To rally community support at a pivotal time in our region’s forward trajectory, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is entering the public phase of a $700 million philanthropic campaign to build a Milwaukee for All.
The Foundation’s Greater Together Campaign, a comprehensive campaign spanning 2017-2023, invites everyone in greater Milwaukee to play a catalytic role in realizing a generational vision for this community. Always aligned with the Foundation’s north star of racial equity and inclusion, this specifically includes addressing systemic racial disparities that have inhibited lives and livelihoods in vibrant black and brown communities in Milwaukee.
Through transformational partnership and investment, the Foundation aims to advance the building blocks of a better life – educational opportunity, health equity, economic opportunity and housing security – at the community level so that all of Milwaukee can prosper. The campaign invites all donors to help build a better Milwaukee through the lens of their personal passions, while the public phase also places special emphasis on five priorities for community impact:
- ThriveOn Collaboration – a new model to tackle interrelated inequalities in health, economy, society and race together through historic place-based investment
- Early childhood care and education – a generational investment in creating an accessible, affordable and high-quality early childhood care and education system for all
- Lodging – make decent and affordable housing available to all
- Impact Investing – innovative use of capital for social and economic impact
- Flexible financing – ways to respond to emerging issues, pressing needs and significant opportunities as they arise
“There is no better organization than the Greater Milwaukee Foundation to lead this charge: its resources, skills, knowledge and partnership are essential tools,” said Jackie Herd-Barber, Board Chair. of the Foundation. “The Foundation researched, we built partnerships across the community and, most importantly, we listened. Now is the time to do this important and necessary work, and we need everyone to act together and join us on this journey.
To date, the Greater Together campaign has raised nearly $500 million towards its goal, and residents of the Milwaukee metropolitan area now have the opportunity to continue the region’s legacy of generosity and build on more than a century of partnership with the Foundation to ensure a better future. This includes essential contributions of talent and time as well as treasures.
As the Foundation continues to drive its strategic vision of a Milwaukee for All, the Greater Together campaign will provide the fuel needed to reinvent philanthropy, refocus communities and remake systems, on the path to a new era of opportunity. , prosperity and well-being. for the region.
The Greater Together campaign co-chairs are Peter Bruce, Cecelia Gore, Dave Kundert and Linda Mellowes.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit the Greater Together Campaign website for more detailed descriptions of campaign priorities, to meet volunteer campaign leaders, and to learn about the many ways to partner with the Foundation to build a Milwaukee for All.
“For too long, the great potential of our region has been overshadowed by disparities that separate people from opportunities and entire communities from well-being. To transform the Milwaukee we know into the Milwaukee for All, we must invest in smart solutions that bring people together, center the voice of the community, and advance racial equity so everyone can thrive,” said Ellen Gilligan, President and CEO of the Foundation. “Now is the time to build on past generations of generosity to achieve the vibrant and inclusive region that is within our reach.”
About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and was among the first in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has been at the heart of the civic community, helping donors achieve the greatest philanthropic impact, elevating the work of neighborhood changemakers, and bringing people and organizations together to help our region prosper. Racial equity is the North Star of the Foundation, guiding its investments and strategies for social and economic change. Leveraging generations of community knowledge, cross-sector partnerships and more than $1 billion in financial assets, the Foundation is committed to reinventing philanthropy, refocusing communities and remaking systems to transform our region into a Milwaukee for all.