The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is fully committed to enhancing the quality of life for those who live and work in the greater Milwaukee region. We promote regional vitality by supporting a wide range of organizations and programs that contribute to a thriving community through the following five general areas:

Arts and culture

  • Cultivate and support an appreciation of diverse cultures and art forms
  • Deepen community-based arts education for children and adults
  • Provide access to cultural experiences and programs that support academic achievement

Community economic development

  • Support efforts to provide safe, affordable housing throughout the region
  • Promote entrepreneurship and small business development to build a thriving regional economy
  • Encourage sustainable development in communities which enhance the quality of life


  • Protect significant environmental assets and ensure they are available for public use and enjoyment
  • Strengthen local food systems, particularly those which create opportunities for communities to work and grow together


  • Support residents’ access to quality health care
  • Address pressing health needs and pervasive chronic illness
  • Promote dignity and cultural relevance in health services to vulnerable populations

Human services

  • Support programs that strengthen families throughout the region
  • Provide culturally appropriate services for children and families in crisis
  • Support collaborative approaches in the delivery of services to reduce stress on families

Recent Grants

Board of Regents UW System: $200,000 (over three years) for research on women recently diagnosed with breast cancer prior, during and after chemotherapy treatment to understand the risk and markers for chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $165,000 (over three years) for research to enhance understanding of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other forms of cardiac disease to facilitate diagnosis and treatment choices.

Marquette University: $120,000 (over three years) for research to test a new rehabilitation strategy for restoring dynamic balance in people with multiple sclerosis.

Interfaith Senior Programs: $50,000 to hire a program manager to lead the startup of a transportation program for elders in Waukesha in 2017.

Serenity Inns: $20,000 for its outpatient program to treat the men on its waiting list recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $15,000 to provide six-week visual residencies to 200 underserved elementary school students from Milwaukee public and charter schools. The funding also will support creation of the Mary L. Nohl Digital Art Gallery, located in the Lynn Chappy Arts Education wing of the center, which will provide an opportunity for student art to be viewed by 45,000 people during the year.

Broadscope Disability Services: $15,000 to support a bilingual respite support case manager to facilitate outreach, information sessions and support groups to increase respite and support services for Latino families caring for a child with a disability.

Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County: $7,500 for operational support to help it decide whether to continue as an independent organization or become a program of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee.

COA Youth & Family Centers: $2,400 to support addition of a host for the last 12 Precious Lives podcasts.

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

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