Fourth Quarter 2017

Increasing economic opportunities

Hebron House of Hospitality: $50,000 to replace the carpeting and sub-floor in its Hebron House and Siena House emergency shelters.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council: $50,000 for its fair lending program, subscription to an online database and materials to educate and assist clients experiencing inequalities.

Congregation of St. John’s Cathedral: $40,000 to purchase a commercial dishwasher, walk-in cooler and freezer unit as well as upgrade the electrical and plumbing systems to increase the capacity of its meal program, Open Door Café.

Guest House of Milwaukee: $36,389 toward facility upgrades, including enclosure of its industrial dryers and replacement of its boiler and the roof on its original building.

Historic King Drive Business Improvement District: $35,000 to support the associate director position, which will focus on increasing stakeholder engagement in the Brew City Match Initiative, transit-oriented development study, activities in the Bronzeville arts & culture district and committee engagement for Main Street designation.

Central City Churches Outreach Ministry: $28,500 toward renovation of its kitchen and dining hall.

African American Chamber of Commerce: $25,000 to support creation of a five-year strategic plan that outlines the infrastructure needed to deliver its mission of supporting growth and sustainability of black-owned businesses.

BizStarts Milwaukee: $25,000 to help expand its diverse pool of individuals who can help coach local entrepreneurs looking for assessment, mentoring, technical assistance and networking for their businesses. The agency will grow services in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods by partnering with Near West Side Partners, Social Development Commission and Launch MKE.

Friedens Community Ministries: $25,000 to purchase three commercial freezers – two for its pantry at the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center and one for its pantry at Zion Rock Baptist Church. Funding also will help replace a concrete slab at the Zion pantry delivery entrance and purchase two identification card printers for both locations.

Friends: $25,000 to upgrade its security system, install new lighting and remodel its kitchen.

Hunger Task Force: $25,000 for its Fresh Picks Mobile Market, a mobile grocery store that delivers fresh food at a reduced price to under-served neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee County.

Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation: $25,000 for MPS Drive, its free driver’s education program, which provides traditional drivers education classes and behind-the-wheel instruction as well as a restorative track focusing on license recovery for students with court-ordered suspensions.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission: $25,000 to purchase new mobile bench tables that will replace aging tables and chairs in its dining room.

SecureFutures: $25,000 for its Money Coach Financial Mentoring Program, a follow-up hands-on program to the agency’s basic financial literacy program, Money Sense.

St. Vincent De Paul Society of Milwaukee: $24,896 to replace 16 original windows at its south side meal program site.

Food Pantry of Waukesha County: $21,500 to purchase a forklift, heavy duty plastic bins and vinyl baskets on wheels to assist in safe handling of food as it is stored in the pantry warehouse and loaded and unloaded for distribution.

The Women’s Center: $20,000 for upgrades to its security system.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: $13,000 toward the purchase and installation of LED lighting to replace aged and high maintenance fluorescent lighting in its warehouse distribution center.

Sports Media Institute Marquette University College of Communication: $10,000 to support the instructors and curriculum development rated to the Sports Media Institute’s efforts to provide 20 weeks of hands-on training to youth in one of the following areas: print journalism, broadcast journalism, advertising/marketing or digital media.

United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin: $7,931 to replace seating and flooring as well as purchase equipment to improve its food pantry storage and sorting capacity.

Hope House of Milwaukee: $7,500 for repair of floor joists that are sagging in its building.

Pathfinders: $6,815 to purchase a new residential washer, two dryers and two water heaters for the youth shelter.

United Migrant Opportunity Services: $6,000 to purchase equipment to increase the food pantry’s capacity to accept and store fresh food.

Interchange: $5,914 to purchase a walk-in freezer to increase the food pantry’s capacity to accept and store fresh food.

Hope House of Milwaukee: $5,413 toward painting of the exterior west wall of its building.

Triangle of Hope: $7,000 to purchase two new commercial refrigerators, a new freezer, electrical work for the commercial appliances and other food pantry equipment.

Solomon Community Temple United Methodist Church: $20,000 to replace the floor in the food pantry space in the church basement, the front hall and one of the guest waiting areas.


Strengthening Education

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $300,000 (over three years) to fund administrative support related to Sponsor-a-Scholar, a program that provides academic and social support to first generation students to prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.

Islands of Brilliance: $100,000 (over two years) to support a program coordinator who will work on expanding the agency’s capacity to serve young adults on the autism spectrum.

Discovery World: $50,000 to support its capital campaign, which includes transforming two existing theaters into a new atrium and electricity and energy exhibit.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: $50,000 to support its Concerts for Schools series and Arts in Community Education program, which together serve about 42,000 students in the metro Milwaukee area in kindergarten through 12th grade.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: $40,000 for the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership, which works to align all efforts within a school to be complementary, under common strategy, leadership and shared goals. It is in place in eight schools.

Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation: $40,000 to support field trip fees associated with its Learning Journeys program, which provides high-impact educational experiences custom designed to connect classroom instruction with real-world learning opportunities. The funding will support 30,000 MPS students in kindergarten through ninth grade to attend.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: $36,000 for its Reading Residencies program, which uses theater as a tool to teach key literacy skills for about 1,200 middle and high school students. The students will study George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” and Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.”

City Year: $30,000 to support tutors who will provide math instruction and tutoring for 30 freshmen at South Division High School.

First Stage Children’s Theater: $30,000 to support a portion of the salary of a teaching artist who will work in MPS classrooms to enrich the core curriculum and provide pre and post instruction to about 1,000 students before they attend a First Stage performance.

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: $25,000 for its Community Partnership Program, which provides music instruction to about 350 students ages 6 to 17.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum: $25,000 for “Know and Grow,” a program that will support 1,500 preschool students in Milwaukee to develop school readiness skills.

Milwaukee Ballet Company: $20,000 for Ballet-in-a-Box, which provides performances at five elementary schools to about 9,000 students.

Pearls for Teen Girls: $20,000 to support all 153 ninth graders attending Carmen High School of Science and Technology’s Northwest Campus interest and academic pursuits in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Bradley Family Foundation: $20,000 to enable about 2,000 students ages 5 to 17 to visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden and experience Eliza’s Peculiar Cabinet of Curiosities, an exhibition of work by artist Fo Wilson which examines the living quarters of an imaginary enslaved woman.

YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee: $20,000 to support 1,250 students ages 6 to 17 to participate in the Y’s water safety program.

Casa Guadalupe Education Center: $18,000 to help expand programs that help Hispanic elementary school children with reading and high school students with planning for after school.

Black Arts Think Tank: $15,000 to support three experiential learning opportunities for 300 youth, including performances of Black Violin, Black Nativity and Ton Ko-Thi Children’s Ensemble.

Danceworks: $15,000 to support 2,400 MPS fifth through eighth graders to participate in Mad Hot Ballroom and Tap, a program that includes ballroom and tap dance instruction as well as an annual competition.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $15,000 to support performances for 9,000 students in kindergarten through high school from both Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. Each production is paired with a supplemental study guide and opportunities for outreach that enrich students’ classroom experiences.

Best Buddies-Wisconsin: $15,000 to support middle and elementary school chapters in Waukesha County to promote authentic friendships between students with intellectual and development disabilities and typically developing students.

Peace Learning Center of Milwaukee: $11,000 to help 500 students discover their own peacemaking abilities through activities that promote nonviolent conflict resolution skills.

Neu-Life Community Development: $10,000 for its Farmfork Program, which develops culinary skills and nutrition awareness in 150 teens.

STEM Forward: $7,500 to enable 275 MPS students to participate in First Lego League, which challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.


Strengthening Neighborhoods

ACTS Community Development Corporation: $40,000 to support the agency’s efforts to provide affordable home ownership opportunities to low-income families through counseling, real estate brokerage and rehab counseling services.

Milwaukee Christian Center: $25,000 to support the agency’s Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, in operation in the Muskego Way, Clarke Square and Historic Mitchell neighborhoods. 


Regional vitality

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $225,000 (over three years) to support research into the cause of pain in patients with sickle cell disease, particularly African Americans as the disease disproportionately affects people of African descent.

Marquette University: $225,000 (over three years) to support research that seeks to develop therapies for transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy in aging and African American populations.

Medical College of Wisconsin: $225,000 (over three years) for research on the impact of interventions that involved perceived risk, shared decision making, personal preferences and financial barriers on colorectal cancer screening rates of African American men.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: $75,000 to help renovate and build out the Stackner Cabaraet, allowing for critical upgrades to the theater and adding audience seating.

Museum of Wisconsin Art: $75,000 (over two years) to support its curatorial and art programming.

Data You Can Use: $40,000 to support development of health community and social marketing strategies for African American men by African American men to increase health literacy around the importance of fatherhood involvement during the prenatal period.

Advocates of Ozaukee: $30,000 to support the second year of case management services for domestic and sexual violence victims in the transitional living program.

African American Breastfeeding Network: $25,000 for expansion of community lactation services and to increase pathways for families of color to access breastfeeding support.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Milwaukee County: $20,000 to support the next phase of the Thriving Waukesha County Alliance.

Bradley Family Foundation: $20,000 to highlight the impact of 15 years of the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship through an expanded exhibition catalogue, a special exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center of pieces by eight Nohl Fellows and a formative evaluation to identify opportunities to improve the program for future artists.

Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative: $15,000to support the Chavez Drive artist-in-residence program, which will include artmaking workshops and between three and seven public art projects.

Wisconsin Women’s Network: $10,000 to support participation of 10 women from greater Milwaukee in the 2017-18 Policy Institute, which provides hands-on leadership, communications and policy advocacy training for women.

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