The Importance of Nonprofit Education at UWM

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management, UW-Milwaukee faculty and alumni discuss the value of graduate education in nonprofit management and the impact UWM and HBI have had on the nonprofit community of Milwaukee and beyond.
Check out what they have to say!

Communications & Website Support Associate Sought

Nonprofit Lift

Thanks to the generous support of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin (UEDA), Nonprofit Lift is seeking a Communications & Website Support Associate!

An individual or firm is sought for this remote contracted opportunity passionate about helping nonprofits and enjoys utilizing technology to connect people and resources. The position’s primary role is to provide promotion and engagement, administrative management, and client support services for the Nonprofit Lift website and consultant directory.

An ongoing contract relationship (UEDA is the fiscal sponsor for the position and will administer the contract) with an individual or firm that can offer approximately 5-6 hours per week of remote project support is sought. The contracted individual or firm will provide their own access to a computer and internet connection. Compensation is $45/hour. Interested parties can find all details on this opportunity here.

Please help us spread the word about this important position for Nonprofit Lift’s work to build ongoing nonprofit capacity in the Greater Milwaukee Region!

Nonprofit Liftinfo@nonprofitlift.orgwww.NonprofitLift.org

UWM microcredentials offer specific skills in nonprofit management ‘a la carte’

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Beginning this fall, UWM will offer microcredentials in eight sought-after skill areas of nonprofit management. To earn this new graduate-level credential, students take a cluster of three courses focused on a specific topic, which they can complete in under a year and a half. Completion comes with a badge that nonprofit leaders can use on a resume or LinkedIn account as evidence of competency.

“This is a way for people to get training in a much more concentrated form without having to make a larger investment, in a longer time frame,” Lord said. “The microcredentials are creating an ‘a la carte’ system for learners.”

Besides fundraising, UWM will offer microcredentials in seven other nonprofit-specific skill areas: nonprofit governance, nonprofit advocacy, nonprofit financial management and accountability, nonprofit marketing, nonprofit innovation, nonprofit technology, and nonprofit administration.

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HBI Impact Report 2022

HBI Impact Report 2021-2022It started with an idea. It gathered traction with an engaged university/community
partnership. It grew with an unwavering commitment to be the very best. And it flourished with hard work and diligence.

Today, the Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management at the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is proud to celebrate its 20th anniversary. Established in 2001, the mission of HBI was clear: to improve nonprofit organizations’ leadership and effectiveness through education, research, and community engagement.

With its 20th anniversary, HBI is pleased to present its HBI Impact Report 2022. This publication provides information on the accomplishments, educational programs, research initiatives, and nonprofit community support developed by HBI over the years.

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Virtual Proposal Writing Workshop

Tuesday, September 27 2022 - Friday, September 30 2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Online

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

In partnership with Candid, the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee will offer a grant proposal writing workshop as part of its Nonprofit Skills Academy.

In this two-day, fully-online, hands-on workshop, you will learn the main parts of a grant proposal. You will write several of those parts of the proposal during the class and get feedback on them from experts and peers. You’ll also learn how to find potential funders for your project, and you’ll learn what those funders look for in a proposal and what they don’t like to see.

Last May’s workshop filled up fast. Don’t miss out this time around!

What will you learn?

  • Understand how to write a grant proposal for your own project
  • Create a basic budget to use in your grant proposal
  • Find potential grant funders for your proposal using Foundation Directory
  • Learn what grant funders want in a proposal and the biggest red flags from their perspective.

Who should attend?

  • Board members
  • CEOs, executive directors, upper management
  • Fundraising & development staff
  • Grant writers
  • All levels of experience

Bonus materials

  • A 70-page workbook with worksheets and example
  • Downloadable templates for preparing your proposal
  • Temporary access to Foundation Directory

ENROLL NOW

Note: This workshop is limited exclusively to registrants from nonprofit organizations based in Wisconsin.

Nonprofit Lift

Nonprofit Lift

Upcoming Resource for Greater Milwaukee Nonprofits

We are excited to share an upcoming resource for nonprofits in the Greater Milwaukee Region, which we have been working on as part of Nonprofit Lift, a collaboration of local intermediary and philanthropic organizations (detailed below) that formed last year.

In response to feedback from local nonprofits, Nonprofit Lift will be launching a website later this spring where nonprofits in the Greater Milwaukee Region can easily find resources for capacity-building, including a directory of consultants.

Help Us With the Next Step!

Before Nonprofit Lift launches the website publicly to nonprofits, it invites consultants to nonprofits in the Greater Milwaukee Region to create a free listing for themself on the consultant directory.

Does your organization work with a nonprofit consultant? Please share this information so that they can follow up and be included in the directory!


Nonprofit Lift is a collaboration of the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at UW-Milwaukee, Jobs That Help, Project Pivot, the Nonprofit Academy of Wisconsin, Nonprofit Management Fund, Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, and Create Wisconsin (formerly Arts Wisconsin).

Summer 2022 Colloquium Series

HBI Colloquium - Covid Series

Reassessing Nonprofit Capacities and Leadership During the COVID-19 Crisis

Many nonprofits have expressed concerns that an extended period of revenue uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and a significant change in operations required to sustain services during the pandemic jeopardizes nonprofits’ ability to promptly address vital human needs and make progress toward the mission. Nonprofit scholars and practitioners demonstrate that nonprofit responses to a fiscal shock involve a complex set of managerial decisions meant to balance actions for obtaining resources required to fill revenue gaps and maintain the delivery of services and programs at their total capacity. The HBI Summer Colloquium Series presents four academic studies focused on nonprofit responses to the initial impact of the revenue crisis caused by the pandemic (April – August 2021). Although each study looks at nonprofit performance and decision-making from a different analytical perspective, all studies shed light on how the nonprofit organizations from Wisconsin responded to the crisis and what organizational and contextual factors influenced the decision outcomes.


Session 1: Reducing staff to survive the pandemic: Make fiscal conditions, service demands, and board involvement explain layoff decisions of nonprofits during COVID-19?

May 18, 2022 – 9.00 am

Authors:

  • Erica Ceka, Asst. Professor, Department of Public & Nonprofit Administration
  • Douglas Ihrke, Executive Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management

Summary: This study assesses factors that influence nonprofit decisions to reduce staff to cope with revenue uncertainty caused by COVID-19. The results confirm earlier findings on the importance of fiscal conditions on nonprofit capacity to sustain its workforce after the initial revenue shock. The findings also reveal that despite revenue uncertainties, nonprofits will be less likely to reduce staff when there is an increased demand for services offered to marginalized groups. However, the results indicate that the involvement of board members in planning will increase the probability of a layoff decision.


Session 2: Did the Paycheck Protection Program stimulate nonprofit capacity to resume operations, sustain services, and keep employees?

June 15, 2022 – 9.00 am

Authors:

  • Erica Ceka, Asst. Professor, Department of Public & Nonprofit Administration
  • Lora Warner, Assoc. Professor, UW-Green Bay, Public & Environmental Affairs Department

Summary: This study investigates whether access to the Paycheck Protection Program increases the capacity of nonprofit organizations to resume services after the initial impact of COVID-19 and sustain their operations and workforce for at least 12 weeks. The results reveal that the loan recipient nonprofits report significantly greater capacity to fund payroll and continue service delivery than the non-recipients. However, the study does not confirm a significant effect of the Paycheck Protection Program loans on the capacity of Wisconsin nonprofits to resume services after the initial fiscal impact.


Session 3: Assessing the role of beneficiaries and boards on nonprofit decisions to collaborate during COVID-19

July 20, 2022 – 9.00 am

Authors:

  • Erica Ceka, Asst. Professor, Department of Public & Nonprofit Administration
  • Douglas Ihrke, Executive Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
  • Bryce Lord, Associate Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management

Summary: This study analyzes conditions that facilitate nonprofit decisions to collaborate with local governments and nonprofits during the COVID-19 crisis. The study results demonstrate that nonprofits are more likely to collaborate with other nonprofits when they can fund the payroll, are highly concerned about the inability to reach vulnerable groups, and when demands for services offered to vulnerable groups are increasing. The findings also show that decisions to initiate collaborations with local governments are more likely to be implemented when nonprofits report higher demands for their services and are more concerned about their inability to pay rent or mortgage. Further, the findings reveal that the involvement of board members has a significant effect on nonprofit decisions to initiate collaborations with nonprofits and local governments.


Session 4: Weak leadership, unprepared staff, and vulnerable beneficiaries: Shedding light on performance concerns of nonprofits during the pandemic

August 17, 9.00 am

Authors:

  • Erica Ceka, Asst. Professor, Department of Public & Nonprofit Administration
  • Douglas Ihrke, Executive Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
  • Alexis Nehmer, MS Candidate, Urban Studies, Department of Public & Nonprofit Administration

Summary: This study analyzes the connection between nonprofit capacity to adapt during uncertain times and significant performance concerns experienced by the nonprofits at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The findings show that nonprofits’ concerns about their performance at the mission level are subjective to their technical capabilities to transition their services to the virtual space, employees’ competencies, and characteristics of nonprofit beneficiaries. In addition, the results report that nonprofits’ concerns related to their fiscal performance are conditioned by nonprofits ’capacities to generate new revenue streams or services. The findings suggest that even if innovative tactics and competent human resources are critical for nonprofit performance, the development of adaptive capacity begins with visionary and strategic leadership.

Virtual Proposal Writing Workshop

Tuesday, May 24 2022 - Friday, May 27 2022 9:00 am - 12:00pm

Online

Virtual Proposal Writing Workshop

In partnership with Candid, the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee will offer a grant proposal writing workshop as part of its Nonprofit Skills Academy.

In this two-day, fully-online, hands-on workshop, you will learn the main parts of a grant proposal. You will write several of those parts of the proposal during the class and get feedback on them from experts and peers. You’ll also learn how to find potential funders for your project, and you’ll learn what those funders look for in a proposal and what they don’t like to see.

What will you learn?

  • Understand how to write a grant proposal for your own project
  • Create a basic budget to use in your grant proposal
  • Find potential grant funders for your proposal using Foundation Directory
  • Learn what grant funders want in a proposal and the biggest red flags from their perspective.

Who should attend?

  • Board members
  • CEOs, executive directors, upper management
  • Fundraising & development staff
  • Grant writers
  • All levels of experience

Bonus materials

  • A 70-page workbook with worksheets and example
  • Downloadable templates for preparing your proposal
  • Temporary access to Foundation Directory

ENROLL NOW

Note: This workshop is limited exclusively to registrants from nonprofit organizations based in Wisconsin.

Supporting Nonprofit Capacity: A Survey

The Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is partnering with the Building Movement Project (BMP) on an initiative called Supporting Nonprofit Capacity: A Survey. As we have over the past two years, HBI continues working to understand the changing environment, challenges, and capacity supports available to Wisconsin nonprofit leaders as you pursue your organization’s mission.

Take the Survey Now

Please tell us what you need to increase your organization’s impact. Your insights will help us identify and increase the capacity supports available to nonprofit leaders around the state. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete, and all survey participants can enter a raffle to win $100 gift cards!

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please feel free to reach out.

Wisconsin Nonprofit Compensation & Benefits Report is now available!

The Wisconsin Nonprofit Compensation & Benefits Report provides nonprofits with valuable compensation and benefits data to inform critical decisions. In collaboration with the Candid 2021 Nonprofit Compensation Report, this Wisconsin-focused study includes executive salaries by job category, budget size, and more.

The 2021 Wisconsin Nonprofit Compensation & Benefits Report features

  • Data from organizations with budgets ranging from $250,000 to over $5 million
  • Data from 19 service areas, including human services, education, healthcare, arts, culture, humanities, etc.
  • Benefits data on medical, dental, vision, holidays and leave, retirement plans, life insurance, etc.
  • Data on gender pay gap challenges and opportunities.
  • Salary data for numerous positions, including CEO/Executive Director and many top-level positions.

A full version of this 91-page electronic publication is available for $99.00. Similar state-wide compensation reports sell for several times more.

Get your copy now

After purchase, you will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to download the PDF report. You will also receive an e-ticket that includes the download link and a receipt of purchase.

If you have any questions about this publication or the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, please contact hbi-info@uwm.edu.