Friday, October 16, 2015

Greater Milwaukee Foundation: A True Milwaukee Ambassador

I'm taking a moment to give a shout out to one of the coolest organizations in Wisconsin, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.  They have been around for 100 years, and, in addition to being a "community foundation", they provide the opportunity for residents and tourists to visit many Milwaukee area attractions and parks for free, once a month, with their "Gifts to the Community".

One day a month in 2015, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has sponsored free admission to Milwaukee's top tourist destinations, such as the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Milwaukee County Zoo, and, in September, Miller Park, home of the Brewers.  I was lucky enough to visit Miller Park during the Free Day, and was able to see a lot of places in the stadium that the general public doesn't get to see.  I will recap that visit in a separate post.

But, what does the Greater Milwaukee Foundation mean by being a "community foundation"?  According to their website, they meet the "present needs and prepare for future issues thanks to the generosity of our donors".   A portion of the funds they generate go towards grants to support a wide range of programs in our city.  That means that each person that donates money to the Foundation helps to build a better Milwaukee for its citizens.  To me, that makes them one of my city's best ambassadors.

Thanks, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, for doing so much good for my community for 100 years!  I look forward to seeing the results of your good work for years to come.

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