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Urban spelunking: A new, 1927 home for Bader Philanthropies

February 28, 2017. Read story from OnMilwaukee.

Recently, I had a chat with a friend who suggested that a good philanthropic organization shifts with the landscape, adapts to the needs of its community, is flexible and bends to meet those those needs. Rather than bestowing an unneeded gift, he said, it asks, “what do you need?”

In a sense, the future home of Bader Philanthropies – formerly the Helen Bader Foundation – can serve as a daily reminder of this. Situated on a block where King Drive curves off to the northwest, the 1927 building at 3318-26 N. King Dr. was form-fitted by architects Tharinger & Bruecker to follow the bend in the road, to shift with the landscape.

Over the past 25 years, Bader Philanthropies has given over $265 million via more than 6,000 grants to nonprofits in 10 countries, with a focus on Milwaukee and Wisconsin, including supporting the likes of Above the Clouds, HeartLove Place and Unity in Motion.

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