All members, honorary members, alumni and friends of the Milwaukee Choristers are encouraged to further the long-term financial health of the group by contributing to the legally independent entity The Milwaukee Choristers Foundation, Inc. that serves as the Choristers’ permanent endowment fund. Contributions may be made in various ways common to charitable organizations, including:

  • Cash or checks (payable to the “The Milwaukee Choristers Foundation, Inc.”)
  • Credit card via this website

  • Pledges, payable in installments as specified by the contributors
  • Transfers of appreciated property (such as stock)
  • Bequests
  • Charitable remainder trusts and other estate planning vehicles
  • All contributions and queries should be addressed to:

The Milwaukee Choristers Foundation, Inc.
1039 1st Avenue
Grafton, WI 53024
414-531-6783 |

The Milwaukee Choristers Foundation, Inc., was established in 2001. The Foundation board (see below) manages the funds and works with the Choristers to build the principal of the endowment. As of August 2017, the Foundation’s assets total about $110,000, with the long-term goal being $500,000. Well before that point, the Foundation foresees using income from the endowment to help the Choristers meet some of their expenses and undertake projects for which they currently lack the financial resources.

Major donors can establish sub-funds within the Foundation to support specific Chorister activities. For example, the family of the late Choristers Ed and Anne Ramsey donated $16,000 to encourage group camaradarie and, specifically, to contribute toward an annual “Ein Prosit Nacht.” The fund’s capital is preserved; grants to the Choristers are based on the annual return of the fund. Other such giving vehicles are under consideration.

The Foundation has been recognized as a corporation exempt from federal income taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and as such is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions to the extent permitted under applicable law and regulations.

Board of Directors

  • President: Jim Halverson of Wauwatosa; a software architect at Spider Logic, a division of Wipfli, LLP
  • Treasurer: Kerry Dews Barton of Milwaukee; a financial analyst at the Milwaukee-based mortgage insurance firm, MGIC
  • Secretary: John Emanuel of Whitefish Bay; an attorney at Husch Blackwell, LLP
  • Karen Engelhardt of Brookfield; a former teacher
  • Fred H. Gerlach of Tampa, Florida; a retired American diplomat, international business consultant and university instructor
  • Penny Hargarten of Wauwatosa; retired from Priority Title Corporation in Brookfield
  • Christopher Bruett of Wauwatosa; a Global Account Manager at Dell OEM Solutions