2020 Door County Community Foundation Guide to Endowments

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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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GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS at the Door County Community Foundation


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

Professional Staff

Marcia Smith of Sturgeon Bay Chair Retired Banker

Polly Alberts of Brussels Past Chair Owner, Alberts Plastering, Inc.

Sally O’Brien of Clark Lake Vice Chair Former Director, Benefits, Kimberly-Clark

Rob Davis of Ephraim Retired

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.

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

Keith Mutchler of Sevastopol Paper & Packaging Manufacturing, Retired

Bret Bicoy of Sturgeon Bay President & CEO

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

Julie Haen of Sturgeon Bay Business Officer

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

Christine Henkel of Sturgeon Bay Donor Relations Officer

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

Sharon Lutsey of Egg Harbor Waseda Farms

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Kacie Mueller of Sturgeon Bay Community Relations Officer

DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS Summary of Activity for Calendar Year 2019 (unaudited): $20,709,076 $5,883,972 $948,400 $3,765,462 $27,140,670

Total Assets as of January 1, 2019: Contributions Received: Pledges Received: Grants & Scholarships Disbursed: Total Assets as of December 31, 2019:

Budgeted Operating Costs as a Percentage of Assets: FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 3.5% 3.0% 2.6% 2.3% 2.3% 2.1% 2.0% 1.9% 1.8% 1.9% 1.8%

Grants Awarded from All Funds at the Community Foundation: 115 Club Ltd. Abington Friends School Adopt a Soldier Door County Albion College Altrusa Club of Door County Foundation, Inc. Alzheimer’s Association Greater Wisconsin American Heart Association American Red Cross Arthritis Foundation Arts & Nature Center, Inc. Bay View Lutheran Church Bay-Lakes Council, Inc, Boy Scouts of America Bible Study Fellowship Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Inc. BookNook Gardens Boys & Girls Club of Door County Boys Hope Girls Hope Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Bright Focus Foundation Brown County Historical Society Camp Manito-wish YMCA Carleton College Carroll University Casa Alba Melanie Hispanic Community Resource Center Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay Catholic Relief Services Christ Child Society Church of Atonement College Possible Colorado College Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region Community Housing and Resources Inc. Corpus Christi Catholic Church Covenant House Crossroads at Big Creek, Inc.

Diocese of Venice Doctors Without Borders Door Cancer, Inc. Door Community Auditorium Door County Composite Squadron, US Civil Air Patrol Door County Department of Health and Human Services Door County Department of Veterans Services Door County Environmental Council, Inc Door County Historical Society, Inc. Door County Housing Partnership, Inc. Door County Land Trust Door County Library Door County Maritime Museum Door County Master Gardeners Association, Inc. Door County Medical Center Foundation Door County YMCA Door Kinetic Arts, Inc. Door Shakespeare, Inc. Door-Tran Inc. Ducks Unlimited Ephraim Fire-Rescue Association, Inc. Ephraim Historical Foundation, Inc. Ephraim Moravian Church Ephraim Yacht Club, Inc. Family Services of Northeastern Wisconsin Father Flanagans Boys Home Feed & Clothe My People of Door County First Baptist Church FISC Consumer Credit Counseling of Door County, Inc Fish of Sanibel-Captiva Inc. Food for the Poor Foundation for Children in Need Fox Valley Technical College Francis Hardy Center for the Arts Friends of Door County Libraries Friends of Gibraltar

Friends of Peninsula State Park Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands Friends of Potawatomi State Park Friends of Rock Island Friends of the Academies Friends of Wisconsin Public Television Gathering Ground Gibraltar Area Schools Gibraltar Fire and Rescue Association Gibraltar Historical Association Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes God’s World Publications, Inc. Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star Greater Escarpment Organization of Door County Green Bay Botanical Garden Guest House of Milwaukee H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Foundation H.S. Baird #174 Masonic Lodge Hartland South Elementary Heifer International HELP of Door County, Inc. Hope United Church of Christ Hopeful Horizons Hosanna Lutheran Church HSHS St. Vincent Hospital Immanuel Lutheran Church Innovative Printing, LLC Isadoora Theatre Co., Inc. Island Players, Inc. Jackie Nitschke Center Jesuit Refugee Service Kahilu Theatre Foundation Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation Kewaunee County Food Pantry Lakeshore CAP, Inc. Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership Lawrence University Leadership Door County Legal Aid Society of Door County Macalester College Midsummer’s Music, Ltd.

Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc. Midwest Environmental Advocates Miller Art Museum Milwaukee Chamber Center Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Mothers Against Drunk Drivers Museum of Wisconsin Art Namur Belgian Heritage Center National Audubon Society National Geographic Society National Parks Conservation Association Neighbor to Neighbor New Moms NEW Zoological Society Northeastern Wisconsin Antique Power Association Inc. Northern Door Children’s Center Northern Metal and Roofing Company Northern Sky Theater Notre Dame Academy NWTC Educational Foundation, Inc. Open Door Bird Sanctuary Open Door Pride ORPHANetwork OXFAM America PATH of Door County Peninsula Music Festival, Inc. Peninsula Players Theatre, Inc. Peninsula Preschool, Inc. Peninsula School of Art PFLAG Door County Purdue Foundation Rawhide Boys Ranch RBC Ministries Ready Readers Redeemer Lutheran Church Rock of Ages Lighthouse Preservation Society Rock River Hospice and Home Rogue Theater Inc Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Sail Training Foundation, Inc.

Salvation Army Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Save The Manatee Club Sawyer Elementary School Scandia Village - Good Samaritan Society Sevastopol School Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church Shriner’s Hospital for Children Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Firefighters Assoc. Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross Skylight Music Theatre Southern Door County School District Spring Island Trust St. John Bosco Catholic School St. Joseph’s Catholic Church St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc. St. Louis University High School St. Luke’s Episcopal Church St. Marcus School St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Stella Maris Parish Sturgeon Bay Girls Front Court Club, Inc Sturgeon Bay High School Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church Sturgeon Bay School District Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club Sail Training Foundation Sunshine House, Inc. Surgicorps International The Boldt Company The Clearing Folk School The Francis Hardy Gallery, Inc. of Door County The League of Women Voters of Door County The Linen Press The Nature Conservancy

The Ridges Sanctuary, Inc. The Salvation Army Third Avenue Playhouse Time of Grace Ministry Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Trueblood Performing Arts Center Unbound Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County United Way of Door County United Way of the Lowcountry Unity Limited Partnership University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Foundation University of Wisconsin Foundation University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Foundation University of Wisconsin Superior Foundation University School of Milwaukee Violence Intervention Project, Inc. Volunteer Center of Door County Washington Island Community Health Program Washington Island Foundation Washington Island Music Festival Washington University We Are Hope, Inc. WI Humane Society Door County Campus WI Inst of Certified Public Accountants Educational Foundtn Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Wisconsin Eastern Star Foundation Wisconsin Humane Society-Door County Campus Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters Wisconsin Masonic Foundation Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin Public Television Write On Door County, Inc. WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio Zion Lutheran Church

Scholarships Awarded to Students Attending the Following Universities: Bellin College Calvin University Carroll University Edgewood College Fox Valley Technical College Iowa State University

Michigan Technological University Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee School of Engineering Northern Vermont University NWTC

South Dakota State University St. Cloud State University St. Mary’s College of Maryland St. Norbert College University of Akron

University of Minnesota- Twin Cities University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Stevens Milwaukee Point University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh University of WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin-Platteville Whitewater University of Wisconsin-River Falls Viterbo University 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 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.

Door County Green Fund 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.

Women’s Fund of Door County 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.

Healthy Water Door County

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

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.

People have been coming to Door County for generations, each bringing their unique culture and traditions to our community. 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.

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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.

Celebrate Water

Door County Civility Project


Little Lake Restoration Fund

The Ellie Helm Foundation www.EllieHelmFoundation.org

www.doorcountycommunity foundation.org/donations/ littlelake/


Door County Scholarship Network

Community Opportunity Investment Network



Door County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Foundation

Discuss Door County



Loaves and Fishes of Door County

GO BO! Foundation



Potawatomi State Park Pier

Alumni Door County




100+ Women Who Care Northern Door Charitable Fund

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

Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay Charitable Trust Fund

Jacksonport Women’s Club Charitable Fund

Rotary Club of Door County North Charitable Fund

Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Charitable Fund






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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.

Founded in 1976, Birch Creek is a unique, residential summer music school and performance venue for high school age musicians exploring music as a career path. Birch Creek’s music education programs drive the organization’s efforts to advance the instruction, appreciation and performance of live music. From mid-June through mid-August, Birch Creek produces 65 concerts tied to our academic programs (for a fee and for free). 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. Four two-week academic sessions are offered in Big Band Jazz, Percussion & Steel Band, and Symphony. The Birch Creek “difference” is a 2:1 student:faculty ratio. World-class faculty provide music instruction and mentoring during the day. At night, students join faculty in the historic Dutton Concert Barn to perform public concerts before live audiences. Nearly 7,000 music students have studied and performed at Birch Creek since its first class of 12 students in 1976.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS The Boys and Girls Club of Door County enables all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Club provides every child a safe place to learn, ongoing relationships with caring adults, character development experiences, and life enhancing educational programs. Most importantly, we offer hope and opportunity to the next generation. 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

The Club is a dynamic place for all young people, catering to those who need additional support and encouragement. Our facilities promote safety, security, and pride. The children who walk through our doors feel loved and part of a family. The Club is an essential asset to Door County where children make memories, learn important life lessons, and create a legacy of giving back to our community. We are Future Builders!

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

DOOR CANcer has given over a million dollars in assistance and it is because of the generosity of many people.

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 www.dcauditorium.org (920) 868-2728

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.

The Door County Environmental Council, Inc. (DCEC), was founded in 1969 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1971 by citizens who were concerned about the fragile Karst topography of Door County. The DCEC’s mission is focused on protecting and preserving Door County’s unique and biologically sensitive shorelines, bluffs, sand dunes, woodlands, wetlands, watersheds, and agricultural lands.

Door County Environmental Council, Inc. www.dcec-wi.org (920) 743-6003

We accomplish our mission by providing educational programming and events for the community, implementing protective measures by working with local municipalities and state government to create and enforce protective law, and taking legal action when necessary. The DCEC welcomes residents as well as visitors to the Door County area to join our membership to help ensure the protection and preservation of this beautiful area for future generations.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS 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 and 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.

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. Founded in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society has been saving the lives of animals in need for nearly 140 years. WHS is a 501(c)(3) organization and operates animal shelters in Door, Brown, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, and Racine Counties. WHS annually serves 40,000 animals, receives no general government funding, and is not part of any national umbrella organization. Molly’s Fund www.doorcountyhumanesociety.org (920) 746-1111

The WHS Door County Campus provides safe haven for lost and homeless pets while working to reunite them with their owners or place them with a new loving family. All animals in their adoption program have as long as it takes to find a new home. WHS relies entirely on the generous donations of individual donors.

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.

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

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.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS 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, online and in print through the Transportation Resource Guide. Door-Tran Operating Fund www.door-tran.org (920) 743-9999

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, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to its mission of assisting individuals with disabilities in obtaining their personal independence and employment goals. Each participant at 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. Offering a full array of in-house and community-based opportunities, the programs and services at East Shore focus on developing life skills and fostering independence. They are designed to bring about greater mobility, enhanced living skills, increased independence, self-worth and productiveness - allowing each person the opportunity to develop a greater sense of self and inclusion in the community in which they live.

The mission of the Egg Harbor Historical Society is “to make Egg Harbor history come alive for future generations through the collection, preservation, and sharing of the heritage of Egg Harbor.” Individuals and families have generously donated materials and oral histories for archiving and sharing. The Society’s immediate goals are two-fold: the digitization of these materials for storage and retrieval, and the restoration of Door County’s original bookmobile as a “history-mobile.” The history-mobile restoration is a long-term and expensive effort, but, as part of the mission of sharing Egg Harbor’s heritage, will facilitate bringing history to wherever people gather, in addition to the on-site displays and programs at the Kress Community Center in Egg Harbor.

The Ephraim Yacht Club’s mission is to provide outreach programs, equipment, facilities, and funding for sailing education, training, and competition to help students learn the life skills and values important in being productive and active members of the community.

Ephraim Yacht Club

Charitable Fund • Endowment Fund Aaron R. Moore Sailing Scholarship Fund www.EYC.org (920) 854-7107

The Ephraim Yacht Club (EYC) was founded in 1906 and operates one of the oldest and largest sailing schools in the Midwest. EYC’s U.S. Sailing certified staff provides instruction to students from youngsters all the way up through senior citizens. Lessons are held mornings and afternoons, and races are held evenings and weekends so students can test and demonstrate their skills. Students learn teamwork and independence by sailing small and large boats. Instructors emphasize proper behavior, sportsmanship, racing etiquette and a Corinthian spirit during all activities. Since 1906, thousands of students have learned the sport of sailing at EYC as well as skills and behavior that will benefit them and their communities the rest of their lives. The Friends of the Pavilion raises funds to strengthen and support the Kress Pavilion and Egg Harbor Community center located in the heart of Door County. This year-round facility hosts free and low-cost programming for all ages. Since it opened in 2018, the facility has hosted over 500 free and open-to-the-public programs and nearly 200 non-profit fundraisers. It is also home to the Egg Harbor Seed Library, Egg Harbor Branch of the Door County Library and Egg Harbor Historical Society. Funds raised by the Friends of the Pavilion help to support the building’s programs and continue to offer a space for the Egg Harbor library and Egg Harbor Historical Society.

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Although tax dollars and private event rentals are the main source of revenue, the extra funding from the Door County Community Foundation account will support the level of services we offer to all of Door County in perpetuity.

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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

www.peninsulafriends.org (920) 868-6256

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

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 raised $750,000 to support the rebuilding of Eagle Tower. They have also raised $350,000 to build an addition to the Nature Center. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise help to fund a summer naturalist and a summer trails worker for the park. The Friends also award grants to undergraduate and graduate students for research into topics of importance to the park. Past projects supported by the Friends include an open-air shelter at Nicolet Beach and the purchase of ski trail grooming equipment.

Friends of Potawatomi State Park, Inc. is a nonprofit organization formed to assist with maintaining and improving Sturgeon Bay’s largest park. Projects that the Friends Group have recently accomplished include: Raising over $170,000 for a new all accessible fishing pier, new windows and doors for park shelter, new roof and lighting for bathroom near shore, new fire rings, park and trail clean up (on Earth Day), invasive species monitoring and control, planting of flowers in the campground and office flowerbeds, resurfacing the playground areas with wood fiber, funding of a new playground equipment, assisting Park staff in maintaining the ski trails and much more! Friends of Potawatomi State Park is responsible for fully funding the Park Naturalist as well as funding and supporting the naturalist programs and Park maintenance.

Toft Point is a State Natural Area and a National Natural Landmark located in Baileys Harbor managed by University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Cofrin Center for Biodiversity. Part of the Ramsar Site along eastern Lake Michigan, the area supports numerous species of flora and fauna and provides a critical breeding and migratory habitat. Included in its protection is the rare dwarf lake iris. Friends of Toft Point Inc. – active since 2000 – maintains trails, fights invasive species, educates visitors, and funds student research projects. It has established two endowment funds to insure that this special place will be preserved and protected for future generations.

Friends of Toft Point

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

The Roy Lukes Memorial Trail was dedicated on June 26, 2018 in honor of Roy Lukes— co-founder of the Friends of Toft Point, Inc. Roy was an important naturalist and conservationist who died in 2016.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS 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.

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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.

The Gibraltar Historical Association was established in 1984 to collect, research and preserve objects and archival materials which directly reflect or illustrate Gibraltar Township history; to pass on from person to person, to advance history, and to educate residents and visitors about this history; and continue to work towards preservation of historical buildings and green space in the community of Fish Creek, Wisconsin. The GHA maintains the Alexander Noble house built in 1875, the oldest frame residence in Fish Creek and completely restored and maintained as a functioning museum and an audio tour of 23 historic buildings in our town to share with visitors and residents alike Endowment Fund • Flagship Fund Operating Fund www.historicnoble.org (920) 868-2091

Preserving the past by operating a museum, providing historic walks, scheduling seasonal events and presenting a Gibraltar Talks series helps keep our mission alive. GHA is a 501(c)(3) and relies on memberships, donations, grants and fundraising 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. 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. 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

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.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS 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 GO BO! 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 and 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.

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 www.legalaiddoorcounty.org (920) 743-3934

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 nonprofit organization, in that the majority of administrative cost and much of the client service are provided by volunteer efforts.

For 30 years, Midsummer’s Music, Ltd. has been bringing world-class musicians to Door County in order to develop, enthuse and educate audiences of all ages. By creating the most powerful experiences highly professional performers can generate, Midsummer’s emphasizes chamber music’s strongest assets: intimacy, vitality, quality, variety, and portability. The Griffon String Quartet, presented by Midsummer’s, is a groundbreaking project geared to enrich the lives of children and adults throughout Northeast Wisconsin through concerts, instruction, health and wellness programs, and community embedded presentations. Midsummer’s Music Ltd. Endowment Trust Fund www.midsummersmusic.com (920) 854-7088

Midsummer’s Music and the Griffon perform in galleries, churches, schools, museums, hospitals, memory cafes, and private homes. Concertgoers hear master works and contemporary pieces. Each concert is a radically appealing 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!

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Endowment Fund www.newiaudubon.org

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.

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

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, co-founder 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. The Open Door Bird Sanctuary raises avian awareness and inspires coexistence with the rich natural world of Door County, Wisconsin and wherever you call home. The Sanctuary is the only facility of its kind in the area, offering a unique combination of environmental and wildlife education as well as being a destination for both Door County residents and tourists alike. Our visitors are all ages offering just as much awe and inspiration to adults as to children. We are also primarily run by volunteers.

Future Development Fund www.opendoorbirdsanctuary.org (920) 493-2473

Highlights are: live raptors for educational observation and interactive programming all year round both on and off site. We currently have 14 birds of prey, including a Bald Eagle, along with hiking trails on 33 acres of pristine land.

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

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.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS The Richard Mauthe Center for Faith, Spirituality and Social Justice is a 501(c)3 nonprofit 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

Rogue Theater Endowment Fund (920) 818-0816

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.

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 mission of the Sevastopol Education Foundation is to enrich the experiences of children for a stronger community! To provide support to the students, teachers, staff and programs of Sevastopol School.

Sevastopol Education Foundation, Inc. www.facebook.com/SevastopolEdFoundation sevastopoledfoundation@gmail.com

History Center Building Fund Endowment Fund • Operating Reserve Fund www.sisterbayhistory.org (920) 421-0285

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

Sevastopol Education Foundation, separate from the school, is a 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible. By supporting Sevastopol Education Foundation Inc. (SEF) you are providing a foundation for many to thrive. Schools need reliable revenues separate from restricted public funding in order to keep pace with advances in technology and to provide an innovative high quality educational learning environment. SEF is only able to carry out its mission of enhancing the Sevastopol Schools through the generous support of individuals, businesses and organizations. Teachers, Parents, Coaches or others may request money for projects, equipment or donations from SEF by writing Grants within Focus Areas.

For decades, the Sister Bay Historical Society has worked to sustain our village’s stories, artifacts and archives for generations to come. In fact, we may have been TOO successful — our inventory of artifacts has grown far beyond our ability to properly store and protect them. As a result, we plan to build what we’re calling the Sister Bay History Center, a building to house our archives and provide space to store small and large artifacts, make repairs to our antique farm implements and create new exhibits. The Center will also provide a heated multi-use area for meetings and enhanced exhibits. The location of the new Center is at our Corner of the Past Museum, where historically significant buildings have been moved and restored for the enjoyment and education of local residents and Door County visitors and tourists.

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.

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DOOR COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION’S GUIDE TO CHARITABLE FUNDS Sunshine House Inc. is a diverse community service, nonprofit 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 and 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. 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.

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

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

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. 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.

Write On, Door County 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.

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Don and Coggin Heeringa Fund “We love Door County and fully understand that this community is what it is because of the generous people here. We have given what we can, but it is the generosity of many people who are like-minded who make a difference. We can’t do anything alone. And I’m not sure we would want to. The sense of collaboration is what makes Door County so special.” — Don & Coggin Heeringa 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 $20 million that has been disbursed from the family of charitable Funds at the Door County Community Foundation. Our assets have grown to $27 million today, with nearly $7 million in contributions and pledges last year alone. Give today or through your estate plan. Give however it’s right for you. Just remember to Give Door County.

Don Heeringa was born and raised in a farmhouse in Lynden, Washington. Coggin hails from Dixon, IL. Both left their hometowns to pursue a post-secondary education as young adults. The two met while rehearsing a musical where Coggin’s character fell in love with an older gentleman who was played by Don. They married in 1978. Don’s work brought the Heeringas to Door County in the ’80s. Working as a nursing home administrator and clergyman throughout his professional career, Don experienced firsthand the importance of supporting human services and social justice. Coggin has been working at Interlochen each summer for the past 52 years. She began as a counselor at the music camp, but soon realized that environmental studies was where she belonged. In Door County, Coggin uses Crossroads at Big Creek as her classroom. Under her leadership, Crossroads has gone from a 60-acre school forest to a community treasure of nearly 200 acres. Don’s generous heart and Coggin’s passion for environmental education merge to inform their charitable giving. Philanthropy has been part of both of their lives from a young age as they watched their respective churches support the congregation and community alike. “The lessons I have learned have been taught from the time I was a little kid,” says Don. “My parents lived through the Great Depression and really had very little. But there was always a little to put in the offering plate at church.” Coggin recalls a song from her childhood church choir that essentially said, If I had enough, I would do my part. “We are comfortable. We have enough,” says Coggin. “We strive to share everything above and beyond ‘enough’ with those in need.” A Donor Advised Fund at the Door County Community Foundation allows Don and Coggin to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax benefit, and then support the causes and organizations of their choosing from the fund over time. 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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Ruth and Hartley Barker Memorial Fund

Cari and Bret Bicoy Charitable Fund

“I served for many years on the Community Foundation’s Board with Ruth and knew her personally for even longer. She and Hartley were wonderfully generous people who always felt the call to return to Door County every year. For her, the Community Foundation was a way to touch every aspect of life in this community she so loved.”

“As our children grow up and become more independent, we are able to direct an increasing portion of our very modest estate to the place we love. It’s been a blessing to raise our children in this community. We don’t have much to give, but we should all give what we can to Door County.”

— John Herlache Board of Directors of the Community Foundation

— Cari & Bret Bicoy

Hartley Barker was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1922. He served with the Troop Carrier Command in the Army during WWII and was a University of Wisconsin graduate. In 1960, Hartley married Ruth Baldwin, who was born and raised in Chicago. Ruth and Hartley were active members and major philanthropists of many civic organizations in both Wisconsin and Arizona. Many years ago, Ruth explained her thinking so we could tell her story in hopes it might inspire future generations. “Several years ago, Hartley and I were approached to help support the work of the community foundation in South Wood County. Our gift was an investment in that foundation’s ability to serve its community – and today we couldn’t be happier with the results. We’re now trying to duplicate that success by building a vibrant community foundation to ensure the future of Door County.” Ruth and Hartley passed away in 2013 and 2010 respectively but the Ruth and Hartley Barker Memorial Fund will continue to make significant donations to benefit the charities in the community they loved in their name. Ruth and Hartley included a provision in their estate planning documents that made a generous gift to Door County through the Community Foundation. Including the Door County Community Foundation in your estate plans is an easy way to transfer assets to charity. By 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. By incorporating the Community Foundation into their planning documents, the Barkers were able to have a remarkably broad impact on our community and beyond. Through a gift in your estate plans, you can give back to specific charities, support general causes or even create a scholarship in your family’s name. A fund at the Community Foundation is an exceptional tool for giving to charity through your estate plan.

Bret Bicoy grew up in Aiea, Hawaii. In his search for adventure and a place to attend law school, he visited Wisconsin. “I met this bright, charming, and lovely woman from Northeast Wisconsin and realized that living in paradise meant nothing without her,” says Bret. Though he never became an attorney, Bret moved to Wisconsin and Cari married him in 1996. Cari has been visiting Door County her entire life. “As we added six children to our home, the peninsula always offered a fun and affordable place for us to spend time as a family,” says Cari. In those days Bret worked for the community foundation in Green Bay. In 1999 he was assigned to build a new affiliate, the Door County Community Foundation. Eventually, Bret was invited to lead foundations in Ohio and Nevada, but a family tragedy caused the Bicoys to return to Wisconsin. At the same time, the Door County Community Foundation’s Board decided to become independent from their friends in Green Bay. In 2008, only a month after the Bicoys returned home, the Board hired Bret as their first President & CEO. “I have the privilege of doing the work I love in the place I love,” says Bret. “The Community Foundation is a remarkably efficient way to give back even for people of moderate means like us.” The Bicoys have named the Door County Community Foundation as the beneficiary of their IRA, a particularly tax-efficient way to give. A Discretionary Fund allows donors to give back 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. “When we’re gone our gift will create the Cari and Bret Bicoy Charitable Fund to forever assist working families in Door County,” says Cari. “We trust that the Community Foundation will invest our money in programs that help those who work hard every day but still have trouble making ends meet.”

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