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Peter J. Holbrook Named President and CEO of Cream City Foundation

Holbrook(1)Cream City Foundation is pleased to announce today Peter J. Holbrook, PhD as its new President and CEO.

Holbrook most recently served as Dean of the College of Business and Management at Cardinal Stritch University. During his tenure at Stritch, he served in a number of key leadership roles that positively impacted the fundraising, enrollment and programmatic initiatives of the university, including holding the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of the Leadership Center.

“We are thrilled to welcome someone of Peter’s caliber to the Cream City Foundation,” said Board of Directors Chair Paul Milakovich. “Peter has a track record for growing organizations through strong relationships, unique partnerships, proactive fundraising and innovative ideas. He is undoubtedly the ideal fit for us considering his leadership experience and commitment to serving and supporting the LGBT community.”

Holbrook says he is determined to advocate, educate, and build positive relationships to foster a world of access and opportunity.

“One of my goals as President and CEO is to educate donors as well as the greater Milwaukee community on the compelling work the Foundation does to positively impact LGBT people in Southeast Wisconsin,” said Holbrook. “I’m looking forward to engaging with others to generate needed philanthropic resources to fund strategic initiatives that strengthen our community.”

While at Stritch, Holbrook actively engaged alumni and friends of the university in raising funds to support faculty development and innovative programing in the College of Business and Management.

Holbrook has led and facilitated strategic planning sessions for local organizations and is a member of numerous professional organizations. Over the course of the last 30 years while living in the Milwaukee area, he has volunteered with several local and national nonprofits, including serving on the Board of Directors for Diverse and Resilient in Milwaukee, the Development Committee of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW), Milwaukee Public Television Vision 2057 Task Force and volunteering with the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. Holbrook holds a PhD in leadership studies from Cardinal Stritch University and lives in Milwaukee with his partner, Tom Hoffman. Holbrook will begin January 20 but said he’ll be actively reaching out to community stakeholders immediately.

2014 Year End Letter

They walked in the Great Hall and there was something different about them than the other attendees. She wore a long skirt and had her head covered with a kind of veil. He wore dark glasses and a scowl.

“Is this where Mark Achtemeier is speaking?” he asked. “Yes it is,” answered Deborah Block, senior pastor of Milwaukee’s Immanuel Presbyterian and longtime Cream City Foundation partner and donor. “What brings you here today?” She sensed they were there to disrupt. To protest. To derail.

“How did you hear about this event?” The invitation had been extended to area Presbyterian churches; in the interest of candid engagement and safety, it was not a public event. “Christian radio” he answered. Dr. Block was respectful but direct. “These Christian people are here to learn and dialog, not to argue and be judged.” She offered to talk another time, but the man said something about “feminist sodomites” and they left.

In October, Immanuel sponsored an educational seminar featuring a distinguished theologian, Dr. Mark Achtemeier, on “The Bible’s YES to Same Sex Marriage” generously attended by 60-mostly allied/straight congregants throughout southeast Wisconsin. In the early 2000s, Dr. Mark Achtemeier, a once staunchly conservative evangelical activist who opposed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the church, let alone acknowledge their loving relationships, had a complete change of heart after a deep, educational exploration of the scripture and serving on counsels with LGBT congregants. He knew his God was a loving God, not one who excluded people from His grace. He emerged an advocate for LGBT civil and human rights within the Presbyterian and religious communities for a fully inclusive church and same sex marriage.

It was another win. It was a local win. It was only 60 people. It was in a private setting. But, the day’s impact was immense. Thank you Immanuel and Dr. Block for your leadership and friendship.

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2014 Corporate Equality Report 

The strides being made across the country for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community these past few years have been staggering and are rapidly accelerating.

In this year’s Corporate Equality Report, we look at the changes that both the country and our region have undergone since 2011. The report specifically looks at the findings of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s nationwide survey, and found that nationally, we have seen positive changes in the workforce.

For instance, 99% of all employers who responded said they provide employment protections on the basis of sexual orientation, and 90% of those responding provide medical and comprehensive health benefits for domestic partners.  For more information, the Cream City Corporate Equality Report is available in the PDF attachment below.

We thank you for your continued interest in helping to build a stronger, viable corporate and business culture in Southeastern Wisconsin, and look forward to your support in all our efforts in the near future.

2014 Corporate Equality Report

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The Giving Society

The Cream City Foundation wants YOU to get involved!

If you’d like to have a positive impact on the LGBT community in Southeastern Wisconsin, and want to have a say in the programming your own contributions support, The Giving Society is for you.

Perfect for first-time donors, The Giving Society is a community of like-minded individuals, entrepreneurs, small business owners, and community leaders who make a monthly contribution to the Cream City Foundation. Once a year, you’ll have the opportunity to help select which nonprofits the society will support.

For example, The Giving Society’s donation last year helped close out the outstanding mortgage for the Southeastern WI LGBT Center in Kenosha.

A little goes a long way.  To make sure your voice is heard, consider joining The Giving Society! At whatever level you choose to give – as low as $10 or $25 a month – know that your contribution will add up to a much appreciated annual gift.

Joining The Giving Society easy.  Simply send us an email or call us at (414) 225-0244. We’d love to hear from you!