Final Call – Annual Leadership Recognition

To all United Way Leadership donors, we thank you for being a game changer and a hand raiser in 2023. Your generous gift of $1,200 or more to our 2023 United Way Community Campaign will help members of our community connect to the resources they need to be healthy, safe, and successful.

As a reminder, United Way recognizes our Leadership and Tocqueville Society donors in our Annual Leadership Registry, which reflects donor information provided to United Way in the previous calendar year. While United Way seeks to update giving information year-round, we ask that you please verify your 2023 giving here by March 1 to ensure changes are included in the upcoming publication.

If you have any questions, please contact Natalie Worcester, Account Manager of Leadership Gifts.

Jeremy Simon giving presentation for Donor Networks

Advocacy Training for Donor Network Council Members

On February 6, more than 30 Donor Network Council members gathered at the United Way Volunteer Center for an Advocacy Training with Jeremy Simon, United Way's Director of Public Policy. Jeremy led the Council members through the various components of Advocacy: Organizing, Education, Communication, Policy Work, and Outreach. The training also explained the various ways United Way Donor Networks are already engaging in this work. We are so inspired to continue to partner with Jeremy this year on our efforts in advocacy.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders

Lopez Brothers Book Fairs

Milwaukee Bucks' Center Brook Lopez, his brother and former Milwaukee Bucks player Robin Lopez, and United Way have partnered to host a series of book fairs benefiting elementary students from 17 Milwaukee and Waukesha public schools.

On February 26, Emerging Leaders council members Alex Lackore, Jacqueline Whelan, and Dana Johnson supported the Zablocki Elementary School event, which helped students pick out five free books.

If you're interested in learning more about Emerging Leaders and how to join, reach out to Kristen Hagen.

Diversity Leadership Society

Christy L. Brown, J.D., 2023 Recipient of the Linda McFerrin African American Nonprofit Leadership Award

Resource Fair

Join the Diversity Leadership Society at the Sherman Phoenix for a Resource Fair featuring organizations centered on education, transportation, and involvement in the justice system. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from local vendors. Register here.

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Where: Sherman Phoenix
3536 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53216

Diversity Leadership Society is a United Way Donor Network of leaders working to reduce barriers to employment for our community's diverse populations.

Questions? Contact Diamond Herring-Rodgers at or 414.263.8152.

Technology United

Tech United Co-Chair Greg Treichel

Co-Chair Welcome

Join Technology United oin Technology United in welcoming our new 2024-25 Co-Chair, Greg Treichel. Greg is the Managing Director, IT Delivery – Corporate at Baird and has been a Tech United member since 2010. Greg has also served on the Council since 2015.

As a true leader in the Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties’ tech community, we are so grateful he will be leading our Technology United efforts for the next 2 years!

If you are interested in supporting Technology United, please reach out to the Technology United Engagement Manager

If you are interested in supporting Technology United or have questions about the 2024 CIO Forum, please reach out to the Technology United Engagement Manager, Cassidy Korpela.

Pride United

Groove for Good

Groove for Good – AMPED Karaoke Event

Last week, Pride United hosted Groove for Good at AMPED Karaoke Bar, which featured a performance by Milwaukee Drag Queen, Malaiya the Marvel.

This event celebrated our local LGBTQ+ community and announced that Pride United will be supporting United Way Key Initiative Safe & Stable Homes in 2024.

If you are interested in joining Pride United or the Pride United Council, contact Diamond Herring-Rodgers.

Women United

From left: Krista Brookman, Rachael Conrad, Kadie Jelenchick, Judie Taylor, and Jennifer Westphal

Women's Leadership Council – New Member Welcome

Join Women United in welcoming our five new members to the Women's Leadership Council, from left: Krista Brookman, Rachael Conrad, Kadie Jelenchick, Judie Taylor, and Jennifer Westphal!

Krista is the Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern Mutual where she leads the Women's Initiative to foster a culture of belonging and positively impact D&I outcomes. Rachael is the VP of Enterprise Customer Experience at Rockwell Automation. With 25 years of leadership experience, she is a mentor in her workplace and a decade-long member of Women United. Kadie is a partner of Foley & Lardner, LLP's nationally recognized Intellectual Property Department. Kadie has been a member of Women United for 15 years. Judie is the Chairman of Utility Equipment Holding Company and served as a 2023 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Community Campaign Co-Chair. Jennifer is the VP–Chief Information Security Officer at MGIC, a 3-year member of Women United, and supports the Technology United Donor Network.

We're excited for the leadership and skills that these strong women will bring as council members!

If you are interested in joining Women United, please contact Nancy Clarkin.

LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.)

Smiling LINC members

What's to Come in 2024

In 2024, LINC Committee plans to impact our community by facilitating volunteer activities that uplift United Way's pillars – Health, Education, and Financial Stability. LINC prioritizes collaborating with other Donor Networks to explore mentorship opportunities and use combined knowledge to create meaningful impact. As a leadership development network, LINC is made up of engaged young professionals who lead by example and help improve our neighborhoods for future generations.

Stay tuned for future event information!

If you're interested in learning more about LINC and how to join this network of young professionals, reach out to Kristen Hagen.

Retire United

Diaper Bank

Diaper Bank Help Needed

United Way's Diaper Bank is in critical need of diapers and could use your support. Access to a sufficient supply of diapers is essential for the health of infants and toddlers, but too many families do not have the resources to adequately provide for this basic need. Help local families in Milwaukee, Waukesha, southern Ozaukee, and Washington Counties today by donating packaged disposable diapers. All sizes are needed.

Contact Bev Arrowood, Retire United Engagement Manager, about diaper drop offs at United Way's Milwaukee or Waukesha offices, or you can make a financial gift here.

To learn more or join Retire United, please contact Bev Arrowood.

Planned Giving

United Way's Legacy Society acknowledges those who have provided for the future of our community by making or sharing their intent of making an estate gift. Through endowments, bequests, charitable trusts, life insurance, and retirement plan beneficiary designations, donors from all walks of life at all income levels become members of the Legacy Society. If you have included United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County in your estate plans, we thank you! Please share your generous intention on our Legacy Society page.

Learn more about the importance of having a will to protect your loved ones and leaving a legacy for generations to come here.

For more information, please contact Shemagne O'Keefe Mullins at or 414.263.8202.

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