Our TRANS family

Cream City Foundation is so pleased to be celebrating the opening of Our TRANS family and the sharing of story through photos of TRANS people and their families. We believe it can create positive awareness, visibility and voice to our TRANS brothers and sisters.

Cream City Foundation partnered with ‘For Good Photography’ for a new trans based photo project. The project included approximately 40 photos of transgender people will be on display, which includes anyone who identifies as gender fluid or not on the gender binary, and their families to demonstrate the common humanness with the general population.

This project is not meant to stress assimilation, but to show people in the transgender community as they express themselves with the support of their families, be it their biological or chosen families.

Special thanks to the Peck School of the Arts for providing space for this exhibit. This project could not be done without the assistance of FORGE, GSAFE, Fair Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center.


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 :: Sara Villareal

sarah-villarreal-headshotSara Villareal University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee           
Undergraduate, Community Engagement and Education

Sponsored by: The Israel Ramón and David Marstellar Latinx LGBTQ+ Scholarship

Sara has supported LGBT+ populations through several different roles while at UWM including representing students as the LGBT+ Advocacy Senator at UWM and facilitating a First Year Queers and Allies group on campus. Sara plans to pursue non-profit work supporting underrepresented populations, especially first generation college students.