2019 Statewide Conference on Philanthropy
October 30, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Monona Terrace, Madison, WI


Morning Keynote:

Leslie R. Crutchfield, How Change Happens

In a “winners take all” world, donors who want to drive significant social and environmental impact must go beyond traditional charitable approaches. In the modern-day era of strategic philanthropy, donors expect the highest possible social return on their philanthropic gifts and investments by going beyond traditional charitable acts to work across sectors and leverage greater change. They understand that they need to fund movements and support communities in bottom-up change campaigns, not just underwrite programs. They fund and participate in cross-sector collaborations to advance larger causes and drive collective impact, and understand that change happens from the ground up, not the top down.

About Leslie R. Crutchfield
Leslie Crutchfield Author is a social change expert, educator, and executive director of Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative at the McDonough School of Business. Leslie is a leading authority on social movements, systems change, corporate social responsibility and shared value. Leslie’s latest book is the critically-acclaimed How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t (Wiley 2018).


Afternoon Keynote:

Tonya Allen, Radical Love: The Responsibility of Community Philanthropy in Advancing Social Equity

In recent years, advancing social equity has become a prevailing notion in philanthropy. While many have adopted this ambition, few have yet to address the inequities that exists within institutions and their grantmaking and partnership practices. Community philanthropy, however, is primed to lead the sector in this area. Community philanthropy works alongside citizens to build capacities, assets, and trust. And it possesses radical love, the courage to address inequities at their root by pursuing bold political, economic, and social reforms to alleviate ills. Tonya Allen, president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation, will share her insights as the leader of a children’s foundation that enlists partners from across multiple sectors, including community and youth, to ensure today’s children are positioned to lead us all into a more equitable future.

About Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen, serial “idea-preneur,” serves as the Skillman Foundation’s president & chief executive officer. Her two-decade-long career has centered on pursuing, executing and investing in ideas that improve her hometown of Detroit and reduce the plight of people, especially children, who live in under-resourced communities. In her current role, Allen aligns the complexities of education reform, urban revitalization, and public policy to improve the well-being of Detroit’s and the nation’s children. Allen has been instrumental in many successful philanthropic, government and community initiatives.


Morning Concurrent Sessions:

Building a Culture of Philanthropy One Brick at a Time

The most vibrant companies and communities embrace a culture of philanthropy. When you look up the definition of philanthropist in the Merriam Webster Dictionary, it states “one who makes an effort to promote human welfare.” Whether people give weekly to their church, send money to family living in another country, volunteer their time, or donate five dollars to a local nonprofit, they are a philanthropist. This session will demonstrate how everyone serves to benefit from a robust culture of philanthropy. Participants will come away with tips and ideas for building that culture of philanthropy within their organization and communities.

Best Practices for Building Trust and Minimizing Power Dynamics

For grantmakers, our richest learning often occurs when we sit side by side with grantees exploring, discovering and reflecting. We gain insights that defy our assumptions, fuel action and inform strategy. Deeper nonprofit relationships are powerful and, to be done well, require trust. These relationships can be fraught with challenges for all involved. Challenges include power dynamics that can silence voices, especially across differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age and other identities. In this session, participants will hear from funders and community organizations that are working to build strong, trusting relationships.

Just off the Interstate - Philanthropy in Rural WI

Why, in a 2017 article, did the Wall Street Journal declare that “Rural America is the New Inner City?” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wisconsin is a mostly rural state. What is the current situation? What is happening nationally and in Wisconsin? How can philanthropy play a role? Join us in this first discussion on rural philanthropy to hear from others in the field to explore the following: 1) a situational overview of rural America and Wisconsin; 2) cases and lessons from rural philanthropy at work in Wisconsin; and 3) a conversation on possible future WPN programming related to rural philanthropy. All pre-registered attendees will receive their own county’s data and health profile prepared by WPN.


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions:

Next Generation Leadership

Times are changing fast. Are you keeping up? Pick up any copy of the Chronicle of Philanthropy and you will see articles about generational change, new forms of philanthropy, disruptive technology, etc. The Foundation world is fortunate to have a new generation of creative and dedicated professionals who will ensure philanthropy continues to be a vibrant force in our changing society. Come and hear from a panel of next generation leaders about how they view their work, and how they will change the status quo by overcoming challenges and creating opportunities in the coming decades.

Inspiring Funding Decisions through Impact Measurement

What does impact look like for you? Where do you begin? This session highlights how foundations measure outcomes and impact, with a focus on the mechanisms and processed they use to collect, analyze, and share data. The presenters, representing a range of grantmakers and approaches, will give participants a brief nuts-and-bolts view of several different methods of measuring relevant impact.

Invest Today for a Better Tomorrow

What we invest in today will determine the world we live in tomorrow. Foundations and CDFIs use their capital to create social impact, helping community organizations and initiatives achieve program goals, fulfill mission and address issues of social and racial injustices. Beyond grantmaking, foundations can use their endowments and earnings as a means of making impact investments and program related investments (PRIs) into the communities they call home. Learn about the impact and benefits of these investments and who’s making them and for what activities. These real-world examples will inspire you to invest today for a better tomorrow.


Executive Leadership Lunch - Limited Space

The Future of Philanthropy

Traditional philanthropy is being influenced and shaped by global events, for-profit businesses, social entrepreneurs and technology. The philosophy of “doing good AND doing well” has become an expected outcome for those who seek to use their financial resources to promote environmental and social benefits. In this presentation, we will examine recent trends in philanthropy, including domestic and international charitable giving strategies and social impact investing.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference? Check out the Conference Sponsor and Exhibitor Flyer.

Contact Caty Bulgrin, Director of Operations and Research, at cbulgrin@wiphilanthropy.org or 262.317.6004 to discuss these opportunities.