Region 1: Northern WI

(Douglas, Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Vilas, Forest, Florence, Marinette, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Barron, Polk, Burnett, Washburn, Sawyer)


General Volunteer Support

Head of the Lakes United Way
Location: 424 W, Superior St. Suite 402 Duluth, MN 55802
Description: HLUW works with agencies and community volunteers to invest wisely in our community to create real, lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. HLUW is committed to education, income, health, and basic needs.
Contact: Superior Office, (715) 394-2733 or

Northland College
Location: 1411 Ellis Ave. Ashland, WI 54806
Description: The Northland Volunteer Program (NVP) assists and guides individuals and campus clubs and organizations in their efforts to become engaged in the community through a wide variety of service opportunities. These opportunities can be a one-time activity, once a week, once a month, or year round.

Northwoods United Way
Location: PO Box 177 Rhinelander, WI 54501
Contact: (715) 369-0440

Volunteer Wisconsin
Location: Online Database
Contact: N/A


UW – Superior Jacket Jobs
Location: PO Box 2000 Superior, WI 54880
Link:http:// Description: “Jacket Jobs offers a specialized search program catered to the degrees and skills you earn at UW-Superior. Search thousands of on and off-campus jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities from UW-Superior to around the world. Post resumes, network, find career events and advisors to help kick start your career.”
Contact: (715) 394-8024 or

Event Planning and Support

Recruitment and Hire

Direct Project Funding and Grant Application Process

Northwest Regional Planning Commission
Location: 1400 S. River St. Spooner, WI 54801
Description: As your liaison to state and federal agencies, NWRPC has direct, on-going contact with a variety of funding sources to help you: Assess your project’s needs and help organize goals and objectives
Target the most appropriate sources of funding
Prepare and submit grant application proposals
Contact: Jason Laumann at 715-635-2197 or

Fundraising and Development Support and Expertise

Ashland Foundation
Location: PO Box 762 Ashland, WI 54806
Link: Description:
Contact: N/A


Collaboration and Partnership Opportunities

Nonprofit and Community Organizing, Third Sector Scholarly Expertise

Professional and Community Organizing

Professional Development

Ashland Area Development Corporation
Location: 422 Third Street West Ashland, WI 54806
Description: Our expertise is available, free of charge, to any Ashland County, Wisconsin business which needs some help. AADC is committed to facilitating all activities which provide opportunities for growth and expansion of our local economy, including encouraging and supporting businesses which are already established in our Ashland County communities.
Partnering with others, we promote responsible and equitable economic development. In our efforts to spur generation and retention of jobs, AADC supports economic development and new business start-ups, relocation, or expansions in multiple ways. 
Contact: 715-682-8344

Barron County Economic Development Corporation
Location: 335 E. Monroe St. Barron, WI 54812
Description: How it works: After qualifying companies are selected as participants, a team of research specialists are assigned to work with them. The team’s first step is to interview CEOs and pinpoint their specific growth issues. This interview process is important because often a company’s real obstacle to growth may be masked by another issue. The research team then devotes a certain number of hours to each company over the course of a few weeks to gather and deliver action-oriented information. What you get: In contrast to other types of business assistance, Economic Gardening has a laser-like focus on strategic issues, which means addressing challenges — and identifying opportunities for your company. The Wisconsin and NCEG’s National Strategic Research Team (NSRT) provides analysis and information on five key areas: your core strategy, market dynamics, qualified sales leads, innovation and temperament.
Contact: Dave Armstrong at

Indianhead Community Action Agency
Location: 1000 College Avenue West PO Box 40 Ladysmith, WI 54848
Description: Our Business Development Program targets all qualified individuals within our service area in Northwest Wisconsin.
Although the primary focus of the program is to help low income entrepreneurs start new business, we also provide business development services to entrepreneurs to preserve or increase jobs at existing qualifying businesses.
Clients of the program receive technical assistance in all areas of business.
Services are available in Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Iron, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn Counties.
Contact: Alan Christianson at 715-532-4222

Lake Superior Fundraising Executives
Location: Superior, WI
Description: Lake Superior Fundraising Executives (LSFRE) has been and continues to be a member based organization serving philanthropy professionals. The mission of LSFRE is to foster the growth and development of fundraising executives in the Lake Superior region so they may better serve the profession and thereby their constituencies.
Contact: Shannon Hoffman, LSFRE Chair, (218) 722-7431 x14

UW – Superior Continuing Education/Extension – Online Courses Location: Online Learning
Description: “Writing Effect Grant Proposals” online Course
Contact: N/A

UW – Superior Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizations Certificate
Location: PO Box 2000 Superior, WI 54880
Description: “This certificate will provide the fundamentals required for leading and managing a nonprofit organization and will enhance a current NP leader’s ability in that role. Executive Directors, Program Directors, Board members and others who are interested in learning about the joys and challenges of working in the social sector are encouraged to participate in this valuable and informative Certificate Program.”
Contact: Ester Gieschen, Program Manager, (715) 394-8529 or
Brenda Dalpiaz, University Services Program Associate, (715) 394-8191 or

UW-Superior Nonprofit Fundraising and Revenue Development Certificate
Location: PO Box 2000 Superior, WI 54880
Description: Every nonprofit leader or manager knows the importance of fundraising and revenue development for a social sector organization. Raising philanthropic support can be a daunting and seemingly never-ending task. This certificate provides the basic information required to implement and manage a revenue and fundraising plan for a nonprofit organization.
Contact: Ester Gieschen, Program Manager, (715) 394-8529 or
Brenda Dalpiaz, University Services Program Associate, (715) 394-8191 or

Vilas County Economic Development Corporation
Location: 555 Enterprise Way Eagle River, WI 54521
Description: The Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, quasi-governmental organization helping public, business and nongovernmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation within Vilas County.
Contact: Bob Egan (Executive Director) at or (715) 337-0061

Washburn County Economic Development Corporation
Location: 208 Vine St. Spooner, WI 54801
Description: (WCEDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that was established in 2002 in a response to having a center to serve existing county businesses, promote the development of new business startups, and to help businesses relocate to Washburn County. WCEDC wants to facilitate and stimulate economic growth and stability for Washburn County. WCEDC’s Mission: “To Expand the Tax Base, Create New Jobs and Retain Existing Businesses in Washburn County.” Our vision is to be the resource for economic development in Washburn County leading to attraction, retention and expansion of business to create a strong economic environment.
Contact: 715-635-8242

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC)
Location: 208 Vine St. Shell Lake, WI 54871 (Washburn County) Also: 2100 Beaser Ave. Ashland, WI 54806 (Ashland County); 1019 S. Knowles Ave. New Richmond, WI 54017 (St. Croix county); 1900 College Dr. Rice Lake, WI 54868 (Barron county); and 600 N 21st St. Superior, WI 54880 (Douglas county).
Description: Students in this program learn the latest theories and practices to become an effective leader. Graduates will discover how to find the balance between infusing new ideas into a current organization without leaving behind working systems. The Nonprofit Leadership program addresses strategies for meeting the challenges of acquiring new funding resources, recruiting a volunteer workforce, increasing service support needs and managing fiscal requirements.
Contact: (715) 468.2815

Recognition and Awards

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation -Touchstone Awards
Location: Superior, WI
Description: “The Touchstone Award recognizes and celebrates programs or projects for their leadership in transforming problems into opportunities and service into action. Each year at a luncheon, the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation recognizes non-profits that have gone above and beyond to improve the region by fostering Generosity, Civic Engagement and Inclusiveness.”
Contact: (218) 726-0232

Lobbying and Advocacy

Technical and Logistics


Information Technology Support

Legal Support

State Bar of Wisconsin
Description: “The State Bar of Wisconsin is a professional association that provides educational, career development and other services to its 25,000 members. It also provides public services, including attorney referrals, public education and reduced-fee legal assistance for low-income state residents.”
Accounting and Bookkeeping

Northwest Regional Planning Commission
Location: 1400 S. River St. Spooner, WI 54801
Description: There are a wide range of resources available to businesses in Wisconsin, whether initiating a new idea or expanding a business, including:
Northwest Regional Planning Commission offers various regional revolving loan funds to assist businesses in the counties of Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor and Washburn.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) provides a wide range of financial assistance programs to help businesses. The mission of the Division of Economic and Community Development is to help Wisconsin businesses prosper in a marketplace that is subject to constant change. 
Contact: Heidi Buchmann at, Jeff Dietrich at, Rick Roeser at, or Crystal Rohde at, or call 715-635-2197.

Logistics and Transportation 

Physical Space and Regular Convenings 

Additional Technical Support for Community Organizations