Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee

Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee We are activating philanthropy to advance equity for women. Since 1986, supporting solutions that result in a shift in attitude, behavior, culture.
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We engage in the power of collective philanthropy. Please join us. Our mission is to activate philanthropy to advance equity for women. We are a granting entity supporting solutions that result in sustainable and long-lasting transformation for our community. We engage in the power of collective philanthropy, and by supporting robust organizations that address issues that impact women and girls. We have supported the Milwaukee community for more than 30 years and are proud to be a member of the Wisconsin Women’s Fund Alliance, the Women’s Funding Network, and Wisconsin Philanthropy Network.

We engage in the power of collective philanthropy. Please join us. Our mission is to activate philanthropy to advance equity for women. We are a granting entity supporting solutions that result in sustainable and long-lasting transformation for our community. We engage in the power of collective philanthropy, and by supporting robust organizations that address issues that impact women and girls. We have supported the Milwaukee community for more than 30 years and are proud to be a member of the Wisconsin Women’s Fund Alliance, the Women’s Funding Network, and Wisconsin Philanthropy Network.

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The accomplishments of women continue to inspire us, especially this year. Women continue to prove we are an unstoppable...
05/09/2021

The accomplishments of women continue to inspire us, especially this year. Women continue to prove we are an unstoppable force and will continue to be game changers. We honor and celebrate the contributions mothers of all identities have made to their families and communities.

We feel hopeful about our future because we see persistence make our voices heard…influencing attitudes, changing behavior and shifting culture.

Today, on Mother’s Day, make a gift to the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee at womensfundmke.org . You will immediately know you are empowered. You are heard. You feel part of the Women’s Moment. When women come together, we hold the power to create change. Our voices and investments are more powerful together.

Happy Mother’s Day!

The accomplishments of women continue to inspire us, especially this year. Women continue to prove we are an unstoppable force and will continue to be game changers. We honor and celebrate the contributions mothers of all identities have made to their families and communities.

We feel hopeful about our future because we see persistence make our voices heard…influencing attitudes, changing behavior and shifting culture.

Today, on Mother’s Day, make a gift to the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee at womensfundmke.org . You will immediately know you are empowered. You are heard. You feel part of the Women’s Moment. When women come together, we hold the power to create change. Our voices and investments are more powerful together.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA.Emmanuelle Charp...
05/05/2021

Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, which honours their work on the technology of genome editing.

Their discovery, known as Crispr-Cas9 "genetic scissors", is a way of making specific and precise changes to the DNA contained in living cells.

Women have had to fight to strengthen our voices. We have had to be our own advocates. We have had to make noise to gain a seat at the table and prove we belong there.

When women come together, we hold the power to create change. Our voices and investments are more powerful together.

Make a gift in honor of celebrating “firsts” for women like Emmanuelle and Jennifer. Donate online at womensfundmke.org.

Two scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA.

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, which honours their work on the technology of genome editing.

Their discovery, known as Crispr-Cas9 "genetic scissors", is a way of making specific and precise changes to the DNA contained in living cells.

Women have had to fight to strengthen our voices. We have had to be our own advocates. We have had to make noise to gain a seat at the table and prove we belong there.

When women come together, we hold the power to create change. Our voices and investments are more powerful together.

Make a gift in honor of celebrating “firsts” for women like Emmanuelle and Jennifer. Donate online at womensfundmke.org.

The City of Milwaukee proudly joins community members in celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Women's Fund of Greater...
04/29/2021

The City of Milwaukee proudly joins community members in celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Reflecting on history provides a lens to see how change happens, and informs us on what will ensure equity for future generations. We all have a role to play…

The City of Milwaukee proudly joins community members in celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

Reflecting on history provides a lens to see how change happens, and informs us on what will ensure equity for future generations. We all have a role to play…

Marilka Velez, WF Board Chair shared her goals as board chair...continue to grow and build the WF Endowment, increase vi...
04/28/2021

Marilka Velez, WF Board Chair shared her goals as board chair...continue to grow and build the WF Endowment, increase visibility in the broader Milwaukee community, and engage, and re-engage with supporters.

"I want to invite all of you to take part in our 35/35/35 campaign. Our goal is to reach 35 gifts in our 35th year."

Find our more at https://womensfundmke.org/contribute/35-35-35/

Marilka Velez, WF Board Chair shared her goals as board chair...continue to grow and build the WF Endowment, increase visibility in the broader Milwaukee community, and engage, and re-engage with supporters.

"I want to invite all of you to take part in our 35/35/35 campaign. Our goal is to reach 35 gifts in our 35th year."

Find our more at https://womensfundmke.org/contribute/35-35-35/

HER Scholarship recipient Deborah Evans Washington...“While at Mount Mary I saw the application for the HER Scholarship....
04/28/2021

HER Scholarship recipient Deborah Evans Washington...

“While at Mount Mary I saw the application for the HER Scholarship. That scholarship opened the door to the rest of my life. I received a boost of confidence! I did not feel I deserved it even though the scholarship committee told me I deserved it.

I received my Bachelors in 2005 and Masters in 2008. My pursuit of education helped my children tremendously. It gave me confident to get involved in my community and church.

Education opened doors only education can open. You may not know what you are giving but if you are on the other side as a recipient, it is invaluable. I thank everyone who has ever donated to help any woman or girl.”

HER Scholarship recipient Deborah Evans Washington...

“While at Mount Mary I saw the application for the HER Scholarship. That scholarship opened the door to the rest of my life. I received a boost of confidence! I did not feel I deserved it even though the scholarship committee told me I deserved it.

I received my Bachelors in 2005 and Masters in 2008. My pursuit of education helped my children tremendously. It gave me confident to get involved in my community and church.

Education opened doors only education can open. You may not know what you are giving but if you are on the other side as a recipient, it is invaluable. I thank everyone who has ever donated to help any woman or girl.”

Erika Petty, Executive Director of Lotus Legal Fund, a WF grant partner shared how funding from the WF is critical in he...
04/28/2021

Erika Petty, Executive Director of Lotus Legal Fund, a WF grant partner shared how funding from the WF is critical in helping them work with survivors on their timeframe without requiring anything from them. WF funding allows Lotus to look at barriers to women achieving employment and education and work to elevate those barriers and help women be who they want to be in life. Survivor empowerment is the core of what makes Lotus unique.

“We greatly appreciate all the support the WF has given us through the years,” Petty said.

Erika Petty, Executive Director of Lotus Legal Fund, a WF grant partner shared how funding from the WF is critical in helping them work with survivors on their timeframe without requiring anything from them. WF funding allows Lotus to look at barriers to women achieving employment and education and work to elevate those barriers and help women be who they want to be in life. Survivor empowerment is the core of what makes Lotus unique.

“We greatly appreciate all the support the WF has given us through the years,” Petty said.

Celebration of 35 continues...Doris Heiser, Founding Mother shared, “I never lost the enthusiasm for the need for the WF...
04/28/2021

Celebration of 35 continues...Doris Heiser, Founding Mother shared, “I never lost the enthusiasm for the need for the WF. I saw the tremendous need so strongly and that need is as important today.”

#womensfundmke

Celebration of 35 continues...Doris Heiser, Founding Mother shared, “I never lost the enthusiasm for the need for the WF. I saw the tremendous need so strongly and that need is as important today.”

#womensfundmke

WF Celebration of 35 is LIVE... Mayor Barrett reflected on how when the WF was started in 1986 there were 0 women on the...
04/28/2021

WF Celebration of 35 is LIVE...

Mayor Barrett reflected on how when the WF was started in 1986 there were 0 women on the Common Council and now 1/3 of the Common Council is women. “I like to see that because I have three daughters. What the WF was established to do, is as important if not more important now more than it has ever been.”

Barrett said the WF is a leading agency seeking to create an inclusive, world class city where everyone thrives.

“I have the honor of designating today as Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee Day across Milwaukee.”

WF Celebration of 35 is LIVE...

Mayor Barrett reflected on how when the WF was started in 1986 there were 0 women on the Common Council and now 1/3 of the Common Council is women. “I like to see that because I have three daughters. What the WF was established to do, is as important if not more important now more than it has ever been.”

Barrett said the WF is a leading agency seeking to create an inclusive, world class city where everyone thrives.

“I have the honor of designating today as Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee Day across Milwaukee.”

We are LIVE and celebrating our 35th anniversary with Milwaukee as Starla Thompson, Chair of our Program Committee welco...
04/28/2021

We are LIVE and celebrating our 35th anniversary with Milwaukee as Starla Thompson, Chair of our Program Committee welcomes guests!

Thanks to all of you that are joining us...

We are LIVE and celebrating our 35th anniversary with Milwaukee as Starla Thompson, Chair of our Program Committee welcomes guests!

Thanks to all of you that are joining us...

Tonight, as we celebrate the milestone of our 35th yr, another milestone to cheer...2 women will share the dais for the ...
04/28/2021
'Representation matters': With Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, 2 women will share the dais for the first time tonight

Tonight, as we celebrate the milestone of our 35th yr, another milestone to cheer...2 women will share the dais for the first time tonight. It is about time!

We must continue to crack the glass ceiling & change society for the next 35.

http://ow.ly/NiRW50EAf2B

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For the first time Wednesday, an American president will be flanked by two female leaders during an address to a joint session of Congress.

The Common Council of the City of Milwaukee herewith congratulates the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee on its 35th ann...
04/28/2021

The Common Council of the City of Milwaukee herewith congratulates the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee on its 35th anniversary, and wishes for it continued growth and prosperity.

Today we celebrate our 35th Anniversary. This is an opportunity to reflect, and honor, the women who have been on this journey. We are following roads they paved to make the progress we are watching, experiencing, and celebrating today.

We must continue to crack the glass ceiling for women so we are positions to change society, today and for the next 35 years.

The Common Council of the City of Milwaukee herewith congratulates the Women's Fund of Greater Milwaukee on its 35th anniversary, and wishes for it continued growth and prosperity.

Today we celebrate our 35th Anniversary. This is an opportunity to reflect, and honor, the women who have been on this journey. We are following roads they paved to make the progress we are watching, experiencing, and celebrating today.

We must continue to crack the glass ceiling for women so we are positions to change society, today and for the next 35 years.

We celebrate an important milestone…our 35th yr. Reflecting on history provides a lens to see how change happens, & info...
04/26/2021

We celebrate an important milestone…our 35th yr. Reflecting on history provides a lens to see how change happens, & informs us on what will ensure equity for future generations.

Our voices are more powerful together. Join us & celebrate.
Register: womensfundmke.org

We celebrate an important milestone…our 35th yr. Reflecting on history provides a lens to see how change happens, & informs us on what will ensure equity for future generations.

Our voices are more powerful together. Join us & celebrate.
Register: womensfundmke.org

Celebrate resiliency! Reaching 35 is a milestone. We have survived economic turmoil, leadership changes, a technology re...
04/23/2021

Celebrate resiliency! Reaching 35 is a milestone. We have survived economic turmoil, leadership changes, a technology revolution, a global pandemic. Throughout it all we are resilient and certain about our future.

Register and celebrate with us: http://ow.ly/VRpk50EsJxE

Celebrate resiliency! Reaching 35 is a milestone. We have survived economic turmoil, leadership changes, a technology revolution, a global pandemic. Throughout it all we are resilient and certain about our future.

Register and celebrate with us: http://ow.ly/VRpk50EsJxE

Much has changed since we first launched.Today woman have access to previously unimaginable educational & work opportuni...
04/22/2021

Much has changed since we first launched.
Today woman have access to previously unimaginable educational & work opportunities and engage in determining our futures.

We must continue to crack the glass ceiling & change society for the next 35 yrs.

RSVP: womensfundmke.org

Much has changed since we first launched.
Today woman have access to previously unimaginable educational & work opportunities and engage in determining our futures.

We must continue to crack the glass ceiling & change society for the next 35 yrs.

RSVP: womensfundmke.org

This arc of history provides a basis for informing how far we've come. We feel hopeful about our future, we see persiste...
04/21/2021

This arc of history provides a basis for informing how far we've come. We feel hopeful about our future, we see persistence makes our voices heard…influencing attitudes, changing behavior, shifting culture.

Register, join us for the celebration
womensfundmke.org

This arc of history provides a basis for informing how far we've come. We feel hopeful about our future, we see persistence makes our voices heard…influencing attitudes, changing behavior, shifting culture.

Register, join us for the celebration
womensfundmke.org

Celebrate resiliency! Reaching 35 is a milestone. We have survived economic turmoil, leadership changes, a technology re...
04/20/2021

Celebrate resiliency! Reaching 35 is a milestone. We have survived economic turmoil, leadership changes, a technology revolution, a global pandemic. Throughout it all we are resilient and certain about our future.

Register and celebrate with us: http://ow.ly/VRpk50EsJxE

Celebrate resiliency! Reaching 35 is a milestone. We have survived economic turmoil, leadership changes, a technology revolution, a global pandemic. Throughout it all we are resilient and certain about our future.

Register and celebrate with us: http://ow.ly/VRpk50EsJxE

Anne was an active WF Board Director and we remember her commitment and generosity. To leave an online message of condol...
04/15/2021

Anne was an active WF Board Director and we remember her commitment and generosity.

To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or a photo, please visit Anne's memorial page at
www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com.

Anne was an active WF Board Director and we remember her commitment and generosity.

To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or a photo, please visit Anne's memorial page at
www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com.

"...Creating new daysAll over againWe are 414Our new day is coming"An extraordinary tribute to Milwaukee by Dasha Kelly ...
04/15/2021
WATCH: Dasha Kelly Hamilton's extraordinary tribute to Milwaukee, "414 (New) Day"

"...Creating new days
All over again
We are 414
Our new day is coming"

An extraordinary tribute to Milwaukee by Dasha Kelly Hamilton.
We celebrate Hamilton, currently the Wisconsin Poet Laureate and the Milwaukee Poet Laureate. She is the first African American woman to hold both positions simultaneously

As we celebrate how poetry can transform and inspire we invite you to join us for a Community Book Read:

An American Sunrise by author Joy Harjo
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
4 - 5 PM ~ Virtual

Register: http://ow.ly/OEa650Ekdex

An American Sunrise is a stunning collection of poems, Joy finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where the Mvskoke people, including her ancestors, were forcibly displaced. From her memory of her mother's death, to her beginnings in the Native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Joy's personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings.

This book selection also "Celebrates Firsts" since Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be named a Poet Laureate.

This uplifting poem is a "414 Day" must-watch.

Wednesday, April 28, 20215 - 6:30 PM ~ VirtuallyRegister: http://ow.ly/A7zb50EkdzyThis year we celebrate an important mi...
04/14/2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5 - 6:30 PM ~ Virtually
Register: http://ow.ly/A7zb50Ekdzy

This year we celebrate an important milestone, our 35th year.

Join us as we create community, share stories and demonstrate philanthropy is inclusive and empowering.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
5 - 6:30 PM ~ Virtually
Register: http://ow.ly/A7zb50Ekdzy

This year we celebrate an important milestone, our 35th year.

Join us as we create community, share stories and demonstrate philanthropy is inclusive and empowering.

We are pleased to be hosting a Community Book Read, An American Sunrise by author Joy Harjo Tuesday, May 11, 20214 - 5 P...
04/12/2021
'A gift to the nation': Oklahoman Joy Harjo's influence grows as U.S. Poet Laureate

We are pleased to be hosting a Community Book Read, An American Sunrise by author Joy Harjo

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
4 - 5 PM ~ Virtual

Register: http://ow.ly/OEa650Ekdex

An annual opportunity to read collectively and then gather to discuss the book narrative and how it applies to us. Whether you read one poem or all of them, we are confident this is an enjoyable book for all.

From the back of the book...An American Sunrise is a stunning collection of poems, Joy finds blessings in the abundance of her homeland and confronts the site where the Mvskoke people, including her ancestors, were forcibly displaced. From her memory of her mother's death, to her beginnings in the Native rights movement, to the fresh road with her beloved, Joy's personal life intertwines with tribal histories to create a space for renewed beginnings.

This book selection also "Celebrates Firsts" since Joy Harjo is the first Native American to be named a Poet Laureate.

http://ow.ly/ZtZH50Ekdez

Joy Harjo, the multitalented Oklahoman, will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in autumn.

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  • Grants to area NFP organizations.

  • Convening the community around interesting and important topics.

  • HER Scholarships provided to women who are non-traditional students pursuing their first Bachelor’s degrees.
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    Georgia Stebbins belonged to a rarified group of remarkable and yes, even heroic, women who served as lighthouse keepers in 19th Century America. In celebration of Woman’s History Month the North Point Lighthouse is proud to recogonize the woman who kept the light at North Point Lighthouse from 1873 -1907. Georgia Green was born in Jordon, New York in 1846. She married Lemuel Stebbins, a watchmaker in 1866. In 1873 she was diagnosed with consumption (tuberculosis). Her doctors said her only chance for recovery was to move to a fresher climate. Later that year she traveled to Wisconsin where her father was the lighthouse Keeper at the North Point Light Station in Milwaukee. When she arrived she found her father in poor health and began helping him with his keepers duties. In 1887 her father died and she was appointed Keeper of the North Point Lighthouse. In 1888 she became the first Keeper at the new house and tower built at North Point. Georgia’s duties as Keeper required her to replenish the lamp that illuminated the 4th Order Fresnel lens every four hours from dusk till dawn, every day. What was her response to all this attention? “It seems to me a light-house is a commonplace affair, and it seems to me the work of taking care of the light is very ordinary indeed.” Perhaps to her, after tending to it for so many years, but to most of us it “seems” an awesome and formidable task indeed, and hardly “ordinary. ” When she retired in 1907 it is estimated that she climbed the tower stairs over 63,800 times. She never spent a single night away from the lighthouse for her 24 years of service. Her son Albert and her 2 grandsons were born at North Point. Georgia passed away at the age of 74 on July 11th, 1920, one month before women would receive the right to vote. To learn more about this remarkable woman and see some of the items of hers we have on display, stop by the North Point Lighthouse Museum. Northpointlighthouse.org
    Female-run business here in Ozaukee County.....