Foundation Grants

The Milwaukee Public Museum relies on grants from local family foundations to fulfill its mission of inspiring curiosity, stimulating knowledge, and generating the desire to preserve and protect the world’s natural and cultural diversity especially through exhibitions and educational programs.

Contact Roselyn Smolej-Hill, Director of Foundation Relations, for questions relating to Foundation Grants – 414-278-6129.


Foundation Grants for Traveling Exhibitions and Museum Exhibits
Sponsor a spectacular traveling exhibition or permanent MPM exhibit.

Recent sponsorship of our traveling and permanent exhibits include:

  • Presenting sponsorship by the Northwestern Mutaul Foundation for BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life
  • Major support from Imogene P. Johnson and Helen Johnson-Leiopold, and contributing support from the Camille A. Lonstorf Trust for The Scoop on Poop

Foundation Grants for Education Programs
Our award winning education programs impact over 175,000 students every year with help from foundations like yours!

Recent grants to support our education programs include:

  • A grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation enabled the Museum to continue and expand the SPARK! memory loss program, an opportunity for people with Alzheimer's disease and their families and caregivers to connect in a social experience within the Museum's exhibits with a trained Museum facilitator.
  • The Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation supports the Museum Class Research Project where students design model projects based on Museum exhibits in areas related to art, math, architecture and cultures.
  • A grant from the A.O. Smith Foundation is used to provide math and science programming for up to 600 area students during the summer to prevent the drop-off in learning and retention that can happen during the months between school years.
  • The Koeppen-Gerlach Foundation supports MPM's Early Learning Program for young learners ages 3 to 6. This program provides experiential learning to students from low-income families to ensure equal learning of the cognitive, literacy, motor, vocabulary, and other basic skills afforded to higher income families.

Foundation Giving for Special Events
Your foundation can become a part of our special event programming, a great way to increase MPM's exposure to new individuals.