JANESVILLE

A fundraising campaign to boost privately funded revitalization efforts in downtown Janesville has reached $3 million in donations.

ARISEnow, a fundraising group of downtown stakeholders, announced Thursday it has amassed an additional $1 million in private donations after an earlier announcement in October that two major donors had committed $2 million, according to a news release.

ARISEnow said local companies including Johnson Bank, Blackhawk Community Credit Union, DeGarmo Plumbing and Piping, and LYCON in recent weeks have helped push the campaign to $3 million.

The JP Cullen Foundation, the Batterman Foundation and the Janesville Generation Fund also have committed financial support to projects linked to ARISEnow’s effort, according to the release.

ARISEnow’s fundraising flows to the Forward Foundation, a fund administered by local chamber of commerce Forward Janesville.

The goal is to raise $10 million for privately planned downtown amenities linked to Janesville’s ARISE strategy, a public-private riverfront revitalization project.

Projects ARISEnow has said it’s invested in include a pedestrian bridge over the Rock River that would be part of a town square between Court and Milwaukee streets. The city finished part of the work on the town square this fall.

ARISEnow didn’t release more details on the most recent donations to the fund.

Earlier, Mick Gilbertson and Jane Blain Gilbertson donated $1 million, and the Janesville Foundation donated another $1 million. Those donations were announced at a business luncheon in October and were considered “lead gifts” in the campaign.

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