Brico Fund seeks a Wisconsin in which the full citizenry is engaged and involved in their communities, strengthening the human and natural environments for future generations.
Brico Fund’s investments are guided by these overlapping core beliefs:
Through dynamic approaches, Brico Fund builds the collective capacity of people and organizations to actively and sustainably improve the civic, cultural and natural environments.
Geographic Focus: Most of our grants support organizations in Wisconsin, with a majority of our resources spent locally in Milwaukee and southeast Wisconsin. Brico Fund considers requests from national organizations or place-based organizations in different locales only if the funding request relates strategically to priorities in southeast Wisconsin.
Brico is short for Bricolage, a French word meaning “do it yourself.” A Bricolage is also a type of fairy tale in which the hero doesn’t always know what the outcome of his/her actions will be, but nevertheless chooses to move forward. A classic Bricolage is the story of Puss in Boots, where Puss parlays a situation he finds himself in to reach a goal.
“Dear me ... of what use is a cat? If you will give me a pair of boots, I will soon show you”
The story of Puss ‘n Boots is a good analogy of the evolution of Lynde B. Uihlein’s work as a philanthropist. With the creation of The Brico Fund in 1989, Ms. Uihlein had specific and immediate goals in mind and chose to move ahead, not knowing what the long-term outcomes would be. Like Puss, The Brico Fund uses tools it has available to advance its mission, to take risks and to not fear failure.