Philanthropy Expert Featured at WINGS Gathering

Ann Mulholland

With government deeply divided, many people are wondering what kinds of organizations are best equipped to address social problems. Philanthropic ones, according to Ann Mulholland, vice-president of grants and programs for Minnesota Philanthropy, who will discuss the power of philanthropy at the annual meeting of Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS) Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Viking Theater, Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College. The event runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Mulholland, who served as deputy mayor of the City of St. Paul for five years, argues that philanthropic groups are in a unique place to address social problems because of their ability to bring people together by providing “a neutral path” and focusing on facts.

Also speaking will be Zach Pruitt, director of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, who will talk about the Collective Impact Community Plan for Youth, a model that works with key community stakeholders to identify needs and set outcomes for local youth.  HCI received grant funding from WINGS in 2012 to support this project. 

An organization of more than 300 women, WINGS educates and expands the number of women in philanthropy in Northfield, builds and strengthens community through pooled investments, and improves the lives of women and children in the area through focused giving. In 2012, WINGS donated more than $58,000 to local organizations. Grant applications for 2013 will be taken beginning in February.