By Collin Roth
When one looks closely at Sandy Pasch’s yard signs, they will find the name Jackie Boynton, a Milwaukee attorney listed as treasurer for the Sandy Pasch For Senate Campaign. Aside from Boynton’s responsibilities to the Pasch campaign, Boynton is the co-founder of the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin, “a growing community of donors engaged in shared learning and high impact giving, working in partnership with Wisconsin organizations to enact enduring progressive values through systematic change.”
Founded in 2009, The Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin consists of 22 donors that fund 14 progressive organizations in Wisconsin with over $1.7 million. With the goal of creating an integrated progressive infrastructure in Wisconsin, the Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin funds:
- Advancing Wisconsin
- Citizen Action of Wisconsin
- Clean Water Action
- Fair Wisconsin
- Greater Wisconsin Committee
- Institute for Wisconsin’s Future
- One Wisconsin Now
- Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI
- Progressive Magazine
- Voces de la Frontera
- WI Apprentice Organizing Project
- WI Civic Engagement Project
- WI League of Conservation Voters
The Donor Collaborative of Wisconsin was initiated by the Proteus Fund, a progressive Massachusetts foundation to “revitalize the progressive movement” via “common messages, integrated functions, and shared civic engagement files.” Starting in 2006, the Proteus Fund helped fund the entire Wisconsin network of left-wing 501c3 and 501c4 organizations. Larry Marx, now Executive Director of the Donor Collaborative, was a program officer for the Proteus Fund and served as co-director at Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Boynton and Pasch also serve together on the Board of Directors for Citizen Action of Wisconsin, a prominent left-wing organization responsible for anti-Walker protests and recall efforts around the state.
Boynton’s role as treasurer for the Pasch campaign is no accident. The two women are true believers in left-wing ideas and action. And in association with others, Pasch and Boynton have supported nearly every progressive organization, special interest, and union in Wisconsin.
Sandy Pasch talks of being “on our side.” But that might as well be the entire left-wing establishment speaking.