Annual Report 2020

Milwaukee Habitat Homeowner, Haynie Smith, shares his journey to safe, affordable homeownership. Facing eviction early on in his adult life, Haynie built a foundation for a brighter future by partnering with Habitat for Humanity.

a word from our executive director

From all of us at Milwaukee Habitat we hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and safe through these difficult times. I want to thank each and every one of you who’ve given your time, talent and financial support since this outbreak began. As we’ve adapted to meet the needs of our community, know that your support is making it possible for families to have safe, affordable shelter during this pandemic. We couldn’t be more grateful.

When COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill in March, our organization wasn’t spared in its wake. Our ReStores, build sites and offices were temporarily forced to close. All the while, we knew the hardships of the pandemic were making matters even worse for local families struggling with overcrowded, unaffordable and unsafe housing. In this moment of unprecedented need the response was nothing short of extraordinary.

Staff jumped into action immediately developing protocols to reopen safely and sustainably. Volunteers who couldn’t build during the shutdown pivoted to help distribute masks to those in need. Supporters demonstrated the true spirit of neighborly love by giving generously. It took each and every one of you. Know that we don’t take your kindness for granted.

While it wasn’t the build season we expected going into 2020, 51 families found safety, security and independence because of your support this year. With the tremendous dedication of this community behind us, we’re poised for an even more impactful 2021. We’ll begin raising the walls of new homes in Harambee, help even more homeowners in need of affordable, critical home repair, and open a new ReStore in Franklin.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and all of the families’ lives you’ve touched this year, thank you. Seeing this community come together to support one another has been the light we all need to get through this. You truly embody Habitat’s mission: putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.

With Gratitude,
Brian Sonderman

Vanessa, of Habitat for Humanity El Salvador, Shares Milwaukee Habitat’s Impact in 2020.
New Milwaukee Habitat Homeowner, Krysten, is putting a personal touch on her Midtown home. Watch this message she and her son, Ty, shared shortly after moving in.
Thanks to support from Thrivent and the local faith community, Bler and Ku were able to afford to build a brand new Habitat home in Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood. Volunteers and supporters joined a car parade to celebrate the family closing on their four-bedroom home.

Detailed Financial Audits: 2020 | 2019

Milwaukee Habitat extends its deep gratitude to the following individuals, churches, corporations, foundations and other organizations making donations of $1,000 and above.*

City of Milwaukee – HOME Funds

Bader Philanthropies

Accunet Mortgage / Brian & Rebekah Wickert
Friendship House
Sargento Foods

Argosy Foundation
Estate of Ruth Betty Zillman
Habitat for Humanity International – SHOP Program, Build-A-Thon
Kohl’s Cares

2 Anonymous
Brewers Community Foundation
The Janet M. Buchen Revocable Trust of 1995
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
Trepte Family Fund through Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Wells Fargo Housing Foundation
Zilber Family Foundation

1 Anonymous
Catherine Klokner Revocable Trust
Focus on Energy
The Harley-Davidson Foundation
Home Depot Foundation
David & Susan Ogden
Ray & Kay Eckstein Charitable Trust
Stormy Hill Foundation
Trainer Family Foundation
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

3 Anonymous
American Family Dreams Foundation
Chris Bauer & DeeDee Pellegrin
BMO Harris Bank
Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation
Crossroads Presbyterian Church
Ellamae Siebert Foundation
First Weber Group Foundation
Gladys E. Gores Charitable Foundation
Habitat 500 – Friends of Donna Kummer
Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation
Jerome J. & Dorothy H. Holz Family Foundation
John Shelton Trust
Johnson Controls Foundation
Ted & Mary Kellner
Terry & Kristie Kurtenbach
Marsha Ernst Krueger Charitable Fund through Greater Milwaukee Foundation
William & Marian Nasgovitz
Old National Bank Foundation
UPS Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation
Ronald & Diana Waterman
Wauwatosa Avenue United Methodist Church
We Energies Foundation
American Roller Bearing Co. ‡

2 Anonymous
Anon Charitable Trust
AXA Equitable Foundation
Lois Bernard
Dave & Susan Bohl
William & Barbara Boles
Ray & Leah Brandt
CCM CD27 Investment fund
Continental Properties Co.
Richard Cudahy, Jr.
The Estate of Kristine Schmidt
Ken & Cindy Gear
Clark & Priscilla Higgins
Andrew & Courtney Hyzer
Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Jill & George Fahr Charitable Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of the Bradley Impact Fund
JPMorgan Chase
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
CJ Kim
The Kroger Co. Foundation
Mandel Group
Yvonne Manning
Margery Holley Uihlein Fund through the American Endowment Foundation
Milwaukee Bucks
Nasgovitz Family Foundation
Paul & Kathy Oman
John Perrin & Julie Jorns
PNC Foundation
David & Corrie Prunuske
Ralph Evinrude Foundation
Rexnord Foundation
Scot Forge ‡
Philip Sonderman
Southwestern Manufacturing ‡
Stackner Family Foundation
Thomas & Susan Quadracci Family Fund Charitable Foundation
Three Holy Women Catholic Parish
David & Joan Totten
Trade Tech ‡
WaterStone Bank
Mark & Sally Winkelman
Zurn, a Rexnord Company

1 Anonymous
A.M. Castle & Co. ‡
Accurate Metal Products ‡
Francisco Aguilar & Betty Ross Aguilar
Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation
American Tank & Fabricating ‡
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
AWC Manufacturing LP ‡
Karl & Nancy Byleen
Conductix Wampfler ‡
CoreLogic Solutions
David & Diane Berg Family Charitable Trust
Robert & Lainie DeJong
Engman-Taylor Co. ‡
Erie Insurance
David Feiss & Patty Hanz
Louis & Michele Gentine
Jason & April Hansen
Richard Harbecke
Heather Harris
Harris Family Dental
Andy Heuer & Pairin Hongsoongnern
Industrial Maintenance Welding & Machining Co. ‡
Johnson Controls
Johnson Financial Group
Kloeckner Metals Corp. ‡
Linda J. Diedrich Designated Fund through Greater Milwaukee Foundation
George Loxton & Sherry Postma Loxton
Mainman Charitable Fund at Schwab
Matric Group ‡
Mike & Carol McIntyre
Meurer Co. ‡
Michael Best & Friedrich ‡
Dale Mittelstaedt
MLG Capital
Sandra Molenda
Anne Neafie
Ernest & Kia Nicolas
Nucor ‡
OEM Fabricators ‡
Parker Hannifin Corp. ‡
Pieper Electric / Ideal Mechanical
Warren & Ann Pierson
Powers Realty Group
Product Service & Manufacturing ‡
RBC Bearings ‡
Julia Savich
Ronald & Gerri Seiser
Shorewest Realtors – South Metro Office
Stalle Realty Group
The Starr Group
The Timken Co. ‡
Total Mechanical
Trinity Episcopal Church
United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay
Greg & Ann Van Dunk
Viking Electric ‡
Weiss Family Foundation
Weldall Manufacturing ‡
Jeremy & Sara Wesemann
Wilbert & Genevieve Schauer Foundation
Wimmer Communities
Womack Machine Supply Co. ‡

5 Anonymous
AG Architecture
Anixter ‡
Aqua Fund at Fidelity Charitable
George & Julianne Archibald
AT&T Wisconsin
Robert Ater
Rachel Aufforth Johnson
Matt Barkow
Bensdorf & Abramson ‡
Fred & Karen Bersch
Thomas & Elissa Bolger
Richard Bradley
Briggs & Stratton
Chris & Kelly Calvelli
Diane Carr
CBRE Foundation
Craig & Diane Cepukenas
Tom Chiapusio
Coil Manufacturing ‡
Cole Family Charities
Colliers International
Russell & Susan Darrow
Dave & Gael Romoser Charitable Fund
Andrew DeGuire & Nikki Sohm DeGuire
Victor & Jean Delisle
Eric & Lynn Delzer
Dorothy Dieter
Divine Mercy Congregation
Reed Dohmen
Dohmen Co. Foundation
Wolfgang & Barbara Dorner
James & Doris Durdan
Jay Edmundson & Andrew Warner
The Estate of Charles & Natalie Moritz
Evan & Marion Helfaer Foundation
Katie Falk
Falk Ruvin Gallagher Real Estate Team
Andy Feiring & Florence Steinberger
Fiduciary Real Estate Development
Jan Fox
Karlene Fox
Glenn & Laura Goergen
Andrea Golvach
Jim & Judy Goodwin
Eoin & Megan Gorman
Craig & Kimberly Hahn
Halvorsen Boiler & Engineering Co. ‡
Jon & Ann Hammes
Benjamin Haos
Wally Helget
Dianna Higgins
Rose-Marie Hoffmann
Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
Marianne Hondel
John & Susan Hrobar
Domnik Israel & Joyce Squire-Israel
Jack & Lucy Rosenberg Donor Advised Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation
Kathleen Jacobson
JADCO Manufacturing ‡
Nancy Jaeger
Joe & Jody Jakubiak
James & Kathleen McClure Fund
David & Mary Lee Johnson
Johnson Controls Charity Trust Account
Jane & Thomas Kammerait
Daniel Karrels
Kathleen Karrer
Donald Kerber
Daniel & Nancy Kiernan
Serendipity Fund
Mike & Maureen Klein
John Koeble
Krizek Family Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of the Bradley Impact Fund
Joe & Jenna Kroner
Bill & Christie Krugler
Doug & Barb Lackey
Lakefront Title
Janine Lau
The Len & Pat Quadracci Family Fund
Patricia & Steven Lipscomb
LISC – Local Initiatives Support Corp.
Benjamin Lombard
Wayne Lueders
Lynch Family Charitable Fund
Joan Maas
Vincent & Janet Martin
Mary Pauly Lacy Foundation
Daniel & Ada McAdams
Ann McDonald
Tim & Cindy Melis
J.M. Merrell-Beech
Michael & JoAnn Culp Youngman Charitable Fund
Brett Miller
MK Cellular
Robert & Barbara Monnat
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius ‡
Mortenson Construction
Rob & Olivia Myers
Mary Ellen Nash
Brian Nelson
Nelson Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable
Stanley & Deanna Nelson
New Berlin Lions Club
Grant Niemann
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart ‡
Park Bank Foundation
John & Suzanne Paschal
Bob & Bonnie Patton
Peck Foundation, Milwaukee
Peter & Linda Hotz Charitable Fund
Paul Plakut
Larry & Kathi Rambo
Anthony & Jean Reis
Revision Development
Matthew & Marianne Robbins
James & Kay Schinker
Michael & Barbara Schulte
Amy Scott
John & Kelly Seaman
Jerry Serketich
Elisabeth Shock
Scott Silet
Brie Skolaski
Thomas & Iphigenia Smith
Sommerhauser Foundation
Amanda Stahmann
James & Rosalind Stanke
Mary Kay Strachota
Dean & Stephanie Sulok
Christopher Swain
Scott & Sally Swick
Holly Tamm
David & Judy Thayer
Town Bank / Wintrust Mortgage
Jim & Jean Ellen Trubshaw
U.S. Bank
Camp & Betty Van Dyke
Don & Jane Vaughan
Robert & Ellen Venable
Voelz-Neall Charitable Fund
von Briesen & Roper
Tim Wallen
Steve & Amy Wexler
Allan & Elizabeth Wheeler
Whiteglove Home Inspection
Wiberg Family Fund through Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Dave & Connie Wick
Gerald & Judith Wille
Nancy Zabriskie
Judith Zetting

Thank you to donors who supported our mission via contributions to the following:
Advocate Aurora Health Team Members
AT&T United Way Employee Giving
Benevity Community Impact Fund
The Church Coalition
Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee
Elkay Employee Giving
Facebook Charitable Giving
GE United Way Campaign
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Habitat for Humanity – Cars for Homes
IBM Corp. Employee Giving
Immanuel Presbyterian Church Alternative Christmas Market
J.P. Morgan Chase Employee Giving
Komatsu Employee Giving
Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity Employee Giving
Network for Good
The Presbyterian Church Coalition
Paypal Giving Fund
Thrivent Choice
Thrivent Faith Build
Travelers Employee Giving
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
United Way of Metro Chicago
U.S. Bank Employee Giving
Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church Alternative Christmas Market
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign

A.O. Smith
Corporation for National & Community Service – AmeriCorps
Foley & Lardner
Johnson Controls
Lannon Stone Products
Master Lock
Milwaukee Tool
Quarles & Brady
Wago Corporation
We Energies
Zurn, A Rexnord Company

‡ Komatsu Supplier Golf Tournament

  • Reflects donations from July 1, 2018-June 30, 2020. All effort has been made to ensure accuracy. We apologize for errors or omissions. Contact Andy Heuer, Development Director, 414-316-8695,