Public gathering spaces can instill civic pride and offer a powerful sense of community. In honor of the Foundation’s centennial, we are working with partners throughout our four-county region – including the Greater Cedarburg Foundation, Oconomowoc Area Foundation and West Bend Community Foundation as well as the city of Milwaukee – to celebrate the generosity of these communities through a significant, long-lasting legacy gift. Each gift will support a project that fits the unique characteristics and needs of that community and enhances publicly accessible spaces.

Milwaukee County

As a permanent gift to the Milwaukee community, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is partnering with the City of Milwaukee to replace three neighborhood playgrounds identified through the MKE Plays initiative. Learn more about the project >

Ozaukee County


The Greater Cedarburg Foundation’s mission is to promote and encourage private funding in support of projects that enrich the quality of life for residents of the Cedarburg community. Affiliating with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in 2011, the Greater Cedarburg Foundation continues to increase its impact and influence in the Cedarburg community for today and future generations. 

An existing band shell at a key gathering place in Cedarburg will be rebuilt, thanks to a collaboration between the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary Club, Greater Cedarburg Foundation and other local partners. Learn more about the project >

Washington County

WEST-BEND-LOGO.jpgThe West Bend Community Foundation was created in 1999 and is dedicated to supporting and promoting programs in education, arts and culture, the environment and health and human services within the West Bend area. 

West Bend’s signature downtown park will receive a significant upgrade through a special project developed by the West Bend Community Foundation in partnership with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Learn more about the project. >

Waukesha County

OAF-Logo.jpgStarted in 2002, the Oconomowoc Area Foundation’s mission is to enrich the community economically and culturally, care for children, help those in need, develop youth and protect the environment.

In partnership with the Oconomowoc Area Foundation, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is making an investment in the reconstruction and enhancement of downtown Oconomowoc’s boardwalk. Learn more about the project. >