Our impact on the community is powered by the generosity of more than 1,400 funds at the Foundation, each established by donors to serve the charitable purposes they specify.

Key facts


Year founded

1915


Funds/Assets

The Foundation manages more than 1,400 funds with a total value of $1 billion in assets.*

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

*as of Dec. 31, 2020

Grantmaking

In 2020, the Foundation made $65.6 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


Governance

The Foundation is led by a 18-member 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 Podolski, Marketing and Communications Manager

For media inquiries

Please contact: Jeremy PodolskiMarketing and Communications Manager

 

2019-20 Community Impact Report

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For an overview of last year read our 2019-20 annual report.