BRETT BLOMME SELECTED AS PRESIDENT & CEO
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. He currently serves 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.
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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 email@example.com or 414-255-0244!
For other Volunteer Opportunities, check out the list of organizations at the
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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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