Joe Zilber with group of Milwaukee kids

About Us


The Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation, Inc. 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, Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation, Inc. is the majority owner of Zilber Ltd., which continues to invest, build, and manage real estate throughout the country.


The Zilber Family Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the well-being of individuals, families, and neighborhoods. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations, to:

The majority of the Foundation’s grants support organizations working in the City of Milwaukee, particularly in the Lindsay Heights, Clarke Square, and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods. More selective support for organizations located in Hawaii and communities where Zilber Ltd. operates are awarded annually.

Board of Directors




Marcy Jackson, President Gina Stilp, MBA, Executive Director Click here to email
James Janz, Vice-President Erin Frederick, MS, Program Director Click here to email
Steve Chevalier, Secretary-Treasurer Irma Yépez Klassen, Program Officer Click here to email
Michael Mervis Meredith Trockman, MA, Program Associate, Hawai`i Click here to email
Melissa S. A. Jackson Camille Davis, MS, Office and Grants Manager Click here to email
Shane Jackson  
John K. Tsui  
Marilyn Zilber  

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