Bucks launch new charitable foundation

Group awards three $25,000 grants

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The Milwaukee Bucks launched a new charitable organization called the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation and gave out three $25,000 grants to local charitable organizations and initiatives Monday afternoon at the Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club.

Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Jamie Dinan announces the launch of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation on Monday, June 6, 2016,
Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Jamie Dinan announces the launch of the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation on Monday, June 6, 2016.

The foundation was formed in order to answer a “critical need for services to help address systemic issues of poverty and segregation, not only within the city of Milwaukee, but across the entire state,” according to a statement released by the team’s press office.

The organization will focus on supporting youth education, health and wellness, and community improvement programs. It awarded its first grants to Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Penfield Children’s Center and MKE Plays.

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“Our entire organization is committed to making a difference in the community and we understand the responsibility we have to give back,” said Bucks co-owner Jamie Dinan. “We often talk about being champions on the court, but we strive just as hard to be champions for change in the community as well.”

Also announced was a new program that will encourage Bucks front office employees to volunteer at different community groups. The program, called “Volun-Deers” will give Bucks employees 16 hours per year of paid time away from the office to volunteer.

The foundation will give future grants on an annual basis and has created a list of grant guidelines and eligibility requirements charitable organizations must follow in order to be considered, as well as an application process.

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