Foundation’s $200,000 in grants boost local nonprofits

As we’ve seen time and again, this community thrives when we band together to overcome a challenge, fill a gap or accomplish a goal.

Several times a year, this collaboration is demonstrated as the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation asks organizations to share their innovative new projects, successful programs and visions for the future for potential funding through our grants programs.

This summer, nearly $200,000 in grants will boost the work of dozens of Northeastern Wisconsin organizations. These non-profits, government agencies and schools work together to serve the wide-ranging needs of this community, from children to the elderly. They improve the quality of life here by impacting arts and culture, basic needs, health and human services, education and much more.

Among the initiatives supported by the foundation’s Funds for Greater Green Bay are a vision health program for children from low-income families, legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence, a program to assist people with dementia as well as their caregivers, and other projects that support residents facing challenges to a good quality of life.

The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay will fund a program for at-risk girls in schools, after-school sites, community centers and detention homes. Other initiatives supported by the fund include a program providing life coaching for women in need and an initiative to help fifth-grade girls explore positive peer relationships, social emotional learning, positive self-image and life skills.

And later this month the foundation will announce Crime Prevention Foundation grants supporting programs that break the “crime triangle”: reducing the desire, ability and opportunity to commit crime.

The grant dollars are there to support the work in this community because of the generosity of donors from all walks of life with all variety of interests. Donors can co-invest at any level to contribute to initiatives that are making a difference primarily in Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto counties.

This unified use of funds of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the foundation’s donor advisors who co-invest in the programs and projects supported by the foundation, maximizes the impact an organization can have on the population it serves.

In fiscal year 2016 alone, the foundation granted $6.9 million to nearly 1,800 initiatives. Thank you to our invested community members, and good luck to the organizations undertaking this important work. We all look forward to seeing the results!

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