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Racial Equity Fund
Building Organizational Capacity

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Building Organizational Capacity: VIA Community Development Corporation (VIA CDC) acts like a puzzle-master, putting together the puzzle pieces for a great quality of life – pieces like a healthy built environment, equitable economic opportunity, and grassroots community leaders. Together they grow stronger & healthier Milwaukee neighborhoods by nourishing wellbeing and cultivating community in our neighborhoods. VIA’s primary geography is in the 53215 zip code, home to the most significant number of kids in Wisconsin, with approximately 72% of neighbors earning less than 80% of the County Median Income. This disparity is an opportunity and invitation to bring creativity, innovation, and problem-solving to finding new ways to sprout economic growth. Their short-term goals include: to help BIPOC small business owners grow and sustain their businesses, support resident-led commercial corridor revitalization, grow affordable homeownership for long-term wealth building opportunities by increasing the stock of affordable homes for those with low-to-moderate incomes and more. Multi-year funding is an investment, and it will help VIA achieve their goals by allowing them to focus on their service and growth impact. This investment will allow VIA to accomplish initiatives and organizational/service area growth alongside growing their capacity. (Racial Equity Fund)

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