• American Family Insurance to commit $105 million to help close equity gaps

    By Brandon Anderegg -Feb 23, 2021 12:32 pm  Last updated on February 24th, 2021 at 12:49 pm American Family Insurance will commit $105 million over five years through “Free to Dream,” an initiative that aims to close equity gaps across the country, the Madison-based insurer announced today. The new initiative will focus

  • 10 Myths About The Racial Wealth Gap

    Posted on Feb 25, 2021, by Community Foundation By Chuck Self, Community Foundation Board Director You have probably heard many explanations about why we have a racial wealth gap. Duke University published a paper, “What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap.” They systematically review ten of the most prevalent “excuses”

  • Northwestern Mutual Commits $5 Million to Children’s Wisconsin and the MACC Fund Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Largest Standalone Donation

    Company builds upon more than $4.2 million in contributions to Children's Wisconsin cancer initiatives since 2013 MILWAUKEE, Feb. 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- This year, approximately 10,500 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. Among those diagnosed, blood cancers, like leukemia, are some of the most common forms of pediatric cancer. To support those affected both

  • Sinclair named chief diversity and inclusion officer for Greater Milwaukee Foundation

    Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 24, 2021 – Further advancing its generational commitment to racial equity and inclusion, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation today announced the hiring of Kenyatta Sinclair as the organization’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. Sinclair is a Milwaukee native with 15 years experience in the nonprofit and racial equity

  • The 2021 Learning Conference

    Please join us for the virtual 2021 Learning Conference. Hosted in partnership with Minnesota Council on Foundations, the virtual 2021 Learning Conference is designed to expose participants to cutting-edge practices in equity-informed, community-driven grantmaking while giving them the knowledge and tools to apply learning in all aspects of their work. We

  • UW Credit Union partners with United Way on $1.5 million racial equity fund

    By Lauren Anderson -Feb 17, 2021 1:06 pm UW Credit Union is launching a $1.5 million fund through the United Way of Dane County and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County to address racial inequities in the greater Milwaukee and Madison areas. The investment includes $500,000 for the Milwaukee area and $1 million for Dane

  • Listen MKE Live: “Unlearning Racism”

    From the Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Our shared vision as a community foundation is to build a Milwaukee for all. But to do so, we must understand and dismantle the systemic racism that prevents us and our community from thriving. Join us for a free Facebook Live event hosted by Milwaukee Journal

  • United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County unveils plans for $25 million MacKenzie Scott gift

    By Lauren Anderson -Feb 9, 2021 Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $25 million to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County when she gifted billions in donations to organizations across the country late last year. United Way leaders unveiled on Tuesday their plans for the big gift, which will include bolstering the organization’s

  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies to flash-fund Wisconsin teachers’ donation requests

    The projects provide books, educational supplies and technology, as well as food, clothing and hygiene products, for students. To read more, click here.

  • SC Johnson donates $5.5 million for Gateway Technical College scholarships

    By Lauren Anderson -Feb 11, 2021 SC Johnson is donating $5.5 million to Gateway Technical College to create scholarships for women, people of color and low-income students pursuing STEM-related career fields. The gift from the Racine-based manufacturer is the largest single donation to the school in its history. The donation will fund 18 scholarships annually