• Hurricane Matthew hits the U.S.

    Hurricane Matthew has already begun to barrel down on parts if the U.S. We wanted to share several resources. First, here are several Center for Disaster Philanthropy resources that may be useful to you: The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook – this resource is always available to assist funders with a host of strategies that funders can […]

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  • Trends Among Family Foundations Released

    As the philanthropic world evolves, there are some interesting trends in family foundations. The number of foundations is growing, giving is growing, and the impact made by family philanthropists is growing. According to the recent 2015 Trends Study conducted by the Urban Institute and the National Center for Family Philanthropy, a review of a representative […]

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  • ​Top Trends Among Women in Philanthropy

    With the release of the study “How and Why Women Give 2015” from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, a focus on the philanthropic efforts of women is at an all-time high. In response to the study, Kiersten Marek of Inside Philanthropy notes several emerging trends in women and philanthropy. While 2016 is well underway, these trends […]

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  • ​Embrace Failure, Cultivate Change

    We all can learn from our mistakes, but publicly acknowledging them is often a different story. More and more organizations, such as the the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, are coming forward and “embracing their failures” in an effort to bring about real and substantial change to organizational practice, strategies, grantmaking, and overall impact. Rick […]

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  • ​Understanding the Differences in Corporate Giving

    Why is it possible to find 990 information on some corporations’ giving programs and not others? Why is it easy to find giving guidelines for certain businesses and virtually none for others? The answers to these questions and others may lie in what type of giving program a particular corporation maintains. Do they have a […]

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  • Foundations are Using Alternative Approaches to Investing

    This past July, the Council on Foundations and the Commonfund Institute released their collaborative study examining foundation perspectives and practices of responsible investing. Foundations are looking for new ways to invest in their communities and considering alternative approaches to managing their endowments. Elizabeth Krempley, Director of Communications at the Council on Foundations, points to the […]

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  • Endow Wisconsin Initiative Reaches New Milestone

    Shelli Marquardt, President of the Waukesha County Community Foundation, Curt Detjen, President of the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, Caty Bulgrin and Jill Van Calster met with Governor Walker regarding the possibility of getting the Endow Wisconsin Tax Credit included in the upcoming biennial budget. At the end of the meeting, Governor Walker stated that he supports […]

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  • Enhancing Philanthropic Impact through Collaboration

    Collaboration in philanthropy isn’t always easy. However, as Neera Nundy, co-founder and partner at Dasra, and Ann Paisley Chandler, a frequent contributor to philanthropic journalism, point out in their thoughts on collective impact in the Stanford Social Innovation Review(SSIR), it is not only possible but also necessary. Wisconsin Philanthropy Network invites you to explore the […]

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  • New Super-rich Generation to Receive Largest Wealth Transfer

    Quentin Fottrell, in MSN’s MarketWatch, noted that, according to “Preparing for Tomorrow: A Report on Family Wealth Transfers,” ultra high net worth individuals will transfer nearly $4 trillion to the next generation in the next ten years. With this transfer already underway, and with “succession and inheritance issues” noted as being the greatest concern for […]

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  • Herb Kohl Philanthropies to fund all Wisconsin teacher requests on DonorsChoose.org

    According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Wisconsin teachers who posted a request for their classrooms on the education crowdfunding site DonorsChoose.org will have woken up to a pleasant surprise this Tuesday morning. Every single request solicited by a Wisconsin educator on DonorsChoose.org has been fully funded by the charitable group Herb Kohl Philanthropies, which is […]

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