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Jennifer Walker - Women Leaders Finalist

Jennifer Walker - Women Leaders Finalist

We are extremely proud to announce that Jennifer Walker, our Director of Philanthropy, is a Women Leaders finalist in the award category for Community Impact Professional.

Jennifer is a valued member of our team transferring her global vision for change from her early days working as an International Development Worker in Tanzania to the emerging landscape of Milton Keynes.

As Director of Philanthropy, Jennifer takes a leading role working with donors and potential philanthropists to inspire meaningful and impactful giving.

Jennifer is unique in her micro-macro approach to work, with an ability to both develop one to one relationships that highlight areas of need, to having the energy and gravitas to mobilise national funding such as the #iwill funding, Mars Goodness Knows and Comic Relief.

Jennifer sits on the regional partnership of UKCF, shaping and promoting new philanthropic models and bringing social impact investment to the people of Milton Keynes through Philanthropy Impact events - helping to put Philanthropy on the Milton Keynes map.

Jennifer has taken a key role in organising and promoting MK’s involvement in International Women’s Day, a global day of celebration for women. This year, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, Jennifer and her team worked with inspirational women from across the region to deliver personal stories and a copy of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls into local schools.

Through her role at MK Community Foundation, Jennifer works closely with the Honorary Structure, sharing her vision for philanthropy by highlighting local needs through using our Vital Signs report (a collection of research about Milton Keynes in an easy to read format).

As Director of Philanthropy, Jennifer has had a very successful year securing £100,000 from Institute of Chartered Accounts in England and Wales (ICAEW) to set up their Social Mobility Fund.

She has also worked closely with Tony Byrne from Wealth and Tax Management securing £50,000 to make a difference to financial education for local people who need it most.

Jennifer also manages and maintains over 70 funds with her team, ensuring fund criteria and donors’ wishes are met.

Jennifer manages the Philanthropy Team, inspiring philanthropic giving and leading on our work with professional advisors, trust transfers and legacies, as well as raising the profile of the Community Foundation movement and our goals to create a positive impact in Milton Keynes.

This year the Community Foundation gave £1,999,026 (“roundabout” £2 million) of total support to Milton Keynes. Jennifer and the team are key to this fantastic achievement!

We wish Jennifer the best of luck at the Women Leaders Awards 2018 - 12th October 2018 at Doubletree Stadium MK!