity to the charity directly. Our goal is to make it easy for you to give back to sustain and advance the community we love. All contributions will be used consistent with the terms and conditions of the fund to which it was directed (if applicable). For more information, please contact us.

Bayside Cemetery Association Bayside Cemetery Charitable Fund www.dcbaysidecemetery.com (920) 746-1786

Since 1876, Bayside Cemetery has been a spiritual place, possessing a quiet dignity that honors and celebrates the lives of our loved ones. The Cemetery’s tranquil grounds offer not only finely sculpted monuments, but also an abundance of Mother Nature’s artistic handiwork. The natural beauty of these 27 acres imparts a serene feeling in all those who walk in this peaceful park-like setting. Bayside Cemetery provides families with comprehensive cemetery services of the highest quality. Just north of the Sturgeon Bay city limits, beautiful grave sites and professionally maintained grounds distinguish Bayside as one of the finest cemeteries in Door County. The Bayside Cemetery Charitable Fund provides an opportunity for the community to support the maintenance of the chapel, grounds, and other facilities of this historic cemetery.

Starting in the 1850s, groups of Belgians left the economic hardship of their homeland and ventured to northeast Wisconsin for better opportunity. Here, they faced the hardships of creating a new home in a harsh woodland. The Belgian Heritage Center aims to share the legacy of those more than 15,000 immigrants and their descendants who greatly influenced the culture of rural Door, Kewaunee and Brown Counties with a farming landscape and customs which included the Walloon language, unique architecture, ethnic Belgian foods and more.

Belgian Heritage Center Fund www.belgianheritagecenter.org (920) 825-1328

Located in the heart of a rural district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Belgian Heritage Center offers programs, festivals, events, tours, traditional and interactive exhibits, as well as resources for genealogical and historical research. Oral history videos preserve stories in English and Walloon from Belgian descendants who have kept the language alive in Northeastern Wisconsin for more than 150 years.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS Birch Creek’s mission is to provide intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians by immersing them in a professional, mentoring environment. Founded in 1976, Birch Creek is not only a residential academy for students to develop their instrumental skills and performance etiquette, but it creates opportunity to explore the future with a career in music.

Building for Tomorrow Fund Lifetime for Education Fund • Now & Forever Fund Scholarships Forever Fund www.birchcreek.org (920) 868-3763

Birch Creek is a school by day and a concert hall at night. During the day, music students ages 13-19 are in rehearsals, classes and seminars for sessions in Percussion & Steel Band, Symphony and Big Band Jazz. With a 2:1 Student:Faculty ratio, each student works closely with world-class faculty members who mentor them as musicians and guide them as young adults. At night, students join faculty in the historic Dutton Concert Barn to perform public concerts that give them the real-life experience of performing before live audiences. More than 6,800 music students have studied and performed at Birch Creek since its first class of 12 students in 1976.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Club of Door County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club provides every child a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationships with caring adults, life enhancing programs and character development experiences and hope and opportunity.

Endowment Fund www.bgcdoorcounty.org (920) 818-1046

Big Creek Cove Fund • Endowment Fund Ida Bay Preserve Endowment Fund www.crossroadsatbigcreek.org (920) 746-5895

Our vision is that the Club is a dynamic place, attracting all youth and catering to those who need additional support and encouragement. That our facilities promote a sense of safety, security, and pride. And that the children, who walk through our doors, feel loved and part of a family. Our vision is that we are an asset to the community, and children make memories and learn important life lessons at the Club. We teach them to give back, creating a culture of generational legacy.

Crossroads at Big Creek is a 200-acre environmental preserve offering experience-based programs in science, history, and the environment for learners of all ages. The Collins Learning Center provides a laboratory, lecture hall, greenhouse, exhibits, and classroom space which are used by a variety of educational and non-profit organizations. Its Endowment Fund ensures the long term viability of its programs, facilities, and property.

DOOR CANcer Inc. is a community based volunteer organization dedicated to help Door County families with cancer in times of financial need. They hope to alleviate some of the suffering through a financial aid program that is aimed to help families who are finding it a serious drain, not only in the areas of medical care but in other areas of their lives. DOOR CANcer assists with utility bills, food, gas, insurance, phone, and any other household expenses but does not cover any medical or doctor bills.

Endowment Fund www.doorcancer.com (920) 743-8492

Monies raised through fund raisers, memorials or donations all stay in Door County. DOOR CANcer has provided close to $1,000,000 to residents dealing with cancer, in their 19 years of existence. DOOR CANcer Inc. strives to make life a little easier for those families affected by cancer. They believe in serving confidentially and without notoriety.

Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is Door County’s year-round, indoor venue for the performing arts, exhibits and community events presented by a diverse mix of professionals, regional performers and student artists. Recently, our stage has been graced by Lyle Lovett, Keb’ Mo’, Melissa Etheridge, Ira Glass, Ziggy Marley, Charlie Daniels and Joan Baez. DCA is recognized as a 501 (c) 3 organization and is supported by Door County visitors and residents alike through ticket sales, sponsorship, advertising, membership and volunteer labor. Annually, over 220 performances, events, rehearsals and school assemblies take place within DCA’s walls.

Door Community Auditorium Fund (920) 868-2728 www.dcauditorium.org

DCA is home to the Peninsula Music Festival which draws professional musicians from all over the country to perform nine symphonic concerts each August. The musicians, hailing from some of the country’s top orchestras, are conducted by Maestro Victor Yamplosky.

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In 1995 a group of folk musicians and dance enthusiasts, led by Cy Rosenthal of Sturgeon Bay, came together to play music and hold barn dances, bringing together multiple generations for fun and fellowship. Cy saw local folk bands as a way for musicians to play together, support each other, and improve their skills. Cy died in 2010, but the all-volunteer organization he founded continues his goal of building community through music and dance.

Door County Folk Alliance Endowment Fund www.dcfolk.com

The central activity of the alliance is a series of monthly barn dances - all open to the public – with live music provided by the Alliance band, Sugar on the Floor. The Alliance coordinates regular music “sessions” to provide local folk musicians with opportunities to learn new music and hone their skills, as well as supplying music & dance for community and special events. Donations to the Door County Folk Alliance are used to pay for dance callers, rental of the dance hall, the organization’s insurance, equipment, outreach and educational materials.

Founded in 1926, the Door County Historical Society (DCHS) keeps history alive for future generations. The Society operates two interpretive sites: Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in Peninsula State Park and the Heritage Village at Big Creek in Sturgeon Bay, and hosts several historical programs throughout the year. Since 1960, the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse consisted of the keeper’s house and tower, oil house, privy, summer kitchen, and barn. The Society will begin another restoration effort to replace the barn and summer kitchen.

Door County Historical Society Endowment Fund www.doorcountyhistoricalsociety.org 920.421.2332

Heritage Village at Big Creek demonstrates the story of Door County settlers, their lives and sense of community. The Village includes buildings from the era post-Civil War to pre-World War I including a school, church, granary, blacksmith shop, general store, fish house, privy, period homes, a Norwegian Homestead, and a tool museum.

Lost, abandoned, seized, and surrendered companion animals find warm beds, medical care, and ultimately a new home once they reach the Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Branch. Animals arrive 24 hours a day so the facility must be constantly staffed. Animals arrive from every part of Door County, including Washington Island.

Wisconsin Humane Society Door County Branch Molly’s Fund www.doorcountyhumanesociety.org (920) 746-1111

The Door County Branch provides a safe haven for lost or homeless pets while working to reunite them with their owners or place them with a new loving family. The Door County Branch also encourages responsible pet ownership through education, training and spay/neutering. The Door County Branch receives less than 5% of its budget from government. Generous benefactors, members, businesses, and Humane Heroes contribute 95% of the funds needed to operate. No animal found in Door County is turned away. This is possible only because of financial and volunteer help from so many open-hearted supporters.

The Door County Land Trust is dedicated to protecting Door County's exceptional lands and waters and connecting our community to the most scenic and ecologically important landscapes that grace Door County. The Land Trust has already protected more than 8,000 acres, created many public nature preserves throughout the county, and currently maintains more than 20 miles of inspiring hiking trails for the public to enjoy.

Land Acquisition Fund www.DoorCountyLandTrust.org (920) 746-1359

But there are more sensitive lands to be protected! The Land Acquisition Fund provides the financial resources for the purchase of ecologically sensitive lands in urgent need of protection, allowing the Land Trust to respond quickly to opportunities to protect lands as public nature preserves and natural areas.

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The Door County Library is an integral, physical, and virtual gateway to access information, ideas, knowledge, and enrichment. Its eight locations provide a welcoming atmosphere and skillfully connect people with the resources they seek.

Endowment Fund www.doorcountylibrary.org (920) 743-6578

The libraries provide materials in a variety of media: books, newspapers, magazines, online databases, music, and films. Year ‘round informational programs for adults and youth foster learning and reading. Public access computers and free wireless connections are available at all eight locations. The Door County Library Foundation supports the Door County libraries in a variety of ways, making its vision possible with funding for important community learning projects. For example, it has recently funded the digitization of almost 100 years of the Advocate and other early newspapers of Door County.

Dor-Tran Inc., DBA Door-Tran, offers transportation services to ensure Door County residents get where they need and want to go! Door-Tran offers half-price travel and fuel vouchers, volunteer transportation services, vehicle purchase and repair loans and repair grant programs. Staff also offer trip information and planning services in-person, by phone, on-line and in print through the Transportation Resource Guide.

Door-Tran Operating Fund www.door-tran.org (920) 743-9999

Friends of East Shore Industries Endowment Fund www.eastshoreindustries.com (920) 487-3541

Egg Harbor Historical Society Endowment Fund www.eggharborwi.com

Door-Tran partners with all transportation providers on various levels to ensure resources are shared and more trips are provided efficiently and leads a 60 member Transportation Resource Improvement Partner committee. Door-Tran also partners with over 50 volunteers to transport people who have no other option to get where they need to go!

East Shore Industries is a non-profit organization dedicated to its mission of assisting individuals with disabilities in achieving their personal independence and employment goals. Each individual attending East Shore has a personalized program centered on what the individual wants and needs, and is created with input from the individual, the family, and the guardian. The programs and services offered are designed to bring about greater mobility, enhance living skills, and increase independence, self-worth, and productiveness. Its programs and services include: Day Services, Adult Day Care, Community Enrichment Program, Vocational Training, Supported Employment, Community Job Placement Program, and Supportive Home Care.

In 2011, the Egg Harbor Historical Society published a two volume book, “Patchwork of Family Memories,” which documents the history of many Egg Harbor families. The Society participated in the Egg Harbor Town sesquicentennial in 2012 and the 2014 fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Village of Egg Harbor. Recently, the Society purchased the original Door County bookmobile and intends to restore it and convert it to a history mobile complete with electronic media for displaying area history. The Society sponsors heritage presentations and an annual member event. Recently, the Society printed a poster for sale of the “Barns of Egg Harbor” which confirms the agricultural history of Egg Harbor.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS Although she was just shy of two years old, Ellie was an incredible source of happiness for all who knew her. She was such a blessing to her family that they felt an obligation to carry on her legacy by spreading joy into the lives of others. That was the impetus for the creation of Ellie’s Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) public charity. The Fund provides grants to worthy projects to benefit the people of Northeast Wisconsin.

Endowment Fund www.elliesfund.org (920) 497-8463

The Friends of Peninsula State Park www.peninsulafriends.org   (920) 868-6256 

The Friends of Potawatomi State Park Endowment Fund www.RunWild.org (920) 746-2890

Friends of Toft Point

Invasive Species Fund • Operating Endowment Fund www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/outreach/friends/ toft-friends.asp

Gibraltar Area School District

Gibraltar Area Educational Endowment Fund (920) 868-3284 x231

First, it provides assistance and opportunities to young people in Ellie’s memory. Whether it be providing enrichment activities or meeting human needs, Ellie’s Fund hopes to help. Second, celebrating Ellie’s love for the outdoors, Ellie’s Fund provides assistance to initiatives which celebrate and preserve the remarkable natural beauty of Northeast Wisconsin.

The Friends of Peninsula State Park support the interpretive, historical, educational and visitor service programs of Peninsula State Park. Over one million people visit the 3,776-acre park each year. The Friends have recently finished raising $750,000 to support the rebuilding of Eagle Tower at the park and are in the process of raising money for an addition to the Nature Center. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise help to fund a summer naturalist and an invasive species coordinator for the park. The Friends also award grants to undergraduate and graduate students for research into topics of importance to the park. Other projects supported by the Friends include an open-air shelter at Nicolet Beach and the purchase of ski trail grooming equipment.

The Friends of Potawatomi State Park, Inc is a nonprofit organization formed to assist with maintaining and improving Sturgeon Bay’s largest park. Members volunteer their time and money to help control invasive species, planting flowers, spring cleanup of campsites and handicapped cabin, replacing playground equipment, maintaining hiking and ski trails, funding a park naturalist and nature center, and building an outdoor amphitheater. Their newest project is raising funds for a new all accessible permanent fishing pier. Our annual RunWild race funds many of these programs. Our Endowment Fund will insure our accomplishments are maintained for years to come.

The Friends of Toft Point, Inc. formed in 2000 in order to protect the Toft Point State Natural Area from unlawful destructive activities. The property is owned by the University of Wisconsin and managed by the UW Green Bay Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. Its mission is to support the management plan of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, to help preserve the flora and fauna of this property, and to help educate visitors about the natural history and the Toft family history of this State Natural Area and National Natural Landmark. Its activities include education of visitors, trail maintenance and removal of invasive species. The endowments help preserve and protect Toft Point and assist with the control and eradication of invasive species.

The purpose of the Gibraltar Area Educational Endowment Fund is to provide a source of funding for Gibraltar Area School District. The intent of establishing this Fund was to provide an avenue for donors to make a tax deductible contribution to the district. Funds can then be used to support playground upgrades, technology upgrades, and grants that support the innovative, creative, entrepreneurial ideas of teachers. Funding can also be used to assist children and families in the district that are experiencing difficulty purchasing things like coats, hats, mittens, eyeglasses and school lunches This list is not all inclusive, and consideration is given to where the funds are needed most. As budgets get tighter and costs continue to increase the need for a Fund such as this becomes extremely important. There is a need for this type of Fund to fill the gaps not provided by traditional funding.

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Endowment Fund • Flagship Fund Operating Fund www.historicnoblehouse.org (920) 868-9021

The preservation of historical buildings like the Old Town Hall by some like-minded citizens was the foundation for establishing Gibraltar Historical Association in 1984. Since then, this non-profit has continued that endeavor, balanced with the collection, research and preservation of objects and archival materials that reflect Gibraltar township history. All of this is done with the intent of educating its citizens, visitors and youth. The Old Town Hall serves the community for many events, the 150 year old Alexander Noble House has been completely restored and welcomes visitors annually, and the History Center provides the organization with offices and a research center within the green space and gardens of beautiful Noble Square in downtown Fish Creek. Preserving the past by operating a museum, providing historic walks, scheduling seasonal events and presenting Gibraltar Talks has kept our founder’s vision alive. GHA is a 501(c)(3) and relies on memberships, donations, grants, and fundraising efforts to continue its work.

Established in 1962 in honor of Francis Howe Hardy, Ephraim’s historic Hardy Gallery is solely dedicated to supporting Door County’s extensive and vibrant visual art community.

Endowment Fund www.thehardy.org (920) 854-2210

Domestic Abuse Transitional Living Fund Eliminating Domestic Abuse Endowment Endowment Fund Established by Connie & Bob Erickson • Thelma Windhauser Endowment Fund www.helpofdoorcounty.org (920) 743-8785

Hardy envisioned the existence of a gallery that would support the development of a growing Door County art community, fostering its growth, and furthering the understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and most importantly, the artists of the Door Peninsula. Upon his passing in 1960, Hardy’s vision became a reality thanks to his wife Helen’s energy and financial contributions. Today, the Hardy Gallery, as it is still affectionately known, has programs and initiatives that address the needs of the local artist community, creative enrichment of local youth, and is focused more than ever on Hardy’s original vision of educating the public and promoting the visual arts and artists of the Door County Peninsula.

Since 1979, HELP of Door County has provided programs serving victims of domestic abuse working to improve the well-being and dignity of individuals, families and intimate relationships. HELP works to reduce the incidence of violence and conflict within relationships by providing free and confidential victim services including: Crisis Intervention, Safe Homes, Legal Advocacy, Women’s Support Groups, Community Outreach (including workshops, training and speaking engagements), Prison Outreach, Older Adult Victim Services, Transitional Living Program, Violence Intervention Services, Visitation and Exchange and Youth Advocacy.

Beyond Hope Church and its current vision, the Hope UCC Endowment Fund is today, tomorrow, and forever.

Endowment Fund www.hopechurchdc.org (920) 743-2701

Horseshoe Bay Farms Preservation Fund www.PreserveHorseshoeBay.org

The Hope UCC Endowment Fund grants support to our community, both locally and worldwide. It has been used to support the “All Hands In” Destination Imagination team as it raised awareness of the GOBO! Foundation Family Assistance Program. The Endowment has provided care packages to local soldiers serving abroad and helped support conversational English language classes in Door County. It has supported food assistance programs, installed a hearing loop in its sanctuary, and refurbished the Hope Library. Five percent of the total is granted annually while the balance is invested. Community needs today do not end when we move on. In your will, as a beneficiary of your retirement plans, life insurance, other accounts, or trusts – give back for today, tomorrow, and forever.

In 2018, a group of concerned citizens led by the family of David & Lori Nicholas founded a new 501(c)(3) public charity with the goal of acquiring the historic Horseshoe Bay Farms so that they aren’t forever lost to the past. Working in partnership, several generous families, numerous community volunteers, and the Door County Community Foundation have joined forces to realize this vision. Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc. is excited to not only preserve this important piece of Door County’s history, but assure a plan is in place that allows future generations to enjoy this iconic civic landmark. In the coming year, Horseshoe Bay Farms, Inc. will begin the interpretive planning process that will reveal the remarkable history of this space and share it with the public in the most memorable and meaningful way.

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Isadoora was founded in 2002 as a company where anyone from the community could gain experience producing, directing, and acting in theatrical productions not typically accessible to amateurs. Our alumni have gone on to professional roles with Northern Sky Theater, Door Shakespeare, Peninsula Players, and Stage Door Theatre Co.

Endowment Fund www.isadoora.com (920) 495-2777

From humble beginnings as friends gathering to read scripts, to fully staged, high-quality production of deeply emotional shows such as Wit and Painting Churches. Funny and heartwarming offerings like She Loves Me and Striking 12. Provocative perspectives in Side Man, Waiting for Lefty, and The Laramie Project. Examinations of the darker side of human nature with Assassins,Why Torture Is Wrong and The People Who Love Them. To large-scale productions like Chicago, Isadoora has gone to theatrical places over the course of twelve years that few small, non-professional companies dare to go.

Legal Aid Society of Door County was founded in 1989 by a group of local attorneys and human service providers who recognized that there was a growing number of unrepresented, low-income clients who could not afford family law services.

Legal Aid Society of Door County Endowment Fund (920) 743-3934 www.legalaiddoorcounty.org

The mission of LASDC is to coordinate and improve access to civil legal services for low-income individuals in Door County. Most of these services are provided by volunteer attorneys. LAS operates as a screening and referral organization for potential clients who face legal issues that involve family law, landlord-tenant disputes, benefit entitlements, and other civil matters. The organization contracts with a local attorney who provides intake, screening, and referral of eligible applicants at the Sturgeon Bay office. Legal Aid Society is an unusual non-profit organization, in that the majority of administrative cost and much of the client service are provided by volunteer efforts.

Midsummer’s Music brings world-class musicians to Door County for chamber music concerts. The organization runs mid-June through July and mid-August through Labor Day. MM presents additional concerts throughout the year.  Midsummer’s Music’s Griffon String Quartet presents programs to children and audiences of all ages and backgrounds.  The mission is to imbed classical music in our community. 

Midsummer’s Music Ltd. Endowment Trust Fund www.midsummersmusic.com (920) 854-7088

Endowment Fund www.newaudubon.org

During the season MM performs in intimate settings such as galleries, churches, museums, and private homes. Concertgoers hear master works and contemporary pieces. Each concert is a radically appealing musical experience! Concert ticket prices cover a small portion of our annual expenses, making tax-deductible donations and other forms of support critical to the organization’s sustainability. Join us and experience the magic of Midsummer’s Music.

The Northeast Wisconsin Audubon Society was incorporated in 1954. We are one of over 500 local chapters of the National Audubon Society, including 14 chapters in Wisconsin. We have over 800 National and local member families that live in seven counties and 55 communities throughout northeast Wisconsin. The Board of Directors and members work to support conservation, research, education, and bird habitat protection in this region of the state. This includes participating in events like Springs Wings, a celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, at the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary and contributing local volunteer effort to the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, among other projects and educational opportunities.

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Northern Sky Theater has been providing heartwarming musicals to delight folks of all ages at their amphitheater in Peninsula State Park in the summer and at indoor venues throughout Door County each fall for more than 25 years.

Endowment Fund northernskytheater.com (920) 854-6117

Endowment Fund www.PeninsulaPlayers.com (920) 868-3287

Their shows are tailored for Door County audiences and celebrate our culture and the heritage of the United States. They are dedicated to creating new musical works through their Fred Alley New Musical Fund established in memory of Fred Alley, cofounder and playwright of many of the company’s most popular productions. Northern Sky Theater strives to provide the highest quality original musicals priced so that families can enjoy live theater together. The company relies on philanthropic support to continue to create new works and maintain their family-friendly prices.

Peninsula Players Theatre, founded in 1935, is America’s oldest professional resident summer theater located in a unique setting along the cedar-lined shores of Green Bay. The theater’s mission is to support, without reservation, the most exciting theater company possible; to preserve the Theatre in a Garden’s natural beauty; to provide artists the freedom, tools, and facilities they require to entertain, uplift, and inform our audiences; to foster future generations of theater professionals through the internship program; and to maintain fiscal policies that ensure the future security of the theater. A contribution to the Peninsula Players Endowment Fund helps protect the theater’s past, while securing its future. Your gift will support a tradition of theatrical excellence and fundamental programming such as the internship program, educational workshops, free public seminars and staged readings. Help ensure the future of Peninsula Players Theatre for generations to come.

For 50 years, Peninsula School of Art has served the community through exceptional learning experiences in the visual arts. It provides workshops with nationally recognized artist-teachers; visual arts classes for children; educationally-themed exhibitions featuring the works of national, regional, and local artists; and free community outreach programs for over 3000 children and families.

Youth and Community Outreach Fund www.peninsulaschoolofart.org (920) 868-3455

The Youth and Community Outreach Fund provides critical support for free, accessible arts programming, including: ceramics arts education to 500 school age children; monthly Family Art Days; a participatory exhibition for 300 school children with no access to arts education in their schools; and partnership programs with local community organization and schools, like the Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club of Door County, Habitat for Humanity, the Hardy Gallery, Northern Door Adult Day Care Services and many others to bring art to underserved populations and new audiences.

The Richard Mauthe Center for Faith, Spirituality and Social Justice is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, but independent from the university system. Its mission is to provide opportunities for the UWGB community to explore faith, nurture their spiritual lives, and serve others.

Endowment Fund www.mcenter.org (920) 465-5133

Every year the Mauthe Center touches the lives of more than 1,240 students by putting together events that inspire respect and peace, and promote justice. The purpose of its Endowment Fund is to ensure that the legacy of Rev. Richard Mauthe continues to flourish. Today, it is invigorated to work with the next generation of authentic leaders to write a new chapter - defined by an effort to find innovative ways to continue to transform the lives of students and community members we serve.

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Rogue Theater Endowment Fund (920) 818-0816

Rogue Theater is Door County’s only year-round community theater, bringing quality productions to many locations throughout the county. Rogue Theater was founded by Lola DeVillers and Stuart Champeau in January 2013. Since then, the company has brought theater productions to many locations in Door County, including town halls, restaurants, churches, and schools. They have also traveled to other areas of the state. In November 2013, DeVillers and Champeau opened The Depot Performing Arts Center, in the historic train station in downtown Sturgeon Bay. Their vision was to have a space where all forms of entertainment and art can come together; including community and professional theater, music, dance and visual arts. Even with changes in location, Rogue Theater is committed to creating an art center that can be used by the community for a multitude of events.

The Sister Bay Historical Society maintains archival records and photos and operates the Corner of the Past Museum. All of the buildings are either original to the property or are historically significant buildings that have been moved to the property and restored.

Building Fund • Endowment Fund Operating Reserve Fund www.sisterbayhistory.org (920) 854-7680

Athletes & Athletic Facilities Fund Auditorium & Performing Arts Fund Bleacher Reserve Fund • Booster Fund • Eagle Fund Endowment Fund • Library & Technology Fund Science & Agriculture Fund • Softball Fund Football Fund • Volleyball Fund www.southerndoorcommunityfoundation.org (920) 825-7373

The museum first received visitors in 1997 and the exhibits and activities have grown each year. Docents greet visitors who can use a computerized “talking” Discovery Pen to take a self-guided tour. Sister Bay’s original Farmer’s Market takes place Saturday mornings along with Heritage Programs which feature a local artist each week exhibiting their craft or folk art. Many other activities take place during the season such as an old fashioned Ice Cream Social and a Quilt Show. School age and adult groups are welcomed for escorted tours and hands on activities.

The goal of the Southern Door Community Foundation is to build its community and surrounding communities by providing financial support to the Southern Door School District to provide students with the opportunities to be productive members of their community. The foundation can also assist other supporting organizations of the school by providing a safe and responsible way to manage funds and activities. Each Endowment Fund allows a donor to target their gift to the issues most important to them. The Endowment Funds of the Southern Door Community Foundation include: the Eagle Fund, the Auditorium and Performing Arts Fund, the Athletes and Athletic Facilities Fund, the Science, Agriculture and Industrial Arts Fund, the Library and Technology Fund and the Southern Door Athletic Boosters Fund.

Sunshine House Inc. is a diverse community service, non-profit organization whose purpose is to support a meaningful day through person centered care. Since 1971 Sunshine House has helped create options for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities in Door County and is currently expanding their services to include seniors and those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, early stage memory loss and the medically frail.

Endowment Fund www.sunshinehouseinc.org (920) 743-7943

Each year over 20,000 individual passenger rides are provided traveling over 80,000 miles for clients at Sunshine House. Other programs and services include Day Services and an expansion into Adult Day Care with activities such as reading, music, community outings, recreation and arts & crafts. Production services include assembly. packaging, bulk mailing and custodial work with an emphasis on providing paid positions that offer pre-vocational training, supported employment and community job placement. Third Avenue Playhouse is Door County’s only year-round professional theatre. Founded in 2000, TAP’s mission is to entertain and educate by provoking thought, laughter, and tears. Facilities include the 250-seat mainstage as well as the 84-seat Studio Theatre.

Capital Fund • Endowment Fund www.thirdavenueplayhouse.com (920) 743-1760

TAP produces riveting performances of contemporary and classic plays, musicals, and even opera, bringing audiences face to face with powerful stories by creating the most intimate theatrical experience possible. The Internship Program provides opportunities for college students seeking experience in all aspects of professional theatre. TAP’s innovative educational programming provides workshops to students of all ages, based on the theory that by learning theatre skills, students actually learn life skills such as creativity, collaboration, spontaneity, and public speaking. Each year, two full-scale student productions feature young performers from throughout Door County. All educational offerings are led by members of TAP’s professional company.

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Endowment Fund www.unitedwaydc.com (920) 746-9645

United Way of Door County forges strong partnerships, focuses resources on what matters, and creates measurable results. Its vision is of a community where: Family and community wellness are promoted; Childcare and early education are available to working families; Basic needs such as food, shelter, transportation, and clothing are met; The lives of special segments of the population including elderly, disabled, and mentally ill are enhanced; Healthcare is available to all; and Youth are provided with opportunities for positive development. Its aim is to use its expertise to add value by assessing community needs; collaborating with and ensuring accountability of partner organizations; and identifying and raising funds. It is a leader in Door County by facilitating, promoting, and ensuring the availability of services that meet the needs of the community as an effective and efficient conduit for philanthropic resources. Since 1917, Wisconsin Public Radio has been a pioneer in radio broadcasting, providing strong, independent and meaningful public radio in Wisconsin. Educating, informing and entertaining have been at the core of WPR’s mission since its inception. Today WPR’s 34 radio stations, seven regional bureaus, three networks, website, online streams, and user-friendly apps serve local, regional, and statewide audiences.

Door County Connection Fund www.wpr.org (888) 909-4163

WPR’s commitment to community engagement inspires programming that reflects the people and issues that impact Wisconsin. From thought-provoking discussions, to local and statewide news, to classical, folk and world music, WPR presents the highest quality programming available. Major gifts for specific projects as well as endowment gifts for long-term support also play an important role in funding one of Wisconsin’s most valuable assets.

The mission of Write On, Door County is to facilitate and promote writing in Door County by nurturing the work of writers, supporting readers and audiences, and developing opportunities that encourage broad participation. Everyone has a story to tell.

Endowment Fund www.writeondoorcounty.org (920) 868-1457

Connecting people and connecting communities through writing, reading, and sharing stories is the core of its mission. Write On, Door County serves writers and readers of all ages and at all levels of development. It serves year-round and seasonal residents as well as visitors. Free peer critique groups support writers just starting out. Monthly book discussions connect readers. Classes with published authors help writers advance to the next level of their career. Author events bring together readers and writers in a relaxed setting. These programs take place in a variety of settings from Southern Door to Washington Island.

SERVICE CLUBS AND CIVIC GROUPS

Jacksonport Women’s Club Charitable Fund

Order of the Eastern Star Honor Chapter #1 of the State of Wisconsin Charitable Fund

Rotary Club of Door County North Charitable Fund www.doorcountynorthrotaryclub.com

www.sturgeonbayoes.com

Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Charitable Trust Fund sturgeonbayrotaryclub.org

Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Charitable Fund www.facebook.com/sbbreakfastrotary/

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Mike & Tonya Felhofer Fund “One of the things we’ve talked about amongst ourselves, and would implore others to think about, is that you can be philanthropic at any level. At the Door County Community Foundation your gift can work with others to truly make a difference in our community and beyond.” — Mike & Tonya Felhofer

At the Door County Community Foundation, we help build and strengthen community. We bring people and organizations together that want to make a difference in our world. The Community Foundation makes philanthropy easy. We help individuals and families establish a customized charitable Fund without being burdened by the regulatory requirements, tax liabilities and administrative and fiduciary hassles associated with setting up a private foundation. Our donors can self-direct their contributions to specific charities, invest in broader areas of interest, or provide unrestricted gifts to a Discretionary Fund to address emerging community needs. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, our donors qualify for the maximum tax deduction as allowed by law. Since our founding in 1999, the charities of Door County have benefitted from more than $17 million that has been disbursed from the family of charitable Funds at the Door County Community Foundation. Our assets have grown to $21 million today, with nearly $5 million in contributions last year alone. Give today or through your estate plan. Give however it’s right for you. Just remember to Give Door County.

Mike Felhofer was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay. Tonya grew up in Green Bay. Together, they are the owners of Door County Candle Company in Carlsville as well as the parents of two teenage daughters, Sydney and Stephanie. Mike’s first wife, Nancy, co-founded the American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Awareness Run-Walk in Green Bay. Tonya was employed by the American Cancer Society and worked closely with both Nancy and Mike. Unfortunately, Nancy’s story ended far too soon. At the age of 34, Nancy passed away suddenly. “From tragedy came something positive,” remembers Mike. “When Nancy passed there were a lot of monetary donations that came in and I wanted to put the money to good use.” Mike contacted his local community foundation to set up a Donor Advised Fund in Nancy’s name. He was able to give to the causes that mattered the most to Nancy. Soon thereafter, Mike moved back to Door County. Having experienced first-hand the importance and impact of community foundations, he started working with several other members of the community and together they founded the Door County Community Foundation in 1999. Mike and Tonya married in 2001. “We established our own Donor Advised Fund when we married,” shares Tonya. “Part of the advantage of having a Fund at the Door County Community Foundation is they can more effectively distribute the funds to meet the needs of the community.” Adds Mike, “It’s also been quite helpful from a tax planning prospective.” A Donor Advised Fund at the Door County Community Foundation allows Mike and Tonya to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit, and then have time to decide who they want to support and where they can make the greatest impact. A Donor Advised Fund is also a great tax planning tool which enables you to bunch several years of giving into a single tax year. Donor Advised Funds operate much like a private foundation, but without the administrative burdens, high operation costs or required tax filings.

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Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd H Londo Scholarship Fund

Traven Family Fund

“The one regret that I have in life is never completing college. I worked with the Community Foundation to create an Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of my parents to encourage young ladies to follow their dreams and complete their education. I know the Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Londo Scholarship Fund will positively impact Door County forevermore.”

“One of the things that serving on an interfaith board in Manhattan did is that it gave me a great awareness of the importance of people giving something back, if they can, to their community. I want to give back to this community which I feel has done so much for me. The Door County Community Foundation seems to fill that function so well.”

— Corrine Stiehl

— Lee Traven

Corrine Stiehl was born in 1933 in Sturgeon Bay. Corrine, affectionately known as Corky, graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School and attended Carroll and Lake Forest College. She was employed as a stewardess for a major airline before accepting a position at the Milwaukee Journal promotional department. Corrine moved home to Sturgeon Bay to care for her ailing mother and loved it so much she remained even after her mother died. Corrine passed away in 2017. Corrine loved Door County and wanted a way to both honor her parents and help the community. Corrine incorporated her fund at the Community Foundation into her estate plans. Because of her generosity, the Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd H. Londo Scholarship Fund will forever support young women who dream of attending college. When you make a gift to an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation or create one to support a cause important to you, you can rest assured that the principal of your gift will never be spent and can grow over time – providing a source of lasting support for the causes you care about. Including the Door County Community Foundation in your estate plans is an easy way to transfer assets to charity. Through a gift in your estate plans, you can give back to specific charities, support general causes, or, as Corrine did, create a scholarship in your family’s name. In doing so you leave a legacy for Door County while enjoying the assets you need to maintain your current lifestyle. Plus, you are able to distribute some or all of your assets, tax free. Your gift – and all future earnings from your gift – can become a permanent source of community capital, giving back literally forever. A Fund at the Community Foundation is an exceptional tool for giving to charity through your estate plan.

Lee Traven grew up in Baileys Harbor. He served in the United States Air Force in Texas, California, and Japan. He lived and worked in Manhattan for thirty years and traveled throughout the world. But his heart always called him back to his home of Door County. After retiring, Lee returned to Door County and began a new career as one of our community’s most engaged citizens. He served on numerous non-profit boards throughout the peninsula and was consistently active in many community organizations. Lee established the Traven Family Fund, a permanent endowment at the Community Foundation, to forever benefit the charities he cared about the most. Lee passed away in 2013 but the Traven Family Fund he established will forever make significant yearly donations to benefit the organizations that he loved. While some donors prefer to remain anonymous, the Traven Family Fund was created to honor and publicly celebrate his family’s legacy literally forever. “As part of his estate plan, Lee also included a discretionary gift,” said Bret Bicoy, President and CEO of the Door County Community Foundation. “Our Board now uses that gift to award grants to charities in the Traven family name.” A Discretionary Fund allows that support to live on forevermore. The causes are selected by the donor, but the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is entrusted with the selection of the specific charities that receive grants from the Fund each year. Those moneys are distributed back into the community as Advancement Grants and Sustainability Grants.

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