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Franklin Cumberbatch Promoted to Newly Created Role of Vice President for Engagement

Bader Philanthropies, Inc. has promoted staff member Frank Cumberbatch to the newly created role of Vice President for Engagement.  With the Foundation’s move to the Harambee neighborhood, the Bader Philanthropies Board of Directors confirmed the importance of creating a dedicated strategic role at the executive-level to spearhead the Foundation’s local engagement efforts.

Beginning September 1st, Mr. Cumberbatch will focus on the Foundation’s desire to enhance its capabilities around engagement. In his new position, he will be the architect and steward of the Foundation’s engagement strategy, involving stakeholders from the grassroots to local civic and philanthropic leaders.  In addition, Mr. Cumberbatch will continue to manage the construction of the new global headquarters which is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.

Mr. Cumberbatch brings more than 30 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Prior to joining the Bader Philanthropies team in 2016 as a Project Manager, Mr. Cumberbatch was focused on turning vacant foreclosed properties in the city into fully functioning homes for low-income families as the Program Manager with Acts Housing.  He also served as a Senior Assistant to Milwaukee Mayor, Tom Barrett and was a member of numerous startups.

“Bader Philanthropies continues to evolve as a global foundation with an enduring commitment to Milwaukee.  But, the time has come to bolster our capacity to engage our Harambee neighbors and local community partners in a cohesive way,” said Daniel J. Bader, Foundation president/CEO.  “Since joining the Bader Philanthropies team nearly 18 months ago, Frank’s thoughtful and strategic approach in building relationships throughout our community has deepened our roots and created new opportunities to transform our community which makes him perfectly suited for this role.”

Mr. Cumberbatch holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  His community involvement includes the Milwaukee Mustangs Track Club, Employ Milwaukee and BizStarts.

About Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

Milwaukee-based Bader Philanthropies, Inc. is a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. Through the Helen Daniels Bader Fund and the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund, the organization funds innovative projects and programs, convenes partners, and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas. Since its founding in 1992 as the Helen Bader Foundation, the organization has committed more than $265 million in grants and program related investments, such as PRIs and equity investments that advance its charitable mission. For more information on Bader Philanthropies, visit