Bucyrus Foundation gives $1 million gift to United Performing Arts Fund

Special to The Freeman

April 23, 2014

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 history.

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.