Nonprofit News

Communications firm to offer free media training for nonprofits
Milwaukee-based Haig/Jackson Communications has agreed to offer four free media training or presentation skills training seminars for eligible nonprofit organizations in 2012.
Former Milwaukee journalists Barbara Haig and Jeff Jackson have delivered these seminars to individuals and organizations since 1995. The goal is to help them conduct more effective media interviews and deliver more successful presentations.  Additionally, clients that purchase two full-day executive communication skills coaching seminars in 2012 also can receive up to two free media training or presentation skills training seminar for a non-profit organization of their choice.  For more information, visit and click on “Free Non-Profit Seminars.”

Cystic Fibrosis to honor Milwaukee’s finest young professionals
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will launch the inaugural Milwaukee’s Finest event in January. The event, aimed at young professionals, will showcase individuals who show exemplary leadership, are active in the community and have excelled in their profession or business.
“In addition to raising awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, our goal is to introduce young professionals in the Milwaukee area to philanthropic causes,” said Danelle O’Neill, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “Our goal is to say to the next generation of philanthropists that they too can make a difference.”
The campaign will kick off at an event held on Thursday, February 9, 2012
. at Coast, 931 E. Wisconsin Ave. In addition to raising a minimum of $2,500 by the finale event on Thursday, April 19, at Coast, candidates that are selected as part of Milwaukee’s finest will have the opportunity to be paired with a family and be educated on the impact and challenges associated with Cystic Fibrosis. They will also meet with mentors to discuss ways they can and should get involved in the nonprofit community, O’Neill said.
“People are going to get involved because they have a personal connection,” she said.
Julie Brzostowicz, is the development manager at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is leading the charge on the Milwaukee’s Finest event. “Other chapters across the nation have been hosting the Finest events,” she said. “It’s a great way to show young professionals they can be involved and that it doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. They can make an impact in just a few months.”
Nominees for Milwaukee’s finest will be accepted until Thursday, Jan. 5. Nominees must be between 25 and 40 years of age.
Honorees will receive a fundraising packet at the kickoff event and will be assigned a CF Ambassador and a fundraising mentor. Throughout the 13 week campaign one-on-one meetings, conference calls and networking events will take place. The individual who raises the most funds for the organization will be recognized specially at the finale reception.
To nominate someone for Milwaukee’s Finest visit A nominating committee will review all nominations and interview potential candidates if needed. All selections will be made shortly after the January 5 deadline, Brzostowicz said.

Gifts that give back
Milwaukee restaurants Swig and Water Buffalo have teamed up with corporate partner Sosh and the Milwaukee Chamber Theater to provide a unique gift opportunity this holiday season. Individuals who purchase a $75 gift certificate for either Swig or Water Buffalo will receive two tickets to a Milwaukee Chamber Theater performance. In addition, ten percent of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival.

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