Donors Forum of Wisconsin: Announces new president and CEO

MILWAUKEE – The Donors Forum of Wisconsin (DFW) is pleased to announce that Jill Van Calster has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective January 2, 2014.
“Jill is passionate about continuing DFW’s mission to support and promote effective philanthropy through education, best practices, enhanced partnerships and leadership. We are delighted to have her at the helm of the organization. Jill is looking forward to working with the member constituency, the talented team of employees, and the philanthropic community in the pursuit of continuing the mission and vision of DFW,” said DFW Board Chair, Lisa Hiller.

Jill brings to DFW more than two decades of experience serving high profile Wisconsin nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Jill was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (EVP/COO) for Curative Care Network. In this role, her broad scope responsibilities included leadership and oversight of day-to-day operations for Curative’s seven divisions. She has a true passion for and proven track record of developing and leading high performing teams with a focus on exceptional quality service and outcomes. In addition, she has revitalized underperforming service lines, executed mergers/collaborations between Curative and other nonprofit organizations, and developed and created new business opportunities.

Prior to her promotion to EVP/COO, Jill was the Vice President of Community Relations chartered with visioning, developing and transforming Curative’s mission and goals into highly relevant and effective fund development and community relations programs. She has also held leadership roles at Blue Cross & Blue Shield United of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and has a rich background in marketing, public relations and fund development.

She holds her Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from Mount Mary University.

Jill’s commitment to serving nonprofit organizations extends to volunteer community board service. She is a Board Member of the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and The Parenting Network.

About the Donors Forum of Wisconsin

The Donors Forum of Wisconsin (DFW) is a regional association of grantmakers who support and promote effective philanthropy through membership, professional development and information sharing. As Wisconsin’s leading voice and premier resource for philanthropy, DFW is committed to helping its members fulfill their charitable goals. It does so by providing opportunities for trustees and staff to network, offering professional development opportunities, enhancing knowledge and demonstrating community leadership. Being a member means being part of an informed, innovative and in-touch network. For more information, visit