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Over the past 20 years, we have made significant gifts to projects, facilities, and institutions that represent Helen Bader’s lifelong passion for lifting others up through knowledge, creativity, and compassion.

Helen Bader Concert Hall

Located at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Helene Zelazo Center, this 760-seat facility offers a grand space for major performances through UWM’s Peck School of the Arts. The Center is the former home of Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, where Helen and her family attended synagogue.

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Named in Helen’s honor in 2001 by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the School is home to leading researchers and educators in the fields of social work and criminal justice, who in turn, increase our understanding of issues while preparing students to be active members of their communities. Helen earned her master’s degree in social work from the School in the 1980s.

Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management

Established at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2000, the Institute was a result of a community-wide effort to enhance education for nonprofit professionals. In recognition of the Foundation’s lead gift to the effort, the Institute recognizes Helen’s belief in the importance of effective nonprofits.

Helen Bader Leadership Speaker Series

Offered by the Cardinal Stritch University Leadership Center, the series presents national speakers to help spark discussion surrounding leading in diverse settings including corporate, civic, and nonprofit spheres.

Helen Bader Scholarship Fund

Administered by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Fund has helped put a Jewish Day school education within reach for thousands of middle-income families, while also ensuring the viability of the area’s schools. The Fund is being supported by the Helen Bader Endowment Fund, a decade-long effort to create a lasting source of tuition support for students and their families.

Helen Bader Center

Established at the Jewish Home and Care Center in 1993, the Center provides advanced dementia care to residents in a home-like setting. As a staff member at the Jewish Home, Helen brought compassion and creativity to her residents. The center’s dementia-friendly design and patient-centered care philosophy reflect her compassion.

Helen Bader Drive

One of the main thoroughfares on the Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee’s Karl Campus, it was named in recognition of Helen’s belief in the importance of a strong Jewish community, both here and abroad. The Foundation’s support of a community-wide capital campaign helped improve and modernize more than two dozen facilities across greater Milwaukee.

Helen Bader Recital Hall

The Helen Bader Recital Hall was created in 1998 as part of the renovation of the Wisconsin Conservatory of music’s historic east side Milwaukee facility. The Conservatory was where Helen studied violin and guitar, and she found it to be a place of learning and enjoyment during her later years.