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Have a question about what we do and how we do it? Here are some of the basics.


  • Who was Helen Bader?

    Through the Helen Daniels Bader Fund and the Isabel & Alfred Bader Fund, the Foundation makes grants, convenes partners and shares knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas.Learn more about Helen’s story

  • Who are Isabel and Alfred Bader?

    The Baders believe in a stronger Milwaukee and a more just world. From youth to employment gaps, the Baders seek to make a difference in our hometown, as well as in places beyond. Read more about the inspiration behind our newest fund.

  • What is your impact?

    We’ve invested more than $250 million in grants since we opened as the Helen Bader Foundation in 1992, which have affected the lives of countless individuals. Beyond our financial investments, we seek to leverage new ideas, share knowledge and build momentum on issues facing the communities we serve. View our awarded grants for examples.


  • What kinds of proposals do you seek?

    We seek proposals in specific program areas, within these geographic boundaries:
    Alzheimer’s and Aging: National (Priority to Wisconsin)
    Workforce Development: City of Milwaukee
    Youth Development: City of Milwaukee
    Community Initiatives: Greater Milwaukee
    Arts: City of Milwaukee
    Proposals for our other grant programs are solicited by our staff.

  • Can I apply?

    We welcome applications in our key interest areas. Please note that we cannot provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships. Our grants programs can support nonprofits, as well as government entities, and our Program Related Investments can consider for-profit opportunities with charitable purposes that align with our mission. Please see our guidelines for more information.

  • How do I complete a Preliminary Application?

    The grant application process starts with a Preliminary Application. View our FAQs and tutorial videos for more information.

  • How do I complete a Progress Report?

    After the grant or Program Related Investment is awarded, we want to hear about the human and organizational impact, as well as accounting for how Foundation funds were expended. Check our guidelines and tutorial videos.


  • Are you hiring?

    It’s not often that we’ll have career openings to share, but when we do, we strive to identify high-caliber candidates in multiple ways, including through professional channels, as well as a post on our homepage.


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