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Donate to Support Doors Open

10th Annual Doors Open Fundraiser

While this 10th anniversary of Doors Open looks different, we are still excited to showcase our wonderful city and celebrate our art, architecture and neighborhoods with you! In celebration of this great event, we would like to invite you to support Historic Milwaukee and show your pride for our city.

The past six months have been challenging for nonprofits that rely on in-person programs and tours for the majority of their revenue. At Historic Milwaukee, tours and programs make up 42% of our revenue.

We received a Payroll Protection Program forgivable loan of $37,100 in April and were awarded two other emergency grants: $7,500 from the Wisconsin Humanities Council and $6,200 from the Milwaukee Arts Board. Even with these grants, we are facing a budget shortfall of approximately $40,000 this year.

Since 1974, Historic Milwaukee has been delivering in-person tours and programs like Doors Open using a volunteer service delivery model, consider donating today.

Donation update: As part of the COVID-19 stimulus package passed by Congress, you are able to take a $300 charitable giving tax deduction, even if you don’t itemize your taxes.

$10: Give at this level and receive a Doors Open sticker. Tax deductible gift amount $10.

$50: Give at this level and receive a Doors Open pin. Tax deductible gift amount $50.

$100: Give at this level and receive a custom Historic Milwaukee print by Bay View Printing Co. Tax deductible gift amount $93.75.

$500: Give at this level and receive a custom Doors Open branded Polaroid Camera, created by Retrospekt. Tax deductible gift amount $432.

Retrospekt refurbishes instant film cameras, offering restored vintage models and launching new custom collaborations with both national and international brands—all released as official Polaroid products. Since 2008 they have pursued vintage electronics and the delight of analog technology, breathing new life into Polaroid and 35mm cameras, portable cassette players and classic gaming consoles from their home base in Milwaukee.

Retrospekt just moved to a new space in the Riverwest neighborhood. Formerly the original Frigidaire building built in the 1940s, they are joining Gathering Place Brewing Company and Red Schafer Mixed Martial Arts in what now exists as mixed used space. At 15,000 square feet, the new location will house the office and workshop with additional space to accommodate growth.