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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Greater Milwaukee Foundation approves two new directors, expanding board to 14
    years A graduate of University of Wisconsin Whitewater Drury currently serves on the boards of Plexus Corp and Northwestern Mutual His nonprofit board service includes Children s Hospital and Health System past chairman Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and the Greater Milwaukee Committee O Brien is the founder president and CEO of Enterforce Inc a workforce management firm that specializes in planning implementing and managing more efficient procurement processes for Fortune 1000 companies acquisition of contingent labor Prior to establishing Enterforce in 2001 she co developed Management Alliance Programs Inc and held the positions of vice president director and manager Among numerous community commitments O Brien serves on the boards of Mount Mary University Chair Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts past president and Waukesha County Business Alliance She earned her bachelor of arts at Mount Mary where she is currently working toward her MBA Last year she received Wisconsin Small Business Person of the Year honorable mention from the Small Business Administration and was named a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal Our newest board members have demonstrated their commitment to making our community a better place to live work and play said Foundation president and CEO Ellen M Gilligan I welcome the perspectives that Marie and David will bring to our community foundation Jackie Herd Barber a community volunteer who first joined the Foundation s board in 2010 was reappointed to a second term beginning July 1 Community volunteer Judy Jorgensen concluded her tenth and final year of service on the board on June 30 The board s membership now totals 14 About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation For a century the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community during their lifetimes and for

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/newsroom/recent-news/board2015/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Greater Milwaukee Foundation begins centennial year with $5.4 million in grants
    are varied donors of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation are often motivated to improve life outcomes for people in our community said Ellen M Gilligan President and CEO of the Foundation Whether donors choose specific causes to support or provide the Foundation with nimble resources to address the needs of our time they can count on us to be a steadfast partner with 100 years experience in helping our community thrive These investments in the community come from two primary sources at the Foundation Donor recommended grants Advised funds and other forms of donor recommended giving account for nearly 4 296 000 of the Foundation s first quarter grants in 2015 These grants are awarded to a specific agency at the recommendation of a donor or a fund adviser Board directed grants Through the years many donors have contributed to a source of flexible funding at the Foundation From these discretionary funds the Foundation s Board directed the allocation of more than 1 152 000 in the first quarter of 2015 The Foundation uses a competitive grantmaking process to address emerging needs issues of persistent concern and opportunities for strengthening the community as a whole The majority of the Foundation s discretionary grantmaking resources are focused on key issues integral to the long term success of the region In partnership with community stakeholders the Foundation seeks to improve educational outcomes for every child in every school from cradle to career increase the livability affordability and safety of neighborhoods reduce poverty improve the economic vitality of the region and strengthen families and enhance relationships among diverse populations and create opportunities for all people to more fully participate in civic life To view recent discretionary grant recipients and descriptions of their projects visit the Foundation s Recent Grants web page In addition the

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/newsroom/recent-news/grants-1q-2015/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: New band shell to headline Cedar Creek Park through partnership, centennial gift
    in the heart of downtown reflects perfectly our intention to support public spaces that further energize a community The five acre Cedar Creek Park serves as a meeting place concert venue picnic area and playground for the community The band shell is host to the weekly Summer Sounds concert series festival events and Fourth of July activities The renovation entails replacing the existing 50 year old band shell with a substantially larger facility that will include an enlarged stage an extended roof storage space for musical equipment and all new electrical service and lighting Improved landscaping will complete the park plan Local architectural firm Groth Design Group donated its services in designing a new facility using natural timbers and stone capable of attracting larger bands accommodating theatrical performances and providing a better overall experience for the audience The Greater Milwaukee Foundation worked closely with the Greater Cedarburg Foundation to identify the band shell as the project that would have the most positive impact in the community The Greater Cedarburg Foundation is a supporting organization and regional partner of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation This is a wonderful gift from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and we were quick as a foundation to present this project having many ideas we were considering said Chris Smith president of the Greater Cedarburg Foundation It shows the community how strong the partnerships between organizations like Rotary and their community foundation are with the shared goal of improving what already is a great place to both live and visit The gift launches a major fund drive by the Rotary Club to raise the funds needed to complete the park renovation project The Rotary as part of its 50th anniversary celebration has committed 150 000 to the project The total project cost is estimated at 625 000 We are extremely grateful to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for this generous gift said Rotarian Ryan Olsen who is leading the fundraising efforts Cedar Creek Park has long been a hub of family activity in Cedarburg By enhancing the park with a new band shell and upgraded landscaping we will create a venue that has a lasting impact on the community for many years to come Construction on the band shell is expected to begin in August A grand opening and dedication ceremony is planned for the summer of 2016 About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation For a century the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community during their lifetimes and for future generations The Foundation consists of more than 1 200 individual charitable funds each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region Established in 1915 the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world Ending 2014 with more than 841 million in assets it is also

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/about-us/centennial/cedarburg-bandshell/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Centennial gift will make Old Settlers Park new again
    of the existing 144 square foot gazebo with a 442 square foot gazebo that will also serve as a band shelter The park s walking patio area will be expanded with new concrete and the existing timber walls will be replaced with interlocking brick The project will add a third access point to the park as well as landscaping and an irrigation system The 11 000 square foot Old Settlers Park is a hub of downtown activity including Music on Main a weekly summer concert series and a thriving farmers market The renovation complements the community s comprehensive downtown development plan This includes improving pedestrian access to the adjacent cultural district anchored by the Museum of Wisconsin Art enhancing the backs of business facades and upgrading nearby Eisenbahn Trail This renovation will allow the appearance and functionality of Old Settlers Park to match its place and prominence in the community said Chris Chlupp vice president of the West Bend Community Foundation Everyone in West Bend can be proud of the generosity that has brought this project to bear Physical work on the project is expected to begin in September at the conclusion of summer activities Completion is scheduled for spring 2016 The West Bend Community Foundation is a supporting organization and regional partner of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation For a century the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community during their lifetimes and for future generations The Foundation consists of more than 1 200 individual charitable funds each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/about-us/centennial/news-story-west-bend-centennial/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Genetic approaches to cancer, neural development lead to GMF honor for UW scientists
    unrestricted researchers can use their Shaw Scientist Award to develop preliminary data essential in competing for federal research funding For more than three decades the Shaw Scientist Program has rewarded the innovation of young investigators by providing valuable seed funding for their work said Ellen M Gilligan president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation Developing better treatments for disease takes an investment in promising research and private philanthropic support can help move these projects out of the starting gate Understanding how mutations cause cancer Overall Dr Lewis is studying how changes in the chemical composition of DNA and the proteins that package the human genome together known as chromatin influence whether particular genes are activated or silenced in a given type of cell His current work relates to childhood cancers Recent studies have shown that many pediatric cancers likely stem from mutations that cause a change in chromatin structure The improper activation or silencing of genes can promote tumor formation by altering the normal pathways that keep cells from proliferating uncontrollably a common feature of cancer cells Dr Lewis said In addition to advancing current diagnostics our present work will also identify new molecular targets for future therapeutic intervention of these devastating malignancies Securing federal funding for promising new ideas can be challenging because there is less data to demonstrate the merit of a novel design The Shaw Scientist Award provides the means to pursue an experimental approach Dr Lewis said Dr Lewis earned a bachelor of science from University of Virginia and a Ph D from University of California Berkeley His post doctoral training was completed at The Rockefeller University Learning how the brain learns The goal of Dr Wolman s research is to understand how genes function to allow the brain to learn His team recently identified a set of genes used by the brain to encode for a simple form of learning called habituation and noted that any disruption in the function of these genes leads to learning impairment With his Shaw Scientist Award Dr Wolman plans to explore how one of these genes affects neuronal connections to promote learning The information could have implications for treating various nervous system disorders including schizophrenia and dementia The Shaw Award carries tremendous value to a young investigator particularly when federal funding is so limited Dr Wolman said The award provides an opportunity to probe deeper into the unknowns of how the learning genes we identified actually influence the brain Dr Wolman received both his bachelor of science and his Ph D from UW Madison He completed post doctoral studies at Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania About the Shaw Scientist Award The awards program started in 1982 thanks to a 4 3 million bequest from Dorothy Shaw widow of James Shaw a prominent Milwaukee attorney In addition to 2 million in special grants Shaw s fund has awarded nearly 13 million in grants to 69 scientists from UW Madison and University of Wisconsin Milwaukee over the

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/newsroom/recent-news/shaw-2015/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Wells Fargo create $1 million pool of resources benefitting city neighborhoods
    Wells Fargo is awarding GMF through Wells Fargo s Milwaukee NeighborhoodLIFT program Additional funding partners will be sought to grow the pool Since 2012 with a combined 242 million investment including 5 15 million for Milwaukee by Wells Fargo LIFT programs have been introduced to 33 communities deeply affected by the housing crisis The programs have created more than 9 100 homeowners including 220 in Milwaukee with the help of down payment assistance and homebuyer education Wells Fargo collaborated with the City of Milwaukee national nonprofit NeighborWorks America and its local network member Select Milwaukee to implement the program Wells Fargo s Milwaukee NeighborhoodLIFT program also includes the 500 000 local initiative grant that Wells Fargo is donating to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to further stabilization efforts in Milwaukee neighborhoods Wells Fargo is proud to do our part to help ensure thriving and healthy communities said Sang Kim Wells Fargo region president for Wisconsin We believe positive change starts by making a big difference for one person one family and one business at a time Through the Wells Fargo Milwaukee NeighborhoodLIFT program we are delighted to make this investment with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation on these important local initiatives that will help make Milwaukee a stronger community The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is committed to strengthening Milwaukee s neighborhoods and the broader community Through its Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative a public private partnership with the City of Milwaukee the Foundation invests in neighborhoods that have shown commitment and potential for success if given the right support The Foundation has invested more than 3 5 million in the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative in the last 10 years This has supported more than 1 000 block projects and community events Lead agencies have impacted more than 1 000 properties representing more than 10 million in reinvestment Overall these efforts have improved the lives of more than 120 000 people living in these Healthy Neighborhoods Milwaukee is a city built on neighborhoods and when we help our neighborhoods succeed our entire community succeeds said Ellen Gilligan President and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation This exciting partnership with Wells Fargo will provide tremendous opportunity for neighborhood residents and agencies to strengthen the places where they live work shop and play About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation For a century the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community during their lifetimes and for future generations The Foundation consists of more than 1 200 individual charitable funds each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region Established in 1915 the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world With a total asset base of more than 847 million it is also among the largest About Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Company NYSE WFC is a nationwide

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/newsroom/recent-news/foundation-announces-32-million-funding-strengthen-community-21/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Foundation to make transit free in four counties on April 28
    opportunity to schedule a doctor appointment take a trip to the mall visit a friend or perhaps try an alternate way of commuting to your job using public transportation All year long the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is providing Gifts to the Community to showcase resources that contribute to greater Milwaukee s vitality April s gift recognizes the value of transit to the region s economy and quality of life Through this gift the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is once again showing why their work is so important to our community said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele Tens of thousands of people rely on transit every day to get to work and school to run errands and to explore their community This gift is a unique opportunity for more people to experience the ease of public transportation and see why it is so important to our community Systems participating in the Greater Milwaukee Foundation s day of free transit are Milwaukee County Transit System All system buses and freeway fliers Route 143 Ozaukee County Express 414 344 6711 RideMCTS com Waukesha Metro Transit and Waukesha County Transit All city system and county system routes 262 524 3636 waukeshametro org Washington County Commuter Express All locations and times 888 675 WCCE 9223 ridewcce com Washington County Shared Ride Taxi By reservation 888 285 TAXI 8294 ridewcce com West Bend Taxi Service By reservation 262 334 3096 ci west bend wi us Taxi Hartford City Taxi By reservation or on demand 262 673 8223 http www ci hartford wi us Municipal Depts Rec Pages taxi Find additional details about the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the April Gift to the Community at greatermilwaukeefoundation org gifts Last month more than 27 100 people visited the Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory The Domes during a weekend of free admission offered by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for its March Gift to the Community So far in 2015 61 495 people have participated in the special opportunities presented by the Foundation in honor of its 100th year of service New gifts are being revealed each month on FOX 6 Milwaukee About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation For a century the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community during their lifetimes and for future generations The Foundation consists of more than 1 200 individual charitable funds each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region Started in 1915 the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world With a total asset base of more than 847 million it is also among the largest In The News Foundation honors 100 years of community generosity Free weekend of activities at Milwaukee Art Museum is Feb Gift to the Community Foundation to offer free admission to The Domes Foundation to make

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/about-us/centennial/news-story-transit/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Greater Milwaukee Community Brings Home Another Win for Basic Needs
    000 thanks to the Brewers Community Foundation The result was a total of nearly 3 5 million On behalf of the entire Foundation I want to thank everyone who helped make Match Day a great success for the fourth year said Ellen M Gilligan president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation It s heartwarming to see our community come together like this and the donations made for this event will have a lasting impact on the organizations and the citizens they serve Highlights from the 24 hour event The first gift 75 was made 3 minutes after the event started at midnight A total of 9 280 donations were made through MatchDayMKE org on March 19 Hunger Task Force raised the most online of the participating agencies 1 578 individual donors contributed a total of 422 727 The Women s Center Hunger Task Force Center for Veterans Issues Guest House of Milwaukee Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Advocates of Ozaukee Community Advocates and Salvation Army each received an additional 1 000 through the Super Match promotion made possible by Brewers Community Foundation and in partnership with WISN 12 News Participating Nonprofits Advocates of Ozaukee Cathedral Center Center for Veterans Issues Community Advocates Daystar Family Promise of Washington County Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin Food Pantry of Waukesha County Friends of Abused Families Guest House of Milwaukee Hebron House of Hospitality Hope Center Hope House of Milwaukee Hunger Task Force Milwaukee Rescue Mission Pathfinders Milwaukee The Salvation Army Sojourner Family Peace Center The Women s Center Walker s Point Youth and Family Center About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Match Day For a century the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community during their lifetimes and for future generations

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/newsroom/news-archive/2014/match-day-2015-results/ (2016-05-01)
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