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General FAQs

What is Bader Philanthropies’ mission?

The mission of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. is to help people and honor the legacy of our founders. We strive to accomplish this with grants and program related investments and by convening partners, engaging with community and developing leaders.

What does Bader Philanthropies fund?

We welcome applications in our key grants areas. Please note that we do not provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships. Our grants support nonprofits, as well as government entities, and our Program Related Investments support for-profit and not for profit opportunities with charitable purposes that align with our mission.

Where does Bader Philanthropies fund?

Bader Philanthropies is a global funder, supporting locally, nationally and internationally, primarily in Israel, the Czech Republic, and Canada.

How much does the Foundation grant or fund annually?

Today, the Foundation’s philanthropic giving exceeds $20 million annually. Total awards exceed $500 million since its inception in 1992.

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Are you hiring?

It’s not often that we’ll have career openings to share, but when we do, we strive to identify high-caliber candidates in multiple ways, including through professional channels, as well as a post on our homepage.

Grant Process FAQs

Can anyone apply for a grant?

We accept applications from nonprofits and government entities for projects that fit within the geographic and strategic boundaries of our Grants Areas. We do not provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships.

How do I apply for a grant?

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.

How do I complete a Preliminary Application?

The grant application process starts with a Preliminary Application.

When should I plan to apply?

The Bader Philanthropies Board of Directors meets every six months. Submit your preliminary application by May 31st, 2024 for your proposal 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.

In which Grant Area does my grant fit?

Each of our Grants 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 Grants 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 Grant Area. If our Grant committee decides that your project fits better in a different area, your request will be reassigned as needed.

How much can I ask for when applying for a grant?

The size of our grant awards varies by Grant Area. Please reach out to our staff if you would like to discuss the appropriate amount to request.

With whom do applicants talk regarding a grant 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.

With whom do grantees talk regarding the grant process?

Grantees are welcome to reach out to the assigned Grant Director to discuss any active grants or requests. If you do not know who your Grant Director is, you can use our contact form to find out.

Convenings and Community FAQs

Can this space be rented?

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.

What are convenings and how can I schedule one?

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 Grant or Neighborhood Engagement team member.

How do people get announcements about convenings?

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 Grant and Neighborhood Engagement teams’ guidance. When possible, materials will be posted on the Foundation’s website after the convenings.

Why did Bader Philanthropies move to the Harambee neighborhood?

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 two years earlier, in 2016 in order to better understand the issues and directly engage with the communities it supports.

What is Bader Philanthropies doing in Harambee?

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 completed in 2020 renovations to an adjacent property, which houses a jazz café and holistic wellness center with a $4 million Program Related Investment.