Friday, November 21, 2014
LISC, Safe & Sound adopt crime prevention awards program
November 21, 2014 10:50 AM
Local Initiatives Support Corporation's Milwaukee chapter and Safe & Sound, Inc. are taking the lead on an awards program that has been honoring crime prevention measures in Milwaukee for the past 65 years.

The two nonprofit agencies will host the 66th Annual Crime Prevention Awards Luncheon on Jan. 27, advancing their relations with Milwaukee police and carrying on a tradition long headed by the Milwaukee Exchange Club.

The awards program historically has honored police officers and outstanding citizens making an extra effort to reinforce the safety of area neighborhoods.

When Leo Ries, executive director of LISC Milwaukee, attended the 2014 awards program and learned that the Milwaukee Exchange Club was not going to be able to continue facilitating the awards, he brought LISC and Safe & Sound aboard to ensure the program’s survival.

In recent years, the Milwaukee Exchange Club’s membership has dwindled, and the organization as a whole has taken on a less active role in the community.

But the awards program launched by the club is a critical one, according to Ries, as it shifts attention toward the personal stories of individuals making a true community impact.

People need to be inspired by what is possible, Ries said, adding that the best way to motivate and inspire is through personal stories. The Crime Prevention Awards Program highlights real, practical, everyday ways in which people “are making a difference,” he said.

The Crime Prevention Awards feature a set of law enforcement awards and community awards. Law enforcement categories salute an outstanding community liaison officer, an outstanding professional contribution, an outstanding civilian contribution and an officer hurt or killed on the job through the “Blue and Gold Award.”

Community award categories honor an outstanding individual involved in crime prevention, an outstanding block club or community collaboration, an outstanding corporation or business, an outstanding faith-based organization, and an outstanding greater Milwaukee partnership.

After making a public call for nominations and closing that call last week, LISC and Safe & Sound are turning to a committee of community members to vet submissions and select finalists for law enforcement awards. A separate law enforcement committee will review the community award nominations.

Finalists will likely be announced in mid-December, according to Anne Temple, development and communications coordinator at Safe & Sound.

Much of the structure of the 2015 awards program builds off the framework of previous years’ programs, but LISC and Safe & Sound aim to draw more sponsors to the event and elevate the profile of the awards program in the community.

“By collaborating on this we figure we can respectively reach out to our respective networks in order to generate greater interest and support for the program,” Ries said.

Moving forward, the organizations also want to structure the awards program as an educational tool on crime prevention and community safety.

“We also have to educate the broader community about this work and about why everyone needs to step up,” Ries said.

The 2015 Crime Prevention Awards Luncheon is scheduled for noon on Jan. 27 in the Grand Ballroom of the Wisconsin Club, located at 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Milwaukee.

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Business benefits from nonprofit engagement
November 21, 2014 10:55 AM
Social capital is an elusive concept. Many corporate leaders feel part of their work must include “giving back to the community.” While running a business, sitting on a corporate board or leading a division turns the focus on profit, leaders find involvement in the nonprofit sector offers a richer fulfillment that comes from helping others.
Such is the case with Doug Ziegler who shared, “My volunteer fundraising is one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced.” Ziegler recently received the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising award from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals as part of their National Philanthropy Day® celebration in Washington D.C.  At 87, he continues to celebrate a life of work in the corporate sector that includes a parallel investment in philanthropy.
Like most successful businessmen Ziegler had a mentor, advisor and guide. He followed in the footsteps of his father, who regularly reminded him of his obligation to help the community.

While corporate social responsibility is now the norm, for over 60 years, Ziegler has helped raise nearly $40 million for a myriad of charities in the greater Milwaukee community. As he encourages others to become more aware and invested in the community, Ziegler is co-chairing yet another United Way of Washington County campaign.
Today’s leaders share the strength that comes from “giving back to the community” with their employees. Building social capital by encouraging employees to become involved in charitable causes. In fact, the impact of employer-supported volunteer programs in the nonprofit sector is two-fold – helping nonprofits as well as increasing appreciation of and commitment to work.

Simply put—nonprofit engagement helps the business bottom line.

Contributed by By Tamara L. Pacada, MBA, CFRE, president-elect of AFP Southeastern WI and edited by Peter Zehren, XMPA, vice president of communications, AFP Southeastern WI.

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Helen Bader Foundation surpasses $250 million in giving
November 21, 2014 10:58 AM
Following its latest grant and investment cycle, The Helen Bader Foundation has passed the $250 million giving mark, the Milwaukee-based foundation announced on Tuesday.
This fall, the foundation is backing projects throughout the state, country and globe with more than $7 million in grants and program-related investments, which includes loans and equity investments.

To date, the 22-year-old foundation has awarded more than 6,200 grants and 39 program-related investments for the benefit of thousands of nonprofit organizations. The foundation has also aided government entities and for-profit ventures aligned with its mission, which supports programming addressing Alzheimer’s and aging, workforce development, community programming for youth, Jewish Education, and the arts.

“Looking back over the past two decades, I am simply amazed to see the accumulated impact the foundation has made for people,” said Daniel Bader, president and CEO of the foundation. “Over the years, we have learned that you only see results in people when you invest in people and the only way to make progress on challenging social issues is to build strength through a diversity of tools and partners. My mom’s (Helen Bader’s) spirit is forever felt in the programs and research that help individuals reach their fullest potential.”

The Helen Bader Foundation grew out of Helen’s passion for giving back to the community and her belief in the need for organizations with the bandwidth to address challenges facing the community and individuals. Helen hailed from South Dakota but spent much of her life in Milwaukee. She attended Downer College in Milwaukee and married Alfred Bader. The couple grew Aldrich Chemical Company. Following their divorce, Helen attended UW-Milwaukee, completing a master’s degree and assisting Milwaukee’s homeless populations, mentally ill residents and struggling families through fieldwork at the Legal Aid Society.

Helen died in 1989, and the foundation opened in 1992 to carry on her interest in advancing social change.

Along with designating funds to projects, the foundation makes a point to spark collaboration among key stakeholders and promote an open forum for exchange of ideas, according to its mission.

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BizTimes to honor 2014 Health Care Heroes
November 21, 2014 11:00 AM
BizTimes Media announces the recipients of its 2014 Health Care Heroes Awards.
The awards salute the impact and the accomplishments of people and organizations that are making a positive difference in the community on the front lines of health care.

The 2014 Health Care Heroes are:

Advancements in Health Care
* Dr. Michael Mitchell, investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute.
* Justin Mortara, Ph.D., chief executive officer of Mortara Instrument Inc.
Behavioral Health
* Kimberly Flannery, nutrition director at Wisconsin Athletic Club.
* Sue McKenzie, co-director of Rogers InHealth, Rogers Memorial Hospital.
Community Service
* Robyn Kibler, administrator of Smart Smiles, a dental program sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.
* Dick Vogel, founder of Kathy’s House (posthumous).
Corporate Achievement in Health Care
* Cultivate by Standard Process
* Source 1 Project Solutions Inc.
Executive Leadership
* Dr. Tito Izard, president and CEO of Milwaukee Health Services Inc.
* Eric Tetzlaff, administrator of Lake Terrace.
Health Care Staff
* Lisa Hacker, pediatric social worker, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
* Susan Meilinger, R.N. and health coach, Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Workforce Health Program.
* Heidi Sykora, Doctor of Nursing Practice and vice president of clinical quality services at the Milwaukee Center for Independence.
* Dr. Frank LaVora, president of the Lakeshore Medical Group.
* Cedric Jones, burn support group volunteer, Columbia St. Mary’s Regional Burn Center.
* Jimmy Krznarich, full-time volunteer, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The awards will be presented to the recipients in an inspirational program on Friday, Dec. 19, at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. To register to attend, visit

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Community Care Inc. program expands into Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Winnebago counties
November 21, 2014 11:02 AM
Brookfield-based Community Care Inc.’s board of directors approved on Tuesday the expansion of the nonprofit organization’s Family Care program into Fond du Lac, Manitowoc and Winnebago counties.
Community Care anticipates it will begin offering the program in those locales on Jan. 1 to adults with disabilities and seniors who need long-term supportive care services.
“For the past 37 years, we’ve made it our mission to help adults with disabilities and seniors live as independently as possible,” said Kenneth Munson, chief executive officer of Community Care. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to expand this mission into these three counties.”

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services notified Community Care in August that it intended to offer it a contract to provide Family Care in the three-county region. With the board’s approval Tuesday, Community Care will move forward with preparations to offer services beginning in January of 2015.

Family Care is a state program that provides long-term care assistance to older adults and adults with disabilities, allowing them to live as independently as possible. Services funded by Family Care include personal care and homemaking support, employment, home delivered meals, nursing care and therapy. Most participants in the Family Care program choose to live in their own home or in another community setting. Individuals must qualify for long-term care support and be Medicaid-eligible to participate in the program.

With the expansion, Community Care will offer Family Care in 14 Wisconsin counties, including the surrounding counties of Calumet, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Washington and Waupaca. The organization currently serves more than 10,000 residents and employs more than 1,100 people in its area of operation.

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Pathways to College announces new name
November 21, 2014 11:04 AM
Pathways to College, Inc. has changed its name to Pathways Milwaukee.
The new name better mirrors the organization’s mission, according to executive director Milton Cockroft. That mission is grounded in an effort to make higher education accessible for students of all backgrounds, particularly students of low-income households and first-generation college students.
But the organization’s mission moves beyond helping students reach college as it also focuses on success during college and in the years following.
Pathways Milwaukee offers programming in four core areas: Pathways to Education serves K4-5th grade students and their families with an emphasis on introducing them to the prospect of college. The main program, Pathways to Achievement, targets 6th-12th grade students, helping them chart their course to college and get a jump start with college prep programs. Pathways to Success is a new program the organization has created for its students once they’re enrolled in college, and Pathways Parents provides support and resources to parents throughout their child’s education.
“Pathways Milwaukee will continue to provide comprehensive programming for our students to not only help them arrive at college but to have success in college and beyond,” Cockroft said.
The organization is currently serving more than 300 students in sixth grade through freshman year of college.

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BizTimes Around Town: Variety's Lunch for the Kids
November 21, 2014 11:06 AM
Variety - The Children's Charity of Wisconsin recently held a special luncheon to shed light on its mission and programs and celebrate its community impact. The nonprofit organization works to improve the lives of children with physical disabilities. The luncheon, which also served as a fundraiser for the organization, was hosted by the Pfister Hotel.
Check out BizTimes’ Around Town gallery of the event here.

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BizTimes Media 2015 Giving Guide
November 21, 2014 11:08 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
November 21, 2014 11:10 AM

*Friday, Nov. 21, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation will present MAM After Dark Happy Hour at the Milwaukee Art Museum, located at 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. The MAM After Dark series features monthly social events at the museum. This month’s event will include drink specials and food samples from Café Calatrava, holiday shopping opportunities with onsite vendors, live dance performances, derby shows, a DJ, a photo booth and tours of art exhibits. The event will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Admission is free for museum members. Attendees who join at the doors can gain free admission with a friend. Cost for other attendees is $14 at the door and $9 in advance. For more information or to register, click visit

*Tuesday, Dec. 2, BoardStar will host a discussion on anticipated nonprofit trends in 2015. The event will feature a keynote address by Trista Harris, president of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, on “The Future Started Yesterday.” The event will also include a panel discussion with insight on trends from Christy Brown of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Christine Culver of the United Performing Arts Fund, and Jeff Snell of the Midwest Consortium for Social Innovation. The event will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, located at 220 E. Pittsburgh St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $25 for BoardStar members and $35 for non-members. Coffee and snacks will be included. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, Dec. 4, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will hold the 20th annual “Spirit of the Nonprofit Sector Celebration” and will honor impactful nonprofit executives and organizations with its Nonprofit Excellence Awards. Honorees are Meta House, Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers and SaintA. The celebration will include networking following by the awards presentation and a reception. The event will run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, located at 631 E. Chicago St. in Milwaukee. Awards will be distributed at 5 p.m. Cost is $20 for nonprofit center members CDBG affiliates and $20 for attendees registering at least two at one time. Nonmembers can attend for $35 or $30 when registering at least two at one time. For more information or to register, click here.

*Thursday, Dec. 4, the Milwaukee Press Club will hold its annual “Meet the Media” event as it celebrates its 129th anniversary. The event gives the public a chance to interact one on one with media personnel from outlets across the region. Attendees will also be entertained by more than 40 “celebrity bartenders,” including media professionals and several community and business leaders. The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub, home to the Milwaukee Press Club, at 137 E. Wells St. in downtown Milwaukee. The event is free and open to the public but requires advanced registration at

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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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