We’re Hiring!

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Executive Assistant plays an integral role in organizing the success of Cream City Foundation.  The ideal candidate is a highly organized, self-motivated, and hardworking, with strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Must show a passion for enhancing the equality and dignity of LGBTQ+ people.

For more information and to apply please click here.

2017 Annual Campaign

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We reach you during this holiday season to make a very important appeal for your financial support.

For the last 35 years, Cream City Foundation has been a leader in advancing equality for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ (LGBTQ+) communities across southeastern Wisconsin. In 1982, a dedicated group of individuals showed tremendous strength, courage, determination and vision in forming Cream City Foundation. Their vision was to create an organization that harnesses the collective power of philanthropy, pooling together donations both big and small, to make responsive investments to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people in our community.

The vision of the early founders is alive and well today as we celebrate our 35th anniversary.   We need your help to continue the push toward equality for all.

With your support, we have renewed and strengthened our mission as a convening organization, bringing leaders and stakeholders of the LBGTQ+ and allied communities together to develop programs and initiatives that will make impactful, systemic change.

With you support, we conducted a strategic needs assessment.  The results of this assessment have given us a clear, precise, and specific grant-making roadmap on how we can make the greatest impact around the issues that still prevent our communities from achieving the dream of full inclusion.

With your support – today –  we can continue to make bigger impact in the areas of HEALTH, EQUITY AND PROSPERITYOur community is counting on us, let’s not let them down.

Thank you for all the work you do to advance the cause of Equality.  From all of here at Cream City Foundation, I wish you and your families the happiest and healthiest of holiday seasons.


Brett R. Blomme, J.D.

President & CEO

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For more information please contact us at 414-225-0244 or email me at bblomme@creamcityfoundation.org.

Cream City Foundation

Announces Keynote Speaker for

9th Annual Business Equality Luncheon.

It is our pleasure to announce with you that US Army retired Col. Sheri Swokowski, will provide the keynote address at the 9th Annual Business Equality Luncheon. Col. Swokowski is the highest ranking, out, transgender veteran in the country with 34 years of total service.   This year’s luncheon will be Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 11:30-1:30 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.






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We are so honored to welcome Sheri to be our keynote speaker this year.  Her story of a long, distinguished career in the military and subsequent government service is an inspiration for all of us in our lives and careers.

Cream City Foundation’s 9th Annual Business Equality Luncheon is a corporate luncheon that focuses on sharing current information about the state of LGBTQ+ communities in the business sector. With approximately 500 business and community leaders in attendance, the event celebrates and promotes southeastern Wisconsin as equal, inclusive and fair for all employees, with a focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer+ communities.

Please call me at 414-225-0244 or email Emmet at eliston@creamcityfoundation.org with any questions or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

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This year is BIG – 35 years big!

Come celebrate 35 years with Cream City Foundation on July 26!

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For the past 35 years, the Foundation has been a leader in advancing the cause of equality for LGBTQ+ communities across southeastern Wisconsin. Starting with only $500 in seed money, the Foundation has granted more than $1.5 million to life-affirming, life-sustaining and life-celebrating programs.

Our role is to harness the collective power of philanthropic resources, both big and small, to make strategic investments that improve the community. And we can’t do it without your support!

For more information about sponsorship and benefits please click the links below.

Corporate Sponsorship

Individual Sponsorship



The Cream City Foundation board of directors has selected Brett Blomme to serve as its next President & CEO. Brett will oversee all day-to-day operations of the Foundation, including its convening, grant-making and philanthropic initiatives and will assume his duties on June 5.

“The board is very pleased to welcome Brett as our leader,” said Eric Peterson, Chair of the Cream City Foundation Board of Directors. “His passion for philanthropy is contagious. Brett believes that philanthropy has the power to bring people together, transform lives and make meaningful, positive change within communities.”

Brett has nearly 15 years of experience in philanthropy, community organizing, law and nonprofit management. Prior to Cream City Foundation, Brett served as the Director of Major Gifts for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW).

Prior to ARCW, he worked on campaigns for Congresswoman Gwen Moore and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in addition to Fair Wisconsin. Brett has a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University and a J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Outside of the office, Brett enjoys spending time with his family, his husband Chris and their two young children. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and sports and his family is active with Milwaukee’s Miltown LGBT Families.

Give OUT and Proud!

Give OUT to Cream City Foundation and even the smallest gift will have the largest impact!

Give OUT Day is a National day of giving to aid LGBTQ+ organizations raise critical funding to support hundreds of nonprofits serving and advocating for our LGBTQ+ communities.
Help us reach our goal of giving large, impactful grants for our 35th Anniversary in the areas of Equity, Health, and Prosperity. These three elevated priorities will guide our fundraising and grant making, and our proactive convening to shine light on the most critical issues we need to be addressing in our communities, collectively.


LGBT Gives Back Recap

We had a blast at “LGBT Gives Back” meeting all of you! Cream City Foundation, along with 22 other area organizations, met and networked with sooo many of you! Thanks to the Holiday Inn Riverfront Milwaukee for hosting, and to the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce for putting the event together!

Couldn’t attend but interested in Volunteering? Contact Emmet at eliston@creamcityfoundation.org or 414-255-0244!

For other Volunteer Opportunities, check out the list of organizations at the
WI LGBT Chamber’s website

Grant Announcement







Cream City Foundation Will Radler Fund is proud to support Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s MPact Community Conversation Series through a grant. A key program of Mpact Program, the Community Conversation series is an initiative that employs the skills and resources of The Rep to create positive change in our community. In a world that is increasingly complex and in serious need of empathy, Community Conversations create bridges between disparate communities and bring us together in the examination of varying worldviews. Theater asks us to listen to different sides of a conversation, empathize with people different from ourselves, and to do so under one roof asking us all — where are we at today and where do we want to go tomorrow?

#TALKIDENTITY – Through their performance of Disgraced, Milwaukee Rep will discuss the complexities of navigating identity – the factors and decision that define who you are, the pressures that make you question who you are, and the forces that change who you are. This discussion based programming will follow most performances, along with panels and talkbacks, including Cream City Foundation’s President, Peter J. Holbrook this coming Wednesday, February 1st.

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Cream City Foundation Announces Leadership Change

Cream City Foundation announced today that Dr. Peter J. Holbrook (pictured left), President and CEO, will be leaving the Foundation to serve as Provost of Tiffin University, effective February 27, 2017. “The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors has a detailed transition plan in place and the process for starting the search for the new President and CEO is underway,” said Board Chair, Dr. Angelique Harris.

Cream City Foundation’s Board of Directors will be implementing a transition plan and Dr. Harris will lead the President and CEO Search, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

Joining the Foundation in 2015, Dr. Holbrook has successfully led a board, donor and corporate engagement effort that resulted in increased visibility and giving. Under his leadership, the Foundation has awarded $229,425 to 45 LGBTQ+ and allied nonprofits and established a successful LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program, awarding $43,500 to 31 deserving students in its first year.

“During his tenure, he worked with the Board of Directors to build a diverse and inclusive board, balancing gender identity, orientation and race/ethnicity to better understand and serve our LGBTQ+ communities, donors and grantees,” said Board Chair, Dr. Harris. “We wish him continued success and good luck in his work at Tiffin University.”

“It has been my privilege to steward and advance the mission and vision of Cream City Foundation for the past two years,” remarked Dr. Holbrook. “Building a strong Board of Directors was an essential part of our strategic plan and it uniquely positions the Foundation for a successful leadership transition.”

Under the leadership of Dr. Holbrook and the Board of Directors, Cream City Foundation established a partnership with the Marquette University’s Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies to strategically assess and address the needs facing LGBTQ+ communities post-marriage equality. According to Dr. Harris, “The results of the strategic assessment will inform the future work of Cream City Foundation, which will focus on addressing the elevated priorities of Equity, Health, and Prosperity of LGBTQ+ people in SE Wisconsin. Our fundraising, grantmaking and convening will be focused on addressing these priorities.”


Check out highlights of our extremely successful year in our 2016 Newsletter!

Class of 2015 Donors

We are so proud of our Class of 2015 Donors! Click HERE! to see all of the professional and personal contributors to Cream City Foundation in 2015.

Impact by Numbers

For nearly 35 years, the Cream City Foundation’s mission has been to  mobilize philanthropic resources by harnessing the pride, passion, and commitment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies to advance the human rights and respond to the human needs of LGBTQ+ people in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Over the last 34 years, Cream City Foundation has led the way among LGBTQ+ grant makers in Southeastern Wisconsin providing close to 400 grants of over $1,495,000. Funders for LGBTQ Issues named Cream City Foundation to its Annual Honor Roll in 2015 for foundations funding LGBTQ+ initiatives. Thanks to the generosity of donors, Cream City Foundation granted to date $106,000 to 22 organizations.

In 2016, we launched our LGBTQ+ Scholarship Program gaining $71,000 in support in its first year and awarding $43,500 to 31 deserving students.

As we embark on our 35th Anniversary, we’re committed to increasing our giving while continuing to make a large impact across Southeastern Wisconsin. Please join us for all of the great and exciting things to come yet in 2016 and 2017!

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