Social Responsibility

The MAD Initiative: Notre Dame School of Milwaukee


Jade Hendricks

AVP of Investor Operations

Through the Making a Difference (MAD) Initiative, MLG Capital is able to support the Notre Dame School of Milwaukee (NDSM), a K3-8 Catholic school sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. NDSM’s mission is to challenge students to reach their full potential, while empowering them to use their God-given gifts to transform the community. This mission is reinforced through their three guiding principles of respect, responsibility, and regalo or gift.

The history of this school started in 1996 when the School Sisters of Notre Dame created an all-girls middle school, focusing on giving educational opportunities to young girls in an expanding Latino community. To this day, their efforts are based on the needs of the community, while their focus stays on faith. After 17 years of growth and success, Notre Dame School of Milwaukee was able to open a primary school. Given the increase in quality education options in the area, the school soon began expanding quickly, going from 26 students in its inaugural year to 200 students in 2012.

Over time, the community requested a middle school for boys, and Notre Dame School of Milwaukee was able to address this need.  In 2018, they opened an all-boys middle school, keeping the single-gender approach intact. Today, NDSM is a three-campus institution located on the near southside of Milwaukee that has a co-ed primary school (Mother Caroline Campus), a girls middle school (Blessed Theresa Campus), and the newest addition of the boys middle school (Saint Florian Campus).  

Among the three campuses, today Notre Dame School of Milwaukee has an enrollment of 700 hardworking students. The majority of students at NDSM pursue higher education, with 99% of students graduating from high school and 90% enrolling in post-secondary education. Consistency is the key to this success: the daily attendance is 97% and 100% of parents attend parent-teacher conferences each year.

2023 NDSM Graduate and her younger sister, who is currently in the 8th grade.
2023 NDSM Graduate and her younger sister, who is currently in the 8th grade.

Notre Dame School of Milwaukee stands out as it ranks #1 in math proficiency among Milwaukee schools, serving a majority economically disadvantaged population. Because of all its growth and development, the school recently received Exemplary Recognition for Educating the Whole Child from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which acknowledges their partnership with families and their ability to provide their students with the best academic and extracurricular opportunities. The prosperity of this school would not be possible without their focus of community, family, and faith.

Patrick Landry, President of NDSM, said “NDSM is blessed to be a part of the MAD Initiative. There is something so special when a group of people, like MLG, wraps their arms around a school like ours, a school perhaps they did not attend nor did their children attend, but because of a belief that all children should have access to an excellent education. Thank you for ensuring that Notre Dame has the resources to help our children reach their future potential.”

Your contribution to the MAD Initiative can help Notre Dame School of Milwaukee continue its goal to educate and develop every student to the best of their ability through faith. To learn more about NDSM and the MAD initiative, visit our social responsibility page.

Jade Hendricks is an AVP of Investor Relations at MLG Capital, with a background in Wealth Management and Wealth Education. She’s a financial literacy advocate, gym enthusiast and lover of all things coffee. If you’re an accredited investor, invest with us.

The Charity is the beneficiary of the investor/donor’s investment in the applicable MLG Private Fund and subsequent donations under the MAD Initiative. This is not, and will not be, an offering of the Charity receiving the donation. The investor/donor’s ability to use charitable contributions as deductions against other income is dependent upon applicable income tax laws as well as the investor/donor’s personal tax situation. The investor/donor should consult with his, her or its own tax advisor regarding the income tax consequences of investing in the MLG Private Funds and the MAD Initiative.

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