The Basic Needs Giving Partnership has awarded nearly $1.6 million to 135 nonprofit organizations supporting innovative programs helping those in need throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Collaborating nonprofits/organizations were granted funds for programs addressing the root causes of poverty through the community foundations in Green Bay, Fox Valley and Oshkosh.
The funding for the grants is generated by the annual U.S. Venture Open, the nation’s single largest one-day charitable event dedicated to ending poverty. In 2018, the event raised $4.13 million for the Basic Needs Giving Partnership and 100 percent of every dollar donated is invested in the fund. In the 33-year history of the U.S. Venture Open, $26 million has been granted to regional nonprofits.
The funding breakdowns for 2018 are:
- Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region awarded new grants of $557,018 million and distributed more than $1.1 million to multiple-year grants.
- Greater Green Bay Community Foundation awarded new grants of $549,415 and distributed $533,554 to multiple-year grants.
- Oshkosh Area Community Foundation awarded new grants of $488,302 and distributed $460,802 to multiple-year grants.
The grants are focused on programs that reduce poverty by creating economic stability, increasing access to education, building family support and social connection, and improving health and wellness.
“All of the organizations receiving grants have created collaborative and innovative programs that are uniquely addressing the issues surrounding poverty,” said Greg Vandenberg, director of giving and community engagement for U.S. Venture. “Poverty is complex and requires multiple approaches to meet the needs of individuals and families. The programs funded represent solutions that can scale and grow over time.”
A grant-making match of $800,000 from the J. J. Keller Foundation and a $200,000 commitment from Oshkosh Corp., ThedaCare and the Thrivent Foundation lead this effort.