The Business Of Philanthropy

On February 2, MEF Executive Director Glenn Wilke participated in a panel discussion sponsored by DePaul University’s Career Center on a subject that’s near and dear to his heart – the business of philanthropy.

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Andy Clark, a member of the Midtown Advancement Council and director of the sports management programs at the Driehaus College of Business, moderated the discussion. The goal was to give the 60+ students and alumni in attendance a chance to hear directly from industry experts about opportunities in the field.  

Tony Rokita, director of community relations and player programs for the Chicago Bulls, Jim Struthers chief development officer at the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, and Erin Archer, director of investments for DePaul University, joined Glenn on the panel. Each took turns giving a brief background on their current positions and their journey getting there. All touched on the importance of networking and volunteering, paying it forward, and making a difference.

Jim Struthers simply stated that, “Our role is to make the world a better place.”

Glenn stressed the importance of knowing how to manage and work in teams. When asked by Andy what MEF looks for in volunteers, he replied, “We look for people who embody integrity, character, commitment and passion.”

Our role is to make the world a better place.
— Jim Struthers, Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Special thanks to DePaul University for inviting Glenn and Midtown Educational Foundation to participate. It was a wonderful opportunity to gain additional exposure for MEF and its decades-long work with Chicago’s urban youth. 

by Katie Morgan, MEF Marketing Intern