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

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

Bradley Family Foundation: $130,000 to support the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists Program, which supports established and emerging visual artists in the region.

YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin: $100,000 (over two years) to hire a full-time trainer to help expand the nonprofit’s capacity to address racial justice issues and create additional racial justice education and learning opportunities.

Family Promise of Washington County: $50,000 for construction of an emergency shelter and supported living facility for homeless in Washington County.

American Heart Association: $50,000 for implementation of “Check. Change. Control,” an evidence-based hypertension management program using blood pressure monitoring and mentors, into the Westlawn Gardens neighborhood.

Learn More

dunn-web.pngContact Kathryn Dunn to learn more about our grantmaking strategies.



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