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 $225 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 can consider for-profit opportunities with charitable purposes that align with our mission. Please see our guidelines for more information.
If our staff is interested in learning more, we'll request a Full Proposal to learn more about the details of your request. Since it's more in depth than the Preliminary Application, the HBF Help Desk has a separate set of FAQs and tutorial videos.
Are you hiring? It's not often that we'll have job openings to share, but when we do, we strive to identify high-caliber candidates in multiple ways, including professional channels, as well as a post on our homepage.
In the Field
Connect with the Helen Bader Foundation in person.
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