Dear Friend of WISCAP,
More than 1 in 10 of our state’s residents live below the poverty line. The rate for children is even higher, exceeding 16%. Last year, a staggering 19,264 homeless kids were enrolled in Wisconsin’s public schools. In urban and rural communities alike, from factory closings to declining farm communities, Wisconsin has witnessed its share of economic and social challenges and unparalleled income disparities. As we approach 2019, the challenges are greater than ever with looming proposed budget cuts to Food Stamps, energy assistance, affordable housing, and other important anti-poverty programs.
Poverty is real in Wisconsin – but you can combat it. For over 40 years, the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) has been a catalyst for change and a vital part of the effort to help families escape poverty. WISCAP and our statewide network of community action agencies have always been there, providing immediate relief, while creating opportunities for families to attain economic security and advocating for meaningful public policies. Together we have,
• Advocated for state & federal legislation that protects & expands anti-poverty programs, like affordable housing, nutrition programs, education, and energy assistance.
• Provided services to 243,551 low-income individuals in 99,031 families.
• Helped low-income entrepreneurs in the Job & Business Development Program to prepare business plans & obtain financing to start 2,200 new businesses that created over 6,000 jobs.
You can help fight poverty in Wisconsin by supporting WISCAP and our four core focus areas: policy & advocacy, public education, research, and member services. Your contribution will help us push for responsible budgets and public policies; Your contribution will help us develop comprehensive anti-poverty legislation and raise public awareness and catalyze action; Your contribution will help support the annual Poverty Matters! Conference and publish the Wisconsin Poverty Report; and your contribution will provide us with resources to support our member agencies by providing trainings, securing new funding & promoting best practices.
WISCAP believes that all of us are vulnerable to poverty and that the costs and consequences have a significant impact on everyone, whether poor or not. Poverty matters, and we can do something about it. Donate today – and become part of “Wisconsin’s Poverty Fighting Network”!
You can make a financial contribution to WISCAP in two ways: ONLINE by visiting our website or if you prefer by MAIL by making a check out to “WISCAP” and mailing it to our address: 30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 406, Madison, WI 53703. WISCAP is a charitable organization that falls under section 501(c)(3) and therefore all donations are tax-deductible.
Brad Paul, Executive Director
Diana Austin, Director of Operations
Jonathan Bader, Director of Public Policy & Programs
Kassidy Berens, Communications Manager & Office Administrator