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United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County today announced eleven organizations who are being awarded funding as part of their Racial Equity Fund.
Launched in 2021 from a donation from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, this new fund is focused on a commitment to deepen United Way’s impact as funders, partners, and conveners, especially as it relates to racial equity and social justice. Their goal is to increase funding to Black- and Brown-led organizations, advocate for, and support Black and Brown-led ideas.
Decisions for funding were guided by the Racial Equity Advisory Committee, featuring a variety of community leaders. A total of $1.5 million is being invested in eleven organizations over the next three years. Four additional investments will be made to unique agencies in the upcoming three years, with grantees determined by the advisory committee.
“We are so grateful to our advisory committee who guided us with our funding decisions,” said Nicole Angresano, vice president of community impact for United Way. “They chose a broad range of local organizations who are already doing powerful work right here in our neighborhoods. We believe this funding will not only support their day-to-day operations but allow them to build the infrastructure necessary to make system-level change.”
Organizations receiving funding include:
- African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN)
- Artists Working in Education (AWE)
- Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition of Wisconsin (AAPI)
- Black Arts MKE, Inc.
- Black Educators Caucus
- CAPITA (City at Peace in the Arts) Productions
- Metcalfe Park Community Bridges
- Public Allies Wisconsin
- Southside Organizing Committee (SOC)
- Walker’s Point Center for the Arts (WPCA)
- Walnut Way Conservation Corps
To learn more about each of the organizations, click here.
(Links to https://unitedwaygmwc.org/Voices-United/2022-Racial-Equity-Fund-Investments-Announced)