2015 Grant Recipients


In the 1950’s the Club was concerned about affordable housing for seniors and worked to build Zonta Manor, a $1.3 million passive solar apartment building on East Cambridge Ave. designed by a female engineer, one of our own members!  Due to a need experienced by the Club while raising funds for Zonta Manor, the Zonta Foundation, Inc. was established – On January 25, 1957.  This is the charitable arm of the club. All members of the Club are members of Zonta Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation of the Zonta Club of Milwaukee, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, exists to raise and disburse funds.  One third of funds raised are used to support Zonta International Service Projects in several parts of the world.  Two thirds of funds raised remain in the greater Milwaukee area and have been used to help other 501 (c) 3 non-profit agencies such as women’s shelters and transitional housing.  It has also supported programs to mentor young girls and to prevent violence against women.  Grants given range from $1,000—$3,000 and can be applied to programs for one to three years.  Grantees are asked to provide an annual mid-year review of the program or project being funded.

Thus, funding decisions are based on an agency’s non-profit status and its focus on improving the lives of women and girls, especially as it relates to violence prevention and education in the greater Milwaukee area.

The Board solicits requests from agencies in September, reviews them and makes its decisions in mid to late January.  Awards are given at the Zonta Club’s annual Spring  fund raising Fashion Show.

Foundation Funding

Zonta Foundation 2017 Funding Guidelines and Application

Recent Fundraising History

Spring Fashion Shows:

2003 Spring   $15,286.00
2004 Spring   $15,162.00
2005 Spring   $13,929.00
2006 Spring   $19,345.00
2007 Spring   $18,501.46
2008 Spring   $16,044.23
2009 Spring   $14,076.63
2010 Spring   $14,591.63
2011 Spring   $21,117.00
2012 Spring   $20,155.00
2013 Spring   $19,412.00
2014 Spring   $21,700.00
2015 Spring   $22,300.00
2016 Spring   $23,300.00
2005   $225.00
2006   $1,025.00
2007   $4.430.00
2008   $2,770.00
2009   $900.00
2010   $1,500.00
2011   $1,625.00
2012   $2,325.00
2013   $1,500.00
2014   $5,000.00
2015   $3,000.00
Local Service Projects:    
2008   $1,222.48
2010   $969.00
2011   $350.00
2012   $787.00
2013   $100.00
2014   $1,250.00
2015   $850.00


  • Tax Exempt Status:

The Foundation is classified as a 501(c) 3 organization under the US Internal Revenue Service rules which allows donations to be tax deductible.

  • Financial:

The Foundation’s budget is kept separate from the club’s operating budget.  The Foundation accepts donations and bequests and considers suggestions from members for charitable donations and financial support. It is guided in its activities by documents currently in place with regard to its mission and investment policy.  Members can be assured that Board members are credible and that all monies raised will go to support that mission.

Agencies receiving funding from Zonta Foundation in 2016 


2016 Grant Recipients

CORE/El Centro

CORE/El Centro is a healing, dynamic, grassroots organization that offers individuals access to natural healing therapies.  Their Trauma & Healing Program serves, among others, an immigrant Latina population, a large portion of which are survivors of sexual abuse.  They have worked with The Healing Center, an agency serving sexual abuse survivors, to assist in providing natural healing therapies and movement classes, to allow survivors to heal and increase their energy level, coping skills and relationships with others in their community.

CORE/El Centro has been approached to expand this program to the new Sojourner Family Peace Center building at 6th and Galena.  This is the activity which is being funded for 2016.

My Home/Your Home

My Home/Your Home has been serving children, young women, adults and families for 26 years, focusing on helping children in the foster care system.  The LISSY’S PLACE program provides housing and skill training to homeless and abused young women as well as young women coming out of the foster care system.  It has 17 rooms and serves 35-45 young women annually, providing 24/7 coverage for the residents.

Training includes career skills and life skills, with the goal of clients learning how to obtain permanent housing, complete their education and get a job, thus improving the opportunities for these young women.

Neu-Life Community Resource Center

Neu-Life Community Resource Center has been providing youth development programming for children in the Lindsay Heights Neighborhood in Milwaukee for the past 15 years. Neu-Life’s mission is to empower youth with skills and strategies to make better life choices. Their programming is participant driven, meaning youth are directly involved in making decisions regarding the program and activities offered.  This year Zonta is pleased to continue funding for the ARTREACH portion of the “Anti-Violence Project”.

ARTREACH is an interactive creative arts program that has been developed by Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships designed to instill a sense of awareness about human trafficking in our community’s boys and girls. It will provide youth the skills needed to keep themselves safe as well as the opportunity to make an impact in the larger community through awareness building, peer advocacy and service.

This year Take ARTREACH Public will display the paintings and signage to the public, spurring discussion around the community about the problem of human trafficking.

The Zonta grant is also funding YELL AND TELL, designed for children ages 3-10 to teach them some of the resiliency skills they will need as they grow older.  Dangerous situations such as water, fire, poison, guns, bullying and child enticement will be discussed and children will learn how to take action and be a hero.

Our Next Generation

Our Next Generation helps inner city children develop essential academic, interpersonal and life skills leading to self-sufficient, responsible adulthood. The Phenomenal Ladies Program provides an essential service by giving young women the opportunity to work with other teen girls and connect with positive adult mentors to help them become more motivated and learn to handle emotions, relationships and care for one’s body.

One curriculum used in the PHENOMENAL LADIES program is the Living Compass Program for Teens which promotes authentic conversations between teens and adults regarding stress, resiliency, relationships, vocation, handling emotions and care for one’s body.  Also used is the “BeU” program which includes reflection and discussion about the experiences unique to young African-American females living in central Milwaukee.

Through this funding Our Next Generation will be able to continue the Phenomenal Ladies program for a group of adolescent teens who lack adequate home support and who have often suffered from physical, social and/or sexual abuse.

The Women’s Center of Waukesha

The Women’s Center of Waukesha provides safety, shelter and support to women and their families affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse and to facilitate their personal development. This 32 bed facility provides hope to over 300 individuals each year. Funding from Zonta will help in supporting the Empowerment Program, in place for 38 years, which is expected to expand in 2016 due to the increased need within the area.

The goal of the EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM is to prepare survivors to become economically empowered and remain financially independent of abuse.  With individual and group counseling efforts, it is expected that clients will create a job search plan, learn how to conduct a job search, learn how to use the internet and apply for work.  This in turn empowers abused women to heal, learn the tools necessary to become financially empowered, and to break the cycle of violence.

Agencies that received funding in the past:

  • All Saints Catholic Church B.A.G.S. Program
  • Alverno College
  • Baird Day Care Center
  • Benedict Center for Criminal Justice, Inc.
  • Bottomless Closet
  • Casa Maria
  • Center for Deaf Blind Persons
  • CORE/El Centro
  • Daystar, Inc.
  • Family House, Inc.
  • HeartLove Place
  • Hope House
  • House of Peace
  • Intercession, Inc.
  • Journey House
  • Joy House
  • Know Thyself
  • La Farge Lifelong Training Institute of Milwaukee
  • Laubach Literacy Center
  • Literacy Services of Wisconsin, Inc.
  • Mental Health Association in Milwaukee County
  • Meta House
  • Milwaukee Women’s Center
  • Neu-Life Community Resource Center
  • Our Next Generation
  • Penfield Children’s Center
  • Salvation Army
  • Scott Christian Center
  • Second Harvest
  • Shade Tree Resource Center
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Spanish Speaking Council
  • St. Anthony Hospital (Substance Abuse Program)
  • St. Catherine Residence
  • St. Gall Adult Learning Center
  • St. Mark AME Church, Quality of Life Center, ABE Program
  • Struggles of Survival Center
  • Task Force on Domestic Violence
  • The Mary Bethune Reading Academy
  • The Women’s Center – Waukesha
  • Volunteer Services for the Visually Handicapped
  • War Memorial Center
  • Women’s Resource Center – Racine
  • You Can Say Yes, You Can Say No

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