On September 23, Community Shares will celebrate their 50th anniversary during the annual Community Change-Maker Awards event. Community Shares will recognize individuals and nonprofits that made a lasting impact on the organization in the last half century, and honor three local social and environmental justice leaders.

After careful consideration and in response to increasing rates of the latest COVID-19 variant, CSW has made the difficult decision to focus our celebration online.

The celebration will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include highlights from the award winners and stories from the 50-year history of Community Shares.

The keynote address will be delivered by Vu Le, creator of nonprofitaf.com and co-founder of Community Centric Fundraising, a movement to make fundraising more equitable. He is a writer, speaker, and former executive director. Le will present on how philanthropy can center the needs of the community and lead to true transformation.

The anniversary awardees are:

Candace Weber – winner of the Community Shares of Wisconsin Founders Award

Crystel Anders – winner of the Community Shares of Wisconsin Lifetime Achievement Award

Dane County TimeBank, Freedom, Inc., & Urban Triage – winners of the Community Shares of Wisconsin Collaboration Award

The Community Change-Maker awardees are:

Dani Rischall, nominated by Chrysalis – winner of the Liesl Blockstein Community Leadership Award

Dr. Armando Ibarra, nominated by Voces de la Frontera – winner of the Sally Sunde Family Advocate Award

Timothy Muth, nominated by ACLU of Wisconsin – winner of the Linda Sundberg Civil Rights Defender Award

Tickets purchased in support of this event help Community Shares award six nonprofits $1,000 each. The three winners of the Wisconsin Collaboration Award, and three nonprofits chosen by the Change-Maker Award winners will each receive $1,000 to further the inspiring and critical work they do in our community.

“Community Shares of Wisconsin is reaching its 50th year at the same time as our country grapples with a pandemic and reckons with its violent, racist history,” said Cheri Dubiel, Executive Director. “We are at a crossroads and have the opportunity to position ourselves for a different kind of future – one that focuses on the well-being of all. We are committed to making sure that the next 50 years are centered on compassion and justice and believe that the collective efforts of individual donors can be an important tool to help to achieve that goal.

With these thoughts in mind, we have decided to hold our celebration event exclusively online to focus on the well-being of our community. We look forward to the day when we can gather and celebrate as one community collectively, but given the current rise in COVID infections throughout the State, now is not that time.”

Community Shares will also honor 28 outstanding, long-time volunteers with Anniversary Backyard Hero Awards during a reception at a later date.

The 50th Anniversary Celebration and Community Change-Maker Awards event is presented by UW Credit Union. Tickets are a suggested donation of $50 and proceeds support the work of Community Shares of Wisconsin and its members.

For more information and tickets visit our Eventbrite registration page.


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