Neighborhood Nights April 11th!

Join the Junior League of Milwaukee and Pizza Man on Monday, April 11th for Neighborhood Nights! Order from Pizza Man (Downer Location only) and 10% of the proceeds from that night will go directly to the Junior League of Milwaukee – dine in or take out. If you choose to dine in, there will be a special raffle from 5-7:30 pm.
At the end of the night, one lucky winner will win 50% of the proceeds from the raffle, while the other 50% will go to the Junior League of Milwaukee. So, grab your girlfriends, have a date night, or relax at home with the family and order from Pizza Man. Raffle Ticket Price: $5.00, or 5 tickets for $20 Location: 2597 N Downer Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

Seeking Proposals for Our Community Grants!

Community Grant Request for Proposals 

Deadline for Submissions: November 15th, 2021 

OVERVIEW 

Mission: The Junior League of Milwaukee (JLM) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Since 1915, the organization has spearheaded efforts to start and/or expand organizations and programs such as the Blood Center of Wisconsin (Versiti), the Children’s Health Education Center, Kids Matter, Care Kits for Kids, Safe Home Environment (an Aurora Healing & Advocacy Services service), Revitalize Milwaukee, and Sojourner Family Peace Center. We also provide support to nonprofits throughout the greater Milwaukee area through various single day volunteer opportunities. 

JLM is seeking proposals from community-based nonprofits to award up to $10,000 that will align with JLM’s community focus areas. Currently, JLM focuses its community efforts in the areas of education, health, and nutrition of women and children in the greater Milwaukee area. Both programmatic and capital projects will be considered. The JLM’s Grant Making Committee will use the following criteria when evaluating proposals: 

  • the organization’s impact on the greater Milwaukee community 
  • the organization’s fiscal health
  • whether the project aligns with JLM’s community focus areas, as described above
  • whether the project can be completed within the award period (May 2022 – April 2023) 
  • whether the awarded funding will have an impact beyond the grant award period 
  • whether the project will meet an unmet or under-served need in the community 
  • whether volunteer opportunities will be available for JLM members 
  • whether the organization will recognize JLM’s involvement in the project 

The amount of funding awarded is dependent on the program/project proposal and will be determined before implementation. If funding is expected to be used with other funds as part of a larger implementation, please discuss this in the proposal. In the event that other fundraising is unsuccessful, and the larger project becomes un-implementable during the JLM 2022 – 2023 fiscal year, then JLM reserves the right to withhold the grant award. 

Funding must be used within the grant award period of May 1, 2022 – April 30, 2023. The selected organization(s) commits to recognizing the gift and partnership with JLM. The selected organization(s) will provide a detailed written update on the project to JLM in May 2023. JLM may perform a site visit to view the project impact. 

 

TIMELINE 

October 25, 2021 deadline to submit questions to grants@jlmilw.org 

November 8, 2021 deadline for JLM to respond to organizations’ questions via email 

November 15, 2021 deadline to submit proposals 

Jan/Feb 2022 possible interviews and/or site visits 

March 2022 one or two community partners will be selected

April 25, 2022 grant(s) will be awarded at the JLM Annual Meeting held on Monday, April 25th, 2022. Attendance at the meeting is required to receive the funding. Due to COVID-19, this meeting may be virtual or canceled. Awardees will still receive funding if the meeting is canceled.  

REQUIREMENTS 

Interested community organizations should prepare a well-written and concise project proposal. Please submit 1 electronic copy of your proposal by November 15, 2021, to grants@jlmilw.org. Hard-copy proposals will not be accepted. Proposals are not to exceed five pages (in Arial 10-point font, with 1-inch margins). Proposals should address the criteria discussed above and should include all components set forth below. 

  1. COVER SHEET (not to exceed one page) including the following: 
  • Legal name of organization and EIN 
  • Organization’s full address 
  • Website address, if available 
  • Name of CEO/President/Executive Director and tenure 
  • Grant contact name, phone number, and email address 
  • Whether you have applied for a JLM grant previously 
  1. ABSTRACT: 

Prepare a brief abstract summarizing the proposed project, as well as the funding requested.

 

  1. ORGANIZATION MISSION 
  • Brief history of your organization and scope of service 
  • The populations and geographic area(s) served 
  • Any past/current collaborations with the JLM 
  • Does your organization have a policy which states that you do not discriminate as to age, race, religion, sex or national origin? 
  • Have there been significant changes in your organization’s mission/programs in the last five years? If yes, please explain why. 
  1. PROJECT NARRATIVE/ NEEDS ASSESSMENT (1-3 PAGES): 
  • Describe the proposed project in need of JLM’s support. Explain the objectives, unmet need and significance of the project. Describe the steps needed to complete the project, desired outcomes, benefits to the community served, and image of success. 
  • Describe the staffing and volunteer needs for the project. In addition, describe the staffing infrastructure in place to support and sustain the proposed program/project (if necessary). 
  • Outline the strategy, methodology and timeline to be used in the development and implementation of the project. Describe the expected outcomes or results, and the indicators of those outcomes. Describe the evaluation process and how the results will be measured. 
  • Describe the qualifications of the organization and staff implementing the project. 
  • Describe the project budget, including a description of any expected and secured funding. 
  • Describe how, and with what frequency, JLM will be informed of project results (for example, yearly, for the length of the project, over the length of the project’s projected impact, etc.). 

ADDITIONALLY, PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ATTACHMENTS: 

  • Organizational chart and current list of board of directors/leaders. 
  • Current IRS form 990 and proof of charitable status in the State of Wisconsin. If your organization is not required to file an IRS 990, submit an income and expense statement for the past fiscal year and your most recent balance sheet. 
  • Current audit report, review report, or internal financial statements if the audit report or review report are not required. Please provide all current management letters provided by reviewers or auditors and the written correction plan created to the management letter points. 
  • Most recent annual report – or if your organization does not have an annual report – submit a general description of the organization, including year established. 
  • IRS federal tax exemption letter with signature. 
  • Any collateral pieces including letters of support or commitments from partner organizations. 
  • A current itemized budget.

 

The following certification statement must be provided with the proposal: The undersigned, an authorized officer of the organization, does hereby certify that the information set forth in this application is true and correct, that the Federal tax exemption determination letter attached hereto has not been revoked, and the present operation of the organization and its current sources of support are not inconsistent with the organization’s continuing tax-exempt classification as set forth in such determination letter. (Signed with signature, title, and date)

Meet our 2021-2022 Board of Directors

Andi Sciacca

President: Andi Sciacca

Andi Sciacca is an advocate for access, education, and equity – and a proud #MKEpreneur. She is currently leading the development of the MKE Food School – working to create the space for a more inspired and inclusive conversation around Milwaukee’s community table.  Andi fondly remembers accompanying her mother to JLM events when she was a young girl – and followed in her footsteps, becoming a member of the Junior League of Milwaukee in 2017.

Professionally, Andi brings diverse outside board and leadership experiences to her role. She previously taught for Bard College, the City University of New York, the State University of New York, and served as a dean at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). She is now the director of curriculum and program design for the CIA’s graduate program, The Food Business School, and currently teaches courses in the Liberal Studies program for MIAD.

Andi also serves on the board of directors for CultivateMKE, Just a Girl’s Inclusivity Advisory Board, and consults with The Hacksaw Food Institute – a program for creating sustainability education opportunities for veterans. She also works with Big Brothers Big Sisters and volunteers with programs focused on youth mentoring, workforce development, and food justice advocacy – and she leads workshops on community-building with a focus on ethics and civil discourse. She is a member of several social, philanthropic, and philosophical organizations. She loves the Junior League – and is delighted to have this opportunity to serve in this capacity.

 

President-Elect: Erin Donegan

Erin Donegan

Erin Donegan joined the Junior League of Milwaukee in 2015. Her placements include the Holiday Boutique committee, two years on Nominating, and most recently as Chair-Elect and Chair of the New Member Recruitment & Orientation committee where she oversaw a complete redesign of Provisional curriculum and overall experience.

Professionally, Erin manages the digital marketing and communications team at Dental Associates where she oversees their websites, content creation, SEO, social media, internal communications, and public relations.

Erin is passionate about improving the League’s visibility and recognition in the community to increase both new donors and Provisional members. Through her enthusiasm for developing high-performing teams and experience creating long-term strategic marketing plans, she looks forward to continuing to implement our 2020-2023 Strategic Plan.

Erin earned a BA in Public Relations from Drake University and an Executive MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Recording Secretary: Marita Stollenwerk

Marita Stollenwerk

Marita Stollenwerk has served as the VP of Finance (2020-2021), Director of Communications ( 2018-2019 and 2019-2020), Grants Committee (Chair-Elect 2016-2017and Chair 2017-2018), Website Committee (2015-2016), and Done in a Day (2013-2014 and 2014-2015).  She joined the League during the 2012 /13 League Year as a way to become more engaged in her adopted City of Milwaukee and to meet ladies looking to make a difference.

During the day, Marita works as a Senior Project Manager for an Environmental Consulting firm, specializing in commercial environmental due diligence and soil and groundwater contamination assessment/remediation.  Marita’s passion is the cleanup and redevelopment of blighted, abandoned and contaminated properties as a way to stimulate neighborhood revitalization.

She has a dual degree from Boston University in Environmental Science and Geology and is a registered professional geologist and licensed asbestos inspector.  Outside of work and the Junior League, Marita serves on the board of Curative Care.  She enjoys spending her mornings rowing on the Milwaukee River, and is supporting her three children with their virtual school.

Treasurer: Marina Pappas

Marina Pappas

Marina Pappas is a Wisconsin native who joined JLM in 2019 to follow in her mother’s JLM footsteps!  During her first year as a provisional, she led the organizational donation drive for Sojourner Family Peace Center and found her passion in overseeing projects and monitoring financials. She is active on the Finance Committee assisting both the Done in a Day and Signature Project Committees.

Professionally, Marina is the current director of annual giving with the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, but before starting with Sixteenth Street, she was an executive director with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in addition to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Racine County. A proud UW-Madison alumna, Marina has focused her career on nonprofit management and sustainability. She lives in Milwaukee with her boyfriend, and their beloved 15-pound cat, Nala!

Director at Large (2020-2022): Sibylle Tasker

Sibylle Tasker

Sibylle Tasker has been a Junior League member since 1999, originally joining in Palo Alto, CA. She transferred to the Milwaukee league in 2003 and has been an engaged member for the last 16 years. Her experience within the JLM includes Community Partnerships, Solicitations, 90th Signature Project, and liaison to Kids Matter Inc.  Following her time as JLM liaison to Kids Matter Inc, Sibylle became a Kids Matter Inc. Board member in 2005, and has been the Board President since 2009.

She has also volunteered with the Elm Grove Junior Guild. Sibylle was their executive Board Finance Chair from 2007-2008 and the President from 2009-2010. She has also volunteered with the Friends of Elm Grove Library in VP and chair roles, served as the Tonawanda PTO President, served on the Ephraim Yacht Club Board of Directors for eight years, and is currently chairing the All-Academy Military Ball.

 

Director at Large (2021-2023): Nicole Gulatz

Nicole Gulatz joined JLM in 2014. She served as a member of the Community Program Planning Committee and then ascended to Chair-Elect and Chair, leading the effort to select the League’s Centennial Anniversary partner, Aurora Health Care’s Safe Home Environment program. She served as President of the League for the 2018-19 year and since has served as a member of Website and Nominating.

Nicole has spent her entire career working in fundraising getting her start with the American Red Cross in Washington, DC. After 10+ years at Red Cross in October 2019 she became the Vice President of Development at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. (And often cites her JLM experience as what prepared her for the new role!)

Nicole has a Bachelor’s degree from the UW-Madison in International Studies and Political Science. Nicole is a member of TEMPO, the Planned Giving Council of Eastern Wisconsin, the League of Women Voters and Milwaukee Film. In her free time she loves running, hiking, making & reading zines and in the pre-(and post!) COVID world, she loves enjoying the many festivals and events around Greater Milwaukee. She lives in the Murray Hill neighborhood with her husband and their three pets.

Executive Vice President: Margaret Krei

  Margaret Krei

Margaret Krei joined JLM in the 2011-2012 League year. She has served on DIAD, Kids in the Kitchen, and Nominating. She was a Past Chair-Elect and Chair of DIAD, Chair-Elect of Donor Relations, and Director of Community. Outside JLM, she is a Grant Committee Chair for Impact100 Greater Milwaukee, a Scholarship Committee member and Mentor for the Rotary Club of Milwaukee, and volunteer for Legal Action of Wisconsin’s Eviction Defense Project.

Margaret earned a BA in International Affairs with minors in double minor in political science and art history from George Washington University in Washington, DC and a law degree from Marquette University. She has two dogs, Frankie (9 months) and Opie (10.5 years).

 

You’re Invited to our Fall Luncheon on October 7!

The Junior League of Milwaukee Sustainers invite you to join us for the annual Fall Luncheon. Reservations can be made online here , through the member portal or by calling Vicky in the office at (414) 289-9242 during office hours. Guests are welcome!  

Mondays-Wednesdays: 8:30am-1:00pm

Thursdays: 2:00pm-8:00pm

 

DOGA at the Cooperage, August 26!

Join us for a fun-filled DOGA session at the Cooperage on August 26!

All levels welcome and encouraged to attend as class will be cued in a multi-level format for accessibility, linking movement with breath. All socially friendly dogs welcome! Feel free to bring your dog (or just you!). After yoga STAY FOR THE AFTER PAWTY!! -First glass of champagne included! -Raffles and lots of pup fun! Event is open to the public. All proceeds will be donated to Junior League Milwaukee. Includes: Yoga + 1 beverage and many pup snuggles Register using this link.

The Junior League of Milwaukee responds to COVID-19.

UPDATE RE: THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF MILWAUKEE’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The Junior League of Milwaukee remains committed to the health and safety of our members—and to the communities we serve.  We face the ongoing challenge of navigating the COVID-19 global pandemic while opportunities for safer interactions with others emerge.

Our members are eager to connect with one another in-person for JLM-sponsored activities—and, understandably, look forward to events with our community partners.  Current guidance regarding COVID-19 risk factors for public gatherings remains conservative, requiring thoughtful planning and responsible action.  Therefore, in order to provide effective leadership to the League and maintain our commitments to our community, the Board of Directors and the Management Team shall continue to work collaboratively to define parameters for in-person engagements that adhere to all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in partnership with requirements and recommendations from state and local health officials.

We also recognize that there are many ways to be of service to the League—and we shall continue to provide consistent, equitable, and accessible opportunities for our members to participate fully in League activities while remaining virtually-engaged or socially-distanced, if that is their preference.

To our Members, we shall update our guidelines and policies as the landscape of public health continues to change—making certain that we remain focused on our mission of developing the potential of women, promoting voluntarism with our partner organizations, and improving our communities through effective action.

To our Community Partners, please let us know how we can support you.  For more than 100 years, the Junior League of Milwaukee has been a driver of change in the Greater Milwaukee area.  We are 500+ members strong, united to address the challenges our community faces.

We proudly continue to serve.

Updated: May 1, 2021

JLM Focus on Human Trafficking

 On January 14th 2020, Milwaukee leaders working to raise awareness and empower survivors of sex trafficking presented during a JLM General Membership Meeting.

Presenters included Debra Fields of Sojourner Family Peace Center, Drs Angela Rabbitt and Wendi Ehrman of Healthcare Collaborative Against Sex Trafficking (HCAST), and representatives of the LOTUS Legal Clinic and the Untold Stories Program. Heightened awareness of the community, law enforcement, and health care providers has led to an increase in cases reported – trafficked victims are hidden in plain sight.

The membership learned about resources available through these programs, who to call if we suspect sex trafficking is occurring (1-888-3737-888), the Safe Harbor Law currently in committee in the Wisconsin legislature, and ways we can support survivors.

For additional information please read more about what you can do in the newly prepared
JLM Resource Guide – Human Trafficking. Each of us can use our special skills to ABOLISH sex slavery. Thank you to St. Joan Antida High School for hosting and thank you to Sherrill Knezel, Meaningful Marks, for doing a graphic recording of the event.

Meet our 2020-2021 Board of Directors!

The Junior League of Milwaukee is proud to announce its Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 League Year.

 

Joely Urdan – President

Joely Urdan

Joely Urdan has been a member of the Junior League of Milwaukee since 2006. Joely has served on a wide variety of committees and in numerous leadership positions within the League, including recording secretary, president-elect, and president in 2014-2015, and on the Transformation Committee as one of the architects of the new board and management team. Since 2012, Joely has served as chief legal counsel for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joely’s professional experience providing strategic and policy guidance to university leadership will be an incredible asset to the future of JLM. Joely has presented at numerous University of Wisconsin symposiums on legal issues and is a graduate of the Wisconsin Women in Government’s Graduate Leadership Seminar. Joely has been a member of Impact100 Greater Milwaukee since 2015 and has served on the board of Care Kits for Kids, a former JLM project.

 

Andi Sciacca– President Elect

Andi Sciacca

Andi Sciacca fondly remembers accompanying her mother to JLM events when she was a young girl – and followed in her footsteps, becoming a member of the Junior League of Milwaukee in 2017. Andi served on the Done-in-a-Day committee before jumping into leadership as DIAD chair-elect. Professionally, Andi brings diverse outside board and leadership experiences to her role. Andi previously taught for Bard College, the City University of New York, the State University of New York, and served as a dean at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). She is now the director of curriculum and program design for the CIA’s graduate program, The Food Business School, and currently teaches for MIAD. Andi also serves on the Board at Cultivate!MKE, mentors for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is an advisory board member for The Commons and Co:Lab. She volunteers with programs focused on youth mentoring, workforce development, and food justice advocacy – and leads workshops on community-building with a focus on ethics and civil discourse.

 

Gwyn Wallander – Treasurer

Gwyn Wallander

Gwyn Wallander has been a Junior League of Milwaukee member for more than 20 years, and is currently a sustainer.  During her time at the JLM, she has served in several leadership roles, including president, director of operations, nominating chair and co-chair of our 100th Anniversary Celebration.  Outside of the JLM, Gwyn is a senior student services coordinator and pre-law advisor at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.  She has served on both the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors Board and the National Pre-Law Board (PLANC), having also been president and board chair respectively.

 

 

Mary Behler

Mary Behler – Recording Secretary

Mary Behler has been a member of the Junior League of Milwaukee since 2015. She served on the Website Committee for several years, including as chair. The last two years, Mary served on Transformation Committee, which worked collaboratively with the League’s leadership and membership to implement our new governance structure.
Mary is a marketing content Manager at Associated Bank, the largest bank based in Wisconsin. She spearheads content strategy for the organization’s digital channels. Her background is in journalism, communications, social media and SEO. At Associated Bank, she also serves as a co-chair of the Associated Women’s Network’s Communications Committee. She is also involved with Tempo Milwaukee’s Emerging Women Leaders program.

 

Sibylle Tasker – Director-at-Large

Sibylle Tasker

Sibylle Tasker has been a Junior League member since 1999, originally joining in Palo Alto, CA. She transferred to the JLM in 2003 and has been an engaged member for the last 16 years. Her experience within the JLM includes Community Partnerships, Solicitations, 90th Anniversary Signature Project, and liaison to Kids Matter Inc.  Sibylle became a Kids Matter Inc. Board member in 2005 and has been its board president since 2009. She has also volunteered with the Elm Grove Junior Guild and served as its executive board finance chair from 2007-2008 and president from 2009-2010. She has also volunteered with the Friends of Elm Grove Library, including as vice president and chair, served as the Tonawanda PTO President, served on the Ephraim Yacht Club Board of Directors for eight years, and is currently chairing the All-Academy Military Ball.

 

Amber Morgan – Sustainer Director

Amber Joined the Junior League of Milwaukee in 1994 and currently serves as the Sustainer Chair Elect and is a member of the Junior League Singers. During her active years, she served in a variety of roles including Director of Operations, Director of Pennywise, Treasurer, Finance Chair, Grants Chair, and Training Chair. Professionally, Amber is a mostly retired certified public accountant. Outside of the League, Amber has served on a number of boards including Red Pine Camp for Girls, Gilda’s Club of SE Wisconsin, Fox Point Lutheran Preschool, and as president of both Whitefish Bay MS and Whitefish Bay HS PTOs. She continues to volunteer extensively with a number of other organizations.

Fox 6 discusses our upcoming Brew City Bash

Did you see President Nicole Gulatz on Fox 6? Click here to see her promoting our upcoming Brew City Bash!

About Brew City Bash

The Junior League of Milwaukee (JLM) is proud to announce its third annual spring fundraiser, the Brew City Bash. Since 1915, the JLM has been investing in the children and women of Milwaukee through providing volunteers and funding to local non-profit organizations.

Guests are invited for an evening of tasting local brews, beverages and bites from local Wisconsin brands. Proceeds from ticket and auction sales will go directly towards sustaining the work the JLM does in the Milwaukee community year-over-year.

Date:  Friday, March 1, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Black Swan MKE 

309 N Water St. Suite 110

Milwaukee, WI 53202. 

Tickets NOW Available for Purchase.

This event has sold out in previous years. Buy now to ensure your spot.

 

JLM and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin: an enduring partnership


In 1947 the Junior League of Milwaukee funded, organized, and opened a blood center to deliver blood from donors to patients. By 1949 the Junior League of Milwaukee Blood Center was located at 923 W. Wells Street on what is currently the Wisconsin Club grounds. The BloodCenter of Wisconsin currently provides more than 230,000 units of blood to 56 hospitals in 29 counties, annually. It also investigates health treatments and conducts scientific research. In 2015, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin joined Versiti, a strategic affiliation of regional blood centers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana to share research and resources across nearby communities served.

Our partnership with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin remains strong. The new member class of the Junior League of Milwaukee held our annual blood drive on Saturday, January 12th. We are proud to report we surpassed our sign-up goal, receiving 50 sign-ups and 44 successful donors. If you were unable to join us, we hope you will visit your local BloodCenter location soon, and keep our drive in mind next winter.