Need, Impact & Recipients

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Need

The Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay has been a strong supporter of research evaluating the state of Northeast Wisconsin and to identify resources and programs needed to better the community.

The Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, Greater Green Bay Chamber and Brown County United Way formed a partnership and collected data for the 2016 Leading Indicators for Excellence (LIFE) Study of Brown County. Several Women’s Funds in Northeast Wisconsin also invested in research on topics related to women in Wisconsin. The data revealed the greatest issues facing women and girls today and helped us identify where to invest our funds.

Did you know:

  • More than half of all households in poverty in Northeast Wisconsin are headed by women (59%). Nearly two-thirds (64%) of the households with minor children in poverty, in the region, are headed by single mothers. 
  • Regionally, the wage gap ranges from 72 cents on the dollar (on average) for women in Fond du Lac county to 78 cents in Brown county
    (the same as the statewide gap.)
  • One out of 5 women in the region has some college experience but no degree.
  • According to a 2016 report by Mental Health America, Wisconsin youth have the second highest prevalence of severe major depressive episodes in the country.

  The Status of Women Northeast WILife Study Brown County

Impact

Since 1998, the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay has granted over $750,000 to more than 80 initiatives and programs in our community. Grants from this Fund make an impact by supporting thousands of women and girls in our community—the difference is seen every day! And we’re not done yet.

Support of our Women’s Fund is strong. The community has seen the influence our female philanthropists can make and we continue to add new volunteers, although there are still programs that need our help. Discover how you can get involved and support the Women’s Fund today.

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