Phoenix Investors Sees Value in Local Arts Education Programming
Firm supports UPAF Bright Minds when dollars are needed most
MILWAUKEE, July 16, 2020 – Phoenix Investors, a national private commercial real estate firm headquartered in Milwaukee, is investing $25,000 in the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), specifically to UPAF Bright Minds, presented by BMO Harris Bank. UPAF Bright Minds provides essential funding to arts education initiatives delivered by UPAF Member Groups, touching the lives of over 100,000 students each year.
“UPAF serves an incredible and imperative role in making the arts more accessible for all of Southeastern Wisconsin, especially our children,” said Frank P. Crivello, Chairman & Founder of Phoenix Investors. “UPAF’s wide reach, admirable mission, and undeniable impact on our youth and the whole of our cultural identity are more than worthy of our support, especially amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We are so fortunate to have Phoenix Investors in our community,” said Deanna Tillisch, UPAF president & CEO. “Frank Crivello and his team have made a tremendous commitment to improving lives in neighborhoods across our region through their support of UPAF Bright Minds. During difficult times, arts education and outreach programming is often the first to be reduced or eliminated. Support from organizations like Phoenix Investors is of the utmost importance to ensure that arts education remains a critical part of students’ lives.”
The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) has been setting the stage since 1967 by providing critical investment in our region’s vibrant performing arts scene. UPAF’s mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2019 UPAF raised more than $11.9 million to support the area’s performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator’s highest distinction for nonprofits – a four-star rating – and is the No. 1 united arts fund in the country in terms of dollars raised.
As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 14 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates. More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.
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