The Capital Times’ charitable arm, The Evjue Foundation, announced Wednesday that its directors have approved more than $1.4 million in grants to 86 area nonprofits plus funding for 27 programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Included in the grants is $150,000 for the ambitious “Justified Anger” initiative unveiled last week that was created to address the troubling racial inequities that have been stubborn problems in Madison and Dane County.
That project, run under the auspices of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, and the 85 other community nonprofits will share $1,093,000 in grants while the UW-Madison will receive $358,000 for its selected projects during the coming year, many of them related to the Wisconsin Idea of taking the university to the people of the state.
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. Among those grants is a $75,000 grant for scholarships to students attending Madison College named in honor of John H. “Jack” Lussier, the longtime president of the Evjue Foundation.
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 $52 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.: Lussier, Clayton Frink, Dave Zweifel, Nancy Gage, Paul Fanlund, Jim Lussier and Laura Lussier-Lee. Four of the directors represent the UW Foundation — Jerome Frautschi, 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 2015 grants:
School of Journalism and Mass Communications — $10,000 for the annual William T. Evjue keynote address at the school’s Ethics Center conference.
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.
Global Arts and Community Development — $6,500 to bring Meeta Sandeep, an internationally known community development advocate, to campus for two weeks of lectures and workshops in fall 2015.
Waisman Center — $11,500 to enhance exam rooms to minimize light and sound issues that can hinder treatment of the developmentally disabled.
UW Campus Child Care — $20,000 for improvements to the Discovery Garden to create a natural playground at the Waisman Center.
UW Odyssey Project — $25,200 in continued support of the project, which offers adults near the federal poverty level a chance to start college for free.
UW Press — $19,200 for Evjue internships in writing, editing and publishing.
Center for the Humanities — $26,000 in support of innovative Wisconsin Idea programs including a “Public Humanities Summer Institute” intended to connect graduate students to Madison.
UW Law School — $14,800 to help support the Wisconsin Innocence Project aimed at identifying wrongful convictions.
UW Dance Department — $11,000 for its “Performing Ourselves” program, a unique outreach effort to bring dance to low-income neighborhoods.
School of Human Ecology — $10,000 for its “Covering Kids and Families-Wisconsin” program, which helps low-income people obtain health care coverage.
UW Infant Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Program — $9,200 to assist the program, which seeks to identify mental health problems in young children.
UW School of Music — $3,600 for the “Your Body is Your Strad” summer institute for professional and graduate musicians, dancers, actors and cellists.
Center for the Study of the American Constitution — $9,000 for center director John Kaminski’s project studying the history of the Constitution’s ratification.
The Writing Center — $17,165 for the Madison Writing Assistance Program, which helps Madison-area residents use the written word to enhance their lives.
Madison Early Music Festival — $8,300 for its program, which brings world-class performers and teachers of early music to campus.
Wisconsin Union Theater — $17,000 for its world music programming during the coming academic school year.
UW Chemistry Department — $2,100 to help support its 2016 Wisconsin crystal growing competition and lecture tour.
UW School of Education — $3,000 to support its cooperative children’s book center used by the campus child care system.
Chancellor’s and Powers-Knapp Scholarship Programs — $9,840 to support 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.
Morgridge Center for Public Service — $11,000 to help fund the transportation costs incurred by students who volunteer to work at nonprofits during the school year. Some 1,500 students are involved.
Lily’s Fund for Epilepsy Research — $5,000 to help support administration of this volunteer-run program, which assists children with epilepsy.
Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) — $10,200 to help make this unique UW project more digitally accessible.
Chancellor’s Office — $14,395 to be used by Chancellor Rebecca Blank for worthy programs that may need help during the coming school year.
UW Foundation — $48,000 in general support of the foundation to be used for various programs at the university.
UW System — $10,000 in discretionary funds for the UW System president.
Access Community Health Centers — $15,000 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 2015.
Agrace Hospice Care — $20,000 toward Agrace’s campaign to raise money to provide hospice care to younger, mostly low-income adults who have no insurance yet face end-of-life issues.
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 — $2,500 to help cover costs of the center, which serves neighborhood residents.
Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society — $1,000 in support of the society’s annual concerts.
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.
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.
Briarpatch Youth Services — $5,000 in support of the Youth Peer Court alternative for troubled youth.
Children’s Theater of Madison — $5,000 in general support of the theater company’s annual productions.
Clean Lakes Alliance — $5,000 to help with the alliance’s ambitious programs to clean up Madison’s lakes.
Center for Families — $5,000 in general support of the center, which houses four nonprofits that help at-risk families.
Center for Resilient Cities — $5,000 to help fund a summer Hmong language and culture enrichment program.
Centro Hispano of Dane County — $5,000 to help fund a south-side summer soccer tournament series to be held at Penn Park.
Common Wealth Development Inc. — $5,000 toward its youth-business program that teaches young people about financial realities.
Community Service Center Inc. — $5,000 to help the several organizations that share the center’s facilities meet expenses and provide services.
Community Shares of Wisconsin — $15,000 in support of the organization’s second “Big Share” event, which teaches small nonprofits how to use and leverage social media.
Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission — $75,000 to help support various arts and music programs for children in schools throughout Dane County.
Dane County School Supplies for Kids — $3,000 to help purchase school supplies for disadvantaged children.
Dane Dances! — $5,000 to help defray expenses for the annual dances on top of the Monona Terrace Convention Center, which draw a diverse audience.
Dimensions in Sound and the Studio Orchestra — $1,000 in general support of its six concerts throughout the city.
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.
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 the Nels P. Evjue School Forest — $10,000 to support maintenance of the forest near Merrill donated to the school district by William T. Evjue in honor of his father, Nels.
Friends of Wisconsin Public Television — $15,000 toward showings and presentations to racially diverse audiences of its recently completed documentary on Vel Phillips, Wisconsin’s first African-American constitutional officer.
Gathering Waters — $5,000 toward the group’s program promoting public land trusts and ensuring their protection.
Goodman Community Center — $5,000 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.
Good Neighbors Personal Essentials Pantry — $2,500 to provide household essentials to poor families who don’t have budgets to afford them.
Habitat for Humanity — $15,000 in general support of the organization, which builds and remodels low-cost housing throughout Dane County.
Independent Living — $15,000 in general support of the nonprofit’s work with the elderly in Dane County.
Literacy Network — $10,000 in general support of the network’s programs to teach people to read.
Lussier Community Education Center — $20,000 in general support of the community center’s work with young people and families on the city’s west side.
MATC Foundation Inc. — $75,000 to underwrite scholarships — to be named in honor of John H. Lussier — for financially needy students at Madison Area Technical College (now known as Madison College).
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 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.
Madison Music Collective — $1,000 for its annual programming.
Madison Public Library Foundation — $10,000 to help underwrite the library’s sponsorship of Madison’s annual book festival.
Madison Symphony Orchestra — $15,000 in general support of the orchestra’s work and programs to attract young people.
Make Music Madison — $5,000 in support of the annual summer solstice citywide celebration of music featuring hundreds of musicians at numerous venues.
Martin Luther King Jr. Coalition of Madison and Dane County — $5,000 to help defray the costs of the annual MLK Jr. program at Overture Center.
Mentoring Positives — $10,000 to help the Worthington Park area organize and host several community programs for families and children.
Middleton Outreach Ministry — $8,000 to help support the ministry’s food pantry.
North-Eastside Senior Coalition — $1,000 in general support of the coalition’s work with senior citizens.
OccuPaws Guide Dog Association — $2,000 toward the association’s work to train guide dogs for the disabled.
Opera for the Young — $1,000 in support of its presentation of “Beauty and the Beast” for young people in the Madison area.
Operation Fresh Start — $5,000 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.
PEBOGA — $1,000 to People Building Opportunity Through Grace and Action to help support the organization’s fall gospel music fest at Madison College.
Porchlight Inc. — $20,000 to help support the organization’s ambitious program to expand services and aid for the homeless in Madison.
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.
Satellite Family Child Care — $3,000 toward the organization’s work in accrediting and aiding independent child care operations in the area.
Second Harvest Food Bank — $25,000 in general support of the food bank’s pantries.
Simpson Street Free Press — $15,000 to help fund the youth newspaper’s efforts to engage more students in the after-school academic program.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul — $10,000 to help purchase food for the society’s food pantry on Fish Hatchery Road.
StartingBlock Madison — $50,000 to support the group’s work to build a 50,000-square-foot hub for entrepreneurs on the 800 block of East Washington Avenue.
Tellurian UCAN Inc. — $10,000 in support of the nonprofit’s work to address alcohol and drug abuse problems.
The Madison Institute — $1,000 in general support of its annual speakers’ program.
The Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development — $150,000 toward the Justified Anger coalition, which seeks to end racial inequities in Dane County.
The Rainbow Project Inc. — $10,000 to help 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.
Token Creek Chamber Music Festival — $1,000 in general support of the annual music series.
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 — $2,500 toward programming for the affiliated Bridge Lake Point Waunona Neighborhood Center.
Verona Area Needs Network — $10,000 to help expand the group’s food pantry.
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 — $20,000 in general support of the center, which produces investigative journalism and disseminates the results to the public through media partners.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra — $12,000 in general support of the annual Concerts on the Square.
Wisconsin Council on Children and Families — $25,000 to assist in the council’s ongoing efforts to identify and reduce racial inequities, including an expansion of that effort to include Dane County’s Hispanic communities.
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 contribution to support the society’s high-quality Wisconsin History magazine.
Wisconsin Institute of Youth Journalism — $5,000 to support the summer internship program, which links interested minority students with the professional news media.
Women’s Medical Fund — $5,000 to help the fund’s work to provide health services to needy women.
Workers Rights Center — $5,000 toward the center’s project to investigate working conditions and other issues faced by Latino immigrants in the area.
YWCA Madison — $10,000 toward the organization’s YWebCA program, which provides job instruction in information technology geared toward women and people of color. ￼