Aurora Health Care donating $10 million toward community health initiatives
Community organizations invited to apply for funding assistance

Freeman Staff

Dec. 10, 2014

MILWAUKEE - Aurora Health Care has announced a supplemental, one-time contribution of $10 million to expand and enhance community health and wellness programs in eastern Wisconsin.

The initiative, named the “Better Together Fund,” will support the expansion of primary care and behavioral health services, as well as sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and treatment programs.

“As a nonprofit organization and a leader in health care in our state, we believe in reinvesting to create better access points to health care for all and addressing these issues of greatest need,” said Nick Turkal, CEO of Aurora Health Care.

Aurora is establishing a charitable fund at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and, in partnership with the foundation, will facilitate grant-making over time using those funds. Beginning today, Aurora is inviting eastern Wisconsin federally qualified community health centers, free clinics and sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and treatment programs to submit  proposals for funding consideration.

“Aurora’s never shied away from difficult conversations and community concerns; we take on tough issues and work to find solutions to problems, as we’re doing here with the creation of the Better Together initiative,” Turkal said. “It is vital for folks in our community - regardless of income - to have access to the care they need, when they need it. This $10 million gift to the community will create additional access points to help address these key, critical needs.”

“Aurora Heath Care is a leader in this state, and we’re very pleased that they’ve chosen the Greater Milwaukee Foundation as their partner in philanthropy,” said Ellen M. Gilligan, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. “For nearly 100 years, we have helped our donors fulfill their charitable wishes for a stronger community, and we are committed to supporting Aurora’s effort to have the greatest impact on the health of our region.”

Qualified community organizations are invited to learn more about the Better Together initiative and to apply for funding consideration at