Increasing economic opportunities

Wisconsin Community Services: $80,000 (over two years) to support programming of the Center for Driver's License Recovery and Employability, which works with low-income Milwaukee County residents to obtain a valid driver’s license by providing direct license recovery services, educational advocacy, and driver’s education and community awareness.

Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin: $50,000 for the continued partnership with The Sojourner Family Peace Center to build upon their existing workforce development programming for victims of domestic violence facing unique barriers to employment. Sojourner will identify and assess clients to determine the level of workforce development and coaching needed and Goodwill will provide job seeker services and financial empowerment coaching.

Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative: $50,000 to hire an employer development and employee advancement specialist to support employee and small business development for Milwaukee Jobs Work. The program helps prepare and encourage motivated individuals living in poverty to achieve economic self-sufficiency through sustainable employment.

Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center: $50,000 for renovation of the shelter’s kitchen, providing a space for residents and staff to prepare and enjoy meals together.

House of Peace: $31,050 to purchase equipment to improve food pantry efficiency and increase food storage capacity.

The Women’s Center: $30,450 to renovate its shelter kitchen, improving its food service capacity for residents.

Advocates of Ozaukee: $30,000 for expanded case management services for domestic and sexual violence clients in its transitional living program.

Journey House: $30,000 for the Urban Careers Institute and Adult Education program, which helps residents gain skills needed to search, obtain and sustain employment as well as bundles job placement services with financial coaching and adult education.

Menomonee Valley Partners: $27,500 to support funding two of five Menomonee
Valley 2.0 plan priorities, including developing about 40 acres of underutilized waterfront parcels and strengthening the St. Paul Avenue Commercial Corridor by transforming 20 blocks of vacant buildings into Milwaukee's design and décor showroom district.

Cathedral Center: $25,882 to purchase equipment that will improve the efficiency and quality of food served at the shelter, along with creating a comfortable mealtime experience for all shelter residents.

Hope House of Milwaukee: $7,507 to replace the cooling machinery in the shelter's walk-in cooler.

Hmong American Friendship Association: $7,408 to purchase equipment to improve food pantry efficiency, increase food storage capacity and create a safer working environment.

Promoting racial equity and inclusion

Diverse & Resilient: $25,000 to support evidence-based prevention interventions and targeted outreach and education to reduce HIV transmission among high risk populations with a special focus on reaching young men of color.

Legal Action of Wisconsin: $5,000 for research and analysis of models from communities that show promise in reducing barriers to employment, housing, and economic stability for ex-offenders and those subject to municipal fines.

Strengthening education

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: $25,000 for Reach Out and Read, a program which incorporates books into pediatric care and encourages families to read aloud together.

Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra: $25,000 for its Community
Partnerships Program, which aims to increase participation of students from minority populations that have been historically underrepresented in youth orchestra programs.

Upstream Arts: $25,000 to support teaching artists serving students with cognitive and/or physical disabilities who attend Richard Kluge Elementary School.

Best Buddies – Wisconsin: $20,000 to support chapters at 16 schools in Waukesha County. Best Buddies creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Nia Imani: $15,000 to help implement the "Parents Interacting with Infants" program.

Literacy Services of Wisconsin: $12,000 to support English Language Learners’ use of digital technology for literacy tasks.

Strengthening Neighborhoods

Jazale’s Art Studio: $25,000 to build the nonprofit's capacity to provide free after school learning opportunities for low-income, youth of color in Harambee, Bronzeville and Riverwest neighborhoods. The goal is to help youth develop their artistic skills and concepts while increasing the opportunity for local artists to share their work through workshops and events.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $20,000 for its efforts to engage a diverse community of neighbors, youth, local artists and property and business owners in an initiative to enhance neighborhood identity, which will result in permanent artwork at two specific corner locations: South 35th Street/West National Avenue and 37th Street/Pierce Street.

Regional vitality

Board of Regents UW System: $200,000 (over three years) for research on women recently diagnosed with breast cancer prior, during and after chemotherapy treatment to understand the risk and markers for chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $165,000 (over three years) for research to enhance understanding of hypoplastic left heart syndrome and other forms of cardiac disease to facilitate diagnosis and treatment choices.

Marquette University: $120,000 (over three years) for research to test a new rehabilitation strategy for restoring dynamic balance in people with multiple sclerosis.

Interfaith Senior Programs: $50,000 to hire a program manager to lead the startup of a transportation program for elders in Waukesha in 2017.

Serenity Inns: $20,000 for its outpatient program to treat the men on its waiting list recovering from alcohol and other drug addictions.

Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts: $15,000 to provide six-week visual residencies to 200 underserved elementary school students from Milwaukee public and charter schools. The funding also will support creation of the Mary L. Nohl Digital Art Gallery, located in the Lynn Chappy Arts Education wing of the center, which will provide an opportunity for student art to be viewed by 45,000 people during the year.

Broadscope Disability Services: $15,000 to support a bilingual respite support case manager to facilitate outreach, information sessions and support groups to increase respite and support services for Latino families caring for a child with a disability.

Volunteer Center of Ozaukee County: $7,500 for operational support to help it decide whether to continue as an independent organization or become a program of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee.

COA Youth & Family Centers: $2,400 to support addition of a host for the last 12 Precious Lives podcasts.

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