Social Development Commission: $75,000 to support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and expand its efforts through its financial capability program to help clients better manage their finances and achieve financial security.
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families: $50,000 to help it launch a new project called Faithful Citizenship, in conjunction with Citizen Action of Wisconsin Education Fund, Wisconsin Council of Churches and WISDOM. The project’s purpose is to build a critical mass of leaders statewide who will work together to inspire communities to take actions to dramatically reduce poverty and racial disparity.
Froedtert Hospital Foundation, Inc.: $25,000 to help individuals within Milwaukee County who qualify for health care under the Affordable Care Act to enroll in the marketplace.
Kiva: $25,000 to help launch Kiva Zip Milwaukee. The web-based platform enables underserved entrepreneurs to crowdfund no-interest loans starting at $5,000. Kiva hopes to catalyze $1 million in loan volume to 200 entrepreneurs over three years.
Common Ground, Inc.: $15,000 to provide education and conduct community outreach about the Affordable Care Act, including seminars and door-to-door outreach, as well as the Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative.
House of Peace: $10,000 to fill holiday baskets for 1,000 families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, fill the organization’s pantry shelves and distribute food throughout the summer months when it is scarce.
Social Development Commission: $1,000 in support of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Summit, which is coordinated by the city of Milwaukee and the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee and held each fall.
Milwaukee Public Museum: $100,000 toward the museum’s newest permanent exhibit, “Crossroads of Civilization: Ancient Worlds of the Near East and Mediterranean,” which will teach visitors about the rise and fall of ancient Western civilizations. It is the first new permanent exhibit in nearly 15 years.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation: $100,000 to support the development of a research and translation center that spans multiple disciplines, departments, and schools/colleges and fosters and pioneers innovative interdisciplinary research that has immediate and long lasting, sustainable effects on the community.
Wisconsin Early Childhood Association-Madison: $61,800 in support of a pilot project that will provide on-site technical assistance, mentoring and access to professional development to 12 child care programs in Milwaukee.
Morehouse College: $25,000 toward a scholarship program for Milwaukee students.
Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: $20,000 to support the MYSO Scholars’ Initiative at Blair Elementary School in Waukesha. The initiative provides music education and skill development.
Wisconsin Conservatory of Music: $20,000 to support a music therapy program in Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary, Kosciuszko School and Hi-Mount Community School.
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $10,000 to enable all students from Milwaukee Public Schools’ 95th Street School as well as Banting Elementary in Waukesha to attend several live performing arts events at the arts center.
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $126,500 (over three years) to support a portion of the full-time neighborhood coordinator position, which oversees the nonprofit’s work toward implementing the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiatives strategies in Milwaukee’s Layton Park neighborhood. Planned projects include hosting a real estate professionals brunch, completing community block projects and helping homeowners and commercial property owners with improvements.
Agape Community Center: $120,000 (over three years) to support a portion of the full-time neighborhood coordinator position, which oversees the nonprofit’s work toward implementing the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiatives strategies in Thurston Wood and Old North Milwaukee neighborhoods. Planned projects include planning and implementing community improvement projects, conducting homebuying tours and realtor luncheons and conducting biennial resident surveys.
Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation: $120,000 (over three years) to support a portion of the full-time neighborhood coordinator position, which oversees the nonprofit’s work toward implementing the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative strategies in Milwaukee’s Havenwoods neighborhood. Planned projects include starting a rehab grant program, hosting a financial boot camp for residents and conducting bus tours for realtors, bankers and developers.
Riverworks Development Corporation: $120,000 (over three years) to support a portion of the full-time neighborhood coordinator position, which oversees the nonprofit’s work toward implementing the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiatives strategies in the Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods. Planned projects include planning and implementing community improvement projects, creating a marketing plan and connecting homeowners to home rehab resources.
Sojourner Family Peace Center: $100,000 to support development of the Family Justice Center, a 72,000-square-foot building under construction at 6th and Walnut streets in Milwaukee. The project is a partnership with Children’s Hospital, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department that seeks to bring all services that address family violence under one roof.
Walnut Way Conservation Corporation: $100,000 in capital support for the first phase of the nonprofit’s Innovations and Wellness Commons, a redevelopment project on North Avenue in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood. The two-phase project includes redevelopment of a boarded-up commercial building as well as the transformation of a vacant lot that ultimately provide access to social services, economic development program, job opportunity and new businesses meeting the needs of the community.
University of Wisconsin Extension – Waukesha County: $90,000 (over three years) to support a portion of the full-time neighborhood coordinator position, which oversees the nonprofit’s work in Waukesha’s Tower Hill and Dunbar Oaks neighborhoods. Planned projects include working with residents to improve their landscaping, introducing area relators to residents and educating residents on financial tools and programs for home improvement.
Neu-Life Community Development: $75,000 to support building improvements at its main program site in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood, specifically a computer lab, creative arts room and small kitchen area.
Center for Resilient Cities: $50,000 in capital support for final phase of the nonprofit’s Johnsons Park Challenge, a plan that includes renovation of the 11.5 acre Johnsons Park to include a mix of recreational activities and sports instructions. Improvements include tree-lined pathways to better engage walkers, runners and bicyclists, energy-efficient lighting for extended use year round, a performance stage and benches and bicycle racks.
Community Warehouse, Inc.: $50,000 to cover costs of the installation of a sprinkler system in the building the nonprofit uses to store home improvement materials for low-income city residents. The nonprofit provides discounts on the materials to residents and nonprofits within the Milwaukee Redevelopment Zone.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation: $40,000 to expand the Financial Opportunities Center model in Milwaukee to include a third location, planned for the Washington Park neighborhood. The grant also will support the nonprofit’s efforts in coordinating cross neighborhood access to LISC's affinity groups around safety, neighborhood marketing and communication and commercial corridor management.
Urban Anthropology: $40,000 to support a portion of the full-time neighborhood coordinator position, which oversees the nonprofit’s work toward implementing the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative in Milwaukee’s Parks and Polonia neighborhoods. Planned projects include hosting a neighborhood tour, creating new block watch clubs and helping residents with landscaping projects.
Sherman Park Community Association: $40,000 to support a portion of the full-time neighborhood coordinator position, which oversees the nonprofit’s work toward implementing the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. Projects include building stronger relationships with realtors, developing a neighborhood speaker series and conducting monthly block meetings.
Holton Youth and Family Center: $35,000 to install a new gymnasium floor.
IFF: $25,000 to conduct an assessment within Milwaukee’s Century City neighborhood to document the need for a variety of human services, including child care, Head Start and pre-K programs, licensed home day care, elementary and secondary public education, affordable housing, and community-based primary health services. Data will be used in planning the resident engagement work in the redevelopment of the Century City area.
Wisconsin Humane Society: $25,000 to expand the Pets for Life Program by supporting a portion of the full-time community outreach coordinator position. The program serves Milwaukee’s Amani and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods, two areas that have limited access to pet care, resources and information. It builds relationships through door-to-door outreach, community events and provides critical animal care services.
Cardinal Stritch University: $50,000 to support the African American Leadership Program, a nine-month program that provides coaching and networking opportunities to strengthen the leadership potential of African American professionals.
Nonprofit Center for Milwaukee: $2,000 to provide 20 scholarships for people to attend the inaugural Building Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color Conference in Milwaukee.
COA Youth & Family Centers: $100,000 (over two years) to support the production of “Precious Lives,” a two-year, 100-part radio series about young people and gun violence. Brad Lichtenstein, a 2011 Mary L. Nohl Fellow, and his company, 371 Productions, are producing the 3- to 5- minutes stories.
Milwaukee Art Museum: $100,000 to support the last phase of its “Plan for the Future” capital campaign, which supports renovations of the original Saarinen building and Kahler addition, reinstallation of the collections and an audience development initiative.
Urban Ecology Center: $100,000 to support the first phase of its Riverland Project, which includes the acquisition of 4.5 acres next to its Riverside Park branch, demolition of one building, remodeling of another building and plan development of long-term use of the site.
Midwest Bikeshare: $70,000 (over two years) to provide staff capacity for Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee’s first bike-sharing program, which launched in 2013. The grant will support part-time development staff who will secure sponsorship of additional bike kiosks throughout Milwaukee's downtown and neighborhoods as well as raise funds for ongoing maintenance.
Radio for Milwaukee: $65,000 to support a year-long series of events, including social gatherings, concerts, convenings, lectures and diverse performances, designed to bring together diverse segments of the community to explore tough issues. Planned by a task force representing different segments of the community and focused on young adults, the Cultural Commons will leverage the membership of the partners to participate in the events.
Milwaukee County Historical Society: $55,154 toward creation of “Pride in Place: Milwaukee’s Architecture and Built Environment,” a new exhibit debuting in spring 2015 that allows visitors to explore the city’s architectural history as well as explore how the built environment affects and is affected by residents. The grant also supports creation of a small exhibit on the Foundation’s 100 years of generosity within the Milwaukee community.
Cedar Community Foundation: $50,000 to support development of its Cottages at Cedar Run, a 60-unit memory care facility in Washington County designed for older adults who have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Aurora Foundation: $48,414 to support cardiac research, specifically a test that will determine whether patients with depressed cardiac function and indices of high left atrial pressure are at high risk during non-cardiac surgery.
Family Service Agency of Waukesha County: $45,000 (over two years) to provide mental health training and support to teachers at three Waukesha schools – Whittier and Prairie Elementary Schools and Horning Middle School – so they can better identify and respond to students with behavioral and mental health issues.
Advocates of Ozaukee: $40,000 to create a 900-square-foot designated counseling and group space for clients as well as update its facility to include an ADA-accessible bathroom.
Benedict Center: $35,000 to further develop the “Sisters Program,” a community-diversion program in partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department that provides counseling and educational support for women engaged in prostitution.
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin: $25,000 to cover costs associated with renovating a former homeless shelter into a transitional housing facility for HIV positive individuals. ARCW's Wisconsin House will move to the space and provide housing for 15 individuals.
Bread of Healing Clinic: $25,000 to partially support the part-time dental program coordinator position so the clinic can increase the number of low-income, uninsured adults it serves through its dental care program. The individual will oversee the dental care services, recruit dental professionals to volunteer and develop a referral network of providers who can see clients for other restorative care.
Hope Street Ministries: $25,000 to remodel its apartment building at 26th Street and Capitol Drive, which served adults recovering from addictions. Twenty two apartments will be refurbished, a basement will be redesigned to incorporate space for children’s programming and an adult lab and small group space will also be added.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin: $25,000 to increase the capacity of the nonprofit to house families with critically ill children who are treated in area hospitals and reduce the waiting list for its services. It doubled the number of private guest rooms to 70 as well as expanded its family dining room and parking.
Wisconsin Historical Foundation: $25,000 toward the first phase of preservation of civil rights leader Vel Phillips’ personal papers.
Youth and Family Project: $25,000 to cover costs of sewer repair for a multi-purpose building that houses Washington County Department of Human Services staff and also is used as housing for individuals with mental health and/or AODA issues.
Best Buddies - Wisconsin: $20,000 for second year support of its Citizens Project, which creates one-to-one friendships between adults without disabilities with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Milwaukee County.
Ko-Thi Dance Company: $5,000 to underwrite the inaugural event of the Black Art Think Tank arts groups.
La Casa de Esperanza: $3,000 to support Hispanic Heritage month and a community event around the newly released anthology, “I Did Not Know There Were Latinos in Wisconsin.”
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: $1,700 to support the work of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Milwaukee.
Contact Kathryn Dunn to learn more about our grantmaking strategies.