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Herzing University to issue 50 scholarships to Boys & Girls Clubs members
June 26, 2015 09:21 AM
Fifty students who belong to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee will receive full rides to Herzing University through scholarships the school is awarding in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Herzing University, a private nonprofit institution with 11 campuses across eight states, is gifting 50 full-tuition scholarships to Boys & Girls Clubs members over the next five years, which stacks up to about $1 million worth of scholarships.

Herzing University has been “a longtime supporter” of Boys & Girls Clubs, Vincent Lyles, president and chief executive officer of the organization, said in an announcement.

The school, established by former club member Henry Herzing, has previously given out partial scholarships to the organization’s members and volunteers. School president, Renee Herzing, has been part of its board of trustees since 2012.

The new round of scholarships will “transform lives and make a lasting impact” on the community, Lyles added.

Herzing University plans to begin distributing scholarships to students active in the clubs in fall 2015. Scholarships will cover tuition and fees for students working toward associates or bachelor’s degrees. Students will be selected based on criteria such as community involvement, recommendations from Boys & Girls Clubs staff, financial need, grade-point average and an application essay.

“Our goal is to give the gift of education to our city’s future leaders and support the life-changing work of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee,” Herzing said. “We’re commemorating Herzing University’s 50 years by supporting the future careers of 50 students.”

Recipients will be able to attend one of Herzing University’s sites in Brookfield, Kenosha or Madison. They can also take courses through its online campus.

The school’s academic offerings include degree programs in nursing, business, technology, health care, design and public safety.

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First Stage rakes in $70,000 grant
June 26, 2015 09:24 AM
First Stage, a Milwaukee-based children’s theatre, has garnered a $70,000 grant from the Shubert Foundation, Inc.

First Stage has received general operating support from the foundation for the past 12 years. In that window, funding has ballooned from $5,000 to $70,000.

The foundation funds grants for arts organizations across the country with a primary focus on live theatre, followed by a focus on dance.

Among the drivers that influenced the Shubert Foundation’s selection of First Stage was artistic achievement and demonstration of creating and performing new plays.

“The support provided by the Shubert Foundation is vital to sustaining and advancing performing arts across the nation,” First Stage artistic director Jeff Frank said in a press release. “We are proud and thankful that the foundation recognizes our commitment to creating innovative new work for young people and the impact we are having on our community and in the field of theater for family audiences.”

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Milwaukee attorney named to Susan G. Komen national board
June 26, 2015 09:27 AM
Meghan Shannon of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.’s Milwaukee office has been elected to Susan G. Komen’s national board of directors.

The nonprofit organization funds breast cancer research and offers outreach and resources to individuals impacted by the disease.

Shannon is a shareholder in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s business law practice and also is a certified public accountant. She has supported Susan G. Komen’s southeastern Wisconsin chapter for the past six years and has served as board president and treasurer for the organization. She was nominated to serve on the national board through Komen’s Affiliate Network.

Shannon completed an undergraduate degree in accounting at the University of Notre Dame and earned her law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

In addition to Shannon, Susan G. Komen’s national board has welcomed Kaye Ceille, president of Zipcar; Janet Dunn Frantz, a breast cancer survivor and financial professional; Dan Glennon, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of SPANX; and Melissa Maxfield, senior vice president, Federal Government Affairs, for Comcast NBCUniversal.

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PAVE Milwaukee moves office to Matthews Building
June 26, 2015 09:29 AM
PAVE Milwaukee, an education-focused nonprofit organization, gained 1,000 square feet as it relocated its offices to the Matthews Building on Wisconsin Avenue on Wednesday.

The nonprofit, which works to build strong boards for area partner schools, moved from a 3,000-square-foot space in the Germania Building at 135 W. Wells Street, Suite 850, to a 4,000-square-foot space in the Matthews Building, located at 301 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 300.

The move was prompted by Vangard Group LLC’s plans to convert the Germania Building into 70 “affordable” apartments.

“That was the main driver,” said Michelle Burmeister, communications director of PAVE.

PAVE has leased office space in the Germania Building for eight years, according to Burmeister. The organization agreed to vacate the building by mid-summer.

While the nonprofit’s old office featured an open cubicle environment, its new office site has more private offices and two large conference rooms. The Matthews Building, connected to the Shops of Grand Avenue, also offers shared conference rooms for its tenants.

The space was formerly occupied by the Greater Milwaukee Committee, according to Burmeister.

The extra square feet will equip PAVE with more space and flexibility to accommodate the organization’s interns and student staff members while also giving it the bandwidth to grow, Burmeister said.

“As we continue to do our work, we may continue to grow and want to add more staff and it would be nice to have the extra space for that as well,” she said.

PAVE currently operates with six full-time and two part-time staff members.

The new site’s central downtown location is also advantageous as it gives PAVE’s program staffers “quick and easy access to every corner of the city,” Burmeister said, adding that the new location will also be a convenient destination for school officials and board members needing to visit the nonprofit.

PAVE currently collaborates with more than 50 schools located all across Milwaukee.

In February, the organization announced a search for a new chief executive officer as current leader Dan McKinley prepares to move on from the organization.

PAVE’s staff has not yet met any candidates, but its board is fully engaged in the pursuit of a new executive, according to Burmeister.

Board members are being “patient” and “diligent” in their search as they try to identity a successor who will be a “perfect fit” for the organization, she said.

“We’ve been appreciative that they’ve been doing all the due diligence and conducting a well thought-out search,” Burmeister said.

McKinley, who originally intended to exit PAVE at the end of June, has agreed to remain at the helm until a new leader is in place. The timing of that transition is not yet clear.

McKinley is committed to “being our great leader until the next great leader,” Burmeister said.

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Associated Bank and Brewers to donate up to $100,000 to Housing Resources Inc.
June 26, 2015 09:32 AM
Associated Bank and the Brewers Community Foundation have announced they will donate $250 to Milwaukee-based nonprofit Housing Resources Inc. for every hit the Brewers get at home through the end of the season, up to $100,000.

The “Hits for Homes” program will provide funding for HRI’s mission, to support low- to moderate-income homeowners and home buyers in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties. HRI provides affordable home repair grants to help homeowners who are in financial distress complete deferred property maintenance.

The hits and donations will be tracked on the Associated Bank Check Deck screen in Miller Park.

“Thanks to organizations like Associated Bank and Brewers Community Foundation, we are able to help many families. We are excited about and grateful for this partnership,” said Trena Bond, executive director of HRI.

"Brewers Community Foundation recognizes the critical need for affordable, safe housing. We are happy to partner with Associated Bank to positively impact children and their families," said Cecelia Gore, executive director of Brewers Community Foundation.

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Water Council attracts international startups in third accelerator class
June 26, 2015 09:35 AM
The Water Council on Thursday announced the companies that will take part in the third round of its The BREW accelerator program.

The Milwaukee-based organization, which aims to make Milwaukee a top name in water, made the announcement during the eighth annual Water Summit, which was held in Milwaukee Wednesday and Thursday.

The BREW, which stands for Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. in Wisconsin., brings innovative water technology startup companies to the Global Water Center to participate in programming designed to rapidly advance their growth. It is a collaboration between the Water Council and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

Startups in Batch 3 that have the potential to commercialize their technology will receive up to $50,000 in investments, subsidized space in the Global Water Center, training from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Institute for Water Business, and mentorship from area water technology experts.

The companies chosen for the third round of the accelerator program are:

•    Optiktechnik; Dr. Jose Ramirez and Dr. Rudi Strickler; Milwaukee. Makes optical sensors and instrumentation to more accurately monitor and control key particle processes in water and wastewater treatment.
•    Radom Corp.; Ashok Menon; Hales Corners. Instrumentation regularly measures toxic trace metals in water, wastewater, industrial processes, food and drugs.
•    Solar Water Works; Doug Winkie; Madison. Solar water treatment systems.
•    IX Power Clean Water; John Grizz Deal; Golden, Colo. OrganiClear treatment cleans water produced in oil and gas, mining, manufacturing and construction.
•    ICONAC; Harrison Richarz and Ryan Seideman; Ontario, Canada. Low cost, easy to use non-invasive pipe condition assessment tool used for proactive water asset management.
•    OXYMem; Wayne Bryne; Ireland. Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor dramatically increases oxygen transfer rates in wastewater treatment.

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The Rep elects new board members
June 26, 2015 09:37 AM
The board of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater has elected several prominent new members of its board of trustees and executive committee.

John Halechko, executive vice president and director of branch banking at Associated Bank, and Leslie Mesiner, managing director of BMO Private Bank, have stepped onto its board of trustees. They join Melanie Booth, community volunteer; Robert Duffy, partner at Quarles & Brady; Stephen Gigot, managing partner-Milwaukee office at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP; and Shelley Paxton, vice president of global marketing & brand at Harley-Davidson.

The Rep’s board, at its annual meeting, also elected three trustees to its executive committee. Edward Seaberg, vice president of IT operations at Rockwell Automation was named president elect; Gregory Oberland, president of Northwestern Mutual, was named vice president of trustees; and Patrick Gallagher, chief executive officer of Siegel-Gallagher, was named treasurer.

“I am delighted with the newly elected slate of trustees who are joining Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s board of trustees. Their combined talents, areas of expertise, and commitment to The Rep will be invaluable as we begin our 62nd season. Having just completed a new strategic plan, these Milwaukee leaders will offer their guidance to help make this new plan a reality. Milwaukee Rep is making a renewed commitment to new play development, enhancing its community engagement initiatives as well as continuing to create plays that are meaningful and relevant to the society we live in. I couldn’t be more pleased that this talented group is joining The Rep at such an exciting time,” said James Braza, board president.

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Fundraiser to promote neuroscience research
June 26, 2015 09:40 AM
The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Neuroscience Research Center Board will host the annual Imagine More Dinner on Sunday at the Wisconsin Club in Milwaukee. The event focuses on research, prevention and treatment of diseases impacting the brain.

MCW’s Neuroscience Research Center is comprised of more than 40 distinguished faculty members involved in studying 30 neurological conditions including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, ALS, epilepsy, stroke, movement disorders, dementia and mental health.

The theme of this year’s dinner is the effects and stigma surrounding mental illness, and the critical need for better access to care and more research to focus on prevention and treatments for patients struggling with mental health disease and addiction.

The event will highlight the advancements of Dr. Jon Lehrmann, the Charles E. Kubly Professor and Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. Lehrmann has focused attention on the effects and stigma of mental illness and the critical need for research centered on improving treatments for patients and families dealing with mental health problems and addiction.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner at 6 p.m., a short program and award presentation. Co-chairs for the event are Bonnie and Ned Timarac and Rachel and Benjamin Wagner. The Imagine More Host Committee includes Marlene and Bob Burris, Mary Jo and Don Layden, and Ann and Warren Pierson, who have made an additional donation to Neuroscience Research.

Sponsors of the event include presenting sponsors the Timarac and Johnson Family, reception sponsors Al and Anita Costigan, research sponsor Wells Capital Management, and program sponsor Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Charitable Funds.

Tickets are $150 per person and table sponsorships are available for $2,000. The Wisconsin Club is located at 900 W. Wisconsin Ave. For more information, contact Kelly Baylor at or (414) 955-4701.

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BizTimes Media 2015 Giving Guide
June 26, 2015 09:43 AM
BizTimes Media’s fifth annual Giving Guide serves the region’s business community as a vehicle to engage with area nonprofit organizations and discover opportunities for philanthropic involvement.

The Giving Guide features the missions, fundraising efforts, and giving opportunities of more than 50 regional nonprofits filling a diversity of needs.

To view BizTimes’ Giving Guide, visit

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Nonprofit Calendar
June 26, 2015 09:44 AM

*Friday, June 26, the Urban Ecology Center will hold a volunteer orientation during which prospective volunteers can learn ways to contribute their time and talents to the organization. The orientation is free and will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place in Milwaukee. For more information on the Urban Ecology Center, visit

*Thursday, July 2, the Milwaukee Art Museum will grant free admission to families and individual visitors, thanks to the support of Meijer. Free museum admission is awarded on the first Thursday of each month. 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

*Thursday, July 2, East Town Association will hold another “Jazz in the Park” concert. The free outdoor music series, presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s, brings live jazz to Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee. Concerts are held each Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The music kicks off at 6 p.m. with a happy hour scheduled for 5 p.m. Next week’s show will feature salsa band Nabori. “Jazz in the Park” runs through Thursday, Sept. 3. For more information on the series, visit

*Thursday, July 9, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will host a workshop focused on employee wellness. The workshop, titled “Make Employee Wellness the Way of Work,” will teach attendees basic steps in developing an employee wellness program and will allow attendees to share ideas with one another. The workshop will also offer participants a variety of free resources. Information will be presented by Gail Bennett of Well City Milwaukee and the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee. The event will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Nonprofit Center, located at 2819 W. Highland Boulevard in Milwaukee. Cost is $15 for Nonprofit Center members and CDBG and $25 for non-members. For more information or to register, click here.

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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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