Our Community

We believe in the communities in which we live and work and because we do, we vigorously volunteer our time, contribute monetarily and lend our skills to improve the lives and circumstances of others. Throughout its history, Custer Plumb Financial Services has followed a philosophy of giving back to the community. Betty and Corkey Custer, and their two children, are particularly involved in the arts, and in helping to groom future generations of artists.

Custer Plumb Financial Services annually donates 15% of our revenue to non-profit outreach in a variety of local, regional, national and international causes. We support nationally known as well as grassroots organizations that are qualified 501(c)3 groups, providing meaningful and important work that make a difference in the lives of others. Over the years, many of our clients have in turn introduced us to numerous charities that deserve wider support. 

We invite you to learn more about any of these organizations and provide active web links below for your reference.*

*Unaffiliated third party providers not affiliated to Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.

CTM Madison Family Theatre Company
Founded in 1965, CTM Madison Family Theatre Company regularly presents full-length plays to area audiences and conducts a Summer Drama School featuring middle school students.

Foundation for Madison's Public Schools
The Foundation for Madison's Public Schools is an independent, community non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and extending the excellence of Madison's public schools by providing funding to support creative initiatives which cannot be funded through the regular school budget.

Lussier Community Education Center
The Lussier Community Education Center is an innovative, inter-generational community center located on the grounds of a middle school and a high school that provides programs, services, and access to resources that promote personal growth and community well-being in response to neighborhood needs.

Madison Ballet
Madison Ballet promotes appreciation and access to ballet by providing training and performing opportunities through professionally produced productions and educational initiatives. The organization offers exceptional education opportunities to local underserved audiences and stages additional performances to those underserved audiences.

Overture Center for the Performing Arts
The Overture Center houses several performing arts spaces and art galleries, as well as a variety of resident arts organizations. The Center presents a broad spectrum of high-quality performing arts programming, developing arts audiences through high quality outreach and programming, advocating for the development of the arts in the community and providing a world-class forum for diverse artistic expression.

University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center holds the unique distinction of being the only comprehensive cancer center in Wisconsin, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, the lead federal agency for cancer research.  Every day on the UW-Madison campus, thousands of dedicated individuals work meticulously to find the best ways to prevent, detect, diagnose and treat cancer.

The following non-profit organizations are ones Custer Plumb Financial Services also actively supports or has supported in the past.

A Fund For Women
A Fund for Women supports women and girls in the Madison, WI community to become more self-sufficient and knowledgeable about, as well as comfortable with, utilizing various opportunities and skills available to them locally.

Access Community Health
Since 1982, Access Community Health Centers has provided affordable and comprehensive primary medical, dental, and behavioral health care to uninsured people.

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (ARWC)
The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is at the forefront HIV prevention, care and treatment and is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health and social services for all people with HIV.

American Players Theatre (APT)
Formed in 1977, this non-profit regional theater, located in Spring Green, Wisconsin, has earned a national reputation for presenting live theater of the highest quality. It now draws an annual audience of more than 110,000 people from around the country.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Dane County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County helps children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships.  The organization makes meaningful matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, to develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. 

Chazen Museum of Art
Since 1970, the Chazen, connected to, and located at, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has collected, preserved, interpreted, and exhibited works of art and presented educational programs in support of the teaching, research, and public service mission of the University.

Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
Since 1980, then the height of U.S. intervention in, and political repression of, El Salvador, CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) has worked to support the Salvadoran people's struggle for self-determination and social and economic justice.

Community Shares of Wisconsin
Community Shares of Wisconsin and its member agencies address social and economic inequities and environmental problems through grassroots activities, research, advocacy and public education campaigns.

DAIS works to empower those affected by domestic violence and advocate for social change through support, education, and outreach.  The organization offers victims of domestic violence a wide array of crisis intervention and community education/prevention programs, including a 24-hour Help Line, programming for children from violent homes, legal advocacy, support groups, emergency safety planning, and the only domestic violence shelter for all of Dane County.

Disability Rights Wisconsin
Disability Rights Wisconsin is a statewide resource for individuals, families, service professionals and others concerned with disability issues.

Forward Theater
Forward Theater Company is a not-for- profit professional theater company based in Madison, Wisconsin, founded to provide exceptional theater experiences for area audiences and give professional actors, designers, and directors an artistic home.

Haiti Partners
Haiti Partners is a project involving members of the Madison Christian Community Church and others in the Madison, Wisconsin, area who feel a sense of call to form mutually transforming partnerships with the people of Haiti. Volunteers focus their efforts on education, economic empowerment, health care and food, and work with the poorest of the poor in rural and urban Haiti.

Harvest of Hope
Harvest of Hope, a project of the Churches' Center for Land and People, is an ecumenical program that provides financial and program support for farm families in crisis. In response to specific widespread farm crises, Harvest of Hope has also coordinated crop gleaning programs and donates food to pantries.

Literacy Network
Literacy Network is a non-profit organization in Madison, Wisconsin founded in 1974. It works with teachers, tutors, volunteers and donors to improve adult literacy in Dane County, Wisconsin. In doing so, it helps adults find career opportunities, read with children and help with homework, improve computer skills, understand finances, and speak with doctors about health concerns.

Madison Children's Museum
Founded in 1980, the Madison Children's Museum connects children with their families, their communities and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play.

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA)
MMoCA is a non-profit, independent organization that collects, exhibits, preserves and interprets modern and contemporary art and serves the art life of the community by creating opportunities for direct experience with works of art, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas about art, and offering programs to enhance the appreciation and understanding of art.

Madison Opera
Founded in 1961, Madison Opera engages its audience through the performance of professional opera and strives to expand its reach to diverse communities. The Opera's Student Matinee program provides an affordable opportunity for high school students to see top-notch opera.

Madison Urban Ministry
Since 1970, this nonprofit interfaith social justice organization has carried out its mission to "stand with the poor and hurting, to work together with neighbors for social change." MUM does this by convening individuals and faith communities in the greater Dane County, Wisconsin, area to identify, study, urge action, and work together for social justice in the broader community.

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin
NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin develops and sustains a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy and bearing healthy children.

Operation Fresh Start
Founded in 1970, the not-for- profit Operation Fresh Start provides disconnected youth and young adults in Dane County, Wisconsin, a path to self-sufficiency. It does so by providing them comprehensive employment and training services.

The non-profit Outreach promotes equality and quality of life for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people in South Central Wisconsin through community building and human services.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin empowers all individuals to manage their sexual and reproductive health through patient services, education and advocacy.

Porchlight strives to decrease the Dane County homeless population by providing shelter, affordable transitional and permanent housing, food, supportive services, and a sense of community in ways that empower residents and program particpants to positively shape their lives.

The Progressive
Founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1909, The Progressive educates the public about creating a more just society and a humane world through public outreach, forums and other avenues.

The Rainbow Project, Inc.
Founded over 20 years ago, The Rainbow Child & Family Counseling & Resource Clinic aims to prevent child abuse through a variety of programs, serving families of diverse cultural, economic, traditional, & non-traditional backgrounds.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.

United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County provides services to individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities across their life span.

United Way of Dane County
The mission of United Way of Dane County is to unite and focus the local community to create measurable results in improving people's lives and strengthen their communities, placing particular emphasis on housing, health care, education, self-sufficiency, violence-free environments, maximizing volunteer resources, and helping to ensure that at-risk children are prepared for school.

University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital
This non-profit hospital is a comprehensive pediatric medical and surgical center featuring nationally recognized pediatric specialists in a wide range of fields.

Wisconsin Council on Children & Families
Founded in 1881, the Council is Wisconsin's leading multi-issue advocacy organization, providing research, policy analysis, public education and advocacy that lead to improved outcomes for children in the areas of health, economic security, safety and education.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
This nonprofit watchdog group, now in its third decade, works for clean, open and honest government and reforms that make people matter more than money in politics.

YMCA of Dane County
This not-for-profit organization responds to families' needs by providing quality programs which embody values that emphasize healthy life-styles for the spirit, mind, and body.

YWCA of Madison
Founded in 1909 as a member of the national YWCA, Madison, Wisconsin's YWCA is committed to self-determined social change for women of all racial, ethnic and economic groups. The YWCA provides leadership in the local community, in the nation and in the world in the struggle for peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.