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  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies supports emergency funds for MATC, UWM, MPS students

    By By Lauren Anderson
    Oct 18, 2019

    Foundation gives $110,000 to help students with unforeseen financial challenges

    Foundation gives $110,000 to help students with unforeseen financial challenges.

    Herb Kohl Philanthropies, the charitable foundation of the former U.S. senator and former Milwaukee Bucks owner, donated $110,000 to provide small grants for students at Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Public Schools and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who are facing emergencies.


  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies flash-funds Wisconsin teachers' projects

    By Sari Lesk - Reporter, Milwaukee Business Journal
    Feb 14, 2019

    Herb Kohl Philanthropies has again stepped up to fulfill funding requests from Wisconsin teachers.

    Milwaukee businessman and philanthropist Herb Kohl has been making sizable donations in recent years to Wisconsin teachers through the crowd-funding platform To send a message of "we love teachers," Kohl's philanthropic foundation gave $507,000 on Valentine's Day to flash-fund 924 projects.


  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies funds $500,000 teacher projects

    By: Lindsey Branwall - CBS58 WDJT
    Feb 15, 2019

    WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin teachers got more than the gift of love on Valentine's Day.

    A local philanthropist awarded teachers all over the state with more than $500,000 for their classrooms.

    Almost a thousand teachers in Wisconsin received the email on Thursday saying "you've been funded."

    CBS 58 News spoke with two of them who are excited to bring something special into their classroom.


  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies donates $507,000 to Wisconsin teacher projects

    by FOX 11 News
    Feb 14, 2019

    (WLUK) -- Herb Kohl is showing some love to Wisconsin teachers on Valentine's Day.

    Herb Kohl Philanthropies announced Thursday it will fund 924 Wisconsin teacher projects posted on educational crowdfunding site,

    The $507,000 will help 755 teachers purchase classroom supplies, equipment, food, clothing and hygiene products for their students.


  • Herb Kohl helps fund Washington, D.C. trip for 400 Milwaukee Public Schools students

    by Pete Zervakis and WTMJ Radio 620

    A new pilot program announced Thursday will offer 400 Milwaukee Public Schools students the trip of their young lives, and will eventually grow to support much more.

    The new Learning Journeys program will send the 9th grade students on a five-day, all-expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. beginning in 2018.


  • Hundreds of MPS students to go to Washington on free educational trip

    byWISN News,

    Four hundred ninth-grade Milwaukee Public Schools students will get to go to Washington, D.C., all-expenses paid.

    The educational trip is part of a new Learning Journeys program being funded by Herb Kohl Philanthropies.

    "We are pleased to support MPS Learning Journeys by funding these student trips to Washington, D.C.," Herb Kohl said. "We want students to have the opportunity to learn about leadership, government, civics and democracy through the invaluable experience of travel that connects the real world to their classrooms."


  • "Learning Journeys:" 400 'really excited' MPS students to visit D.C.; Herb Kohl foots the bill

    by Evan Peterson and FOX6 News,

    Milwaukee Public Schools officials announced on Thursday, May 11th that 400 MPS ninth grade students will take part in the pilot of a new Learning Journeys program. The program will send the students on a five-day, all-expenses paid educational experience to Washington, D.C. It is being funded by Herb Kohl Philanthropies, which was founded by former U.S. Senator Herb Kohl and supported by the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.


  • Herb Kohl helps fund Washington, D.C. trip for 400 Milwaukee Public Schools students

    by Pete Zervakis and WITI-TV Online

    400 Milwaukee Public Schools 9th grade students will be taking a trip to Washington, D.C. next February.

    The all expenses paid, five-day trip to the nation’s capital is paid for by Herb Kohl Philanthropies and the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation.

    Students from four MPS schools, including Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (WCLL), will get to go on the trip – provided they’re in good standing with the district.


  • Herb Kohl is giving Wisconsin teachers another $500K via

    by Melanie Lawder - Reporter Milwaukee Business Journal
    May 8, 2017, 12:06pm CDT Updated May 8, 2017, 1:35pm CDT

    With the school year coming to a close, Milwaukee businessman and philanthropist Herb Kohl is making another massive gift to Wisconsin teachers so they can fund projects and educational programs upon their return to classrooms in September.

    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, the charitable group Herb Kohl Philanthropies that is affiliated with former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.), said Monday it is providing a $500,000 matching gift to all Wisconsin educators seeking donations on the crowdfunding site Through the grant, a total of $1 million worth of projects will be bankrolled.


  • Herb Kohl salutes teachers with another massive DonorsChoose gift

    by Bobby Tanzilo - Senior Editor/Writer
    May 8, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.

    Last September, former Sen. Herb Kohl, through his Herb Kohl Philanthropies, helped kick off the first day of school by showing what kind-heartedness is and by making a tangible statement about the importance of public education.

    He did this by funding every single active Donors Choose campaign launched by a Wisconsin teacher. The foundation funded more than 1,000 projects in more than 400 schools in well over 100 districts in the state. The mass donation reached 65,000 students.


  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies to be presenting sponsor of 2017 UPAF campaign

    UPAF turns 50 this year

    by Ben Stanley - BizTimes

    January 17, 2017, 12:32 PM

    The United Performing Arts Fund turns 50 in 2017, and the organization announced on Tuesday the presenting sponsor for its 50th anniversary fundraising campaign this spring will be Herb Kohl Philanthropies.

    The campaign will begin March 6 with a launch event at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and end June 14. Campaign co-chairs will be Betsy Brenner, former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel publisher; Linda Gorens-Levey, a partner at General capital Group; and Alex Kramer, market leader of the Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank.


  • UPAF receives major gift from Herb Kohl

    by David Schuyler - Digital Producer Milwaukee Business Journal

    Jan 16, 2017, 6:00am CST

    Longtime arts supporter, philanthropist and retired U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, through Herb Kohl Philanthropies, has made a major gift to support the United Performing Arts Fund Inc.’s 50th anniversary campaign in 2017.

    With the $50,000 gift, Herb Kohl Philanthropies will serve as presenting sponsor of the 50th anniversary campaign, which runs from March 6 through June 14. The gift is in addition to the significant annual support Kohl provides for the campaign. UPAF raises operating funds for 15 member performing arts groups and numerous affiliate organizations. Last year, UPAF raised more than $12 million in support of the arts in the Milwaukee area.