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Professional Dimensions Charitable Fund (PDCF) Signature Project

Grant to a Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Nonprofit for Programs
that Promote the Self-Sufficiency of Local Women and Girls

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Professional Dimensions (PD)

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Deadline Date:

03/01/19 5:00 PM


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Grant to a Milwaukee County, Wisconsin nonprofit organization for programs and projects that promote self-sufficiency for girls and women in the community. Funding is intended for bold projects that address a gap in services that are currently offered in the community. The results of the program should directly impact the Milwaukee community.

Two PD members will be required to work as liaisons with the program and help plan activities. These liaisons are called Champions. The Champions' role is to work with the PDCF Board of Directors to educate members of PD about the organization’s and the program’s purpose, engage members with the partner organization, encourage members to contribute funds. and act as advocates for the issues the organization is working to improve.

The Selection Criteria for the PDCF Signature Project:
- Champions are committed to act on behalf of the selected organization and to develop a dedicated team of PD members to support the project. (Team members are expected to be active participants vs. honorary members.)
- The PDCF signature project focus will foster self-sufficiency for women.
- The application provides clearly defined outcomes and strategies for success.
- The signature project has a high likelihood of engagement by the members of PD with the specific program PDCF is supporting.
- The contributions of PD will have an impact on the overall financial support of the organization.

Additional funding may be used to create a brochure, print contribution envelopes and promotion posters, or cover the costs of refreshments and supplies for fundraising events for the PDCF signature project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185215

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Estimated Size of Grant:

PDCF’s financial contribution to the selected organization is set at a goal of $50,000 per year for two years (or $100,000 over two years) and is a “best efforts” commitment and is not a guaranteed amount.

In addition to this financial commitment, PDCF plans to provide up to $3,000 per year to underwrite the cost of fundraising, awareness-raising and PD member engagement activities related to the PDCF Signature Project

Term of Contract:

Charitable Fund projects last for a period of two years and new projects are chosen every odd year in the spring.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The biennial selection of a Charitable Fund project was developed as a way to support a local non-profit organization or initiative by infusing both volunteer time and financial support.

The organization selected should have a track record of success in advancing the self-sufficiency of women and girls with measurable outcomes and expects to partner with Co-champions to help them be successful. The organization must be stable and have the appropriate infrastructure (staff/board/financial).

An organization that has been previously selected by PDCF may reapply for consideration for another two-year project cycle.

PDCF generally does not support capital projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join an informational session on Wednesday, February 6th, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the University Club. At this event, you’ll hear what it takes to be a Champion from previous Champions, learn about the criteria PDCF uses to choose a Signature Project and gain information on resources and tips to help you be successful. Feel free to bring a representative of the organization you are considering along with you.

Meeting will take place at:
University Club, Top Floor
924 E Wells St
Milwaukee, WI 53202

For more information and to register:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications and all accompanying materials will only be accepted via e-mail and are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019. The Fund Board will review applications and select 2-3 organizations for a site visit in May. The new Signature Project will be announced at the end of June.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please e-mail your application to:
Johannah Karstedt St. John

If you have additional questions feel free to contact:

Janel Hines

Janet Slater, Board Chair

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin: Milwaukee County