Fourth Quarter 2019

Responsive Grantmaking

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin: $150,000 (over two years) to support evaluation of the YWCA’s racial justice programming and map the current state of efforts in Milwaukee to impact racial injustices.

Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development: $100,000 to purchase and install interactive LED lights on the city’s iconic Hoan Bridge as part of the Light the Hoan project.

The Lutheran Home: $100,000 to expand its memory care assisted living space to increase the number of residents from 40 to 72.

Milwaukee Youth Arts Center: $100,000 for its efforts to expand program and educational space by building out the lower level of its current center and remodeling its nearby Annex building.

Nia Imani: $100,000 to eliminate mold and provide repairs caused by flooding in its building in summer 2018.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater: $60,000 for MPact, its community engagement initiative designed to foster relationships with communities of color, providing opportunities for civic discourse.

Family Promise of Washington County: $52,000 to repair water damage and restore proper living area space for families at its Day Center.

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin: $50,000 to support the organization’s HIV prevention programs that increase access to services for hard to reach, at-risk individuals.

Islands of Brilliance: $50,000 to support its neurodiverse talent incubator, which provides project-based learning to support increasing employment and long-term independence for individuals living with autism.

MATC Foundation: $50,000 to support low-income nursing students of color by addressing barriers to academic retention and completion such as program fees, uniform costs and required test fees.

Voces de la Frontera Workers’ Center: $50,000 to expand capacity in its citizenship classes and for its legal services for migrants.

Wisconsin Philanthropy Network: $50,000 for the Wisconsin Leadership Development Project, a grassroots project that will train 100 Milwaukee residents in running campaigns to address local and societal issues.

Milwaukee Rescue Mission: $41,019 to cover costs for foodservice equipment for its meal program.

Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic: $40,000 to support access to oral health education and comprehensive dental care for low-income individuals.

Advocates of Ozaukee: $32,000 for external and internal modifications that will make the shelter ADA accessible.

Food Pantry of Waukesha County: $32,000 for purchase and installation of a commercial cooler to increase its capacity to distribute fresh food.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Washington County: $30,000 for renovations to the front entrance security system, kitchen and teen center at the Prescott Center in West Bend.

Benedict Center: $25,000 to support a winter warming room at the Sisters Program day shelter for homeless women involved in the sex trade.

Best Buddies: Wisconsin: $25,000 for an expansion of its integrated employment opportunities program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

City Year: $25,000 to support leadership development training for AmeriCorps members to develop a pathway for success upon completion of the City Year program.

Diverse & Resilient: $25,000 to renovate space to accommodate a program expansion aimed at serving Milwaukee’s transgender community and a new peer specialist program for HIV positive gay, bisexual and same gender-loving men of color in Milwaukee.

Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin: $25,000 to replace broken or deficient equipment in the Milwaukee food bank warehouse.

The Gathering: $25,000 to support capital improvements to improve executive and service delivery at its new meal site at Running Rebels.

GPS Education Partners: $25,000 to support MPS high school students develop their soft and technical work skills, aptitude and career awareness by integrating career education services and project-based STEM learning activities along with work-based learning experiences.

Literacy Services of Wisconsin: $25,000 to serve adults whose academic goals are to improve their reading, writing and numeracy.

Menomonee Valley Partners: $25,000 to help connect valley employers to neighborhoods and schools through neighborhood tours, job recruitment events, junior and high school career discovery events and employee-led mentoring programs.

MetroGo!: $25,000 to help reduce transportation barriers to employment by cultivating and convening regional leadership to drive immediate action that connects people to jobs and molds a long-term regional vision for transportation that serves the region with rapid, modern multi-modal options.

SecureFutures Foundation: $25,000 to support its Money Coach mentoring program, which teaches teens financially responsible behavior by helping them establish life and savings goals, demonstrating real-world activities, college and career readiness skills and independent living preparing in group and one-on-one settings.

Wisconsin Humane Society: $25,000 for its Pets for Life program, which supports animals and families in low-income, underserved neighborhoods who have little to no access to pet care resources. Under the program, vet checks, spay and neuter surgery and general health checks are offered to residents at no cost in targeted neighborhoods.

Hmong American Friendship Association: $15,000 to expand capacity to provide free, professional, culturally competent medical interpretation services.

Aurora Health Care Foundation: $14,000 to support solution-focused therapy through its Family Training Institute.

Family Promise of Ozaukee County: $10,000 to cover the cost of cots for families served by the nonprofit and for a trailer to transport the cots daily to and from the host congregation to the day center.

El Paso Community Foundation: $10,000 to support the victims of the El Paso shooting tragedy.

Milwaukee Film: $5,000 to support a free screening of the documentary, “Unlikely,” which investigates America’s college dropout crisis. The screening event is a collaborative effort between Milwaukee Film, Higher Education Regional Alliance, Milwaukee Public School’s College and Career Center and College Possible.

Wormfarm Institute: $5,000 to support several events designed to highlight Milwaukee’s art community.

Southside Organizing Committee: $1,250 to support the League of United Latin American Citizens and its partners’ work to strengthen the Latino community.

Connected People

African American Breastfeeding Network: $80,000 to support its community lactation and breastfeeding program, particularly the lactation consultant and father peer advocate. The program enhances and improves maternal and infant health by providing breastfeeding education, support and services, especially for families at risk for prematurity and negative birth outcomes.

Parenting Network: $80,000 for its IntenDad and Welcome Baby Cafes, two programs that work with men and women to help combat. IntenDad focuses on pregnancy intendedness and appropriate referrals to medical providers. Welcome Baby Café works to build protective factors that act as a buffer from toxic stress.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center: $55,000for its bilingual prenatal services for Spanish-speaking mothers that include prenatal and breastfeeding classes, breast pump loan program, trimester education, home visits and prenatal/pediatric case management.

Penfield Children’s Center: $50,000 to provide home visitation nursing care for infants with disabilities and developmental delays through its Special Care Nursing initiative.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County: $50,000 to support the work of the community school coordinator for North Division Community School to serve the students, families and residents in Milwaukee’s North Division neighborhood.

Aurora Health Care Foundation: $25,000 for expansion of its “Labor, Birth and Beyond” program in Grafton and other clinics in Washington County. The program provides first-time parents with the tools, resources and confidence key to strong birth outcomes.

City of Milwaukee: $25,000 to support Fund My Future Milwaukee, a program that aims to provide very kindergartner in the city of Milwaukee a children’s savings account. Students will grow the account with incentives through participation in the program as well as achieving specific benchmarks.

Meta House: $25,000 to support its Smoke-free Mothers, Healthy Babies program, which provides smoking cessation services, prenatal care management from an on-site nurse and pregnant/postpartum education series to ensure that healthy, full-term babies are born to mothers staying at Meta House.

Mikva Challenge Grant Foundation: $25,000 to support the Soapbox Challenge, a public speaking competition that calls young people to speak out on issues that affect them and their communities.

Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph Foundation: $20,000 for its Women’s Outpatient Center, which provides preventive and comprehensive care for low-income women and their babies throughout pregnancy, delivery and early months of parenting.

Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement Inc.: $10,000 to support the educational success of blind children by producing braille learning materials that allow students have access to learning materials at the same time as their sighted peers.

Milwaukee Jewish Day School: $10,000 to support its Repairing Together program, which is based on a model of experiential learning and development that addresses the organization’s mission in combating hate, prejudice and injustice.

Milwaukee Kickers Soccer Club: $10,000 to support positive adult mentors to guide youth through structured soccer, creative writing and service-learning activities that build physical health, academic proficiency, community involvement and social-emotional skills.

The House of Kings and Priests: $10,000 for its Here for My Child program for new fathers ages 18 to 24.

Community Relations-Social Development Commission in Milwaukee County: $2,500 for the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit, a two-day event that provides programming and workshops to fathers.

Thriving Communities

MATC Foundation: $175,750 (over three years) for JobUP Milwaukee, a cooperative work-education pilot program that combines traditional classroom learning with paid on-the-job experiences.

Milwaukee Community Business Collaborative: $100,000 (over two years) for expansion of Milwaukee JobsWork, a program that supports small business development and job readiness among individuals who live in poverty.

College Possible: $75,000 to provide access to and through college for first generation college students.

Operation Dream: $75,000 to support workforce and entrepreneurial development of young men of color ages 13-19.

ArtWorks for Milwaukee: $50,000 to support 60 youth with goal setting, team building, 21st century skills and entrepreneurial skills through art-based internships.

Milwaukee Christian Center: $50,000 for its Muskego Way Forward resident-driven initiative.

Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin: $50,000 for Bank On Greater Milwaukee, a program that works with workforce development agencies to educate and integrate banking options for unbanked and underbanked individuals.

African American Chamber of Commerce: $40,000 to support a collaborative work space to incubate start-ups, provide technical assistance and train entrepreneurs. The space, on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood, will include a commercial kitchen, private offices for rent, collaborative workstations and a bakery/coffee shop.

WestCare Wisconsin: $40,000 to support the organization’s food pantry expansion plans to meet the need of children, youth and families in the Harambee neighborhood. The project will encourage intergenerational relationship building through a year-round hydroponic food system.

Community Warehouse: $25,000 to support an 18-month reentry program in Harambee for Milwaukee residents to ensure mentoring, life skills training and employment to reduce high recidivism rates.

First Stage Children’s Theater: $25,000 for programming, community engagement and visual arts enrichment related to the musical, “The Legend of Rock, Paper and Scissors.”

Frank Zeidler Center for Public Discussion: $25,000 for community skill building workshops.

Groundwork Milwaukee: $25,000 for a project that will teach youth ages 14 to 24 geographic information system mapping skills and offer critical insights to community development partners including Habitat for Humanity, Riverworks and the city of Milwaukee.

Riverworks Development Corporation: $25,000 for 12 to 15 murals on the Beerline Trail that will reflect the different ethnic groups in the Harambee neighborhood and serve as entry and exit points along the trail.

Art Start: $25,000 for its Creative Connections program, which focuses on supporting young artists between the ages of 14 and 20 who have demonstrated artistic talent but lack the resources needed to turn that aptitude into opportunities. Youth will be matched with industry professionals as mentors who will provide one-on-one instruction and support to explore a professional arts career.

Black Arts MKE: $25,000 for community engagement efforts to increase access to, expand audiences for and education youth about African American culture.

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: $25,000 for a performance inspired by Matthew Desmond’s book, “Evicted.” Titled “Emergency Shelter Intake Form,” the piece will be performed at North Division High School. Leading up to the event, the orchestra will host a number of performances in conjunction with local agencies providing support to those affected by homelessness and eviction.

Project RETURN: $25,000 for its ex-offender employment program, which works with individuals who have experienced incarceration and address unemployment through small group support, training to increase work skills and connection to resources and basic needs.

Sharp Literacy: $25,000 on a graphic novel and public art project in partnership with Notre Dame Middle School and Rogers Street Academy. Author/illustrator Ian Corrao from Northwestern Mutual’s Cream City Labs will work with students to produce a graphic novel around the themes of computer coding and data science. Malaika Early Learning Center students will work with Milwaukee artist Vedale Hill to create a permanent piece of art.

Teens Grow Greens: $25,000 to help the organization expand its programming into Clarke Square and Muskego Way by providing paid internships to 20 teens.

Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative: $20,000 for an artist-in-residency in 2020 that will engage property owners, businesses and area residents to create and communicate about Cesar Chavez Drive’s history, its assets and its future as the prime Latino cultural destination in Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Community Service Corps: $18,000 to support 25 unemployed or underemployed African American adults in Milwaukee County earn their OSHA10 and forklift credentials, thereby improving their earning capacity, increasing their employment readiness, improving their financial literacy and employment placement.

St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care: $15,000 for Inaba Nights, a series of art performances at its Indaba Band Shell in partnership with the Milwaukee High School of the Arts and UPAF Connect that will include both student and professional work.

Harbor District: $2,000 to support a cohort of nonprofit and community leaders’ participation in a training program on leveraging the new Opportunity Zones for investments in Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation: $1,000 to support the organization’s annual luncheon.

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