Friday, August 29, 2014
Next Door to open new school at former Northwestern General Hospital site
August 29, 2014 10:50 AM
Next Door Foundation, Inc., a Milwaukee-based nonprofit early childhood education center, will kick off the school year on Tuesday at its new location, 5310 W. Capitol Drive.
More than 400 preschool students will begin their school year in the 103,000-square-foot building, which was previously the Northwestern General Hospital building.

Next Door purchased the site last year, after a decade of vacancy, and completed the first stage of renovations this past spring.

“When we open the door to our beautiful new site on Capitol Drive, we will be opening the door to school readiness for hundreds of more children in our city,” said Carol Keintz, executive director of the organization. “We are proud to be a prominent part of this neighborhood and hope to serve many more children for years to come – providing quality early education that we know is so crucial at this stage of their young lives.”

The organization, which serves another 700 kids at its other locations in Milwaukee, plans to celebrate the opening of its new school during a Sept. 18 event, when it will unveil plans for phase two of the renovation.

During the event,” Get Ready to Celebrate,” the organization will also toast its 45th anniversary.

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DFW to contribute monthly columns to BizTimes
August 29, 2014 10:53 AM
BizTimes Media will introduce a new column to the Nonprofit Weekly on Friday, Sept. 5, through a partnership with Milwaukee-based Donors Forum of Wisconsin.
The new column, “Connecting to Philanthropy,” will be contributed monthly by Jill Van Calster, president and CEO of DFW.

The forum, a professional membership association for grantmakers across Wisconsin, has been a resource for nonprofits and philanthropists for more than 35 years. DFW membership encompasses community foundations, corporate or company-sponsored foundations, corporate giving programs, family foundations, independent foundations and endowed operating foundations.

The association also serves donor-advised funds, supporting organizations of community foundations, individuals who issue grants of at least $25,000 annually, and public funders and federated funds.

The forum specializes in professional development opportunities and networking opportunities for members of the state’s philanthropic community. DFW also conducts and compiles research related to trends and policies impacting philanthropy across the state and country.

Through the “Connecting to Philanthropy” column, Van Calster will acquaint BizTimes readers with key findings from the association’s research as well as address trends that touch both the grantmaking and nonprofit sides of philanthropy.

“More transparency is needed to increase effectiveness for both our grantmaking members and the nonprofit organizations providing direct service,” Van Calster said. “DFW is in a unique position to be the connector of these two diverse and dynamic partners in our community by providing valuable information in the pursuit of advancing philanthropy.”

The “Connecting to Philanthropy” column is slated to run the first Friday of each month and will launch on Sept. 5 with advice for nonprofits on strategies to clearly communicate their “financial picture” to board members, donors and funders.

The first column will run in conjunction with a training session DFW and the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee are presenting on Monday, Sept. 15. The session will take a deeper dive into the financial assessment of nonprofit organizations, allowing participating organizations to learn how to analyze and explain the elements of their financial health.

For more information about DFW, visit

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BizTimes Media extends nomination deadline for Nonprofit Excellence Awards
August 29, 2014 10:55 AM
BizTimes Media has extended the nomination deadline for the inaugural BizTimes Media Nonprofit Excellence Awards to Friday, Sept. 12.
The awards program is designed to shine a light on the community impact efforts of southeastern Wisconsin businesses and nonprofits.
The program will 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 call attention to 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 must be completed through an online form. Corporate citizens and nonprofits may be nominated for multiple categories, but nominators will need to fill out 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.

Companies of all sizes and industries are eligible for awards.

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.

To access detailed descriptions of each award and the award nomination form, visit

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CHW Foundation names new president
August 29, 2014 10:57 AM
The Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation has named Meg Brzyski Nelson chief development officer and president.
In her role, Brzyski Nelson will be responsible for leading Children's Hospital's fundraising efforts through strategic plan development, collaborative partnerships and donor cultivation.

Most recently, Brzyski Nelson served as associate vice president of university advancement for Marquette University, where she was part of leading large-scale fundraising efforts, donor cultivation and stewardship activities, and alumni outreach and communication functions.

Brzyski Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University. She is an active volunteer and executive committee board member of PEARLS for Teen Girls, an empowerment program targeting at-risk girls in urban Milwaukee. In addition, she has received awards for her teaching and leadership. Brzyski Nelson and her family live in Shorewood.

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BMA Milwaukee names new directors
August 29, 2014 10:59 AM
The Business Marketing Association Milwaukee chapter has named its board of directors for the 2014-’15 program year.
Andrea Hubbert, principal at Hub+company, will serve as president. She is the first African-American woman to be named BMA chapter president.

Another 15 marketing experts will also serve on the board. They are: Melissa Farrington-Redlich, Johnson Controls Inc., president-elect; Christopher Vitrano, Nelson Schmidt, immediate past-president; Neille Hoffman, Aurum Design, secretary; Marvin Mason, Crisis Prevention Institute, treasurer; Brent Kaufman, Ascedia, programs; John Suarez, Coleman Cable and Meredyth Hunn, Northwestern Mutual, membership; Melissa Thorson, Inpro Corp., member benefits; Carley Bielawski, Bader Rutter, communications; Jocelyn Fischer, Inpro Corp., special events; Andrea Tarrell, HNI, young professionals; and James Wolter, AJ Media Source, Siobhan Marks, XXL Marketing+Design, Erica Conway, C2, and Scott Bucher, Traction Factory, members at large.

“As one of the fastest growing chapters in the nation, BMA Milwaukee is poised to lead the local business marketing community,” Hubbert said. “We are strengthened by the high caliber of our membership and a slate of cutting-edge programming, which kicks off in the coming weeks. I am inspired by the potential of this organization to drive growth and innovation within southeastern Wisconsin’s marketing community.”

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JPMorgan Chase flags $225,000 for Water Council
August 29, 2014 11:01 AM
The Water Council will receive $225,000 from a $30 million grant program facilitated by JPMorgan Chase & Co. through its Small Business Forward initiative.
The grant total was announced Monday at a press conference held at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee, with remarks from Gov. Scott Walker and Mayor Tom Barrett as well as James Popp, president of Chase in Wisconsin, and Rich Meeusen, co-founder and co-chair of The Water Council and chairman, president and CEO of Milwaukee-based Badger Meter.

JPMorgan Chase’s new Small Business Forward initiative is a national, five-year grant program supporting small business networks in 10 cities across the country.

“The Small Business Forward Initiative is focused on clusters…that leverage the best things in different communities and the best opportunities to make a difference and make an impact while also facilitating small business and entrepreneurship in communities,” Popp said. “The Water Council was one of those clusters.”

The Water Council plans to use the one-year $225,000 grant to help identify investment firms interested specifically in water technology and then bring them to Milwaukee to educate them about Milwaukee’s water hub as well as connect them with companies in need of funds.

“So it’s identify, educate and connect,” Meeusen said. “Those are the three important pieces.”

The Water Council has found that it needs to connect investors with “the companies that need money,” Meeusen said.

“And there is a problem in Wisconsin with making that connection,” he said. “We’re having trouble doing that.”

With the grant from JPMorgan Chase, the Water Council plans to hire a full-time staff member to travel and meet with potential investors to explain the benefits of coming to see Milwaukee’s water technology, according to Meeusen. The Water Council will also host seminars and conferences to bring investors and entrepreneurs to the same table.

During Walker’s remarks at Monday’s announcement, he called attention to The Water Council’s impact across Wisconsin.

“We’re pleased with The Water Council to have statewide…nearly 300 businesses related to water and water technology and clean water technology and beyond and generate about 37,000 jobs across the state and generate about $5.7 million in terms of annual sales,” Walker said. “And so you can see this cluster has a dynamic impact.”

JPMorgan Chase announced its $30 million Small Business Forward initiative in July, but Milwaukee’s grant total was the first of any beneficiary to be announced.

“We think that’s symbolic of the focus on this cluster here,” Walker said.

The firm plans to expand its Small Business Forward initiative to a global scale in 2015.

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Government plan hurts people with disabilities
August 29, 2014 11:04 AM
Imagine a plan designed to help people with disabilities find jobs in the community that left 78 percent of these people worse off than they were before.
Read more in Wednesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by David Ordan of Milwaukee’s Eisenhower Center.

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
August 29, 2014 11:05 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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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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