Foundation briefs – Big stories in little packages

Family makes generous gift to Hunger Task force through Foundation

Driven by their passion for healthy, delicious food, the McCarty family has made a $500,000 leadership gift to Hunger Task Force through the Brian A. McCarty Family Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The capital campaign gift is supporting the development of a nutrition education kitchen at the new Hunger Task Force headquarters.

“The Greater Milwaukee Foundation allows donors to use their funds to ‘be the change’ they would like to see in their community,” Brian McCarty said. “Working through the Foundation provides resources and opportunities for donors to identify worthy areas of philanthropy that meet their own gift-giving goals. We are pleased to support Hunger Task Force in its ongoing and relentless efforts to curb hunger in our area and throughout our beautiful state.”

The McCartys were first introduced to Hunger Task Force by the Foundation and have supported the nonprofit for almost two decades. Read more about their generosity and impact on the community at the Hunger Task Force website

FOX Sports honors #44 with $44K donation to Foundation fund

In honor of Major League Baseball legend and hometown hero Hank Aaron, who passed away in January, FOX Sports made a $44,000 donation to the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. The gift was announced this summer in conjunction with the first ever “Field of Dreams Game” held in Dyersville, Iowa, at the site of the celebrated 1989 baseball movie.

Aaron, who wore No. 44 on the field, was known for breaking through racial barriers in the sport and leading through generous example. The fund, established in 1976 at the Foundation in his honor, has contributed nearly $1 million in scholarships to local youth while also supporting Wisconsin colleges and historically Black colleges and universities.

Milwaukee Succeeds receives national recognition for improving educational equity

At its annual conference in October, national network StriveTogether honored Milwaukee Succeeds with the Nancy Zimpher Courage in Leadership Award for its dedication to shifting power to community members and bringing youth to the decision-making table. Established and supported by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Milwaukee Succeeds supports a vision of cradle-to-career success for Milwaukee’s children that is centered on racial equity, community voice and changing systems. 

Milwaukee Succeeds earned the recognition for adding community members with lived experience to its Leadership Table, helping parents advocate for early childhood education funding and building a high school success initiative, Youth Forward MKE, to foster youth leadership and improve high school outcomes for young Black men. This award is named after Nancy Zimpher, the founding board chair of StriveTogether, who is known for challenging the status quo, taking risks to improve the lives of children and families, and advocating for the inclusion of diverse perspectives.

Foundation president & CEO visits The Truth FM

Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation president and CEO, recently joined Kyle Wallace of The Truth 101.7 FM to talk about the Foundation’s role in the community, commitment to racial equity and inclusion, and vision of a Milwaukee for all. Listen to their Community Spotlight conversation, which will air again on Dec. 1.