The Greater Together Campaign: When we give, we all thrive

Our vision is of a Milwaukee for all — a Milwaukee that is culturally vibrant and economically thriving, a beacon of transformation for the entire nation.

With every gift to the Greater Together Campaign, large or small, we get a step closer to that vision. By working together, we redefine the future of our community, sparking hope for communities who have not historically felt it. 

Seven years and $690 million into the campaign, we are in the home stretch, and we are grateful for the part you have played in this journey and your help in supporting the close of this historic effort. In these final weeks, we are encouraging all of our partners to consider co-investing in our five campaign priorities: the ThriveOn Collaboration, early childhood care and education, housing, impact investing and flexible funds. Through your support, we have secured nearly $34 million towards our $50 million goal for these priorities. 

The immediate results of our donors’ generosity offer a preview of the transformative long-term impact this support can bring.  

ThriveOn Collaboration - $8 million raised of $11 million goal

The ThriveOn Collaboration takes a comprehensive, place-based approach to transformational impact across the Harambee, Halyard Park and Brewers Hill communities. 

  • What’s the impact? Beyond becoming the Foundation’s new home, the historic ThriveOn King redevelopment will include an early education center, community gathering rooms, mixed income apartments, employment services, health resources and more — a thriving hub for a vibrant community. 
  • How to give: Immediate funding opportunities include the ThriveOn Arts Fund, the ThriveOn Collaboration Fund, the ThriveOn Community Engagement Fund and a unique naming opportunity celebrating local African American leaders. 
  • Learn more: View the case for supporting ThriveOn Collaboration

Early Childhood Care and Education$2 million raised of $6 million goal

By supporting access to affordable and quality early childhood care and education, we can ensure a better future for children, a stronger workforce and a more robust economy. 

  • What’s the impact? The Early Childhood Education Fund has invested in strengthening early childhood workforce pipelines, accreditation facilitation for providers, physical improvements for centers and more.
  • How to give: Support our littlest learners through the Early Childhood Education Fund.
  • Learn more: View the case for supporting early childhood care and education

Housing$1 million raised of $2 million goal

With Milwaukee at the heart of a national housing crisis, the Foundation is partnering with organizations across the region to bring dignified, affordable housing within reach of all. 

  • What’s the impact? The Foundation’s role as a founding member and funder of the Community Development Alliance has helped advance strategic measures to ensure housing is a possibility for everyone – from transforming vacant lots into homes to supporting the homeownership acquisition fund and more. 
  • How to give: Support the Foundation’s Housing Fund and the MKE United Anti-Displacement Fund
  • Learn more: View the case for supporting housing.

Impact Investing$3 million raised of $10 million goal

The Foundation’s impact investing program offers access to patient capital for communities that have historically been underfunded. 

  • What’s the impact? Since 2017, more than $18 million has been invested across 34 projects and small businesses including JCP Construction, Northwest Side Community Development Corporation and more. 
  • How to give: Contribute to the Impact Investing Fund.   
  • Learn more: View the case for supporting impact investing

Flexible Funds$20 million raised of $21 million goal

Flexible funds empower the Foundation to respond quickly to urgent needs and emerging opportunities, supporting our community in the short and long term. 

  • What’s the impact? The Foundation’s MKE Responds Fund is designed to respond to Milwaukee’s needs. Throughout 2020-21, it offered COVID-19 relief and recovery, and in 2022, it supported violence prevention efforts. 
  • How to give: Flexible funding opportunities include the Community Grant Fund and the MKE Responds Fund. You can also start and grow a named endowed fund or leave a legacy. 
  • Learn more: View the case for supporting flexible funds

Wherever your passions lie, you have a place in this catalytic campaign to achieve a Milwaukee for all. Now is the time to join hundreds of other charitable partners and help us build a more equitable, prosperous and vibrant Milwaukee community — your gift supports a brighter future for our entire region.