United Performing Arts Fund to Allocate a Record $9,245,000
Funds Support 15 Milwaukee Area Performing Arts Groups
MILWAUKEE (Sept. 27, 2016) – The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) today announced it will allocate the most money in its 49-year history –$9,245,000 – for the 2016-17 Season. UPAF’s 15 Member Groups will receive a total of $9,106,018, of which the six UPAF Cornerstones will receive $7,678,090, or about 85 percent of the Member Group allocation. The remaining funds will support smaller performing arts groups through UPAF’s Affiliate Program.
The record-setting 2016 UPAF Campaign was co-chaired by Paul Eberle, chief executive of Husch Blackwell (formerly Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.), Paul Purcell, chairman of Baird; and Peggy Williams-Smith, senior vice president, SafeHouse Restaurants, a division of the Marcus Corporation.
“For almost half a century, UPAF has raised much-needed dollars to support the best in music, dance and theater in Southeastern Wisconsin,” said Deanna Tillisch, UPAF president and CEO. “With the generous and ongoing support of our donors, sponsors and volunteers, we ensure that our Member Groups have the resources to deliver entertainment excellence, economic vitality and arts education programming.”
Several factors contributed to the success of the 2016 Campaign, according to Tillisch, including:
UPAF ALLOCATIONS / ADD ONE
UPAF allocation is determined by an independent committee representing a cross-section of for-profit and nonprofit organizations: Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Controls, We Energies, Baird, PNC Bank, Milwaukee Public Museum and the Ashton Group.
The UPAF Allocation Committee makes decisions based on a formula that was revised in 2013 to ensure transparency and objectivity while maintaining prudent stewardship of donor dollars.
Allocation consists of seven variables:
UPAF Member Group 2016 Allocations:
|UPAF Cornerstone Groups||2016 Allocation|
|First Stage Theater||$966,019|
|Florentine Opera Company||$895,632|
|Milwaukee Repertory Theater||$1,713,476|
|Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra||$2,550,369|
|Skylight Music Theatre*||$588,232|
|Total UPAF Cornerstones||$7,678,090|
* Skylight Music Theatre received an additional $75,000 from UPAF reserves to fund part of the Broadway Theatre Center’s HVAC system repairs.
UPAF ALLOCATIONS / ADD TWO
|UPAF Member Groups||2016 Allocation|
|Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee||$66,315|
|Milwaukee Chamber Theatre||$172,307|
|Milwaukee Children’s Choir||$78,526|
|Milwaukee Public Theatre||$73,321|
|Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra||$433,073|
|Next Act Theatre||$148,292|
|Total UPAF Member Groups||$1,427,928|
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. Our vision is to shape a diverse, vibrant and sustainable cultural life for all. In 2016 UPAF’s Annual Campaign raised more than $12 million to support the area’s vibrant performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating.
As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 15 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates. More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.
United Performing Arts Fund
301 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 600, Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone 414-273-UPAF (8723) Fax 414-273-0826
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