WHAT WE DO

 

The Argosy Foundation emphasizes process in structuring its partnerships. We have a due-diligence approach that looks for the most effective, leveraged means of making charitable investments.

We pursue partners and programs that show special ability to not only add value to a field, but also may contain features or provide learning applicable to other philanthropic endeavors. Our role as a partner is to maximize the likelihood of success, as well as gain knowledge and best practice information that can be made available to others. We believe every program is a learning experience.

As a private family foundation, we try to address needs that are less likely to be addressed by governments or public foundations, in a way that may be difficult or impossible for other support/grantor organizations to provide.

The Argosy Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. The Foundation may not respond to materials sent without explicit request.

While the Foundation does not operate with concrete program categories, there are commonly understood areas to which Argosy currently directs the majority of its support.

 

 

PUBLIC/SOCIETY BENEFITS 

 

Argosy provides program and project support to community-focused organizations as they complete civic improvement projects and develop their IT systems and infrastructure.  We also support research projects into municipal issues, to help organizations realize their mission and more effectively and efficiently address the challenges facing our communities. 


Read about some of our many partnerships in this area:

Common Good

King Street Center

Law Students for Reproductive Justice

Milwaukee Local Initiative Support Corporation

Vermont Foodbank

INTERNATIONAL/FOREIGN AFFAIRS

 

Argosy partners with several organizations with international missions. We provide program and project support, as well as resources for staff, IT and infrastructure development. Our partners operate in communities all over the world, providing relief and resources to communities and individuals in need, as well as advocating on behalf of human rights and respect for all.


Current partner highlight:

Lambi Fund of Haiti

HUMAN SERVICES

 

Argosy supplies resources to aid in general operating expenses, development and implementation of outcomes studies, capacity building initiatives, IT advancements and staff development for human service organizations. We also support programming in a variety of areas including aid for the homeless, hunger relief, community engagement initiatives, education and youth services. We partner with organizations that operate locally and nationally.


Read about some of our many partnerships in this area

Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neuroscience

King Street Center

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Population Media Center

Vermont Foodbank 

HEALTH

 
Argosy makes charitable investments in health-related institutions and programs, as well as capacity building and infrastructure development grants. We support programs in health education, research and relief, sponsor fundraising and advocacy events and help to fund community service projects. Our partners address an array of health issues and operate locally, nationally and internationally.


Read about some of our many partnerships in this area:

Hyman-Newman Institute for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Nursing Students for Choice

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Population Media Center

ENVIRONMENT

 
Argosy supports diverse programs that engage in research, advocacy and action on behalf of the environment both locally and nationally. Some programs educate the public about local environmental resources, the threats to them and steps that can be taken to save them. Others promote research and dissemination of new technologies or best practices in environmental sustainability and conservation. Argosy invests in initiatives that champion environmentally friendly practices, such as sustainable design and the use of new technologies, within organizations. We support collaborations among environmental advocacy groups and help them develop their infrastructures so they can more efficiently and effectively pursue their missions.

EDUCATION

 

Argosy education-related support includes scholarship funds, development of innovative learning programs in partnership with educational institutions, capacity-building, infrastructure and staff development. We support programs within schools and higher education institutions, themselves, as well as independent, 501 (c)3 organizations that advocate for education improvement locally and nationally. 


Read about some of our many partnerships in this area:

Berea College

Beyond Benign

Catching the Dream

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Harvard University's Good Collaboration Project

Nursing Students for Choice

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Schools That Can Milwaukee

 

ARTS, CULTURE & HUMANITIES

 

The Argosy Foundation supports the arts in a variety of ways. We provide capacity building investments for arts and arts advocacy organizations to help them improve infrastructure, grow promising programs and more fully realize their mission. We support the production and exhibition of artistic work in a variety of media and venues. We support art education programs that introduce and cultivate the next generation of artists and art appreciators.


Read about some of our many partnerships in this area like:

Milwaukee Film 

How we work

 

What types of projects does the Argosy Foundation support? 

The Argosy Foundation engages in process-based support.  Foundation Trustees look for projects that add value to a field and also may contain features applicable to other philanthropic programs, such as innovative learning methods, assessment strategies, simplified documentation techniques, etc.  We look for leverage in everything we do; every program is a learning experience.  Our role as a partner with the grantee is to maximize the likelihood of success, as well as gain knowledge and best practice information that can be made available to others.  As a private family foundation, we try to address needs that are less likely to be addressed by governments or public foundations, in a way that may be difficult or impossible for other support/grantor organizations to provide. While the Foundation does not operate with concrete program categories, there are certain areas to which Argosy currently directs the bulk of its funding.  They include, but are not limited to, education, arts and culture, health and human services, and the environment.


I understand that Argosy does not accept unsolicited proposals. Do you have suggestions where I might look elsewhere for funding? 

Visit the Foundation Center's web site at http://www.foundationcenter.org, which provides access to private foundation information and various other resources for grant seekers. 


Does the Argosy Foundation provide non-financial support?

Yes, the Argosy Foundation also supports organizations and projects as a consultant, researcher and convener.  Click here to find Argosy research related to various initiatives.  


Who makes funding decisions at the Argosy Foundation? 

All funding is solely at the discretion of the Trustees. 


Where is the Argosy Foundation located? 

The headquarters of the Argosy Foundation is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Does the Foundation have geographic limits on its funding? 

Not necessarily, but much of the giving reflects areas that are familiar to the Trustees.


Where can I find answers to my specific questions? 

Please use the Contact form at the bottom of this page. We welcome your feedback, and our staff would be happy to answer questions.


Does the Foundation give grants to individuals? 

Grants can only be awarded to 501(c) 3 public charities and schools. 


Does the Argosy Foundation have deadlines for proposals? 

There are no set timelines for reviewing proposals that Argosy has solicited (Argosy does not accept unsolicited proposals). Each Trustee makes his/her own decisions on an individual basis and at their discretion.


What is the significance of the Foundation's name? 

The significance of the name is not the typical usage of the word (nor how it is regularly used by Shakespeare).   The root means, literally, 'boat'.   Later the word came to be associated with an early form of venture capital - invest in people, capital, and tools, send them on a boat to some presumably resource-rich destination, and hope they hit pay dirt.  The sense in which we mean it for the Foundation is most analogous to the Argonauts in Greek mythology - a heroic task (or problem) being effectively solved through an extraordinary collaboration of diversely skilled adventurers, (or staffed) by the most effective and appropriate people (notably Hercules and Jason, in this case) equipped with exactly the right resources (boat by Athena, etc.).


What is the significance of the Argosy logo? 

The logo is a Fibonacci Spiral representing a numeric pattern – a “dynamic balance” – that is useful in mathematics and manifests itself throughout nature and art. The logo is a representation of our search for the best possible, most elegant and efficient solutions to challenges that affect our world. The spiral is also a reminder to us that solutions to problems can apply across disciplines and in unexpected ways.

 

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