About On the Table
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s On the Table is a regionwide forum offering a unique opportunity to engage in meaningful conversation about what we must do – individually and collectively – to improve the quality of life in our community. On Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, residents throughout greater Milwaukee will gather in small groups to share a meal—breakfast, lunch, coffee or dinner-- and discuss the opportunities and challenges we face. These civil conversations are the basis for building new relationships, generating ideas and igniting action for the benefit of our community and its future.
Considering the times in which we live, the act of coming together as a community to listen to and learn from each other has never been more important. Over more than a century of work in the community, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has seen that Milwaukee-area residents share a desire to collaborate, become more civically involved and strengthen our community. While we know that there’s no “quick fix” to the issues facing our region, progress will result from residents and organizations working to make contributions that add up to a greater solution that helps unite the place we call home.
About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is the region’s largest community foundation and was among the first established in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has inspired philanthropy by connecting generous people to community needs that align with their interests.
The Foundation was founded on the premise that generosity can unlock an individual’s potential and strengthen the community as a whole for everyone who lives here. Our vision for a dynamic region is rooted in the idea that our community is greater when all people have the opportunity for economic, social and civic participation.
We work side by side with those who are committed to ensuring greater Milwaukee is a vibrant, economically thriving region that comprises welcoming and inclusive communities providing opportunity, prosperity and a high quality of life for all.
The Foundation serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, and our donors support causes locally and around the world. Since being established in 1915, the Foundation has awarded more than $621 million in grants – including a historic $60 million in 2016 – supporting a wide variety of nonprofits and initiatives that are forging a brighter future for the people of greater Milwaukee.
We recognize that our region has serious challenges. Entrenched disparities threaten to further segregate our communities physically, socially and economically. As a community foundation, we can play an important role in bringing people together to bridge those divides. Our community’s needs compel us to convene people, generate ideas and catalyze investment to accelerate progress toward an equitable region. There are no easy answers, but we know for certain that as a community, we are GREATER TOGETHER. To learn more, visit greatermilwaukeefoundation.org