Mike Brennan, Unity Foundation of La Porte County Founder and Community Visionary
From an early age, Michael Brennan was admired by family and friends for his ability to unite people, get things done and make it fun. He was a lawyer and businessman in Michigan City for many years. His entrepreneurial spirit transformed Michigan City’s Pullman Standard rail car manufacturing plant into one of the country’s first outlet malls.
Through Mike’s vision and generosity and with other founders and donors, the Unity Foundation was established in 1992 as a one-stop, donor-driven community foundation that serves as a philanthropic vehicle for donors and recipients.
In 1993, Brennan and his partners sold the outlet mall and invested $500,000 from the sale in the Unity Foundation. This early generous gift helped Unity get a matching grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Our community owes a debt of gratitude to Mike as driving force for the formation of Unity. Mike’s unselfish, strategic, and inclusive leadership helped strengthen the communities of La Porte County now and forever.
Mike will be deeply missed.