Vera Court expansion

In April, the Vera Court Neighborhood Center launched a public campaign to expand its space and programs for neighborhood kids.


The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times, today announced it has awarded grants totaling $854,550 to 44 community organizations, including a $250,000 gift to the Vera Court Neighborhood Center's building project on the city's North Side. 

The new grants were awarded at the Foundation's fall meeting and bring total giving for the year to more than $2.3 million. 

Evjue Foundation grants are made possible by the will of William T. Evjue, the founder and longtime editor and publisher of the newspaper. When he died in 1970, his will directed that proceeds from his controlling stock in The Capital Times Co. be distributed to the Foundation to local charitable, educational and cultural organizations in the Dane County area. 

Among recipients of major grants was Access Community Health which was awarded $100,000 to help pay for remodeling the William T. Evjue Clinic at East Washington Avenue and Wright Street.

United Way of Dane County and the Madison Community Foundation were each awarded $50,000 while MARC, the organization that serves the area's developmentally disabled, was awarded $44,000 to purchase a new van to transport its clients. 

Following is a complete list of the grant recipients: 

Access Community Health Centers: $100,000 toward renovation of Access' William T. Evjue Clinic on Madison's east side. 

ACLU of Wisconsin: $5,000 in support of the organization's suit against the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 

Africasong Communications: $3,000 in support of the annual state Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration in the State Capitol. 

Allied Dunn's Marsh Neighborhood Community Wellness Center: $5,000 to help fund training for four community health workers. 

Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance: $5,000 to help support one-on-one personalized care consultations. 

Briarpatch Youth Services Inc.: $10,000 for the organization's runaway and homeless youth program. 

Centro Hispano of Dane County: $25,000 to support academic programming for Latino youth. 

Community Shares of Wisconsin: $15,000 to support internships aimed at CWS' annual Big Share event. 

Dane Arts Mural Arts: $10,000 to support the painting of murals throughout the county. 

Dane Buy Local Foundation: $7,500 in support of consumer educational campaigns on the benefits of buying from local merchants. 

Dane County Humane Society: $5,000 to support its educational programming through its Pawprint program. 

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services: $10,000 in support of DAIS' emergency shelter programs.

East Madison Community Center: $5,000 in support of the center's mentoring program for minority children. 

Family Services Madison: $5,000 to provide outpatient mental health services related to trauma. 

Festival Choir Inc.: $1,000 in general support for the choir. 

Forward Theater Co.: $10,000 to support the company's theater productions. 

Friends of the Nels P. Evjue Memorial School Forest: $10,000 in support of the school programming at the forest named for William T. Evjue's father. 

Independent Living Inc.: $15,000 toward the organization's work with the elderly. 

Journey Mental Health Center: $10,000 in support of health and welfare programs for the mentally ill. 

Madison Community Foundation: $50,000 to support construction of MCF's new office space across from the Overture building. 

Madison Public Library Foundation: $10,000 to help expand the library's "Bubbler's Maker" corps. 

Make a Wish Foundation: $3,000 in support of the organization's work to grant wishes to children facing life threatening medical conditions. 

Mann Educational Opportunity Fund: $5,000 in support of the annual Mann scholarship program. 

MARC Inc.: $44,000 toward the purchase of a new van to transport the organization's disabled clients. 

OccuPaws Guide Dog Association: $4,300 to place a guide dog with a deserving person. 

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: $15,000 in general support of the organization's work with women's health. 

Second Harvest Food Bank: $30,000 to support the bank's food outreach program. 

Sustain Dane: $6,750 to support training workshops for educators. 

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Theater LILA: $10,000 to support production of LINES, a LILA invention. 

The Capital Times Kids Fund: $8,000 in support of the Kids Fund's annual drive to raise money to help area youth. 

The Daily Cardinal: $4,000 to help support the student newspaper's investigative reporting projects. 

The Foundation of the American Theatre Critics Association: $5,000 to help fund speakers at the annual conference to be held this year in Spring Green. 

The Madison Institute: $1,000 in support of the institute's political advocacy programs. 

The River Food Pantry: $15,000 to help support the pantry's food distribution network. 

Today Not Tomorrow: $5,000 to support TNT's efforts to improve the birth outcomes with the African American population. 

United Way of Dane County: $50,000 in general support of the United Way's work. 

UW Foundation: $10,000 toward a scholarship fund in honor of Marion Brown who is retiring from the Foundation and serves as a director of the Evjue Foundation. 

Vera Court Neighborhood Center: $250,000 toward its capital campaign and operational costs. 

VSA Wisconsin Inc.: $2,000 to support arts programs for people with disabilities. 

Waunakee Public Library: $30,000 toward the foundation's capital campaign to build a new library. 

Wisconsin Newspaper Association: $5,000 in support of the association's efforts to develop a statewide "Civics Bowl" competition for the fall of 2019. 

Wisconsin Public Radio: $10,000 in general support of public radio in the state. 

Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative: $5,000 to provide counseling to entrepreneurs with emphasis on women, minorities and veterans. 

YMCA of Dane County: $20,000 to help support the Y's financial assistance program for low-income families.