Third Quarter 2018

Responsive Grantmaking

Medical College of Wisconsin: $150,000 (over three years) for research on African American smokers and menthol’s effect on nicotine addiction.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: $100,000 (over two years) to support research on an immunotherapeutic approach to curing myeloma, the second most common type of blood cancer.

Milwaukee Center for Independence: $100,000 (over two years) for an intake/project coordinator position for its substance abuse disorders treatment and recovery program, which serves young adults ages 18 to 25 who have co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Milwaukee Film: $100,000 to support renovations of the Oriental Theater’s concession area, including new counters for greater accessibility and ADA compliance.

Running Rebels: $100,000 for upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at its West Fond du Lac Avenue building.

Sojourner Family Peace Center: $100,000 (over two years) to increase the number of front-line staff to better serve the rise in walk-ins and new clients that arrive at the agency’s shelter. 

Aurora Health Care Foundation: $50,000 to support a dental hygienist at the Salvation Army’s Emergency Lodge who will provide preventive dental care and education services to shelter guests.

River Revitalization Foundation: $49,000 to support design and construction of three miles of trail along the Milwaukee River in the area made available by the removal of the Estabrook Dam, thereby making a continuous trail from Capitol Drive/Humboldt Avenue upstream to Port Washington Road and Hampton Avenue and into the Milwaukee River Parkway.

Waukesha County Land Conservancy: $49,000 to support the second major phase of organizational capacity development since 2015, which includes hiring a full-time education and outreach manager, conducting education and outreach events and upgrading its IT system.

HIR Wellness Center: $46,500 to support mental health and wellness services to American Indian and disenfranchised communities in Milwaukee addressing historical trauma on an intergenerational basis. 

Greater Galilee Community Outreach Enterprise: $28,079 to purchase a walk-in cooler/freezer and industrial dishwasher for its Family/Life Senior Center and meal program. 

Pathfinders Milwaukee:$28,000 to renovate the two youth shelter bathrooms.

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust: $45,000 to support the second phase of “Great Rivers, Great Lakes” initiative, which includes preserving 1,000 acres for permanent protection, creating greater public awareness and use of the lands and restoring the lands to their natural states.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County: $35,000 to help fund an athletic director position and costs associated with expansion of its sports programming, which includes adding flag football, dodgeball, baseball and tennis leagues at all four of its locations.

Advocates of Ozaukee: $30,000 for its transitional living program, which provides case management services and housing assistance to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

Wisconsin Philanthropy Network: $30,000 (over two years) to support its efforts to provide ongoing education and support, specifically on issues related to racial equity and inclusion, to staff of Wisconsin-based grantmakers.  

CORE El Centro: $25,000to support a client health navigator, who will serve as a liaison between medical providers and CORE practitioners to create access to natural health therapies and exercise to improve the life of low-income patients. 

Cross Lutheran Church: $25,000 to support staff working in the community garden program, food pantry, meal program and education program with its Adult Center, Men’s Program and Youth Ministries.

Hunger Task Force: $25,000 for the Fresh Picks Mobile Market, a mobile grocery store that delivers and increases access to fresh food at a reduced price to underserved neighborhoods in Milwaukee County.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: $25,000 to support cervical cancer prevention staff that will provide screening, case management and referral services for follow-up care to prevent cervical cancer among low-income, uninsured and undocumented women.

Zachariah’s Acres: $25,000 to support construction costs related to a 3,840-square-foot addition to its barn and a remodeling of part of the barn to create an 800-square-foot demonstration kitchen. 

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin: $25,000 to support renovation of ARCW’s food pantry into a client choice model, allowing clients to select their groceries and improve food service operations.

Bread of Healing Clinic: $24,300 for support staff in the clinic’s behavioral health program that provide counseling services, groups, connection to resources and education on mental health to uninsured adults.

United Methodist Children’s Services of WI: $21,840 to support a community health worker who will provide health system navigation, access to health resources, care coordination, one-on-one coaching and health education in the 53208 and 53210 neighborhoods.

Mequon Nature Preserve: $20,000 to help transport two greenhouses from the city of Port Washington to the Mequon Nature Preserve to assist farmers in beginning their growing season earlier.

Milwaukee Jewish Federation: $20,000 for a traveling art and artifact exhibit about the true story of 40 13- to 15-year-old boys imprisoned in Czechoslovakia’s Terezin Ghetto during WWII. The collection will inspire art-making collaborations with Arts@Large, First Stage and local schools and community organizations. 

Wisconsin Veterans Network: $20,000 to support a one-stop shop that provides veterans with navigation of services and resources, case management support and referrals to other community partners based on the veteran’s needs.

Guest House of Milwaukee: $15,000 toward purchase and installation of lighting and electricity to the pavilion at the agency’s urban garden program, Cream City Gardens. The grant also will support purchase and installation of security equipment. 

Paralyzed Veterans of America Wisconsin Chapter: $15,000 to build awareness and access to home care benefits for paralyzed veterans and their support systems.

Wisconsin Justice Initiative: $15,000 to support municipal court reform and public education about low-income individuals’ rights when incurring violations resulting in monetary forfeitures.

Casa Romero Renewal Center: $12,000 for a program in which urban youth will participate in active, hands-on arts experiences under the mentorship of artists and artist/educators. Partnerships include UWM’s Community Arts Program, Escuela Verde, Messmer High School, Notre Dame and Greenfield Bilingual middle schools and Walker’s Point Center for the Arts.

Carroll University: $10,000 to develop an environmental scientific inquiry program for Bruce Guadalupe and Acosta middle schools. 

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee: $10,000 to support training of Hispanic middle managers to advance to executive positions.

Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center: $10,000 for its emergency shelter for youth.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: $10,000 to provide operating support for the Thriving Waukesha County Alliance.

All Saints Catholic Church: $8,230 to purchase kitchen equipment to improve food service operations and efficiencies for the meal program.

Family Promise of Ozaukee County: $6,000 to purchase furniture and appliances for its new expanded day center, where families experiencing homelessness are able to work towards self-sufficiency.

Hmong American Women’s Association: $5,000 for nonpartisan canvassing and community mapping in Milwaukee neighborhoods with the highest density of Asian populations to address the voter engagement gap among Asian Americans.

Wisconsin Women’s Network: $5,000 to sponsor participation of five women from greater Milwaukee in the 2018-19 Policy Institute, where they will receive hands-on leadership, communications and policy advocacy training.

Forward Community Investments: $3,000 to support two Race to Lead sessions on confronting the nonprofit racial leadership gap. 

Cedarburg Art Museum & Society: $2,500 for an exhibition that explores mixed media art by four female artists.

Cream City Foundation: $1,000 to sponsor a breakout session at the 2019 LGBTQ+ Health Conference.


Connected People

Parenting Network: $75,000 for Welcome Baby, its free evidence-based education and support group for mothers, fathers and caregivers of expectant parents and newborns.

Black Child Development Initiative: $56,000 to fund a project coordinator for its Family Empowerment Project, which will engage 100 first time African-American mothers and fathers to develop and strengthen their parenting skills through evidence-based practices that have a two-generation approach. 

African American Breastfeeding Network: $50,000 to fund expansion of the community lactation and breastfeeding program in the African-American community by employing advocates to support 220 expectant parents and parents of newborns, specifically male peer advocates for fathers.

Meta House: $40,000 for its Smoke-free Moms, Healthy Babies residential treatment program that will provide smoking cessation services to 150 mothers.

Mental Health America of Wisconsin: $25,000 to support the entire home visitation process to reduce staff turnover of mental health professionals providing support to 200 families, primarily mothers, in crisis, with children who are infants to age 5.

Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph Foundation: $25,000 to support the prenatal care coordination of first-time parents to access and navigate services that build on their competencies to increase healthy birth outcomes.

Marquette University:$24,500for Proyecto Mama, a program that supports the mental health of 20 economically disadvantaged Latinas during pregnancy and postpartum through a wellness support group.

Literacy Lab: $20,000 for stipends associated with the Leading Men Fellowship Program. The program employs a cohort of 10 recent African-American high school graduates as early literacy tutors in high-need early childhood centers. 

Nia Imani Family: $15,000 to support peer life coaches for 28 young homeless mothers with histories of poverty, violence and trauma, living in Nia Family’s transitional housing facility.

PAVE + Schools That Can Milwaukee: $15,000to support the merger between PAVE and Schools That Can Milwaukee.

Black Arts MKE: $10,000 to support community outreach for 14 performances of “Black Nativity,” a play by Langston Hughes presented by Bronzeville Arts. Nine hundred students are expected to attend the play and receive enrichment activities that align with the play’s themes of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Neu-Life Community Development: $10,000 for the organization’s Farmfork program, which focuses on youth voice and community collaboration through a culinary arts curriculum that exposes young people to gardening, the science of nutrition, food preparation and healthy eating habits. 

Community Relations-Social Development Commission in Milwaukee County: $2,500 to underwrite costs associated with the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit, an annual event designed to connect African-American men and other men of color to resources to support fatherhood.


Thriving Communities

MMAC Community Support Foundation: $275,000 (over three years)in support of the Hispanic Collaborative, an initiative that will convene and coordinate private, public and nonprofit organizations to improve economic, social and physical well-being of the Hispanic community.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service: $75,000 (over two years)to support the editorial and reporting staff of the award-winning online neighborhood news service. 

Operation Dream: $75,000 to support workforce and entrepreneurial development of African-American males ages 13 to 19. The program will provide emotional wellness, academic plans, career planning and development as well as employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Wisconsin Community Services: $65,000 (over two years) to support driver’s license recovery and employability programming to help reduce the loss of driving privileges as an impediment to employment.

Metcalfe Park Community Bridges: $50,000 to support its work with residents to increase their leadership skills. A cohort of residents will be trained in resident engagement, meeting facilitation, organizing and communication. 

Milwaukee Artist Resource Network: $50,000for Imagine MKE, an effort that convenes local artists and arts organizations to create a shared story and voice about the inclusion of diverse artists and arts in Milwaukee’s civic tables and planning efforts. 

Still Waters Collective: $50,000 (over two years) to support a public symposium on creative placemaking and an artist-in-residency program designed to promote neighborhood engagement on race, community and equity.

CUPED Corporation: $40,000 to support renovation of the 3,500-square-foot former Reader’s Choice building on MLK Drive into space for Jazale’s Art Studio and Grateful Girls. The two community-based organizations serve more than 500 youth annually. 

Milwaukee Christian Center: $35,000 to support its work in implementing community-led efforts in the Muskego Way neighborhood.

DataYou Can Use: $30,000 to support a master’s fellow from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health’s Wisconsin Population Health Science Fellowship program. The fellow will focus on health equity, specifically using 27 health variables from the census tract level and build it up to the reflect each neighborhood, then create updated neighborhood profiles for Harambee, Metcalfe Park, Muskego Way and Sherman Park. 

BizStarts Milwaukee: $25,000 to provide increased one-on-one coaching to local entrepreneurs located within the Sherman Phoenix who are seeking assessment, mentoring, technical assistance and networking to grow their business.

Community Warehouse: $25,000 for an 18-month reentry program located in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood that provides residents with mentoring, life skills training and employment in order to reduce high recidivism rates.

First Stage Children’s Theater:$25,000 for programming and community engagement related to its production of “Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” 

Jazale’s Art Studio: $25,000 to increase its capacity to offer after-school and summer youth arts programming, including targeted workshops with local artists, many individuals of color, in a variety of arts disciplines. With partnerships that include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth and Family Center, MPS and charter schools, the nonprofit aims to serve 1,000 K-4 to 12thgrade youth and 100 adults.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: $25,000 to support an in-school residency program for middle schoolers designed to enhance reading and theater skills using a curriculum created specifically for The Rep’s production of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running. 

Milwaukee Urban League: $25,000 for an employment training program in Harambee for opportunity youth ages 16 to 24 who will enter the workforce directly from high school or who are having difficulty entering the workforce and establishing sustainable careers. 

Prism Economic Development Corp: $25,000 for UpStart Kitchen, a commercial kitchen food business incubator in Sherman Park where entrepreneurs will have access to coaching and teaching related to small business development and the food industry.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $25,000 for its Beyond the Classroom arts education program, which serves more than 9,000 K-12 students through a summer arts camp, youth arts education series and programming that takes art to partner schools. 

SHARP Literacy: $25,000 to deliver its curriculum-based literacy program to almost 900 K3-fifth grade students in Waukesha County and to produce a book about the community. The program will also include a permanent community art project produced by the students and inspired by the history of the Waukesha community.

SecureFutures Foundation: $25,000 to support its hands-on mentoring program that teaches financially responsible behavior to teens and helps them establish life and savings goals in group and one-on-one settings. 

UWM Foundation: $25,000 to support at least five full-scale community art projects as well as six one-time community engaged art activities.

Wisconsin Conservatory of Music: $25,000 to support in-school music education programs for pre-K – 12thgrade students.

Wisconsin Voices: $25,000 to support its year-round civic engagement efforts in Metcalfe Park and Sherman Park through resident capacity building prior to the 2020 election. Ten to 12 resident leaders will participate in a yearlong organizing project where they will participate in advocacy training, technology, strategy sessions, phone banks and story sharing. 

Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps: $20,000 for a coordinator that willincrease the staff capacity to expedite enrollment in FoodShare Employment and Training of African-American males ages 17 to 24 who have significant barriers to employment.

Optimist Theatre: $20,000to support production of 12 free performances of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” at the Marcus Center Peck Pavilion and a Shakespeare Inspires after-school program. 

Artists Working in Education: $16,000 to support the work of its Youth Council, a group that pairs youth from low-income environments with business owners and professional artists, largely individuals of color, for mentorship opportunities and collaborative art-making projects.

ArtWorks for Milwaukee: $15,000 for a summer internship program for high school students living in or connected to the Garden Homes neighborhood. Two lead artists will work with students to create a series of community-inspired murals celebrating the neighborhood’s history. Murals will be installed at a community garden at Ruby Avenue and 27thStreet.

Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful: $15,000 to provide environmental education to 500 underserved children in third and fourth grades in Milwaukee. 

La Casa de Esperanza:$15,000 for its Dance and Ensemble Program, which educates children about different cultures. This year’s program focuses on bomba, a folkloric dance of Puerto Rico, and taiku of Japan, a percussion using large drums. The children will perform in a variety of public venues.

Lotus Legal Clinic: $15,000 for a project in which the agency will work with individuals who have experienced gender-based violence and human trafficking to find their voices as survivors. In addition to participating in writing workshops, survivors will work with MIAD students to create visual art.

Milwaukee Ballet Company: $15,000 to support Ballet Beat, a program that provides free summer activities including workshops and pop-up performances throughout greater Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Film: $15,000 to commission Milwaukee-based musician and composer Marielle Allschwang to create a song cycle exploring the life and work of artist Mary L. Nohl.

Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition: $15,000 for the fifth annual Milwaukee Muslim Film Festival.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee: $15,000 for an artist-in-residence initiative that will engage four well-respected artists representing music, dance and visual arts programming.

Outreach Community Health Centers: $15,000 (over two years) to sustain the Mental Health First Aid project, which teaches mental health literacy to community members in order to recognize, assist and direct individuals experiencing a mental health issue to behavioral health service providers.

Ruach: $15,000 to coordinate the 2019 Sherman Park Arts Festival, which includes the creation of a permanent community art installation, workshops, values-based arts programming and production of the Holocaust children’s opera, Brundibar, in spring 2019. 

Upstream Arts: $15,000 to provide interactive arts programming in six MPS special education classrooms in spring 2019. The agency will provide professional development training to teachers and local artists. 

Milwaukee Environmental Consortium: $12,000 for its Water School program, which cultivates leadership about water-related issues in marginalized communities. The program will work with teams of five residents in six neighborhoods, providing education on key water issues pertaining to the area and develop a unique art piece representing each neighborhood’s issue. 

Danceworks: $10,000 to support an innovative educational dance program, providing arts and physical education to students in grades four through six in Milwaukee-area schools.

Historic Milwaukee: $10,000 to support tours and lectures in participating neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee as part of the agency’s 2018 Doors Open Milwaukee event. 

Hmong American Friendship Association: $10,000 toward production of a film that will deal with issues of depression and suicide, particularly within Hmong culture.

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design: $10,000 for an exhibition and related community programming that addresses the topic of multiculturalism from the perspective of women who come from varied races, cultures and countries.  

Milwaukee Riverkeeper:$10,000 to support the third annual Milwaukee Riverkeeper Boat Parade, one of the highlights of Harbor Fest in September 2019. Its goal is to target artist recruitment and audience participation from and in communities of color. 

The Friendship Circle: $10,000 to provide arts programming for 175 individuals with special needs. Led by artist Kari Slater, participants with disabilities will work together with typically developing youth on projects. A culminating event will showcase the art created during the art night sessions throughout the year.

Running Rebels: $10,000to help it activate physical space on the Beerline Trail by providing youth programming centered on art and urban agriculture.

Bridging Cities: $9,024for its Close Knit Community Workshops, which teach participants of all ages and backgrounds knitting skills in nonjudgmental and trust-based learning environment with the goal of strengthening communities by creating opportunities for diverse, intergenerational groups of community members. 

Wild Space: $7,000 to support performances in the newly designated West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historic District. Performances will be held in February at Guardian Fire Arts Services and will reach about 500 people. The grant will also help create outreach residencies with students at Milwaukee High School of the Arts and Lincoln Center Middle School of the Arts.

Woodland Pattern: $7,000 to hire artist Erick Ledesma to work with youth from Harambee, Riverwest and nearby neighborhoods on an exterior mural on Woodland Pattern’s Locust Street wall. A celebration of the new mural will take place in June 2019.

Waukesha String Academies: $6,000to extend the musical education of 18 middle school children who have completed the organization’s first level of instruction.

Crimson Charities: $5,000 to support services to 40 women and families who have experienced domestic violence in the Six Points neighborhood in West Allis. The program will collaborate with Mount Mary University’s art therapy program.

City of Milwaukee Community Development Grant Administration: $5,000 for the inaugural Hip-Hop MKE Week.

Lake Valley Camp: $4,000for the Stand4Peace/HOME Court project, located at Tiefenthaler Park in Milwaukee’s Midtown Neighborhood. 

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