Board Development Practices on Public Versus Nonprofit School Boards: Is There a Difference?

Monday, October 30 2017 5:00pm - 6:00pm

UW-Milwaukee Alumni House

October 30, 2017 – 5:00-6:00pm
UW-Milwaukee Alumni House


Doug Ihrke, Professor, Public and Nonprofit Administration &
Executive Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management

Michael R. Ford, Asst. Professor, University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh

Governing boards are a critical asset for every public and nonprofit organization. Scholars have found that effective boards are associated with organizations that tend to perform better than those with ineffective boards, in the public and nonprofit sectors. The attention these boards receive because of their crucial missions demands the need for high-quality training and development activities to give them the best chance at high performance. In this study, we examined the extent to which school boards in Minnesota—both traditional public and nonprofit charter—engage in developmental activities, and we looked at differences between these board types in how they prioritize board development activities. Our findings indicate a number of significant differences between public and nonprofit boards in terms of the extent to which they engage in board development activities, the reasons for engaging in those development activities, and how these boards prioritize development activities.

Earning THE ASK: a conversation on the fine art of fundraising

Monday, November 6 2017 9:00am - 10:30am

UWM School of Continuing Education
161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Monday, November 6, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM CST
UWM School of Continuing Education
161 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53203

One of the most common questions asked by novice fundraisers is…

How do you ask for money?

  • How can a fundraiser identify potential new donors?
  • How do you start a productive conversation with a new donor?
  • What do funders really want to know?

As part of the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management‘s Professional Development Series, join us and listen in on a lively conversation among experienced development & funding professionals as they discuss the challenges nonprofit professionals face in tackling the fine art of “Earning the Ask”.

Meet our Panel!

    • Christina Makal McCaffrey – Director, Major & Planned Giving – UW-Milwaukee
    • Dan Pfeiffer – Database Analytics & Reporting – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
    • Nancy Seidl Nelson, CFRE – SPI Consulting, LLC & President, AFPSeWI
    • Maria Vento – Vice President, Grants and Impact Investments – Bader Philanthropies

Moderated by Jason Parry – Vice President of Development and Communications – Penfield Children’s Center

Video: Watch the event here »