Our impact on the community is powered by the generosity of nearly 1,200 donors who have created funds at the Foundation. Since our inception, we have given grants to nonprofits locally, nationally and around the world to support education, art, community development, the environment and a wide range of issues.

Key facts

Year founded



The Foundation manages more than 1,300 funds with a total value of $756 million in assets.* Thirty six percent of our are funds are donor advised where donors recommend the grants.

*as of Dec. 31, 2016


In 2016, the Foundation made $60.1 million in grants.

Key funding areas

Though donors can support the cause or charity of their choice, our Foundation’s quarterly competitive grant process focuses on the following four areas:

Strengthening education
Increasing economic opportunities
Strengthening neighborhoods
Promoting racial equity and inclusion


The Foundation is led by a 15-member Board comprised of leaders from the greater Milwaukee area.

Media inquiries

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a valuable resource for information about donors and philanthropy, community issues and leadership, and opportunities facing the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, in addition to news about our own activities. Please direct all media inquiries, including requests for interviews and background information on the Foundation, to:

Jeremy Podolski, Marketing and Communications Manager

For media inquiries

Please contact: Jeremy PodolskiMarketing and Communications Manager


2017 Annual Report


For an overview of last year’s financial performance, read our 2017 annual report.