Great Lakes Awards $525,000 in Anniversary Grants in Nine Communities Where Employees Live and Work
Employees Selected Brighter Futures Grant Recipients to Tackle a Variety of Local Issues
Madison, Wis., September 1, 2017—Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates celebrated its 50th anniversary by awarding grants to nonprofit organizations making a difference in all nine communities where its offices are located. Throughout the summer of 2017, Great Lakes awarded a total of $525,000 in one-year Brighter Futures Grants to 14 nonprofits across the country.
Brighter Futures Grants are an extension of the philanthropy work done by Great Lakes, which is dedicated to helping more students from low-income households, students of color and first-generation students get into and through college so they can go on to successful lives and help build strong communities. Employees were invited to engage in the Brighter Futures grantmaking process, with a broader focus on promoting lasting change in their local communities.
Great Lakes employees voted on community issues to address then formed committees to choose grant recipients, selected to help make a genuine impact on hunger, homelessness, disability services, domestic violence and youth development.
"Great Lakes is committed to making the communities where we live and work even greater," said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. "All 14 nonprofits are already doing good work, and we're excited to help them make an even bigger impact."
Brighter Futures Grant Recipients
Boys & Girls Club of Aberdeen Area
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program
Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation Homeless Fund
Feed My People
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
U.S. Dream Academy
Operation Fresh Start
The River Food Pantry
Hope's Door New Beginning Center
Women's League Child Development Center
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Midstate Independent Living Consultants
Stevens Point, Wisconsin
RisforThursday Network of Oklahoma
Work from home employees
Reinforced by a corporate culture of supporting the community, Great Lakes employees participate in a robust employee giving program called Great Lakes Gives. They make annual contributions to the United Way, and regularly provide school supplies, healthy snacks and books for summer reading programs to students at 10 adopted schools, each selected based on its proximity to a Great Lakes office and the high needs of its students. Additionally, employees are encouraged to use their eight hours of paid Volunteer Time Off at the organizations that received Brighter Futures Grants to complement the financial award with the gift of their time.