Daniel Bader

Founding CEO, Helen Bader Foundation

Daniel Bader was the founding CEO of the Helen Bader Foundation in 1992. He works closely with the Board of Directors to set the organizational direction and long-term strategies which guide the Foundation’s goals and culture. He serves on several local, national and global boards and committees which broaden his perspective on how the Foundation can transform lives though its grantmaking, program related investments and convenings. Dan’s board appointments include: Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Relief International and Rogers Behavioral Health System. Among his private sector directorships, he is a director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., a Milwaukee-based private equity firm that invests in mature businesses in low-to-moderate income communities. He has also served as a director of a number of emerging technology and life science firms, and he is currently a director of Materia, Inc., a Pasadena, California-based advanced catalyst company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2006, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conferred an honorary doctor of humane letters degree in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life in the city. In 2019, Cardinal Stritch University conferred a doctor of humane letters, honoris causa degree, in recognition of his daily commitment to active engagement and an enduring investment in educational and social justice programs that cultivate the minds and hearts of all people.

Contributions

A Donor’s Passion Leads to a Family Foundation’s Mission

Posted on March 2, 2011 by Daniel Bader

“When we started the foundation in the early ‘90s, it was clear to us that a principal thing we wanted to do was to continue her work in the field of aging and specifically her work with patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Those were very clear paths for us – one of the first areas of interest at the foundation,”… Read More

Perpetuity is a Long Time

Posted on December 13, 2008 by Daniel Bader, Richard Moore

Most foundations are created in perpetuity, but a growing number are planning to sunset, most for family or program reasons. Some foundations feel strongly that they best serve society by continuing their work over the long haul. Some simply avoid discussing the issue… Read More