2020 National Philanthropy Day


"Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary." ---Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



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As we’ve witnessed these past few months, so much of the response to COVID-19 and continued social justice advocacy work has advanced due to the generosity and investment from philanthropists throughout the Greater Milwaukee area. This year, NPD highlighted philanthropy’s role in furthering racial equity, inclusion, and community change. Almost by definition, communities unify people for collaborative action and shared benefit. That’s why 2020 will be remembered as a year when the unifying powers of community were put to severe test. When circumstances divide us, it’s too easy to lose sight of what unites us. Together, let’s commit to change that.

Thanks for celebrating National Philanthropy Day.  We hope you enjoyed the opportunities the event provided you to...

On November 10th, 12 noon -1:15 PM, the AFPSEWI chapter will bring you an important online discussion on Philanthropy's Role in Advancing Equity, Inclusion and Systemic Change. The discussion will be moderated by Christopher Boston, Senior Pastor, Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church. Our panelists include Ellen Gilligan, CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Joe’Mar Hooper, Executive Director of Safe & Sound, Brianna Saz-Perez, Executive Director of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, and Tony Shields, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Philanthropic Network.

Each of these panelists can tell a personal and organizational story about their journey toward racial equity and systems change – stories that can inspire similar journeys for each of us.

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Reverend Boston was installed as the Senior Pastor of the Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in September 2012. Previously, he served as the Director of Sustainable Communities for the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) Milwaukee office. Before joining LISC, he was the youngest Lead Organizer/Director of Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) at the time of his tenure. Rev. Boston is frequently called upon to speak at conferences and workshops on issues relating to community organizing, civic engagement and leadership development. He has led workshops and trainings across the country helping individuals and organizations develop strategies that foster community transformation. Additionally, he has participated and presented at the Aspen Institute Roundtable’s Community Change Seminar on Racial Equity and Society and was recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus as an Emerging Leader at the request of Congresswoman Gwen Moore. In 2013, Rev. Boston was selected to the 20th class of the Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” profile of Milwaukee leaders.


As President and CEO since 2010, Ellen has amplified the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s role as a leader, convener and catalyst, bringing community together around a shared vision for a vibrant region.  Serving Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties, the Foundation is Wisconsin’s largest community foundation and was among the first in the world.  Since being established in 1915, the Foundation has awarded more than $862 million in grants supporting a wide variety of nonprofits and initiatives that advance a higher quality of life in greater Milwaukee and beyond. Ellen is board chair of CFLeads, a national network of community foundations leading change. She serves on the national board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).

Locally, she is on the executive committees of Milwaukee Succeeds and the MKE United Downtown Action Agenda. She is a board member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee and has co-chaired its Creative Placemaking Committee. Ellen is a mayoral appointment to the City of Milwaukee’s Black Male Achievement Advisory Council and is a past board member of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado.


Joe’Mar Hopper has a long history of community leadership. He serves as the Executive Director of Safe & Sound, a nonprofit dedicated to uniting residents, youth, public safety entities and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods.  In this role, he oversees all organizational strategy and programs that operate in 10 priority neighborhoods in Milwaukee to build partnerships and create opportunities for resident engagement and advancement.  He previously served as the Wisconsin Market Leader for CommonBond Communities, one of the largest non-profit providers of affordable housing with services in the region, overseeing their growth and expansion in Wisconsin. Prior to this, he created and directed the Department of Business, Community, and Family Partnerships for Milwaukee Public Schools where he led community outreach efforts including strategic partnerships, volunteering and alumni engagement, and family engagement initiatives.

Hooper serves as a board member of the Wisconsin Policy Forum, Milwaukee College Prep boards, MENTOR Greater Milwaukee, and the City of Milwaukee Board of Review.  He was a recipient of the 2018 Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 honor, and holds a BA in Secondary Education and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UW-Milwaukee. 


Brianna Sas-Pérez is committed to the flourishing of just, equitable neighborhoods where people are healed, whole and thriving. She works toward this, in part, through her work at Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN), a Milwaukee community development organization that is a partner in building strong, healthy neighborhoods where all of us can thrive. LBWN has leveraged and invested over $50 million in the past 25 years, primarily through a focus on housing, economic development and grassroots leadership development initiatives. Brianna also serves on the board of directors of the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and is a member of the City of Milwaukee Plan Commission. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she now calls Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood home. Brianna graduated from Calvin College with an interdisciplinary degree in art and engineering, and without intentions of being an artist or engineer. Today she enjoys building relationships and practices that generate shared understanding, personal & collective healing, and an end to oppressive systems.

Tony Shields
Tony Shields, President and CEO Wisconsin Philanthropy Network

In his role as President and CEO, Tony serves the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network (WPN), by leading all aspects of strategy and operations for membership, staff, programs, fundraising, expansion and execution of its mission. The Wisconsin Philanthropy Network is the state's only organization devoted exclusively to the profession and practice of philanthropy. As WPN’s leader, Tony serves a growing network of 130 member organizations contributing over $600 million annually to non-profits locally, regionally, nationally and globally. WPN’s mission is to support and promote effective philanthropy through education and research, best practices, enhanced partnerships and thought leadership.

Tony Shields, Prior to joining WPN, Tony served as Executive Director of United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM), a collaborative of Milwaukee Settlement House Neighborhood Centers and as publisher of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Before UNCOM, he led Community Relations efforts for Harley-Davidson, Inc. In that role, Tony developed strategic plans and implemented outreach and programs for a number of factory-based and national efforts and directed community outreach to support major company sponsored initiatives and philanthropic efforts.

National Philanthropy Day is a special day set aside on the fifteenth of November. The purpose of this day is to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy—and those people active in the philanthropic community—to the enrichment of our world.

NPD was originally conceived of and organized by Douglas Freeman in the 1980s, and the first official events held in 1986 after President Reagan signed the official NPD proclamation. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. NPD celebrates the endless daily contributions individuals and organizations across the world make to countless causes and missions. 

Last year, more than 130 AFP chapters held NPD events and activities across North America. In addition, AFP launched #NPDLove and the NPDLove.com website, a global social media outreach and awareness campaign to engage the global charitable sector, the philanthropic community, and the public in activities to demonstrate “love of humankind” and highlight how they (or their organization) are helping to change the world.

AFP Partners in Philanthropy Initiative

The impact of our partnerships with donors, advocates, and volunteers allow us to do the extraordinary work realized by over 2.2-million nonprofits throughout the country, and almost 35,000 in Wisconsin alone.  

In honor of National Philanthropy Day every year, Partners in Philanthropy is a unique opportunity for each member to celebrate two donors/volunteers that have made a difference to their organization and to the greater community.  Submit your names for the 2020 Honor Roll today! New this year, send us a photo of your Partners for an AFPSEWI social media video reel celebrating our amazing supporters. Deadline is Friday, October 30, 2020.

Download the 2019 Partners in Philanthropy Honor Roll

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Partners in Philanthropy is a unique and free opportunity for each member of AFPSEWI to recognize two donors* that have made a difference to your organization and to the greater community. This is a great way to provide recognition and stewardship to those that have helped your organization achieve its mission.

Each AFPSEWI individual member can recognize two Partners in Philanthropy.  If your organization has more than one AFPSEWI chapter member, then you can recognize two donors per member (i.e., five AFP members equals ten partner nominations).

If you are unsure of your membership status, or how many members your organization has, please contact us.

This opportunity to recognize partners is one of the benefits of being an AFP member, whether you are able to attend our National Philanthropy Day event or not.  Partners will be recognized: in the program, listed in the presentation, posted on our website, and acknowledged in various ways through event media coverage.

*Note, a family or couple equal one donor.

New this year, send us a photo of your Partners for an AFPSEWI social media video reel. Photos are optional, but be sure to send your Partner(s) names and the organization you represent to Erin Richardson, Chapter Administrator, AFPSEWI at chapteradmin@afpsewi.org. Don't delay, submit your PIPs for the Honor Roll today!

Please make sure names are submitted as you would like them to appear on the website. Names or partners will be listed under the name of the submitting organization in alpha order unless otherwise specified.

Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020

Partners in Philanthropy will receive:

  • Listing on the 2020 Partners in Philanthropy Honor Roll webpage.
  • Listing in the 2020 NPD online event slideshow.
  • Included in the social media video reel (if a photo is provided).
  • Recognition in chapter messaging through the remainder of 2020.

National Philanthropy Day is Going Virtual - Join Us Together with Your Partners!
You can still invite your Partners to join us virtually for National Philanthropy Day as we move this year's event to an online platform.  This year's theme  "The Role of Philanthropy in Racial Equity and Inclusion" is a perfect opportunity to engage your Partners in meaningful conversations while celebrating their contributions to philanthropy.  It's free and easy to register!

Even if you are unable to attend our online National Philanthropy Day event, this opportunity to nominate Partners is one of the major benefits of being an AFP member. 

Promote your partnership on social media and make sure to tag your corporate groups who have their own social media pages/handles and use the hashtags #PartnersInPhilanthropy #AFPSEWINPD.

Partnership extends a wonderful stewardship opportunity for many nonprofits who enjoy the event with their Partners in Philanthropy. Your special partners will be recognized by the entire philanthropic community so everyone will know their passion for your organization.

Do you have unique ideas on how you engage your donors at National Philanthropy Day?  We’d love to hear them!

Alverno College
Dr. Mary Ann Schwarts & Dr. Richard Brewer
Rose Spang

American Company of Irish Dance
Don Athas
Matthew Pinix
Karuna Schwartz

Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southeastern WI
ANON Charitable Foundation
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

First Stage
Anthony Petullo Foundation Inc
Melitta S. Pick Charitable Trust

Gateway Technical College Foundation
Komatsu Mining Corporation
Marc McAllister
Milwaukee Admirals
Carly Nieman

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
Bruce Battersby
Terri M. Wruck

Junior Achievement
Komatsu & the Komatsu Foundation
Pieper Power/Pieper Electric

Life Navigators
88Nine Radio Milwaukee
United Performing Arts Fund

Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCIF)
Grebe's Bakery
United Heartland

Milwaukee Jazz Institute
Nancy Laskin
Hal Leonard LLC
Keith Mardak
Ann & Robert McCormick

Milwaukee PBS
Joyce and Charles Brukardt
Greater Milwaukee Foundation: Ernest C. & Florence M. Schocke Fund
Hydrite Chemical Co.
Tom and Cynthia LaConte
Kathleen and Peter Lillegren
Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation

Milwaukee Tennis & Education Foundation
Donna Drosner

Mount Mary University
Mary Bock
Catherine and Carl Loeser
Isabel Maria Piana

Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
Fund for Lake Michigan
Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern WI
Masters Gallery Foods
Victory Homes of Wisconsin, Inc.

Heartland Advisors
Joyce Stoner, A.O. Smith

Skylight Music Theater
Herzfeld Foundation
Herb Zien & Liz Levins
Howard and Sara Miller
United Performing Arts Fund

SPI Consulting LLC
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Wisconsin

Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee
Julie Ragland, Navistar
Monica Shah-Davidson, Google

AFP’s Annual National Philanthropy Day will look a little different this year. Starting in October we will be doing weekly posts to highlight the great work happening in our community. Be sure to look for AFPSEWI's posts on LinkedIn and Facebook and help us share the story of philanthropy within our communities.


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Demonstrate Your Commitment to Philanthropy

More than ever, 2020 is the best year to support AFP. Sponsorship opportunities of all levels are available for National Philanthropy Day 2020. This event is a wonderful way for your company to gain exposure and support the incredible difference philanthropy makes in our community.

Our sponsors not only make National Philanthropy Day® possible, but they take its mission to heart. They exemplify philanthropy and send a message about the importance of work that challenges the world to become a better place.

Your sponsorship demonstrates your organization's commitment to investing in your community through philanthropy and volunteerism. Proceeds from this event help our chapter develop ethical, professional fundraisers and inspire a culture of philanthropy throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

For more information contact Patrick Synder, Sponsorship Chair.

Download the 2020 NPD Sponsorship Opportunities and Commitment Form.

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Title Sponsor - $2,500

  • Sponsor Slides at the opening of the program (Levels include three logo sizes & name only)
  • URL on AFP Website
  • Logo Recognition on AFP Homepage
  • 2 placements for a press release of your choice in our newsletter
  • 3 social media posts thanking you for being a sponsor after the event
  • Presenter recognition at beginning of the program
  • Named Level Sponsor on the event web page and all email correspondence about the event

Gold Sponsor - $1,500

  • Sponsor Slides at the opening of the program (Levels include three logo sizes & name only)
  • URL on AFP Website
  • Logo Recognition on AFP Homepage
  • 1 placement for a press release of your choice in our newsletter
  • 2 social media posts thanking you for being a sponsor after the event
  • Presenter recognition at beginning of the program
  • Named Level Sponsor on the event web page and all email correspondence about the event

SILVER Sponsor - $1,000

  • Sponsor Slides at the opening of the program (Levels include three logo sizes & name only)
  • URL on AFP Website
  • Logo Recognition on AFP Homepage
  • 1 social media posts thanking you for being a sponsor after the event

PATRON Sponsor - $500

  • Sponsor Slides at the opening of the program (Levels include three logo sizes & name only)
  • URL on AFP Website

Thank you

to our 2020 National Philanthropy Day Sponsors


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Phi·lan·thro·py: goodwill to fellow members of the human race.

The desire to promote the welfare of others expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes.

Philanthropy must be more than just a charitable donation. It is an effort an individual or organization undertakes based on an altruistic desire to improve human welfare