Waukesha County Community Foundation hires new president

Wheaton Franciscan philanthropy chief to fill role starting July 5

Shelli Marquardt.

The executive director of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s philanthropic efforts will become president of the Waukesha County Community Foundation effective July 5.

Shelli Marquardt.

Shelli Marquardt has managed philanthropy at Wheaton’s St. Francis, Franklin, St. Joseph, Elmbrook Memorial and Wisconsin Heart hospitals since 2004.

“After a thorough and methodical search process, we believe our foundation is in great hands. We’re excited to welcome her to our organization,” said WCCF chairwoman Kathleen Gray.

Marquardt will replace former president Kathryn Leverenz, who resigned earlier this spring. The organization began searching for a new president in April.

Marquardt was chosen for her experience in organizing fundraising campaigns, securing grants, hosting events, marketing and forging relationships with donors.

“As a Delafield resident, WCCF advisory council member and fundraising professional, I have seen firsthand how the foundation has flourished over the last 15 years,” Marquardt said. “I am excited to be in a position to help further its growth and impact on my county.”

The foundation was created in 1999 to connect donors with nonprofit organizations in Waukesha County. It currently manages more than 300 individual donor funds that have given more than $20 million in grants to local nonprofits.

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Ben Stanley, former BizTimes Milwaukee reporter.

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