Friday, April 18, 2014
Foti Chiropractic announces ‘Make Another Wish’ Campaign
April 18, 2014 10:00 AM
After raising $10,500 to fulfill the wish of a Make-A-Wish Wisconsin child last year, Foti Chiropractic has launched a 2014 campaign to fund the wish of another deserving child.
Through the campaign, themed “Make Another Wish,” the Wauwatosa-based clinic is determined to raise $10,000 for a Make-A-Wish recipient impacted by a life-threatening medical condition.

“We were so gratified and humbled by the response to last year’s Make-A-Wish campaign, we decided we couldn’t let its momentum for helping others lapse,” said Dr. David Foti, doctor of chiropractic and clinic founder. “The focus and goals of Make-A-Wish Wisconsin are a perfect match for the generosity of our patients and our clinic’s commitment to help people live healthier lives.”

Last year’s fundraising proceeds enabled a young Wisconsin woman with acute lymphoid leukemia to vacation in Hawaii with her family.

The beneficiary of this year’s proceeds has yet to be determined.

To generate funds, Foti Chiropractic is offering a special consultation deal for new patients. For $40, new patients will get a consultation with a doctor, an orthopedic and neurological exam, initial X-rays and a full report. Their entire $40 fee will be funneled into the campaign.

For more information about the clinic’s offerings, visit

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College Possible awarded $75,000 grant
April 18, 2014 10:00 AM
A $75,000 grant awarded to College Possible Milwaukee will help the nonprofit continue coaching low-income high school students with college preparation and readiness programming.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is behind the grant in line with its aim to enhance the quality of education in Milwaukee.

“We are grateful for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s continued support of our program,” said Edie Turnbull, executive director of College Possible Milwaukee. “Thanks to this investment, we are able to help more low-income Milwaukee students earn not just admission to college but college degrees.”

College Possible’s Milwaukee chapter, established in 2008, works with more than 600 high school students at 10 partner high schools through after-school programming and academic guidance.

The nonprofit also provides continual coaching and support to more than 800 college students at schools across the country.

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LBWN announces summer internship program
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc. is building on the success of its Mobile Bike Hub with a new summer internship program that will teach area teens far more than the mechanics of basic bike repairs.
While Mobile Bike Hub interns will learn necessary repair skills, such as how to install brakes and clean and lubricate bikes, they will also gain valuable soft skills needed in the workplace – skills related to customer service and time management.

The Mobile Bike Hub was launched in May 2013 as part of LBWN's [HYPERLINK:] commitment to promoting healthy living and youth education and leadership. The nonprofit organization is focused on community development in Milwaukee's Silver City, Burnham Park and Layton Park neighborhoods.

The hub acts as a mobile bike repair shop, roving throughout south side neighborhoods to assist residents with free bike tune-ups and reparations. During its first year of operation, the hub serviced more than 270 bikes.

The launch of LBWN's summer internship program, slated for mid-June, trails a nine-week winter training program that was also focused on bike maintenance and repair. The program ran from February through the start of April and familiarized six Milwaukee high school students with tools and strategies needed for repairs.

LBWN announced its new internship program during an April 10 graduation ceremony honoring those students who completed winter training.

Two summer interns will be selected from the pool of six winter trainees. The interns, who will each work 13 to 15 hours per week from June through the end of August, will be compensated through funding from the Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation and State Farm Insurance.

The internship program paves an avenue for LBWN to stimulate community engagement among younger generations, according to Jezamil Vega-Skeels, neighborhood planner at LBWN.

"It's always good to maintain that relation because they're going to be the future leaders of the neighborhood," Vega-Skeels said.

The internship program is also acting as a catalyst in the development of community role models, Vega-Skeels said.

"They're becoming an example for those other young adults who are coming to get their bikes repaired," she said.

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Fromm, Milwaukee World Festival to host Petfest
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
Mequon-based pet food manufacturer Fromm Family Foods and Milwaukee World Festival Inc., the nonprofit organization that produces Summerfest, will host a new festival this year called Fromm Petfest.
The event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Henry Maier Festival Park. Families and their pets are welcome to attend the free festival.

“Summer is such an exciting time for Wisconsin residents and the lakefront has become synonymous with festivals,” said Bryan Nieman, brand director at Fromm. “We truly believe that pets are part of the family and decided it was time to invite them into the fun of festival season.”

Petfest will include dock diving, agility demonstrations, nutritional seminars, grooming competitions, a pet-themed marketplace, live music, food and family-focused games and activities.

“Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. is proud to partner with Fromm Family Foods to bring yet another free event and programming to Henry Maier Festival Park,” said Don Smiley, president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee World Festival. “Petfest will be a great addition to this year’s fall festival schedule and give the community the opportunity to enjoy time at the festival grounds with the whole family and their pets.”

The event will also benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society and the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. The Humane Society and MADACC will host dog and cat adoptions at the event as well.

Dogs and cats will be admitted with up-to-date vaccinations, a leash and a signed waiver. Participation rules and more information are available at

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Aurora St. Luke’s receives $2 million donation from former leader of Qatar
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
Aurora Health Care’s Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging, located at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, has received a $2 million donation from the former leader of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani.
The center will be renamed the Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging.

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani,” said Dr. Nick Turkal, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care. “This gift will go a long way in furthering the important work of Drs. A. Jamil Tajik and Arshad Jahangir and their cardiovascular aging research teams at Aurora Health Care.”

Sheikh Khalifa reigned as the Emir of Qatar from 1972 until 1995.

“Receiving this generous gift from across the globe to further advance the science of cardiovascular health validates the importance and the international reach of the work we do at Aurora,” said Dr. A. Jamil Tajik, president of cardiovascular services at Aurora Health Care and personal cardiologist to the Sheikh.

In a release, Aurora said cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among men and women of all racial and ethnic groups in Wisconsin and is a prevalent condition among the elderly. In addition, Wisconsin's aging population is growing—increasing by 10.6 percent since 2000 per recent U.S. Census reports.

Aurora’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani Center for Integrative Research on Cardiovascular Aging is one of the few research centers in the country devoted entirely to study the effect of aging on the cardiovascular system, Aurora said. Its mission is to support and conduct clinical and basic research on the biology of aging and to develop diagnostic, predictive and therapeutic interventions to preserve wellness, prevent age-related cardiovascular dysfunction and improve the quality of life of older people.

“This gift will help us continue this important research to improve the quality of life of seniors in our communities and around the world,” said Dr. Arshad Jahangir, program director at Aurora Health Care.

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Sanders appointed executive director of Safe and Sound
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
After a four-month run as interim executive director of Safe & Sound, Katie Sanders has been selected to lead the nonprofit organization as executive director.
The 16-year-old organization is grounded in a mission to curb violent crime in Milwaukee communities by cultivating partnerships among law enforcement, community organizers and youth.

Sanders joined Safe & Sound last May as development and marketing director and jumped into the role of interim executive director in December, following Barbara Notestein’s departure from the organization. Notestein served as executive director of Safe & Sound for 11 years.

Safe & Sound’s Board of Directors credits Sanders for successfully steering the nonprofit through its time of transition.

“Katie has demonstrated exceptional leadership since joining Safe & Sound and most recently in guiding the organization through a leadership transition,” said Board Chair Kimberly Kane. “She’s talented, strategic and not afraid to ask the tough questions. After an extensive search, we recognized Katie as the right candidate to lead Safe & Sound.”

“I am thrilled and honored to serve Safe & Sound in this capacity,” Sanders said. “Safe & Sound is doing incredible work to improve safety and quality of life in Milwaukee neighborhoods. This is an exciting time for us as we are engaged in a strategic planning process that will strengthen our ability to work with residents, youth and partners to build and sustain safe and vibrant communities in this wonderful city. I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to such an important mission.”

Sanders is a Milwaukee native and previously worked for Marquette University as director of corporate and foundation relations. Her career also includes more than four years as director of development, institutional support, at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

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From the magazine: App and website to steer youth toward after-school programs
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
Most young people in Milwaukee who don't belong to after-school programming aren't skipping out on that programming by choice, according to a 2013 survey of 1,000 area youth.
"The vast majority of those who do not participate in after-school programs indicate that lack of awareness is their number one barrier," said Reggie Moore, founder and senior strategist at the Center for Youth Engagement. The Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization, which conducted the survey last spring, provides support and resources to schools, other nonprofits and public institutions offering quality services to youth.

To better connect Milwaukee kids and teens to after-school opportunities, the Center for Youth Engagement is developing a mobile app and website that will inventory and map hundreds of after-school programs and services in Milwaukee.

Read more about the project, titled Youth Map Milwaukee, in the April 14 edition of BizTimes Milwaukee.

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YMCA to shrink operations in light of $30M debt
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
With a debilitating debt of more than $30 million threatening its existence, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is exploring ways to tighten operations and refocus priorities.
If the nonprofit organization does not devise and roll out a restructuring plan soon, it will not have enough funds to operate by this fall, according to Megan Hakes, executive vice president of Reputation Partners, a Chicago, Ill.-based public relations firm representing the Y.

"This is a very serious situation," Hakes said.

The Y, which has promoted healthy living and social responsibility for more than 155 years in southeastern Wisconsin, currently operates two camps and 10 facilities in the region. The organization has presented a restructuring plan to its banking partners to shrink the scope of its operations.

"What we have proposed is a dramatically smaller, more focused Y," Hakes said.

The Y is not disclosing the details of its proposition as it has not moved forward on any final decisions, Hakes said. However, the organization is considering closing some of its centers in southeastern Wisconsin and revising its programming, according to Hakes.

"We are looking at all of our programming to make sure we are focused on areas where we can have the greatest impact and…on areas that are central to our mission," she said.

With a restructuring plan in development, the organization aims to "return the Y to a sustainable footprint well into the future," Hakes said. That will entail establishing both a new balance sheet and a new operating model "that allows the Y to again more meaningfully reinvest in its centers, reinvest in its programming and reinvest in its people," she said.

The organization's massive debt is the result of several factors and "an accumulation of issues built up over time," according to Hakes.

Along with the lingering effects of the Great Recession, a continuous decline in membership has hurt the Y with an average decrease of five percent per year since 2011. A decrease in philanthropy has also compounded debt totals. According to Hakes, philanthropic contributions are down 25 percent from where they were in 2010.

"We are simply at a point where we must implement a lasting, sustainable solution that will certainly be painful but will hopefully be the right step forward for the Y," Hakes said.

That solution must be driven by a team effort among banking partners and stakeholders, Hakes emphasized.

"Milwaukee needs a strong Y, but the situation is serious and we can't go at it alone," Hakes said. "But if we're able to overcome these hurdles, there's so much good that can come from a strong, healthy Y."

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BizTimes Around Town: The Business of Sports
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
ESPN Milwaukee’s latest panel discussion in its series on “The Business of Sports” focused on the value of philanthropy. The discussion topic was “Doing good is good business.” The event, presented by Jannsen + Company, was held at the Grain Exchange in downtown Milwaukee and drew about 220 attendees.
Check out today’s BizTimes Around Town.

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
April 18, 2014 11:00 AM
BizTimes Media’s fourth annual Giving Guide offers southeastern Wisconsin’s business community an outlet to connect with area nonprofit organizations for philanthropic involvement.
The Giving Guide features the missions, volunteer opportunities and giving opportunities of more than 30 regional nonprofits providing a spectrum of services and resources to residents in need.

Explore BizTimes’ Giving Guide at

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Nonprofit Calendar
April 18, 2014 11:15 AM

*Tuesday, April 22, Milwaukee’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and Rock the Green together will host the third annual Earth Day Celebration at the CityCenter, located at 735 N. Water St. in downtown Milwaukee. The event, free and open to the public, will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with live music on a bicycle-pedal powered stage, eco-educational booths, and organic lunch items served on compostable serving ware. The celebration will also feature remarks by Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderman Robert Bauman, Milwaukee’s Office of Environmental Sustainability and Rock the Green. Each will touch on Milwaukee’s sustainability efforts and future plans.

*Wednesday, April 23, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will host an orientation focused on Volunteer Center services and ways to use, an online resource that details volunteer opportunities. The free orientation will run from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, located at 2819 W. Highland Blvd. in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, click here.

*Saturday, April 26, IndependenceFirst will hold an e-cycle drive in the parking lot of the Pettit National Ice Center, located at 500 S. 84th St. in Milwaukee. The drive will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will collect computers, large appliances, televisions and other electrical equipment. All computer donations will support IndependenceFirst’s Computer Recycling Program, which gives free computers to people with disabilities. The e-cycle drive is made possible with assistance from AT&T, River Run Computers, Digital Recyclers, Rocket Clicks and the Pettit Center. For more information, visit

*Tuesday, April 29, SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. will host a luncheon and panel discussion for nonprofits centered on “Are you making the most of Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities?” The event will teach nonprofits about strategies they can use to draw sponsorship dollars, best practices to enhance the value of a nonprofit and corporate partnership, corporate expectations for return on investment in an organization and how to identify sponsors as supporters. The panel will include input from both nonprofit and corporate representatives. The event is scheduled to run from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, located at 924 E. Wells St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $10, and seating is limited. Interested attendees should register by Sunday, April 20. For more information or to register, click here.

*Wednesday, April 30, Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee will host a fundraising kick-off event themed “We Rebuilt this City on Rock and Roll.” The kick-off will celebrate the start of the organization’s 14th rebuilding season with music, dancing and a meal provided by Bartolotta Restaurant Group. The fundraiser will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pier Wisconsin in Discovery World, located at 500 N. Harbor Dr. in Milwaukee. Tickets cost $100. For more information or to register, visit

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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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