About the Program

The OWN IT: Building Black Wealth program is a collaboration among Madison-area professionals in the real estate, banking, and financial industries. Our mission is to empower, educate, and guide Black and brown families in building wealth through education and real estate homeownership.

In collaboration with our partners, we offer an education program that provides people of color with the knowledge and support to make homeownership a reality. And we’ve developed a down payment grants program without many of the restrictions that can complicate home buying.

Team Members

Our team formed around a common goal: to empower, educate, and guide communities of color towards homeownership, wealth, and financial freedom. We acknowledge the systemic racism embedded within the financial systems, practices, and policies related to real estate. We are committed to exposing and eradicating these barriers, and educating the public about the importance of reversing the enduring impacts of racial discrimination in Madison.

The Advisory Team leads the direction of the program and members of our working groups have contributed greatly to the development of the education program and down payment program.

Meet team members »


Throughout the startup and pilot phase of the program, we have relied almost entirely on a volunteer workforce. We are extremely grateful for the generous contributions of time and expertise from course instructors, staff from our partner organizations, Advisory Team members, working group contributors, and all our passionate volunteers.

If you would like to contribute your time and expertise to this project, learn about volunteer opportunities and community support options.