Have a question about what we do and how we do it? Here are some of the basics.


Who was Helen Bader?
Throughout her life, Helen Bader sought to help those in need. From healthy aging to creative arts performing arts, her passions and pursuits form the core of the Foundation’s interests. Learn more about Helen's story.

Who are Isabel and Alfred Bader?
The Baders believe in a stronger Milwaukee and a more just world. From youth to employment gaps, the Baders seek to make a difference in our hometown, as well as in places beyond. Read more about the inspiration behind our newest Fund.

What’s been your impact?
We’ve invested more than $250 million in grants since we opened as the Helen Bader Foundation in 1992, which have affected the lives of countless individuals. Beyond our financial investments, we seek to leverage new ideas, share knowledge, and build momentum on issues facing the communities we serve. Search our 20-plus years of grants and Program Related Investments for thousands of examples.

Grant Process

What are your interests?
We seek proposals in specific program areas, within these geographic boundaries:

Proposals for our other grant programs are solicited by our staff.

Can I apply?

We welcome applications in our key interest areas. Please note that we cannot provide direct support to individuals, including individual scholarships. Our grants programs can support nonprofits, as well as government entities, and our Program Related Investments can consider for-profit opportunities with charitable purposes that align with our mission. Please see our guidelines for more information.

How do I complete a Preliminary Application?

The grant application process starts with a Preliminary Application. We have compiled some of our FAQs on our Help Desk, as well as tutorial videos.

How do I complete a Full Proposal?

If our staff is interested in learning more, we'll request a Full Proposal to learn more about the details of your request. Since it's more in depth than the Preliminary Application, our Help Desk has a separate set of FAQs and tutorial videos.

How do I complete a Progress Report?

After the grant or Program Related Investment is awarded, we want to hear about the human and organizational impact, as well as accounting for how Foundation funds were expended. Check our Help Desk for guidelines and tutorial videos.

Employment Opportunities

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.