The Basic Needs Giving Partnership supports the people and places advancing equity and economic well-being for everyone in Northeast Wisconsin. We work to end poverty in our region through grantmaking and investing in community-led solutions.
Foundations to Thrive
Families and individuals have nurturing networks of care that support early childhood and youth development, food security, physical and mental health, and affordable housing.
Belonging and Connection
With relationships that cross traditional boundaries, neighbors are valued in the community, fostering mutual support, building power, and influencing what happens in our environment.
Individuals have meaningful work that supports dignity and income that fosters thriving families, vibrant communities, and asset building.
Since 1986, the U.S. Venture Open annual golf outing has drawn hundreds of partners, golfers, and volunteers on the second Wednesday of August. Since its inception, the event has raised $65 million and granted $55 million to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin.
The Basic Needs Giving Partnership was formed in 2007, sparked by a unique collaboration between the families behind U.S. Venture and the J. J. Keller Foundation. Since 2008, the Partnership has granted funds raised through the U.S. Venture Open to nonprofits in a 10-county region in Northeast Wisconsin that collaborate to address the root causes of poverty.