Friday, August 22, 2014
Club Kids 414 seeking volunteers, furnishings for new program site
August 22, 2014 11:14 AM
Milwaukee-based nonprofit Club Kids 414 is calling out to the community with a need for volunteers and furnishings as the organization renovates its new space, located at 2770 N. 18th Street in Milwaukee.
After making a public plea for donated space in January, the organization received a donated house from Wells Fargo in June.

The 1,400-square-foot house, a bank-owned foreclosure that consists of two stories plus a basement, will provide a roof for the organization’s Bags of Hope program, which distributes bags of toiletries basic necessities, and resources to Milwaukee’s inner city youth.

Club Kids 414, which provides recreational and after school programming, hopes to be able to ramp up the Bags of Hope program at its new location by the holiday season. The organization is seeking volunteers to make the site a more livable, workable space. Volunteers will assist with carpet installation, painting, landscaping, siding, construction of a garage, and pouring of concrete.

Marcus Duke, executive director, said the organization is recruiting volunteers of all skill levels.

In addition to volunteers, the nonprofit is partnering with area electric and plumbing unions to update the house’s utilities.

While Club Kids 414 is also in need of home furnishings, it has already received significant donations from Sherwin-Williams and Carpet City Flooring as well as special discounts off goods from the Community Warehouse.

Remaining items on the organization’s “wish list” include hardwood and laminate flooring, commercial tile, flooring underlay, carpet, fencing, drywall, counter tops, wall lights, paint, a screen door, a security door, two gas stoves, two refrigerators, two washers and two dryers, among several other items.

“We need community help,” Duke said. “It’s to the point now where we can’t continue paying for everything out of pocket. We need the help of the community.”

To celebrate its new site and boost community support of its needs, Club Kids 414 will host a block party on Saturday with free food, back-to-school supplies, live entertainment and presentations by Alderman Russell Stamper and union representatives.

The block party, open to the community, will be held at the nonprofit’s new house, with presentations beginning at 1 p.m.

Club Kids 414 is temporarily headquartered in a storefront space at 224 N. 35th Street in Milwaukee but is also seeking donated commercial space, at least 10,000 square feet, for a new home base.

“Our mission is to keep kids off the streets, out of gangs, out of jails, and to give them alternatives to dangerous streets,” Duke said.

“We’ve been doing this for 20 years (and) we have a long track record of helping kids,” he said.

Interested donors can contact Duke at 414-380-3853.

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UW-Parkside offering scholarships for nonprofit leadership program
August 22, 2014 11:16 AM
As the University of Wisconsin-Parkside prepares to launch the third cohort of its Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program, the Kenosha school is offering a new set of scholarships to participants.
Scholarships are available thanks to program sponsorship from Racine-based CCB, Inc.

The university’s Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program educates nonprofit executives, aspiring nonprofit leaders, and professionals seeking a career change on a variety of skillsets and issues pertinent to effective nonprofit management. Topics of discussion and exploration include planning, evaluation and outcome measurement, fund development, grant writing, marketing and communications, board development, nonprofit employee management, volunteer recruitment, retention and recognition, collaboration and advocacy, and financial management.

“The Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program provides an opportunity for you to gain credentials for career advancement, meet nonprofit professionals, and enhance knowledge, skills, and access to resources,” according to the program’s website.

Program students complete their leadership certificate through eight modules, which they select from a total of 10 available modules. Each module runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on a scheduled date. Modules are hosted on the grounds of UW-Parkside’s campus.

The first module, focused on planning for nonprofit organizations, is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 5.

Cost to complete the program is $999. Individuals who register by today, however, will earn an early bird special rate of $899.

Interested program participants may also enroll in individual modules for $149.

This year’s program, also sponsored by United Way of Racine County, has room for 24 students.

For more information on the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program and scholarship details, visit

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LUMIN taking over operations at Renaissance School
August 22, 2014 11:18 AM
Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative, Inc. (LUMIN), a Lutheran-affiliated, nonprofit operator of five Milwaukee-area schools, has acquired Renaissance School, located at 6150 Taylor Avenue in Mt. Pleasant.
The school, which is part of the Racine Parental Choice Program, serves approximately 350 students in grades K4-8.

According to the agreement between LUMIN and Renaissance, LUMIN will facilitate business, administrative and academic services at the school. The school’s staff will retain employment and will continue to be led by founders Frank and Irene Trecroci. Kelleah Lewis, an experienced Milwaukee educator, will take over as principal, and Tiffany Venegas will serve as the new dean of students.

“LUMIN brings so much to our students, their families and the overall Racine community,” Frank said. “They have a proven track record of success in Milwaukee, and we’re thrilled to bring them on board. LUMIN will implement Christian-based curricula including a Biblically-based character development program.”

Renaissance has been searching for an organization to assume school operations for more than a year, according to LUMIN.

“When we began our discussions with Renaissance, we quickly realized many synergies between our organizations,” said Dick Laabs, president of LUMIN. “Renaissance is committed to high quality, results-driven education for children and their families, something LUMIN strongly believes in. They came to us interested in how we structure our schools and administrative teams, and after much discussion, realized we could help them immediately.”

LUMIN’s five other schools work with about 1,300 students in greater Milwaukee, according to the nonprofit.

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BizTimes Media calling for Nonprofit Excellence Awards nominations
August 22, 2014 11:20 AM
BizTimes Media invites southeastern Wisconsin’s business and nonprofit communities to nominate deserving individuals, companies and organizations for the inaugural BizTimes Nonprofit Excellence Awards.
The awards program is designed to salute the work of for-profit organizations, executives and professionals who donate their time, talent and treasure to community causes.

On the nonprofit side, awards will shine a light on organizations and leaders making the region a better place to live, work and play.

Award winners will be celebrated during a Nov. 4 breakfast and ceremony at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Events Center in Milwaukee.

Self-nominations on both the corporate and nonprofit side will be accepted. Award nominations, submitted through a form, are due by Friday, Aug. 29. Corporate citizens and nonprofits may be nominated for multiple categories. Nominators must complete a new form for each category.

BizTimes encourages nominators of for-profit companies to submit their entries as soon as possible. The Nonprofit Excellence Awards’ corporate citizen awards feature five categories: Corporate Citizen of the Year, Next Generation Leadership, In-Kind Supporter, Corporate Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.

The program’s nonprofit awards feature four categories: Nonprofit (organization) of the year, Nonprofit Collaboration of the year award, Nonprofit Executive of the Year and Social Enterprise.

Nonprofit nominees must be tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations based in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Kenosha, Walworth or Sheboygan counties. Chapters or affiliate national organizations may be nominated if they are locally managed.

For detailed descriptions of each award, visit

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Vote now for Future 50 ‘Most Social Company’
August 22, 2014 11:22 AM
BizTimes Media has jumpstarted its second annual Future 50 Most Social Company contest, which will award one area nonprofit organization a cash prize and advertising package worth more than $10,000.
The contest is affiliated with the 2014 Future 50 Program, a program that recognizes 50 regional companies that are at least three years old and have experienced significant growth in revenue and employment numbers.

The annual awards program is orchestrated by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce and its Council of Small Business Executives, with support from presenting sponsor, Park Bank, and media partner, BizTimes Media.

Through BizTimes Media’s Future 50 Most Social Company contest, Future 50 companies opting to participate have selected a nonprofit organization to represent in a Facebook voting competition. The company that tallies the most votes will be crowned “2014 Most Social Company,” and the nonprofit they have designated will earn a $1,000 cash donation from BizTimes Media as well as an ad package valued at more than $9,000. The package includes a two-page spread in BizTimes Media’s Giving Guide, an annual publication highlighting the philanthropic work of regional businesses along with opportunities for community impact.

Facebook voting for the contest, which is open to the general public, began on Wednesday and is open through Wednesday, Sept. 3.

This year’s participating companies and nonprofits are:

*Quest CE for Hunger Task Force
*CSE, Inc., for Susan G. Komen
*Midwest Engineering Systems for Birdies 4 Life
*INTEC for Bruce Guadalupe School
*Gehl Foods for Stars & Stripes Honor Flight
*Power Test for Milwaukee Rescue Mission
*Korb Tredo Architects for Lighthouse Youth Center
*American Roller & Plasma Coatings for Relay for Life Union Grove
*CC&N/Next Electric for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee
*HUSCO International for Schools That Can Milwaukee
*Z.T. Distribution for Wisconsin Humane Society
*Gustave A. Larson for United Way
*The Starr Group for The American Heart Association
*Swick Technologies for Safe Babies Healthy Families
*Cornerstone Plumbing for Inhabit Milwaukee
*CJ & Associates for American Heart Association
*Healics, Inc., for Make-A-Wish Foundation
*M&M Office Systems for Progressive Community Health Centers
*Super Steel for Make-A-Wish Foundation
*Lowlands Group for DreamBikes Milwaukee
*Angelic Bakehouse for The Urban Ecology Center
*Badger Alloys for Junior Achievement
*Olympus Group for Junior Achievement
*Winter Services, Inc., for Goodwill Industries

The winning company and its chosen nonprofit will be announced and honored at BizTimes Media’s Future 50 Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 9.

All Future 50 award winning companies will be recognized at a separate luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 11, at Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.

For more information or to cast votes, visit

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Community Care exec to serve on National PACE Association board
August 22, 2014 11:24 AM
Kelly Carter, program officer at Brookfield-based Community Care Inc., has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors at the National PACE Association.
PACE, which is based in Alexandria, Va., supports the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, a community-based, long-term care program for Medicare or Medicaid eligible adults over 55 that provides care on the same level as a nursing home, allowing them to maintain their independence. It includes medical and hospital care, prescription drugs, social services, home health and personal care.

Community Care, a private nonprofit, is the only managed care organization in Wisconsin that offers the PACE program, and was one of the first in the country to do so. Its PACE services are available in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Carter is a registered nurse, and joined Community Care as a group home manager in 1999. She was chosen for the new role because of her background in operations and management with the PACE model in several centers in both rural and urban settings.

“I am honored to join the National Pace Association board and represent Community Care and the state of Wisconsin,” Carter said. “I believe that the PACE model is the best model in the country in providing care to frail elders.”

“The program is a one-stop shop for older adults to get their medical, social and supportive care needs attended to. Unlike traditional health care, members of the PACE program have an entire team of professionals – from physicians and nurses to therapists and personal care aides – all working together to coordinate their care. It’s a unique, innovative program that improves the quality of life for seniors and eases the burden on family and friends. I look forward to promoting PACE on a national level while serving on the board.”

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Common Ground seeks board nominations
August 22, 2014 11:26 AM
Brookfield-based Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative is now accepting nominations for its board of directors.
The nonprofit insurance company began providing insurance to residents of 19 eastern Wisconsin counties at the start of 2014.

Board members must be 18 or older and insured by Common Ground. A committee will evaluate all the nominations and choose a group of candidates based on their experience and commitment, and then all CGHC members will vote on the new board members.

“Our member-governed business model is what sets us apart,” said Cathy Mehaffey, CGHC chief executive officer. “We want members to help guide our direction, because it guarantees we meet our mission of putting our members first in all decisions.”

More information about the board and the nominations process is available here. Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 12.

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: New startup to drive collaboration, innovation among institutions
August 22, 2014 11:27 AM
Close to 20 academic leaders from the region's institutions convened at Marquette University on Thursday afternoon to discuss the possibility of an innovation district in the region with greater collaboration among corporations and academics.
At the head of that district is The Commons, a Milwaukee-based startup that will give students from a cross sector of institutions opportunities to engage in entrepreneurial activities while connecting with corporations and mentors.

Read more in Thursday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes reporter Erica Breunlin.

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BizTimes Around Town: First Business Invitational
August 22, 2014 11:29 AM
First Business Bank Milwaukee held a “winner takes all” charity golf outing on July 28 and donated proceeds to the nonprofit organization of the top team’s choice. More than 30 area business leaders competed in the inaugural First Business Invitational, which was held on the grounds of Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield.
Check out BizTimes’ Around Town gallery of the outing here.

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
August 22, 2014 11:31 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
August 22, 2014 11:32 AM

*Saturday, Aug. 23, IndependenceFirst will hold an electronic recycling drive at the Pettit National Ice Center, located at 500 S. 84th Street in Milwaukee. The drive will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will accept old and no longer needed computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, appliances and TVs, computer accessories, small electronics, fans and more. Individuals dropping off TVs will be charged a $10 fee due to increased disposal cost. That fee will apply to TVS of all tube sizes and wooden cabinet TVs but will not apply to flat panel TVS or rear projection. Data destruction on all donated laptops and computers will comply with identity theft prevention standards. Old computer equipment will be donated to IndependenceFirst to benefit individuals with disabilities who otherwise might not be able to afford a computer. Equipment will also help those individuals build up critical job skills, pursue jobs or housing and gain peer support. For more information on the drive, call IndependenceFirst at 414-291-7520.

*Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Public Policy Forum will present the results of “Give and You Will Receive,” an analysis of nonprofit revenue trends and charitable giving in greater Milwaukee. The event will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) Conference Center, 2020 W. Wells Street. Rob Henken, president of the Public Policy Forum, will present the findings of the agency’s new report on the local nonprofit sector. A panel discussion will follow Henken’s presentation. The discussion will focus on the changing landscape of nonprofit funding - and what it means for people in need of services in the community. The panel, which will be moderated by BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler, will include: Paula Penebaker, president and CEO of the YWCA; Andy Holman of Ritz Holman; Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Hunger Task Force; Salli Martyniak of Forward Community Investments; and David Buckholdt of Marquette University's Trinity Fellowship program for graduate students pursuing nonprofit careers. Cost is $10, which includes a light breakfast. For more information, visit

*Tuesday, Aug. 26, Literacy Services of Wisconsin will host a free orientation for prospective volunteers. The orientation will provide information about the agency’s literacy programs and ways volunteers can be involved. No volunteer commitment is required of orientation attendees. The orientation will run from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Literacy Services of Wisconsin’s office, 555 N. Plankinton Avenue in Milwaukee. For more information, contact or call 414-344-5878.

*Tuesday, Aug. 26, Alderwoman Milele Coggs, Alderman Willie Wade, and WRTP/BIG STEP will present a community jobs and resource event. The event will provide information about career opportunities in the construction skilled trades as Northwestern Mutual prepares to begin building its downtown Milwaukee headquarters. The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at COA Youth & Family Center, located at 2320 W. Burleigh Street in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, click here

*Thursday, Aug. 28, Jazz in the Park will showcase the music of New York City-based jazz quartet Forq. The 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

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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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