Johnson Controls announces three-year pledge to Milwaukee’s Arts Community

May 3, 2023

Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader for smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today announced the Johnson Controls Foundation’s three-year commitment to the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF). The pledge, totaling $1,650,000 through 2025, was announced by Johnson Controls Chairman and CEO George Oliver at the company’s annual UPAF employee giving campaign kickoff.

“Through our global volunteerism and commitment to philanthropy, we are helping build healthier, smarter and more sustainable communities where our employees live and work,” Oliver said. “We have been a part of the Milwaukee community for 140 years and are proud to partner with these organizations that play a positive role in our hometown. It’s incredibly rewarding to contribute to the success of the performing arts sector while helping provide education and new opportunities to young people in our own backyard.”

"It's incredibly rewarding to contribute to the success of the performing arts sector while helping provide education and new opportunities to young people in our own backyard." – Johnson Controls Chairman and CEO George Oliver

In addition to annual contributions, the foundation also will designate a portion of the pledge to various UPAF members, affiliates and community impact programs, including UPAF’s Connect and Bright Minds initiatives, with a particular focus on programming in neighborhoods surrounding Johnson Controls’ headquarters in Glendale, Wisconsin. Johnson Controls also will continue its Milwaukee workplace giving campaign, in which the Johnson Controls Foundation will match all employee gifts.

“Johnson Controls is consistently one of the top donors to the United Performing Arts Fund, and we are pleased to have them lead the way with a multi-year commitment through 2025,” said UPAF President & CEO Patrick Rath. “UPAF’s Members and Affiliates are still in the midst of recovering from COVID-19-related revenue losses and corporate support from organizations like Johnson Controls is critical to continued recovery for years to come.”

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About UPAF
The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage since 1967 by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene. UPAF’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 Eastern Wisconsin. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating – and is the No. 1 united performing arts fund in the country in terms of dollars raised.

With generous community support, UPAF funds 47 diverse local performing arts organizations that provide our community with the best of music, dance, song and theater. In addition to entertainment excellence, these organizations provide transformative educational programs for local children, ensure that individuals from marginalized neighborhoods have opportunities to participate in the arts and expand arts access for people with disabilities.