The Capital Times' charitable arm, The Evjue Foundation, has announced that its directors have approved more than $1.2 million in grants to 94 area nonprofits plus funding for 28 programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The grants include $100,000 for the Dane County Cultural Affairs program that supports youth music and arts programs throughout the county, a $10,000 emergency grant to the Horizon High School so it can continue working with young people with addictions, $50,000 to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens' expansion program, and $50,000 to continue annual Evjue scholarships for students at Madison College.
The UW-Madison grants, which include a $29,800 grant for the university's Odyssey Project that gives low-income adult students a chance to attend college, totaled $300,000. The 94 community grants totaled $930,500.
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. The community and the university have received gifts and grants totaling more than $55 million since the death of Mr. Evjue 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 are from The Capital Times Co.: John H. Lussier, Clayton Frink, Dave Zweifel, Nancy Gage, Paul Fanlund, Jim Lussier and Laura Lussier-Lee. Four of the directors represent the UW Foundation: Anne Lucke, Marion Brown, Vince Sweeney and Mark LeFebvre. And four represent the Madison Community Foundation: Kathleen Woit, Steve Mixtacki, Bob Sorge and Jim Bradley. Pam Wells is the foundation's executive director and is in charge of its administration.
Here is a complete list of the 2016 grants:
School of Journalism and Mass Communications — $10,000 for the annual William T. Evjue keynote address at the school's Ethics Center conference.
School of Journalism and Mass Communications — $10,000 contribution for journalism/history scholarships in honor of the late Journalism Professor James Baughman.
Wisconsin Idea Tour — $9,000 to help with expenses for the annual trip around the state to acquaint new faculty members with Wisconsin and the significance of the Wisconsin Idea.
Waisman Center — $8,000 to expand the accessibility and reach of its free, community-oriented Day with the Experts series.
UW Campus Child Care — $4,700 for improvements to support a year-round professional development forum designed for teachers of infants and toddlers.
Arboretum Sculpture Project — $3,000 toward the costs of creating outdoor temporary public art in the arboretum environment.
UW Odyssey Project — $29,800 in continued support of the project, now in its 13th year, which offers adults near the federal poverty level a chance to start college for free.
UW Press — $18,000 for Evjue internships in writing, editing and publishing in support of the Press' academic role on campus.
Center for the Humanities — $20,000 in support of innovative Wisconsin Idea public programs, including the Public Humanities Exchange and Great World Texts in Wisconsin.
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies — $12,000 to support an environmental field studies course in the Bad River Watershed taught by a Bad River Ojibwe elder.
UW Law School — $9,000 to help support the Wisconsin Innocence Project aimed at identifying wrongful convictions.
UW Dance Department — $9,000 for its "Performing Ourselves" program, a unique outreach effort to bring dance to low-income neighborhoods.
School of Human Ecology — $10,000 toward the school's program to connect low-income families with health insurance coverage.
UW-Madison Libraries — $10,000 to support the organization and engagement activities for "The Year of Shakespeare in Wisconsin — 2016."
Art History and Art Department — $5,000 to help the departments bring renowned curators Brooke Anderson and Bisi Silva to the campus for special classes.
Biocore Outreach Ambassadors — $4,000 to support undergrads who promote inquiry-based scientific investigations to K-12 students in rural communities.
UW Infant Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Program — $6,000 to assist the program, which seeks to identify mental health problems in young children.
UW School of Music — $25,000 for the purchase of two alternatively sized piano keyboards that will be retrofitted to fit two existing concert grand pianos.
Center for the Study of the American Constitution — $8,000 for center director John Kaminski's project studying the history of the Constitution's ratification and its outreach program.
The Writing Center — $14,000 for the Madison Writing Assistance Program, which provides one-on-one help for Madison-area residents to use the written word to enhance their lives.
Madison Early Music Festival — $7,000 for its program, which brings world-class performers and teachers of early music to campus and share it with the Madison area community.
Wisconsin Union Theater — $15,000 for its world music programming during the coming academic school year, allowing the theater to present many programs at no cost.
Chancellor's and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs — $9,000 to support merit-based internships in students' majors during their sophomore years.
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth — $17,000 to provide funds for the academically talented to attend residential summer programs.
UW Arts Institute and Department of Communication Arts — $7,500 to help support the Wisconsin Film Festival.
Lily's Fund for Epilepsy Research — $8,000 to help in the fund's efforts to educate schoolchildren on epilepsy and seizures and to support parents of children with epilepsy.
Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) — $10,000 to help make this unique UW project more digitally accessible and to edit the content to eliminate privacy concerns.
UW Foundation — $48,000 in general support of the foundation to be used for various programs at the university.
UW System — $2,000 in discretionary funds for the UW System president.
1000 Friends of Wisconsin — $5,000 to help fund a program that works with minority neighborhoods to advocate for better public transportation.
Access Community Health Centers — $10,000 in general support of the centers' medical and dental care for low-income patients.
African Association of Madison — $1,000 to help defray the costs of Africa Fest 2016.
Agrace Hospice Care — $20,000 toward Agrace's effort to form a Grief Support Center in Dane County.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center — $5,000 in support of the center's educational mission of teaching young people about the beauty and utility of the outdoors.
Allied Neighborhood Wellness Center — $5,000 to help cover the costs of a registered nurse consultant who will hold clinic hours at the center.
Back Porch Radio Broadcasting — $2,000 in support of WORT's program that helps young people learn communication skills.
Badger Childhood Cancer Network — $1,000 to help cover the costs of a monthly support group for the families of children in the Madison area who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Bayview Foundation — $5,000 in support of the neighborhood's tutoring program to raise the level of academic success among its young people.
Big Brothers and Sisters of Dane County — $10,000 in support of the organization's School Friends program aimed at connecting kids and steering them toward academic success.
Blue Jean Nation — $2,500 in support of a new program to take a fresh look at politics in Wisconsin.
Boys and Girls Club of Dane County — $10,000 in general support of the club's activities throughout the Madison area in working with young people.
Braille Library and Transcribing Services — $3,000 to support conversion of printed materials into Braille for the blind and visually impaired to use.
Brat Fest — $5,000 to support efforts to make the annual festival waste-free through an extensive recycling plan.
Briarpatch Youth Services — $10,000 in support of the Youth Peer Court alternative for troubled youth.
Capitol City Band Association — $1,000 to help with expenses for its annual concerts in the park.
Children's Dyslexia Center of Madison — $5,000 in support of the program to provide tutoring and classes for dyslexic children in Madison schools.
Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin — $5,000 toward its Gleaners program to recover perishable foods for distribution to the needy.
Community Groundworks — $10,000 to support community gardens on the north side of Madison for children and adults.
Common Wealth Development Inc. — $5,000 toward its youth business program that teaches young people about financial realities.
Community Service Center Inc. — $10,000 to help the several organizations that share the center's facilities meet expenses and provide services.
Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission — $100,000 to support various arts and music programs for children throughout Dane County.
Dane County School Supplies for Kids — $3,000 to help purchase school supplies for disadvantaged children.
Dimensions in Sound and the Studio Orchestra — $1,000 in general support of its six concerts throughout the city.
Disability Pride Madison — $1,000 to support a pride festival where disabled children and adults can participate in music and other programs.
DSS Community Center — $10,000 to help the center's Brentwood Community Gardens program.
East Madison Community Center — $3,000 for the center's academic improvement initiative serving 100 students of color.
Edgewood College — $30,000 to support the college's program for recruiting and providing scholarship help to students of color from the Dane County area.
End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin — $2,500 to support an annual summit on healthy teen dating.
Fighting Bob Fest — $15,000 to help underwrite the annual political chautauqua of speakers and programs to honor the legacy of the progressive Wisconsin leader Robert "Fighting Bob" La Follette.
Fishing Has No Boundaries — $1,000 in general support of the organization's work to provide fishing spots on Madison-area lakes that are accessible for people with disabilities.
Forward Looking Youth and Young Adults — $10,000 toward the organization's education programs for high-risk or adjudicated teens.
Forward Theater Co. — $10,000 in general support of the community theater's work in Madison.
Foundation for Madison's Public Schools — $25,000 to fund several grants for interesting and unique programs initiated and conducted in classrooms.
Friends of Allen Centennial Garden — $1,000 toward a summer music program in the famous garden on the UW-Madison campus.
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television — $15,000 toward a Young Performers' Initiative in conjunction with the Wisconsin School Music Association to engage underserved students of color in music and television.
Gathering Waters — $5,000 toward the group's program promoting public land trusts and ensuring their protection.
Girl Scouts' Badgerland Council — $5,000 to help support the council's STEM program for young girls interested in science and technology.
Goodman Community Center — $6,000 toward the center's annual programming.
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium — $1,000 toward a program at the Goodman Community Center to teach art skills to disadvantaged students.
Habitat for Humanity — $15,000 in general support of the organization, which builds and remodels low-cost housing throughout Dane County.
Horizon High School — $10,000 in emergency funding to carry the program, which helps young people with addictions, through the summer.
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin — $5,000 in support of a program to teach young people money management skills and the principles of entrepreneurship.
Lakeview Lutheran Church — $10,000 to help remodel the church's kitchen, which is used by several area nonprofits.
Lussier Community Education Center — $20,000 in general support of the center's work with young people and families on the Madison's west side.
MATC Foundation Inc. — $50,000 to underwrite scholarships for financially needy students at Madison Area Technical College (now known as Madison College).
Madison-area Urban Ministry — $10,000 in support of a program to teach cooking skills to inmates at the Dane County Huber Center to prepare them for post-incarceration employment.
Madison Children's Museum — $10,000 in general support of the museum's programs and exhibits.
Madison Community Foundation — $48,000 in general support of the foundation.
Madison Homelessness Initiative — $5,000 in support of the Project Bubbles program that brings laundry services to Madison's homeless.
Madison Jazz Society — $1,000 to help underwrite the society's annual Capital City Jazz festival.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art — $5,000 in general support of the downtown art museum's annual Art Fair on the Square.
Madison Music Collective — $1,000 for its annual programming.
Madison Opera Inc. — $5,000 toward the annual production of Opera in the Park.
Madison Symphony Orchestra — $15,000 in general support of the orchestra's work and programs to engage young people.
Make-A-Wish Foundation — $3,000 toward the foundation's work granting ill young people a wish to do something they otherwise couldn't do.
Mellowhood Foundation — $10,000 in general support of the Foundation's programs working with young people in the Meadowood neighborhood.
Middleton Outreach Ministry — $8,000 to help support the ministry's food pantry.
MOSES — $10,000 to assist in the cost of advocating for changing systems that lead to the overwhelming incarceration of young black men.
North/Eastside Senior Coalition — $1,000 in general support of the coalition's work with senior citizens.
Northside Planning Council — $5,000 to support its summer program providing free vegetables to young people on Madison's north side.
Northwest Dane Senior Services — $2,500 in support of its adult day care program for people with Alzheimer's.
Olbrich Botanical Society — $50,000 to assist in the formulation of plans to expand the famed Olbrich Gardens on Madison's east side.
Operation Fresh Start — $20,000 in general support of the nonprofit's work with at-risk young people to learn a trade and earn their high school diplomas.
Overture Center Foundation — $10,000 to help cover the costs of arts programs for K-12 children in an effort to expand their knowledge.
Porchlight Inc. — $20,000 to help support the organization's ambitious program to expand services and aid the homeless in Madison.
Project Home — $5,000 in support of the agency's efforts to remodel homes for people in need.
Read up! Madison — $5,000 to help fund a summer reading program aimed at making sure students continue making academic progress when school is out.
REAP Food Group — $20,000 in general support of REAP's program to provide food for needy people in the Madison area.
RSVP of Dane County — $5,000 toward the organization's work connecting young people and senior citizens.
Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center — $5,000 to help the center provide a safe setting where children who have witnessed abuse or are victims of it can be interviewed.
Sheboygan Avenue Community Garden — $5,000 to help facilitate the move from the old Department of Transportation site near Hilldale to Rennebohm Park.
Shop With a Cop Dane County — $5,000 to help support the program, which pairs needy children with police officers on shopping trips.
Senior Citizens program of Belleville, Exeter and Montrose — $5,000 toward the organization's work with senior citizens.
Special Olympics Wisconsin — $2,500 in support of the nonprofit's athletic programs for young people with disabilities.
The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin — $2,000 toward the program, which uses golf to reach young people in the community.
The Madison Institute — $1,000 in general support of its annual speakers' program.
The Rainbow Project Inc. — $10,000 to support the project's work with young families.
The Road Home Dane County — $10,000 in support of its efforts to provide opportunities for homeless children and their families.
Tri 4 Schools — $2,000 in support of a program aimed at improving student physical fitness.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County — $10,000 in support of UCP's programs to provide after-school activities for young people with disabilities.
University Avenue Discovery Center Preschool — $2,500 to help provide day care for low-income families.
Urban League of Greater Madison — $10,000 in general support of the Urban League's many community and educational programs.
Vera Court Neighborhood Center — $5,000 toward Vera Vision 2020, a program aimed at decreasing the achievement gap on the city's north side.
VSA Wisconsin — $2,000 for the organization's arts and music program for people with disabilities.
Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs — $2,000 to help cover the costs to train service dogs that will be placed in the Madison area.
Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters — $10,000 to support the academy's high-quality publication, Wisconsin People and Ideas.
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism — $30,000 in general support of the center, which produces investigative journalism and disseminates its work to the public through media partners.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra — $12,000 in general support of the annual Concerts on the Square.
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign — $20,000 in general support of the group's work to compile information about political campaign finances.
Wisconsin Historical Foundation — $15,000 to support the society's high-quality Wisconsin History magazine.
Wisconsin Women's Network — $3,000 to help underwrite the costs of the network's 2017 Wisconsin Women's Policy Institute.
Women's Medical Fund — $10,000 to help the fund's work to provide health services to needy women.
YMCA of Dane County — $20,000 in general support of the Y's programs for Dane County youth.
YWCA Madison — $20,000 in support of the Y's family housing programs for homeless women with children.
Dave Zweifel is editor emeritus of The Capital Times. email@example.com and on Twitter @DaveZweifel