2012 Philanthropy Issue

Publisher David Eliot

Editor Madeline Johnson

Associate Editor Allison Vroman

Photography Director Len Villano

Contributing Editors Bret Bicoy, Lauren Bremer, Myles Dannhausen Jr., Jacinda Duffin, Steve Grutzmacher, Katie Lott Schnorr, Sally Slattery

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In this issue

  • Matt Norman, Golden Hear Awards

    Volunteers Honored at Golden Heart Awards

    We all know them – the people who always seem to be busy organizing meals for a family that’s going through a rough patch, or the retired neighbor who seems to be anything-but-retired because they’re busy driving someone to an appointment or reading to a child at school. These are the individuals who literally “grow […]

  • Lee Traven, Philanthropist of the Year, Door County

    Lee Traven Named Philanthropist of the Year

    Through his exceptional generosity of money and time, Lee Traven has developed a reputation for good deeds around Door County. And, at Scandia Village Good Samaritan retirement community, where he now lives, he has developed a reputation for connecting people. Scandia Senior Housing Manager Lynn Mattke said he has proven to be a vital human […]

  • Gretchen Klug, "Bay to Bay"

    Klug Donates “Bay to Bay” for Charity

    “I feel philanthropy in Door County has made the county what it is today,” says artist and Door County resident Gretchen Klug, who has generously donated her time, talent, and painting “Bay to Bay” to represent Door County Living’s fourth annual Philanthropy Issue. Door County Living will auction the Klug original painting (oil on canvas, […]

  • Causes to Celebrate

    The Door County Triathlon donated $30,000 each to the Door County YMCA, and the Friends of Door County Parks in 2011. In its seventh year, the race drew 2,000 participants. Photos by Dan Eggert.   Cynthia Johnson and Jean Engelke at the Peninsula School of Art’s “Unruffled Views” exhibition reception in May of 2011. Photo […]

  • Philanthropy: It’s About More than Money

    Recently, I have been spending much of my free time thinking about philanthropy. In particular, I have puzzled over the meaning of the word philanthropy. How do we define philanthropy? Who deserves to be called a philanthropist? The conclusion I have reached is that our general usage, if not our general understanding, of the word […]

  • Fulfilling the Diverse Needs of the Door

    For its limited space and sparse permanent population, Door County offers residents and visitors a number of opportunities to better their lives through healthcare, the arts, and recreational and learning activities. Take a quick look at how these five nonprofit organizations are enhancing the community. Crossroads at Big Creek 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay […]

  • Five People Making a Difference

    Door County’s Renaissance Man Brian Fitzgerald By Lauren Bremer Brian Fitzgerald is a man who is at home on the ice, so when he made Door County his permanent home, he saw an opportunity to forge something from that cold, slippery surface. The journey that Fitzgerald embarked on the winter of 1994 would start him […]

  • Can Philanthropy Fill Government’s Social Services Role?

    When Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy released its 2011 Giving USA report, it painted a picture of a remarkably generous America. In spite of the 2008 Wall Street collapse that devastated the financial portfolios of millions of Americans and wiped out the home equity that represented much of the net worth of millions more, Americans […]

  • Money fold

    The Art of a Door County Capital Campaign

    Many of us often say that Door County is a special place. Indeed it is, particularly when it comes to charitable giving. Our level of charitable giving is far greater than you would normally find in a community with less than 30,000 permanent residents. There are few counties across the Midwest in which such an […]