Forum on Philanthropy

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pyle Center
University of Madison–Wisconsin

Cost: $90 per person

You must register by April 3.


Questions? Contact Tracey McClure ’87.

Lodging is available at the Graduate Hotel for $159 per night. Please use group code 180411UWFO to access this room rate. Learn more.

Presented by the Women’s Philanthropy Council

Women. Philanthropy. Democracy. What Now?

Join individuals who share your commitment to improving communities, higher education, and the world through philanthropy.

The Women’s Philanthropy Council of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association is pleased to invite you to the 12th Forum on Philanthropy. For the first time, it is being presented in collaboration with community partners.

We welcome you to join us to make new connections, be inspired by speakers during engaging sessions, and learn from like-minded philanthropic leaders. You will leave the forum with new energy — and a personalized strategy to increase your philanthropic impact by moving toward even more meaningful action.


8 a.m. Registration, connecting, and coffee
8:30 a.m. Welcome
8:45 a.m. “Reflections on Our Roots: A Call to Action for Generosity”
9:10 a.m. Plenary I — “Early Founders: Women’s Philanthropy Fueling the Women’s Movement”
Joan Johnson, author of Funding Feminism
10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • “Philanthropy: Giving Individually with Impact and Passion”
  • “Philanthropy Together: Giving Circles and Collaborative Gifts”
    Sondra Shaw-Hardy, women’s philanthropy pioneer
11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. Plenary II — “Women Are Democratizing Philanthropy. When Everybody Gives, the World Benefits. What Are You Waiting For?”
Wendy Steele, founder, Impact 100 women’s giving circles.
12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch
2 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • “Leadership: Solving Society’s Issues Together. How Do You Partner with Others?”
  • “Leadership: Serving on and Leading Boards. What’s Expected, What Works?”
3:15 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. Plenary III — “Call to Action and the Way Forward”
Cora Marrett, former deputy director, National Science Foundation
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
5:30–8 p.m. Special Postforum Gathering: Chazen Evening in the Museum

Full Schedule and Details   Speakers and Panelists

Women. Philanthropy. Democracy. What Now?

The philanthropic woman’s call to action is straightforward: strengthen a civil, strong, egalitarian democracy by championing a caring, generous spirit in America and the world. Strategic giving by individual women and through augmented, collaborative efforts is critical to affirming the value of each person’s right to a good, happy life: the fundamental concept of democracy. Women’s philanthropy gives hope to the possibility of communicating effectively across political differences, and it builds bridges to a strong, equal future. By giving money with integrity, passion, and vision, women find great joy and meaning in life.

The quality of life for all improves through the immense impact of women’s philanthropy. Women are the primary philanthropic decision makers in many families and equal partners in most high-net-worth families. As women, how can we be empowered, impactful philanthropic leaders? The Forum on Philanthropy is part of a journey of self-discovery. We are constantly learning about ways of giving, impacts, and community dynamics that can inform and inspire us to make our giving more effective for the change we want to bring about.

Meet and network with others who are committed to fostering community well-being through philanthropic efforts, and learn from national leaders who will prepare us to create greater good for our educational institutions, communities, and beyond.

This forum is for donors and philanthropists. Nonprofit and educational institution leaders are invited to attend with donors and board members.

Join us with joy, commitment, and friendship to learn how to do good individually and together.

The program agenda is included below, followed by a description of the speakers. Members of the Women’s Philanthropy Council will be hosting the sessions.