Our impact on the community is powered by the generosity of more than 1,500 funds at the Foundation, each established by donors to serve the charitable purposes they specify.

Key facts

Year founded



The Foundation manages more than 1,500 funds with a total value of $973 million in assets.*

Forty-one percent of our funds are donor advised where donors recommend the grants.

*as of  Sept. 30, 2023


In 2022, the Foundation made $81.2 million in grants.

Key funding areas

Though donors can support the cause or charity of their choice, our Foundation’s quarterly competitive grant process focuses on two main strategy areas:

Thriving Communities

Connected People


The Foundation is led by a Board comprised of leaders from the greater Milwaukee area.

Media inquiries

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is a valuable resource for information about donors and philanthropy, community issues and leadership, and opportunities facing the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, in addition to news about our own activities. Please direct all media inquiries, including requests for interviews and background information on the Foundation, to:

Jeremy PodolskiDirector of Public Relations and Editorial Strategy

For media inquiries

Please contact: Jeremy PodolskiDirector of Public Relations and Editorial Strategy



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