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Donor Story: Prudy Harker

August 17, 2020

Prudy Harker was very glad to hear the Bradley Impact Conference will still take place this year, albeit with some modifications for safety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An author and public speaker on financial planning and insurance practices, Prudy regularly attends the annual conference, and always looks forward to the learning experience.

“It’s difficult to have the important conversations with others when I am uninformed,” says Prudy. “The whole learning experience of being part of the Bradley Impact Fund community, from the Impact Conference to smaller gatherings and the regular Impact Briefs, helps me build the understanding I need to stand up for the issues that I’m deeply committed to.”

Prudy is a certified financial planner and President of LifeCircle®, a financial, retirement and benefits planning firm that works with small business owners, professionals, and executives in the Midwest. She and her husband Charles work and live on the Wisconsin/Illinois border where they actively support the Beloit community. Prudy recently retired from the Blackhawk Bank where she was Audit Chair. She is a founder of the Stateline Community Foundation and continues to serve on the grants committee. A longtime member of the Beloit Health System Foundation, she serves on the finance and donor relations committees.

Prudy’s first career was in social work and administration, serving as a Rock County Juvenile Probation Officer and a School Social Worker in the Loves Park, Illinois School District. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from Beloit College.

“I’m very excited for the conversations we will have at this year’s Impact Fund conference with thought leaders, nonprofit innovators, and our donor community,” says Prudy. “However, as a community of purpose, we must go beyond the comfort of like-minded people and engage with others who may not share our beliefs. The more we understand about the challenges facing our country today and the solutions, the more meaningful those discussions can be.”

“Being part of the Bradley Impact Fund community and the learning experiences of the Bradley Impact Conference give me the knowledge and the courage to stand up for my belief in America’s founding principles and make a difference.”

— Prudy Harker, CFP, President of Lifecircle®