What is UPAF?

Supporting the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin for 50 years!

The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage for 50 years by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene.  In this 50th Anniversary Campaign, sponsored by Herb Kohl Philanthropies, UPAF is proud to celebrate a half-century of making our community a better place to live, work and play.  UPAF has raised over $300 million for the performing arts over the past 50 years.

UPAF funding is critical to the sustainability of these community treasures and allows them to focus on what they do best: creating, performing, inspiring and educating.

UPAF receives NO government funding. All dollars raised come from generous individuals, companies and foundations. In fiscal year 2016, UPAF allocated over $9 million to support the performing arts in our community.



Milwaukee Ballet – Susan Gartell and Timothy O’Donnell. Photo Nathaniel Davauer





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