Name of Foundation: The Helen Bader Foundation
Contact info: www.hbf.org Phone: (414) 224- 6464
Coverage Area: Wisconsin, Israel
Subject Area: The Arts, Aging, AfterSchool Enrichment/Out of School Time Programs, Youth Development, Workforce Development, Jewish Education, Non Profit Management, Community Initiatives in Milwaukee.
Assets: $9 million (2013)
Last Year Total Giving: $10 million (2012)
In a nutshell:
The Helen Bader Foundation was established in the memory of its namesake, a business woman and social worker. Ms. Bader helped her husband, Alfred Bader, build the Aldrich Chemical Company, one of Wisconsin’s most successful entrepreneurial enterprises of the time.
After the couple divorced, she pursued her master’s degree and became a dedicated social worker. During her career, she tackled issues such as aging, mental illness, homelessness and children/families. She passed away in 1989 after a battle with cancer, but before her passing, shared a desire with her family to continue helping those in need.
Her family established the foundation in 1992 and is currently led by her son, Daniel Bader, serving as president. Continuing the lifelong work of Helen Bader, The Foundation concentrates funding in three primary interests: Alzheimer’s and Aging; Jobs for Milwaukee; and Community Partnerships for Youth.
The Community Partnerships for Youth program area helps Milwaukee’s low-income children and youth expand their horizons through stronger after-school programming, including educational enrichment, financial skills, and the arts.
How to Apply:
The Foundation accepts applications twice a year for their grants programs, a Fall and Spring deadline based on the timing of their board meetings. Applicants must fill out an online preliminary application. Applicants will receive an email informing them that they may submit a full proposal.
The Helen Bader Foundation seeks grant proposals in specific program areas within certain geographic boundaries:
Alzheimer’s and Aging – National, but the priority is Wisconsin
Workforce Development – City of Milwaukee
Community Partnerships for Youth – City of Milwaukee
Community Initiatives – Greater Milwaukee
The Arts – City of Milwaukee
For more information on the grantmaking process, click here.
Recent News and Grantmaking:
The Helen Bader Foundation Announces $1.1 Million Awarded to Milwaukee Based Youth Organizations