August 22, 2023 - Associated Bank’s seven colleague resource groups (CRGs) recently presented $5,000 to the organization of their choice as part of the Associated Bank Foundation CRG Impact Grant. 


Recipient organizations or funded programming are all Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) eligible, meaning they support low- to moderate- income constituents and communities, or small businesses with revenue less than $1 million. In addition to the grant, the CRGs will volunteer at least 20 hours with the organizations during 2023.  


“This grant allows our colleagues to support their passions and work to drive greater awareness and address the unique needs of women, veterans, the LGBTQ+ community, future leaders, people of color and people with disabilities,” said LaDonna Reed, Director of Community Accountability, Associated Bank.  

The seven organizations include:  


  • ALIVE Milwaukee, an organization that focuses on preparing students for independence in both their personal and work lives by providing on-site training as well as community integrated vocational experiences.  
  • The Black Star Project, an educational nonprofit reform organization committed to improving academic and economic prosperity in Black and Latinx communities through a variety of educational economic empowerment programs, workshops and events. 
  • Center for Veteran Issues, Inc., a non-profit that provides housing and supportive services to help improve the quality of life for ALL Veterans, their families and the communities in which they live and serve. 
  • Courage MKE, a collaborative movement fueled by their commitment to inclusion across race, gender, orientation, identity, age and experiences to provide over $17,000 in scholarships to youth across the state and open Wisconsin’s first home for displaced LGBTQ+ youth.   
  • The Women’s Center of Waukesha, a domestic violence service organization that plays an influential role in helping communities. The organization aims to provide safety, shelter and support to empower all impacted by domestic abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and trafficking.    
  • Project Kindred, a youth development organization dedicated to disrupting the cycle of segregation through transformative learning experiences. They provide countless opportunities to unite the city’s young people for them to become empowered future leaders.   
  • Broadscope Disability Services, a disability services and support organization that serves thousands of people with disabilities and their families and assists individuals with disabilities to obtain employment and live independently.  


“We are proud to partner with these influential organizations who are making a difference in our communities and further volunteer with them where our assistance is needed most,” said Reed.