First Quarter 2018

Responsive Grantmaking

Milwaukee Ballet Company: $100,000 (over two years) in support of the agency’s capital campaign for a new headquarters at 132 N. Jackson St.

ERAs Senior Network: $50,000 for a project manager to oversee development of the Find a Ride Network, which provides coordinated transportation for older adults who are unable to drive to medical or other essential appointments.

Schools that Can Milwaukee: $50,000 for its intensive onsite coaching offered to eight to 10 leadership teams that are leading “focus schools,” or ones that have been identified as having significant potential for improvement.

Teach for America: $50,000 to support professional development of 50 new teachers during a six-week summer institute program in Milwaukee.

TRUE Skool: $50,000 for its creative arts programming, which provides skill-based arts learning through art, music, video and dance that promotes leadership, social-emotional intelligence and increased critical thinking skills for youth.

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic: $50,000 toward the buildout of a satellite dental clinic in Menomonee Falls that will provide preventive, restorative and emergency care to low-income families who live in Waukesha, Washington and Milwaukee counties.

Urban Economic Development Association: $30,000 to provide education, training and technical resources for professionals in the economic development sector to increase responsiveness and bring awareness of strategies that bring economic opportunity to underserved communities.

Meta House: $30,000 to support comprehensive residential treatment for pregnant and postpartum women with substance use disorders and their families.

MetroGo!: $25,000 in support of the organization’s efforts to convene and manage regional transit options, with an emphasis on creating greater equity and opportunity for residents in higher poverty areas to connect to employment opportunities.

9 to 5, National Association of Working Women: $25,000 to support the agency’s workplace rights and sexual harassment training for unemployed and underemployed women impacted by abuse, incarceration and human trafficking through partnerships with workforce development and job placement direct service organizations.

Benedict Center: $25,000 to help the agency expand its Sisters Program, a street outreach program that addresses street prostitution, including sex trafficking, through a harm-reduction model of support and treatment instead of criminalization.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metropolitan Milwaukee: $25,000 for its Metro Milwaukee Mentoring Program, which helps African American children facing adversity by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with African American mentors.

Center for Urban Teaching: $25,000 to support its summer school training for high-performing urban teachers and school leaders.

Milwaukee Film: $25,000 to enable about 8,000 kindergarten through 12th graders from 78 different schools from greater Milwaukee the opportunity to attend educational screenings during the annual Milwaukee Film Festival.

Puerto Rico Community Foundation: $25,000 to support nonprofits assisting in hurricane relief efforts.

Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County: $25,000 to support an overflow shelter for homeless men during the winter.

Black Arts MKE: $25,000 to support a project manager position that will guide the development and launch of a reimagined and reinvigorated African cultural festival.

Family Promise of Washington County: $25,000 to support operation of an emergency shelter and transitional housing facility in West Bend for single males and females.

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust: $25,000 to preserve farmlands, currently under market pressure to be converted to residential use, so that they can be owned and farmed by Hmong farmers and supply food to scarce neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Urban Ecology Center: $25,000 for a summer camp opportunity for low-income children and youth, combining a traditional camp experience with science-based learning.

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee: $20,000 for a training program for Hispanics interested in serving on nonprofit boards.

Cathedral Center: $20,000 for its emergency shelter program.

We Grow Greens: $20,000 for Teens Grow Greens, a nine-month internship for young adults that fosters leadership, entrepreneurial skills and employment experiences to prepare them for workforce and life.

HEAR Wisconsin: $15,000 for the agency’s early intervention program, which supports preschool children and their families and helps eliminate communication and language barriers through personalized services, technology and education.

Optimist Theatre: $15,000 to support the professional production of a Shakespeare play, free of charge for the community, in 2018.

Wisconsin Policy Forum: $15,000 to support start-up activities related to a merger between the Public Policy Forum and Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: $12,500 to enable students to attend the Christmas Carol performance who otherwise would not have the opportunity.

Strengthening Education

Partners Advancing Values in Education: $75,000 (over two years) to help recruit 25 people of color to serve as school leaders or board members and provide them with professional development and one-to-one coaching, emphasizing evidence-based practices.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: $50,000 to support the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative Collaborative Fund and its strategies to address teen pregnancy in the city of Milwaukee.

Creative Employment Opportunities: $25,000 to support development and application of interpersonal skills necessary for success in post-secondary education, training, employment and life in the community for young adults 17-24 with autism or mental health issues.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $25,000 for its Neighborhood Ambassador Program, which provides work-life experiences for unemployed youth ages 18 to 24 with limited skills while improving the safety and cleanliness of Milwaukee neighborhoods and corridors. Participants receive six months paid work experience and other supportive services including job and financial coaching, career planning and assistance in securing long-term employment.

Strengthening Neighborhoods 

Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative: $100,000 (over two years) to help the agency increase the capacity of Milwaukee JobsWork, its job readiness and small business development program, to serve more individuals.

WWBIC: $100,000 (over two years) to support technical assistance necessary for the outreach, business, education, pre/post loan counseling and ongoing small business consultation it provides to its clients throughout the course of a loan.

Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation: $80,000 (over two years) to support the agency’s efforts to continue to implement Healthy Neighborhood Initiative strategies in Milwaukee’s Havenwoods neighborhood. Planned projects include a summer concert series, block build with Revitalize MKE and home tours.

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $80,000 (over two years) for the agency’s continued efforts to implement Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative strategies in Milwaukee’s Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park neighborhoods. Planned projects include resident leadership training, neighborhood marketing and home tours.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $80,000 (over two years) to support the agency’s continued efforts to implement Healthy Neighborhood Initiative strategies within Milwaukee’s Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods. Planned activities include conducting a housing survey, organizing neighborhood clean-ups and the planning and coordination of activities along the Beerline Trail.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center: $80,000 to support the agency’s efforts to implement Healthy Neighborhood Initiative strategies in the KK River neighborhood. Planned projects include a spring cleanup, resident leadership academy and green infrastructure workshops.

Albright Methodist Church: $60,000 (over two years) to support the Capitol Heights Neighborhood Association’s continued efforts to implement Healthy Neighborhood Initiative strategies within the Capitol Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee’s northwest side. Planned activities include summer and fall youth employment program, neighborhood marketing and neighborhood events.

University of Wisconsin Extension – Waukesha County: $60,000 (over two years) to support the agency’s continued efforts to implement the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative strategies in Waukesha’s Tower Hill and Dunbar Oaks neighborhoods. Planned activities include home improvement workshops, a neighborhood leadership development program and development of a formalized neighborhood association nonprofit.

Employ Milwaukee: $50,000 for the agency’s Mobile Workforce Connections, a program in which staff canvass neighborhoods and events to connect Milwaukee County job seekers and workers with employment and training opportunities.

Wisconsin Philanthropy Network: $50,000 for the Wisconsin Leadership Development Project, which is designed to recruit, train and develop 100 grassroots leaders in Milwaukee.

Harbor District: $50,000 to support development of a 10,000-square-foot plaza at the eastern end of Greenfield Street that will create a recreational and public gathering place in the inner harbor.

Project RETURN: $35,000 for its employment program that provides formerly incarcerated individuals training to increase work skills, identify barriers, develop a case plan and connect to resources for employment as well as basic needs.

Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion: $30,000 to support listening circles between Milwaukee Police and youth and adult residents in Harambee, Metcalfe Park, Amani, Clarke Square and Sherman Park that will increase understanding, change perceptions and repair relationships.

Marquette University: $25,000 in support of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, an online news service that reports on news within 18 Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Safe & Sound: $25,000 to support the agency’s efforts to improve safety in Milwaukee neighborhoods through community organizing, youth development and partnerships with law enforcement.

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin: $25,000 for the Asha Project, which provides culturally specific advocacy services, support groups and case management for victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse and sex trafficking.

African American Chamber of Commerce: $10,000 toward creation of a business model for Adams Garden Park, an urban garden collective that will be home to a number of small entrepreneurial businesses.

Community Advocates: $7,500 to support warming rooms at four locations across Milwaukee County during the winter for individuals who are homeless.

Local Initiatives Support Corporation: $2,000 to support the 2018 MANDI event.

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