The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced it has distributed more than $12 million in grants this year to organizations in Milwaukee and throughout the state.
Among this year’s more notable grant recipients were the Milwaukee Ballet, which received $500,000 to support its new dance center in the Historic Third Ward neighborhood, and Lakeland University, which received $275,000 to support economics programs within the Office for the Advancement of Free Enterprise Education.
The Milwaukee-based grantmaking organization, which honors the legacy of the Allen-Bradley Company co-founders, supports organizations that promote arts, culture, education and health, as well as conservative political causes.
“Like our founders, we take great pride in our Milwaukee heritage and feel responsible for ensuring that the foundation’s philanthropy continues to have a lasting, positive impact on the community,” said Rick Graber, president and chief executive officer of the Bradley Foundation. “Our grant recipients are doing incredible work, often unrecognized, because they believe in the dignity of every person and because of their commitment to creating a vibrant community life in the Milwaukee area.”
The foundation released a list highlighting several 2018 grant recipients. They include:
- Milwaukee Film: A first-time grant of $75,000 to support general operations.
- Wisconsin Conservatory of Music: $250,000 to support its campaign to improve its historic building and establish a scholarship fund.
- Alma Center: $125,000 to support the organization that works primarily with at-risk men or those involved in the criminal justice system, with a particular focus on men who have a history of domestic abuse.
- Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family Services:$100,000 for programs that place licensed counselors on site in Milwaukee private schools. The ten-year-old program provides child and adolescent out-patient and day treatment services to students who need additional support to overcome developmental, social, and emotional challenges.
- Center for Urban Teaching: $200,000 to support its efforts to recruit and support high-performing urban teachers and leaders for choice, charter and public schools.
- Kingdom Prep Lutheran High: $200,000 to support operating expenses in the all-boys high school’s first year.
Last year, the foundation awarded a total of $37 million to organizations across the country, according to its 2017 annual report.