Have a question about what we do and how we do it? Here are some of the basics.
Who was Helen Bader?
Throughout her life, Helen Bader sought to help those in need. From performing arts to families facing poverty, her passions and pursuits form the core of the Foundation’s interests. We invite you to Learn more.
What’s been your impact?
We’ve awarded more than $216 million in grants since we opened in 1992, which have affected the lives of countless individuals. Beyond our financial investments, we seek to leverage new ideas, share knowledge, and build momentum on issues facing the communities we serve. Search our grants for thousands of examples.
What are your interests?
We seek proposals in specific program areas, within these geographic boundaries:
- Alzheimer's and Aging: National (Priority to Wisconsin)
- Workforce Development: City of Milwaukee
- Community Partnerships for Youth: City of Milwaukee
- Community Initiatives: Greater Milwaukee
- Arts: City of Milwaukee
Proposals for our other grant programs are solicited by our staff.
Can I apply?
We welcome applications in our key interest areas. Please note that we cannot provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships. Our grants programs can support nonprofits, as well as government entities, and our Program Related Investments seeks for-profit opportunities that align with our mission. Please see our guidelines for more information.
In the Field
Connect with the Helen Bader Foundation in person.
May 28, 2013Money and Financial Security for those planning for retirement will be...
Jun 27, 2013What's your big idea? The HBF Preliminary Application is the place to...
Aug 01, 2013Your Full Proposal is available online when you receive an email from the...
Oct 16 - Oct 18, 2013The annual conference provides an intensive, but exhilarating, agenda...