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Nov, 2005
The 9th annual analysis of charitable giving in metropolitan Milwaukee found that the economic recovery from the 2001 recession did not translate into increased philanthropy here. On the contrary, total gifts to bellwether organizations declined 10...
May, 2005
Local elected officials in southeastern Wisconsin pride themselves on keeping their tax rates low and their tax rate increases even lower. Comparing the tax rate of one community to another is a favorite pastime among policymakers and home buyers...
Mar, 2005
The seven-county southeastern Wisconsin region grew its tax base at a rate faster than the state as a whole for the second year in a row. This year’s 8.9% growth is the highest since 1992, possibly signaling a turn around for the region’s fiscal...
Nov, 2004
Total charitable giving to the 64 bellwether nonprofit organizations in the Greater Milwaukee region increased 4.2 percent or $9.2 million between 2002 and 2003. That increase brought total philanthropic donations to $227.5 million. In light of...
Oct, 2003
Download the Greater Milwaukee Foundation's Annual Report Card on Charitable Giving.
May, 2003
The 147 municipal governments in the seven counties of Southeastern Wisconsin spend $2.1 billion in 2001, the most recent year for which data are available.