Community Initiatives

The Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management works to enhance organizational efficiency and effectiveness in the Greater Milwaukee area through community initiatives and organizational capacity-building projects. These projects provide technical assistance and other management support and information services to local nonprofit organizations and increase public awareness of the importance of effective nonprofit management and leadership.

Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

Since 1956, Candid has been the primary source of factual information on private foundations and philanthropy in the United States. As part of our training partnership with, The Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) is now one of over 400 partners of Candid’s Funding Information Network. Candid and its partners are designed to provide current information for the fund-seeking public and those researching private foundations, philanthropy, nonprofit organization and management, volunteerism, fundraising, grantmaking, letter and proposal writing.

Discussion Forums

HBI periodically convenes “Forums on the Nonprofit Sector” to promote a greater understanding of national issues that affect the nonprofit sector. The Forums encourage dialogue among diverse stakeholders on important nonprofit issues, leading toward greater understanding and more productive partnerships to address community challenges. Opportunities to engage in forums are advertised through the Nonprofit Portal or a direct invitation from HBI.