Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation Donates $22,500 to Milwaukee Charities

MILWAUKEE, WI – The Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded over $155,000 to 38 Midwestern charities. These donations included $22,500 to five Milwaukee-area organizations providing key community services.

Since its inception in 2002, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation has donated more than $2.2 million to various philanthropic organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and South Dakota. Each year, the foundation donates to the communities within GFC’s territories, staying true to founder Gordon Flesch’s mission to support the communities where GFC’s employees and customers live and work.

The foundation also engages in targeted giving for emergency disaster relief. This included donations to help the Southeastern U.S. recover from the devastation of Hurricane Ian.

Organizations in the Milwaukee-area receiving grants in 2022:

  • Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement (ablenow.org) transcribes print materials into braille, audio and tactile formats to enhance literacy, dignity, productivity and independence.
  • Eisenhower IKE Center  (ikecenter.com) creates jobs with dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.
  • Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center  (jccmilwaukee.org) is focused on creating spaces, building opportunities and inspiring moments for diverse communities.
  •  Mr. Bob’s Under The Bridge  (mrbobsunderthebridge.org) provides basic necessities such as clothing and hygiene products to the homeless, those who need support and the Milwaukee community.
  • South Milwaukee Human Concerns (smhumanconcerns.org) delivers critical help and hope to needs-based residents through emergency food, clothing and other essential services.

The Gordon Flesch Company (GFC) has long engaged in charitable giving and philanthropy whenever possible. But following the September 11, 2001 attacks, Gordon Flesch’s personal spirit of generosity became something more formal and enduring. The company decided to forego its annual employee recognition dinners and use those funds to help the families of first responders from the New York City police and fire departments. This effort, led by Gordon’s sons, marked the beginning of what would become the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation.

Unlike most corporate giving programs, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is managed entirely by company associates. Each year associates nominate organizations close to their hearts and close to their communities. The foundation’s board of directors reviews nominations and selects award recipients.

“It is an honor to assist these local non-profit organizations in making an even larger impact,” says Cheryl Halverson, President of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “We are humbled to support this year’s grant recipients and look forward to continuing our work in these great communities.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation, or to apply for the next round of grants, visit our website or download our brochure.

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