Our mission

To inspire philanthropy, serve donors, strengthen communities now and for future generations

Our vision

Greater Milwaukee becomes a vibrant, economically thriving region comprised of welcoming and inclusive communities that provide opportunity, prosperity and a high quality of life for all.

Our values


This is at the heart of all we do. We demonstrate integrity through honesty, civility and respect. We respect each other and take pride in our work.


We provide exemplary service, nurturing relationships for generations and honoring commitments. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, accountability and fiduciary responsibility.


We partner with our vast network of donors, nonprofits and community leaders, developing effective strategies and mobilizing resources to strengthen communities and address persistent challenges.


We believe that all voices are vital to our region’s future. We promote equity and embrace the diversity of individuals, ideas and expressions. We are committed to learning from our partners and leading by example.

Ethics Policy

As a community foundation serving and representing a diverse metropolitan region, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation fiercely honours the dignity of all people. Both within our organization and throughout the broader community, we place a premium on integrity and advancing solutions that are effective and just. Racial equity and inclusion is the Foundation’s north star, guiding where we lead and follow to support and collaborate with community to achieve our shared vision for a thriving region. The Foundation celebrates difference and pledges to work with urgency and purpose to purge racism from our foundation and society’s systems and topple hate and discrimination in all its forms.

Read the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Ethics policy.

Read the Foundation's Land Acknowledgment.

Listen to the Foundation's Land Acknowledgment



Our Strategic Plan, released in the Fall of 2020, builds on the Foundation’s nearly 100-year history, and our core competencies and values. Guiding our activities over the next five years, the plan relies on our primary strengths of serving donors, providing strong investment results, building permanent charitable assets and funding a range of community organizations and programs.