History of the Basic Needs Giving Partnership


The Basic Needs Giving Partnership was established in 2007 to address the root causes of poverty in the region. The partnership brings together charitable resources from the U.S. Venture Open Fund for Basic Needs within the Community Foundation, the J.J. Keller Foundation and other partner donors.

Proceeds from the U.S. Venture Open help fund the U.S. Venture Open Fund for Basic Needs. Every year, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation distributes a portion of this fund as grants, and the J.J. Keller Foundation matches the grant-making budget for additional grant-making into the local community. The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, one of three area community foundations to receive funds, is responsible for determining how the funds will be distributed.

Basic Needs Giving Partnership Committee

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation has established an independent, volunteer grants team not associated with or directed by U.S. Venture or the J.J. Keller Foundation to review and evaluate applications to this program. The grants team makes recommendations to the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation's Board of Directors for approval of all grants.

Collaborations funded by the Basic Needs Giving Partnership

  • Adult Day Services in Kewaunee County - N.E.W. Curative Rehabilitation with Kewaunee County Human Services
  • Backpack Snack Program – NEWCAP, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Oconto School Districts, Rainbow House, Tri-City United Way, and UW-Extension in Oconto County.
  • Child Advocacy Center - Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin with the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Brown County Human Services, Green Bay Police Department, Brown County Sheriff's Department, Brown County District Attorney's Office and Prevea Health Systems
  • Community Partnership for Children - Brown County United Way with Family Services (Healthy Families), Family & Childcare Resources of Northeast Wisconsin and Howe Neighborhood Family Resource Center
  • Dental Health Expansion Project - Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with the Brown County Oral Health Partnership
  • Financial Coaching Services – NWTC, FISC/Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, and Fox Communities Credit Union
  • Great Futures Project – Boys & Girls Club of Green Bay, Greater Green Bay Chamber and the Green Bay Area Public School District
  • Mental Health Outreach Expansion (MORE) Program - American Foundation for Counseling Services with Golden House, House of Hope, N.E.W. Community Clinic, New Community Shelter, St. John Evangelist Homeless Shelter and Bellin Health System
  • Oral Health Initiative for Diabetics – NEW Community Clinic and NWTC
  • Transitional Housing - Ecumenical Partnership for Housing with The Salvation Army
  • NeighborCares - Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, Aging & Disability Resource centers of Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago counties.

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