History

In 2016, we're celebrating 38 years as the premier resource for philanthropy in Wisconsin.

Take a look at our last 38 years and how far we’ve come.

 

1978

Foundation Forum Incorporates under the volunteer leadership of Richard Yeo

1987

Connie Bach is appointed as paid part-time Executive Director

1991

Foundation Forum changes its name to Donors Forum of Wisconsin (DFW)

1993

DFW joins the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers

1998

DFW under goes first strategic plan

1999

DFW opens a public office and hires first full-time executive, Deborah Fugenschuh

2000

DFW convenes first statewide conference on philanthropy; Releases first Wisconsin Giving Report

2001

DFW staff numbers three and expands services statewide

2002

The Wisconsin Community Foundation Division is created; lead the country in U.S. National Standards and Wisconsin Peer Review for Community Foundations

2003

Hosts state and national Wisconsin Grantmaker’s day at the capital

2004

Launches the Wisconsin Intergenerational Transfer of Wealth Research

2011

Statewide Conference theme becomes VIEWPOINTS

2014

Jill Van Calster is appointed President and CEO, effective January 2, 2014.

2015

DFW changes its name to Wisconsin Philanthropy Network (WPN). Wisconsin Philanthropy Network more fully expresses our mission and vision for the future without deviating from the values and principles that our organization has embraced over the past 37 years.

WPN launches its Endow Wisconsin Initiative

2016

Home office moved to Brookfield, WI.