U.S. Venture Inc.

Ending Poverty

Challenge

To address the root causes of poverty and improve quality of life through collaboration and social innovation. 

Actions

U.S. Venture's Giving & Community Engagement department focuses on a number of intiatives that meets the needs of a diverse population through thought leadership and collaboration with community partners. Every summer the company hosts the U.S. Venture Open, the nation's single largest, one-day charity golf outing which has raised more than $42 million to end poverty in Northeast Wisconsin since its inception in 1986. The funds raised are administered by grant teams established at three local community foundations and are awared to nonprofits that collaborate to coordinate services for people in need. By focusing on economic stability, education, family support and social connectedness, and health and wellness, grant-making supports a variety of programs and initiatives that work to end poverty in diverse ways. 

Taking our mission across borders, U.S. Venture is the major supporter of a school in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya called VICODEC, proving education, nutrition, and medical care for students and their families. In this area of Kenya, around 57% of the population lives in poverty. We believe everyone has the right to receive an education and the support they need to change the trajectory of their lives. In addition to financial support, U.S. Venture sends team members to VICODEC each year for an immersive volunteer opportunity to experience the impact of giving firsthand. 

Outcomes

VICODEC: Educates more than 775 children and adults annually, provides medical care for 450 people monthly, and feeds 3,500 daily in six locations; 263 children currently sponsored through the U.S. Venture program. 

U.S. Venture Open: $42 million raised in 33 years of the event; $3.7 million granted in 2018; $26 million granted in 33 years; 200 non-profit organizations collaborating to end poverty; 500 partners. 

Contact

 Lori Hoersch: [email protected] 

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