Community Engagement

Our focus on the community is a staple of how we run our business. And while it starts with best practices in real estate development, it goes beyond this to where people live and work. We actively engage with, support, and provide leadership for a number of charitable organizations and causes. Our team is actively involved and commits their time to organizations that are important to the community and close to their hearts.

Pat Connaughton Foundation

Sports teach kids lessons that resonate with them long after their playing days are over. They learn translatable life skills such as hard work, teamwork, leadership, accountability, and discipline. Most importantly, they have fun. For these reasons, the Pat Connaughton Foundation is committed to making sports accessible to student athletes across the world. To date, the Pat Connaughton Foundation has built 4 basketball courts, they have 4 more in development, and plan to build 24 total courts. To learn more and to donate, visit www.patconnaughtonfoundation.org.

NAIOP

NAIOP Wisconsin is a chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, with over 400 members serving the State of Wisconsin. NAIOP is the leading organization for developers, owners and related professionals in retail, office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP advances responsible commercial real estate development and advocates for effective public policy. Our own Derek Taylor, Chief Operating Officer, is the President-Elect in 2023, an Executive Board Member, Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, and actively supports responsible commercial development and effective public policy.

JDRF

JDRF works to find better treatments, preventions, and ultimately a cure for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and its complications through critical research. This cause is near and dear to our President, John Ford, as his son Carson was diagnosed with T1D at 13 months old. John and his fundraising efforts over the years have now officially crossed the $105,000 raised mark. To learn more about T1D research and to donate, visit www.jdrf.org.

So Long to Leukemia

Since 2012, our Director of Accounting & Tax, Sarah Lemke, and her family have hosted the So Long to Leukemia golf outing to raise money in honor of Sarah’s Grandpa, Dave Miller, who passed from Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). To date, their fundraiser has raised over $315,000 which stays right here in Wisconsin helping patients and their families. This includes $1,000 in books donated for children and their families in the Blood Center Unit at Froedtert Hospital. To learn more about the organization and to donate, visit www.solongtoleukemia.org.

Habitat For Humanity

In the Spring of 2023, our team joined the Sargento Cheese group to support Habitat for Humanity on one of their builds in Milwaukee. Habitat for Humanity works in more than 70 countries and has helped over 39 million people improve their living conditions since 1976. It was truly an honor for our staff to join the cause, get their hands dirty, and support the local Milwaukee community. We’re excited to continue to support Habitat for Humanity!