News & Events

Help spread the word

Share this page:

$5.6M in New Grants Boost Efforts Across Wis., Worldwide

The Helen Bader Foundation Board of Directors has awarded 106 new grants totaling $5,635,481 in support of programs and projects, primarily in Milwaukee and Wisconsin, with additional programs located internationally.

Grants were awarded in support of the Foundation’s three primary funding areas:

The largest group of awards was for Community Partnerships for Youth, 24 grants totaling $1,132,000 :

  • COA Youth and Family Centers, Inc. received a two-year, $340,000 grant for its collaboration with the United Community Centers of Milwaukee on raising the quality and range of arts education activities available at after-school programs.
  • NewThreads of Hope, Inc. received a two-year, $124,000 grant for its partnerships that provide new clothing to low-income children and families across Milwaukee.
  • Risen Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, Inc. received $100,000 for its after-school and summer programming for low-income youth from its northwest Milwaukee community.
  • Holton Youth & Family Center, Inc. received $80,000 for its efforts to expand its reach in Milwaukee’s central city.
  • Pathways to College, Inc. received $50,000 for its efforts to invest in low-income youth by strengthening its college preparatory program systems to meet the needs of a growing program.
  • Express Yourself Milwaukee, Inc. received $40,000  for its efforts to strengthen its capacity to offer youth arts programming to low-income youth.
  • PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc. received $40,000 for its character-building program for low-income Milwaukee girls.
  • SHARP Literacy, Inc. received $40,000 for its efforts to expand its literacy collaborations with schools serving predominantly low-income students.
  • True Skool, Inc. received $40,000 for its efforts to increase its impact on low-income Milwaukee youth through a variety of urban arts programming.
  • St. Marcus Evangelical Lutheran Church, Inc. received $40,000 for its College Prep Center (CPC), Saturday School, Summer School, and other enrichment programs that help students and neighborhood children succeed.
  • College Possible received $40,000 for its expansion of its programming by adding a program coordinator and a development specialist to the current staffing structure.
  • Milwaukee Striders Track Club, Inc. received $30,000 for its track and field training program for Milwaukee youth.
  • Compel Them to Come, Inc. received $25,000 for its efforts to reach more low-income Milwaukee children through its character-development programming.
  • First Stage Milwaukee, Inc. received $20,000 for its Community Partnership Program, which makes its performing arts programming accessible to low-income families and schools throughout Milwaukee.
  • Neu-Life Community Development, Inc. received $20,000 for its expansion of its arts, wellness, and education enrichment programming for low-income youth.
  • Operation DREAM, Inc. received $20,000 for its efforts to reach African American young men through work-skill, educational, and character development.
  • Latino Arts Inc. received $15,000 for its after-school and summer music instruction program.
  • City On A Hill, Inc. received $15,000 for its Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program, which serves children on Milwaukee’s near west side.
  • Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation, Inc. received $12,000 for its Smart Smiles program, a school-based oral health program for low-income Milwaukee children.
  • Asset Builders of America Inc. received $10,000 for expansion of its financial literacy programs for low-income Milwaukee area youth and their families.
  • The Salvation Army received $10,000 for its emergency programs for children facing homelessness and hunger in Milwaukee.
  • Journey House, Inc. received $10,000 for its community learning center at South Division High School, offering safe, enriching programming to youth after school.
  • One Heartland, Inc. received a two-year, $6,000 grant for its summer camp for children living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Urban Anthropology, Inc. received $5,000 for its  cross-cultural historical outreach to low-income youth on Milwaukee’s near south side.


Workforce Development-Jobs for Milwaukee, 27 grants totaling $1,100,000

  • Uniting Garden Homes, Inc. received $100,000 for its capacity building effort to solidify its job placement and training initiative for residents of its high-unemployment Milwaukee neighborhood.
  • The Community Warehouse, Inc. received $100,000 for its Milwaukee Working employment program providing full-time employment and training opportunities for low-income Milwaukee residents.
  • ArtWorks For Milwaukee, Inc. received a two-year, $90,000 grant for its internship program for Milwaukee youth who face various barriers to successfully entering the workforce.
  • Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Inc. received $85,000 for its Jobs for America’s Graduates program for low-income high school students of color in Milwaukee.
  • Milwaukee Area Workforce Funding Alliance, Inc. received $75,000 for its efforts to enhance workforce development systems in the Milwaukee area.
  • Meta House, Inc. received $75,000 for its financial independence initiative for women struggling to overcome drug and alcohol addiction in Milwaukee’s central city.
  • GPS Education Partners, Inc. received $50,000 for its Milwaukee Education Center for disengaged, low-income youth on the city’s northwest side.
  • Pathfinders Milwaukee, Inc. received $50,000 for its Employability and Self-Sufficiency Skills program for at-risk runaway, homeless, street-dependent, and transient youth in Milwaukee.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. received $45,000 for its Youth Power Employment program, which provides job skills training and unsubsidized employment opportunities for Milwaukee youth, ages 16-21.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation received $40,000 for its Employment Strategy planning process for low-income residents of the Washington Park neighborhood in Milwaukee’s central city.
  • Operation DREAM, Inc. received s two-year, $40,000 grant for its Operation WORK program, a hands-on, incentive-based education, mentoring, and job training program for African American males, ages 11-17, who reside in Milwaukee’s central city.
  • Genesis in Milwaukee, Inc. received $35,000 for its mentoring, training, and employment placement program for Milwaukee residents returning from incarceration
  • Legacy Redevelopment Corporation received $35,000 for its Workforce Business Skills Training program, which enables small business owners in Milwaukee’s central city to retain and create jobs.
  • Wiscraft, Inc. received $25,000 for its expansion of its communications call center program that provides new employment opportunities for individuals who are visually impaired.
  • Grand Avenue Club, Inc. received $25,000 for its Transitional Employment program, which offers vocational opportunities and support services to help Milwaukee residents who have experienced mental illness as they move into the labor force.
  • Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, Inc. received $25,000  for its efforts to strengthen the city of Milwaukee and its residents with a focus on workforce development, housing development, asset-building, economic education, and real estate development.
  • The WHEDA Foundation, Inc. received $25,000 for its Transform Milwaukee Strategic Action Plan, which will guide State of Wisconsin resources to help create jobs in the city’s high-unemployment communities.
  • The Salvation Army received $25,000 for its Employment Assistance Program, which serves homeless clients who are unemployed and receiving services at its Milwaukee emergency shelter.
  • Voces De La Frontera, Inc. received $25,000 for its Immigrant Workforce Readiness Project, which helps  immigrants apply for work permits and driver’s licenses.
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Greater Milwaukee received $25,000  for its Racial Justice Summit, which builds awareness of the role race plays in education, employment, and economic opportunities in Milwaukee.
  • Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation received $20,000 for its Havenworks employment program, which provides training, internships,  job placement, and career exploration to youth from its low-income northwest side neighborhood.
  • Common Ground, Inc. received $20,000 for its foreclosure prevention and revitalization effort targeting the Sherman Park neighborhood.
  • UWM Research Foundation, Inc. received $20,000 for its Technology Entrepreneur Internship Program, which employs UW-Milwaukee undergraduate and graduate students in assessing technologies that can propel technology-based job growth in the region.
  • Enrichment Opportunities Institute of Training, Inc. received $15,000 for expansion of its computer lab to enhance its vocational education and employment training programs for low-income Milwaukeeans.
  • Enrichment Opportunities Institute of Training, Inc. received $15,000 for its Healthcare Ambassadors program, which provides training and job placement for Milwaukee residents underrepresented in the healthcare sector.
  • Seeds Milwaukee Corp. received $10,000 for its Retail Business Plan Competition to promote and spur entrepreneurial operation and job growth in specified, low-income Milwaukee neighborhoods.
  • MPC Endowment, Ltd. received $5,000 for its Behind the Headlines series, a quarterly discussion that engages Wisconsin stakeholders in discussions of pressing topics, including poverty, economic growth, and workforce needs.


Alzheimer’s and Aging, 15 grants totaling $471,400

  • Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation, Inc. received $100,000 for its  Next Avenue Community Conversations on issues affecting the Baby Boom generation.
  • Danceworks Inc. received $90,000 for its intergenerational arts and dance programs, which reach underserved community members across Milwaukee.
  • The UWM Foundation, Inc. received $54,500 for its applied research project to improve the delivery of effective drug and non-drug treatments that meet unmet needs of nursing home residents with dementia.
  • Foundation for Rural Housing, Inc. received $50,000 for its rural home repair program in eight counties in Central Wisconsin to help older adults age in place.
  • Northwest Wisconsin Community Services Agency, Inc. received $32,000 for its adult day program, the only one of its type serving older adults with memory loss in Superior, Wis.
  • Northland Foundation, Inc. received $30,000 for its KIDS PLUS Age to Age Program, a nationally recognized intergenerational program in the Superior area.
  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper Inc. received $30,000 for its Senior Water Advocate Network (SWAN), which seeks to educate and engage older adults in river and clean water issues in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Inc. received $25,000 for its research into the connection between HIV medications and early onset dementia.
  • Memorial Hospital and Community Health Foundation, Inc. received $10,000  for its WellFit fitness outreach program for northern Wisconsin older adults.
  • Lifestriders Inc. received $10,000 for its animal therapy program for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease in the southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers, Inc. received $10,000 for its volunteer program that helps northern Wisconsin older adults stay in their homes.
  • Whitnall Park Lutheran Church received $10,000 for its parish nurse program, which provides basic health care and information to many of its older congregants
  • Grant Regional Health Center, Inc. received $9,900 for its program that educates health professionals and the public on the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • ThedaCare, Incorporated received $5,000 for its annual Caregiver Education and Support Conference for families in the Fox Valley.
  • Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation received $5,000 for its new therapeutic garden in McGovern Park designed for older adults and those with disabilities.


Community Initiatives, 11 grants totaling $624,000

  • The Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Inc. received a two-year, $100,000 grant for its efforts to begin building the financial future of the Milwaukee Jewish community through new legacy gifts.
  • UEC/MVP Project Inc. received a two-year, $100,000 grant for its Menomonee Valley – From the Ground Up initiative, addressing the needs of nearby neighborhoods that struggle with a lack of access to jobs, quality education, and safe recreational areas.
  • Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, Inc. received $84,000 for its MKE123.org online portal dedicated to connecting the Milwaukee-area nonprofit community.
  • The Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Inc. received $75,000 for its Annual Campaign, which strengthens a host of educational and community programs in the Milwaukee Jewish Community.
  • United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Inc. received $75,000 for its ongoing efforts to develop effective collaborations to address the issue of infant mortality in Milwaukee.
  • Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Inc. received $50,000 to develop a strategic planning and operational integration effort for some of Milwaukee’s leading African American performing arts groups.
  • Discovery World, Ltd. received $50,000 for its Great Lakes Future Exhibit, which is a prominent component of its freshwater education program.
  • Donors Forum of Wisconsin, Inc. received $30,000 for its  ongoing efforts to promote and support philanthropy across Wisconsin.
  • BC Camping and Recreation Guild for Christian Scientists received a two-year, $30,000 grant for its summer camp for community use.
  • Wisconsin Association of 12 Step Clubs, Inc. received $15,000 for its annual leadership conference for 12 step clubs, which help members overcome addiction and maintain sobriety.
  • Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development received $15,000 for its Teachtown initiative to help recruit new teachers to Milwaukee Public Schools.


Arts, 6 grants totaling $271,000

  • Arts at Large, Inc. received $200,000 for its efforts to bring art education into Milwaukee Public Schools where arts programming has been pared back in recent years.
  • United Performing Arts Fund, Inc. received $40,000 for its annual campaign, which helps sustain arts organizations in southeastern Wisconsin.
  • Redline Milwaukee, Inc. received $15,000 for its visual arts programming for diverse Milwaukee audiences.
  • Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Inc. received $6,000 for its Calypso ensemble, which brings steel drum instruction to middle and high school students.
  • Florentine Opera Company, Inc. received $5,000 for its Opera in the Schools program, which serves nearly 15,000 students annually, primarily in grades K-5.
  • Know Thyself, Inc. received $5,000 for its Voices of the Young project, in which high school students examine current social and economic issues through a historical lens.


Directed Grants, 6 grants totaling $345,000

  • Triskeles, Inc. received $40,000 for its leadership program for at-risk youth in low-income areas of eastern Pennsylvania.
  • The Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Inc. received a two-year, $120,000 grant for its Holocaust Education and Research Center.
  • Rogers Memorial Hospital Foundation, Inc. received $70,000 for its efforts to end the stigma associated with mental illness, which prevents treatment and impedes recovery.
  • A.F.A.R., Inc. received $50,000 for its athletic programming for individuals with developmental and physical disabilities.
  • Balance, Inc. received $15,000 for its Center for Community Supported Living, which helps individuals with developmental disabilities navigate the service delivery system.
  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, Inc. received $50,000 for its Therapeutic Nursery serving preschool-age children affected by mental and behavioral health challenges.


Global Initiatives, 4 grants totaling $935,081

  • Lubavitch of Wisconsin, Inc. received $500,000 for its efforts to build an endowment to strengthen the long-term sustainability of Jewish education in Milwaukee.
  • Lubavitch of Wisconsin, Inc. received $250,000 for its efforts to build an endowment to strengthen the long-term viability of its programs across the lifespan.
  • Masaryk University – Department of Chemistry received $165,081 for the Josef Loschmidt Chair position, which oversees interdisciplinary research on protein and metabolic engineering.
  • Masaryk University – Department of Chemistry received a two-year, $20,000 grant for the creation of a new research initiative.


Israel, one grant totaling $157,000

  • Medical Research Infrastructure Development and Health Services Fund by the Sheba Medical Center received a two-year, $157,000 grant for expansion of its long-term study of adults who have a parent with Alzheimer’s disease, creating a repository for brain donations that will further advanced research.


Jewish Education, 12 grants totaling $600,000

  • Hillel Academy, Inc. received $200,000 for general operations to continue providing a quality Judaic and secular education to its students.
  • Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Inc. received $100,000 for general operations to continue providing an excellent secular and Jewish education to its students.
  • Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool, Inc. received $100,000 for general operation to continue to provide preschool children with a foundation for future academic success.
  • Hillel Academy, Inc. received $50,000  for its efforts to continue to implement reading and math programs started in 2012-13.
  • Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Inc. received $40,000 for its  efforts to bring a native Hebrew-speaking teacher to the school.
  • Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool, Inc. received $20,000 for its Preschools Volunteer and Development Coordinator position.
  • Hillel Academy, Inc. received $20,000 for its efforts to retain a school psychologist to help students who face a host of personal development needs.
  • Hillel Academy, Inc. received $20,000 for continued staffing of a Librarian/Media Specialist to help students develop their research skills.
  • Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool, Inc. received $15,000  for its media specialist position, which provides essential training and technology support for teachers and staff.
  • Jewish Beginnings Lubavitch Preschool, Inc. received $15,000 to provide a School Psychologist who can help with identifying early needs in its preschool students.
  • Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Inc. received $10,000 for its implementation of a new math curriculum.
  • Hillel Academy, Inc. received $10,000 for its efforts to accommodate the increase in enrollment by moving classrooms and properly equipping them.

###

About Bader Philanthropies, Inc.
Milwaukee-based Helen Bader Foundation, Inc. is a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works. The Foundation supports innovative projects and programs through grants, convening partners, and sharing knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas. Awarding an average of $10 million annually, the Foundation has an emphasis on youth, aging and workforce development for at risk populations. The Foundation has awarded more than $225 million in grants and $15 million in Program Related Investments such as loans and equity investments since 1992.

ExpandedListContact

  • Please complete the form below to signup for our mailing list.

    All fields are required.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.