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  • Ryan Miller

    Opening Eyes to Poverty

    Everyone has stories of eating ramen noodles during college or economizing in some manner at some point in life just to get by. That is circumstantial poverty, which is not the same as the daily grind of being at the very bottom of the economic strata in this land of plenty. Living in poverty means […]

  • Volunteers Honored at 11th Annual Golden Heart Celebration

    It goes without saying that none of the almost 400 nonprofit agencies that Door County houses could do the work they do without the support of their volunteers. They are the backbones of these organizations, the “worker bees” so to speak. An evening honoring their service barely scratches the surface of the incredible, inspiring work […]

  • Polly Alberts

    Barbara and Spencer Gould Named 2013 Philanthropists of the Year

    On June 26, 2013, the Door County Community Foundation hosted its annual Celebration of Giving at Horseshoe Bay Golf Club in Egg Harbor. One-hundred-seventy-five guests gathered to honor Spencer and Barbara Gould as Door County’s 2013 Philanthropists of the Year. Spencer’s family has deep roots in the Door County community, so it was no surprise […]

  • Ed Fenendael. Len Villano

    On Our Philanthropy Issue Cover

    While Ed Fenendael spent less than a year creating “Mother and Child Reunion,” the painting featured on the cover of this magazine, the image has been with him for a long time. It started with a photograph he took at a festival in Kansas City. “Here was this woman with this child, tucked together like […]

  • Saying Goodbye to our Community’s Pastor

    This Sunday will mark the final service of Pastor Michael Brecke at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Juddville. Michael recently announced he is accepting an interim position with a church in Kansas so he can be closer to family in anticipation of his retirement shortly thereafter.

  • Volunteer Voices: Lou and Daniele Covotsos

    When Lou and Daniele Covotsos’ son was injured in a rock climbing accident, they were at the receiving end of generosity and goodness of people they knew and many they didn’t.

  • Ryan Miller

    Door County’s Charities

    Charity is more important to Door County than to any other community in Wisconsin. Yes, I know, that sounds like hyperbole. Our hyper-competitive society already spends too much effort labeling things as the most, least, best or worst of something. So generally I try to be more moderate in my approach to most things. But […]

  • Len Villano, Morgan Jandrin

    Leading by Example: Morgan Jandrin, for the love of littles

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. Eighteen-year-old Morgan Jandrin loves working with kids. “There’s always something new that happens,” she says. A senior at Southern Door High School, Morgan is enrolled in the elective Volunteerism course, through which she works at a nearby […]

  • Len Villano, Donna Brown

    Leading by Example: Donna Brown, living art, sharing art

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. Every summer, the children of itinerant cherry pickers in northern Door County participate in the Migrant Education Program, run by Gibraltar School and the Hardy Gallery. And every summer, artist and educator Donna Brown provides the arts […]

  • Len Villano, Peteer Sigmann

    Leading by Example: Peter Sigmann, considering the next generation

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. Dr. Peter Sigmann has 50 years of primary practice experience under his belt and has been volunteering at the Community Clinic of Door County since moving to the county in 2000. As he welcomes me into his […]

  • Len Villano, Greg Swain

    Leading by Example: Greg Swain, answering the call

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. Greg Swain sits in the Sturgeon Bay office of his software company and makes a phone call to his Gibraltar Fire Department colleague Ward Merkel. “Hi, honey,” Swain jokes, and Merkel replies similarly from the other end […]

  • Len Villano, Mike McHugh

    Leading by Example: Mike McHugh, The Pool’s the Thing

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and YMCA Swim Coach Mike McHugh is standing at the edge of the upper deck, gripping the railing and watching closely as a few dozen young kids swim back and forth in the […]

  • Len Villano, Alison Carreno

    Leading by Example: Alison Carreño, mother and mentor

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. Alison Carreño knows that being the best parent you can be means staying connected to others. She was less than two years out of high school when her daughter Esmerelda, who is now six, was born. At […]

  • Causes to Celebrate

    A large crowd gathered at Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay for the Packers Tailgate Tour party on May 19, 2012. Mason Crosby, Jordy Nelson, Charlie Peprah, Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and Hall of Famers Marco Rivera, William Henderson, and Larry McCarren attended the event. Photo by Len Villano. Matt Lutsey of Waseda Farms manned the […]

  • Len Villano

    Partying with Purpose

    A lot of people that look up to celebrities these days do so for the absolute wrong reasons, just wishing they could party it up and spend money without a care in the world like their favorite flavor of the month. While Door County’s Pirates in the Harbour, a charity group that seeks to emulate […]

  • Len Villano, John Herlache

    PowerFlour Makes Scarce Food More Nutritious

    Door County is known as a charitable community, but not everyone gives locally. Some, like John Herlache and members of the Sturgeon Bay Rotary Club, work with a non-profit that reaches across the globe called PowerFlour International. “When you’re talking about PowerFlour, you’re talking about malnutrition, prevention and treatment,” Herlache said. “It concerns digestion.” Food […]

  • Leading by Example: The Fight of Bo Johnson

    In this year’s Philanthropy Issue we bring you the stories of seven people inspiring others in our community. We start with one who is with us only in spirit, but what a spirit he is. There were times during his chemotherapy treatments that Bo Johnson didn’t understand why he was going through such a painful […]

  • Charity Defense Council launched to Redefine how we Judge Charitites

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is fighting to reign in executive compensation, going so far as to create a task force to review compensation packages for a special class of the state’s executives. In an era where the gap is large between rich and poor, and in which the middle class has seen incomes stagnate, […]

  • Matt Norman

    Volunteers Honored at Golden Heart Awards

    The first thing I hear when we want to recognize volunteers is “Oh, no…not me. I really don’t do that much. I just help where I can.” That’s the thing about volunteers. They minimize their importance because they truly believe that they’re not doing enough! Volunteers volunteer because they care. They care about the people […]

  • Anne Emerson, 2012 Philanthropist of the Year

    Anne Haberland Emerson said she doesn’t wake up each day thinking about how she can help people. “I’ve only done things I thought were exciting and fun,” said the woman who left her job at the University of Chicago Press in 1969 to help her mother open a gallery in Fish Creek…and never left. But […]