~ G/L Community Newsletter ~
~ G/L Community Newsletter ~
Fall 2018

May 2018
Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to the G/L Community Fund’s 2018-19 annual fundraising drive. For well over two decades the G/L Community Fund has supported the full spectrum of our LGBTQ community groups, programs and organizations. Whether large or small, your donation to the G/L Community Fund enables them to accomplish their respective missions. All provide necessary services to our community.

The G/L Community Fund beneficiaries include many smaller groups with limited financial means and run exclusively by volunteers. They all offer specialized services spanning the spectrum from health care and education to arts and recreation. Remember, each year new individuals enter our LGBTQ community. They need access to those services we underwrite. And, beyond those increased numbers current political trends have increased that need significantly. The unfortunate reality is that government grants for LGBTQ causes have been dramatically reduced or cut entirely. Did you know certain federal grants no longer allow applicants to mention “LGBTQ”? And this year Milwaukee saw the negative impact of funding reductions with a “cluster” of new HIV and SDI cases reported (In fact, the city ranks among the nation’s highest for SDI rates). We as a community must offset the shortfall. That’s way your help is critical and life-saving.

The G/L Community Fund offers several options to insure your donation impacts LGBTQ lives positively and effectively. Our “Your Choice” card offers you the opportunity to select which organization(s) you wish to help. You may also direct your donation to a specific group that is not listed among our usual recipients. We will then pass your gift along to them. You can also create an Endowment Fund. Your legacy will be invested to insure a long future of giving in your name.

In the Coming year, we hope to give more than ever before. Again, our various health services like the ARCW Food Pantry, Best Clinic and Diverse & Resilient are among our prioritized beneficiaries. But there are many other critical aspects of LGBTQ life that deserve your support like youth, senior and veteran services and addiction therapy. This year we are adding Milwaukee Public Schools Alliance School to our recipient rooster. Founded over a decade ago, Alliance School serves LGBTQ identified and other bullied high school students providing then with a safe and nurturing learning environment.

Please consider becoming an LGBTQ community supporter and help with a donation. If you have given in the past, we hope we can rely on your continued generosity. For more information, please visit our G/L Community Fund website where you can also make your donation. We hope to hear from you soon!

Sincerely Yours,

Si Smits
Executive Director

P. S. A special thanks to our 2018 campaign sponsors for this year’s fund drive. American United Taxicab, Balistreri’s Ristorante, Beer Capitol Dist., Five O’clock Steakhouse, Herbert H. Kohl Charities, Hinckley Productions, Kyle Pruess-Shorewest Realtors, Rosen Nissan & Kia, Santa Fe Shop-Cedarburg, This Is It, Triskele Restaurant, W.L.M.A., Walker’s Point Mobil.


To keep our organization on top of what's happening in the community we appreciate hearing your comments. Be part of our foundation by keeping us informed with news and any information you feel of interest to the community. If you are interested in helping the foundation in our goals and mission please e-mail us at glcommunityfund@hotmail.com
Dear Members and Friends,

Enclosed you will find the G/L Community Funds annual report for 2017. We make our annual report available to all members and friends that have helped the foundation over the years.

This year Mr. Philip Amador, Mr. Donald Schwamb, and Mr. Darren Letner have been reelected for three years terms.

During the past year Diverse & Resilient, established in 1995, working on the healthy development of LGBT people in Wis., has joined the coalition of organizations that we work with. Also, we have received a gift of one thousand dollars to open a Wisconsin gay history and archives fund to help several under funded history programs in the state. If this is something you would be interested in helping, please consider a gift to that fund.

During the spring of each year we do our annual Endowment Fund drive. During the past years we have been fortunate enough to use the Endowment Fund to help the community with gifts and grants. The Endowment Fund is where your gift will be used in our long-term plans to benefit the community in future years. With your gift we will be able to continue our work. All gifts will receive the tax advantage of a public charity.

We hope you will help with a donation today.

Sincerely Yours,

Si Smits
Executive Director

To keep our organization on top of what's happening in the community we appreciate hearing your comments. Be part of our foundation by keeping us informed with news and any information you feel of interest to the community. If you are interested in helping the foundation in our goals and mission please e-mail us at glcommunityfund@hotmail.com