2011 Philanthropy Issue
Publisher David Eliot
Editor Madeline Johnson
Associate Editor Allison Vroman
Photography Director Dan Eggert
Contributing Editors Bret Bicoy, Myles Dannhausen Jr., Mariah Goode, Karen Grota Nordahl, Steve Grutzmacher, Gary Jones, Katie Lott Schnorr, Andrew Phillips, Pam Seiler, Sally Slattery
Illustrator Nik Garvoille
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In this issue
Door-Tran Fills the Need for Affordable Transportation Options
While it may seem, given the number of nonprofit public service organizations on the Door Peninsula, that every need is filled, the fact is that public needs are constantly being redefined. Door-Tran, whose mission statement identifies itself as “a creative community network dedicated to connecting people to transportation services that are affordable, available, and accessible,” […]
40 Years of Work, Care and Lots of Friends: Sunshine House
Nestled in the heart of Sturgeon Bay’s West Side Industrial Park is a unique organization that provides jobs, training, and care to Door County adults with disabilities. This year, Sunshine House Inc. will celebrate its 40th anniversary, as it continues its mission as a “diverse community service organization whose purpose is to achieve full participation […]
A Love of Animals, a Love of People: Carrie Counihan
Carrie Counihan’s office is fairly typical: a large desk with a few stacks of paper, a framed photo of her and her husband, Dave, a couple of blue cushioned chairs, and…cats. There are cats just lazing about. A grey one lies asleep on a file cabinet, a tan one stretches on a carpeted structure, and […]
The Ridges: Where Education and Preservation Meet
Besides providing sanctuary for many rare species for the past 74 years, The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor has provided countless educational and research opportunities to visitors and residents. “Everyone sees the land protection efforts,” says Executive Director Steve Leonard, “but the hidden treasure has been how The Ridges has impacted so many people over […]
Changing the World, One Student at a Time
Every year, over 8,000 students broaden their worldview and establish lifelong friendships through Rotary Youth Exchange. The extensive network providing support to the program includes over 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 32,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary International has been coordinating exchanges since 1929 with a unified objective: to promote world peace and understanding, one student […]
The summer of 2011 marks Door Shakespeare’s 14th season of offering classic theater to audiences in the garden at Björklunden. Just as Shakespeare’s troupe brought drama to life on a stage under the open sky, so does Door Shakespeare under a canopy of stars and trees, with an apron of lawn and wings of shrubbery. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]