PEAK Midwest Regional Chapter Spring 2019 Meeting

A day of learning in which grantmaking colleagues heard about collaboration and redevelopment in the Milwaukee area, enjoyed a presentation from PEAK Grantmaking Regional Chapter Manager Sara Sanders, and learned ways to improve grantmaking practices based on input at the annual conference.

Presentations included:

  • Building Capacity for Impact: From Grant Maker to Change Maker
  • Neighborhood Investment: A Tale of Two Foundations
  • Milwaukee Film: The Successful Philanthropy/Artist Partnership That Transformed Milwaukee's Film Scene
  • Networking for Better Grantmaking
  • Useful Tips and Tools for Meeting Facilitation and Work Presentations

Christina Ellis

Program Director

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, Medical College of Wisconsin

Christina is a program director for the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment (AHW) and is responsible for overseeing the Endowment’s focus on community health improvement. 

AHW, stewarded by the Medical College of Wisconsin, is a statewide funder dedicated to improving health in Wisconsin communities. Since 2004, AHW has provided nearly 400 awards more than $220M to advance the health of Wisconsin through community health improvement, research and education.

Christina leads and manages programming, technical assistance, and grant management for 35% of the AHW’s $470M assets and works closely with a complex oversight structure of a direct oversight body, the fiscal agent’s board of trustees, a state-appointed oversight group and Wisconsin legislative mandate. 

Christina also serves on the Board for the Milwaukee Area Health Education Centers, was appointed by the Mayor of Milwaukee to sit on the Violence Prevention Steering Committee and the MKE United Strategic Actioning Group. 

Greg Wesley

Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Business Development

Medical College of Wisconsin

Board Member, Greater Milwaukee Foundation

Frank Cumberbatch

Vice President, Engagement

Bader Philanthropies

Jonathan Jackson

CEO and Artistic Director

Milwaukee Film

Sara Sanders

Membership Director

PEAK Grantmaking

As PEAK Grantmaking’s membership director, Sara leads the organization’s efforts to build and grow our network of over 350 Organizations Members and our community of more than 4,000 grants management professionals, all with the goal of improving how grants get made throughout the philanthropic sector.

Sara brings 10+ years of association experience in volunteer management, membership recruitment and retention,  stakeholder engagement, and relationship building.  For more than 2 of those years, she worked as PEAK Grantmaking’s regional chapter manager, during which time she collaborated with volunteer regional chapter officers to dramatically increase engagement and build volunteers as leaders.

Sara started her career at the Department of Defense, training military voting assistance officers to help service members vote and ensuring ballots were sent on time to oversees citizens. She has also worked at the League of Women Voters and the School Nutrition Association.

Sara earned a bachelor’s degree in history and criminal justice from The George Washington University. She loves spending time with her family, is an avid sports fan and museum enthusiast, enjoys hobbies like ice skating and knitting, and can’t wait for her next travel adventure.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.

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