Gifts and grants totalling $1,110,800 to area educational, cultural and civic organizations for 2010 have been announced by The Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of The Capital Times.
Included in the grants are $100,000 to the Madison Children's Museum (the second installment of a half-million dollar commitment over five years), $20,000 to the YWCA of Madison toward its amibitious remodeling project at its downtown building, $35,000 to Edgewood College to continue its successful program of attracting students of color to its campus, and $25,000 to the new and first Fitchburg Public Library for the purchase of books.
Grants range from $300 for the Wisconsin Safety Patrol's program to send outstanding crossing guards on a Washington, D.C., trip to $200,000 as the eighth installment of a ten-year commitment to the Great Performance Fund.
Of this year's total, $452,911 this year has been donated to the University of Wisconsin for 23 projects and activities on the Madison campus and $766,500 to 57 Madison area community nonprofits.
Evjue Foundation President John H. "Jack" Lussier pointed out that the foundation's finances are derived from the controlling stock in The Capital Times Co. held by the late William T. Evjue, the founder and longtime editor and publisher of the newspaper. The community and the university have received gifts and grants totalling more $41 million since since the death of Mr. Evjue in 1970.
The founder of The Capital Times had established the foundation before his death, but it was the provision in his will to distribute the income from his controlling stock in the newspaper back to the community that accelerated the giving. The grants represent a significant portion of the profits of the locally owned The Capital Times Co.
The William T. Evjue Charitable Trust, which holds Mr. Evjue's controlling stock in the newspaper company, distributes the income from that stock and other investments to the foundation, which in turn makes decisions on where the money will be distributed.
The foundation consists of 15 directors. Seven are from The Capital Times Co. and include Lussier, the president, Clayton Frink, Marianne Pollard, Nancy Gage, Dave Zweifel and Jim and Laura Lussier. Four of the directors represent the UW Foundation (former UW-Madison chancellor John Wiley, Jerry Frautschi, Marion Brown and Andrew Wilcox) and four represent the Madison Community Foundation (Kathleen Woit, Steve Mixtacki, Mary Burke and David Reinecke). Arlene Hornung is the foundation's executive director and is in charge of its administration.
Here is a complete list of grants that have been announced:
Lubar Institute Symposium: $4,000 for the study of the Abrahamic Religions and in cooperation with the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights
School of Music Educational and Performance Outreach: $12,000 for expenses of the program to share the talents of piano majors with the community.
The Center for the Humanities: $24,000 for the Humanities Exposed and Great World Texts in Wisconsin programs.
The UW Odyssey Project: $12,000 to continue the program directed by Prof. Emily Auerbach that offers adults near the federal poverty level a chance to start college for free.
World Languages Day: $3,500 for the long-standing program that brings Wisconsin high school students together with UW-Madison experts on languages.
School of Music: $4,000 toward supporting the UW's role in Madison's community-wide celebration of the legenday jazz pianist, composer, arranger and educator Mary Lou Williams.
The UW Press New Book Series: $12,500 to help launch a new book series called "Critical Human Rights" that will be connected to the Human Rights Initiative on the Madison campus.
PEOPLE program: $25,000 to help underwrite the program that has provided a proven pathway to college for students of color and low-income students in Milwaukee and Madison public schools.
Covering Kids and Families: $12,000 to the School of Human Ecology for its program of helping kids and families enroll in BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin's public health program.
Cross-Campus Workshop Series: $1,000 to fund a series of roundtable discussions to deal with campus-wide problems affecting both students and faculty.
Increasing the Participation and Success of Women and Minorities in Computer Science: $7,000 to enhance recruiting efforts to get more women and minorities in computer science, which currently has a critical shortfall.
Madison Early Music Festival: $9,000 to help the festival bring world-class performers and teachers of early music to the Madison campus and community.
The Community Writing Assistance Program: $12,000 so the program can continue offering free help with writing to students and members of the local Madison community.
School of Music: $10,000 in support of the Pro Arte Quartet's cententnial anniversary project.
School of Music Recordings Project: $6,000 to help sustain the ten-year-old recordings project that caputres the work of students and music faculty on CDs.
CREME International 2010 Conference: $3,500 to support the cause of equity and social justice in music education.
UW Campus Child Care: $15,000 to help support the Daisy Center, a place where children of faculty and students receive quality early care and education.
Evjue Foundation Great People Scholarship: $15,000 to provide need-based financial aid to students who would otherwise not be able to attend the university.
UW System: $12,500 for UW President Kevin Reilly's initiatives advancing the interests of the UW System campuses.
UW-Madison School of Journalism: $200,000 representing the third of five grants totalling $1 million to fund a William T. Evjue professorship in journalism.
UW Foundation: $48,000 to be used for various programs at the university.
Access Community Health Centers: $15,000 in general support of the centers' work with families who have no health care coverage.
African American Ethnic Academy: $3,000 in general support of the academy's annual summer school program aimed at better preparing young people for school.
Africasong Communications: $4,000 to help underwrite the 30th anniversary tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on Wisconsin Public Radio, hosted by Jonathan Overby in the rotunda of the State Capitol.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center: $10,000 to assist with transportation costs and other expenses for the center's nature programs for schoolchildren throughout Dane County.
Big Brothers/Sisters of Dane County: $10,000 in general support of the organization's work with children.
Capital City Band Association: $1,000 to help support the band's free summer concerts in the park.
Community Groundworks at Troy Gardens: $10,000 in continued support for the urban gardening programs involving both children and adults.
Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission: $65,000 to help support various arts programs for children in schools throughout Dane County.
Dane County Humane Society: $2,000 in general support of the society's programs protecting animals.
Dimensions in Sound and the Studio Orchestra: $1,000 in general support.
Edgewood College: $35,000 to support the college's program for recruiting and providing scholarship help to students of color from the Dane County area.
Family Enhancement: $2,000 for its program to provide educational support to parents.
Fighting BobFest: $10,000 to help defray expenses for the 2010 Fighting BobFest, sponsored by The Capital Times and FightingBob.com, scheduled for Sept. 11th at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo.
Fitchburg Public Library: $25,000 to help the library get started on its book collection.
Forward Theater Co.: $1,000 in general support of the new theater initiative in Madison.
Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective: $1,000 in general support of the organization's work.
Goodman Community Center: $5,000 to support programs at the Lussier Teen Center.
Great Performance Fund: $200,000 representing the eighth installment of a 10-year, $2 million pledge toward the fund that helps with overhead costs for the Overture Center's resident companies.
Habitat for Humanity of Dane County: $10,000 in general support of Habitat's homebuilding activities for needy families.
HospiceCare Inc.: $10,000 in general support of the hospice center in Fitchburg.
International Crane Foundation: $5,000 to assist the Foundation's crucial work assuring the survival of cranes.
Lussier Community Education Center: $10,000 in general support of the community center's work with young people and families on the city's west side.
Madison Area Rehabilitation Centers: $10,000 in general support of MARC's work with the developmentally disabled.
Madison Area Technical College: $50,000 to underwrite MATC scholarships for financially needy students.
Madison Area Urban Ministry: $5,000 to help the ministry's program of arranging visits with children of incarcerated parents.
Madison Children's Museum: $100,000, the second installment of a five-year pledge of $500,000 for the construction of the new children's museum on the Capitol Square.
Madison Community Foundation: $48,000 in general support of the foundation.
Madison Jazz Society: $1,000 to help underwrite the society's annual jazz fest.
Madison Metropolitan School District: $15,000 to be used at the discretion of the district to support deserving programs in the public schools.
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art: $4,000 to help underwrite the museum's popular Art Fair on the Square.
Madison Opera Inc.: $2,500 to help produce the opera's annual Performance for Youth, which helps interested high school students learn and appreciate opera.
Madison Symphony Orchestra: $10,000 to help support the orchestra's programs and its effort to get young musicians interested in symphony music.
Mann Educational Opportunity Fund: $4,000 to help finance the program that prepares minority children for college.
Mary Lou Williams Centennial: $1,000 in support of the year-long tribute to the late jazz great who had ties to the Madison area.
Merrill School Forest: $5,000 to help finance programs at the school forest that was donated to the Merrill schools by William T. Evjue in memory of his father, Nels P. Evjue.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: $10,000 in general support of the organization's work on reproductive health.
Porchlight Inc.: $10,000 to help support the organization's ambitious program to expand services and help to the homeless in Madison.
RSVP of Dane County: $2,500 toward the organization's work connecting young people and senior citizens.
Simpson Street Free Press: $10,000 to help fund the teen newspaper's efforts to engage more students in the program that is aimed at providing learning experiences to young people from the city's south side.
Tenney Park Shelter Group: $7,500 toward the group's effort to build a new shelter at the popular east side park.
The OccuPaws Guide Talk Association: $2,500 to support the association's work in providing guide talks to the blind and otherwise handicapped.
Token Creek Chamber Music Festival: $1,000 to assist with this year's summer program featuring prominent classical musicians.
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County: $7,500 in support of UCP's programs to provide after-school care for disabled young people.
VSA Arts of Wisconsin: $2,500 to support art classes for disabled people in the Madison area.
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters: $10,000 to assist with funding of the academy's high quality quarterly magazine.
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism: $2,500 in general support of the program aimed at undertaking investigative projects and disseminating the results to the public.
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: $6,000 in general support of the orchestra's annual Concerts on the Square.
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign: $1,000 in general support of the group's work with political finance reporting.
Wisconsin Historical Foundation: $10,000 contribution to support the Historical Society's annual history day that engages hundreds of students in authentic history projects.
Wisconsind Humanities Council: $5,000 in support of the Council's annual book festival.
Wisconsin Institute of Youth Journalism: $5,000 to support the summer program that ties interested minority students with professional media.
Wisconsin Medical Fund: $5,000 in general support of the fund's work with needy women.
Wisconsin Safety Patrols: $300 to help support a Washington, D.C., trip for deserving young safety patrollers.
Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin: $5,000 toward the organization's work with troubled young people.
YMCA of Dane County: $30,000 to help underwrite the organization's services to needy youngsters.
YWCA of Madison: $20,000 toward the Y's remodeling program that will enhance living facilities for abused and impoverished area women and their children.