Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Press Release

Convening will elevate leading from lived experience


By - Oct 7th, 2022 10:22 am
Image from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Image from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

This free, virtual event will feature Tonya Allen, president of the McKnight Foundation, in a dynamic dialogue with Ellen Gilligan, president & CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.


Allen leads the Minneapolis-based foundation’s majority women, majority people-of-color, senior leadership team seeking to advance a more just, creative and abundant future.

The dialogue between these two national philanthropic leaders will highlight the need to include historically underrepresented communities in philanthropic conversations. Other topics include:

  • A “radical love” approach to philanthropy
  • The benefit of framing issues around assets rather than deficits
  • Recognizing that real change requires effort, persistence over time and acknowledging incremental progress

Following the conversation, Gilligan and Allen will participate in a roundtable discussion with Clintel Hasan, strategic initiatives manager at Milwaukee Succeeds; Kevin Newell, founder and CEO of Royal Capital; and Glenn Carson, director of the Milwaukee Community Schools Partnership through United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. They will explore how national trends in community philanthropy are illustrated in Milwaukee-specific efforts.

In the event’s interactive closing segment, all attendees will be invited to share their ideas and strategies about effective actions to empower community philanthropy and help create a Milwaukee for all.

About the Greater Milwaukee Foundation
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and was among the first established in the world. For more than a century, the Foundation has been at the heart of the civic community, helping donors achieve the greatest philanthropic impact, elevating the work of changemakers across neighborhoods, and bringing people and organizations together to help our region thrive. Racial equity is the Foundation’s North Star, guiding its investments and strategies for social and economic change. Leveraging generations of community knowledge, cross-sector partnerships and more than $1 billion in financial assets, the Foundation is committed to reimagining philanthropy, catalyzing systems change, convening and following community voice, and building inclusive culture to transform our region into a Milwaukee for all.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. It has not been verified for its accuracy or completeness.

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