Friday, April 11, 2014
MacCanon Brown to open new daytime shelter
April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
After parting ways with Repairers of the Breach in light of a legal battle over the organization’s mission and control of the board of directors, MacCanon Brown is launching a new shelter on Milwaukee’s north side.
Brown was executive director of Repairers of the Breach shelter for 22 years and also co-founded the Repairers of the Breach Daytime Resource Center for the homeless. She ended relations with the organization last summer.

In her new nonprofit venture, announced at the end of March, Brown will open the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary to support homeless and at-risk residents in Milwaukee with basic human needs services.

The center intends to address “fundamental human needs of homeless and individuals in a new setting which promotes community, dignity and peer empowerment,” Brown said.

Among the center’s offerings will be food and nutrition resources as well as basic hygiene resources. The nonprofit center will largely be run by the people it serves.

And while it will not function as an overnight shelter, it will be open on a 24-hour basis during periods of life-threatening weather conditions.

MacCanon and a host of community organizers are currently looking into leasing the site of the former St. Leo School, 2458 W. Locust St., in Milwaukee’s Amani neighborhood. Their efforts are being cushioned by a group of founding donors, according to Brown. However, the new nonprofit is continuing to collect additional donations to supplement its startup.

The organization’s application for 501(c)(3) status is still pending with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Urban Ecology Center raises membership fees
April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
The Urban Ecology Center has increased its annual membership rates for the first time in 15 years.
New rates run $30 for college students, previously $12, and $35 for individuals, previously $25. Family membership is priced at $45, up from a previous rate of $35.

The elevated rates were prompted by enhanced membership benefit offerings and a new aim to educate UEC members about how their dollars support the organization’s mission to connect Milwaukee-area residents with urban nature, according to the UEC.

Benefits members reap have “grown considerably” in the past 15 years, the organization said. While membership opportunities initially allowed residents and families to tap into a few community programs and borrow a few canoes at one location, today members can access more than 60 programs a month and borrow a much broader range of equipment at all three of the organization’s locations.

Rentable equipment includes canoes, kayaks, mountain bikes, camping equipment, cross country skis, snowshoes and sleds – all of which can be rented for free for up to three days.

“Our new rate structure sets our value more honestly in the community,” said Ken Leinbach, executive director of the UEC.

Along with the increase in fees, the UEC is redirecting attention to the ways that those fees support its mission to educate children and adults about the environment and nature.

“As a member, you are making a statement that you believe in growing natural green spaces in the city, that protecting our water by naturalizing shorelines is essential, that urban kids need a chance to experience nature firsthand every day of their lives, and that having a place that inspires sustainable choices in our neighborhoods is critically important,” Leinbach said.

Even with steeper fees, the UEC projects it will continue to grow its base of household members. The nonprofit currently has about 4,000 member households.

The UEC’s three sites are located in Milwaukee’s Riverside Park, Washington Park and Menomonee Valley.

For more information, visit

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MANDI awards honor community development
April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
Six projects were selected as winners of Local Initiatives Support Corp.'s Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation Wednesday.

The winner of the PNC Trail Blazer Award was Just One More Ministry, which repurposes resources to feed the hungry. It was awarded to a group that advanced an innovative approach to a community problem.

Three Bridges Park in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley took home the Brewers Community Foundation Public Space Award. The award honors a public space that helps build the community.

The State Farm Building Blocks Award went to Westlawn Gardens, which was developed by the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee as a national model for healthy living. The award is given to a real estate project that advances the community.

Howard Snyder of Northwest Side Community Development Corp. took home the Northern Trust Navigator Award, which recognizes leadership and collaboration, for his tireless work as an innovator for Milwaukee's Northwest Side.

The BMO Harris Cornerstone Award went to Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp. for transforming King Drive block by block. It honors a group or individual that demonstrates commitment and effectiveness over time.

And Northwestern Mutual received the Vision Award for advocating for Milwaukee and its residents.

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Milwaukee Art Museum announces 'Plan for the Future'
April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
After two years of negotiations and planning, the Milwaukee Art Museum has announced its Plan for the Future, a comprehensive public campaign to restore the War Memorial and Kahler buildings and reinstall the Museum's galleries.

The Plan for the Future is part of the Museum's $15 million commitment to the $25 million project in partnership with Milwaukee County.

View a photo gallery of renderings of the addition here.

"In spring of 2013, Milwaukee County made a generous $10 million contribution toward repairing the Saarinen and Kahler buildings, which house the Museum's Collection galleries. Thanks to this support, the damage that has accumulated over the years will be fixed," said Daniel Keegan, Museum director. "In partnership with the county, and in recognition of our role in the community, the Museum pledged to raise an additional $15 million to make repairs, renovations associated with the restoration of the buildings and the reinstallation of the collections. We are pleased to have already received significant support toward our goal, and are now in the final stages of fundraising."

The Museum will ask for public donations as part of its campaign.

"Public support of our initiative to restore the state's most significant war memorial, as well as protect its most important art collection, is key," said Keegan. "We want our visitors, supporters, and neighbors to know that they are integral to the success of the Museum. The Milwaukee Art Museum is a community treasure, and the Plan for the Future will reinvigorate the galleries and the Collection itself, making the Museum more accessible for tourists and visitors."

The Plan for the Future will:

* Improve the environment for visitors and provide a safe home for more than 30,000 works of art in the Museum's collection by repairing the Saarinen building and Kahler addition, after decades of deferred maintenance.

* Make it possible for more art to be on view to the public by significantly increasing gallery space.

* With the addition of a new lakeside entrance, establish easier public access to the Museum, the collection, and a critical exhibition gallery — thereby providing a better visitor experience.

* Re-imagine how visitors approach the collection and experience the art, through significant changes to the presentation of the art and a more intuitive layout.

* Conserve energy and improve the lighting of the art, with the installation of new LED bulbs throughout the Museum's galleries.

* Add bathrooms on every level.

"As we begin this restoration process, I want to stress that the Museum remains open throughout the year. Most programs, events, tours, and activities, including Lakefront Festival of Art, MAM After Dark, Yoga, and Art in Bloom, will continue while the galleries are under repair," said Keegan. "We have a stellar lineup of exhibitions for the Quadracci Pavilion that our visitors will not want to miss."

Repairs and restorations to the Milwaukee County War Memorial and the Milwaukee Art Museum are set to begin in the fall. A leaky roof, mold infiltration, a failed HVAC system, broken concrete, leaking windows and foundation seepage are among the problems that need to be fixed.

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State warns of BadgerCare call scams
April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
Consumers should be on the lookout for calls from scammers that request your bank account information while claiming to represent the State of Wisconsin and the BadgerCare Plus health care program.

BadgerCare Plus members in the Fox Valley were recently told that they were eligible for a $200 stipend from the state and were asked for their bank account information in order to make the deposit. When the call recipients refused to turn over that information, the calls were disconnected.

The BadgerCare Plus program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Anyone who legitimately calls you from the BadgerCare Plus program will already have your account information, but they may ask you to verify your birthdate to ensure they are talking with the correct person.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises consumers to never provide financial information over the phone unless they initiated the call.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.

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BizTimes Around Town: Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Wish Night Gala
April 11, 2014 10:00 AM
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin welcomed about 700 members of the state's business community to its Wish Night 2014, held on April 3 at the Pfister Hotel. The signature fundraiser and gala, themed "Spoonful of Sugar," collected funds to support more than 70 wishes for Wisconsin kids impacted by life-threatening medical conditions. The evening, presented by the Marcus Corporation and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, also saluted Make-A-Wish Wisconsin's 30th anniversary.

Check out today's BizTimes Around Town.

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BizTimes Media 2014 Giving Guide
April 11, 2014 10:00 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
April 11, 2014 10:00 AM

*Friday, April 11, the Milwaukee Art Museum will host "MAM After Dark: Back to the Prom." The social event, presented by the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, will feature live music by Random Maxx, a photo booth, punch tastings, artwork tours, crafts and more. Activities will follow the theme of "Enchantment Under the Sea," and attendees are encouraged to dress for prom. The event will run from 6 p.m. to midnight at the art museum, located at 700 N. Art Museum Dr. in Milwaukee. Admission costs $9 in advance and $14 at the door. Museum members can attend for free, and individuals who join at the door will also be granted free admission with a friend. For more information, visit

*Saturday, April 12, through Saturday, April 19, Newaukee will present the third annual YPWeek. The conference is designed to bring young professionals together and engage them in discussions about issues impacting their generation and Milwaukee. The week will include 30 events at 25 Milwaukee locations. Highlights include an adult sleepover at the Milwaukee Public Museum; a live performance by the Milwaukee Ballet to music by a local rock band; a reverse job fair at the Milwaukee Art Museum; and a keynote address by John Burke, CEO of Trek Bikes. Most YPWeek events are free and open to the public. For a complete lineup of events, visit

*Tuesday, April 15, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee will host a workshop on "Collaborate with MKE123: Free Online Tools for Nonprofits." The information session will show nonprofits how to leverage MKE123 for their project management needs. The free online resource enables nonprofit staffs to conduct projects online in one central location. The workshop will be led by Laurel Turner, MKE123 and online outreach coordinator at the nonprofit center, and is free to attend. It will run from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, located at 2819 W. Highland Blvd. in Milwaukee. For more information or to register, visit

*Saturday, April 26, IndependenceFirst will hold an e-cycle drive in the parking lot of the Pettit National Ice Center, located at 500 S. 84th St. in Milwaukee. The drive will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will collect computers, large appliances, televisions and other electrical equipment. All computer donations will support IndependenceFirst's Computer Recycling Program, which gives free computers to people with disabilities. The e-cycle drive is made possible with assistance from AT&T, River Run Computers, Digital Recyclers, Rocket Clicks and the Pettit Center. For more information, visit

*Tuesday, April 29, SVA Certified Public Accountants, S.C. will host a luncheon and panel discussion for nonprofits centered on "Are you making the most of Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities?" The event will teach nonprofits about strategies they can use to draw sponsorship dollars, best practices to enhance the value of a nonprofit and corporate partnership, corporate expectations for return on investment in an organization and how to identify sponsors as supporters. The panel will include input from both nonprofit and corporate representatives. The event is scheduled to run from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Club, located at 924 E. Wells St. in Milwaukee. Cost is $10, and seating is limited. Interested attendees should register by Sunday, April 20. 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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