• Who's Lifting Your Wisconsin Community?

    Nominations Due Aug. 31.

    The Social Innovation Prize in Wisconsin recognizes seasoned, innovative leaders who redirected their skills and passions after age 50 to address some of our home state's most pressing social needs.

  • A New View of Aging

    $2 Million for
    Aging-Friendly Communities
    in Rural Wisconsin.

    Through a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, HBF is expanding efforts to make Wisconsin a national leader in healthy, engaged older adults, with a focus on rural communities.

  • Funding Our Future

    Kids need safe places
    to learn and grow.

    The Helen Bader Foundation helps create healthy environments for youth by connecting them to safe harbors in their neighborhoods, and working to put enriching, engaging opportunities within reach of local families.

  • Empowering Employees

    In tough economic
    times, we’re helping
    people get a foothold.

    The Foundation engages with local businesses, nonprofits, and civic partners to find collaborative solutions for connecting people with available jobs.

  • Our Newest Grants

    More than $225 million
    in grants in 20 years.

    Since we first started giving grants in 1992, we have awarded an impressive group of worthwhile organizations the funds needed to promote lasting improvements in diverse communities.

  • A Short Pause

    Application, Requirement Update

    This summer, the Foundation is excited to be upgrading our database. While we ramp up behind the scenes for a new and improved experience for our partners, we're taking a short pause on accepting new applications and requirements.

    We'll resume on September 8. Watch for more.

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Program Related Investments

Our PRIs bolster for-profit enterprises and nonprofit organizations through critical funding that helps people in our society thrive.