Introducing Our New Philanthropy Website
October 15, 2015 Issue
Introducing Our New Philanthropy Website
Enhanced for increased transparency, ease of use
In recognition of our evolving grantmaking strategy—which now includes competitive grants, collaborations with fellow funders and research efforts—our education philanthropy website has been enhanced to make it easier for visitors to find what they need.
If you're looking for information on why we make the grants we do, who receives them and what we learn in the process ... that information is now front-and-center on our new homepage. You'll find everything organized around our three-part funding strategy:
- Exploration Grants — Identifying best practices
- Validation Grants — Confirming promising ideas
- Scaling Grants — Expanding the reach of successful programs
Other updates to the site include a comprehensive grant calendar, an interactive display of funding history, expanded news updates and improved navigation.
"We've intentionally designed the new site to be beneficial to the diverse audience visiting it—from grant seekers and recipients to other funders and researchers," says Amy Kerwin, Vice President – Community Investments. "But our users will be the judge of that. So please know we'll welcome your feedback on anything we could be doing differently or better."
Visit our new site now!
Great Lakes Expands Successful Tools of the Trade $1,000 Apprentice Scholarship Program
The good news throughout our country today is that the need for skilled tradespeople continues to grow. Construction and specialized manufacturing workers are in high demand, and Wisconsin's technical colleges are enrolling a new generation of students looking to build a brighter future in the trades.
Apprenticeships play a major role in their education, but the cost of required tools and clothing can sometimes put up a roadblock to those from lower income situations. To help overcome this roadblock, Great Lakes is expanding our proven Tools of the Trade $1,000 Apprentice Scholarship program. For 2015-2016, $200,000 has been committed to provide 200 scholarships—ten times more than the 2013-2014 pilot program—to deserving students enrolled in the Wisconsin Technical College System.
After seeing 95% of those receiving the original scholarship complete their training, we're confident in the ability of Tools of the Trade to keep apprentices on track to a better life and help bolster the skilled workforce companies need.
Here's more about our Tools of the Trade $1,000 Apprentice Scholarship.
Great Lakes President & CEO, Richard D. George, joins the College Promise Advisory Board
We are pleased and honored to announce that Richard D. George, our President and CEO, has accepted an invitation to join the recently created College Promise Advisory Board. Bringing together national leaders from the business, philanthropic, higher education, student, labor and nonprofit communities, along with elected officials, the non-partisan board is charged with finding how our nation can produce more college graduates. A key objective is to make two years of community college free.
"The goal of the advisory board is closely aligned with Great Lakes' goal of getting more students to and through college," George said. "I look forward to working with leaders across the country to develop strategies and tactics to help more students graduate from community colleges with the skills needed to support our nation's workforce and economy."
You can learn more about the board and the mission at collegepromise.org.
We've Announced the Recipients of Our Largest Grant Ever!
Through our Career Ready Internship Grant program, we've committed $12 million to help fund 7,000 paid internships for college students with financial need. This three-year program benefits 33 colleges across four states. These grants benefit not only students but also employers and colleges. Students get the real-world training that can help lead to employment after graduation; employers get access to fresh talent; and colleges see improved placement rates for graduates. All in all, it's a win-win-win program.
Find out more about our Career Ready Internship Grant here.
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