Friday, April 24, 2015
Nonprofit Center seeks new leader as Kunde announces leave
April 24, 2015 11:01 AM
Leigh Kunde will wrap up 22 years of service as executive director of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee at the end of July, according to an announcement made by the center on Thursday.

Kunde aims to find a new role as she continues her career, according to the announcement.

“It has been an honor to work with nonprofit organizations whose critical missions change lives and improve the quality of life for all of us,” Kunde said. “Since its founding in 1967, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee has been here to support nonprofits at every stage of their development to be strong and vital contributors and catalysts for change. I am extremely proud of our work together and I have grown professionally from the opportunity to serve. My passion and commitment to support nonprofit capacity and building community will continue moving forward.”

Kunde has led the nonprofit organization since 1993, and in 1996 established its current name after it previously existed as Milwaukee Associates in Urban Development. Among the other highlights anchoring Kunde’s career with the center is the purchase of the center’s headquarters at 2819 W. Highland Boulevard in 2002, the merger of the organization with Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee in 2003, the development of its Finance Center in 2007, and the launch of a new website – – last year.

“Through her leadership, compassion, creativity and vision. Leigh has had a profound impact on the nonprofit community in and around Milwaukee over the past several decades,” said Josh Bierbach, chair of the Nonprofit Center’s board of directors. “We are so grateful for her service.”

The center’s board of directors is heading a search for Kunde’s successor and expects to fill the position shortly after she exits.

The Nonprofit Center offers area agencies a spectrum of resources and workshops designed to build their capacity and advance their missions. The center also advocates for the strength of the nonprofit sector as a whole as it promotes volunteerism and encourages cross sector collaboration.

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Burleigh Street CDC organizes business plan competition
April 24, 2015 11:04 AM
The Burleigh Street Community Development Corporation is taking the lead on a business plan competition designed to draw more entrepreneurs to the Burleigh Street commercial corridor.

The Burleigh Street CDC, which aims to build the business community in Milwaukee’s Burleigh Street Commercial Corridor and stimulate economic development, will launch the business plan competition in June.

The organization is collaborating with area property owners on the competition as property owners offer discounted rent rates to prospective business owners.

The competition’s application process will open up on June 1, and winners will be named later in the summer. Interested entrepreneurs can take technical assistance classes through May as they piece together their business plans.

The business plan competition is made possible by support from partners and sponsors including: Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, Town Bank, Hmong Chamber of Commerce, Allstate Insurance – Costigan Agency, LISC, Von Communications, Redemann Creative, African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, The Business Council, Urban Economic Development Association, LRC, Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation, and Newaukee among others.

For more information on the competition, contact Renee Lindner, outreach manager at the Burleigh Street CDC, at

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Medical alliance rebrands with new name, areas of expertise
April 24, 2015 11:07 AM
The Centers for Transfusion and Transplant Medicine, an alliance of medical organizations that includes Milwaukee-based BloodCenter of Wisconsin, is rebranding with a new name and logo while also broadening its areas of expertise.

The alliance will now be known as Versiti and will focus on five key service areas: Transfusion medicine and blood services, transplantation, stem cells and cellular therapies, hematology and blood disease, and oncology and genomic medicine.

“Our new name and logo better reflect the depth and breadth of this expertise and the diversity of our innovative science, products and services,” Jacquelyn Fredrick, president and chief executive officer of Versiti, said in a press release.

The name “Versiti” was pieced together with two parts – “Ver,” which points to truth, accuracy and versatility, and “siti,” which refers to university and diversity. The alliance’s new logo features a set of bands and an array of colors, which imply strength and the multitude of services offered by Versiti.

Along with BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Versiti’s affiliates are Heartland Blood Centers of Aurora, Ill.; Indiana Blood Center; and Michigan Blood.

“In an era of unprecedented change in health care, there is significant opportunity for blood centers to work closely with our health care system partners to support them in reaching their goals of improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care and cost efficiencies,”’ said Peter Ziegler, board chair of Versiti. “Having brought four blood centers together, we are well on our way to delivering enhanced value to our partners and communities.”

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Ziemers donate $1 million to UWM College of Nursing
April 24, 2015 11:09 AM
Former Harley-Davidson chief executive officer and president James Ziemer and his wife, Yvonne, have donated $1 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. Intended to strengthen UWM's ability to fill a growing nursing shortage in Wisconsin, the gift will fund a clinical simulation center on the university's Kenwood Campus, which is home to Wisconsin's largest nursing program.

The James and Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center will enable the college to increase its in-demand training programs by up to 30 percent, providing UWM nursing students with state-of-the-art experiential learning in simulated clinical settings.

UWM chancellor Mark Mone called the Ziemers’ gift “transformational,” both for UWM and the region.

“The new James and Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center will be a place for innovative clinical learning, not only for our nursing students, but for students from our College of Health Sciences and from many other UWM Schools and Colleges,” Mone said. “Integrated professional development at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary learning will be made possible here.”

“We are so grateful to the Ziemers for their vision and extraordinary generosity,” added Sally Lundeen, dean of the College of Nursing. “Their gift in support of the simulation center assures us that our College of Nursing will remain among the top nursing education programs in the country for many years to come and will provide the cornerstone for innovative interprofessional health education and research.”

Named after James Ziemer, a three-time UWM alumnus, and his wife, the center will provide a “real world” environment for teaching, learning and research where students are trained in patient care through use of models, manikins, medical equipment and living patients.

“This gift expresses our hope that our children, and our grandchildren, and all families within our community, will have access to the highest quality nursing care,” the Ziemers said in a joint statement. “We know that UWM has outstanding students and faculty, and they need our support to expand their capacity to meet the workforce needs of the future.”

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HPGM expects record turnout for Five Star Gala
April 24, 2015 11:11 AM
The Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) is expecting a record crowd and record funds raised at its annual Five Star Gala to be held Saturday, May 9, at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

The Gala is sold out, with about 680 people registered to attend. The organization already has surpassed its fundraising goal with more than $300,000 raised before the event is even held, according to Griselda Aldrete, president and chief executive officer of the HPGM.

The co-chairs of the Gala are Rolando Rodriguez, president and CEO of Marcus Theaters and executive vice president of The Marcus Corp., and Brian Masterson, vice president of the Global Supply Chain at GE Healthcare.

The keynote speaker at the Gala will be Cristina Saralegui, president of Cristina Saralegui Enterprises Inc. and host of the Emmy Award-winning “The Cristina Show” on the Univision Network. The Cuban-born media mogul is the first Spanish-language television personality to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Gala offers networking and supports HPGM’s programming and operations, including the organization’s post-graduate scholarship program. A dinner and a silent auction will start the night, and it will end with dancing to live music.

The HPGM was formed in 2001 with the vision to showcase Hispanic talent in the Milwaukee area and provide professionals with the support they need to reach increasing levels of success in their careers. The current chairman of the HPGM board of directors is Jamie Delgadillo, financial representative at Northwestern Mutual Insurance Corp. Inc. The immediate past board chair is Nancy Hernandez, owner of Abrazo Multicultural Marketing & Communication.

BizTimes Media LLC is a media sponsor for the HPGM Five Star Gala. Aldrete’s efforts to grow the impact of the HPGM will be saluted when she receives the 2015 BizTimes Regional Spirit Award at the BizExpo on Wednesday, May 20. For additional information or to register attend the awards luncheon, visit

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Associated Bank buys mortgages from Habitat for Humanity
April 24, 2015 11:14 AM
Associated Bank has purchased about $2 million in residential mortgages from Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity in one of the largest one-time mortgage sales in the chapter’s history.

Through the purchase of the mortgages, Green Bay-based Associated Bank has provided funding for Habitat’s five-year renovation of about 25 homes in Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood.

Habitat will target the neighborhood’s vacant, city-owned foreclosures, and through renovation or complete rebuild, transform them into livable single family homes.

“The success of our neighborhood revitalization efforts relies on partnerships with businesses and organizations that have a strong commitment to building our community,” said Brian Sonderman, executive director of Milwaukee Habitat. “We are deeply grateful to Associated Bank for this opportunity to further our mission to build homes and hope in Milwaukee and to truly transform Washington Park into a safe, sustainable community of choice.”

Using funding from charitable donations, profits from its Habitat ReStores and mortgage payments from partner family homeowners, Milwaukee Habitat is able to fund its revitalization projects. Partner families must go through a screening process, participate in financial education and contribute up to 500 hours of sweat equity to their homes and neighbors’ homes before they become Habitat homeowners.

“It’s a common misconception that we give houses away,” Sonderman said. “That’s not how Habitat works. We provide an affordable, interest-free mortgage and the payments we receive from these mortgages help us to fund more homes.”

Habitat eventually sells the mortgages, like in this Associated Bank deal, and uses those funds to start new projects.

Associated will also offer its employees as volunteers on the Habitat worksites over the next five years. And the bank’s director of finance, Craig Hahn, will join the Habitat Milwaukee board of directors in December.

“Associated has a strong commitment to the communities we serve through both financial support and volunteerism,” said Dave Bauer, director of mortgage sales, Associated Bank. “We are happy the funds will be put to great use, helping to make our communities a better place to live and work.”

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Lutheran Home plans $2 million make-over
April 24, 2015 11:17 AM
Lutheran Home in Wauwatosa announced that it will invest $2 million in a major renovation of its main lobby and entrance, as well as the addition of office space.

The skilled nursing facility plans to begin construction work in early May. The project will be funded through the Lutheran Home Foundation.

The project will include a brand new entrance that will eliminate a long corridor at the south end of the building. It will also feature a new circular driveway and covered drop off and pick-up area. Renovation updates will also include: improved aesthetics and comfort in the lobby and office space, a new ‘healing garden’ for residents and guests and dedicated and secure wheelchair storage.

The construction project is estimated to last four to six months.

“This makeover will add significant comfort for residents and guests as well as provide additional working space for our employees,” said Scott McFadden, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place CEO. “We are also pleased that there will be more harmony in the design that ties together both the Lutheran Home & Harwood Place campuses.”

The architect for this project is Plunkett Raysich Architects, and the general contractor is Joseph Schmitt.

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BizTimes Around Town: ‘Awear’ Fashion Show
April 24, 2015 11:19 AM
Sojourner Family Peace Center raised more than $200,000 during its 12th annual Awear Fashion Show – the most the nonprofit has ever generated at its signature fashion show fundraiser. The event, presented by Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motor Co., was held April 2 at Harley-Davidson. In addition to the runway show, the event featured hors d’oeuvres and a cocktail reception, as well as a wine pull, ruby dig, beauty bar and auctions.

Check out BizTimes’ Around Town gallery of the event here.

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From the magazine: Made in Milwaukee – Beyond Vision provides employment to Milwaukee’s blind
April 24, 2015 11:21 AM
Beyond Vision is much like any other Milwaukee-area manufacturer, offering such capabilities as CNC milling, CNC turning and manual machining.

The difference is the majority of the work at Beyond Vision, a 501(c)3 nonprofit company, is done by blind employees. About half of its approximately 90 employees are blind, one-third of whom are completely blind and the other two-thirds of whom have varying degrees of blindness.

Read more in the latest issue of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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2015 WisconsinBiz: 'People Make The Difference'
April 24, 2015 11:23 AM
BizTimes Media LLC on Monday published the 2015 edition of WisconsinBiz, the annual publication that promotes Wisconsin as a place to grow or move a business.

"People Make The Difference" is the theme of this year's supplement, which chronicles the human, financial and organizational resources that make Wisconsin a special place to do business.

To view a digital edition of the annual magazine, click here.

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BizTimes Media 2015 Giving Guide
April 24, 2015 11:25 AM
BizTimes Media’s fifth annual Giving Guide serves the region’s business community as a vehicle to engage with area nonprofit organizations and discover opportunities for philanthropic involvement.

The Giving Guide features the missions, fundraising efforts, and giving opportunities of more than 50 regional nonprofits filling a diversity of needs.

To view BizTimes’ Giving Guide, visit

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Nonprofit Calendar
April 24, 2015 11:26 AM

*Friday, April 24, The Women’s Center will hold its 38th anniversary celebration during a special luncheon at the Italian Conference Center. The nonprofit organization offers services and support to women and families impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. The anniversary celebration will feature a keynote address by Joshua Safran, an author, attorney and nationally known advocate for survivors of domestic violence and innocent prisoners. The event will also include a silent auction and raffle. The celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Individual tickets cost $65. Tables of 10 are also available for $650. The Italian Community Center is located at 631 E. Chicago Street in Milwaukee. For more information on the luncheon, click here.

*Saturday, April 25, the Neighborhood House of Milwaukee will hold an Earth Day Fair at its offices, 2819 W. Richardson Place in Milwaukee. The event will teach attendees different ways to care for the earth. The fair will also feature games, art, gardening, a community clean-up and lunch. For more information, click here.

*Saturday, April 25, Concordia University Wisconsin will host an education career fair at its Center for Environmental Stewardship. The fair will cater to certified teaching and administrative positions, including licensed literacy teachers, school administrators and school counselors. Representatives from area school districts will be present. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Concordia University Wisconsin is located at 12800 Lake Shore Drive in Mequon. For more information, contact Krista Oldenburg of Career Services at 262-243-4340 or visit

*Wednesday, April 29, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will hold a workshop on grant writing basics. The information session will teach attendees key elements of effective grant proposals. The session will be led by Julie Whelan-Capell, director of planning and development at IMPACT. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, located at 2819 W. Highland Boulevard in Milwaukee. Cost is $40 for center members and CDBG and $75 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.

*Tuesday, May 5, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network’s Greater Milwaukee Chapter will hold its May Nonprofit Resource Exchange. The event is part of a series that provides participants a forum to share resources, talk through challenges and brainstorm solutions with nonprofit peers. Exchange events are held every other month. The May event will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Teach for America, located at 700 W. Virginia, Suite 610, in Milwaukee. Attendees will have a chance to network both before and after the formal discussion. For more information or to register, click here.

*Thursday, May 7, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors and the Silver City Neighborhood will present the 8th annual Mining for Silver Dinner and Auction. The evening will feature a dinner and program highlighting successful revitalization efforts and upcoming projects in Silver City neighborhoods. The event will also include silent and live auctions, raffles and games. The event will run from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Tripoli Shrine Center, located at 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee. Individual tickets cost $65, and proceeds will go right back into the neighborhoods’ revitalization work. Attendees should plan to purchase tickets by Tuesday, April 28. For more information or to register, click here.

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Erica Breunlin BizTimes Nonprofit Weekly is compiled by BizTimes Milwaukee reporter Erica Breunlin. This bulletin is published every Friday morning. Send news tips to or call her at (414) 336-7121.

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