Waukesha County, Wis., Feb. 27, 2019 – In 2018, 168 different nonprofit organizations in Waukesha County benefited from grants awarded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, its donors and affiliates, including the Oconomowoc Area Foundation. In all, the foundations made 340 grants totaling nearly $3.8 million to Waukesha County agencies.

These community investments also are reflected in the grand total of more than $80 million in grants released in 2018 to agencies throughout the four-county area and worldwide by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and its many donors and partners, based on preliminary financial figures. Over the last five years, the community has benefited from over $315 million in grants from GMF.

Grants include strategic and responsive investments authorized by GMF and OAF boards using discretionary resources, as well as grants and co-investments made through the funds of those who partner with the foundations for their philanthropy. OAF is a permanent, charitable endowment dedicated to supporting the interests and advancing the legacies of its donors while inspiring philanthropy and strengthening the greater Oconomowoc community. It is a supporting organization and regional partner of GMF.

“The Oconomowoc Area Foundation’s Board of Directors considers our annual grant process an extraordinary privilege and we take this responsibility very seriously,” said Maribeth Bush, OAF foundation coordinator. “As our foundation grows, so will our ability to help fund the nonprofits impacting the Oconomowoc area and the many needs of the greater community.” 

“Community foundation grantmaking is like holding up a mirror to the community’s hopes and needs,” said Ellen Gilligan, Greater Milwaukee Foundation president and CEO. “In any given year, you can see the activities and aspirations of the community reflected in those programs and investments, and each year builds on the legacy of all those who have given generously throughout the last century to bring those aspirations to life.” 

Waukesha County area agencies receiving grant funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and/or the Oconomowoc Area Foundation and their donors include:

  1. Absolutely Waterford, Inc
  2. Academy for Basic Education
  3. Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP)
  4. Albert Lea Family YMCA
  5. American Diabetes Association Inc
  6. American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
  7. Ashippun Bread Basket Corporation
  8. Ashippun Fire Department
  9. Association For The Rights Of Citizens With Handicaps
  10. Austrian American Society
  11. Best Buddies - Wisconsin
  12. Blessings in a Backpack Inc
  13. Boy Scouts of America/Potawatomi Council
  14. Boy Scouts of America-Potawatomi Council
  15. Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Inc
  16. Camp Whitcomb-Mason
  17. Caring for Others
  18. Carroll University Inc
  19. Catholic Memorial High School
  20. City of Oconomowoc
  21. City of Waukesha
  22. Community Memorial Foundation of Menomonee Falls
  23. Community United Methodist Church
  24. Concerned Actuaries Group
  25. Cops and Kids Foundation Inc
  26. Deer Park Buddhist Center
  27. Deutsche Hoch Schule
  28. Elm Grove Community Foundation Inc.
  29. Elmbrook Baseball Association
  30. Elmbrook Church
  31. Elmbrook Humane Society, Inc.
  32. Elmbrook School District
  33. ERAs Senior Network
  34. ERAs Senior Network, Inc.
  35. Erin Riederer Foundation
  36. Evangelical Child & Family Agency
  37. Falls Area Community Services Inc
  38. Family Promise of Western Waukesha County Inc
  39. Family Service Agency of Waukesha County, Inc
  40. First Congregational Church of Waukesha
  41. First Fruits
  42. Food Pantry of Waukesha County Inc
  43. Friends of Beaver Lake, Inc.
  44. Friends of Lapham Peak Unit, Inc.
  45. Friends of Muskego Public Library
  46. Gals On The Go
  47. German Fest Foundation Inc
  48. German-American Cultural Foundation of Wisconsin
  49. Gold in September Charitable Trust
  50. Golden Lake Association Inc
  51. Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Inc
  52. Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, Inc.
  53. Hamilton School District
  54. Hawks Inn Historical Society, Inc.
  55. Hebron House of Hospitality
  56. Holy Apostles Parish
  57. Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
  58. Hope Network Inc
  59. Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County
  60. Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County
  61. Impact 100 Greater Milwaukee Inc
  62. Infinitely More
  63. Jubilate Chorale
  64. La Casa de Esperanza
  65. Lad Lake Inc
  66. Lake Area Club
  67. Lake Area Free Clinic Inc
  68. Lake Country Caring, Inc.
  69. Lake Country Foundation, Inc.
  70. LifeStriders Therapeutic Riding Center
  71. Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc Inc
  72. Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin Inc
  73. Margo Fieseler Ministries
  74. Menomonee Falls Scholarship & Educational Foundation
  75. Milwaukee Concert Band, Inc.
  76. Milwaukee Jazz Festival
  77. Montessori School of Waukesha, Inc.
  78. Muscular Dystrophy Association Southern Wisconsin
  79. Muskego Food Pantry Inc
  80. NAMI Waukesha, Inc.
  81. Nashotah House
  82. National Multiple Sclerosis Society Wisconsin
  83. Oconomowoc Area Senior Center
  84. Oconomowoc Food Pantry, Inc.
  85. Oconomowoc High School
  86. Oconomowoc Historical Society
  87. Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation
  88. Oconomowoc Rotary Club Foundation, Inc.
  89. Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund
  90. Oconomowoc Silver Streak Inc
  91. OHS PTO
  92. Okauchee Lake Sailing School
  93. Okauchee Lions Club
  94. Old World Wisconsin Foundation
  95. Our Savior's Lutheran Church
  96. Partners in Medical Missions
  97. Peace Lutheran Church
  98. Pewaukee Food Pantry
  99. Pewaukee Scholarship Fund Inc.
  100. Prevention and Protection of Abused Children
  101. Prohealth Care Foundation, Inc.
  102. Queen of Apostles Congregation
  103. Redeem and Restore Center Inc
  104. Redemptorist Retreat Center
  105. Rheinischer Verein Gruen-Weiss
  106. River Glen Christian Church Inc
  107. Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation Inc
  108. Salvation Army of Waukesha
  109. School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific
  110. Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Inc
  111. Sharp Literacy Inc
  112. So Long to Leukemia
  113. Society of St Vincent De Paul Of Waukesha County
  114. Society of St. Vincent De Paul
  115. SSADH Association Inc
  116. St. Catherine's of Alexandria Church
  117. St. Charles Congregation
  118. St. Dominic Parish
  119. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
  120. St. Jerome Catholic Parish
  121. St. John Chrysostom
  122. St. John's Lutheran Church
  123. St. Joseph Medical Clinic
  124. St. Mary's Catholic Church
  125. St. Mary's Parish
  126. St. Mary's Visitation Parish
  127. St. Olaf's Lutheran Church
  128. St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
  129. Sunset Playhouse
  130. Tall Pines Conservancy, Inc.
  131. Team Up! With Families
  132. Ten Chimneys Foundation Inc
  133. The Caring Place, Inc.
  134. The Hamilton Educational Foundation
  135. The Wisconsin Philharmonic, Inc.
  136. The Women's Center Inc
  137. Three Gaits Inc
  138. Tricia's Troops Inc
  139. United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
  140. University Lake School
  141. University of Wisconsin Waukesha Foundation
  142. Variety - The Children's Charities of Wisconsin
  143. Vita Nova Inc
  144. WAA - Waukesha County Chapter, Inc.
  145. Waukesha Catholic School System
  146. Waukesha Choral Union, Inc.
  147. Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic Inc.
  148. Waukesha County Community Foundation Inc
  149. Waukesha County Historical Society, Inc.
  150. Waukesha County Land Conservancy Inc
  151. Waukesha Hispanic Collaborative Network
  152. Waukesha Public Library
  153. Waukesha String Acadamie
  154. WCTC Foundation
  155. Wheaton Franciscan Elmbrook Memorial Foundation
  156. White Stone Community Church
  157. Wildlife In Need Center Ltd
  158. Wisconsin Masonic Foundation
  159. Wisconsin Masonic Home, Inc.
  160. Wisconsin Senior Olympics Inc
  161. Woyahn Tennis Complex
  162. YMCA at Pabst Farms
  163. YMCA Camp Manito-wish
  164. YMCA Phantom Lake Camp
  165. Young Life Arrowhead
  166. Your Choice to Live Inc.
  167. Zachariah's Acres Inc.

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and was among the first established in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has inspired philanthropy by connecting generous people to community needs that align with their interests. The Foundation was founded on the premise that generosity can unlock an individual’s potential and strengthen the community as a whole for everyone who lives here. We work in partnership with those who are committed to ensuring greater Milwaukee is a vibrant, economically thriving region that comprises welcoming and inclusive communities providing opportunity, prosperity and a high quality of life for all.


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