Friday, October 31, 2014
Pallotta to return to Thought Leaders Luncheon
October 31, 2014 11:03 AM
National nonprofit thought leader Dan Pallotta, whose TED Talk has received more than three million views, will keynote Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin’s Thought Leaders Luncheon for a second year.
The luncheon, in its sixth year, unites executives from both the nonprofit sector and the for-profit sphere “around issues that affect both of them,” said CEO Bob Glowacki.

The event brings together leaders from all backgrounds who “want to solve social issues or problems that are plaguing our Milwaukee community,” Glowacki said.

Easter Seals, which exists to support people with disabilities in living independently and contributing to the community, welcomed Pallotta to the signature event last year to personally deliver his popular speech on “The way we think about charity is dead wrong.”

That speech is grounded in a philosophy that too many nonprofits are “rewarded for how little they spend – not for what they get done,” as Pallotta states.

Pallotta, who is well known for helping devise the multi-day charitable event model, asserts that a double standard separates the operations of for-profit and nonprofit ventures. While for-profit companies have expansive resources for marketing, risk-taking and capital, nonprofit organizations are bound by limited budgets and slim resources – and yet they are expected to make lasting impact on enormous social and community issues.

Easter Seals is bringing Pallotta back by popular demand as his 2013 address resonated with attendees, according to Glowacki.

“People still seem to be wanting more,” Glowacki said. “They didn’t leave with their questions answered.”

They have more “floating around in their heads about what he was talking about,” Glowacki said.

During this year’s luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 5, Pallotta will dovetail off his presentation last year and discuss “The Why of Innovation.”

BizTimes had an exclusive interview with Pallotta earlier this month, when he opened up about the keys to great innovation.

“An unspoken purpose of it in a lot of the business literature is to win, is to crush the competition,” he told BizTimes. “I think the best innovation comes from a much more powerful place than that. It comes from a desire to contribute to the lives of others.”

Pallotta’s speech will cater to both nonprofit and for-profit leaders in the throes of innovating their services, products, mindsets and workplaces. At the core of his speech will be a push to innovate for the sake of broad social issues, according to Glowacki.

In the nonprofit sphere, Glowacki hopes Pallotta’s words encourage leaders to really start thinking about ways they can leverage innovative technology to advance their missions and realign their services as needed.

Beyond technology, he also hopes Pallotta’s speech opens attendees up to the prospect of innovative collaborations as well as compels attendees to apply some of what they learn to their networks with the mindset that “we can’t keeping doing things the way we’ve been doing things.”

“My goal every year, and I have a hand in selecting the speaker each year, is that the attendees will leave with new ideas that challenge their conventional wisdom and that those that self select to be at our event will do something,” Glowacki said.

With a capacity of 400 attendees, the Thought Leaders Luncheon is still accepting registrations through Monday, Nov. 3. The luncheon will begin at 11 a.m. with networking and will be held at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, located at 509 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. Admission costs $60 for individuals.

As in past years, BizTimes Media is serving as the media sponsor of the event.

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BizTimes makes final call for Nonprofit Excellence Awards attendees
October 31, 2014 11:06 AM
BizTimes Media's inaugural Nonprofit Excellence Awards program, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 4, will accept registrants through 4 p.m. today.
During the breakfast program, BizTimes Media will present the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which are recognizing nonprofits making a significant mark on southeastern Wisconsin as well as for-profit companies, executives and professionals committed to philanthropy.

After receiving more than 100 nominations among the program’s nine award categories, BizTimes Media, in collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Southeastern Wisconsin and the Donors Forum of Wisconsin, selected finalists at the start of October.

Prior to award recognition, the program will feature a panel discussion on the state of southeastern Wisconsin’s nonprofit community with input from area nonprofit executives and philanthropists.
The panel, to be moderated by Kimberly Kane, founder and president of Kane Communications Group, will also expand on strategies for strengthening relationships between area businesses and nonprofits.

The panel will feature insight from Thomas Shannon, president and CEO of The BrightStar Wisconsin Foundation Inc.; Ken Hanson, founder and CEO of Hanson Dodge Creative; Alan Petelinsek, CEO of Power Test Inc.; and Maria Nicholas Groves, director of business development at The Novo Group and president of Feeding Mouths, Filling Minds.

The Nonprofit Excellence Awards breakfast will run from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, located at 1721 W. Canal St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $40 for individuals and $320 for a corporate table of eight.

For more information or to register, visit

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La Casa de Esperanza leader wins national award
October 31, 2014 11:08 AM
Anselmo Villarreal, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award.
The award celebrates excellence in community center leadership. Among more than two dozen applicants from across the country, Villarreal, president and CEO of La Casa de Esperanza, Inc., was chosen for his continued efforts to strengthen families and communities.

His organization, based in Waukesha, primarily serves Hispanic residents and families with programming that addresses workforce development, education, tax assistance and weatherization among other social needs. Villarreal, who has worked for La Casa de Esperanza for 24 years, has helped expand the organization to an $18 million operation serving more than 200,000 annually.

“Our panel of judges was highly impressed with Anselmo’s vision for La Casa and his vision for the role community centers play in building strong neighborhoods,” said Bev Dribin, Aramark vice president of community relations. “Aramark’s mission is to enrich and nourish live every day not only for our customers and clients but also in our communities. This award recognizes the value of inspirational and effective community center leadership.”

The Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership Award, in its fourth year, is distributed by Aramark, a Philadelphia, Pa.-based company that specializes in food and facilities management services. The award falls under Aramark’s philanthropic and volunteer program known as “Aramark Building Community.”

The award is also presented by Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (formerly the Alliance for Children and Families) and is named for the late Peter Goldberg, who was president and CEO of the alliance.

“As a true servant-leader and advocate for those less fortunate, Anselmo Villarreal personifies the qualities of the Peter B. Goldberg Aramark Building Community Executive Leadership award,” said Susan Dreyfus, current president and CEO of the alliance. “I am honored to call Anselmo a longtime friend and the alliance is especially lucky to have him within its network. Anselmo has truly made the Waukesha area a better place by leading with integrity, respect and inspiration, continually moving beyond the status quo.”

Along with the award, Villarreal will receive a $40,000 grant, which he plans to put toward the opening of La Casa de Esperanza’s new charter school next year.

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Zetts to continue leadership of Menomonee Valley Partners
October 31, 2014 11:11 AM
Corey Zetts has transitioned from acting executive director of Menomonee Valley Partners Inc. to executive director of the organization, according to an appointment announced on Wednesday.
Zetts, who previously served as MVP’s associate director, took over leadership of the nonprofit community development organization in September when former executive director, Laura Bray, left to become CEO of Madison-based BioForward, Inc.

During her near 10-year run at MVP, Zett has largely focused on real estate development and business recruitment, infrastructure and design planning, habitat restoration, public art and community engagement, according to the organization.

Among the projects Zetts has contributed to throughout her career are the transformation of the former Milwaukee Stockyards into the Canal Commerce Center, the redevelopment of the Milwaukee Road Shops into Menomonee Valley Industrial Center and the establishment of new businesses to the area. She has also been part of the emergence of Three Bridges Park, completion of the Hank Aaron State Trail and creation of the Urban Ecology Center’s Menomonee Valley branch.

“The valley’s success is the result of bold vision, strong planning and collaboration across public and private sectors,” said Mick Hatch, president of MVP’s board of directors. “Our board knows that Corey’s expertise in urban redevelopment, enthusiasm for our work, and relationships with our many stakeholders make her the best choice to lead MVP into the future.”

Additionally, Zetts has been a force in strategic planning initiatives for the long-term development of the Menomonee Valley area.

“The recent revitalization of the valley has been extraordinary and has helped make Milwaukee a model of sustainable redevelopment,” Zetts said. “I am excited to work with our strong board, staff and partners as we continue to help move the valley towards its full potential. We will be focusing on revitalizing the many underutilized properties that remain in the valley, capitalizing on upcoming infrastructure projects, and job opportunities in the valley.”

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YMCA of Metro Milwaukee closes sales of Greenfield and Menomonee Falls facilities
October 31, 2014 11:13 AM
The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has closed on the sale of two of its properties to the YMCA of Greater Waukesha County, according to state records.
The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County purchased the Tri-County YMCA, located at N84 W17501 Menomonee Ave. in Menomonee Falls, for $2.3 million. The facility is on a 21.3-acre site.
The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County also purchased the Southwest YMCA, located at 11311 W. Howard Ave. in Greenfield, for $4.6 million. The facility there is on a 21.4-acre site.
Additionally, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee recently closed the sale of the Feith Family Ozaukee YMCA, located at 465 Northwoods Rd. in Port Washington, to the Kettle Moraine YMCA. The $2 million sale includes 21.5 acres.
The transactions are part of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee’s strategic plan to overcome a $30 million debt. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the facilities will be used to pay off the organization’s debt.
The organization filed for bankruptcy in June and announced plans to sell most of its owned real estate assets as it tightens its mission to primarily serve residents of or very close to Milwaukee.

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Health Care Heroes nominations due today
October 31, 2014 11:15 AM
BizTimes Media will continue to accept nominations for the Health Care Heroes Awards through today.
The Health Care Heroes Awards recognize individuals and/or organizations in the Southeastern Wisconsin health care community who are making a significant impact on the quality of health care in our area. The goals of the program are to recognize excellence, promote innovation, encourage emulation of successful programs, educate the general public, contribute to the enhancement of the value and quality of health care and, ultimately, recognize those individuals and/or organizations that deserve a nod of appreciation.

Awards include Advancements in Health Care, Community Service, Corporate Achievement in Health Care, First Responder and more.

The awards ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee-West, 10499 W. Innovation Drive in Wauwatosa.

For more information or to nominate, visit

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Public invited to ‘Meet the Media’
October 31, 2014 11:18 AM
Have you ever wanted to bend the ear of the publisher or editor of your favorite local news publication? Have you ever wanted to drink a cold beverage with your favorite television news anchorperson or your favorite radio newscaster? Have you ever wanted to exchange quips with your favorite political commentator, columnist or editorial writer?
This is your chance: The Milwaukee Press Club will celebrate its 129th anniversary on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, by giving southeastern Wisconsin residents the opportunity to meet and greet local media celebrities at a "Meet the Media" event.  

Attendees will then be entertained by more than 40 "celebrity bartenders" - professionals from nearly all of the area's media outlets, as well as various community and business leaders throughout the region.

The “Meet the (Milwaukee) Media” event will take place Dec. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Newsroom Pub, home to the Milwaukee Press Club located at 137 E. Wells St., in downtown Milwaukee.

The event is free and open to the public. However, advanced registration is required and may be done online at

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Fantle named executive director of Milwaukee NARI chapter
October 31, 2014 11:20 AM
David Fantle, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and formerly the vice president of VISIT Milwaukee, has been named the new executive director of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
“I’m excited about this opportunity to work with the NARI board, staff, members and the Milwaukee-area community to further define, strengthen and add even greater consumer value to the NARI brand,” Fantle said.

Fantle is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, and prior to his time at VISIT Milwaukee, he held senior communications posts at Kohl’s Corp. and Wisconsin Gas Company. He is the past president of the Southeast Wisconsin chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has served on the boards of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Wisconsin State Fair, Film Wisconsin, The Black Public Relations Society Milwaukee chapter, the Nicolet High School Foundation, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee and the Glendale Little League. He also served six years as a Bayside village trustee and village president.
“Dave has the management experience, record of accomplishment and passion that will help Milwaukee/NARI continue to fulfill its mission of serving the area’s remodeling industry and educating the public on the many advantages of selecting a NARI contractor for any home remodeling project,” said David Pekel, MCR, UDCP, CAPS, Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, Inc. president and owner of Pekel Construction and Remodeling, Inc.

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First Bank Financial Centre launches Holi-Days of Giving program
October 31, 2014 11:24 AM
Oconomowoc-based First Bank Financial Centre has launched a Holi-Days of Giving program to give to charity during December.
The community bank will distribute $500 checks to 12 nonprofits and gifts of up to $500 in value to 12 families or individuals.

First Bank encourages the community to nominate local charities and individuals who could benefit from the program. Nominations will be accepted at a bank branch or at [HYPERLINK] until Nov. 14.

Each of the bank’s 12 area branches will distribute one of the nonprofit donations and one of the gifts. The bank has locations in Brookfield, Germantown, Grafton, Hartford, Hartland, Menomonee Falls, Mequon, Oconomowoc and West Bend.

“We have a long history of giving back and supporting the communities we serve. It’s a commitment that’s woven into our culture and spirit,” said Mark Mohr, president and CEO of First Bank Financial Centre. “We hope our gifts will be used in all sorts of ways to bring joy. We’d love to fly grandma home for the holidays, fund care packages for military troops overseas or give a local charity a boost.”

First Bank donated almost $250,000 to local organizations in 2013, and its employees served more than 300 groups and nonprofits by volunteering. The company expects similar charity results in 2014.

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
October 31, 2014 11:26 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 31, 2014 11:27 AM

*Friday, Oct. 31, the Friends of the Domes at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) will present “Ghosts Under Glass.” The family-friendly event will feature face painting, a Halloween costume contest, children’s crafts, trick-or-treating and food for purchase. Event proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Domes. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Domes, located at 524 S. Layton Blvd. in Milwaukee. Admission costs $8 for adults age 18 and older and $5 for kids ages 4 to 7. Admission is free for kids age 3 and under. For more information, visit

*Monday, Nov. 3, the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at UW-Milwaukee will hold a graduate program information session. The institute offers a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership as well as a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. The programs prepare students to lead nonprofit organizations’ accounting, board governance, fund development, marketing, human resources and more. During the information session, attendees will learn about the programs’ curriculums, admissions requirements, financial aid, and the institute’s push to improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness in the region. The session will run from 6 to 7 p.m. on UW-Milwaukee’s campus at 3230 E. Kenwood Blvd. in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, call 414-229-3176.

*Tuesday, Nov. 4, the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation will hold a Lunch and Learn Roundtable on employment law. The Lunch and Learn Roundtables series confronts a range of business topics with speakers who are industry experts. Each event, free to attend, includes lunch. The next event will run from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at WWBIC, located at 1533 N. RiverCenter Drive in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, visit or call 414-263-5450.

*Thursday, Nov. 13, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will hold an information session on “What’s New with the Affordable Care Act for 2015?” The free workshop will cover health care reform, changes in the coming year, and health insurance purchase options. The workshop will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Nonprofit Center, located at 2819 W. Highland Blvd. in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, Nov. 13, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Greater Milwaukee Chapter will hold a discussion highlighting “Short Takes on Nonprofit Trends.” The event will feature speakers from a range of backgrounds – Keisha Russell of YNPN Milwaukee, Ian Abston of Newaukee, Steve Strang of BoardStar, and Bonnie Andrews of the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee. Speakers will present in a round-robin style. The event will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, located at 101 W. Pleasant St. in Milwaukee. Admission is free for YNPN members and costs $5 for nonmembers. 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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