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Be a Part of This Historic Moment in Madison

This is the first multi-million dollar transformational project in Madison, led by and for the Black community. This is our time – the time to show the strength and leadership of our community. Our goal is to raise $36 million to build and run The Center. More than 300 Black community members and their honorees donated the first, foundational gifts and with your help we plan to open the doors of The Center in late 2023.

The Capital Campaign Leadership Committee

The Capital Campaign Leadership Committee is in charge of raising the $36 million necessary to bring The Center to life.

John Milton

John Milton

Minority Services Coordinator, La Follette High School
Marla Frank

Marla Frank

Retired Chief Financial Officer, Frank Productions
Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Former Wisconsin Secretary of Workforce and Development
Neil Heinen

Neil Heinen

Co-Chair, Retired Editorial Director at WISC-TV and Madison Magazine, civic leader
Hon. Frances Huntley-Cooper

Hon. Frances Huntley-Cooper

Co-Chair, Madison College District Board of Directors, retired Dane County Human Services Professional, former Mayor of Fitchburg
Hon. Rick Phelps

Hon. Rick Phelps

Project Strategy, Former Dane County Executive, Chaired Redevelopment of East Washington Ave/ Capital East District
Rev. Dr. Alex Gee

Rev. Dr. Alex Gee

Co-Chair, Lead Pastor of Fountain of Life Church, President and Founder of the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development and Justified Anger
Cedric Ellis

Cedric Ellis

Executive Vice President & Chief Enterprise Services Officer, CUNA Mutual Foundation
Alan Fish

Alan Fish

Retired Vice Chancellor of UW- Madison
Telisa Yancy

Telisa Yancy

President of American Family Direct, American Family Insurance

A Word from Our Co-Chairs

“It’s time! We are ready to showcase intergenerational Black achievement from yesterday, today, and for the future. Are you ready?”

Hon. Frances Huntley-Cooper, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

“I am thrilled to be working with Rev. Dr. Alex Gee on one of the biggest ideas in the city’s history, The Center for Black Excellence and Culture. The Center will be transformative, changing the narrative of the Greater Madison region and its future to one that is truly inclusive and welcoming. It will celebrate the culture and contributions of the Black Madisonians who have been a part of the fabric of Madison since its inception. And it will be a Black inspired and designed space where all can gather, learn, create, celebrate, and promote Black excellence and culture.”

Neil Heinen, Capital Campaign Co-Chair

With this campaign underway, we’re a step closer to improving the quality of life for Black Madisonians and enriching the region’s culture. You too can become a part of building The Center by contributing to its success today.