Annual Urban Initiatives Conference

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Collective impact initiatives have been a rapidly growing trend in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Typically such efforts convene all of the groups who can affect a community-wide outcome and coordinate their strategies and work to achieve them. Several efforts around the country, including in Milwaukee, have utilized this approach to move the needle substantially on issues like teen pregnancy prevention, high school graduation rates, and recidivism among ex-offenders. Many others are finding it challenging to collaborate in a more comprehensive way and achieve progress.

 The 17th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference will explore collective impact and how it fits in the Milwaukee tapestry of initiatives. A morning kickoff with Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor to the national Collective Impact Forum and former CEO of Public Allies, will provide attendees with the foundations of collective impact work. Following the kickoff, experts in the topic from foundations and nonprofit organizations will facilitate in-depth conversations about the promises and challenges inherent in taking this approach. Afternoon sessions will be dedicated to understanding how Milwaukee and surrounding communities can move forward for greater social impact given a complex environment that includes multiple initiatives. This exciting conference is appropriate for those new to or already involved in collective impact work, and will address opportunities and concerns specific to private, public, and philanthropic sectors. Join us and help Milwaukee move forward!

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Registration and Logistics

Conference Details



Previous Urban Initiatives Conferences

Registration and Logistics


Italian Community Center
631 East Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI (map)


Jarad Parker

For special arrangements, please contacted the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at 414-229-6616.

Attended by hundreds each year, the Annual Urban Initiatives Conference creates dynamic dialogue about issues facing the greater Milwaukee community.

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