U.S. Venture Open

2020 Community Report

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3 2020 Community Report Since 1986, hundreds of golfers, partners and volunteers have enjoyed an extraordinary event for a critical cause: ending poverty. U.S. Venture pays all expenses of the event. 100% of donations go to ending poverty. The 2020 U.S. Venture Open took on a different form in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In partnership with WBAY-TV & Woodward Radio Group a regional all-day mediathon was held. It was a day of celebration, fundraising with partner donations, online auction and highlights of the year-round impact. One unstoppable mission. The pandemic caused changes to the way we raise funds and also how/what we funded in 2020 and into 2021. Along with the $4.6 million raised at this year's event and the $5 million of additional available funds announced in June, more than $10 million was made available to nonprofits to end poverty in the region. In order to more effectively respond to the needs of nonprofit partners, the grantmaking process was redesigned to maximize flexibility. The new process allows grantee partners to take calculated risks and address both urgent needs and long-term systems change. Because the pandemic has resulted in increased demand for services while revenue streams for nonprofits are decreasing, a portion of the available funding provides general operating support or targeted technical assistance to strengthen nonprofits' infrastructure and leadership capacity. A grantmaking match of $800,000 each from the J. J. Keller Foundation and U.S. Venture, $250,000 from Oshkosh Corporation, and $200,000 from both ThedaCare and the Thrivent Foundation lead this effort. Our partners makes this possible. Thousands served. $8.38 million in new grants given from the Basic Needs Giving Partnership to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin. and

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