First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee Moves Forward With Campaign


For Immediate Release
October 3, 2022

Milwaukee, WI – In 1841 a call for “Citizens of Milwaukee” to meet at “early candlelight” to discuss forming a Unitarian congregation went out.  The results of that gathering lead to The First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee being formed in 1842 with forty members.

The congregation has faced various challenges throughout the years but with courage and action have continued to grow and thrive with many ministries and programs that influence their community and beyond.

Beginning August 2022, a series of fourteen focus group meetings were held to inform and inspire the congregation regarding the needs and opportunities to promote the vision and mission of the church.

The meetings were both informative for the congregation as well and providing excellent input and feedback for the leadership with excellent discussion regarding the establishing of a principal-protected endowment.

At the completion of the focus groups a campaign steering committee was formed and they moved immediately into the Advance Phase of the Forge Our Future campaign.   Co-Chairs Mark Chambers and Holly Patzer remarked;

“The focus groups were a critical first step in our campaign. The process provided us with significant and helpful insights about the hopes and dreams of the people of First Church.  Having listened carefully to this feedback we are communicating our needs even more clearly. We are very encouraged by the comments of those who attended and we are pursuing a successful campaign.”

Each of the individuals and families within the church will be contacted for a personal visit.  The church is enthusiastic and optimistic about its present and future and the eventual success of the campaign.

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee has asked James D. Klote & Associates to assist and guide their efforts.  First Church is an important part of the community and excited about their new opportunities for outreach and ministry to the community.

James D. Klote & Associates, Inc. Senior Campaign Director Glenn Wagner, is providing full time resident service.  With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Toronto, Ontario, James D. Klote & Associates is the largest full-time, on-site stewardship consulting firm in North America.  For additional information, please contact the firm at or (703) 532-7633.


Erin West
James D. Klote & Associates, Inc.

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