Funding the Work: Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs and Nonprofits


Moderator: Tony Shields
CEO, Wisconsin Philanthropy Network

Tony Shields serves as CEO of the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network (WPN), leading all aspects of strategy and operations for membership, staff, programs, fundraising, expansion and execution of its mission. The Wisconsin Philanthropy Network is the state's only organization devoted exclusively to the profession and practice of philanthropy. As WPN’s leader, Tony serves a growing network of 130 member organizations contributing over $600 million annually to non-profits locally, regionally, nationally and globally. WPN’s mission is to support and promote effective philanthropy through education and research, best practices, enhanced partnerships and thought leadership. Prior to joining WPN, Tony served as Executive Director of United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee (UNCOM) and before that led Community Relations efforts for Harley-Davidson, and held executive roles with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Over the years, Tony has served on various community boards and volunteered for several initiatives including community involvement serving on the Leadership Council for Milwaukee Succeeds, the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Cardinal Stritch University College of Business and Management Deans Advisory Board and Board of Directors.


Jeff Mack
Vice President, Park Bank

Jeff Mack was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from Madison West High School in 1999. During his childhood, Jeff played football for the Southside Raiders and played basketball for the South Madison Spartans; Jeff notes that he will FORVER be a Southside Raider. After graduating from West High School, Jeff attended and played football at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jeff received numerous football accolades including being a two-time Academic-All American and making Honorable Mention All-Big Ten Linebacker in 2003. Jeff graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2003, and in 2004, he was a free agency pick up by the Minnesota Vikings. Since then, Jeff has worked as the Assistant Vice President of Mortgage Lending at M&I Bank, Vice President of Private Banking Mortgage Lending at BMO Harris Bank, and currently serves at the first Vice President of Private Banking at Park Bank. Jeff is actively involved in the Greater Madison community serving on the boards of the Overture Center, Nehemiah Economic Development, and SSM-St. Mary’s as well as serving on the Sports Advisory Committee for Dane County Boys and Girls Club. Jeff currently lives in Madison, WI with his family. 


Angela Davis
Director of Development, Madison Community Foundation

Angela Davis serves as Development Director at Madison Community Foundation (MCF), whose mission is to enhance the common good through philanthropy. MCF stewards endowments for individuals, families, organization, businesses, and communities. Angela works with A Fund for Women, as well as six regional giving partners: Columbus Area Endowment, Lodi Area Community Endowment, Middleton Endowment, the Monona Fund, Portage Area Endowment, and Rio Community Fund. Angela is a native of Hammond, Indiana, and a proud member of Madison Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Human Resources Development for Higher Education and Industry. Angela also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Governance from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Prior her move to Wisconsin, Angela worked at Purdue University for ten years in various development and stewardship positions.  In her free time she enjoys volunteering in the community, the arts and the sights and sounds of living on Lake Monona.


Keetra Burnette
Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement, United Way of Dane County

Keetra Burnette is United Way of Dane County's Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement. Keetra has an extensive background in leadership, operations, and project management. Prior to her role with the United Way, Keetra served as Chief Operating Officer of the Urban League of Greater Madison, President of the Madison Network of Black Professionals, Education Specialist with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and in several other professional and volunteer roles. Keetra is the Creator and Host of 'Madison Black Women ROCK!' - an annual celebration that acknowledges the many positive contributions that African-American women make to the Greater Madison community. Keetra resides in Madison, WI with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband Troy, their three adult children; Kiana, Tre, and Jabriel, and the family dog, Blake Valentino.


Eric Steven Upchurch II
Chief Visionary, Opportunity, Inc.

Eric Steven Upchurch II is an entrepreneur, strategic development consultant, foreign economy technical analyst, community activist, educator and researcher. He teaches mindfulness and meditation in addition to stewarding entrepreneurial and economic empowerment initiatives. Prior to his current roles, Eric served as the Interim Executive Director for Madison's Black Chamber of Commerce, Director of Development and Marketing for the YWCA Madison, and 9 years as the CEO of ESUCEO Inc. Previous work included counseling and case management with Briarpatch and AmeriCorp as well as community engagement and grass roots organizing with Operation Welcome Home focusing on agency for people experiencing homelessness. Today, Eric is the Chief Visionary at Opportunity Inc. with a host of for-profit and non-profit community focused initiatives, one of the Lead Organizers for the Young Gifted and Black Coalition, founder of The Council Of Communities, Economic Empowerment WI, the Madison Alliance for Black Economic Empowerment, Practically Mindful, and father to Messiah Amun Grayson.