Category: Philanthropy

  • PERSPECTIVE: My Frustration with COVID-19

    I counted 146 cars lined up for food in an aerial photo of the Door County Food Pantry Coalition’s distribution at the Sturgeon Bay fairgrounds Aug. 5. The photo was taken 15 minutes before the first box was even handed out. Looking at the line, I was frustrated, and I was embarrassed. Like so many […]

  • Evers Announces Cultural-Organization Grant Program

    Gov. Tony Evers has announced the launch of a $5 million cultural-organization grant program to assist such groups in the state that have been affected economically by the pandemic.  Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), the program provides eligible organizations with grant awards of up to $250,000 to cover pandemic-related impacts such as […]

  • Hellen Memorial Scramble Debuts Sept. 15

    The first Pat Hellen Memorial Scramble will be held Sept. 15 at Maxwelton Braes Golf Course. Proceeds ($10 from every player) will be donated to the Northern Door YMCA in Hellen’s name, and additional donations will be accepted. With the skins game, your team could win some money. The cost is $30 per person for […]

  • DC Habitat for Humanity Hosts First Golf Outing

    Door County Habitat for Humanity (DCHH) is hosting its first Home in One Golf Outing at Idlewild Golf Course on Sept. 10 and is seeking additional golfers and hole sponsors to participate. Social distancing and other safety protocols will be in place.  Golfers can sign up individually or as a team of four. The cost […]

  • Birch Creek Receives Arts Board Grant

    Birch Creek ( has received a grant from the WAB CARES program of the Wisconsin Arts Board (WAB), which is providing emergency support to arts organizations affected by the pandemic. The grants help to fund salary support, fees for artists and costs for programs and/or facilities. “These one-time funds will help our arts groups remain […]

  • TAP Hosts Virtual Masqued Gala and Auction

    This year, Third Avenue Playhouse (TAP, will hold its fundraising gala – the Masqued Gala & Auction – virtually on Aug. 30, 7-8:30 pm. Alan Kopischke will host. The Masqued Gala will highlight freshly re-created performances from favorite TAP shows featuring Doug Mancheski, Ryan Schabach, Kay Allmand, Claire Morkin, Amy Ensign, Cynthia Cobb, Dan Klarer, Drew […]

  • Nominate Everyday Heroes

    During the COVID-19 crisis, our community has been blessed with “everyday responders”: ordinary people who have stepped forward to volunteer and help their neighbors however they can. Everyday responders have been delivering meals, staffing food pantries, taking care of kids, sewing face masks and doing many other selfless things to keep our community strong. The […]

  • Fundraising Day for Open Door Bird Sanctuary at Wisconsin Cheese Masters

    Wisconsin Cheese Masters and Open Door Bird Sanctuary (ODBS) are partners in an ODBS and You fundraising day Aug. 9, 10 am – 3 pm, when ODBS will receive a portion of cheese sales. Stop by Wisconsin Cheese Masters, 4692 Rainbow Ridge in Egg Harbor, to meet some of the sanctuary’s raptor residents. ODBS’s goal […]

  • Boys and Girls Club Cancels Celebrity Golf Outing

    The Boys and Girls Club of Door County has canceled its 11th annual Celebrity Golf Outing. The annual fundraising event had been scheduled for Aug. 11 at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club. “This decision wasn’t an easy one for the board because it raises significant funds for the club’s youth development programming,” said David Resch, chair […]

  • Grants Available for Humanities, Cultural Nonprofits

    Wisconsin’s humanities and cultural organizations can apply now for grants of up to $7,500 to help them cope with financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Wisconsin Humanities CARES Relief Grant Program distributed a little more than $300,000 during its first round of grants earlier this month, and a second grant round has opened […]

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Earns Wisconsin Arts Board Grant

    A Wisconsin Arts Board grant has gone to Peninsula Players Theatre through the board’s Creation and Presentation Program. The funds will support the theater company’s continued development and presentation of outstanding community programs and theatrical productions. Peninsula Players Theatre’s community outreach includes preshow seminars, postshow discussions and its winter play-reading series, The Play’s the Thing. […]

  • Peninsula Players Theatre Announces Student Award Recipients

    Peninsula Players Theatre has announced the recipients of its annual student awards of $500 each. Graduating Door County high school seniors who have demonstrated achievements in and enthusiasm for the performing arts or who are pursuing secondary education in arts management, music or theater are eligible. Shelby LaViolette of Sturgeon Bay High School has earned […]

  • Ploor Earns PMF’s Verheyden Memorial Scholarship

    Recent Sevastopol High School graduate Mya Ploor is this year’s recipient of the Peninsula Music Festival’s George Verheyden Memorial Scholarship. She will attend Luther College in the fall to pursue a double major in music performance and music education.  Ploor maintained an impressive academic record throughout high school and plays more than 20 instruments. Beyond […]

  • House and Garden Walk Canceled

    The Door County Medical Center Auxiliary has canceled its July 28 House and Garden Walk. Maribeth Hetherington, auxiliary president, said, “Although we remained hopefully optimistic we could still have the walk recognizing the 60th anniversary of Commitment to Community, there were too many uncertainties related to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. […]

  • New Fund Supports PMF Musicians

    The Peninsula Music Festival (PMF) has launched the PlayON Fund to assist festival musicians with the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds collected will be distributed equally among the musicians, with the intention of supporting immediate essential needs such as food, rent or mortgage, utilities, and phone and car payments. The Peninsula Music Festival […]

  • Northern Sky Theater’s Virtual Fundraiser on May 23

    Join Northern Sky Theater for a daylong virtual fundraising event to celebrate its 30th anniversary. On May 23, celebrate “together” with footage of past performances – a debut of these clips from the theater’s archives. An online auction will open at 8 am, featuring one-of-a-kind offerings from your favorite Northern Sky artists. An all-day social-media […]

  • Door County Community Foundation Distributes Funds from Emergency Response Fund

    To provide a coordinated philanthropic response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) and the United Way of Door County have activated the Door County Emergency Response Fund.  To be fully transparent, the DCCF will provide regular updates about the total raised and a complete accounting of how every dollar contributed […]

  • Griffon String Quartet Earns Women’s Fund Grant

    Midsummer’s Music and its resident string quartet, the Griffon String Quartet, earned a $4,000 grant from the Women’s Fund to support the quartet’s education and outreach mission. The funds cover activities that began in January. Among the quartet’s community programs are the B Double Sharp program, which presents mini concerts for the aging or disabled […]

  • Peninsula Players Extends Scholarship Deadline to April 27

    Peninsula Players Theatre is extending the deadline for its student scholarships from April 6 to April 27. A $500 scholarship will be awarded this spring to one student at each of the Door County high schools. Scholarship applicants must be Door County high school seniors who intend to enroll as full-time college or technical students […]

  • Giving under the Radar: Mike and Marge McCoy

    There’s something so authentic and humble about Mike and Marge McCoy’s giving that it sometimes causes people to hesitate when referring to them as leaders, said Bret Bicoy, president and CEO of the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF). “Unquestionably, unhesitatingly, everyone considers them leaders in our community,” Bicoy said, “but the word ‘leader’ seems to […]