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.”

Dr. Peter Holbrook with Cream City Foundation Board Chair Dr. Angie Harris

“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 2016 Donors

We are so proud of our Class of 2016 Donors! Click HERE! to see all of the professional and personal contributors to Cream City Foundation in 2016!

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!

Click here to learn more about our Elevated Priorities.


CEO & President, Peter J. Holbrook, Ph.D., Sat with OnMilwaukee.com

peter_onmilwaukee_screenshotRecently, Cream City Foundation President & CEO, Peter J. Holbrook, Ph.D. sat down with Carole Caine of OnMilwaukee to discuss the foundation’s mission and commitment to advocate, educate and build positive relationships with the area to foster a world of access and opportunity.

Thank you, Carole & OnMilwaukee.com for helping spread our story! Check out the full story and video HERE!

Featured Donor Profile :: Israel Ramón & David Marstellar

isreal_david_kinkybootsThis year, Israel Ramón & David Marstellar
decided to find a way to better serve their communities and support the intersectionality of
their identities, so they set up a donor-advised fund through Cream City Foundation.

They set up The Ramón & Marstellar Equality Fund to support non-profit organizations that serve the Latinx LGBTQ+ and
other communities, in several areas, including older adult and youth Latinx LGBTQ+ services, health, and anti-violence programs. This fund will also support the Israel Ramón and David Marstellar Latinx LGBTQ+ Scholarship. The scholarship awards $1,000 every academic year to one Latinx LGBTQ+ student enrolled in an undergraduate studies program at Marquette University and to one Latinx LGBTQ+ student at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“We believe in the mission of Cream City Foundation, and the leadership and vision that is currently being shown. The goals and aspirations of the Foundation closely align with our own stated goals of equality and inclusiveness. It also gave us an opportunity to zero in on the needs of the Latinx LGBTQ+ Community, which we feel is being grossly underserved by LGBTQ+ services currently offered in the Milwaukee,” said Ramón and Marstellar.

Cream City Foundation Featured Scholar :: Jeb Ebben

“Cream City Foundation Awards Ten UWM Students Scholarships” headlines Media Milwaukee, the on campus news source of The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Check out the full story  which features  Jeb Ebben, a 34-year-old graduate student of UW-Milwauke and Cream City Foundation Class of 2016 Scholarship recipient. He is currently in the graduate Social Work program on the Mental and Behavioral Health track.

Ebben said he is passionate about working with LGBTQ+ youth.  He said there is a lot of struggles in the LGBTQ+ community and he wanted to give the support that he didn’t have when he was younger. Click HERE! for the full story!