Notable Women


UPAF Notable Women, presented by BMO, brings together a powerful group of women dedicated to improving our community through philanthropy, service and advocacy.

UPAF Notable Women make a difference through:
·       Uplifting proactive arts education solutions
·       Engaging in performing arts service
·       Elevating women’s leadership in the community

Women may join UPAF Notable Women with a donation of $1,200 or more. Men may also show their support by contributing on behalf of a Notable Woman in their lives. Joining Notable Women directly supports participatory arts education programs with lasting impacts on students. With each UPAF Notable Women gift, $200 is designated to UPAF Bright Minds, presented by We Energies Foundation, funding in- and after-school arts education experiences.

Over the past several years, arts education resources in the classroom have seen a dramatic decline throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. For example, there are about 80 art and music specialists for the nearly 80,000 students in Milwaukee Public Schools. Yet studies like the one conducted by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation have proven that:

·       Arts education significantly improves a child’s emotional intelligence
·       Arts programming also increases confidence, academic performance, innovative and critical thinking, and discipline, particularly for at-risk students

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The Impact of Your Gift 

With your $1,200+ donation to join the distinguished Notable Women group, you may designate a portion of your gift to one of UPAF's Community Impact Programs. Learn more about benefits and gift designation opportunities by clicking here.

To learn more about UPAF Notable Women, contactIsabelle Koenig, Senior Director of Community Partnerships.


As a UPAF Notable Women Member, you will receive:

  • Invitations to annual arts education-focused programs
  • Special offers from UPAF Members

UPAF Notable Women Founding Members 

Tina Chang 
Mary Dowell 
Sue Frautschi

Cathie Madden 
Linda Mellowes 
Jill Morin 

Julia Taylor 
Deanna Tillisch 
Anne Zizzo