Strengthening Education


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 and recreational opportunities. Community-based programming. College access. All play important roles in children’s academic, social and emotional success.

We continue to play a leadership role, through the communitywide education partnership Milwaukee Succeeds — and other efforts — supporting strategies that achieve a shared vision of success for every child in every school by:

  • Quarter 1 - Increasing teacher quality
  • Quarter 2 - Supporting post-secondary education access through ACT preparation
  • Quarter 3 - Supporting third-grade reading proficiency
  • Quarter 4 - Expanding experiential learning opportunities through arts education; Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM); and nature-based learning

Recent Grants

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: $25,000 for Reach Out and Read, a program which incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together.

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: $25,000 for its Community
Partnerships Program, which aims to increase participation of students from minority populations that have been historically underrepresented in youth orchestra programs.

Upstream Arts: $25,000 to support teaching artists serving students with cognitive and/or physical disabilities who attend Richard Kluge Elementary School.

Best Buddies – Wisconsin: $20,000 to support chapters at 16 schools in Waukesha County. Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Nia Imani: $15,000 to help implement the "Parents Interacting with Infants" program.

Literacy Services of Wisconsin: $12,000 to support English Language Learners’ use of digital technology for literacy tasks.

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.