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Black Enterprise Fund

The Black Enterprise Fund will empower the Black community of Madison and Dane County through funding five dynamic, successful, enterprise-building, Black-led nonprofit organizations. These organizations serve youth, entrepreneurs, job-seekers, young professionals, and the community at large. Funds gathered in this campaign will be divided equally among these organizations and provide sustainability for their ongoing work to engage and empower Black families and communities.

As we launch this effort on the 155th anniversary of the original Juneteenth, our goal is to raise $155,000.


Madison365 uses excellent journalism to start conversations, find real and lasting solutions, build community, invite action and encourage emerging leaders in greater Madison’s communities of color, and to foster dialog between members of diverse communities.

Madison365 reaches more than 1.5 million people per month and has become the most trusted source of news for the state’s communities of color. The local, independent, nonprofit news organization also produces the Wisconsin Leadership Summit, convening the state’s most influential leaders of color, and has produced several “virtual summits” over the past month.

Maydm introduces girls and youth of color to opportunities in the technology field through interacting with code. We want to support underrepresented youth to recognizing their potential in the STEM field.

Maydm has provided educational programming for over 1,200 students since its founding in 2015. Just in 2019, Maydm served over 500 students — two thirds of whom were students of color. The organization has partnered with the Madison Links, Centro Hispano, Wisconsin Youth Company and other community organizations to provide programming.

The Madison Black Chamber of Commerce empowers the greater Madison community by growing and sustaining Black owned businesses through education, advocacy and developing Black wealth to promote the power and impact of Black owned businesses.

The Madison Black Chamber established Madison’s first Black Business Expo and first Black Business Awards Recognition & Exhibition Program. It published Madison’s first Black Business Directory and established the nation’s first Black Restaurant Week.

Urban League of Greater Madison ensures that African Americans and other community members are educated, employed and empowered to live well, advance professionally and contribute to the common good in the 21st Century.

In April 2020, the Urban League of Greater Madison announced a new COVID-19 Workforce Relief and Recovery Initiative, and later that month inked the terms of a $5,000,000 deal to launch a new Homeownership & Wealth Building program. ULGM also owns and operates UMOJA Magazine, which recently partnered with Madison schools to produce a special issue dedicated to giving youth of color a forum to express their COVID-19 experiences.

Boys & Girls Club of Dane County inspires and empowers all young people, especially those who need us the most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring adults.

BGCDC was named one of the top five Clubs in the nation for financial literacy and educational programming in 2011 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Charles Schwab Foundation. The clubs Serve more than 7,500 young people in ten locations, including eight school-based sites and three traditional Club sites, including a new one opened earlier this year in Sun Prairie. BGCDC connected 260 young people to internships with 33 local companies in 2017 and is the only Club in the nation that runs an AVID partnership with schools.