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2014 Philanthropy Issue

Publisher David Eliot

Editor Madeline Harrison

Photography Director Len Villano

Contributing Editors Bret Bicoy, Myles Dannhausen Jr., Alissa Ehmke, Stephen Grutzmacher, Jim Lundstrom, Ryan Miller, Pam Seiler, Sally Slattery, Carol Thompson, Patty Williamson, Len Villano

Illustrator Ryan Miller

Advertising Sales Madeline Harrison, Jess Farley, Steve Grutzmacher

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In this issue

  • 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 […]

  • Len Villano

    Simply Filling a Need: Jane and Jennifer Lee

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. Jane Lee has lived across the United States, from Atlanta, Georgia, to Orange County, California, and places in between, but happily found a home in Door County. “I started coming up 30 years ago when my parents […]

  • Len Villano

    To the NFL and Home Again

    During the decade that Casey Rabach played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington Redskins, he and his wife Nicole volunteered with a number of nonprofit organizations, including two associated with NFL personalities – the Ed Block Courage Houses, havens for abused children established in cities with NFL teams by the longtime head athletic trainer […]

  • Len Villano

    ‘If You Can Do It, Why Not?’: Bruce Alexander

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. Bruce Alexander of Alexander’s of Door County credits his mother for setting an example for him of giving back to the community. “She was always giving an extra hand. That’s just the way she was. She could […]

  • Len Villano

    Warming the Children of Swaziland

    For the past several years, inside the Papa Murphy’s pizza franchise on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay, customers have been leaving blankets, hats, mittens, and suitcases in or adjacent to a cardboard box that sits on the floor underneath a homemade posterboard sign. The sign, adorned with photographs, announces the yearly collection goal for […]

  • Len Villano

    Breaking the Constraints: Victoria Cerinich and Peter Wyatt

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. Name any Door County nonprofit, and chances are Victoria Cerinich and Peter Wyatt are either members, volunteers or supporters. Door Property Owners? Check. League of Women Voters? Check. Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin, food pantries, Door County […]

  • Len Villano

    Translating to Empower: Sonia Williams

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of eight people inspiring others in our community. Sonia Williams doesn’t let her talent go to waste. She’s a native Spanish speaker and understands the difficulty of being surrounded by a strange culture and an unfamiliar language. Williams volunteers by interpreting and helping Spanish speakers […]

  • Lack of Good-Paying Jobs Requires Social Safety Nets

    As director of one of three National Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Timothy Smeeding naturally spends a good deal of time thinking about poverty. “The real solution to poverty is jobs, and we’re not doing too well with those,” said Smeeding, director of the Institute for Research […]

  • We Are Hope, Inc. Deploys a Wide Safety Net for Residents in Need

    “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. “It will not be a short or easy struggle, no single weapon or strategy will suffice, but we shall not rest until that war is won. The richest […]

  • 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 […]