Nonprofit of the Year – Small – Finalist
Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
11709 W. Cleveland Ave., Suite 2, West Allis
More than 8,000 people in Wisconsin live with Down syndrome. The Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin reaches nearly 5,000 of these individuals and their families each year.
The organization is dedicated to providing support to individuals and families through education, programs and services.
Dawn Nuoffer was named executive director of the organization in 2014. She brings years of nonprofit experience and a new energy to the team.
In her short tenure, Nuoffer has helped transform the organization into one that not only offers resources and fraternal support, but also is becoming a provider of life-changing programs and services.
In 2016, DSAW formed the Young Leaders Academy, a program that helps individuals with Down syndrome and other special needs develop employment readiness, independent living and relationship skills.
The organization also helps young adults with disabilities to find housing and live independently in their own homes with the support of technology.
DSAW is almost entirely volunteer run. Three full-time staff support operations and events throughout the entire state, but the energy and passion of its more than 800 volunteers drive and propel the mission of the organization forward.