Poverty Matters Summit 2018




This year, SDC will be hosting its annual Summit On Poverty in partnership with  WISCAP's annual Poverty Matters! conference. Through this partnership, we will engage the community as we address our theme; Sharing Our Stories, Cultivating Our Solutions: Closing the Rural-Urban Divide. We aim to explore the shared experience of poverty and the interconnected economic, social and political life of rural and urban Wisconsin. Participants will be challenged to examine the national, regional and local systems at play and consider how these shape policy and our collective response. By drawing attention to the structural underpinnings of poverty, we believe a well-informed and intellectually honest discussion can take place and ultimately help lead to moral choices and more effective anti-poverty policies and strategies. 

Date: September 27 - 28, 2018

Location: Hyatt Regency - Downtown Milwaukee






Registration for the 2018 Poverty Matters! Summit will open Thursday, July 12th. Watch this page for instructions on registering online or by mail!

Important Hotel Information: 

If you will be staying overnight at the hotel, please make your reservation directly with them once the room block is announced!







Call for Presenters

Preparations are well underway and you can help make the 2018 conference successful. We’d like you to join us in this effort by submitting your workshop presentation on best practices and thought-provoking ideas based on the Promise of Community Action.


The Promise of Community Action

Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.


We are seeking proposals that address the following areas of focus:

  • ISM's
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Policies & Systems
  • Economic Development

We are asking that the areas of focus include the evidence of the following intersections:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Health
  • Education
  • Workforce Development



Proposals will be accepted until Friday, July 6th, 2018.

Questions regarding proposals can be sent to Abra Fortson at afortson@cr-sdc.org.








Become a Sponsor TODAY!

The Poverty Matters, Summitt on Poverty could not meet it's summit goals without the power of the Social Development Foundation and our Sponsorship Partners. We are seeking sponsors who will help us to eradicate poverty and make the 2018 conference successful. Click the button below to get more information on our sponoship levels.




2018 Sponsorship Partners



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