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What We Fund

Our grantees and partners are committed to improving communities and creating opportunities for all people to prosper. The Foundation awards grants to build on 10 years of progress and focus on social and economic issues where we see high need, and opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people and neighborhoods.

To learn more about the Foundation's Strategic Plan Summary, click here.


Zilber Neighborhood Initiative

In 2008, the Foundation announced a 10-year commitment to improve the quality of life in Milwaukee neighborhoods. At the end of 2018, we had awarded $50 million in support of neighborhood revitalization efforts in the Lindsay Heights, Clarke Square and Layton Boulevard West neighborhoods.

We will continue to invest in ZNI neighborhoods with a renewed focus on the issues of Housing and Community Economic Development.

Legacy Programs

The Foundation honors Joe and Vera Zilber's interests and lifetime of philanthropy by supporting a limited number of organizations dedicated to issues of special importance to our founders and our board of directors.

Going forward, Legacy grants will prioritize long-time partners and grantees of the Foundation working in Milwaukee to address Basic Human Needs, Youth Development, and Higher Education.

Other Grants

The Foundation also makes a limited number of grants each year to eligible organizations to benefit people in Hawaii, and supports nonprofit organizations to honor or match the contributions of Zilber Ltd. employees.

Grant Recipients by Year

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