Since 2016, we’ve awarded over $1.2 million dollars in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations doing impactful, transformational and sustainable work in the Greater Milwaukee Community.
Our Focus Areas
We fund capital projects, new programs, expansions of existing programs, or new/expanded collaborative effort between several nonprofit organizations. All grants target a specific population for a specific duration with specific measurable goals in one of these areas of focus:
$100,000 Grant Recipients
just one more ministry, inc.
Just One More Ministry “rescues” food from donor partners such as local caterers, restaurants and grocery stores—food that would otherwise end up in landfills. It is repackaged and distributed to 75 community partners, who distribute that food to thousands of hungry people through food pantries and meal programs—most in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. Our grant will help JOMM increase the amount of food rescued and then redistributed through two capital purchases: a large walk-in cooler that will increase fresh food storage capacity by 400% and a large walk-in freezer that will increase frozen food storage capacity by 300%.
Pathfinders focuses on youth in crisis, including Milwaukee’s only youth-focused homeless street outreach (“Street Beat”). Pathfinders helps youth through its four initiatives: 1) housing and shelter using the “housing first” model; 2) education: 3) family engagement; and 4) youth empowerment. With our grant, Pathfinders will replace their 11+year old Street Beat vehicle. This vehicle will circulate daily through Milwaukee neighborhoods offering a point of entry to a network of resources. The balance of our grant would be used to stock the vehicle with four seasons of basic needs items like safety kits, emergency funds for gas cards and bus passes, and survival resources, helping 5000+ youth in crisis per year for another decade or more.
summit educational association
Summit has achieved academic and character development success with the primarily Latino population on Milwaukee’s South Side through its holistic approach to support disadvantaged students. Our grant will support and expand its tutoring and character building programs to Milwaukee’s North Side to fill a gap in the primarily African American community and fund it for two years. The North Side site (MLK Community Center at 1531 W. Vliet) includes classrooms, a gym, and an outdoor space, allowing an increase of students served in the school year tutorial program pairing fourth through eighth grade students with a consistent adult tutor/mentor for personal interaction and friendship. The Summer Olympics program provides programming including academics, character building and organized athletics.
ACTS Housing provides guidance and capital to families typically locked out of the homeownership market due to barriers such as low income, poor access to credit, lack of savings, and language. An Impact100 grant will fund Mortgage Rehab Loans for families or individuals purchasing foreclosed properties and needing funds to renovate the properties to make them safe, habitable and up to code. ACTS will use the dollars repaid from the loans to continue increasing the number of new loans to new homeowners, thereby expanding the number of families served and subsequently stabilizing and improving more neighborhoods.
Down syndrome association of wisconsin
DSAW promotes full acceptance, full access, full potential, and a full life for those with Down syndrome and other special needs. Impact100 funding will support two new programs that address common barriers to work for these communities. The first, a transportation service, will provide an estimated 300 individuals with safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation to programs teaching employment readiness and life skills. The second and first of its kind in the Milwaukee area, DigitalABILITY, will teach digital literacy skills required to work in more than half of today’s jobs.
Through its 2-1-1 crisis hotline, IMPACT connects the most vulnerable people in southeast Wisconsin to critical resources including substance abuse screenings, treatment and recovery support, and the largest directory of family, health, and social service providers in the state. The hotline currently fields more than 600 calls per day. An Impact100 grant will be used to update the crisis call center’s phone system, which will improve service delivery and prevent dropped calls between team members and clients. The new system will also enhance IMPACT’s capacity to collect information on their clients’ needs, which will better inform how critical services are delivered in the community.
The Benedict Center addresses the needs of women in the criminal justice system. The Sisters Program is a community-police partnership that assists victims of prostitution/sex trafficking and aims for diversion with a public-health approach, rather than criminalizing the women through incarceration. Impact100 funds will be used for an outreach vehicle for volunteer workers to travel to high intensity areas of the city, transporting women on the street to one of the Sisters Program shelters and carrying supplies such as blankets and water for women still on the street. Funds also will support a new pilot program to train, support and develop Sisters Program participants to take on more active roles in the community. Click to see the impact: https://vimeo.com/297579567
gps education partners
GPS works with businesses and school districts to offer students at risk of dropping out immersive apprenticeships. The Impact100 grant will fund The Credentialed Work-Based Learning Project, a program that offers GPS students the opportunity for a third year of on-the-job training and advanced education. Funding will also support development of a unique apprenticeship program for multiple skilled jobs, and an online platform for future expansion of the program into new roles and industries. Click to see the impact: https://vimeo.com/297751229
Running Rebels (RRCO) targets central city youth ages 8-19 primarily from low income, single parent homes, and often trauma-ridden environments. RRCO recently moved into a large, existing facility on Milwaukee’s North Side, which includes a mostly empty gym. Impact100 funds will be used to purchase new bleachers to encourage families to gather and watch games, as well as better, safer equipment. The funds will also allow RRCO to expand programming with later weekday and weekend hours, and additional activities for young men, girls, small children and families. Click to see the impact: https://vimeo.com/294793239
literacy services of wisconsin
Literacy Services of Wisconsin provides literacy education to adults through the dedication of volunteers, the support of the community, and the use of specialized curricula to meet individual and community needs. The grant will support a high school equivalency program focused on high demand manufacturing and construction jobs.
neu-life community development
Neu-Life Community Development Center empowers children and youth with skills to make better life choices. The Farmfork Youth Cooking Program aims to break down barriers to accessing healthy food in some of Milwaukee’s most challenged zip codes. The grant will be used to covert the community center’s outdated facilities into a commercial kitchen and purchase a van to allow them to serve more youth and broaden the program’s scope.