The Bader Philanthropies (formerly the Helen Bader Foundation) has announced grants totaling nearly $4.7 million to sixty-seven nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin, as well as nonprofits across the United States and Canada.
The grants include a total of $205,000 awarded to five projects through an expanded Milwaukee Arts program. The awards, which represent a doubled commitment, to $1 million annually, to the arts in Milwaukee, include a two-year, $150,000 grant to First Stage Milwaukee to improve the accessibility of its programs for young people and families from all backgrounds; $40,000 to the Milwaukee Repertory Theater; $10,000 to the Skylight Music Theatre; and $5,000 to the Next Act Theatre.
"Our family knows that the arts not only have an impact on the individual, but also help shape our community as a whole," said Bader Philanthropies president and CEO Daniel Bader. "By doubling our annual commitment to the arts, we want to ensure that the inspirational power of the arts reaches as many Milwaukeeans as possible."
The foundation also awarded grants totaling $360,000 to sixteen organizations through its Community Partnerships for Youth program, including an award of $50,000 to Lead2Change to empower and inspire Milwaukee youth to be catalysts for change in their communities. In addition, the City of Milwaukee was awarded a two-year, $200,000 Community Initiatives grant to help revitalize equipment and landscaping at select “pocket parks” in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods in the city.
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Bader Philanthropies website.