Featured Grant Story :: 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.


Cream City Foundation & AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2016!












Cream City Foundation and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARCW) are strategically collaborating to create meaningful change within the LGBTQ community and its allies. Through the Cream City Corporate Challenge, part of AIDS Walk Wisconsin & 5K Run, corporate ERGs build teams and raise life saving funds for the fight against AIDS. Cream City Foundation has generously provided a presenting sponsorship to foster team development and incentivize teams to reach their fundraising goals.


My Best Friend is Straight, Cream City Foundation’s summer fundraiser, has come and gone, this year reaching record attendance, seeing over 450 of you, and bringing in more than $85,000! Thank you all so much for your support! Thanks to you were were able to fund the Trans Family Photo Project by For Good Photography, which we previewed at the event. If you are interested in being a part of the project, please contact Jeff Pearcy at


We have so many exciting projects coming up, and with all your support, we will be able to continue improving the whole lived experience for LGBTQ+ people in Southeastern Wisconsin and make our next steps even bigger!

Connecting and Strengthening LGBTQ+ Families

Cream City Foundation is excited to announce a seed funding grant of $3,500 to Miltown LGBT Families. The Foundation will also be serving as their fiscal agency. Recently we completed our environmental scan with The Marquette University Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies, where we interviewed 27 community leaders from Southeastern Wisconsin and Madison to find out the elevated needs of our Communities post marriage equality. An outcome of the research will be a set of priorities that the Foundation will address through proactive grantmaking. Preliminary results have shown an elevated need of LGBTQ+ Families in  Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin. There are very few resources for LGBTQ+ families, despite the Midwest being one of three regions in the country with a higher proportion of same-sex couples raising children.

lgbtfamiliesMiltown LGBT Families is an organization for the diverse families in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin with the commonality they are all gay, lesbian, and transgender households raising children. Their vision is to support connected, confident, healthy, and happy LGBTQ+ Families by connecting families socially, educating on a range of topics within and outside the LGBTQ+ Communities,and to mentor and serve as a resource to current and prospective LGBTQ+ families. With our research showing this high need in our area, we are thrilled to be supporting their vision.

Read more about Miltown LGBT Families at
For more information about how to get involved, check out their FACEBOOK PAGE OR e-mail Laurie Marks or Joseph Brooks

Want to Apply?

Cream City Foundation accepts grant applications by invitation only. To be invited, please send a one page letter of inquiry in 12 point font to Emmet Liston, Development Associate, Office/Events Coordinator, at Your letter should describe your organization’s work, its service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, the amount of money you are requesting and the intended purpose of those funds.

The letter should include one attachment listing the organization’s Board Members.

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