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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Civic Engagement
    With that in mind in 2008 we created the Community Partnerships department as a way to take a much more active civic role by expanding partnerships more strategically and actively engaging interested parties to address community problems commissioning research to inform and prompt community dialogue and addressing public policy matters that impact the Greater Milwaukee Foundation s priority issues Research The Foundation has commissioned research examining important issues including school district governance changes nationwide best practices in providing user friendly access to public benefits early childhood education and a study of opportunities for Milwaukee Public Schools to save budget dollars on noninstructional matters in order to preserve funding for the classroom During the recession the Foundation launched Vital Signs to track key economic and social indicators in our community In 2013 we released a more comprehensive look at the quality of life in our region with Vital Signs Benchmarking Metro Milwaukee The report looks at a variety of quality of life indicators and shows how our region compares to 15 other metro areas An updated version has been released for 2015 showing movement regarding our region s strength well being and vitality since the last report Convener We have hosted a wide array of convenings to inform our grantmaking share ideas and strategize about necessary steps in addressing issues Topics have included a series on early childhood education and the development of a quality ratings system state budget issues improving educational outcomes increasing access to public benefits employment among people with felonies and the state of nonprofits in the Milwaukee area Featured speakers have included Wisconsin Department of Children and Families secretaries Eloise Anderson and Reggie Bicha Rick Hess a national education expert and Paul Grogan president and CEO of the Boston Foundation Public Policy We engage in public policy

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/civic-engagement/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Education
    beliefs Throughout our nearly 100 years we ve invested in many programs to directly support the educational journeys of children Early childhood care Educational programs in and out of the classroom Summer employment and recreational opportunities Community based programming College access All play important roles in children s academic social and emotional success We continue to take a leadership role through the communitywide education partnership Milwaukee Succeeds and other efforts to support strategies that achieve a shared vision of success for every child in every school Recent Grants Strengthening education Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation 100 000 to increase access to Advanced Placement courses in 18 high schools in the district through interactive video communication Public Policy Forum 100 000 over two years to fund education research that analyze career and technical education offerings at area high schools and that updates the status of YoungStar implementation in Milwaukee County and what it means for child care quality and access Marquette University 50 000 to provide professional development and coaching to 27 teachers who are part of the university s Milwaukee Summer Reading Project who are teaching reading to students who are not on grade level Center for Youth Engagement 25 000 to conduct a fiscal scan of all local public funding that supports youth development in the city of Milwaukee Milwaukee Ballet Company 25 000 to support ballet instruction for third through fifth graders in four Milwaukee schools as part of the organization s Releve community outreach program Running Rebels 25 000 to support a number of arts based youth programs Cedarburg School District 24 350 to help implement the Junior Great Books Program a reading curriculum that teaches students to become critical thinkers in Webster Transitional School String Academy of Wisconsin 6 000 to support high quality professional music instruction

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/education/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Neighborhoods
    Program Officer Darlene C Russell to learn more about our community development work Home Community Leadership Neighborhoods Strengthening Neighborhoods Milwaukee can be seen as a tale of two cities On one hand it has thriving neighborhoods that are teeming with business activity well manicured homes and an active night life On the other hand many of its neighborhoods battle high unemployment boarded up homes and crime Then there are those neighborhoods in the middle ones that are at a tipping point and whose future could go either way The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has invested in and worked with community development corporations neighborhood improvement programs and initiatives and local and national groups that are working to strengthening our city s neighborhoods no matter what end of the spectrum Recent Grants Strengthening Neighborhoods Dominican Center for Women 120 000 over three years to support the agency s continued efforts toward implementing the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program in Milwaukee s Amani neighborhood Center for Youth Engagement 30 000 to support its Beyond the Bell initiative which works to increase access to high quality programs for area youth Jazale s Art Studio 25 000 to build the nonprofit s capacity to provide free after school and summer learning opportunities for 200 low income youth of color in Harambee Bronzeville and Riverwest neighborhoods Rails to Trails Conservancy 14 214 to conduct an analysis of Milwaukee s trail network and identify areas within low income and disadvantaged neighborhoods that lack trail access The goal is to ensure that low income communities have equal access to safe transportation and exercise options For a complete listing of this quarter s grants made from our competitive grantmaking process visit Recent Grants Healthy Neighborhoods Catch up on the progress made in our Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative over the past year through

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/neighborhoods/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Economic Opportunities
    city and philanthropic partners work together to transform vacant lots into vibrant corners Learn More Contact our Director of Grant Programs Janel Hines to learn how we are helping increase economic opportunities for people in metro Milwaukee Home Community Leadership Economic Opportunities Increasing economic opportunities Income and assets These are key tools toward achieving economic stability and success But far too many people in the greater Milwaukee area have not been able to achieve them The Greater Milwaukee Foundation supports many strategies that work toward increasing economic security ensuring greater access to employment opportunities and meeting the basic food and shelter needs of area individuals and families Recent Grants Greater Milwaukee Committee 100 000 to support efforts of the organization s Downtown Task Force to engage the community in the design and priority setting process regarding the upcoming civic and infrastructure projects planned for downtown Milwaukee Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership 35 000 to support outreach and recruitment efforts to connect underrepresented groups in Milwaukee s 53204 ZIP code area to careers in construction and manufacturing S E T Ministry 25 000 to provide intensive case management services to families who participated in the agency s transitional housing program and are moving into independence or other supportive programs MetroGO 25 000 to provide leadership to a cross sector efforts that will expand transit options in pursuit of increasing employment opportunity and meeting labor force needs Second Chances Staffing Services 1 000 to support a joint effort to provide resources and services to help individuals with nonviolent criminal records secure employment and housing For a complete listing of this quarter s grants made from our competitive grantmaking process visit Recent Grants Promoting regional vitality Consortium of city and philanthropic partners work together to transform vacant lots into vibrant corners Learn More Contact

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/economic-opportunities/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Racial Equity and Inclusion
    our commitment to promoting racial equity and inclusion Home Community Leadership Racial Equity and Inclusion Promoting racial equity and inclusion The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is fully committed to leading and supporting all aspects of inclusion and diversity in our communities and in addressing disparities based on race An active and intentional dedication to racial equity and inclusion is essential to developing a vibrant 21st century community reflects the realities of our region and our country and is important to future economic development and sustainability We will continue to promote the benefits of a multi faceted approach to supporting and enhancing equity and inclusion throughout our communities Recent Grants Radio Milwaukee 70 000 over two years to expand the community programming efforts of the organization s Cultural Commons project which brings together diverse residents through a series of specialized events to discuss issues facing the city of Milwaukee IMPACT Alcohol Other Drug Abuse Services 41 827 will support development of health communication and social marketing strategies by African American men for African American men to increase their understanding about the importance of a father s involvement during the prenatal period Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin 40 000 to support a health program at the Alliance School in Milwaukee that will use restorative practice circles to provide health education and promote HIV prevention among its high school students American Cancer Society 25 000 to support health and wellness events that target Latino and African American communities in Milwaukee and aim to reduce cancer disparities by providing education and screening resources Diverse Resilient 1 000 to sponsor a plenary session on HIV AIDS in racial and ethnic minorities at the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund and Diverse and Resilient Annual Leadership Conference Feb 19 21 For a complete listing of this quarter s grants

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/equity/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Regional Vitality
    build a thriving regional economy Encourage sustainable development in communities which enhance the quality of life Environment Protect significant environmental assets and ensure they are available for public use and enjoyment Strengthen local food systems particularly those which create opportunities for communities to work and grow together Health Support residents access to quality health care Address pressing health needs and pervasive chronic illness Promote dignity and cultural relevance in health services to vulnerable populations Human services Support programs that strengthen families throughout the region Provide culturally appropriate services for children and families in crisis Support collaborative approaches in the delivery of services to reduce stress on families Recent Grants Waukesha County Land Conservancy 100 000 over two years to help the all volunteer run organization transition to a new structure which includes hiring paid staff creating new operating systems and producing a long term strategic plan Sojourner Family Peace Center 80 000 over two years to support a full time position within its Connection Navigator Program that will connect individuals and families impacted by violence with the programs and services offered at the agency s new family justice center building Ozaukee Washington Land Trust 45 000 to help develop a pilot project in partnership with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Fondy Food Center which will protect local farms so they could provide fresh produce to underserved areas in Milwaukee NAMI Greater Milwaukee 40 000 to implement a court support and advocacy program in Milwaukee that will provide support education and appropriate resources to individuals and their families who become involved in the Chapter 51 Emergency Detention process United Community Center 35 000 to help with predevelopment and planning work for the agency s planned expansion of its Latinas Unidas Women s Residential and Recovery Treatment program through construction of a 16 bed facility The program is one of four residential treatment facilities for women in Milwaukee County and the only location designed specifically for Latinos in Wisconsin Express Yourself Milwaukee 30 000 to help the agency s work with young adults who are transitioning from the corrections system to the community and improve recidivism rates Harbor District 25 000 to support research and the incorporation of models of planning which preserve affordability for both homeowners and small businesses in Milwaukee s Harbor District Family Service Agency of Waukesha County 10 000 to repair the roof and gutters of a facility that houses two programs that serve abused children LISC Milwaukee 10 000 to help establish a community development fellows program in honor of President and CEO Michael Rubinger who will retire in June 2016 ArtWorks for Milwaukee 10 000 to support Culture Work an intergenerational mural project that will preserve the local history of Latino workers through oral histories a filmed documentary by 2013 Nohl Fellow Cris Siquiera and a large scale mural on the Betters Fetting Building on First and Mitchell streets in Milwaukee Black Arts Think Tank 5 000 to help underwrite the group s second

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/regional-vitality/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Healthy Neighborhoods
    Awards Counties We Serve Careers Stay Connected National Standards Community Leadership Community Leadership Overview Civic Engagement Education Neighborhoods Economic Opportunities Racial Equity and Inclusion Regional Vitality Healthy Neighborhoods Milwaukee Succeeds Vital Signs Healthy Neighborhoods 2013 Highlights Catch up on the progress made in our Healthy Neighborhoods over the past year through their 2013 report Learn More Contact Senior Program Officer Darlene C Russell to learn how this initiative is improving the area Home Community Leadership Healthy Neighborhoods What is a healthy neighborhood It s a place where people know each other and care about one another People living side by side having backyard barbeques sitting on the front porch attending church bringing their kids to school It s a place where people are willing to work together and invest their time money and energy Essentially it is a place where people would really like to live and work and raise a family The Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative is a public private partnership spearheaded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the city of Milwaukee which aims to make these characteristics ring true in city neighborhoods The lead agencies and the corresponding neighborhoods are Agape Community Center Thurston Woods Old North Milwaukee Albright Methodist Church Capitol Heights Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation Havenwoods Layton Boulevard West Neighbors Silver City Burnham Park Layton Park Riverworks Development Corporation Harambee Riverwest Sherman Park Community Association Sherman Park Sixteenth Street Community Health Center Kinickinnic River Neighborhoods UW Extension Waukesha Dunbar Oak Tower Hill Healthy Neighborhoods 2013 Highlights Catch up on the progress made in our Healthy Neighborhoods over the past year through their 2013 report Learn More Contact Senior Program Officer Darlene C Russell to learn how this initiative is improving the area Greater Milwaukee Foundation 101 W Pleasant St Ste 210 Milwaukee WI 53212 tel 414 272

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/healthy-neighborhoods/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation :: Milwaukee Succeeds
    About Us About Greater Milwaukee Foundation Our Mission Vision and Values Strategic Plan History of Foundation Centennial Celebration Board of Directors Staff Financial Information Annual Report Awards Counties We Serve Careers Stay Connected National Standards Community Leadership Community Leadership Overview Civic Engagement Education Neighborhoods Economic Opportunities Racial Equity and Inclusion Regional Vitality Healthy Neighborhoods Milwaukee Succeeds Vital Signs Make an Impact Learn how to start a fund Home Community Leadership Milwaukee Succeeds Success for every child in every school cradle to career That s the goal of Milwaukee Succeeds an extensive community partnership that the Greater Milwaukee Foundation helped launch in 2011 along with a number of key business and civic leaders The historic partnership is committed to making significant progress and bringing lasting change to the way the Milwaukee community supports the education of our children Visit www milwaukeesucceeds org for more information on it goals work and progress Make an Impact Learn how to start a fund Greater Milwaukee Foundation 101 W Pleasant St Ste 210 Milwaukee WI 53212 tel 414 272 5805 fax 414 272 6235 Facebook Twitter Donors Become a Donor Current Donors Foundation Funds Investment Information Donor Stories BranchingOut Give Online Grants Recent Grants Grants

    Original URL path: http://www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/community-leadership/milwaukee-succeeds/ (2016-05-01)
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