Nonprofit Spotlight: Wisconsin Philanthropy Network

Last updated on June 24th, 2019 at 04:26 pm

Wisconsin Philanthropy Network

15850 W. Bluemound Road, Suite 204, Brookfield

(262) 317-6000 |


Year founded: 1978

Mission statement: WPN’s mission is to strengthen, support and promote giving in the state of Wisconsin. Our vision is to foster a statewide culture of philanthropy with an emphasis on equitable and inclusive practices, while advancing the work of our members through high-quality philanthropy education, strategic partnerships, leadership development and events. WPN’s goal is to help make Wisconsin a great place to live and work for current and future generations.

Primary focus: As the only Philanthropy-Serving Organization in the state, WPN leverages its expertise in the field of charitable giving to provide our members with the right information, data and analysis to become effective philanthropists, maximizing the collective impact throughout Wisconsin.

Other focuses: Creating strategic programming designed to achieve excellence in “grant-craftsmanship” and funding effectiveness; advancing philanthropic initiatives through thought leadership, education and events; creating opportunities for philanthropic partnerships; and facilitating “next action” discussions and collective impact.

Employees at this location: Four

Executive leadership: Tony Shields, president and chief executive officer

Board members: Steve Goldberg, Kathryn Leverenz, Erin Frederick, Ken Robertson, Julie Bauer, Melissa Baxter, Patricia Contreras, Curt Detjen, Lisa Hiller, Amy Kerwin, Jason Kohout, Jay Scott and Bob Sorge. 

Is your organization actively seeking board members for the upcoming term? WPN continuously strives to broaden its board of directors in terms of knowledge, skills and diversity. However, board members or the organizations they are associated with must also be members of WPN.

Ways the business community can help your nonprofit: Become a member. The WPN team is always excited to meet new companies, foundations and families who are committed to philanthropy. Whether you give $5 or $5 million, we believe in supporting the everyday philanthropist and striving to improve the lives of others.

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Lauren Anderson
Lauren Anderson covers health care, nonprofits, education and insurance for BizTimes. Lauren previously reported on education for the Waukesha Freeman. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she studied journalism, history and African studies. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with family and friends and seeing live music wherever she can.

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