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    Profit through Patience

    The Door County Triathlon didn’t produce a dime for the Door County YMCA or Door County Parks System in 2005, its first year. The event was staged at Frank Murphy County Park and used other county park system facilities. The YMCA provided support, promotion, and dozens of volunteers. But after all was said and done, […]

  • The Economic Impact of Charity in Door County

    “Charity is more important to Door County than to any other community in Wisconsin.” We’ve been saying that for several years now at the Door County Community Foundation. It’s the fundamental belief that shapes our work and influences our every activity. The Community Foundation set forth a mission “to inspire people to give back to […]

  • Matt Normann

    Volunteers Honored at Golden Heart Awards

    According to www.independentsector.org, an online charity forum, the value of a volunteer in Wisconsin is estimated to be $17.79 per hour. If you multiply that by the number of hours a volunteer “volunteers,” you begin to get an idea of the economic impact a volunteer has upon the agency he or she serves. Once a […]

  • Dan Eggert

    Miriam Erickson Named Philanthropist of the Year

    For Miriam Erickson of Egg Harbor, a difference made is far more important than a title earned. Ironically, that selflessness earned her one more title in 2010 – Philanthropist of the Year. “The award for Philanthropist of the Year is given to somebody who’s more than simply a donor,” said Bret Bicoy, President and CEO […]

  • Bonnie Paruch

    Cover Painting Auctioned for Charity

    The third annual Philanthropy Issue of Door County Living is devoted to the spirit of giving, a thread that runs strong through the fabric of the Door County community. It is in this spirit that Bonnie Paruch, the artist behind our cover image, has generously offered this work for auction to benefit a local cause. […]

  • Door County YMCA is All About Community

    In 1992, I took my first class at the Door County YMCA. It was quite an endeavor:  waking up early in the winter dark, driving from my Egg Harbor home to Sturgeon Bay, and making my way to the old high school where, after decades of teachers yelling, “Don’t run in the halls,” Y instructors […]

  • United Way Gives Kids a Leg Up

    For most people, finding a true life “calling” can take years, even decades. But for Amy Kohnle there was never a question; she inherently knew what she was meant to do in life:  serve others. Kohnle is the Executive Director of Door County’s United Way, and she has come to understand the desire and the […]

  • Soup!

    The Door County community generously supports a wealth of arts organizations, as well as many vital health and human services organizations, but it isn’t often that the paths of these two groups cross. There have been a few notable exceptions, and the annual SOUP! project of Peninsula School of Art is one. This unique event […]

  • Cashing In: Unparalleled transfer of wealth expected in coming years and charities hope to be part of the process

    Charity as a tourism driver? It’s not how we usually think of it, but Brett Bicoy, Director of the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) makes a strong case. “Charitable giving is the lifeblood for every organization that is essential to our community’s health – the hospital, clinic, schools, HELP of Door County,” Bicoy explains, “as […]

  • Charitable Giving Through Your Estate

    The United States of America has a tradition of philanthropy that is the envy of the rest of the world. In 2007, a record $307 billion was donated to charity by American citizens according to the annual Giving USA survey. No other nation comes close in terms of the total amount of charitable giving that […]

  • Celebration of Giving Honors Philanthropists

    When Tim and Sue Stone stood to accept the Door County Community Foundation’s honor as the Philanthropists of the Year in July 2008, they shared sentiments echoed often by members of the Door County community. “When we talk to our friends around the country,” Sue Stone said with a wide smile, “they can’t believe the […]

  • Giving By the Numbers

    As the economy continued to plummet to levels many thought impossible in the first quarter of 2009, few sectors trembled more than the non-profit community. With incomes down, jobs lost, and retirement funds crippled, many are wondered what people would have left to give. Times will certainly be tough, but there is a silver lining […]

  • Cover Painting Auctioned for Charity

    This issue of Door County Living is devoted entirely to the spirit of giving, a thread that runs strong through the fabric of the Door County community. It is in this spirit that Craig Blietz, the artist behind our cover image, has generously offered this work for auction to benefit a local cause. Door County […]

  • Dan Eggert

    Saving the Door with the Door County Land Trust

    In some ways, the remarkably successful Door County Land Trust (DCLT) is paradoxical. They protect and maintain roughly 4,800 acres of land throughout the peninsula – from Washington Island to Southern Door – yet much of the land they protect is off the main traveled roads and so remains hidden from public eye. And while […]

  • The Warmth of the Wellness Center

    Dedicated to providing compassionate, confidential, and affordable health care for the men and women of Door and Kewaunee counties, one would expect the Wellness Center of Door County to be located in an austere building with a formidable edifice so typical of medical facilities. But the welcome mat is always out at the Wellness Center, […]

  • Matt Normann

    Katie’s Fund

    There is a lot about Door County that makes it an idyllic place to visit and live; the first things that come to mind are the natural beauty, the small town feel, and the welcoming people. However, not even Door County is immune to some of life’s challenges. Katie Graf is very familiar with these […]