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Cap Times' Evjue Foundation awards $1.45 million to UW, area nonpro

The Capital Times' charitable arm, The Evjue Foundation, announced Wednesday that its directors have approved more than $1.4 million in grants to 86 area nonprofits plus funding for 27 programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Included in the grants is $150,000 for the ambitious "Justified Anger" initiative unveiled last week that was created to address the troubling racial inequities that have been stubborn problems in Madison and Dane County.
That project, run under the auspices of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, and the 85 other community nonprofits will share $1,093,000 in grants while the UW-Madison will receive $358,000 for its selected projects during the coming year, many of them related to the Wisconsin Idea of taking the university to the people of the state.
As has been its tradition, the foundation distributed its available funds to numerous area organizations that focus on children's education, the arts and other social service causes. Among those grants is a $75,000 grant for scholarships to students attending Madison College named in honor of John H. "Jack" Lussier, the longtime president of the Evjue Foundation.
The foundation's finances are derived from the controlling stock in The Capital Times Co. held by the late William T. Evjue, the founder and longtime editor and publisher of the newspaper. The community and the university have received gifts and grants totaling more than $52 million since the death of Mr. Evjue in 1970.
Mr. Evjue established the foundation before his death, but it was the provision in his will to distribute the income from his controlling stock in the newspaper back to the community that accelerated the giving. The grants represent a significant portion of the profits of The Capital Times Co., which is locally owned.
The William T. Evjue Charitable Trust, which holds Mr. Evjue's controlling stock in the newspaper company, distributes the income from that stock and other investments to the foundation, which in turn makes decisions about where the money will be distributed.
The foundation board consists of 15 directors. Seven are from The Capital Times Co.: Lussier, Clayton Frink, Dave Zweifel, Nancy Gage, Paul Fanlund, Jim Lussier and Laura Lussier-Lee. Four of the directors represent the UW Foundation — Jerome Frautschi, Marion Brown, Vince Sweeney and Mark LeFebvre — and four represent the Madison Community Foundation: Kathleen Woit, Steve Mixtacki, Bob Sorge and Jim Bradley. Pam Wells is the foundation's executive director and is in charge of its administration.
Here is a complete list of the 2015 grants:

UW grants

School of Journalism and Mass Communications — $10,000 for the annual William T. Evjue keynote address at the school's Ethics Center conference.
Wisconsin Idea Tour — $9,000 to help w ith expenses for the annual trip around the state to acquaint new faculty members with Wisconsin and the significance of the Wisconsin Idea.
Global Arts and Community Development — $6,500 to bring Meeta Sandeep, an internationally known community development advocate, to campus for two weeks of lectures and workshops in fall 2015.
Waisman Center — $11,500 to enhance exam rooms to minimize light and sound issues that can hinder treatment of the developmentally disabled.
UW Campus Child Care — $20,000 for improvements to the Discovery Garden to create a natural playground at the Waisman Center.
UW Odyssey Project — $25,200 in continued support of the project, which offers adults near the federal poverty level a chance to start college for free.
UW Press — $19,200 for Evjue internships in writing, editing and publishing.
Center for the Humanities — $26,000 in support of innovative Wisconsin Idea programs including a "Public Humanities Summer Institute" intended to connect graduate students to Madison.
UW Law School — $14,800 to help support the Wisconsin Innocence Project aimed at identifying wrongful convictions.
UW Dance Department — $11,000 for its "Performing Ourselves" program, a unique outreach effort to bring dance to low-income neighborhoods.
School of Human Ecology — $10,000 for its "Covering Kids and Families-Wisconsin" program, which helps low-income people obtain health care coverage.
UW Infant Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Program — $9,200 to assist the program, which seeks to identify mental health problems in young children.
UW School of Music — $3,600 for the "Your Body is Your Strad" summer institute for professional and graduate musicians, dancers, actors and cellists.
Center for the Study of the American Constitution — $9,000 for center director John Kaminski's project studying the history of the Constitution's ratification.
The Writing Center — $17,165 for the Madison Writing Assistance Program, which helps Madison-area residents use the written word to enhance their lives.
Madison Early Music Festival — $8,300 for its program, which brings world-class performers and teachers of early music to campus.
Wisconsin Union Theater — $17,000 for its world music programming during the coming academic school year.
UW Chemistry Department — $2,100 to help support its 2016 Wisconsin crystal growing competition and lecture tour.
UW School of Education — $3,000 to support its cooperative children's book center used by the campus child care system.
Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs — $9,840 to support internships in students' majors during their sophomore years.
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth — $17,000 to provide funds for the academically talented to attend residential summer programs.
Morgridge Center for Public Service — $11,000 to help fund the transportation costs incurred by students who volunteer to work at nonprofits during the school year. Some 1,500 students are involved.
Lily's Fund for Epilepsy Research — $5,000 to help support administration of this volunteer-run program, which assists children with epilepsy.
Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) — $10,200 to help make this unique UW project more digitally accessible.
Chancellor's Office — $14,395 to be used by Chancellor Rebecca Blank for worthy programs that may need help during the coming school year.
UW Foundation — $48,000 in general support of the foundation to be used for various programs at the university.
UW System — $10,000 in discretionary funds for the UW System president.

Community grants

Access Community Health Centers — $15,000 in general support of the centers' medical and dental care for low-income patients.
African Association of Madison — $1,000 to help defray the costs of Africa Fest 2015.
Agrace Hospice Care — $20,000 toward Agrace's campaign to raise money to provide hospice care to younger, mostly low-income adults who have no insurance yet face end-of-life issues.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center — $5,000 in support of the center's educational mission of teaching young people about the beauty and utility of the outdoors.
Allied Neighborhood Wellness Center — $2,500 to help cover costs of the center, which serves neighborhood residents.
Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society — $1,000 in support of the society’s annual concerts.
Badger Childhood Cancer Network — $1,000 to help cover the costs of a monthly support group for the families of children in the Madison area who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County — $10,000 in general support of the club’s activities throughout the Madison area in working with young people.
Briarpatch Youth Services — $5,000 in support of the Youth Peer Court alternative for troubled youth.
Children’s Theater of Madison — $5,000 in general support of the theater company’s annual productions.
Clean Lakes Alliance — $5,000 to help with the alliance’s ambitious programs to clean up Madison’s lakes.
Center for Families — $5,000 in general support of the center, which houses four nonprofits that help at-risk families.
Center for Resilient Cities — $5,000 to help fund a summer Hmong language and culture enrichment program.
Centro Hispano of Dane County — $5,000 to help fund a south-side summer soccer tournament series to be held at Penn Park.
Common Wealth Development Inc. — $5,000 toward its youth-business program that teaches young people about financial realities.
Community Service Center Inc. — $5,000 to help the several organizations that share the center’s facilities meet expenses and provide services.
Community Shares of Wisconsin — $15,000 in support of the organization’s second “Big Share” event, which teaches small nonprofits how to use and leverage social media.
Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission — $75,000 to help support various arts and music programs for children in schools throughout Dane County.
Dane County School Supplies for Kids — $3,000 to help purchase school supplies for disadvantaged children.
Dane Dances! — $5,000 to help defray expenses for the annual dances on top of the Monona Terrace Convention Center, which draw a diverse audience.
Dimensions in Sound and the Studio Orchestra — $1,000 in general support of its six concerts throughout the city.
Edgewood College — $30,000 to support the college’s program for recruiting and providing scholarship help to students of color from the Dane County area.
Fighting Bob Fest — $15,000 to help underwrite the annual political chautauqua of speakers and programs to honor the legacy of the progressive Wisconsin leader Robert “Fighting Bob” LaFollette.
Fishing Has No Boundaries — $1,000 in general support of the organization’s work to provide fishing spots on Madison-area lakes that are accessible for people with disabilities.
Forward Looking Youth and Young Adults — $10,000 toward the organization’s education programs for high-risk or adjudicated teens.
Forward Theater Co. — $10,000 in general support of the community theater’s work in Madison.
Foundation for Madison’s Public Schools — $25,000 to fund several grants for interesting and unique programs initiated and conducted in classrooms.
Friends of the Nels P. Evjue School Forest — $10,000 to support maintenance of the forest near Merrill donated to the school district by William T. Evjue in honor of his father, Nels.
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television — $15,000 toward showings and presentations to racially diverse audiences of its recently completed documentary on Vel Phillips, Wisconsin’s first African-American constitutional officer.
Gathering Waters — $5,000 toward the group’s program promoting public land trusts and ensuring their protection.
Goodman Community Center — $5,000 toward the center’s annual programming.
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium — $1,000 toward a program at the Goodman Community Center to teach art skills to disadvantaged students.
Good Neighbors Personal Essentials Pantry — $2,500 to provide household essentials to poor families who don’t have budgets to afford them.
Habitat for Humanity — $15,000 in general support of the organization, which builds and remodels low-cost housing throughout Dane County.
Independent Living — $15,000 in general support of the nonprofit’s work w ith the elderly in Dane County.
Literacy Network — $10,000 in general support of the network’s programs to teach people to read.
Lussier Community Education Center — $20,000 in general support of the community center’s work with young people and families on the city’s west side.
MATC Foundation Inc. — $75,000 to underwrite scholarships — to be named in honor of John H. Lussier — for financially needy students at Madison Area Technical College (now known as Madison College).
Madison Children’s Museum — $10,000 in general support of the museum’s programs and exhibits.
Madison Community Foundation — $48,000 in general support of the foundation.
Madison Jazz Society — $1,000 to help underwrite the society’s annual Capital City Jazz festival.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art — $5,000 in general support of the downtown art museum.
Madison Music Collective — $1,000 for its annual programming.
Madison Public Library Foundation — $10,000 to help underwrite the library’s sponsorship of Madison’s annual book festival.
Madison Symphony Orchestra — $15,000 in general support of the orchestra’s work and programs to attract young people.
Make Music Madison — $5,000 in support of the annual summer solstice citywide celebration of music featuring hundreds of musicians at numerous venues.
Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Madison and Dane County — $5,000 to help defray the costs of the annual MLK Jr. program at Overture Center.
Mentoring Positives — $10,000 to help the Worthington Park area organize and host several community programs for families and children.
Middleton Outreach Ministry — $8,000 to help support the ministry’s food pantry.
North-Eastside Senior Coalition — $1,000 in general support of the coalition’s work with senior citizens.
OccuPaws Guide Dog Association — $2,000 toward the association’s work to train guide dogs for the disabled.
Opera for the Young — $1,000 in support of its presentation of “Beauty and the Beast” for young people in the Madison area.
Operation Fresh Start — $5,000 in general support of the nonprofit’s work with at-risk young people to learn a trade and earn their high school diplomas.
Overture Center Foundation — $10,000 to help cover the costs of arts programs for K-12 children in an effort to expand their know ledge.
PEBOGA — $1,000 to People Building Opportunity Through Grace and Action to help support the organization’s fall gospel music fest at Madison College.
Porchlight Inc. — $20,000 to help support the organization’s ambitious program to expand services and aid for the homeless in Madison.
REAP Food Group — $20,000 in general support of REAP’s program to provide food for needy people in the Madison area.
RSVP of Dane County — $5,000 toward the organization’s work connecting young people and senior citizens.
Satellite Family Child Care — $3,000 toward the organization’s work in accrediting and aiding independent child care operations in the area.
Second Harvest Food Bank — $25,000 in general support of the food bank’s pantries.
Simpson Street Free Press — $15,000 to help fund the youth newspaper’s efforts to engage more students in the after-school academic program.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul — $10,000 to help purchase food for the society’s food pantry on Fish Hatchery Road.
StartingBlock Madison — $50,000 to support the group’s work to build a 50,000-square-foot hub for entrepreneurs on the 800 block of East Washington Avenue.
Tellurian UCAN Inc. — $10,000 in support of the nonprofit’s work to address alcohol and drug abuse problems.
The Madison Institute — $1,000 in general support of its annual speakers’ program.
The Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development — $150,000 toward the Justified Anger coalition, which seeks to end racial inequities in Dane County.
The Rainbow Project Inc. — $10,000 to help support the project’s work with young families.
The Road Home Dane County — $10,000 in support of its efforts to provide opportunities for homeless children and their families.
Token Creek Chamber Music Festival — $1,000 in general support of the annual music series.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County — $10,000 in support of UCP’s programs to provide after-school activities for young people with disabilities.
University Avenue Discovery Center Preschool — $2,500 to help provide day care for low-income families.
Urban League of Greater Madison — $10,000 in general support of the Urban League’s many community and educational programs.
Vera Court Neighborhood Center — $2,500 toward programming for the affiliated Bridge Lake Point Waunona Neighborhood Center.
Verona Area Needs Network — $10,000 to help expand the group’s food pantry.
VSA Wisconsin — $2,000 for the organization’s arts and music program for people with disabilities.
Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs — $2,000 to help cover the costs to train service dogs that will be placed in the Madison area.
Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters — $10,000 to support the academy’s high-quality publication, Wisconsin People and Ideas.
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism — $20,000 in general support of the center, which produces investigative journalism and disseminates the results to the public through media partners.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra — $12,000 in general support of the annual Concerts on the Square.
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families — $25,000 to assist in the council’s ongoing efforts to identify and reduce racial inequities, including an expansion of that effort to include Dane County’s Hispanic communities.
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign — $20,000 in general support of the group’s work to compile information about political campaign finances.
Wisconsin Historical Foundation — $15,000 contribution to support the society’s high-quality Wisconsin History magazine.
Wisconsin Institute of Youth Journalism — $5,000 to support the summer internship program, which links interested minority students with the professional news media.
Women’s Medical Fund — $5,000 to help the fund’s work to provide health services to needy women.
Workers Rights Center — $5,000 toward the center’s project to investigate working conditions and other issues faced by Latino immigrants in the area.
YWCA Madison — $10,000 toward the organization’s YWebCA program, which provides job instruction in information technology geared toward women and people of color.

Agrace Adds Julia Arata-Fratta as Director

Julia Arata-Fratta PhotoMADISON, Wis. – Agrace, Wisconsin's largest nonprofit community hospice and palliative care agency, has appointed Julia Arata-Fratta to its board of directors.

Agrace provides specialized care and support to patients and their families facing serious illness. The Agrace Board is responsible for the operations of the organization of nearly 550 employees and 1,000 volunteers, and guides the delivery of care to patients and families.

Arata-Fratta is a supervisor in the tax and business services department of Wegner CPAs. She is a city of Fitchburg Alderperson, past president of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Dane County, and Founder member of the Latino Professional Association of Greater Madison. She also sits on the board of United Way of Dane County and is a past board member for the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and Centro Hispano of Dane County.

Arata-Fratta earned a bachelor of business administration degree from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina and an MBA in international business from Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw,Ga.

"Through her extensive leadership and public service, Julia has demonstrated her commitment to our community and its diverse needs," said Lynne Myers, Agrace president and CEO. "We are fortunate to be able to call upon her expertise as Agrace continues to expand our outreach and make our care more accessible to the local Latino community and other underserved populations in southern Wisconsin."

For more information about Agrace, call (608) 276-4660 or visit

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves more than 650 patients every day in southern Wisconsin.


Agrace Adds Directors to Foundation Board

MADISON, Wis. – Agrace, Wisconsin's largest nonprofit community hospice and palliative care agency, has appointed Gerald "Jay" Everard, Brenda González and Carol Koby to the Agrace Foundation Board, for terms beginning June 18.

Agrace provides specialized care and support to patients and their families facing serious illness. The Agrace Foundation Board guides fundraising, helping to meet the current and future needs of the organization.

Gerald Everard

Gerald "Jay" Everard
Everard is senior vice president, wealth management advisor, for US Bank. He advises many charitable organizations, including the UW Foundation, in managing their deferred giving programs. He is the Treasurer of the Wisconsin Planned Giving Council and is a former member of the board of trustees for Edgewood High School, Madison. Everard holds a doctor of law degree from UW–Madison and a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Norbert College, where he also serves on the alumni board of directors.


Brenda Gonzalez

Brenda González
González is the community care manager for Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin. She has more than a dozen years' experience working on access to health care for linguistically isolated groups. She has a breadth of experience providing training and technical assistance on issues of health equity, cultural competence and community building. González served as health equity career development coordinator for the UW-Madison Collaborative Center for Health Equity. She sits on the boards of directors for the Urban League of Greater Madison and United Way of Dane County. She has a degree in social psychology from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and studied speech pathology/linguistics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Carol Koby

Carol Koby
Koby is executive producer and host of All About Living and Living Minutes, local radio programs broadcast by Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Madison. Koby is a former women's director and reporter for WITI-TV Channel 6 in Milwaukee and consumer advocate for WKOW-TV in Madison. She also moderated the Picture of Health cable television series for University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She holds a bachelor's degree in communication arts directed toward broadcasting and a master's degree in continuing education with a focus on women and health, both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

"We are delighted to have these diverse, active community leaders join the Agrace Foundation Board and continue Agrace's legacy of supporting our community with exceptional hospice and palliative care services," said Lynne Myers, Agrace president and CEO. "The work of the Agrace Foundation helps ensure that Agrace can continue to serve people from every walk of life who need our care, regardless of who they are or whether they can pay."

For more information about Agrace, call (608) 276-4660 or visit

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves more than 650 patients every day in southern Wisconsin.


First-ever “Gala on the Green” Fundraiser to Benefit Local Patients Served by Agrace

GOTG shareonfbimageJANESVILLE, Wis. – On Saturday, May 30, Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care will host a fun, new opportunity for the community to support Agrace's mission. Gala on the Green is a formal affair for all Agrace supporters in the ballroom of the Janesville Country Club.

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Janesville Country Club, 2615 W. Memorial Drive, Janesville. Guests will enjoy a stylish night filled with cocktails, gourmet dining, great prizes, a putting contest and live music by The Godeans. Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased by May 20.

Gala on the Green will include a silent auction with dozens of fantastic donated items, as well as a live auction led by Bob Johnson of Badger State Auction and Real Estate. Attendees can bid for the chance to win:

  • a quarter side of beef from Arndt Farms, Inc.,
  • a summer golfing package with foursomes at seven of Wisconsin's most elite golf courses and
  • an Ultimate Sports Fan package, featuring the choice of MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL regular-season tickets or PGA Tournament tickets, plus a three-night hotel stay and airfare for two.

To purchase tickets for Gala on the Green, call Agrace at (608) 755-1871 or register online at by May 20.

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves more than 650 patients every day throughout southern Wisconsin.


Agrace endowment committee: Working for a dignified death for all

In some sense, societies are measured by how they treat their most disadvantaged, particularly dying individuals. A dignified death for all might seem like a hopelessly unrealistic goal, but we are writing to the citizens of Dane and surrounding counties to say this is attainable, and that citizens in these counties can contribute to making this ideal a reality.

Most of you are familiar with Agrace, the nonprofit organization that provides palliative and end-of-life care to approximately 650 individuals a day in Dane, Rock, Sauk, Green, Iowa, Columbia, Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties. Agrace patients receive care in their own homes or at a residential facility, and these critical services are typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. Tragically, some are ineligible for various reasons, such as age or government approval delays. Consequently, these individuals cannot pay for part or all of the services they need and deserve.

This is where Agrace's Care for All steps in. Over the last five years, the program has given hospice and palliative care to hundreds of these patients in our community. There was the 14-year-old daughter of a farm couple, who exhausted their resources trying to help their daughter and alleviate her pain. Care for All allowed her to spend her last days in the Ellen and Peter Johnson HospiceCare Residence, where she passed away under expert medical care and surrounded by family. There was the young couple with two small children whose insurance policy's hospice coverage was inadequate. Care for All enabled the husband, dying of brain cancer, to spend his last 15 days at home with his wife and kids. There was the Vietnam veteran who had no resources or family. Care for All ensured his last days were lived with dignity.

We expect this program to incur annual expenses of about $750,000 per year going forward, which is why we are making an effort to raise awareness of Care for All now, and have created an endowment program. We are seeking to create an endowment $15 million, which will annually generate the $750,000 necessary to sustain the program into the future. In order to show its Care for All commitment and to initiate the endowment, which we expect to complete by 2019, Agrace will contribute $2 million.

Creating an endowment has several advantages for individual donors and Agrace, but, most importantly, for the patients. For example, donors will know that their contributions will not serve a one-time need, but will be utilized again and again for the benefit of Care for All patients. Moreover, donors recognize that Agrace's successful, 37-year history proves it is fully capable of efficiently managing and maximizing their contributions in perpetuity.

In conclusion, this endowment campaign addresses an issue that spans societal boundaries, and raises a fundamental question about our community and perhaps ourselves: How do we treat the most disadvantaged among us when they are dying? The committee believes our community can indeed treat these people well, and are willing to extend our utmost efforts to ensure Agrace can continue to provide this fundamental right to all. If you agree, please join with us in creating a Care for All endowment that will make this ideal a reality for decades to come.

Agrace Care for All Endowment Campaign Committee: Linn Roth and Jean Martinelli, co-chairs, and members Dr. Lou Bernhardt, Dan Bertler, Bill Buglass, Casey FitzRandolph, Bill Fuhrman, David Knoche, Pete Lundberg, Gary Molz, Kristine Moses, Lynne Myers, Terry Murawski, Dr. Layton Rikkers, Tara Saleh, Michael Smith, Jeff Tews, Mike Van Sicklen, Mike Yaktus, Marcia Whittington, Courtney Polster, Tracy Buglass.

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