The Urban League of Greater Madison, Madison College’s new south side campus and the Goodman Community Center are all recipients of $100,000 grants announced today by the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.
The three are included among 85 grants totaling $1,223,500 to community organizations in Dane County plus another $370,500 for 30 projects and programs on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
The UW grants include another $31,000 to help fund the university’s much acclaimed Odyssey project in south Madison to give adults another shot at a university education. The community grants also include $50,000 for Operation Fresh Start’s expansion program that helps high school dropouts earn diplomas and learn a construction trade.
As has been its tradition, the foundation distributed its available funds to numerous area organizations that focus on children’s education, the arts and other social service causes.
The foundation’s finances are derived from the controlling stock in The Capital Times Co. held by the late William T. Evjue — the founder and longtime editor and publisher of the newspaper — as well as the foundation’s investments. Today’s grants bring the total contributions from the foundation to nearly $60 million since Mr. Evjue’s death in 1970.
Mr. Evjue established the foundation before his death, but it was the provision in his will to distribute the income from his controlling stock in the newspaper back to the community that accelerated the giving. The grants represent a significant portion of the profits of The Capital Times Co., which is locally owned.
The William T. Evjue Charitable Trust, which holds Mr. Evjue’s controlling stock in the newspaper company, distributes the income from that stock and other investments to the foundation, which in turn makes decisions about where the money will be distributed.
The foundation board consists of 15 directors. Seven represent The Capital Times Co.: Jim Lussier, Laura Lussier Lee, Dawn Lussier, Nancy Gage, Clayton Frink, Dave Zweifel and Paul Fanlund. Four directors represent the UW Foundation: Anne Lucke, Marion Brown, Vince Sweeney and Mark LeFebvre. And four represent the Madison Community Foundation: Kathleen Woit, Bob Sorge, Jim Bradley and Tom Linfield. Woit is retiring from the board this year and will be replaced by Brenda Gonzalez. LeFebvre is also retiring from the board, and he will be replaced by Leslie Orrantia. Pam Wells is the Foundation’s executive director and is in charge of its administration.
Following is a complete list of the gifts and grants awarded in 2018:
University of Wisconsin Grants
Madison Early Music Festival — $7,000 to support the festival’s 19th season scheduled for July 7-14, featuring renowned organist James Kennerley on July 10.
Office of Child Care and Family Resources — $3,000 to support a professional development forum for infant and toddler teachers.
Office of Child Care and Family Resources — $4,000 to support a series of retreats for campus early educators.
Division of Continuing Studies — $31,000 in continued support of the UW Odyssey Project, which empowers impoverished adults to take a UW humanities course for free.
Division of Continuing Studies — $9,000 for the Badger Ready Program to provide a degree pathway for adults over 25 who have previous college credit but did not graduate.
Division of Continuing Studies — $1,500 for the Wisconsin Regional Art Program to give nonprofessional artists a chance to learn and grow.
Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement — $9,000 for the Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp scholarship programs, which provide internship and research opportunities for students.
Education Outreach and Partnerships — $12,000 for the “Performing Ourselves” dance outreach project in Madison.
Education Outreach and Partnerships — $12,000 for the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth scholarships.
Global Health Institute — $5,000 to help expand the local impact of the institute’s annual Global Health Symposium.
School of Human Ecology — $6,000 for the school’s Center for Design and Material Culture exhibition on campus.
School of Human Ecology — $10,000 for the Covering Wisconsin program aimed at educating Wisconsinites about health care and helping them obtain it.
UW Law School — $10,000 toward the Law School’s Wisconsin Innocence Project aimed at exonerating the innocent.
College of Letters and Science — $4,000 to cover transportation costs for students involved in the college’s Biocare Outreach Ambassadors program.
College of Letters and Science — $30,000 for Center for Humanities outreach programs to high school students.
College of Letters and Science — $10,000 to help underwrite the Center for Journalism Ethics’ annual ethics conference.
College of Letters and Science — $6,000 to support the School of Music’s efforts to bring high-quality musical performances to communities around the state.
College of Letters and Science — $2,000 to support a statewide crystal growing chemistry contest for middle and high school students.
College of Letters and Science — $15,000 toward the Madison writing assistance program aimed at the city’s libraries and neighborhood centers.
UW-Madison Libraries — $12,000 toward helping the library’s archivists digitize unique and at-risk videotapes.
School of Medicine and Public Health — $11,000 to support the infant early childhood and family mental health program.
Badger Volunteers — $15,000 to help underwrite the Morgridge Center for Public Service’s program to send student volunteers to help nonprofit organizations.
School of Nursing — $10,000 to support the Center for Aging Research and Education’s work with seniors who have Alzheimer’s and related dementia issues.
UW Press — $17,000 to support the Press’ Evjue internships in publishing in which students learn all aspects of the publishing business.
Wisconsin Idea Seminar — $13,000 to help underwrite a five-day study tour of Wisconsin in which new faculty members learn about the history and traditions of the state.
Waisman Center — $10,000 to support videoconference workshops for adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Wisconsin Union Theater — $13,000 to help support the theater’s presentation of selected free programs for UW students.
Chancellor’s Evjue Scholarships — $12,500 for half of a matching grant to endow the Evjue Foundation Chancellor’s Scholarships. This is the second match over a scheduled period of five years.
Chancellor’s Scholarships — $12,500 match to help provide scholarships to students in financial need.
University of Wisconsin System — $10,000 in general support.
University of Wisconsin Foundation — $48,000 annual contribution.
ABC for Health — $10,000 toward the cost of representing parents in birth cost recovery actions by Dane County.
ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation — $5,000 to support operations.
Agrace HospiceCare — $20,000 to support advancement opportunities and training for certified nursing assistants working in hospice.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center — $5,000 to support the Growing Healthy Knee-High Naturalists program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County — $15,000 to help sustain matches throughout high school.
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County — $10,000 in support of the club’s production of a toolkit about black history in Madison.
Capitol City Band Association — $1,000 in support of the band’s annual concerts in the park.
Center for Resilient Cities — $10,000 in support of the organization’s Resilient Kids program.
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wis. — $10,000 to support CAC’s food security program in Dane County.
Community Groundworks Inc. — $10,000 in support of the Troy Gardens programs for young people.
Dane Dances — $10,000 in general support of the dances in the Evjue Gardens on top of the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Dane County Cultural Affairs — $75,000 to help support arts grants to schools and libraries around Dane County.
Daughters of Demeter — $2,000 to help purchase materials used in caps and headscarfs for cancer patients.
Dimensions in Sound — $1,000 to support concerts at senior living facilities.
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services — $10,000 in funding for DAIS’ shelter program.
DSS Community Center — $8,000 to support gardening training for Brentwood residents.
Edgewood College — $35,000 to support three community scholar students for the upcoming academic year.
Families and Schools Together — $10,000 to support a program to strengthen connections between families and schools.
Fighting Bob Fest — $15,000 in general support of the annual chautauqua named for Wisconsin progressive icon Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette.
Fishing Has No Boundaries — $1,000 toward expenses to provide accessible fishing areas for people with disabilities.
Food for Thought Initiative — $10,000 to support a new food pantry at Cherokee Heights Middle School.
Foundation for Madison Public Schools — $25,000 to support various classroom initiatives in coordination with the foundation.
Friends of Allen Centennial Garden — $1,000 to help support the annual concert series at the famous garden on the UW-Madison campus
Friends of Wil-Mar — $20,000 toward general support of the neighborhood center.
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television — $10,000 to help support the Click Youth Media Festival and workshops.
Gigi’s Playhouse — $5,000 to support the job readiness program for individuals with Down Syndrome.
Goodman Community Center — $100,000 in support of the center’s capital campaign to expand its facilities.
Handel Aria Competition — $1,000 in general support of the organization’s competition.
Independence First — $2,500 in support of the nonprofit’s Madison Mobility Store, which provides equipment for people with mobility issues.
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin — $5,000 to support the organization’s student empowerment program.
Kujichagulia — $5,000 in support of the annual Juneteenth Day celebration.
League of Women Voters of Dane County — $3,500 to help the organization compile its election booklets to support voting.
Literacy Network —$20,000 in general support of the organization’s work to combat illiteracy in Dane County.
Lussier Community Education Center — $20,000 to support the Center’s programs for elementary school children.
Madison Area Technical College — $100,000 toward the fund drive for the new south side campus.
Madison Area Technical College Foundation — $50,000 to provide scholarships to students at Madison College.
Madison Audubon Society — $2,000 to support the society’s conservation academy training program.
Madison Children’s Museum — $10,000 in general support of the downtown museum.
Madison Community Foundation — $48,000 in general support of the foundation’s work.
Madison Community Policing Foundation — $5,000 to help support a soccer program with south Madison youth and to help purchase equipment.
Madison Jazz Society — $2,000 in support of the society’s Capital City Jazz Fest.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art — $5,000 in support of the museum’s school tour program.
Madison Music Collective — $1,000 to support a series of jazz concerts.
Madison Northside Planning Council — $5,000 to support the Healthy Food for All project.
Madison Opera — $5,000 to support the organization’s annual Opera in the Park.
Madison Public Library Foundation — $25,000 to help purchase the library’s new “Readmobile.”
Madison Symphony Orchestra — $15,000 to support the orchestra’s youth concert series.
Maydm Inc. — $10,000 to support training for teenage girls to become leaders in the technology sector.
Middleton Community Orchestra — $1,000 in general support.
Monona Terrace Community Programs — $2,500 in support of the annual Madison Maker Faire.
MOSES — $10,000 to help the affiliate of Wisdom add a community organizer to enhance the organization’s efforts to combat recidivism.
North/Eastside Senior Coalition — $1,000 toward the summer concerts at Olbrich Park.
Olbrich Botanical Society — $10,000 in general support of the garden’s activities and programs.
Omega School — $12,000 to support the school’s new “college bootcamp” targeting former high school dropouts.
Operation Fresh Start — $50,000 toward the organization’s capital campaign, which will create a training center for young people in the program, who work to get high school degrees and learn career-focused skills in construction and other trades.
Oregon Youth Center — $1,000 in general support of the center’s work with young people in Oregon.
PEBOGA — $1,000 in support of the Fall Gospel Fest.
Porchlight — $20,000 to help the agency, which aids the homeless, replace flooring at one of its older buildings.
Prevent Blindness Wisconsin — $1,000 to help fund a vision screening program for Madison-area children.
Project Home — $5,000 in support of a program that makes home repairs to allow residents to stay in their homes.
Progress Center for Black Women — $10,000 in support of a pilot program to develop and support black women in their careers.
Read Up! — $5,000 to support a summer reading program for elementary age students.
Red Caboose Child Care Center — $5,000 to provide scholarships for child care programs.
RSVP of Dane County — $5,000 in support of various programs run by the local chapter of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center — $10,000 toward the costs of a support dog at the facility to reduce anxiety in children.
Simpson Street Free Press — $25,000 in general support for the organization’s academic programs using the production of newspapers as a learning tool.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul — $10,000 in general support for the society’s efforts.
Strollers Theatre — $1,000 to help defray expenses of author royalties.
The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin — $2,000 to support scholarships for its after-school academic programs.
The Rainbow Project — $10,000 to support expansion of the nonprofit’s work with children from violent homes.
The Road Home Dane County — $10,000 in funding for case management services.
Token Creek Festival — $1,000 in support of the annual chamber music festival.
Triangle Community Ministry — $3,000 to support the annual wellness retreat.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County — $10,000 in general support of the nonprofit’s work with young people who have developmental disabilities.
Urban League of Greater Madison — $100,000 to bolster the league’s “1,500 Jobs, 1,500 Families” initiative aimed at helping families of color achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism — $30,000 to support the center’s ongoing investigative projects.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra — $12,000 in support of the annual Concerts on the Square.
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign — $20,000 to help pay expenses compiling and disseminating campaign finance activities.
Wisconsin Historical Foundation — $15,000 to help support the Wisconsin Magazine of History.
Wisconsin Institute of Youth Journalism — $5,000 to help support youth summer internships at newsrooms in the Madison area.
Wisconsin Regional Training Partnership — $1,000 to support training in construction jobs for high school students.
Wisconsin Women’s Network — $5,000 to support the Network’s 2018-19 Policy Institute, which trains women to be local and state advocates for policies that help improve the lives of women and girls.
Women’s Medical Fund — $10,000 to support the fund’s efforts to help indigent women obtain services.
Worker Justice Wisconsin — $10,000 to help support the organization’s work with workers who have been victimized by unscrupulous employers.
YWCA Madison — $20,000 to support the Y’s ride program to get residents to and from their jobs.