Category: Philanthropy

  • altrusa back to school fair

    Altrusa Helps Girls Get Back to School with Annual Fair

    With generous assistance from a grant of $2,000 from the Women’s Fund, new backpacks were chosen and filled with school supplies at Altrusa’s Back-to-School Fair, held at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. More than 250 local girls from all over Door County participated in the fair. Volunteer guides escorted the girls around the gym as they […]

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Receives Sustainability Grant to Support Northern Door Offerings

    The Door County Community Foundation has awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin a Sustainability Grant from the Children & Youth Fund. This grant provides financial assistance to support the development of new One-to-One Youth Mentoring programs at Gibraltar and Washington Island as well as enhance the existing program in Sturgeon Bay. Big Brothers […]

  • celebration of HOPE

    Register for “A Celebration of HOPE”

    “A Celebration of HOPE,” a We Are HOPE, Inc. event, will be held Sept. 22 at Stone Harbor Resort. The celebration begins with a raffle as the doors open at 11 am. Lunch will be served at 11:30 with a program ending at 1:30 pm. Immediately after the luncheon, “Say YES! To the Centerpiece” creations […]

  • PFLAG Receives Donation at Annual Picnic

    PFLAG of Door County, uniting people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) with families, friends, and allies, recently held its annual picnic at Sunset Park on Aug. 16. Among those attending was Dr. Timothy M. Empkie of Rhode Island. For many years he visited his sister, Stephanie Empkie Vittum of Fish Creek, […]

  • 4 Leading by Example: Annika Johnson, Carrie Baldwin, Christine Webb-Miller, and Jill Ostrand-Harding

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of four people inspiring others in our community. Carrying on Bo’s Legacy Annika Johnson On Sept. 28, 2012, Sister Bay resident Bo Johnson, 13, died after a yearlong battle with Extramedullary Acute Myeloid Leukemia. It was a battle that brought together the entire Door County […]

  • Alternative Treatment

    Last August, Jody, 39, was diagnosed with cancer and was told there is no effective treatment for her. Since then she has had multiple surgeries. “They keep cutting and pasting me back together,” she said. “I was feeling like the walking dead or a sitting duck.” In November she was at a dinner party where […]

  • Retreats for Breast Cancer Patients

    “Most of my energy was devoted to physically healing my body while my spirit remained bruised and damaged. Thank you for the gift of allowing me to ‘Take a breath.’” “The opportunity to laugh, cry, relax, and be with women who know what I’m going through has been incredible!” Those are two responses from women who […]

  • A Focus on Quality and Quantity of Life

    Dr. David Groteluschen, a medical oncologist with Green Bay Oncology, views himself as a guide helping people navigate a world skewed by a cancer diagnosis. “I don’t think medicine is always about fixing people,” he said. “I think it is about guiding people and figuring out the best way to take care of our life. […]

  • Ganging Up On Cancer

    Is there a word more frightening than cancer? Cancer is the general name for a group of more than 100 diseases that start with abnormal cells growing out of control and invading other tissue. While cigarette smoking and sun exposure are two known causes of cancerous cells, there is still much that is not known […]

  • Time – It’s About How You Spend It

    “There’s no more generous act than giving your time. Money, you can make more of it, but time is a very finite item for each of us, and we can spend it wisely or we can spend it foolishly, but it will spend all the same.” Grace Rossman of Thrivent Financial, one of the 12th […]

  • Father Tony is Philanthropist of Year

    Father Anthony Birdsall – or Father Tony as he is known – retired from the Corpus Christi Parish in Sturgeon Bay on Sept. 1, 2008, but continues to have an impact on the people of Door County, as evidenced by his being named the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year at the Door County Community Foundation’s […]

  • 200 Miles in Their Shoes

    Door County has become a haven for silent sports, or sports that promote participation over spectating. With several bike rides, runs and multi-sport events popping up throughout the peninsula, it has also created a ground for fundraising. The Treatment Trail Run is a weeklong series of 5k running races throughout Eastern Wisconsin from Wauwatosa to […]

  • Community Philanthropy

    “Participation is the new endowment.” With the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation’s release of a report titled “The Value of Community Philanthropy,” a panel discussion of experts was convened to discuss the issue. It was there that I came across this quote from Janet Topolsky. As the Director of the Community Strategies Group at the Aspen […]

  • Causes to Celebrate

    Pam Seiler, Executive Director of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center, and Todd Trimberger, proprietor of Lifestyles by Bliss, at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center Membership Mixer on October 21, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.       The Pink Classic Golf Tournament, held June 1, 2014 beckoned golfers young and old […]

  • Curing Donor Fatigue: The Search for Fulfillment

    Giving, at its highest levels, is gratifying for the donor. I have seen it for myself countless times during my two decades working in philanthropy. The words “joy” and “pleasure” come to mind, but they don’t quite capture the experience. The most generous people I know give back because it’s incredibly fulfilling, as if philanthropy […]

  • Girl on a Mission: Harlie Busch

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. The Door County Community Foundation (DCCF) administers a grant program called Youth as Resources, which is funded by the Door County Service Club Coalition. It allows young people to apply for grants up to $500 to “use […]

  • Len Villano

    Turning Creativity into Generosity: Angie McMahon

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. When Angie McMahon took a road-trip around her home state of Texas with her mother 25 years ago, they stopped at a shop in the Hill Country. “This woman had this mix of old and new things, […]

  • Stepping Forward: Tim Sweet

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. You could call him Door County’s best friend, and he doesn’t even live here. “Those islands up there in northern Door County are so beautiful and every time I get a chance to go out there I […]

  • Causes to Celebrate

    Altrusa’s annual Back-to-School Fair provided new backpacks to more than 480 children at an August 10, 2013 event at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA. In addition to backpacks, children received school supplies, paid registration fees, school shirts, new shoes, bike helmets and other new school items. Submitted photo. Door County Economic Development Corporation Board Chair David […]

  • Biking for Bo: Matthew Burress

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. On Aug. 20 Matt Burress asked people to do something most athletes in training hate. He went to Facebook and asked people to interrupt his workouts. “I’ll be cycling around the county over the next three weeks […]