February Chapter Luncheon: Capital Campaigns - Lessons Learned
About the Event
Capital Campaigns – Lessons Learned
Seasoned nonprofit professionals will share stories, tips, strategies, benefit and risks in executing a capital campaign.
Our panelists, Edward Lee, Chief Program & Development Officer at Urban League of Greater Madison; Lisa Pieper, Director of Individual Giving at Milwaukee Public Museum and Mary Donahue, Director of Development & Communication at Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) will share their experience of running small and large capital campaigns. Jenni Jeffress, Executive Director of Madison Public Library Foundation, will facilitate the conversation and share her experiences with staffing capital campaigns.
Edward Lee, Urban League of Greater Madison, Chief Program & Development Officer
Edward Lee is currently Senior Vice President at the Urban League of Greater Madison. He has been
involved in a wide range fundraising and development activities over the course of his 25-year career
with the organization, including special events, grants, corporate sponsorship, and individual
philanthropy. This has included two successful ‘capital campaigns,” one for a new building and one for a
major, multi-year programmatic expansion.
Lisa Pieper, Director of Individual Giving, Milwaukee Public Museum
Lisa started her 28+ year fundraising career at American Players Theatre and has served in a variety of roles from annual fund to grant writing to membership before landing in her best fit, major and planned giving. She has been directly involved in successful Capital Campaign efforts at UWM, where the team met and exceeded a $100M goal, and at Alverno College where a small but mighty team raised $34M. In her current role she is thrilled to be on Team Milwaukee Public Museum for the second time, building and rebuilding relationships with donors to accomplish creating a future home for Wisconsin’s largest natural history museum.
Mary Donahue, Director of Development & Communication, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS)
Mary began her fundraising career 21 years ago as the Annual Giving Officer at the Wisconsin Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and has since served as the Development Director for four organizations , including TNC, Sand County Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Madison and recently joined Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) as their Director of Development and Communication.
At Ronald McDonald House -Madison, Mary led the organization through one of the most recent successful campaigns in our community. Originally slated at a $7 million initiative, they closed the campaign earlier this year at $9.5 million in just over 2 years of active solicitation.
Pete Lundberg has called Madison home for since coming to the UW from Wausau in 1975. After earning his BA in Geography, Pete started Gulliver’s Travels, a travel agency that served the university and community. He sold the company in 1998 to pursue his love of art and further develop Janus Galleries, now in Fitchburg. He has spent more than 30 years building personal, corporate and public collections as well as working as an appraiser of fine art, columnist and researcher.
Pete loves our community and has served multiple terms on the Madison Community Foundation board, including 16 years on the grant-making committee, chairing it for many years. He has served on the Agrace Foundation board for three terms and has been a patient volunteer for more than 20 years, and also gardens there and serves on the Quality Control Committee. He has been on the Madison Opera Board for several decades, currently serves on two University boards, Wisconsin Public Radio and the School of Music board of advisors. He is on the Literacy Network development committee and “trouble-shoots” for other local non-profits. He has received the MCF asset-builder award as well as AFP’s outstanding individual philanthropist honor. He is a long time Big Brother, and also has served on local government committees concerning land use and development.
He strongly believes that Janus Galleries should be a philanthropic instrument for the community, and besides annually giving art work for more than 30 non-profit auctions and fundraisers, he has made significant gifts of art for entire buildings, including Gilda’s Club, Access Community Health, both buildings of the Goodman Community Center, two Planned Parenthood health centers, the YWCA, Agrace Hospice, the Madison Opera Center, Literacy Network, the new Hamel performance Center, and is in the process of working on several upcoming ventures.
In his spare time, he enjoys oil painting, playing jazz piano professionally,
competitive running and triathlons, gardening, and spends as much time at Overture, the Hamel and local museums as he can.
February Chapter Luncheon Sponsored by:
Nakoma Golf Club
4145 Country Club Road
Madison, WI 53711