Granting Equity, Health and Prosperity to All
Cream City Foundation has developed three elevated priorities that will guide our fundraising and grant-making efforts, as well as our proactive convening work to shine a light on the most critical issues that need to be address in our communities, collectively. The three elevated priorities are Equity, Health and Prosperity.
Creating opportunities to bridge our understanding that the LGBTQ+ community is not one monolithic community, but one that is comprised of multiple communities with intersecting identities, experiences and oppressions. This priority also focuses on full inclusion; the idea of bringing your whole self to your daily activities and being safe to do so.
Creating opportunities to fairly access physical and mental healthcare services, finding welcoming and culturally-competent healthcare providers and having access to health insurance, without fear or discrimination.
Creating equal opportunities for families and individuals to earn a living. We will address economic justice issues to secure access to housing, food, education and employment in fair and inclusive workplaces.
In the fall of 2015, Cream City Foundation convened leaders and stakeholders from southeastern Wisconsin in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities to better understand the issues facing our community post-marriage equality.
In 2016, the Marquette University Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies was selected to help the Foundation complete a strategic needs assessment. An environmental scan of the LGBTQ+ community was completed, which included in-depth interviews with 27 community leaders from 25 organizations in southeastern Wisconsin and Madison to identify where gaps in services lie, which communities are underserved and which services are most needed.
The research found that LGBTQ+ people continue to face disproportionate economic and health disparities, in addition to issues of safety and equity for LGBTQ+ families.
There is not one singular LGBTQ+ community, but several communities; there is great diversity in gender identity, sexuality, race and ethnicity, class and religion among LGBTQ+ people.
The greatest needs of LGBTQ+ people in southeastern Wisconsin center around themes of health education, employment, poverty and rural issues.
People of color, in particular black LGBTQ+ people (regardless of gender, identity, age and class), experience the most discrimination and poverty and are in the most need in LGBTQ+ communities.
All trans* people, especially trans* people of color, experience the greatest discrimination and the greatest levels of poverty and violence.
Issues facing LGBTQ+ people take on different levels of complexity based on age, with our most vulnerable being youth or older adults.
There is a strong desire and need for collaboration among LGBTQ+ organizations and between LGBTQ+ and allied organizations.
Utilizing the research and feedback collected in the multiple convening sessions and one-on-one interviews with various LGBTQ+ and allied organizations, Cream City Foundation will focus on creating opportunities for LGBTQ+ people in southeastern Wisconsin to live prosperous and fulfilling lives with the equal opportunity to participate in American life. We dream of a day when our people have positive visibility and dignity that will make them safe in the world, more employable and healthy.
The Foundation’s work will address the issues that prevent our communities from achieving the dream of full inclusion and acceptance. As a result, the Foundation’s work will not be single-issue driven. It will focus on creating whole lives where the economic, health, safety and equity needs of our LGBTQ+ communities are met and individuals can flourish.
Cream City Foundation is currently not accepting grant applications. Please check back for information on the 2018 Impact Grant Cycle or contact Cream City Foundation at 414-225-0244 for more information.