Bader Philanthropies, Inc. strives to be a philanthropic leader in improving the quality of life of the diverse communities in which it works, through grants, convening partners and sharing knowledge to affect emerging issues in key areas.
We welcome applications in our key interest areas. Please note that we do not provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships. Our grant programs support nonprofits, as well as government entities, and our Program Related Investments support for-profit opportunities with charitable purposes that align with our mission.
Bader Philanthropies is a global funder, supporting locally, nationally and primarily in the United States of America, Canada, Israel and the Czech Republic.
Today, the Foundation’s philanthropic giving exceeds $20 million annually. Total awards exceed $300 million since its inception in 1992.
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We accept applications from nonprofits and government entities for projects that fit within the geographic and strategic boundaries of our Program Areas. We do not provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships.
The grant application process starts by registering a profile in our online portal. Once your organization is registered, follow the steps in the online portal to submit a preliminary application. If you have any questions about this process, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Grants Manager, Kristen Lie.
The Bader Philanthropies Board of Directors meets every six months. Submit your preliminary application by the deadline found on our online portal to be considered at our upcoming Board Meeting. We suggest you apply as early as possible to improve your chances of being accepted. A final decision by our Board of Directors takes an average of 3-6 months from initial preliminary submission.
Each of our Program Areas has specific geographic and strategic boundaries, which you can read about here. If you aren’t sure in which area your project fits, or feel your project fits within multiple Program Areas, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. And don’t worry—your application will not be rejected just because you apply to a particular Program Area. If our Program committee decides that your project fits better in a different area, your request will be reassigned as needed.
The size of our grant awards varies by Program Area. Overall, our average grant ranges from 2%-6% of an organization’s annual budget. Please reach out to our staff if you would like to discuss the appropriate amount to request.
If you are a new applicant, please call our main line or send an inquiry through our online contact form, which will be routed to the proper person.
Grantees are welcome to reach out to the assigned Program Officer to discuss any active grants or requests. If you do not know who your Program Officer is, you can use our contact form to find out.
Bader Philanthropies is deeply committed to convening partners and engaging our neighbors. We see convening as one of the Foundation’s pillars in fulfilling our mission. As such, the Foundation makes its state-of-the-art global headquarters available free of charge to our grantees and community partners who are working on issues aligned with the Foundation’s interests.
Bader Philanthropies has a longstanding commitment to bringing people of diverse perspectives together around issues of social concern. Convenings are organized by the Foundation and our nonprofit partners who are thought leaders with vast networks. For more information, please contact a Program or Neighborhood Engagement team member.
Announcements about Foundation-organized convenings are sent to community partners, current and past grantees and colleagues who work or have an expertise in the convening topic. From time to time, space may limit how many people can attend the convening which means the announcements are sent based on the Foundation’s Program and Neighborhood Engagement teams’ guidance. When possible, materials will be posted on the Foundation’s website after the convenings.
The Foundation relocated its global headquarters on July 16, 2018 from the Historic Third Ward to the Harambee neighborhood, located in the heart of Milwaukee. The Foundation made this groundbreaking decision in 2016 in order to better understand the issues and directly engage communities it supports.
The Foundation has been planting its roots by participating in neighborhood events, including:
Juneteenth Day; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School Back to School Welcome; Chat with Bader Philanthropies – Conversations with Harambee Residents; Neighborhood BBQ with Bader Philanthropies and an Annual Community Clean-Up. In response to discussions with neighbors, Bader Philanthropies has committed in 2020 to renovating an adjacent property, which houses a jazz café and holistic wellness center with a $4 million program related investment.