Bucks Foundation grants; Support voting and community building programs

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the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation announced Thursday, Feb. 17, that it was handing out grants to five local nonprofits.

Organizations align with the five pillars of the Bucks Foundation, including:

  • health and wellbeing
  • Economic and individual empowerment
  • Education
  • civic engagement
  • Criminal Justice and Law Reform

A press release says funding from this round will support nonprofit partners with high school and prison ballot initiatives, resources for those affected by gun violence, and summer youth education programs. young people inspiring students to design a more equitable future.

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Beneficiaries

  • 414LIFEwhich receives a grant to help with organizational support to continue their work in providing resources and support to Milwaukee County families impacted by gun violence. , trauma can catapult someone into homelessness, food insecurity and continued insecurity. Having emergency funds available quickly to try to prevent the continued loss of survivors of violence is critical in the continuum of prevention,” said Terri deRoon-Cassini, director, Comprehensive Injury Center, MCW.
  • “Violence happens unexpectedly, creating a rapid loss of resources, and for many who didn’t have many resources to begin with, trauma can catapult someone into homelessness, food insecurity and lack of Continuing loss for survivors of violence is critical in the continuum of prevention,” said Terri deRoon-Cassini, director of the Comprehensive Injury Center, MCW.
  • MK Black provides a directory of Black-owned businesses in the greater Milwaukee area, providing businesses with access to resources, networks and capital. The Bucks Foundation supports MKE Black’s operational efforts to continue its work on behalf of Milwaukee Black-owned businesses. thriving black culture for our city,” said MKE Black Executive Director Rick Banks.
  • “With the support of the Bucks Foundations, MKE Black can continue to support the growing network of Black-owned businesses in Milwaukee and build on thriving Black culture for our city,” said Rick Banks, Executive Director of MKE Black. .
  • Milwaukee succeeds, an organization that works to advance educational inequality in Milwaukee, is receiving funding to help execute plans for its “Design Your Future” program. This six-week summer program allows more than 50 Milwaukee youth to create their own plans to improve local high schools for black male students. to the problems they face. The Bucks Foundation grant shows our city’s youth that their ideas are valid and worth investing in,” said Clintel Hasan, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Milwaukee Succeeds.
  • “The Design Your Future Fellowship was about shifting power to young people and believing in their ability to find solutions to the problems they face. The Bucks Foundation grant shows young people in our city that their ideas are valid and deserve to be supported. be invested,” said Clintel Hasan, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Milwaukee Succeeds.
  • League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County is a nonpartisan organization that works to encourage informed and active participation in government, as well as to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Support from the Bucks Foundation will go towards its Secondary School Voter Education and Registration Project. “The Bucks Foundation’s support will help us reach a new generation of citizens to encourage them to exercise their right to vote. People who start voting Young people are more likely to become lifelong voters and become civically engaged with their government – ​​and it makes democracy work better for everyone,” said Peggy Creer, president of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.
  • “The Bucks Foundation’s support will help us reach a new generation of citizens to encourage them to exercise their right to vote. People who start voting when they are young are more likely to become engaged, lifelong voters civically engage with their government – ​​and that makes democracy work better for everyone,” said Peggy Creer, president of the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County.
  • ACLU Wisconsin works to defend the civil liberties and civil rights of all Wisconsin residents. The Bucks Foundation provides a grant and in-kind support in the form of promotional materials to the ACLU Wisconsin for its prison voting program. “We are deeply grateful to the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation for supporting our campaign to vote in prison 2022. They are disenfranchised in every election just because they are in prison, and this partnership allows us to continue to fight for a democracy in which everyone, including voters in prison, has equal access to the ballot,” said Maxine Webb, director of strategic development and operations, ACLU Wisconsin
  • “We are deeply grateful to the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation for supporting our 2022 Prison to Vote Campaign. Many eligible voters in our state are disenfranchised in every election solely because they are in prison, and this partnership helps us allows us to continue to fight for a democracy in which everyone — including voters in prison — have equal access to the ballot,” said Maxine Webb, director of strategic development and operations, ACLU Wisconsin

All five organizations will be recognized at Thursday night’s Bucks game.

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