Other Nonprofit News

Diversity federation joins MATC giving campaign
The Black United Fund of Wisconsin (BUFWI) is Wisconsin’s first diversity focused federation of charities in the state and was recently added to the Milwaukee Area Technical College Employee Giving Campaign which runs until October 22. During the campaign, MATC employees and retirees may donate money by credit card or through payroll deduction to over 500 participating organizations. MATC employees and retirees can choose from five community-based nonprofit organizations to choose from under BUFWI’s charities umbrella. These organizations include The Black United Fund of Wisconsin (BUFWI), Center for Veterans Issues (CVI), Intercession Inc., National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS), National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, and TIS (To Inspire Strong) African Children.
“BUFWI is excited to raise funds and bring awareness to the critically-needed work of our charities that serve the community. We are grateful to be able to continue our mission to help organizations effect change throughout the state,” said Lashell Drake, executive director of BUFWI. “MATC opened its doors and embraced our federation and our charities’ missions. We are very excited to participate in this year’s campaign.”
MATC raised just over $177,000 in 2009 for participating organizations. This year, the goal is to raise $180,000 with participation from 600 employees.
Arthritis Foundation receives grant for holiday event
The Arthritis Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter in West Allis, recently received a $5,000 grant from Safeco Insurance through Safeco’s Agent Giving Program. The grant will support the 26th Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk on November 7. The Wisconsin Chapter was nominated by Safeco agent Mary Beth Kilian of Kilian Insurance Service.
“Safeco is proud to provide this grant to the Arthritis Foundation and help their efforts to improve the lives of those living with arthritis,” said Paul Hollie, Safeco Agent Giving manager.
The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for arthritis invites people to race through the Milwaukee County Zoo sporting costumes and bells to raise awareness and money to fight arthritis. Wisconsin is one of the states with the highest prevalence of arthritis with over 1 million men, women and children affected by the disease.

BizTimes launches nonprofit Giving Guide
BizTimes Milwaukee announces the launch of Giving Guide, Regional Philanthropic Opportunities, a new print and digital publication to showcase nonprofit organizations seeking support from the business community.
Giving Guide, Regional Philanthropic Opportunities will be a glossy four-color magazine that will highlight nonprofit organizations that have a presence in southeastern Wisconsin. It will be published and distributed along with the Oct. 29 issue of BizTimes Milwaukee and will also be available online in a digital page turn format. It will include information on nonprofit organizations involved with the arts and humanities, health and human services, foundations and fundraising.
"The BizTimes Giving Guide will provide an opportunity for nonprofit organizations throughout southeastern Wisconsin to connect with the businesses and the key business executives of the region,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Milwaukee. “The nonprofit industry is an important sector of our local economy. This guide will be a great resource for the nonprofits, as well as business people who are looking for ways to serve.”
Space in the Giving Guide includes a year long two page spread in the print and online edition of the Giving Guide, logo recognition in Giving Guide promotional ads, 10,000 impressions on BizTimes.com, a text link and an ad in an issue of BizTimes Nonprofit Weekly as well as logo placement next to the organization listing in the BizTimes Nonprofit Directory.
“The Giving Guide will be a year long ‘value play’ for our participating nonprofit organizations,” said Tom Gaertner, BizTimes Media vice president of sales. “It’s all about putting the right message in front of business owners and decision makers who can truly make a difference in our community.”
Nonprofit organizations that want to be included in the Giving Guide can call Gaertner at (414) 336-7112.

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