Region’s fundraisers to honor leading figures in philanthropy

You see their names on buildings.  You read their names on plaques.  But behind all the brass and calligraphy, what really motivates our community’s philanthropists?

Every year the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Wisconsin (AFPSEWI) honors six local leaders who exemplify the face of philanthropy.  Each honoree has something to teach us about the motivations of people who give up their time, talent and treasure to benefit the rest of us.

On November 13, at our region’s 40th National Philanthropy Luncheon, 600 of us will get to meet and appreciate this year’s honorees:

  • Through Harris Turer, nominated by Operation Dream, we’ll learn how people transform causes through major gift commitments.
  • To understand why people leave a legacy through philanthropy, we’ll meet Al Troyke, nominated by Bethesda Lutheran Communities.
  • Thanks to Discovery World’s nomination, WE Energies and the WE Energies Foundation will provide insight into the motivations of generous corporations.
  • Through Wendy Carlson, nominated by Susan G. Komen WI, we’ll see what it means to be a passionate volunteer.
  • Karen Spahn and the Milwaukee Public Museum will impress us with the creativity and energy of professional fundraisers.
  • And finally, 13 year-old Katie Eder — a fundraising prodigy nominated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation — will convince us that philanthropy’s future is in good hands.

Make plans now to attend the 40th National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon, presented by AFPSEWI, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and media sponsor Milwaukee Business Journal.

You’ll take home a little inspiration.

You’ll renew your optimism about your community.

And you’ll never look at a brass plaque the same way again.


On Philanthropy appears monthly in the Milwaukee Business Journal and is contributed by Doug Diefenbach for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter.

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