Outreach for Hope is pleased to welcome Timothy Larson as the new Executive Director of Outreach for Hope effective January 15, 2018. As Executive Director, Tim will be responsible for advancing the mission of Outreach for Hope with the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He will build relationships with donors, administer grants, oversee the finances, and promote Outreach for Hope in the public and religious community of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Outreach for Hope’s mission is to inspire donors to live and give generously by investing their gifts as a resource for transformation in Greater Milwaukee Synod ministries serving communities of poverty. Outreach for Hope granted $350,000 last year and granted more than $4.4 million in the past 21 years to support these ministries.

“Tim’s experience at both raising and granting funds make him ideally suited to lead the work at Outreach for Hope,” says Rev. Paul Erickson, Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod. “When our donors look for ways to make a difference in the world, they will have a partner in Tim whose broad experience in philanthropy will enable them to have greater impact in the community.”

Tim comes to Outreach for Hope following his tenure at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, where he served as Vice President of Philanthropic Services. At the Foundation, he advised donors and helped to increase resources to support the needs of the greater Milwaukee’s nonprofit organizations.

“I am excited to collaborate with Outreach for Hope’s donors, board and staff to build on its legacy of philanthropic leadership to build strong vibrant ministries that will be centers of hope in the midst of communities challenged by poverty.” said Larson.

Prior to his position at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Tim served in leadership positions at Rush University Medical Center, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Tim is actively involved in community and professional organizations and has held leadership positions for the Partners in Philanthropic Planning and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Tim also serves on the board of the Siebert Lutheran Foundation and on the advisory board for Outreach for Hope. Tim holds a MA in social service administration from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, a Master of Divinity from Meadville/Lombard Theological School, and a BA in religion from St. Olaf College. Tim is a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Milwaukee.

Larson succeeds Outreach for Hope’s Executive Director, Rev. Jim Bickel, who is retiring at the end of 2017.

For more information, contact Bishop Paul Erickson at 414-671-1212.


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