Tag: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation

Clarification on ‘Smile’ program, returns to Foundation

An item in yesterday’s Log newsletter about AmazonSmile should have included more detail about the program and what is and isn’t permissible. The following includes more information:

This is a reminder that the private, nonprofit UW-Green Bay Foundation Inc., has joined as a participant in the AmazonSmile program, which donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible personal purchases via Amazon to the charitable organization of your choice — in this case, of course, UW-Green Bay. Proceeds from the Amazon sales will go to the University’s annual fund in unrestricted support of academic enhancements, student scholarships and more. Those who would like to support the University in this fashion should begin their personal Amazon shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/. After signing in with their Amazon account information, they would search for, and select The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation Inc. under “Pick your own charitable organization.” The site will remember this designation, and future personal purchases from Amazon that start through smile.amazon.com will automatically benefit the University. The program is strictly anonymous, with the Foundation receiving no ID or purchase information — just periodic proceeds.

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Does not apply to institutional purchasing — Remember, the AmazonSmile arrangement outlined above cannot be used by UW-Green Bay employees for any University-related purchasing. It is for personal purchases, only. The use of institutional purchasing cards, credit cards or state resources for this sort of affinity program is prohibited.

Comedian Charlie Hill had UWGB ties

Funeral services were set to take place today (Friday, Jan. 3) in De Pere for nationally prominent standup comedian Charlie Hill, who died earlier this week at age 62 after a year-long battle with cancer. The former Oneida resident was the first American Indian comedian to appear on both “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and on “The Merv Griffin Show.” He later made appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and co-produced and was featured in the Showtime Special, “The Indian Comedy Slam, No Reservations Needed.” Hill was a hit with his standing-room-only gig at the UW-Green Bay Phoenix Room in February 2011. He is survived by relatives including two brothers and two sisters, several of whom are known to members of the larger UW-Green Bay community. (His brother, Norbert Hill Jr., began his successful higher education career as an academic adviser and counselor at UW-Green Bay in the 1970s. A sister-in-law, Donsia Strong Hill, is a member of the University’s Foundation Board and Council of Trustees.) Ryan Funeral Home of De Pere was in charge of arrangements. For more.

LeCalsey TV appearance is now online

Lou LeCalsey, the retired paper-industry executive who heads the UW-Green Bay Foundation and Chancellor’s Council of Trustees, was featured guest on the public affairs program “CW 14 Focus” last Sunday morning. He talks quite a bit about the University in the program now available online – click here.

Lexi LeCalsey signs with Phoenix

Her grandfather Lou (above) was UW-Green Bay’s first soccer coach, 45 years ago. Now, star De Pere Redbirds pitcher Lexi LeCalsey will be enrolling here in hopes of making a little Phoenix history herself. Lexi recently signed a letter of intent to play college softball for Coach Jean Rivett. That delights Lou, who told friends, “Lexi is so excited at the prospect of playing at UWGB for Coach Rivett and with a number of the team’s players she has met. And Grandpa and Grandma are ready to see many… UWGB softball games over the next four years.” Congratulations to the LeCalseys. There’s an Athletics news release on the signing.

 

Debut: E-giving to UW-Green Bay Foundation

Here’s another milestone in the launch of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc.:  Donors who formerly had to access the UW-Madison foundation site to direct their philanthropy toward Green Bay now enjoy an easy, direct (and secure) connection to UW-Green Bay. Visitors to www.uwgb.edu/foundation/ who click the “Give Online” button will find a simple, short and straight-forward form that also includes a pull-down list of giving options. The site accepts Visa and MasterCard.

Honor of being first online goes to Sandmires, donors since 1969
Every autumn for 42 years, Dr. Herbert and Crystal Sandmire have written a check in support of their hometown university. Not this year. This time, the couple dispensed with the check-writing ritual and, in doing so, opened a new era for UW-Green Bay and its current and future supporters.

Dr. Herbert and Crystal SandmireOn Aug. 17, the Sandmires tapped out a few words, names and numbers at the computer keyboard at their Allouez home, clicked the “Make Donation” button and became the very first online donors to forward a gift directly to the newly formed University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. There’s a nice photograph and story about their devotion to this University, click here.
 

Ford’s better idea: Establish scholarship with first gift to new Foundation

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation, Inc., received its first gift, toward a scholarship endowment, following its inaugural meeting last Tuesday, April 19. Diane (Dockry) Ford, vice president-controller of Integrys Energy Group, and a 1975 Managerial Systems graduate of UW-Green Bay, wrote out the first check to the newly formed Foundation.

“I have been thinking about setting up a scholarship at UWGB for a while now,” said Ford, whose husband Patrick and daughter Christy are also UW-Green Bay graduates. “I certainly feel that what I learned at UWGB has served me very well in my life and career and helped me to achieve the success I have today.” Ford says she empathizes with students who are working and still struggling to pay their way. “I was the oldest of eight kids and my parents did not go to college, so I paid my own way and worked three jobs to do it. That was back when we were talking hundreds of dollars a year, not thousands. It has gotten a lot harder to do what I did.”

It’s a nice story, featured on the UW-Green Bay homepage; read more.

Ford encourages others with first gift to new Foundation

Diane Ford and Lou LeCalseyThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation received its first gift toward a scholarship endowment on April 19. Diane (Dockry) Ford, Vice President-Controller of Integrys Energy Group, and a 1975 Managerial Systems graduate of UW-Green Bay, presented Foundation President Lou LeCalsey with the first check to the newly formed Foundation.

“I have been thinking about setting up a scholarship fund at UWGB for a while now,” said Ford, whose husband Patrick and daughter Christy are also UW-Green Bay graduates. “I certainly feel that what I learned at UWGB has served me very well in my life and career and helped me to achieve the success I have today. I always tell people, when they ask me why I am involved in so many community activities, that I really believe in following the Bible verse (Luke 12:48), ‘to whom much has been given, much is expected.'”

The University formalized the adoption of by-laws and articles of incorporation, April 19, for its own foundation, opening a new chapter in a 44-year relationship with the huge ($2.5 billion in assets) and highly respected University of Wisconsin Foundation in Madison. The Chancellor’s Council of Trustees will continue to serve in an advisory role and will also operate as the Foundation’s board of directors.

Ford was named the inaugural treasurer of the Foundation, joining LeCalsey (chair), Virginia Riopelle (vice chair) and Robert Bush (secretary) as members of the executive committee.

“As inaugural treasurer, I thought the timing would be great to make the first contribution,” Ford said. “As trustees, we’re asked to take a leadership role, and the WPS Foundation will start doing a match on part of the gift, so that what I give can grow. You could say ‘the moon and the stars aligned’ so I just did it!”

Ford hopes her gift will inspire others to give as well, noting the diminished state support for higher education.

“As we have all watched support for UWGB slip away by the state government cutting funding every year and the federal government cutting scholarship and loan availability for students in need, it makes it even more important that there are monies set aside that are in UW-Green Bay’s control to fill in those gaps,” she stated.

As someone who provided her own way through college, Ford says she empathizes with students who are working and still struggling to pay their way.

“I believe strongly that a college education is very important now, and just because you don’t have the means to pay doesn’t mean deserving kids should not go to college. I was the oldest of eight kids and my parents did not go to college, so I paid my own way and worked three jobs to do it. That was back when we were talking hundreds of dollars a year, not thousands. It has gotten a lot harder to do what I did.”

Ford encourages alumni to consider giving back.

“This Foundation is another way of providing opportunities for our alumni to give back to the University, stay connected, and help upcoming generations.”

Press-Gazette coverage of new UW-Green Bay Foundation

“Donors who want to give to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay now will have a local way to contribute. The school recently launched its own foundation, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation Inc., which officials say will give the school greater flexibility in managing gifts and assets.” See a Green Bay Press-Gazette recap of last week’s announcement.

Meet Lou LeCalsey

He has been chairperson of UW-Green Bay’s primary community advisory group for more than a decade and worked closely with three different chancellors (Harden, Shepard and Perkins) and two interims (Ward and Kuepper). As an influential businessperson, he’s a great advocate of the University’s interdisciplinary, problem-focused approach to education. Then there’s the part about being here at the inception in 1969 with Chancellor Edward Weidner and (great story alert!) athletics adviser Vince Lombardi. Until now we have always listed Louis LeCalsey as president and CEO of the publicly traded company Tufco Technologies and chairman of the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees. As of Tuesday, he has added another distinguished title: chair of the newly created UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. Sue Bodilly offers a terrifically readable profile of LeCalsey, with nice photos, click here.

A photograph of the happy board members

In case you missed our news release yesterday about formal creation of the new UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc., we have it posted on our University news site.  Included is a darn attractive group photograph of the business and community leaders who were present at Tuesday’s vote and agreed to join the roster of Foundation directors. Click here.

UW-Green Bay creates own Foundation

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation Inc
On April 19, the Chancellor’s Council of Trustees at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, made up of nearly two dozen business and civic leaders, voted approval of bylaws to endorse creation of an independent University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. The creation of the Foundation gives the University greater flexibility in managing gifts and assets.

With formal adoption of by-laws and articles of incorporation, UW-Green Bay ceases to be the only UW System institution without its own foundation. The move also opens a new chapter in a 44-year relationship with the huge ($2.5 billion in assets) and highly respected University of Wisconsin Foundation in Madison.

“We have been very well served by our relationship with the UW Foundation, and it’s our intention to continue to contract with them for the immediate future, for investment of our endowment funds,” says UW-Green Bay Chancellor Thomas Harden. At present, UW-Green Bay has about $26 million in endowment holdings.

“Where we’ll see the benefit of our own Foundation is that we’ll have more direct control not only of gifts and investments but also real estate, research and service grants,” says Harden. “We’ll have more flexibility and responsiveness with the private dollars we raise.”

Private donations have been a major part of UW-Green Bay’s success since its inception in the 1960s. Formerly, those gifts were processed by the UW Foundation. Now, such funds can be accepted and put to use on things such as academics, new buildings, student scholarships and the fine arts without first having to go through Madison.

For most donors, any change would be subtle. Those using credit cards or writing checks, for example, will no longer address payments to the Green Bay Fund c/o the UW Foundation, but directly to the UW-Green Bay Foundation. The new entity will also have greater latitude in accepting real estate and other non-cash gifts.

The newly formed 501(c)3 organization is led by a 21-person board of directors headed by prominent paper industry executive Lou LeCalsey. Business and civic leaders, long-time University supporters and UW-Green Bay alumni are represented on the board.

“I see the formation of our own Foundation a practical reality of evolving to being more self-supporting,” LeCalsey said. “This is a proactive move for our University. Historically the UW System had low tuition for in-state students pursuing undergraduate degrees. Twenty years ago, the University received roughly 50 percent of its funding from state support and the rest was from tuition and private sources. Now it’s virtually the mirror opposite. The pendulum is clearly swinging quickly — and permanently — in the opposite direction. The next academic year, state support to UW-Green Bay will only be about 20 percent of its total budget. We need to be more accountable for our University’s economic health with the decline in state funding. That means we will have to become more involved with raising private support. And we will need increased flexibility to optimize utilization of the funds we raise, so we can maximize our effectiveness with both public and private sources of funding.

“We are at a crossroads. In order for this region to remain strong, students must have an opportunity to be college-educated. We have to do our part to keep tuition affordable for first-generation families.”

The Council of Trustees will serve in a parallel capacity as the Foundation’s board of directors while continuing in their advisory role as Council members.

The members of the Council of Trustees/board of directors of the UW-Green Bay Foundation, Inc. are:

• Chair, Louis (Lou) LeCalsey, President and CEO, Tufco Technologies, Green Bay
• Vice Chair, Virginia (Ginny) Riopelle, UW-Green Bay class of ’70, civic leader, Green Bay
• Secretary, Robert Bush, Chair Emeritus, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay
• Treasurer, Diane Ford, ’75, Vice President and Controller, Integrys Energy Group, Green Bay
Paul Anderson, ’82, President, M2 Logistics, Inc., Green Bay
Dean Basten, ’89, Secretary/Treasurer, Miron Construction, Neenah
Richard (Rick) Beverstein, Vice President, AON Risk Services, Green Bay
Robert (Bob) DeVos, ’73, Senior Vice President-Business Development, GENCO Inc., Green Bay
Larry Ferguson, President and CEO, Schreiber Foods, Green Bay
Susan Finco, President, Leonard & Finco Public Relations, Green Bay
William Gollnick, ’81, Chief of Staff, Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida
Donald Harden, Retired President, Bellin Foundation, Green Bay
Donsia Strong Hill, Attorney, Green Bay
Michael Jackson, ’76, Retired President and COO, SuperValu Stores, Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.
Carl Kuehne, CEO, American Foods Group, Green Bay
Kate Meeuwsen, ’76, Civic Leader, New Franken
Mark Murphy, President and CEO, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay
Thomas Olson, Retired President, Sonoco-U.S. Paper Mills Inc., Green Bay
David Pamperin, ’74, President and CEO, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Green Bay
Kramer Rock, President, Temployment, Inc., Green Bay
Robert Rupp, Jr., ’78, President and CEO, Whitefield Industrial Coatings, Green Bay

For more information regarding the UW-Green Bay Foundation, contact Assistant Chancellor for University Advancement, Bev Carmichael, 920-465-5025.

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