HPGM Awarded $350K Grant from Bader Philanthropies to Support the Advancement of Latinos and Hispanics in the Region
Grant funds will support the building and execution of HPGM’s strategic plan over the next two years

MILWAUKEE – (December 19, 2022) – HPGM has been awarded a two-year, $350,000 grant from Bader Philanthropies, Inc. to assist with rebuilding capacity and the rollout of the organization’s new strategic plan.

As the non-profit emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, the grant funds will enable HPGM to hire critical staff, grow current and launch new programming, develop a formal outcome measurement system, as well as invest in technology to enhance services. By the end of the two-year grant period, HPGM plans to establish a new leadership program to help catapult Latinos and Hispanics into senior and executive positions, across sectors.

Historically receiving low amounts of philanthropic contributions, with less than .6% of overall giving dollars directly invested in the Latino population, this grant is transformative for HPGM and the local Latino community.

“This funding is the largest philanthropic investment we have received to date. We take the responsibility of increasing economic opportunities and representation for Latinos and Hispanics very seriously and are humbled by the confidence and trust Bader Philanthropies has placed in HPGM,” said Francesca Mayca Wegner, executive director for HPGM. “Latinos will account for 78% of new workers from 2020-2030 and already comprise a large majority of the higher-education pipeline. Therefore, these funds bring us one step closer to our vision for a Wisconsin where Latinos can reach their fullest potential for ourselves, our families, and our communities by helping nuestra gente build power, drive change, and generate wealth.”

Latinos and Hispanics were some of the most deeply impacted by the pandemic. According to Fortune, Latinas left work at the highest rate of any other demographic between 2020 to 2021, with 465,000 fewer Latinas in the labor force post-pandemic. As the leading resource for professional and academic achievement in Wisconsin, HPGM remains committed to connecting Latin@s with the network, insights and resources needed to advance to positions of power and influence.

“HPGM is emerging into a new chapter that will create opportunities for Latinos and Hispanics in Wisconsin,” said Brandon Wigley, program officer at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. “HPGM’s programs will help Latinos and Hispanics thrive and succeed as professionals, civic leaders and role models for the next generation.”


About HPGM

Founded in 2001, HPGM is a catalyst for professional and educational achievement for more than 2,000 Hispanic leaders and rising talent in Wisconsin. The non-profit’s culturally intentional approach supports employers with attracting, retaining, and advancing Latino talent while working to strengthen the talent pipeline in our state. Follow them on LinkedInInstagram, and Facebook