MILWAUKEE – A $1 million gift
to the United Performing Arts Fund from the Bucyrus Foundation
is the largest sustaining gift in the organization’s 47-year
According to the
announcement Wednesday, the gift will be distributed during the
next 10 years. For the 2014 UPAF Campaign, the funds will be
designated to the Bucyrus Foundation Leadership Challenge to
match – up to $100,000 – new Leadership gifts of $1,000 plus or
existing Leadership gifts that increase at least 10 percent
during last year, according to UPAF.
“It is important that we
protect the world-class performing arts community we’re so
fortunate to have in southeastern Wisconsin,” said Tim Sullivan,
president of Bucyrus Foundation, in a statement. “We are proud
to have a longstanding commitment to UPAF, an organization that
is integral to ensuring these valuable assets thrive today and
for generations to come.”
Since 1996, Bucyrus
Foundation has donated more than $2.5 million to UPAF.
“Bucyrus Foundation is a
true partner to UPAF,” said Deanna L. Tillisch, president and
CEO of UPAF, in a statement. “This generous multi-year gift will
help grow our campaign not only in 2014, but over the next
decade. We are extremely grateful for Bucyrus Foundation’s
long-term dedication to the mission of UPAF.”
In 2013 a $100,000 gift from
Bucyrus Foundation was used as a challenge grant that
incentivized donors to raise their gift by one giving level.
United Performing Arts
Fund’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the
performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of
life through responsible investment in and financial support of
the performing arts in southeastern Wisconsin.