Congratulations to the Impact100 Greater Milwaukee 2017 Grant Winners!
Impact100 Greater Milwaukee, a collaborative group of women who award transformative grants to organizations in our community, just awarded $308,000 to five outstanding nonprofits!
Grant applications were accepted in December in five focus areas; Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family, and Health & Wellness. After rigorous evaluation by Impact100 members, focus area finalists present to the full membership at the Annual Awards Celebrations. Following the presentations, members vote and the grant recipients are announced. For every 100 members, Impact100 Greater Milwaukee awards a $100,000 grant. Any remaining funds are divided among remaining finalists.
This year’s $100,000 Grant Recipients:
The Benedict Center address the needs of women in the criminal justice system. The Sisters Program is an innovative community-police partnership which focuses on street outreach, case management, and skill building programs to assists women in prostitution and/or sex trafficking. Impact100 funds will be used for an outreach vehicle for volunteer workers to carry supplies such as blankets and water to women on the street, as well as to transport women on the street to one of the Sisters Program shelters. Funds will also support a new pilot program to train, support, and develop Sisters Program participants to take on more active roles in the community.
GPS Education Partners is an innovative education model that prepares students to succeed in technical careers and promotes viability for business. GPS works with businesses and school districts to offer immersive apprenticeships to students at risk of dropping out of school. The Impact100 grant will fund The Credentialed Work-Based Learning Project, a program that offers GPS students the opportunity 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 furture expansion of the program into new roles and industries.
Running Rebels Community Organization (RRCO) provides positive choices for central city youth ages 8-19 facing the daily pressures of delinquency, drug abuse, truancy and teen pregnancy by providing a positive alternative outlet, combined with community support. RRCO recently moved into an existing facility on Milwaukee’s north side, which includes a mostly empty gym. Funds from Impact100s grant 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, along with additional activates for young men, girls, small children, and families.
This years $4,000 Merit Grant Recipients:
Artists Working in Education, sponsors professional artists to nurture the imaginations of Milwaukee youth by bringing creative visual arts experiences directly to schools, community centers, and informal settings such as parks, playgrounds, libraries, and community events. Meaningful arts programming helps youth develop new ways of seeing the world, enhanced inquisitiveness, creativity, flexibility, imagination, and confidence.
Riveredge Nature Center aims to create healthier human and natural communities, and to support conservation through education that awakens curiosity, engages the body, and explores connections to nature for all generations. The center highlights over 379 acres of land, 10 miles of trails, and over one mile of Milwaukee River shoreline for it’s visitors to explore.
There are 43 Impact100 organizations in the United States and Australia which have granted more than $45 million to deserving nonprofit organizations. Visit Impact100’s website to find out more about this great philanthropic organization!