The Green Bay Packers Foundation announced this week it has awarded a total of $1.35 million in impact grants to seven Brown, Dane and Milwaukee County nonprofit organizations.
A record total amount awarded at one time for the impact grant program, which first began in 2013, the grants are aimed at directing significant funds toward organizations that are serve their communities each day.
The grants of varying amounts were awarded to five organizations in Brown County and one each in Dane and Milwaukee County, and all the grants except for one are matching grants, requiring each recipient organization to raise the same amount in order to secure the donation.
In Brown County:
- Curative Connections, Inc., received a $250,000 matching grant for their Yesteryear Village project, an innovative approach to caring for people with memory loss.
Syble Hopp School received a $100,000 grant toward the vocational/community training space equipment.
- Bellin Health Foundation Inc. received a $250,000 matching grant for their neonatal intensive care unit and maternity project.
- Golden House Inc. received a $200,000 matching grant to go toward building a new, larger facility to increase capacity and outreach office space.
- Friends of the Fox River Trail received a $50,000 matching grant for trail repairs and enhancements to ensure safety, welcome new users and promote business and tourism from downtown Green Bay to Greenleaf.
In Dane County:
- The Center for Black Excellence and Culture received a $250,000 matching grant to be devoted toward building The Center, a destination that showcases and nurtures Black talent and contributions. This grant marks the first grant awarded to a Dane County organization as part of the Packers Foundation Impact Grant program.
In Milwaukee County:
- Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation received a $250,000 matching grant for their project Let Us Play, involving multiple partners focused on transforming MPS’s 212 public playgrounds into community spaces for students, athletes and families.
“We are proud to award these grants to seven different worthy organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “We have been fortunate to be able to enhance our charitable giving through the Packers Foundation since our impact grant program began, and we’re pleased to award these significant donations to these nonprofits. These funds will help care for our most vulnerable neighbors and ensure kids, families and individuals in our communities have what they need to learn, grow and thrive.”
Since the Impact Grant Program began in 2013, the Packers Foundation has disbursed $7.9 million through impact grants, awarding grants to organizations that focus a wide variety of need areas, including education, homelessness, and the health and wellbeing of children, families and the elderly. The Foundation now has distributed more than $18 million for charitable purposes since it was established in 1986 by Judge Robert J. Parins, then president of the Packers Corporation, “as a vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity.”
The Green Bay Packers Foundation impact grants are part of Green Bay Packers Give Back. Combined with other Green Bay Packers charity endeavors, the grant program helps contribute to a comprehensive Packers charity impact that was in excess of $9 million in the past year.