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  • 2019 Statewide Conference on Philanthropy
    October 30, 2019
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Join us on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Madison at Monona Terrace. It promises to be a day of collaboration with Wisconsin’s philanthropic leaders. As the state’s largest gathering of its kind, the conference attracts a diverse group of foundation and nonprofit professionals, trustees and philanthropists.

Don’t miss this thought-provoking and inspiring day of discussion around common goals, while networking with professionals in our field and sharing insightful lessons on how to best serve our Wisconsin communities.

Morning Keynote

Leslie R. Crutchfield  - How Change Happens

Leslie Crutchfield is an author, 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. She serves as Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at the McDonough School of Business. Leslie’s latest book is the critically-acclaimed How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t (Wiley 2018).

Session Description:

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.


Afternoon Keynote

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

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.

Session Description:

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.


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The conference will be attended by hundreds of Wisconsin foundation CEOs, trustees, grantmaking professionals, and nonprofit leaders.

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To register via mail, complete the Registration Form and submit payment.

We look forward to seeing you in Madison!

Hotel Information

Hilton Madison - Monona Terrace
9 E. Wilson Street
Madison, WI 53703

Toll Free Phone Number:    1-877-510-7465 or 414-935-5941
Group Name:   Wisconsin Philanthropy Network
Group Code:  WPN
Cut Off Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019
Rooms not reserved by the above cutoff date will be released and sold at a higher rate. The Hilton has also created a secure and private reservation website personalized for our group.  Please see the link listed below:


No Solicitation Policy

WPN meetings and activities are not to be used to solicit grants, to solicit for professional services, or to promote any products, services, or events. This ensures a comfortable, respectful atmosphere in which professional relationships can be maintained. Members or guests who violate this non-solicitation policy will be excluded from future WPN events and may not qualify for membership renewal.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund will be made if registration is canceled on or before Friday, September 27, 2019.
A cancellation fee of $50 will be assessed if registration is canceled after Friday, September 27, 2019.


Contact Amanda Buckley, Director of Program Development, or call her directly at 262.317.6005.

Special thanks to our growing list of sponsors



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Venue Phone: 608-261-4000

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One John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53703, United States


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