Second Quarter 2017

Increasing economic opportunities

Greater Milwaukee Committee: $75,000 to support the second phase of the MKE United work plan to help leverage the economic growth occurring in and near downtown Milwaukee to ensure that surrounding neighborhoods also benefit.

Pathfinders Milwaukee: $50,000 to work with runaway and homeless youth to increase their self-sufficiency, independence and vocational readiness through a trauma informed lens and targeted skill development workshops and group supported employment.

Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation: $40,000 to support the return of America’s Black Holocaust Museum in 2018 to a physical space in partnership with a 41-unit affordable housing project in Milwaukee’s historic Bronzeville neighborhood. The museum is part of the overall $17 million multi-use Historic Garfield Redevelopment and will occupy 6,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor.

GPS Education Partners: $35,000 to support programming for high school juniors and seniors that will support them in completing school, continuing through technical college and ending up with career opportunities with local manufacturers. The program includes further expansion to all of its education centers in Milwaukee to increase its reach from 133 students to 150 by 2018.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $25,000 to support redevelopment of a city-owned commercial property, 3514 W. National Ave., which is on a site where four of the five neighboring parcels are either vacant or causing blight.

Legacy Redevelopment Corp: $25,000 to provide one-on-one technical assistance to small business clients and prospective clients to identify strengths, weaknesses and capacity gaps in an effort to provide strategic mitigation of business and financing risks.

Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin: $20,000 to support efforts to develop a structure for formal collaboration in the consumer capability and financial services sector that will create consensus under one framework and develop common messaging so resources for low-income people are easier to access.

We Grow Greens: $20,000 to support a nine-month skill building employment program and internship for teens that fosters the growth of healthy and productive leaders to prepare them for the workforce. It will include hands-on experience in healthy living, entrepreneurship and leadership training.

Gathering of Southeast Wisconsin: $15,000 to support site renovations and purchase of equipment related to the move of its downtown meal program from St. James Episcopal Church at 8th Street and Wisconsin Avenue to St. Ben’s Community Meal on 9th and State streets.

World Outreach & Bible Training Center: $15,000 to support leadership and development programming for 25 youth in the Old North Milwaukee neighborhood in partnership with Lead2Change. Curriculum includes personal development and leadership training, assisting in research of career interests and goals, presentation etiquette and internships.

Central City Churches Outreach Ministry: $10,000 to support a coalition of 21 faith-based organizations in partnership with JP Cullen to recruit, train and retain low-income central city residents to become a part of the skills trade workforce. The program uses a holistic approach consisting of recruitment, preparation, social services, counseling and social justice.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council: $3,500 to purchase a one-year online subscription to a lending patterns database, which will allow the nonprofit the ability to source housing data, assist community organizations in ensuring that creditworthy borrowers have access to fair lending and assist in monitoring the lenders’ performance in geographies they serve.

Promoting racial equity and inclusion

Greater Milwaukee Committee: $25,000 to support a planning process around African American leadership.

WUWM: $1,560 to support a special series that examines the geographic dividing lines that create a gulf between opportunities for black and white residents in Milwaukee, how that gap came to be, how it manifests itself and what the community can do to break the cycle.

Diverse & Resilient: $1,000 to support the Wisconsin LGBTQ Summit, an annual leadership conference.

Strengthening Education

Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation: $69,997 to expand its ACT prep program to support up to 627 high school juniors from 15 schools.

College Possible: $60,000 to support 200 high school juniors in Hamilton, Marshall, Pulaski, South Division and Vincent high schools to prepare for the ACT by providing them with academic coaches.

Seeds of Health: $40,000 to support 154 juniors from Milwaukee Community Cyber, Tenor and Veritas high schools to prepare for the ACT.

Boys & Girls Club of Washington County: $25,000 to help the agency with expanded hours at four branches in Washington County.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $15,000 to support an eight day ACT prep camp at Cardinal Stritch University for 100 members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

TransCenter for Youth: $15,000 to support one-on-one tutors for 100 high school juniors to help them prepare for the ACT.

United Community Center: $15,000 to help 18 high school juniors prepare for the ACT.

Messmer Catholic Schools: $7,300 to provide Saturday morning tutoring sessions taught by a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor to help 40 Messmer High School juniors prepare for the ACT.

Strengthening Neighborhoods

LISC Milwaukee: $300,000 (over three years)to increase its capacity as an organization in working on affordable housing, economic development and community safety citywide.

ACTS Community Development Corporation: $50,000 to renovate the historic building at 24th and Cherry streets that houses its office. Phase one includes immediate repairs including a roof replacement, gutters, downspouts, stone repairs at copings and base, masonry work and code compliance work including plumbing and electrical repairs and upgrades.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $50,000 to support renovations at the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club in Sherman Park, including an ADA accessible bathroom, new furniture and supplies, to make the space more conducive to increased teen programming and accommodate partners providing onsite services.

St. Ben’s Community Meal Program: $50,000 to renovate and transform the former St. Anthony’s Hospital into 60 affordable permanent housing units for homeless and provide critical supportive services for new residents. The new building will expand and enhance medical services provided at the St. Ben’s Clinic and include showers, lockers and a new welcoming space for dinner guests.

Wisconsin Humane Society: $30,000 to expand its Pets for Life community outreach program into the Harambee, Franklin Heights, Halyard Park, Midtown, Lindsay Heights and Walnut Hill neighborhoods. The program provides critical information and resources for pet owners who lack access to a veterinary clinic in their neighborhood.

City of Milwaukee-Environmental Collaboration Office: $25,000 to convert a large blighted space adjacent to Fondy Farmers Market on Milwaukee’s north side into a community gathering space with storm water features, seating and a stage for local events and programming.

Regional vitality

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. 

Arts @ Large: $50,000 to purchase and restore a three-story 1890s Patrick Cudahy building located in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood that will house the nonprofit’s offices as well as a gallery, art studio, culinary arts training center and café.

Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation: $50,000 to purchase technology and equipment for a mobile dental clinic so that it provide urgent and restorative dental care to children in Milwaukee County.

Zoological Society of Milwaukee County: $50,000 for the development of new indoor habitats for the African zoo animals, including elephants, rhinoceroses and hippopotamuses.

Meta House: $27,000 to renovate the doorway entrances of its transitional housing facility.

Ex Fabula: $25,000 to support the 2017-18 Ex Fabula Fellowship, a cohort of diverse adults interested in creating a more equitable region that learn to share their personal stories about race and inequity to encourage dialogue and set the stage for change.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: $25,000 to support the final year of a five-year research project that is testing how NRas mutations affect activation of downstream pathways and potentially cause leukemia’s formation. Results will provide insight into the mechanisms of leukemia and could lead to a novel therapy for treating Ras-driven leukemia and/or preventing their further progression.

LifeStriders Therapeutic Riding Center: $25,000 to expand counseling and therapy services, with the ability to offer therapeutic horseback riding to children and adults with special needs in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Art Museum: $25,000 to support the exhibits, public education programs around “Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy” exhibit. 

Milwaukee County Historical Society: $25,000 to support a major exhibit on sports and recreation in Milwaukee County that, in part, will illustrate how sports can unify communities.

Milwaukee Public Museum: $25,000 to support SPARK!, a program designed for people in the early to mid-stages of memory loss to visit the museum with their caregivers.

Renaissance Theaterworks: $25,000 to expand the Br!NK program, which each year identifies and works with two female playwrights from the Midwest.

Urban Ecology Center: $25,000 to support a summer experiential program for more than 700 youth, the majority of whom are low-income students from Milwaukee Public Schools.

UWM Foundation: $25,000 to help launch WUWM’s Eric Von Broadcast Fellowship, which is intended to increase diverse representation in public media by providing a broadcast journalist of color the opportunity to gain paid experience.

Benedict Center: $7,000 to support the Sisters Program Warming Room, a temporary emergency response to provide shelter to homeless women engaged in prostitution and/or human trafficking.

Marcus Center for the Performing Arts: $5,000 for the development of an action plan to implement its strategic priorities for diversity, inclusion and community engagement.

Council of Michigan Foundations: $4,000 to support the Great Lakes Funders Collaborative in 2017.

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