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Long-Time Wisconsin Charity Supporter Earns Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser

(Arlington, VA) Doug Ziegler, of West Bend, Wisconsin, who has been supporting charities and community organizations for over 60 years, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by AFP International Headquarters.

Ziegler received his honor at the National Philanthropy Day® Honors: A Celebration of People and Impact awards event on Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Since his public service began in 1954 working with the West Bend Community Chest, an extension of the United Way, Ziegler has served more on more than 40 different corporate and nonprofit board of directors. Today, at the age of 87, he is still co-chairing the fundraising drive for the United Way of Washington County, as well as a $3.7 million campaign for Cedar Community, a nonprofit retirement community.

Early in his philanthropic career, Ziegler helped to establish the Blood Center of Wisconsin as a world-renown organization through his personal fundraising and recruitment of top business leaders. Then in 1972, while serving as a trustee of statewide college, he helped save the Milwaukee School of Engineering from bankruptcy by raising $1.8 million. He was also the co-founder of the West Bend Community Foundation and helped start the organization with a $1 million grant. Doug has also lead major fundraising efforts for the Nature Conservancy-WI Chapter, Ripon College and Riveredge Nature Center

Ziegler’s philanthropy is inspired by his family. For almost 70 years, the Ziegler Family Foundation has provided nearly $12 million for scholarships for almost 300 students, and he has inspired the next generation of Zieglers to get involved as well.

“Giving time and financial resources to deserving philanthropic organizations is one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced,” Doug Ziegler said. 

The National Philanthropy Day® Honors recognize outstanding leadership, commitment and generosity in philanthropy. Ziegler is one of six finalists who was honored on National Philanthropy Day®, Nov. 15. More information can be found at

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