September Educational Luncheon

Sep 28, 2017 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Making the most of community partnerships: expand your prospect pool and find fun, new ways to cultivate donors.

What do singing puppets have to do with civil liberties? Or the Bill of Rights and beauty queens?

Community partnerships with arts groups are fun, free ways to connect with new audiences or enhance the way your current donors see your organization. Many theater companies offer free tickets and the chance to interact with the audience in exchange for promotion – and you’ll be surprise how many of your donors you see in the audience. The work of non-profits is reflected in art because life’s successes and challenges are reflected in art. Draw the connection for your donors and prospects with strategic community partnerships.


MODERATOR: Jim Farrell, Director of Development, Hope House


  • Kristin Hansen, Development Director, ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation

  • Nabra Nelson, Community Engagement Associate, Milwaukee Repertory Theater

  • Maureen Post, Community Engagement Manager, Milwaukee Film Festival

  • Carl Bogner, Senior Lecturer, Film, Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee

See below for more information on our panelists.



11:30 - 12:00 PM           Registration and Networking 
11:45 - 12:00 PM           Lunch Buffet
12:00 PM                       Announcements
12:15 PM                       Presentation
1:15 PM                         Q&A, Closing remarks
1:30 PM                         Adjourn


About our speakers:

Jim FarrellJim Farrell, Director of Development, Hope House

Jim has been involved in the Milwaukee philanthropic community since moving here in 2008 from NYC to work as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. He has recently served as the Development Director at Skylight Music Theatre and is currently the Development Director at Hope House of Milwaukee. Prior to Milwaukee, he served as the Development Director at The Pearl Theatre and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, both in New York City. He is a lifelong theatre artist and appeared in many shows in NY, including three years in Off Broadway’s PERFECT CRIME. In Milwaukee he has recently flexed his artistic muscles as the founder and Artistic Director of Splinter Group. Currently, when he is not raising money for Hope House, he is tucked away in his garage creating visual art.

Kristin HansenKristin Hansen, Development Director, ACLU of Wisconsin Foundation

Kristin Hansen has been the Development Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin Foundation since 2011. After 20 years as a non-profit manager and fundraiser with cultural organizations in Greater Milwaukee, Kristin turned her focus to civil rights and social justice, earning a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Carroll University in Waukesha. Hansen has served on the boards of arts alliances and music organizations, the Kiwanis Club of Waukesha, on committees of the Waukesha Business Improvement District, and blogged for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She currently serves on the Ethics Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Southeastern Wisconsin.

Nabra NelsonNabra Nelson, Community Engagement Associate, Milwaukee Repertory Theater

Nabra Nelson is the Community Engagement Associate at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She is a director and community organizer from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Cairo and uses theatre as a tool for social change. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the president of the Women’s Ensemble Theatre Troupe and a member of the Multicultural Drama Company, both of which used theatre to address current and pressing social issues. Her work at Milwaukee Rep has reached over 25,000 community members last season and engaged over 60 local community organizations through collaborations and partnerships.

Maureen PostMaureen Post, Community Engagement Manager, Milwaukee Film Festival

A Milwaukee native, Maureen Post is the Community Engagement and Events Manager for Milwaukee Film, a nonprofit agency driven to entertain, educate, and engage through cinematic experiences. She attended the University of WI- Madison, where she received a BA in Sociology.

After graduation, Maureen spent several years working as a Managing Director within the Milwaukee Bureau of Child Welfare's criminal justice program. It was within that capacity that she began writing on socioeconomic issues and community engagement for Milwaukee Magazine and She has been with Milwaukee Film for the last five years, substantially growing their Community Partner program while continuing to strive to create opportunities and bridge socioeconomic gaps through community collaboration.

Carl BognerCarl Bogner, Senior Lecturer, Film, Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee

Carl teaches a two-semester class on experimental media as part of UW-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts foundation curriculum. He also works with graduate students, conducting, upon occasion, the Graduate Seminar as well as offering other graduate classes (directed readings/independent studies; a course on experimental writing/criticism). In addition to contributing programming and inviting guests to the Department's ongoing occasional screening/visiting artists series, Carl also directs the Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival, which is hosted by the Film Department. Previous experience includes bookselling, various positions as a film curator.

Event Information

Italian Community Center
631 East Chicago Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202