CUNA Doubles Down on Its Commitment to Equity
Close to 30 organizations including the Urban League of Greater Madison and the Center for Black Excellence and Culture among organizations to receive investment dollars.
Architect’s rendition of The Center for Black Excellence and Culture
Architect’s rendition of the Urban League of Greater Madison’s Architect’s rendition of The Center for Black Excellence and Culture Black Business Hub
MADISON, Wis. – In an unprecedented move, CUNA Mutual Group’s Foundation voted to invest more than $4 million in local non-profits focused on equity. A significant portion of those funds will go to organizations in south Madison. In addition to organizations based in south Madison, investments were awarded to organizations focused on economic security and education.
A total of 28 organizations were awarded funds. Nine organizations are located on Madison’s south side. The Urban League of Greater Madison (ULGM) and the Center for Black Excellence and Culture (The Center) will each receive $1 million. These are the largest single-year awards ever distributed by CUNA Mutual’s Foundation.
“The CUNA Mutual Foundation puts equity into action. Not only are we inspired by the vision for ULGM’s The Black Business Hub (The Hub) and The Center, but we’re honored to stand alongside community organizations doing the same in very powerful ways,” said Alexzandra Shade, director of corporate social responsibility for CUNA Mutual.
“We are very motivated by the investment made by the CUNA Mutual Foundation. Over the years there has been an under-investment in south Madison,” said ULGM President and CEO, Dr. Ruben Anthony. “These donations show that south Madison is worthy of significant investments. It also proves CUNA Mutual’s support for the south Madison renaissance. This investment will lead to The Hub and other economic and cultural infrastructure. This will be a gift that keeps on giving for decades to come.”
Dr. Alex Gee, founder and CEO of The Center said, “The south side of Madison is home to our city’s oldest Black neighborhoods and is rich in Black history, innovation and beauty. By investing in south Madison and its cultural legacy, CUNA Mutual’s Foundation is helping to preserve and strengthen our Black culture and sense of home in our city. The Center will provide the foundation in south Madison and across the region for the Black community to connect, lead and thrive.”