All children can succeed.

This is one of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's longstanding beliefs. For more than 100 years, we’ve invested in many programs to directly support the learning journeys of children. Early childhood care, educational programs in and out of the classroom, summer employment, recreational opportunities and college access. All play important roles in children’s academic, social and emotional success.

We are targeting the Foundation’s investments by building on our longstanding commitment to the education continuum, which includes Milwaukee Succeeds.

We are committed to improving early childhood care and education by focusing on healthy birth outcomes and by increasing the quality of childcare centers, in the city of Milwaukee.

  • Programs that use evidence-based and culturally appropriate practices.
  • Programs that provide in-home education and supportive services to new and expectant parents.
  • Strategies and tools for early childhood educators to effectively improve outcomes for our children so they are ready to enter kindergarten.
  • Capital projects for building renovations, exterior improvements, and equipment upgrades, such as playground equipment, and security systems.

Recent Grants

Partners Advancing Values in Education: $75,000 (over two years) to help recruit 25 people of color to serve as school leaders or board members and provide them with professional development and one-to-one coaching, emphasizing evidence-based practices.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: $50,000 to support the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Collaborative Fund and its strategies to address teen pregnancy in the city of Milwaukee.

Creative Employment Opportunities: $25,000 to support development and application of interpersonal skills necessary for success in postsecondary education, training, employment and life in the community for young adults 17-24 with autism or mental health issues.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $25,000 for its Neighborhood Ambassador Program, which provides work-life experiences for unemployed youth ages 18 to 24 with limited skills while improving the safety and cleanliness of Milwaukee neighborhoods and corridors. Participants receive six months paid work experience and other supportive services including job and financial coaching, career planning and assistance in securing long-term employment.

For a complete listing of this quarter’s grants made from our competitive grantmaking process, visit Recent Grants.

Learn More

fenceroy1-web.jpgContact Senior Program Officer Jeannie Fenceroy to learn how you can help our community succeed in education.