Lisa Weisman Hired as Senior Development Director at UPAF

by Jacob Coakley

 Lisa Weisman will start as senior development director immediately.Lisa Weisman’s fundraising efforts will focus on Waukesha County for the United Performing Arts Fund. She will be instrumental in implementing fundraising programs, managing the Westside and Financial Divisions of UPAF's 2015 Campaign, and growing UPAF's geographic footprint.

United Performing Arts Fund Hires Senior Development Director
UPAF continues engagement in Waukesha County

Milwaukee, WI (October 16, 2014) -The United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF), the largest united fund in the country for the performing arts, has hired Lisa Weisman as senior director of development. Weisman's focus will be concentrated in Waukesha County, where she will be instrumental in implementing fundraising programs, managing the Westside and Financial Divisions of UPAF's 2015 Campaign, and growing UPAF's geographic footprint.

Weisman comes to UPAF with an extensive background in fundraising.  She has 25 years of experience in nonprofit development, marketing and leadership. Most recently, Weisman was director of campaign and corporate development at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Other previous positions include major gifts officer at the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and founding executive director of the first Best Buddies chapter in Wisconsin.

"The 2014 Campaign marks the second year of significant effort to connect Waukesha County to UPAF and the performing arts community in the greater Milwaukee area," stated Debra Schmidt, chief development officer at UPAF. "We are thrilled to continue these efforts with Lisa as the newest member of our team. She comes to UPAF with great enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit, networking skills and strong Westside connections that will enhance the impact UPAF has on the performing arts in our community."

This announcement comes on the heels of UPAF's success in the 2014 Campaign. UPAF exceeded its 2014 Campaign goal for Waukesha County raising a total of $1,603,765. This is 7 percent more than the original Westside goal of $1.5 million.

Exceeding the Westside goal is a direct result of UPAF's efforts to engage Waukesha County in supporting the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. These efforts include membership in the Waukesha County Business Alliance, as well as hosting a dedicated Westside UPAF Campaign Kickoff in March of 2014. UPAF also supported three Westside performing arts organizations as Affiliates in 2014 - the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Sunset Playhouse and Wisconsin Philharmonic.

About UPAF 
The United Performing Arts Fund's mission is to secure community resources, promote the performing arts as a regional asset and improve the quality of life through responsible investment in and financial support of the performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin. Our vision is to shape a diverse, vibrant and sustainable cultural life for all. In 2014 UPAF's Annual Campaign raised more than $11.7 million dollars to support the area's vibrant performing arts environment. UPAF proudly bears Charity Navigator's highest distinction for nonprofits - a four-star rating.

As an umbrella organization, UPAF supports a breadth of performing arts groups that collectively offer something for everyone through its 15 Member Groups and numerous Affiliates. More than one million people are touched each year through performances, educational outreach, special events and community partnerships.