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

A Message from the Board Chair

The Cream City Foundation Board of Directors would like to thank Dr. Holbrook for his past two years of service. In his time with us, he helped us spearhead our research project with Marquette University to assess the elevated priorities of LGBTQ+ individuals in Southeastern Wisconsin and solidify what it means for our organization to be a convener. With extremely generous support from many sponsors, he helped bring in an explosive amount of support for our inaugural LGBTQ+ Scholarship program, which touched the lives of 31 students. The program is aligned to have a healthy, even more impactful second year.angie_pete

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

While we are sad to see him leave, Cream City Foundation is positioned with great Board leadership to continue our forward momentum. We are in the midst of searching for a new our new President and one of our Board members has so graciously stepped in to assist the staff part time in daily activities until we locate a new leader for our organization.

We have many great projects that we cannot wait to share with you soon. This year, 2017, is the Foundation’s 35th Anniversary, and we are positioned to have our most impactful year yet!

Thanks for all your support,

Angelique Harris,

Cream City Foundation Board Chair


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.

Why Identity?              Join the Conversation 

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!

Click here to learn more about our Elevated Priorities.