Summer 2019 Updates

Happy Summer!  Our Wisconsin Nonprofit Resources Group (WisNRG) partners wrapped up the spring with exciting activities, and remain hard at work to advance their work to support the nonprofit sector in Wisconsin.  Here are a few updates!

We wrapped up spring with some exciting developments, including the launch of our new WisNRG website,  We are still building and embellishing but we are delighted with the initial responses we have received to this new platform for information-sharing.  We encourage nonprofit sector representatives from across the state to peruse, take a look at our resources inventory, and send suggestions our way.

On April 24th WisNRG Participant the UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, or “the CommNS” hosted its annual event, in partnership with WisNRG Participant the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, on the theme of “Where Mission Meets Advocacy”. This day-long event consisted of morning “how-to” sessions on forms of advocacy for nonprofit and community organizations, a participatory activity on advocacy in Wisconsin organizations and efforts, lunch panelists from the CommNS global and regional networks, and an afternoon full of engaging breakout sessions. With over 100 registrants in attendance including community partners, scholars, affiliates, students, and more, it was a rich day of discussion and learning.  You can find photos from our day on the CommNS Facebook Page.  And, please consider participating in and sharing our survey regarding Advocacy in the Nonprofit Sector in Wisconsin, which was developed from our event discussions and will be used to collect broader information on this compelling topic throughout the coming year.  

The CommNS also hosted its 25th annual Nonprofit Fundraising and Development Conference with over 100 attendees from nonprofit organizations across the U.S. in attendance.  The CommNS was able to honor the event’s founder, Don Gray, for his contributions to this event over the decades, through a scholarship to a promising alum of the Community and Nonprofit Leadership program.  The Morgridges, major philanthropists to the University of Wisconsin, were guests of honors and keynote speakers on their experiences in philanthropy.

Also this spring, WisNRG Partners from the UW-Parkside Center for Business and Community Engagement celebrated fifty (50) years of powerful partnership and work in the nonprofit sector with their 2019 Nonprofit Breakfast, which was free and open to community partners and featured a keynote by Susan Dreyfus, President and CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, will share the findings of the report A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America.

WisNRG Partner the Morgridge Center for Public Service hosted its annual “Be the Change Bash” celebrating the thousands of hours of community service of its student volunteers and also hosted an official welcome reception for its new director, Dr. Earlise Ward. 

WisNRG is having its summer retreat in July at the Green Lake Conference Center to share updates across our regions and communities and support for nonprofit work.  Participants will also continue to develop and finalize the statewide resource guide for nonprofit organizations, and continue to refine our outreach to various partners across Wisconsin for optimal engagement.  We’ll wrap up goals set last year and look ahead.  

The Helen Bader Institute and the UW – Milwaukee Nonprofit Management Alumni Chapter are hosting their 2nd Annual Summer Film Series in Milwaukee on key nonprofit themes. More information on the dates and films being shown can be found here:

WisNRG Partners Carol Brundt of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater School of Business and Doug Ihrke and Bryce Lord of the Helen Bader Institute are presenting on their work in Wisconsin to develop nonprofit educational collaboration at the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council BiAnnual Meeting in London in July.  Dr. Brundt will also present on “Winning Formulas: Characteristics of Supportive Academic Centers and Institutes”.  

Additionally, WisNRG Partners are gearing up for the  22nd Conference on the Small City & Regional Community will be taking place on October 16 and 17, 2019. The theme is Population Dynamics: Implications for Small Cities, Towns, and Rural Areas. Doug Ihrke and Bryce Lord from the Bader Institute and Mary Beth Collins from the CommNS will be presenting on WisNRG, along with other efforts of their Centers.  

These are just a few examples of the exciting things that are happening with our partners across the state.

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