Friday, October 24, 2014
Alliance for Children and Families changes name and headquarters
October 17, 2014 11:07 AM
The Alliance for Children and Families has announced a name change and moved its headquarters from Milwaukee to Washington, D.C.
The national nonprofit organization has a membership base of close to 500 nonprofits focused on human services for youth and families.

The organization will now be known as the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and will be headquartered out of its public policy office in Washington, D.C. Milwaukee will now be home to the organization’s national operations center.

The new name, enhanced by a new logo, better conveys what the organization intends to accomplish instead of simply describing who it serves, according to an announcement from the Alliance.

“It was important for us to retain ‘Alliance’ because it underscores the vital role that a national network of nearly 500-member organizations can play,” said Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the organization. “The change to ‘Strong Families and Communities’ conveys the belief that unifies our network and inspires the daily work of thousands of human-serving professionals across the country – that family strength and community strength are inseparable and that all people depend on both to thrive.”

In relocating its headquarters to Washington, D.C., the Alliance aims to generate more policy influence at the federal and state level.

Staff working in Milwaukee will remain there, according to the Alliance, and a new public relations position will be developed at the headquarters next year.

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Philanthropic Impact & Insight
October 17, 2014 11:08 AM
Undoubtedly, your life has been improved by philanthropy. When you visit a hospital, attend a college or university, participate in a religious service, listen to community radio or experience the visual or performing arts, you benefit from philanthropy. From the Greek “love of mankind,” philanthropy represents the act of supporting the institutions and causes that to improve our quality of life. Can you imagine what our country would be like without the foresight of Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller? Today, Warren Buffet, Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah and Mark Zuckerberg have all picked up the gauntlet. While we all may not be able to give to at the level of these noted philanthropists, everybody has the capacity to make a difference. Professional fundraisers help engage individuals and organizations in the philanthropic process.
As president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter, I’m humbled and delighted to submit this inaugural “Philanthropic Impact and Insight” column for the Biz Times. You may wonder, “Why is there an Association of Fundraising Professionals?” and “What do fundraisers do?” I can address the first question now; but the answer to the second question takes a little more explanation and will unfold in future columns.

In a nutshell, AFP exists because nonprofits need resources to carry out their work—just like a sports team like the Packers needs training. Nationally, nonprofit financing comprises more than 5 percent of our gross domestic product (Urban Institute National Center for Charity Statistics, 2012), much of it provided by contributions from individuals and organizations. Since 1960, the AFP has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise more than $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world. Closer to home, the Southeastern Wisconsin chapter has more than 300 members representing 130+ institutions and causes in seven counties.

There are more than 9,000 nonprofit organizations in southeastern Wisconsin alone, the majority of which rely upon some sort of contributed income. These organizations run the gamut from grass roots PTAs, little leagues and churches to community clinics, art organizations and community centers to universities and hospitals. Just like the U.S. Post, these organizations operate 24/7, in good times and bad, and this requires financial and human resources. Many of these institutions employ professional fundraisers to connect donors to their dreams and make our community a better place.

November is National Philanthropy Month. BizTimes and AFP share the goal of engaging more individuals and organizations in philanthropy. In the coming weeks, both organizations will present awards to community leaders in the philanthropic sector. BizTimes will host its inaugural Nonprofit Excellence Awards Program on Nov. 4 at 8 a.m. at the Potawatomi Hotel. The event begins with a panel discussion about the status of the local nonprofit sector and explaining how to connect business leaders and companies to charities. The awards will then recognize individuals, organizations and nonprofit groups that are advancing the sector. The following week, on Nov. 11, AFP will host its 36th annual National Philanthropy Day celebration at the Pfister. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with an educational session on “Living Your Brand” by Julie Raye, Director of Brand Strategy for Brandgarten. At noon, the NPD awards ceremony, hosted by WISN Channel 12’s Joyce Garbaciak and Toya Washington, will recognize individuals and organizations that help support the nonprofit sector. Registration links for both events can be found below.

This column will continue to examine the impact of philanthropy on our sustainable future. Following the momentum generated through the celebration of November as National Philanthropy month, we’ll highlight the challenges facing the nonprofit sector and how they affect all of us…and the opportunities that we share to invest in civic improvement through philanthropy.
In the coming months, we will share how AFP advances effective and ethical fundraising and how this makes a difference for all in southeastern Wisconsin. Thank you for reading, and I hope you will return to Philanthropic Impact and Insight on Nov. 21, when we announce a local recipient of an award from AFP International.
Contributed by Amalia Schoone, president of AFP Southeastern WI and edited by Peter Zehren, vice president of communications, AFP Southeastern WI.

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Nominate a Health Care Hero by Friday
October 17, 2014 11:11 AM
BizTimes Media is accepting nominations for its Health Care Heroes Awards, which honor individuals and organizations that are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area. The deadline is Friday.
The inspirational program recognizes excellence, promotes innovation, encourages emulation of successful programs, educates the general public and contributes to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care.

BizTimes is accepting nominations for the following categories:

•    Advancements in Health Care: Honors a company or individual primarily responsible for a scientific discovery or for the development of a new medical product or procedure.
•    Behavioral Health: Honors an individual or organization for its leadership, commitment and care on behavioral health issues.
•    Community Service: Honors an individual or an organization for leadership in focusing on solving a particular health care issue.
•    Corporate Achievement in Health Care: Honors a company that has successfully implemented an innovative health care product, process or service.
•    Executive Leadership: Honors a senior-level individual who demonstrates strong skills in leading his or her organization in quality care, collaboration and financial management.
•    First Responder: Honors a person who arrived on the scene of a health care emergency, utilizing his or her training to treat and comfort the patient in need.
•    Health Care Staff: Honors an individual who has made a significant difference in the wellbeing of others.
•    Nurse: Honors an individual from the nursing field whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients, peers and physicians.
•    Physician: Honors a physician whose performance on the job is considered exemplary by patients and peers.
•    Volunteer: Honors an individual who has done volunteer work for the good of one or more people or the entire community.

Nominations will be judged on documented accomplishments, and winners will be notified in early November. All Health Care Heroes Award winners will be profiled in the print and online editions of BizTimes Milwaukee. The winners will be saluted at a breakfast on Friday, Dec. 19, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-West in Wauwatosa.

To nominate a Health Care Hero, visit

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Kapco wins Wisconsin Business Achievement Award
October 17, 2014 11:14 AM
Grafton-based Kapco Inc. is the inaugural recipient of the Wisconsin Business Achievement Award, presented by the Flowers Family Foundation Inc.
The award, which was presented Wednesday at the State of Wisconsin Business Event in Madison, honors the outstanding economic and philanthropic contributions of individuals or entities engaged in free enterprise. The award includes a $50,000 donation from the Flowers Family Foundation to a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization of the winner's choosing. Kapco selected Hometown Heroes, a charity that supports families in need, to receive the donation.

Established in 1972 as a small, family-run metal stamping company, Kapco has evolved into a full-service metal components manufacturer specializing in robotic stamping and welding, progressive die stamping, deep draw complete tool and die, heavy stamping, fabricating and wet coatings. Kapco contracts with some of the best known brands in the military, construction, industrial equipment, recreational vehicles, fitness equipment, and electronic motor and generator industries.

Kapco, founded by Tom Kacmarcik Sr., employs more than 400 people at six locations, all of which are in Wisconsin.

CEO Jim Kacmarcik also founded K-Nation Entertainment, a full-service entertainment company for emerging recording artists and is the owner of the Mequon-based Lakeshore Chinooks baseball franchise. More recently, Jim Kacmarcik became part of the minority ownership group of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Jim Kacmarcik said, "When Kapco was founded by my parents in 1972, I don't think they could have envisioned a day when our humble company would be honored in such a way. I'm surrounded by a team who truly cares about the quality of their work. I'm surrounded by a team who demonstrates each day that manufacturing is still a great source of employment in Wisconsin. I'm surrounded by a team that is proving you can have a profitable and fast-growing manufacturing company without shipping jobs and work overseas. We are both pleased and proud to contribute to Wisconsin's economy for the past 40 years. We are humbled by this recognition."

"My vision for the Wisconsin Business Achievement Award was to highlight the incredibly valuable and often unheralded contributions of businesses and the men and women who run them," said Rockne "Rock" Flowers. "Kapco Inc. certainly fits those criteria and then some. Kapco, Inc. enhances the quality of life for people in its community, not only through its positive economic impact, but also through its charitable and entertainment contributions."

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Greater Milwaukee Committee joins drive for board diversity
October 17, 2014 11:15 AM
Corporate boards in Wisconsin are moving in the right direction with efforts to increase racial/ethnic and gender diversity, but more work is needed, according to a Board Diversity report released Monday by the Greater Milwaukee Committee in conjunction with Milwaukee Women inc.
In addition to the report, the GMC also announced at its membership meeting it will lead a new initiative on a CEO-to-CEO basis to facilitate board inclusion. The effort will managed by the organization’s Future Workforce Committee, led by ManpowerGroup chairman Jeff Joerres and Wisconsin Energy Corp. chairman and CEO Gale Klappa. Its goals include:

1. Support Milwaukee Women inc’s goal of moving from 15.5 percent to 25 percent women on WI50 boards by 2015. This means an increase from 69 to 111 seats, or 42 more board seats.

2. Bring WI50 companies up to the WI Fortune 50 numbers for ethnic minority directors from 8 percent in 2014 to 13 percent in 2018, with a goal of reaching the halfway mark of 10.5 percent by 2015. This means an increase from 34 to 57 seats, or 23 more board seats.

3. Create quarterly engagement opportunities for board candidates and corporations, and increase the size of the board candidate list by December 2015 from 85 to 200 qualified individuals.

Currently, approximately one in 10 board seats in the Wisconsin Top 50 is an underrepresented minority. Racial diversity in the Wisconsin Top 50 is about equal to the national average; however, women are increasing their presence in the board room.

“This year is the first time we’ve seen measurable improvement in gender diversity in three years, with 15.5 percent of directors in the Wisconsin Top 50 being women, up from 14.3 percent in 2013,” said Milwaukee Women inc chair Phyllis King. “That said, we still have significant work to do – and we look forward to working with the GMC and other organizations to continue improving these numbers.”

Nationally, there are strong efforts to drive board diversity as an important corporate governance issue. While there is much discussion about the issue, strong data is difficult to find. Companies are not required to report numbers outlining board diversity, leaving such information to be collected voluntarily, which many GMC member companies did for the survey.

“The results of this report can help us lead, because it allows our community to move from the question of ‘why’ to ‘how,’” said GMC president Julia Taylor. “It’s too easy to focus on the reasons that corporate governance does not reflect the population it often serves,” Taylor said. “We need to focus on how to bring about change in this field. We’re pleased with our ongoing collaboration with Milwaukee Women inc and other community organizations to lead this change.”

MWi began collecting gender diversity data in 2003. The GMC, in partnership with MWi, created a database in 2006 of potential board candidates who are female and/or of a racial or ethnic minority. The database, which is populated with nominations and submissions by GMC members, is available to any member of a company who is looking for potential diverse board nominees.

For more information and to see the full Board Diversity Report, please visit

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Milwaukee Film Festival hits record attendance
October 17, 2014 11:17 AM
The 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival drew record attendance over its 15-day run with more than 64,000 attendees among its public film screenings, private education screenings, panel discussions and parties.
This year’s attendance figures reflect a 16 percent increase in overall attendance from last year, which attracted more than 55,000 people, according to lead organizer Milwaukee Film, a nonprofit cultural institution and film advocate.

In its sixth year, the 2014 festival featured 275 films from more than 60 countries at the Landmark Oriental Theatre, the Landmark Downer Theatre, the Fox-Bay Cinema Grill and the Times Cinema.

The festival, which played out Sept. 25 through Oct. 9, topped out with 72 sold-out screenings, up from 64 in 2013.

“The festival is a tremendous community undertaking that would absolutely not be possible without our generous sponsors, passionate community partners, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers and staff who work together tirelessly to create such an incredible 15-day experience,” said Jonathan Jackson, artistic and executive director for Milwaukee Film. “But, most of all, it’s our enthusiastic audience who attend day after day that make our city’s festival possible.”

Additional 2014 festival highlights included the appearance of a record 108 visiting filmmakers, jurors, panelists and other film professionals – including an appearance by Oscar winning filmmaker John Ridley, of “12 Years a Slave” during the screening of his latest film, “Jimi: All Is By My Side” on Sept. 27.

Before closing the festival on Oct. 9, Milwaukee Film announced 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival Allan H. and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award recipients. “Alive Inside” by Michael Rossato-Bennett won in the feature film category, and “The Numberlys” by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg” was declared winner of the short film category.

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Summit to intersect community development and creative problem solving
October 17, 2014 11:19 AM
This year's Creative Milwaukee @ Work Summit, presented by Creative Alliance Milwaukee, will leverage the talents of the region's creative class to impact three of Milwaukee's top economic and community development projects.
Read more in Monday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by reporter Erica Breunlin.

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
October 17, 2014 11:21 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
October 17, 2014 11:22 AM

*Friday, Oct. 17, IndependenceFirst will hold a reception for its “Threads of the World” art exhibit, created by artist Melissa Enderle. Each year, IndependenceFirst’s home site features an exhibit that promotes inclusion of people with disabilities in creating, showcasing and viewing original artwork. Enderle, a Wisconsin native, travels the world teaching and creating art with a special interest in watercolor, pastel and colored pencil. Many of her pieces highlight the cultures of the destinations she has visited. The Oct. 17 reception, which is part of the Third Ward Association’s Gallery Night, will feature a Skype conversation with Enderle, who is currently in South Korea. Attendees will be able to ask her questions. The reception will run from 5 to 9 p.m. at IndependenceFirst, located at 540 S. 1st St. in Milwaukee. For more information or to RSVP, click here.

*Sunday, Oct. 19, Canstruction, a national charity that holds competitions and exhibits featuring artistic structures made of full cans of food, will come to Bayshore Town Center. Five Milwaukee architectural firms will create large-scale art projects out of cans following the theme “Milwaukee” and will spend all of Sunday constructing. On Tuesday, Oct. 21, an awards ceremony and reception will honor their artwork. Designs will be on display through Wednesday, Oct. 29, when projects will be “de-canstructed,” and more than 8,000 cans included in the project will be donated to the Jewish Community Pantry. The string of events is made possible by a partnership between Bayshore Town Center and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Bayshore Town Center is located at 5800 N. Bayshore Drive in Glendale. For more information on each event, visit

*Wednesday, Oct. 22, the Milwaukee Press Club will present a Newsmaker Luncheon themed “Pundits and Pollsters” and focused on the state’s Nov. 4 election. During the luncheon, a panel of area journalists along with Marquette University Law School poll director Charles Franklin will discuss the gubernatorial race between Gov. Scott Walker and candidate Mary Burke and the attorney general race between Susan Happ and Brad Schimmel, among other races. Panelists will highlight factors that will influence the election results, the impact of Wisconsin’s new Voter I.D. law, specific strengths and weaknesses of candidates and more. The event, open to the public, will run from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St. in downtown Milwaukee. Cost is $18 for press club members, $23 for non-members, and $13 for students. The event includes lunch. Seating is limited, and advanced registration and payment are required. 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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