First Quarter 2020

Responsive Grantmaking

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation: $360,000 (over two years) for gene therapy research to overcome a limitation that exists in the current treatment of sickle cell disease.

Milwaukee Center for Independence: $75,000 for transportation costs for infants, children and young with fragile health conditions who travel to and from its children’s medical daycare program.

Alverno College: $63,000 for the Finish Line Nursing Success Program, an individualized coaching program designed to improve retention and graduation rates for at-risk, first-generation low-income nursing students.

Susan G. Komen Wisconsin: $42,660 for support access to breast cancer services for low-income African American women living in seven Milwaukee ZIP codes with high breast cancer mortality rates.

Bread of Healing Clinic: $25,000 for a behavioral health program that will provide services to more than 160 low-income, uninsured adults as well as training for program partners on the impact of trauma for underserved populations.

Friends of Wisconsin Public Television: $25,000 to produce “America’s Socialist Experiment,” a documentary film that examines the successes and failures of Milwaukee’s Socialist history.

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center: $25,000 to support its syringe exchange program.

United Migrant Opportunity Services: $25,000 to expand services offered by the Latina Resource Network.

Medical College of Wisconsin: $10,000 for the Society of Black Academic Surgeon’s 30th annual meeting.

Connected People

Milwaukee County Historical Society: $40,000 for the second annual Milwaukee Museum Week, a special week that offers free or reduced admission, along with special programming, to 17 local museums.

City of Milwaukee Health Department: $25,000 for the Birthing Milwaukee Offering Moms Support program, which provides mothers with free, lead-safe kits prior to being discharged from the hospital after the birth of their child. The program will specifically target mothers in 53204, 53206, 53208 and 53210, all areas that have high densities of childhood lead poisoning.

Thriving Communities

Revitalize Milwaukee: $75,000 to provide free critical home repairs and accessibility modification services to veterans, older adults and people with disabilities in low-income communities.

Housing Resources: $50,000 to provide education, resources and housing services to residents interested in owning a home or maintaining their home. 

Layton Boulevard West Neighbors: $50,000 for its turnkey renovation program, which involves the purchase, rehab, and resale of city foreclosed homes to new homeowners in an effort to expand affordable housing in Clarke Square and Muskego Way neighborhoods.

Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp: $50,000 to support affordable “buy-rehab-sell” program of single-family and duplex properties in need of reinvestment in Harambee to owner-occupants. 

Midwest Energy Research Consortium: $50,000 for a collaborative training program for engineering, assembly, and test personnel to produce electronic equipment in Milwaukee’s 30th Street Industrial Corridor. The program will target 100 unemployed and underemployed trainees from the area.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity: $50,000 to support critical home repair program for older adults, people with disabilities or low-income homeowners to make interior and exterior repairs to their homes.

Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation: $50,000 to support business education, small business counseling, technical assistance and lending to diverse business owners who will participate in a growth accelerator.

Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development: $35,000 to cover the cost of a fundraising feasibility study and project management for a linear park along the Beerline Trail in Milwaukee’s Harambee neighborhood.

ACTS Community Development Corporation: $25,000 for its homeownership empowerment program, which provides financial counseling, real estate services, rehab counseling, access to financing and post-closing support.

Casa Guadalupe Education Center: $25,000 to help Latino high school students in Washington County graduate at a higher rate.

Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development: $25,000 to create a report analyzing key social and economic indicators in the nation’s 50 largest metro areas to determine where Milwaukee ranks on a comparative index of African American community well-being.

Milwaukee Metropolitan Fair Housing Council: $25,000 for its fair lending program, which helps increase homeownership and combats fraud and discrimination in the lending market, including mortgage rescue scams and predatory lending.

Prism Economic Development Corp.: $25,000 for Upstart Kitchen, a kitchen incubator in Sherman Park that will help local low- to moderate-income entrepreneurs start or scale their own food businesses.

Pastors United Community Advocacy: $15,000 to support voter education and outreach efforts in Milwaukee to promote civic engagement and encourage voter participation.

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