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Urban Connection - Fall 2010

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Nitty Gritty of Coalition Building – Communications

By Stronger Together conference keynoter Tom Wolff (www.tomwolff.com), an example of his many useful articles for those interested in the power of collaborative solutions for building healthy communities.

Collaboration: Model Efforts, Best Practices and Other Resources

Nonprofit Collaboration Database
This unique database provides models and best practices of exceptional nonprofit collaboration efforts drawn from projects presented for consideration for the 2009 Collaboration Prize. Explore different collaboration models, learn about strategies for overcoming challenges to working together, find metrics for measuring outcomes, and more.

Forward Together - Empowering America’s Citizen Sector for the Change We Need
A Call to Action: As concerned leaders in the nonprofit, or citizen, sector, we have come together in this time of national crisis to renew our commitment to serve as partners in public service in addressing the challenges our nation faces. We invite our colleagues in the nonprofit sector, in organized philanthropy, in government, in the business world, and in academia, to join us in this effort so that together we can use the present crisis as an occasion to rededicate our nation to the principles of joint responsibility and concerted action that have long been the source of our strength.

Lodestar Foundation
The Lodestar Foundation seeks to maximize the leverage of philanthropic dollars and engagement through the pursuit of two strategies: 1) By supporting organizations, programs and projects that encourage philanthropy, public service and volunteerism; and, 2) By encouraging and supporting long-term collaborations among nonprofits working in the same area in order to increase efficiency, reduce duplication of efforts and maximize impact through the application of sound business practices http://www.lodestarfoundation.org/

The Collaboration Prize
Celebrating nonprofits that come together for greater impact, this national award is designed to identify and showcase models of collaboration among nonprofit organizations.

Mutual of America Annual Community Partnership Award
Recognizes the important contributions that nonprofit organizations make to society in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations.

Milwaukee's Safe and Sound received a Mutual of America Community Partnership Award in 2010 as one of the 10 best nonprofit partnership organizations in the United States.

Faith & Philanthropy Institute - Equipping Leaders to Go and Grow Great Communities
An organization committed to equipping leaders, churches and faith-based organizations with the knowledge and practical tools necessary to reach beyond their walls to rebuild communities.

Ignite Greater Works - A Best Practices Community Transformation Gathering
Ignite Greater Works is an event designed to celebrate, share and inform the community of the most effective best-practice program models in Dallas, as well as to "ignite" a greater passion for social justice and community outreach among churches, nonprofits, funders and individuals.

American Express Ngen Fellows Project
The 12 under-40 nonprofit professionals who comprise the inaugural cohort of the American Express NGen Fellows brought tremendous experience to their group project, which examined how emerging leaders across sectors can contribute to a conversation that generates collaborative solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

On the Cutting Edge – Companies Find New Ways to Help
Despite a tough economic climate, companies that champion social responsibility are finding new ways to help families and communities. A Fortune Magazine special section.

Collaborative Neighborhood Redevelopment

More than 60 nonprofit, business and community leaders came together on July 29 to hear about collaborative redevelopment efforts in the 30th St. Industrial Corridor and enjoy a networking reception in support of the Nonprofit Center. This was the second in a series of annual events showcasing the work of Nonprofit Center member groups working in collaboration at the community level. “This gathering was a great success and will serve as a model for our future work in bringing people together to explore and act on sector and cross-sector collaborations that have a real impact in our neighborhoods,” said NPC Executive Director Leigh Kunde.

The event focused on assets in the neighborhood and collaborative redevelopment projects including Century City and the Talgo America rail plant that will soon be in operation.

Special thanks go to The Corridor (30th St. Industrial Corridor Corp.) for co-sponsorship and to DRS Power and Control Technologies for providing space in their great facility for the presentations and reception.

And, of course, our great appreciation goes out to everyone who attended and the presenters: Brenna Holly (Executive Director, The Corridor), David Misky (Assistant Executive Director, Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee), 7th District Alderman Willie Wad, and Todd Clausen (Data Center Coordinator, Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee). Ferran Canals of Talgo America joined in and had much to share, as did 3rd District Alderman Nik Kovac.

A Ko-Thi Dance Company contingent of drummers provided entertainment at the reception. Carol Kruth of DRS was instrumental in making the event go off without a hitch. Nonprofit Center board members Carol Eschner, Tyrone Dumas, Jaime Alvarado and Lesley Salas spoke during the evening. Other Development Committee members who helped craft the event were Steve Adams, Debbie Knepke, George Loxton and James Madlom.

Tell Your Story with Neighborhood Asset Mapping

Data Center services can tell the story of any neighborhood…and help you make informed decisions about programs and services. Click here for a demonstration.

BIG Savings on Salary & Benefits Survey

Here’s a great deal for human resource staff and executive management: the latest edition of the Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey is now available online for the bargain price of $50.

The survey is a valuable tool for anyone trying to stretch limited dollars. It provides accurate, detailed information about nonprofit sector employee compensation and benefits, including data for 53 specific jobs and a wealth of useful statistical breakdowns.

This special offer expires on October 31, 2010, and is available to CDBG-funded agencies, individual members of any nonprofit board, and members of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, Agency Executives Group, or the Wisconsin Nonprofits Association.

To order your survey access email mailto:info@nonprofitcentermilwaukee.org or call 414-344-3933.

Our 43rd Annual Business Meeting – Sept. 22

All Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee members are invited to attend our 43rd Aynnual Business Meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at IndependenceFirst, 540 S. 1st St. The meeting includes a fond farewell to outgoing board members, installation of new board members, the business session to approve organizational financials, and a presentation on Transformational Board Governance.

Light fare and refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP by September 15 to info@nonprofitcentermilwaukee.org or 414-344-3933.

Nonprofit Center Welcomes New Board Members

As the Nonprofit Center bids a fond farewell to outgoing board members Socorro Gonzales, George Loxton, James Madlom, Tonya Mantilla and Brian Mechenich, we look forward to the energy and commitment to be shared by eight new board members. These “fresh faces” will round out a diverse, dedicated board:

Josh Bierbach is a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Partner at Reilly, Penner & Benton LLP, a public accounting firm located in Milwaukee. Mr. Bierbach has significant experience with the audit of non-profits and employee benefit plans. Some of his current nonprofit clients include Public Allies, Inc.; Rotary Club of Milwaukee; Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development; Safe & Sound; Milwaukee Water Council, Inc.; Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin; and Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals.

Anne Gardner is president of iOffice Services in Milwaukee. She is an enrolled tribal member of the Mohican Nation, Stockbridge-Munsee Band. She is a seasoned professional with 20 years of broad experience in business administration, project coordination, and administrative management with expertise in the areas of organizational management, writing, editing, proofreading, creative document production, project management, fund development and event planning. Throughout her career, Ms. Gardner has helped revitalize stagnant organizations and grow fledgling businesses. She founded iOffice Services in 2009.

Mark Kessenich has been with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, and its prior incarnation the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County, since August of 2000. His passion is to build powerful and innovative workforce solutions through leadership, technical knowledge and expertise with a deep commitment to the people who make up the greater Milwaukee community. Mr. Kessenich is currently the Director of Planning and Development, and his role includes the development and implementation of their annual Public Policy Agenda, Fund Development Plan and Strategic Action Plan.

Joe Miller is an Assistant Vice President in Business Banking at M&I Bank, where he began employment in 2008. He is responsible for developing new business opportunities, managing deposit and loan portfolios and representing M&I Bank in the community. Mr. Miller has been working with business owners for over 10 years, serving in both the insurance and financial sectors, and also has specific experience working with the financial needs of churches and other nonprofits, both as a banker and as a board member.

Paul Post> is the Chief Technology Officer at Ancilla Partners. He has more than 15 years of strategic business and technology consulting experience and is an expert in software development and implementation. Mr. Post’s experience includes working with both Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations. He spent 8 years at Accenture, leaving as a Manager to take on the Director of Information Technology role at United Way of Greater Milwaukee, a position he held for 5 years prior to joining Ancilla Partners.

Mark Powless is currently the Director of Southeastern Oneida Tribal Services, providing social services to Oneida Tribal membership and other Native Americans residing in southeastern Wisconsin. He is a results-oriented leader focused on community and client progress through education. Mr. Powless has extensive experience in market/demographic analysis and survey techniques, and has demonstrated the ability to select, train, mentor, and retain client-oriented staff. His is a hands-on style with experience in event planning, training/program development, policy/procedure writing, and budget development.

Julianne Price is the director of Director of the Cultures and Communities Program, Institute for Service Learning at UW-Milwaukee. With a focus largely on community-based educational programming, Dr. Price has more than 20 years of expertise in various capacities with numerous organizations including her own small business, Price Learning Keys; Michigan State University Extension 4-H; Michigan K-12 Service Learning Center; Corporation for National and Community Service; Southeastern Wisconsin Service- Learning Consortium; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

Kevin Rizzuto is an Attorney at Law with Michael Best & Friedrich. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. During law school, Mr. Rizzuto was president of the IP Law Society, Lead Articles Editor for the Marquette IP Law Review, member of the executive board of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He also worked as a law clerk and as a judicial intern.

Returning board members are Jaime Alvarado, Maria Delgado, Tyrone Dumas, Heidi Engelhardt, Carol Eschner, Eloisa Gomez, Jim Hiller, Darren Kroenke, Gerri Kroepfl, Tatiana Maida, Dan Neely, Lesley Salas, Courtney Salzer and Howard Snyder.

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