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Cream City Association Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Community Foundations, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Philanthropy


Cream City Foundation serves as a catalyst for social change on behalf of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities in southeastern Wisconsin.

To achieve our mission, the Cream City Foundation:

• Mobilizes philanthropic resources

• Funds initiatives that target system-level change, taking into account race, class, gender and age.

Geographic areas served: southeastern Wisconsin

Programs: Analyzes the needs of the LGBT communities, includes convening of leaders and stakeholders. Grant committee determines and solicits applications to address need and  that appropriate programs are funded.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

Cream City Foundation has been a great asset to our community - providing visibility, funding and leadership in the LGBT and allied community. The formation of QShare LGBT Business group is just one example of the great (and creative!) work they do.



Rating: 1

I am a former donor. I no longer give money to this organization as it does not give clear guidelines for who they will or will not give a grant to. I prefer to give my money directly to the organizations that serve the LGBT Community.



Rating: 4

I have seen CCF grow and adapt over the years. It has been able to do this with the leadership of its board and current Executive Director, Maria Cadenas. CCF is leading the charge to help influence and change the society and how the LGBT individual is looked upon and respected.



Rating: 5

CCF has done great work over the years, helping small start up organizations keep going with funding they may not have been able to get elsewhere. i've beemn to many of their events and am grateful that CCF has such great community-wide support



Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Cream City Foundation for over two years, and working with the staff and board has been a pleasure. From working behind the scenes and at events, I've been impressed with the loyal support and high energy members of the LGBT community and our allies have shown. CCF is a powerful advocate for equality and social change in Wisconsin.


Client Served

Rating: 5

As a former Board member, I personally know of the greart work the CCF has been doing for over 2 decades. As the President of PrideFest and client of CCF, I understand the importance of CCF's support. Last year PideFest developed a new section within the festival itself, our Health & Wellness area. We feel very strongly that this section was needed to help inform and reach out to the LGBT community about the disparities that health care provides the LGBT community. CCF's support was instrumental in getting this area funded; and gave credibility to the project for other funders to come aboard.



Rating: 5

Really finds creative ways to create change in the LGBT community! From GayNeighbor.org, QShareBusiness.org, and its efforts to impact LGBT Youth Homelessness - not to mention it's true caring of donor stewardship! Cream City Rocks!