Date: October 10th, 2013

Sue Conley To Leave Community Foundation

SueMS2Sue Conley, longtime executive director of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, will be leaving the Foundation next summer.  She will serve as executive director until July 2014.  “I have no plans beyond June and will continue to focus on the Community Foundation until then,” she said.

Conley has overseen a period of rapid growth and expansion during her nearly 12 years with the Community Foundation.   She came to the organization in 2002 after 10 years with the YWCA of Rock County.  Since then, the Foundation’s assets have grown from $16 million to more than $36 million.  The number of charitable funds held by the organization has risen 24 percent to more than 550.  Services have expanded to nine Southern Wisconsin counties including Crawford, Grant, Green, Iowa, Lafayette, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, and Walworth.

Conley’s tenure at the Community Foundation also has been marked by a series of new charitable initiatives.  For the past four years, Conley has coordinated the Farmers Market Coupon Program which provides coupons for fresh produce to families in need in Rock, Walworth, Crawford, Grant and Green counties.  She has been key in the implementation of the Janesville Multicultural Teacher Opportunities Scholarship program.  The scholarship covers tuition for Janesville students of color pursuing education careers in exchange for seeking employment with the Janesville school district after graduation.  In 2008, Conley oversaw the Flood Recovery Fund which provided support to flood-affected areas of Southwest Wisconsin and Iowa.  In 2003, she founded the Women’s Fund whose mission is to serve the needs of women and girls in Rock County.

The Foundation’s board of directors will be establishing a timeline for the recruitment of a new director shortly.  An announcement regarding the recruitment is expected later in the fall.

The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in Janesville.  Its mission is to bring charitable donors together with the needs of their communities.   For further information, visit the Community Foundation’s website at