List: Local Relief Funds Collecting Donations

There are a lot of Milwaukee businesses who could use help right now.

Many core businesses and staples of Milwaukee have had to close as life has been put on hold due to COVID-19.

For those who are in the position to donate, there are multiple relief funds to consider. 

Following are local relief funds accepting donations. 


ABV, El Jefe, Cafe Grace Hourly Staff Not Working

Donations will go to the staff and keeping curbside pick up running.

Amilinda Pay It Forward

Donations will go to providing hospitality and service industry workers that have been affected by COVID-19 with meals.

Ashling Employee Fund

Donations will go to Ashling’s staff.

The Bartolotta Restaurants Employee Support Fund

Donations will go to supporting Bartolotta’s family of employees.

Blackbird Staff Relief Fund

Donations will be dispersed to the staff.

Boone & Crockett Employee Relief Fund

Donations will be distributed evenly between employees.

Team Burnhearts

Donations will go to the staff.

Cactus Club and Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to the employees and keeping the business afloat.

Ca’Lucchenzo Employee Fund

Donations will go to paying their employees and ensuring Ca’Lucchenzo can reopen once this is behind us.

Company Brewing Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to taking care of their staff’s financial well being.

County Clare Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to their employees.

The D.I.X. Bartenders Digital Tip Jar

Donations will go directly to support staff.

Duke’s and Scooters Employee Tip Jar

Donations will go to the staff. Donations of certain amounts will also be given gift certificates.

Explorium Brewpubs Virtual Tip Bucket

Donations will go to provide their staff with financial support.

Finks Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to provide support and relief for employees.

Fuel Cafe Center Street Staff Relief

Donations will go to staff in its entirety.

Goodkind Staff Relief Fund

Donations will go to support Goodkind’s staff.

Great Lakes Distillery Bartender Tip Relief

Donations will go to bar staff and be distributed fairly based on each staff’s normal amount of hours worked.

Harbor Room Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to Harbor Room’s employees.

Harp-Trinity-Vagabond Tip Jar

Donations will go to the staff. With each donation, donors will get a free patch. For larger donation amounts, there is an incentive list for different levels of donations.

High Dive Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to High Dive’s staff.

Highbury Pub Milwaukee

Donations will go to tip Highbury’s bartenders.

Hooligans Bar Milwaukee Employees Fund

Donations will be shared equally among Hooligan’s staff.

Hospitality Democracy Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to provide financial support to their team until they can reopen.

Landmark Lanes Staff Relief Fund

Donations will go to Landmark’s bartenders and staff.

Laundry Service for Those in Need Due to COVID-19 (washbnb)

Donations will go to providing subsidized or no-cost laundry services to low-income, elderly, immunocompromised and other high-risk individuals during the pandemic.

Lost Whale

Donations will go to sustaining their staff during these hard times.

Masks for Milwaukee’s First Responders

Donations will go to provide Mara Vignjevic of Mara’s Sewing House with the supplies she needs to make masks for Milwaukee’s first responders and keep up with the demand she has received for masks. Vignjevic has been donating masks to those in need completely free of charge. 

Milwaukee Comedy and The Laughing Tap

Donating to Milwaukee Comedy and The Laughing Tap consists of paying it forward by pre-purchasing tickets for future shows or sending a donation to help keep the businesses running. 

Milwaukee Musician Relief Fund Amid COVID-19

Donations will go to Milwaukee musicians impacted by COVID-19.

MKE Artist Relief Fund

Donations will benefit Milwaukee artists that have been financially impacted during this trying time.

MKE FUND

Donations support Milwaukee County businesses. 

Milwaukee Synagogue’s Food Pantry

Donations will support efforts to deliver food to the elderly. 

The Miramar Theatre and Employees Relief Fund

Donations will go to keeping the business afloat and providing for staff.

Nail Bar Milwaukee Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to the Nail Bar Milwaukee team.

Newport’s Family Fundraiser

Donations will go to Newport’s staff who are indefinitely out of work.

Odd Duck Restaurant Virtual Tip Jar

Donations will go to supporting Odd Duck’s staff through a virtual tip jar.

Paulina Esthetics Boutique

Donations will go to helping fund the staff and the business for another month.

Help Polished Nail Bar Staff During COVID-19

Donations will be evenly distributed between Polished’s staff. 

Puddlers Hall Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to helping Puddler’s employees pay their bills during the COVID-19 closures.

Red Rock & McGillycuddy’s Virtual Tip Bucket

Donations will go to supporting staff who are out of work.

Revel Bar Virtual Tip Jar for Staff Relief

Donations will go to supporting Revel’s staff through a virtual tip jar.

Riverwest Public House Relief Fund

Donations will go to ensuring the reopening of their doors and supporting their beloved staff.

Rogues Gallery x Elwood’s Staff Relief Tip Jar

Donations will go to supporting their staff through a virtual tip jar.

Sabbatic Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to take care of their “kick-ass staff.”

Save This Is It!

Donations will go to covering expenses so they are able to reopen.

SERVE-TASTE-GIVE (Relief Fund for Milwaukee Restaurants Edition)

Donations will go to ensuring that restaurants during this crisis are able to continue paying rent and support their employees.

Sherman Phoenix

Donations will go to provide its 27 small businesses with the necessary funds they need during this crucial time.

Sip & Purr Cat Cafe – Sponsor a Cat Fund

Donations will go to caring for the cats and their cat lounge during this unprecedented time.

S.O.S. Milwaukee (Save Our Spots)

Donations will go to supporting treasured Milwaukee restaurants during this difficult time.

Staff of Standard and Stella’s vs. COVID-19

Donations will go to easing the financial burden placed on their staff.

Stonetender Tip Relief Fund

Donations will go entirely to the Stonetender staff.

Strange Town Business/Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to immediate relief for Strange Town’s staff.

Stubby’s Virtual Tip Jar

Donations will go to Stubby’s staff while they cannot work.

Support Spire Fitness COVID-19 Relief in Milwaukee

Donations will go to supporting Spire Fitness in Milwaukee.

The Tandem

Donations will go to providing meals for those in need.

Thanking Milwaukee’s Healthcare Workers

Donations will go to help fund local businesses such as coffee shops and restaurants to provide meals and caffeine to healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tip MKE

Tip MKE is a resource that allows individuals to search for their favorite local businesses and provide them with tips digitally.

Tonic Bartender Relief Fund

Donations will be divided between tonic’s employees to provide them with relief.

Up and Under Bartenders Relief Fund

Donations will go to help Up and Under’s employees.

The Vanguard Staff Relief Fund

Donations will be split between Vanguard’s employees.

Velobahn Coffee; Support the Ones that Serve You

Donations will go to help offset the cost of rent, loans and utilities.

Von Trier Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to support their servers and bartenders.

Walker’s Point Music Hall Employee Relief Fund

Donations will go to providing relief for their staff.

Support the Milwaukee Westin Staff

Donations will go to supporting the staff of the Westin, may of which have been laid off.

Who’s/Oak/Cantina Crew Tip Jar

Donations will go to the front of the house tipped staff and the kitchen staff. Donations of certain levels will include gift incentives.

Help X-Ray Arcade Through Pandemic

Donations will go to help alleviate its staff’s difficult financial position during COVID-19. 

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Allie is an Editorial Intern at Milwaukee Magazine. She is a senior at UW-Milwaukee studying Creative Writing and Journalism. You can follow her on Instagram at @alliehabck