2017 Philanthropy Issue cover

2017 Philanthropy Issue


Jim Lundstrom

assistant editor

Alissa Ehmke

arts & literature editor

Alyssa Skiba

production manager

David Eliot

creative director

Ryan Miller

photography director

Len Villano

sales managers

Jess Farley, Stephen Grutzmacher

contributing editors

Bret Bicoy, Myles Dannhausen Jr., Jackson Parr

distribution manager

Angela Sherman


The Paper Boy, LLC

distribution experts

Michael Brooks, Steve Glabe, Michael Hyde, Matthew Smith, Susy Vania, Drew Witteborg


David Eliot

office manager

Ben Pothast

marketing & office assistant

Abigail Thornton

chief technology officer

Nate Bell


David Eliot


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In this issue

  • Leading by Example: Rachel Stollenwerk

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of five people inspiring others in our community. When Rachel Stollenwerk and her husband, Dan, took ownership of Edge of Park Rentals at the edge of Peninsula State Park in February of 2015, she could not have predicted that within two years of moving here, […]

  • Leading by Example: Tom Schneider

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of five people inspiring others in our community. It’s easy to see the challenges facing the health of our lakes and see a problem too large. For many of us, the response is to throw up our hands and hope for the best. Not Tom […]

  • Leading by Example: Greg Meissner

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of five people inspiring others in our community. In reflecting on his lifelong passion for conservation, Sturgeon Bay native Greg Meissner points to his childhood days spent hunting the lands and waters of Door County with his father. These outings instilled in Meissner an appreciation […]

  • Leading by Example: Ron Lokken

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of five people inspiring others in our community. When the Door County Land Trust acquires a piece of land, its work has just begun. With the purchase, the state charges the land trust with maintaining the property forever, and for that it turns to volunteers […]

  • Natural Resources Déjà Vu: Cuts 30 years ago resulted in creation of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

    Not that this would ever happen here in Wisconsin — a model for environmental stewardship — but imagine a time in a fictional place when public stewardship of the environment takes a backseat to partisan political priorities. Suddenly, in this fictional place (let’s call it Nisnocsiw), where they have never heard of the conservation ethic […]

  • How Land Acquisition Works

    It takes a lot more than friendly neighbors and a countywide conservation ethic for land to trade hands from private ownership to perpetual conservation. Different land stewardship organizations from the Door County Land Trust to The Nature Conservancy and Department of Natural Resources take different routes to protect and care for ecologically sensitive land. The […]

  • Annie and Dick Egan: 2016 Philanthropists of the Year

    At the July 6, 2016, Celebration of Giving, the Door County Community Foundation recognized Annie and Dick Egan as the 2016 Philanthropists of the Year. Each year, I am humbled to have the opportunity to share a few thoughts about the remarkable people who are given this honor. As I often do when preparing a […]

  • For the Love of Open Spaces: Donors step up as state funding for land conservation dwindles

    At the crest of the Ellison Bay hill, perhaps the most spectacular public panorama on the peninsula opens before you, where the blue waters of Green Bay curve along the rocky shoreline of Ellison Bay and the woodland that expands to the very edge of the shore. The Grand View Scenic Overlook is breathtaking if […]

  • On Our Cover: Insights Into Nature

    It was the generosity of the Door County community that allowed renowned watercolorist Charles “Chick” Peterson to make the peninsula his home in the 1960s, and it is that generosity which he intends to pass on through truthful, artistic observation of nature and human experience. “In general I think my attitude is reflected in the […]

  • Leading by Example: Paul Graf

    In this year’s Philanthopy Issue we bring you the stories of five people inspiring others in our community. Sturgeon Bay native Paul Graf grew up spending time at Door County parks such as La Salle and Murphy Beach, so when he retired, it was natural that he pour his energy into the group that supports […]

  • Winter is Coming: The environmental failings of tax law

    It was nearly four decades ago that I first got involved in charity in a meaningful way. I was in the third grade at Pearl Ridge Elementary School and helped organize a recycling drive to collect newspapers and aluminum cans. This effort had the dual benefit of removing waste from the landfill stream as well […]

  • Congratulations to 2016 Golden Heart Recipients and Honorees

    The Volunteer Center of Door County celebrated the 14th Annual Golden Heart Volunteer Celebration “Follow Your Heart” on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Guests celebrated at the Stone Harbor Ballroom honoring the incredible work of Door County volunteers and the agencies they serve. Barth Guilette, founder of GBL Advisors—a living and leaving legacy guide and the […]

  • Local Artists Support Local Charities

    For the past eight years, Door County Living has successfully partnered with local artists to create paintings for charity. The philanthropic-themed paintings graced the covers of our Philanthropy Issues and were subsequently auctioned off to raise funds for the Door County charity of the winning bidder’s choice. We are proud to announce the 2016 cover, […]

  • Causes to Celebrate

    The first Earth Week celebration in Door County culminated in the planting of 5,000 native trees on Nature Conservancy property by students and volunteers on Arbor Day and April 30, 2016. The Arbor Day plantings were done at the Schoenbrunn Nature Conservancy with volunteers and ecology-minded students from Sturgeon Bay and Gibraltar high schools. The […]

  • Publisher’s Note: Privilege to Protect

    What makes Door County a special place? Is it the natural beauty, the art, or the history? It is the community. It is the spirit, hospitality and generosity of its people that makes Door County a special place. We take care of our own and our visitors. Despite political differences, religious beliefs and individual life […]