Our Vision

All individuals, families and neighborhoods have the resources and opportunities to prosper.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of individuals, families, and neighborhoods by investing in nonprofit organizations to address basic needs and help ensure personal safety; increase access to social and economic opportunity; and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods.

Our History

The Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation, Inc. (dba Zilber Family Foundation) is a private, independent grantmaking institution founded by the late Joseph J. Zilber in 1961. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Joe Zilber attended Milwaukee public schools and Marquette University, where he met his wife, Vera. They lived and raised their children in Milwaukee, where Joe established Zilber Ltd., a residential and commercial real estate firm.

Today, the Zilber Family Foundation is the majority owner of Zilber Ltd., which continues to invest, build, and manage real estate throughout the country.

Our Impact

We are pleased to share the Foundation's impact reports, which highlight our investment in community.
     • 2020-2021: The Spirit of Community
     • 2022-2023: Impact Report

In 2022, the Foundation commissioned a Grantee Perception Report to get feedback from grantee partners on our performance and our relationship with their organizations. The survey is conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP), and contains a mix of quantitative and qualitative responses, benchmarked against peer funders who also work with CEP to administer the survey to their grantees. The Zilber Family Foundation’s full report can be found here.

Board of Directors

Marcy Jackson, President
James Janz, Vice President
Mark Madigan, Secretary
Shane Jackson, Treasurer
Melissa S. A. Jackson
Michael Mervis
Paul Tilleman
Marilyn Zilber

Foundation Staff

Gina Stilp, Executive Director
Lianna Bishop, Operations Director
Erin Frederick, Program Director
Demetria Smith, Senior Program Officer
Yalanda Ludtke, Program Officer
Meredith Trockman, Program Associate, Hawai`i


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