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  • Contest Allows Students to Pitch Ideas on Improving Educational Outcomes for Black Males

    By Sam Woods
    Dec 26, 2020

    Do you have an idea for how to improve high school education? You might be able to get paid to make that idea happen.

    Milwaukee Succeeds, a partnership of educational leaders across government, nonprofit and private sectors, has launched a pitch competition called “Design Your Future.”


  • Post from Community: Data Dream Awards provide $30,000 in services for Milwaukee-based organizations: Six winning organizations seek to improve their impact through data

    By Data You Can Use
    Dec 14, 2020

    Every year, Data You Can Use, a nonprofit research agency, offers services to the winners of the Data Dream Award, a competition which helps charitable organizations acquire and interpret the data they need to succeed. This year, six nonprofits were named as winners, and each will receive $5,000 in pro bono services from Data You Can Use to fulfil a specific need that contributes to the improvement of a program or strategy to improve the community. read more...

  • Milwaukee business execs, foundation chief say protests are call to action for area's white leadership

    By Rich Kirchen
    Jun 1, 2020

    Metro Milwaukee’s most influential business leaders and the CEO or the area’s most prominent community foundation say the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis — and the protests that followed — will serve as a catalyst for them to intensify their efforts to address issues of racial discrimination and economic inequities in the Milwaukee area. read more...

  • Radiothon hosted by Pat Connaughton raises over $205K for COVID-19 Relief

    By Julia Marshall
    May 22, 2020

    A radiothon hosted by Bucks' Pat Connaughton raised over $205K for COVID-19 relief.

    Connaughton hosted the radiothon with ESPN Milwaukee on Thursday and raised a total of $205,859 over an 11-hour period.


  • Kohl donates $10M to support La Follette School’s outreach, teaching and research

    By Lisa Hildebrand
    May 12, 2019

    Representing Wisconsin in the U.S. Senate for 24 years, Herb Kohl demonstrated his deep commitment to public service and his ethos of civility in public debate and policymaking. A $10 million gift announced today from Herb Kohl Philanthropies to the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs will extend the reach of that legacy. read more...

  • We need everybody to get involved.' Philanthropists give Milwaukee nonprofits a boost during the coronavirus pandemic

    By Talis Shelbourne
    Mar 25, 2020

    As nonprofit social service providers struggle to keep their doors open with limited ability to raise funds, Milwaukee's philanthropic organizations are stepping in to help.

    A coalition of organizations, including Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, has collectively raised $1.3 million so far.


  • Local Philanthropic Coalition Formed in Response to COVID-19

    By WIMCI, Community Contributor
    Mar 23, 2020

    The enduring work ethic and spirit of determination that so often define the greater Milwaukee community are once again rising to meet the extraordinary challenges the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting for all people in all places.

    To help alleviate the profound impact the coronavirus outbreak is having on Milwaukee and beyond, a group of philanthropic partners today announced their coordinated approach to identifying greatest needs and quickly activating funding support and volunteer resources for maximum community impact.


  • Milwaukee nonprofits join forces to raise over $1M for community needs during outbreak

    By Mark Kass
    Mar 21, 2020

    A group of prominent Milwaukee foundations and organizations, including Herb Kohl Charities, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Brewers Community Foundation, have formed a coalition and already raised $1.2 million to help coordinate much-needed resources for the Milwaukee-area during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Others involved in the group include Bader Philanthropies, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Zilber Family Foundation, Milwaukee Public Schools, Northwestern Mutual Foundation and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.


  • Mayor Tom Barrett's 2020 State of the City address

    By Press Release
    Feb 10, 2020

    It was just a year ago at my state of the city presentation, when I asked: "Wouldn’t Milwaukee be a great place for a national political convention?"

    Moments later I received a call from Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez who made it official. For the first time in the history of the state of Wisconsin, we are hosting a major national political convention.


  • More than 100 Milwaukee residents qualify for property tax relief

    By Ben Jordan
    Feb 20, 2020

    Relief is on the way for more than a hundred Milwaukee homeowners who saw their property taxes skyrocket due to downtown development.

    An anti-displacement fund will help Milwaukee homeowners who saw large increases in their property taxes due to their proximity to downtown.


  • Boys and GIrls Club Youth Return From Five-Day Excursion to Washington D.C.

    By Madison365 staff
    Aug 16, 2019

    A bus of 40 area youth and eight chaperones from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County will arrive at the Allied Family Center this morning after having experienced a five-day, all-expenses-paid journey to Washington D.C. They are one of many youth groups from across Wisconsin who are taking summer trips to learn about American government and history, visit institutions of higher education and develop important life-skills. read more...

  • African American Chamber reaches $1 million Legacy campaign goal

    ByLauren Anderson
    Oct 27, 2020

    The African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin has reached its $1 million fundraising goal for its new Legacy Co-Working and Innovation Space on King Drive in Milwaukee.

    The chamber said the American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation provided an undisclosed gift to complete the campaign.


  • 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.