stronger Madison for ALL


was created in the mid 1990′s in response to the unmet social, academic and spiritual needs of Madison’s at-risk and disenfranchised Black community. For thirty years, Nehemiah has focused on empowering children, youth and families through culturally relevant educational and social service support programs. Nehemiah staff have served and empowered thousands of participants who are now living healthier and happier lives.

We know that addressing the harmful effects of racism on health and well-being is not the work of those who suffer from them. In 2015, the Nehemiah story opened a new chapter of its efforts – through the Justified Anger Initiative. This work has engaged thousands of our non-Black allies in addressing racism by understanding and seeking to change the systems that hold it in place.


Our Mission

There is a need and desire for community that supports the health and well-being of all its membersNehemiah’s primary focus is on strengthening our Black community. Our staff cultivates character, leadership, and economic development for the Black community through culturally grounded programs. Our Justified Anger initiative works to eliminate racial disparities by engaging non-Black allies to build relationships, understand systems and implement innovative solutions.


Our Values

Connecting with people through meaningful relationships

Rebuilding the cultural and spiritual identity of those we serve

Respecting the inherent worth and value of each person

Serving with cultural awareness and competency

Honoring the wisdom and leadership within the community

We are an organization:

That is faith-based- recognizing the inherent God-given worth and talent in each person

That develops leaders- seeing and shaping the potential in those not often seen as leaders

With a unique staff and approach to community development – using the expertise of culturally competent staff who have walked in the shoes of those we serve

That serves all people but focuses on strengthening the Black community – empowering them to become those who contribute to the health and betterment of our community

That listens to and learns from the community – who has invited our presence and programs

Be an agent of change, today.

Our vision is to engage the greater Madison community to empower African American individuals, families, and communities to bring about hope, transformation, and justice. We need your involvement!