Friday, July 25, 2014
Greater Milwaukee Foundation elects new board chair, adds three directors
July 25, 2014 11:03 AM
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s board of directors has elected a new chair, Thomas Spero, retired managing partner of Deloitte & Touche, LLP’s Milwaukee office.
The community foundation, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year, helps distribute charitable funds established by donors, who determine how they want their philanthropic dollars allocated. Grants generated from the funds fulfill needs in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties, among other areas.

Spero has served the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s board for nearly 10 years and currently sits on the board’s governance & nominations committee and impact investing task force.

“Tom is entering his 10th year of service on our board, and his voice has been invaluable in our efforts to serve the community in increasingly meaningful ways,” said Greater Milwaukee Foundation President and CEO Ellen Gilligan. “Like Tom, our incoming board members have deep roots in the community, and their collective wisdom and talent will help ensure we have the greatest impact possible on our mission.”

Spero, who succeeds immediate past chair Peter Bruce, of counsel at Davis & Kuelthau, has 40 years of experience in public accounting. During his career, he was on the management committee for Deloitte’s Midwest Practice, spanning Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

His community service has included board leadership for Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance.

Spero’s predecessor, Bruce, will remain an active director of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s board.

The foundation’s board also recently added three new members: Cecelia Gore, executive director of the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc.; Paul Jones, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson, Inc.; and Gregory Marcus, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based The Marcus Corporation.

Board members John Daniels, Jr., Quarles & Brady LLP chairman emeritus, and community volunteer Mary Read completed their terms at the end of June.

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BMO Harris Bank renews sponsorship of 'The Nutcracker'
July 25, 2014 11:05 AM
BMO Harris Bank is extending its sponsorship of Milwaukee Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” into a second year as the ballet prepares for its 44th annual performance of the holiday production this December.
BMO Harris Bank sponsored “The Nutcracker” last season as a “holiday gift to Milwaukee,” according to the bank.

“From a BMO standpoint, we talk about part of our corporate responsibility (as) giving back to the communities where we live and work,” said Jud Snyder, president of BMO Harris Equipment Finance Company.

“This was an opportunity not just to support the Milwaukee Ballet but to support a decades-long tradition,” said Snyder, who serves on the Milwaukee Ballet’s board of directors and executive committee and co-chaired the organization’s 2014 ball.

Along with ticket revenue, the Milwaukee Ballet relies on significant corporate support to bring the production to life. “The Nutcracker” is just one facet of BMO Harris Bank’s support of the ballet as the bank also backs its fundraising events and educational programs.

Snyder said BMO Harris Bank has a close relationship with the ballet and he hopes that the bank’s sponsorship of “The Nutcracker” is an “ongoing” one.

In honor of its renewed sponsorship for 2014, BMO Harris Bank will hold a string of special events during this weekend’s Gallery Night and Day, organized by the Historic Third Ward Association.

The events will serve to build awareness of the holiday performances and will feature live performances by Milwaukee Ballet dancers at the bank’s 770 N. Water Street location.

On Friday, July 25, the bank will host “Ladies Night” from 5 to 9 p.m. Along with watching live ballet and sampling “Sugarplum” desserts, attendees will be able to view an exhibit of “Nutcracker” costumes and props. On Saturday, July 26, the bank will offer free beginner ballet lessons for children from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m. Lessons will be taught by Milwaukee Ballet professionals.

The bank will also run ticket giveaways and promotions for “The Nutcracker” throughout the weekend.

The Milwaukee Ballet’s holiday performances will debut on Saturday, Dec. 13, and will conclude on Saturday, Dec. 27.

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Nonprofit Center calling for award nominations
July 25, 2014 11:08 AM
The Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee is seeking nominations for its 2014 Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which “highlight innovation and exceptional organizational performance” among nonprofits, according to the organization.
Awards are distributed in five categories: board governance, collaboration, community organizing, diversity and fiscal integrity.

Nominated organizations must be tax-exempt 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations based in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington or Waukesha Counties. Chapters or affiliates of national organizations are also eligible for nomination if they are “locally managed and have separate chapter or affiliate financial information available,” according to the Nonprofit Center.

Individuals can submit nominations for nonprofits whether or not they are directly involved with its charitable efforts.

Individuals nominating an organization may only enter that organization into one award category. The Nonprofit Center will not grant multiple awards to a single organization.

Award-winning organizations will be highlighted in the Nonprofit Center’s print materials, on its website and through it social media outlets. Additionally, winners will be saluted at the 20th annual Spirit of the Nonprofit Sector Celebration of Excellence program, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

Award nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, and consist of a form and a letter of support.

For more information or to access the nomination form, click here.

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Brewers construct rainwater harvesting pavilion at local homeless shelter
July 25, 2014 11:10 AM
Milwaukee Brewers players are taking time off the field today to complete a rainwater harvesting pavilion at the Guest House of Milwaukee, a new feature made possible by a charitable gift from the Brewers Community Foundation.
The foundation represents the philanthropic arm of the baseball team.

The pavilion will collect rainwater, direct it away from sewers and store it to be used in the homeless shelter’s nearby Cream City Gardens. Along with helping maintain the gardens, the pavilion will act as a gathering place for the neighborhood community.

“We’re very grateful for the generosity of the Brewers Community Foundation and the many community partners involved in making this project happen,” said Cindy Krahenbuhl, executive director of the Guest House of Milwaukee. “The rainwater harvesting pavilion will provide a space for neighbors to gather, formerly homeless individuals to learn about urban agriculture, and benefits our urban environment by recycling rainwater. Our other projects, including the painted benches, will beautify our often overlooked neighborhood as well.”

In addition to Brewers players, onsite volunteers assisting with the pavilion will include shelter guests and staff members as well as representatives from United Way, Milwaukee-based Rockwell Automation, Friedens Community Ministries, VetterDenk Architects, Orta Construction, Reflo Sustainable Water Solutions, Arts@Large, and Picnic Tables by Ray.

Area artists will also contribute to the completion of the pavilion.

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Water Council to get part of $30 million JPMorgan grant
July 25, 2014 11:12 AM
The Water Council is one of 10 nonprofit cluster organizations in the country included in a five-year, $30 million grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
The Milwaukee-based Water Council integrates freshwater research, innovation, education and business development with the goal of making the city a global water technology hub.

The other organizations included in the grant are: the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Free Enterprise Center; LA Cleantech in Los Angeles; the New Jersey Innovation Institute in Newark, N.J.; the New Orleans BioInnovation Center; QB3 in San Francisco; Washington Interactive Network in Seattle; and BioSTL in St. Louis.

JPMorgan will not release the amount invested in each of the organizations until later this year, a spokesman said.

The grants, part of a new JPMorgan program called Small Business Forward SM, works to connect entrepreneurs with the critical resources to help their businesses grow, create jobs and strengthen communities. It specifically targets high-growth economic “clusters” that work with small businesses in a particular sector.

The organizations will use the grants to provide small businesses with networking, educational partnerships, workforce management training, supplier networks and export promotion.

“Beyond their vital role in our economy, small businesses are often the source of innovation and inspiration,” said Scott Geller, chief executive officer of Chase Business Banking. “Helping local, small business clusters grow faster and create more jobs will take JPMorgan Chase’s involvement in the entrepreneurial community to a new level.”

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Christensen to retire from Children’s Hospital
July 25, 2014 11:13 AM
Cindy Christensen will retire on Dec. 31 as president of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and executive vice president of Children’s Hospital and Health System after more than 25 years of service.
“Cindy’s dedication to the lives of children and to the people of Children’s Hospital never wavers,” said Peggy Troy, chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital and Health System. “Under her leadership, Children’s has grown in quality, reputation, number of children served and scope of our mission.”

Christensen, 61, has been a major contributor in the establishment of Children’s as one of the nation’s top pediatric health systems, leading initiatives that transformed Children’s from a community hospital into one of the top-ranked systems in the country. Christensen served as legal counsel during the formation of Children’s Specialty Group, the joint specialty practice with the Medical College of Wisconsin, made up of more than 70 programs treating a variety of childhood diagnoses. She was instrumental in the acquisition of Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin, which provides community services programs throughout the state. She was the chief operating officer during the opening of the new patient care tower in 2009. She drove regional strategy in the Fox Valley and metro Milwaukee, and expanded the hospital’s research footprint. From 1981 to 1986, Christensen was a nurse manager in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department of the hospital when it was located at 18th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Before rejoining Children’s in 1990 as the health system’s first general counsel, she was an attorney with Otjen, Van Ert & Weir, SC, Milwaukee.

Marc Gorelick, M.D., currently executive vice president of Children’s Hospital, will retain that position and also succeed Christensen in her role as chief operating officer, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

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Fittest Execs deadline extended
July 25, 2014 11:15 AM
Do you think you have what it takes to be a Fittest Exec?
The BizTimes Fittest Execs program has been re-vamped for 2014 to provide an even greater experience for participants and their companies. Participants will compete in two categories: Most Improved and Individual. Testing dates will be eight weeks apart in order to compare scores for the most improved. The Individual category winners will be determined by the best overall score during test-out.

Participants will enjoy several networking opportunities throughout the summer, public relations exposure, plus the potential to be named a "Fittest Exec."

Executives and teams who accept the challenge will be evaluated based on the following:

1. Biometric screening - Fingerprick blood testing compliments of Sensia Wellness.

2. Fitness Test - Assessment compliments of Wisconsin Athletic Club personal trainers.

The $99 registration fee for individual executives and $350 registration fee for corporate teams will include testing, summer networking, a 90-day Wisconsin Athletic Club membership plus a ticket to the Fittest Execs Awards event, which will be held on Nov. 18.

The extended sign-up deadline is July 31. To register, visit

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
July 25, 2014 11:17 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
July 25, 2014 11:18 AM

*Friday, July 25, German Fest will hold The Capuchins’ Run/Walk for the Hungry, a 5K run and non-competitive 2-mile walk that will raise funds for St. Ben’s Community Meal and House of Peace. The 5K run, which will be timed, starts at 7 p.m., and the 2-mile walk starts at 7:15 p.m. on German Fest grounds at Henry W. Maier Festival Park, located at 200 N. Harbor Dr. in Milwaukee. Registration is closed online but is still available at the south gate of German Fest grounds. Participants will be granted German Fest admissions, a race T-shirt, $5 coupon for food and drinks and a two-for-one coupon to get back into German Fest another day. Participants will also have a chance to win prizes in a special drawing. For more information on the run and walk, visit

*Wednesday, July 30, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will hold a workshop focused on “Turning Business Connections into Corporate Partnerships” under its Planners & Grant Writers Roundtable. The workshop will feature a panel discussion highlighting how nonprofit organizations can develop and enhance mutually beneficial relationships with businesses. The event will run from 9 to 11 a.m. at Manpower Inc., located at 100 Manpower Place in Milwaukee. Cost is $15 for Nonprofit Center members and CDBG agencies and $35 for non-members. For more information or to register, visit

*Thursday, July 31, Jazz in the Park will showcase CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble Quintet. The music groups largely feeds off a blend of jazz and Latin rhythms. The live music will run from 6 to 9 p.m. with a Happy Hour starting at 5 p.m. Jazz in the Park, presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s, is held each Thursday in Cathedral Square Park in downtown Milwaukee through Sept. 4. The summer concerts, which draw musicians from across the region and country, are free and open to the public and also feature food and beverage vendors onsite. For more information on the concert series and its lineup of performers, visit

*Thursday, Aug. 7, the Milwaukee Art Museum will grant free admission to family and individual visitors, thanks to the support of Target. Free admission is awarded on the first Thursday of each month with help from Target. Groups are not eligible for the promotion. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 700 N. Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee. For more information on its exhibits, 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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