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Ellen M. Gilligan

Ellen M. Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

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Record $60 million in grants issued from Greater Milwaukee Foundation in 2016
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Record $60 million in grants issued from Greater Milwaukee Foundation in 2016

Foundation donors expanded their philanthropy by contributing more than $43 million to Foundation funds in 2016.

Greater Milwaukee Foundation announces free weekend at Discovery World, Oct. 3-4
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Greater Milwaukee Foundation announces free weekend at Discovery World, Oct. 3-4

All access, special activities await guests of the Foundation’s next Gift to the Community

Greater Milwaukee Foundation opens Miller Park for special day of public access
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Greater Milwaukee Foundation opens Miller Park for special day of public access

Partnership with Brewers Community Foundation at heart of September Gift to the Community

Youth employment focus of first grants from Greater Milwaukee Foundation-Wells Fargo initiative
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Youth employment focus of first grants from Greater Milwaukee Foundation-Wells Fargo initiative

The Greater Milwaukee Foundation has issued special grants to 17 local nonprofits for programs designed to strengthen Milwaukee neighborhoods.

Nature, ecology are focal points of Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s August gift
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Nature, ecology are focal points of Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s August gift

Experience the wonders of the natural world during a day of free access to sites in greater Milwaukee that advance environmental education, conservation, adventure and ecology.

Zoo will acquire two snow leopards with gift from Greater Milwaukee Foundation
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Zoo will acquire two snow leopards with gift from Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Milwaukee, Wis., July 17, 2015 – For its July centennial Gift to the Community, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is helping the Milwaukee County Zoo add two snow leopards to its animal collection. The Zoo’s 1-year-old snow leopard cub, Sossy, died unexpectedly on June 5, leaving only Sossy’s mother, adult female Tomiris. The Zoo plans to acquire a male and a female snow leopard with the Foundation’s gift. “The acquisition of two snow leopards will be very important to the inter-Zoo and international cooperation of captive management of these endangered felines,” said Zoo director Chuck Wikenhauser. “It will help the Zoo continue to play a meaningful part in snow leopard conservation.” The new snow leopards will be imported from Europe, which will add new genetics to the American population. This benefits the long-term survival of the species. There is no certain timeline for the animals’ arrival due to variables related to securing permits, transportation and health requirements, but Zoo officials estimate the processes may take six to 12 months. “We knew that we wanted to partner with the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Zoological Society of Milwaukee in a unique way, and the Foundation is glad to have this role in expanding the opportunity for people to experience these magnificent animals,” said Ellen M. Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “While the impact of this Gift to the Community may not be immediate, these two snow leopards will bring joy when they arrive and for many years to come.” Wild snow leopards are listed as endangered, and populations are decreasing. These large felines are highly specialized for cold mountainous habitats. They have long tails for balance and warmth, wide foot pads designed to help with grip in the snow and extra-long thick coats.  Snow leopards also have some distinct head features (small ears, short muzzle, and domed forehead with large nasal cavities) to minimize heat loss and allow them to thrive in cold, thin mountain air. The snow leopard exhibit is located in the Zoo’s Florence Mila Borchert Big Cat Country area. In just the last 30 years, the Foundation and its donors have provided more than $1.3 million in grant funding to the Zoological Society of Milwaukee, the private nonprofit that supports the Milwaukee County Zoo. Throughout 2015, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is providing Gifts to the Community to showcase resources that contribute to the quality of life in the region. These special opportunities are part of the Foundation’s celebration of its 100th year of service. Nearly 200,000 people have participated in the Foundation’s Gifts to the Community so far. Additional information about the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the July Gift to the Community is available at greatermilwaukeefoundation.org/gifts. New gifts are being revealed each month on FOX 6 Milwaukee. About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation For a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation […]

Milwaukee Succeeds Names Danae Davis New Executive Director
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Milwaukee Succeeds Names Danae Davis New Executive Director

Dynamic Nonprofit Executive Takes Lead Role in Community Partnership

20 nonprofits to benefit from 24-hour online giving event
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20 nonprofits to benefit from 24-hour online giving event

Each donation of $10 or more made on Thursday, March 19, will be matched; last year, more than $3 million was raised this way

Greater Milwaukee community brings home another win for basic needs
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Greater Milwaukee community brings home another win for basic needs

Match Day 2014 raises more than $3 million for food and shelter agencies

Metro Milwaukee ranks high for communities of color
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Metro Milwaukee ranks high for communities of color

Findings part of new report that measures well-being of metro area