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Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation, Inc.

Investing in Student Success

aka MATC Foundation   |   MILWAUKEE, WI   |  http://www.matc.edu/foundation/

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Mission

The MATC Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1979 to raise funds for student scholarships and emergency grants. The Foundation also engages donors in supporting MATC educational programs that address the workforce development needs of the community. Our mission is to support student success and enhance learning by engaging those who are passionate about the college and the community it benefits.

Ruling year info

1979

Principal Officer

Laura Bray

Main address

700 WEST STATE STREET M66

MILWAUKEE, WI 53233 USA

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EIN

39-1341603

NTEE code info

University or Technological (B43)

Single Organization Support (T11)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Education is the key to preparing the future workforce with the skills they need, to contribute within high-demand fields and to fuel our economy. MATC students are primarily from low income families and are often the first in their family to attend college. 57% of 25,000+ annual MATC students identify as people of color. MATC is key to building the diverse talent pipeline. Over two-thirds of MATC students receive financial aid, scholarships and/or grants. Without assistance, many MATC students would not be able to continue. Donations help these students to realize their dream of attending college. Program expansion and development of a future workforce pipeline is needed at this time when there is a high demand for employees with a critical middle skill set. Donations to industry funds, program scholarships and creating partnerships are necessary to increase graduates in specific programs and enhance program offerings that are consistent with their industry’s innovation.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

MATC Promise

Bridging the gap between tuition costs and financial aid, Wisconsins first free tuition scholarship for new high school graduates and adults returning to school has changed over 3,300 lives to date. This fund is a gateway to transformative education.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students
Adults

College is nearly impossible for many students who were brought to the United States as undocumented children. This scholarship makes college and economic opportunity a reality.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups

Financial emergencies can be painful roadblocks to finishing an MATC program and achieving dreams. This flexible fund is part of the solution.

Small emergency assistance grants (usually less than $500) to students.

Requirements for the Grants
A one-time, unexpected event that causes a financial emergency
Unlikely to re-occur
No other resources available
Documentation regarding the cause and need

Examples of emergencies include:
Loss due to fire, theft or accident
Sudden, unavoidable interruption of income

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students
Adults

Incarcerated individuals are less likely to reoffend if they develop workforce skills and are able to be gainfully employed after incarceration. MATC is the only college in the state that is a second chance Pell grant recipient. As this is a pilot program, additional funds must be secured to ensure continuation of this valued program. Services include opportunity for incarcerated individuals to pursue higher education through college coursework via telepresence, hands-on training and student success supports including tutoring among others. They can receive degree or credentials in preparing for release. This prepares them for employment options and job seeking.

Population(s) Served
Incarcerated people
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

MATC DRIVE Program features include:
• a community-based education and service center to serve as a central hub of activity, hands-on career exploration to expose urban middle and high school students to transportation and other in-demand careers in technical sciences,
• high quality training and student supports for successful completion of professional credential leading to employment and career advancement, and
• basic automotive services provided to the community.

Year-round career exploration, hands-on training and interest building in automotive and transportation technology fields for middle school, high school through college entry. Includes after school camps, summer automotive and STEM camps, high school camps for college credit, car clubs, college wrap around services for successful entry, persistence and completion of the program.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Over two-thirds of MATC students receive financial aid, scholarships and/or grants. Without this assistance, many MATC students would not be able to continue their education. A few options:

With Division I and Division II athletic teams starting Fall 2018, donors can contribute to athletic scholarships.

As industry is interested in growing their future workforce, some corporations or individuals are interested in starting industry-specific or names scholarships.

As a tribute to someone, a named scholarship is a way to memorialize their accomplishments with an endowed fund. Call our office to discuss how this may be an option for you or your family member.

Many more opportunities to contribute!

Population(s) Served

Program and scholarship support needed to increase numbers of early childhood educators and to elevate the profession's knowledge base for positive impact on the lives of the children of Milwaukee.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

The high cost of equipment, supplies and materials expenses not covered by most scholarships can
derail an education, sometimes from the beginning. This fund removes those barriers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Students
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics, Economically disadvantaged people, Adults, Incarcerated people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

56% of the student body are persons of color.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Founded in 1979, the MATC Foundation is a nonprofit organization raising funds for:
-student scholarships (for specific programs or academic pathways e.g. STEM, Business, Human Service, Creative Arts, Healthcare, or Fire, Police, Nursing, Paralegal, Accounting, Dental Assistant, etc.; specific support for Healthcare Heroes, single parents, Promise program, DACA+, completion, equity, non-traditional workforce, more)
-emergency grants (digital divide, basic needs)
-MATC educational program innovations (Uniquely Abled Academy for CNC, Dual Enrollment Academy for HVAC, career exposure camps for 7-12 grade, Gap Year program, additional college student success supports - student advising, skills and retention coaches, capacity building, naming, industry lab or program expansions, location expansions, etc.)
We are happy to connect alumni and donors who give to support equity of opportunity to higher education.
We work with partners, foundations and corporations, or individuals to strengthen support for the workforce pipeline needs of the community.

Specific categories of goals for the college which MATC Foundation supports include:
1. Student Experience, Supports and Success
2. Retention and Strengthening Talent Pipeline with Relevant Skill Building, Program Innovation
3. Organizational Excellence and Environmental Sustainability
4. Equity and Community Impact
5. Building Partnerships and Collaboration

Student success can be achieved by:
-providing scholarship through developing donor interest and passion
-providing support for guided pathways for career interest development
-retention and completion initiatives
-addressing equity and achievement gaps with focused resources, supports
-employee development to positively impact results
-establishing a culture of giving and alumni participation to support future alumni
-assisting with job placement after college completion
-business and community engagement
-marketing to assist to make the case for giving now to impact student success, and for the future to continue positive results.

The MATC Foundation has existed since 1979 and has successfully raised funds to support college programs and students. This history has built year after year on our efforts.

As a college, we have been rethinking our systems to best serve our students. Our five-year Guided Pathways systems transformation has been a college-wide effort to build on best practices, reinvent student-facing systems for impact and efficiency, infrastructure improvements including technology upgrades, adding wraparound services, additional counseling student touch points and more. All departments including the MATC Foundation have been involved in this fundamental shift of how we work to build on current capabilities. Resources and personnel are dedicated to creating positive student outcomes.

Individual and industry-area student financial supports are necessary to provide scholarship for students who are struggling to realize their dream of completing a college education. The MATC Foundation is scaling up staff to continue to increase this impact. Historically, the Promise launch campaign was successful and the Promise endowment campaign along with other fundraising efforts should be well-positioned to help the college to meet student needs through philanthropic dollars.

Last year, $2,998,600+ for scholarships was awarded to 2,404 students and $315,842 was given for emergency student assistance.

Although there have been increases, there is a great deal of unmet need and not every student who applies is eligible for scholarships for scholarships and emergency assistance. There is unmet need in every program at MATC. There is also a need to endow the MATC Promise providing last dollar student support after financial aid is applied for eligible new high school graduates and for returning adult students.

With workforce shortages, there is increasing interest from industry in doing more workforce, education infrastructure investment, program innovation and scholarship support to secure their future workforce in establishing the career pathway to technical fields and mid-skill, in-demand fields through partnerships with MATC Foundation.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Milwaukee Area Technical College Foundation, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 04/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chantel Byrd

Vice President of Shared Services, Veolia

Julianna (Julie) Ebert

Vice President, MATC Foundation Board; Retired Partner, Attorney, Quarles and Brady LLP

Dave Megna

Vice President, MATC Foundation Board; Vice President Wisconsin Field Operations, WEC Energy Group

Matthew (Matt) Partridge

Treasurer, MATC Foundation Board; Vice President of Finance, Ambulatory and Ancillary Services, Froedtert Health

Jamie Berger

Secretary, MATC Foundation Board; Owner, The Box MKE

Kamal Bansal

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Vice President of Engineering, Northwestern Mutual

Carlo Cervantes

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Human Resources Business Partner, Stella & Chewy's

Jim Cosco

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Vice President Global Quality, Harley-Davidson Motor Company

Mona Fowler

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Executive Development Director, Molson Coors Beverage Company

Eugene (Gene) A. Gilchrist, Ph.D.

Director, MATC Foundation Board; CEO, Stay Clean

Viola (Vi) Hawkins

Director, MATC Foundation Board; MATC Alumna and Community Leader

Jaime Hurtado

Director, MATC Foundation Board; President and Founder, Insulation Technologies Inc. (INTEC)

Susan Lubar

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Founder and President, Growing Minds, Inc.

Tracy Luber

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Regional Economic Development Director, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Emily R. Phillips

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Financial Advisor & SVP The Phillips Ristau Group, Baird

Timothy (Tim) Smith

Director, MATC Foundation Board; Retired, Managing Director, The Pfister Hotel and Saint Kate The Arts Hotel (both of Marcus Hotels & Resorts)

Vicki Martin, Ph.D.

Ex-Officio Director, MATC Foundation Board; President, MATC

Erica Case

MATC District Board Liaison; Head of Human Resources, The LiveWire Group, Inc.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/5/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/27/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.