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Community bulletin board: Energy fair, art grants, awards and more

Energized for sustainable future: The annual Energy Fair promoting sustainable and renewable energy takes place June 17–19 in Custer. The fair, presented by Midwest Renewable Energy Association, is in its 27th year, making it the nation’s longest-running energy education event of its kind. Attendees can expect more than 250 workshops, as well as entertainment and exhibit booths and food and beverage vendors. For more, go to theenergyfair.org.

For the arts: The Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission awarded 47 grants totaling $98,494 for community arts, cultural and history programs. The county dollars were combined with funds from the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, the Evjue Foundation, Inc., charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. For more, go to danearts.com.

Rummaging for improvements: The Milwaukee NARI Foundation Inc., the educational and charitable arm of the Milwaukee NARI Home Improvement Council, raised about $8,500 in May with the 11th annual Home Improvement Rummage Sale. NARI provides financial and educational support to students pursuing careers in home improvement and remodeling, while helping to reduce the amount of construction and demolition materials in landfills. For more, go to milwaukeenari.org.

PPAWI’s praise: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin is honoring state Sen. Fred Risser’s contributions to women’s health with a lifetime achievement award. Riser is the longest serving state senator in the United States and has been at the forefront of championing policies that women, men and families benefit from today, PPAWI said.

“From the repeal of Wisconsin’s Comstock Laws in 1976 that made birth control and information about contraception available to all Wisconsin women, regardless of their marital status, to enhancing rape victims’ access to birth control to prevent pregnancy and comprehensive sex education for youth in our schools, Sen. Risser has lead the way,” read a statement from the organization. For more, go to ppawi.org.

Wright way to summer: Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin presents in June a tour of 10 architecturally significant buildings in the Racine area, including several Wright-designed structures and seven sites inspired by Wright’s vision. For more, go to wrightinwisconsin.org.

Get to the Big Gig: Pre-Fare digital ticket service is a simpler, cheaper way for Summerfest celebrants to get to the festival grounds this year. Plus, until June 24, people who purchase a Pre-Fare ticket can get a free weekday ticket to Summerfest. For more, go to ridemcts.com.

ART GUIDE: The Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is offering a training course for docents on Tuesdays, Sept. 20–Dec. 13, at the museum. MMoCA docents conduct tours of the museum’s exhibitions to groups that range from school-age children to older adults. They also involve museum visitors in discussions that encourage them to look closely at and interpret works of art. For a position description and application, visit mmoca.org and click Support/Docent Program, or contact Sheri Castelnuovo at 608.257.0158 or sheri@mmoca.org. The application deadline is Sept. 9.

WIND ENERGY: Wisconsin Public Power Inc. plans to invest in wind power for its next electric generation need, according to a news release from Clean Wisconsin praising the development. WPPI recently issued a request for proposals for 100 MW of wind power, which is enough electric generation to power approximately 30,000 homes. WPPI is one of several utilities that met the state’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, which requires that 10 percent of electricity come from renewable sources, several years ahead of the 2015 deadline.

Send community announcements to lmneff@www.wisconsingazette.com.

Democrats open Milwaukee field office, other community news

HEY NEIGHBORS The Democratic Party of Wisconsin opened a field office in Milwaukee at 2701 N. Martin Luther King Drive and issued a call for summer interns and volunteers. Phone banks are being staffed Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For more, go to milwaukeedems.org.

RAINBOW REAL ESTATE The Jay Schmidt Group of Keller Williams Reality recently contributed $11,000 to the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. The group created The Rainbow House Project and pledged the commission from the sale of two homes per year. For more information about the project, call 414-517-7716.

CYCLING INTO SUMMER The 35th anniversary UPAF Ride for the Arts is June 5 , starting at the Summerfest Grounds. Cyclists will ride 10, 25, 45 or 70 miles. To register to ride or volunteer to help, go online to www.UPAFRide.org.

TRIBES AND TOURISM The Native American Tourism of Wisconsin Conference takes place June 7 in Wabeno. Speakers include Forest County Potawatomi Chairman Gus Frank, Ed Hall of the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and Paige Williams of Chickasaw Country Tourism. For more, go to natow.org/conference.

MILWAUKEE IN THE MOONLIGHT Milwaukee Riverkeeper and River Alliance of Wisconsin co-host the 11th annual Milky Moonlight Paddle down the Milwaukee River to Lake Michigan and then back. The event is July 18. For more, go to milwaukeeriverkeeper.org.

NEW DEAL DESIGNATION Wisconsin state Rep. Mandela Barnes, D-Milwaukee, was selected as one of 12 people to join NewDEAL/Developing Exceptional American Leaders, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are “pro-growth progressives.” For more, go to newdealleaders.org.

DIGGS TO CHAIR AIDS WALK: Taye Diggs will serve as the honorary chair of the AIDS Walk on Oct. 1, which kicks off at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee. For more, go to aidswalkwis.org. — Photo: Courtesy
DIGGS TO CHAIR AIDS WALK: Taye Diggs will serve as the honorary chair of the AIDS Walk on Oct. 1, which kicks off at the Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee. For more, go to aidswalkwis.org. — Photo: Courtesy

Community bulletin board: Fill your plate, take a hike

Fill your plate: Clean Wisconsin, the state’s oldest environmental organization, is selling seats at the table for its gala fundraiser, Epicurean Evening Milwaukee.

Celebrated Cream City chefs will prepare a multi-course meal for supporters June 16 at Discovery World.

“We are extremely excited to bring this event to the shores of Lake Michigan,” said Clean Wisconsin CEO Mark Redsten. “These chefs care deeply for Wisconsin and our environment and we are fortunate to bring them together for a night of great food to bring awareness to Clean Wisconsin’s work in Milwaukee and across the state.”

Participating chefs include Adam Siegel of Lake Park Bistro, Cole Ersel of Wolf Peach and Justin Carlisle of Ardent.

“As a chef who takes care and pride in the state and region where I have grown up and will raise my family, I care deeply about a clean Wisconsin,” said Carlisle. For more, go to wisconsinepicureanevening.org.

Party time: The Democratic Party of Wisconsin holds its statewide convention June 3–4 in Green Bay. The party plans to host candidates on the 2016 ballot, caucus meetings, socials and convention reports. The national convention is in late July in Philadelphia. For more, go to milwaukeedems.org.

Something to chalk about: Artists are needed for the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition June 11–12 in downtown Racine. The event is in conjunction with the Monument Square Art Festival. At least 24 artists will work on panels on Fifth Street and finished work will be displayed at the Racine Arts Council Artspace Gallery. For more, go to www.monumentsquareartfest.com.

Sustainability summer: The Point Back to the Land in Stevens Point offers weekend itineraries for summer travelers looking to learn about sustainable living in Wisconsin. Getaways focus on renewable farming, sustainable homes, plants for the people, container gardening and more. For more, go to pointbacktotheland.com.

Annual meetup: The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin holds its annual meeting June 3–5 at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor. The agenda includes discussions on Wisconsin water quality, engaging the emerging electorate and building membership. For more, go to www.lwvwi.org.

Solstice celebration: The River Revitalization Foundation holds a summer solstice walk June 20 in Milwaukee, beginning at the RRF office, 2134 N. Riverboat Road. For more, email vbushell@gmail.com.

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Photo: Pixabay Something to chalk about: Artists are needed for the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition June 11-12 in downtown Racine. The event is in conjunction with the Monument Square Art Festival. At least 24 artists will work on panels on Fifth Street and finished work will be displayed at the Racine Arts Council Artspace Gallery. For more, go to www.monumentsquareartfest.com.
Something to chalk about: Artists are needed for the Great Lakes Chalk Art Competition June 11-12 in downtown Racine. The event is in conjunction with the Monument Square Art Festival. At least 24 artists will work on panels on Fifth Street and finished work will be displayed at the Racine Arts Council Artspace Gallery. For more, go to www.monumentsquareartfest.com.


Bulletin board: WiG’s roundup of community news

A roundup of news from Wisconsin’s progressive community and its nonprofits.

Open house for vets: Wisconsin Veterans Network, a new collaborative offering a range of services to veterans and their families in southeastern Wisconsin, holds an open house 9 a.m.–noon April 23 at 6317 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis. For more, go to www.wisvetsnet.org.

Pride seeks scholar: Milwaukee Pride, in partnership with Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, created a fund to provide an annual $3,000 Rising Star scholarship to a MIAD student. “We have a mission to create opportunities for LGBTQ people, their friends and families in Milwaukee,” said Wes Shaver, Milwaukee Pride president-elect. “As an emerging brand, we’re very excited to tap into MIAD’s culture of creative energy, diversity and innovation. The Rising Star scholarship will be both an opportunity for us to teach and learn.” Candidates can apply to info@milwaukeepride.org.

Fest’s fiscal sponsorship: Milwaukee Film is launching a “fiscal sponsorship” program to support filmmakers and film projects that advance its organizational mission. Sponsored projects would be able to solicit funds from government, foundation, individual and other philanthropic sources without needing to obtain their own nonprofit status. Milwaukee Film would provide financial reporting support and more. For more information, go to mkefilm.org.

Funding for reforms: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awarded a $2 million grant to Milwaukee County to implement reforms aimed at reducing the jail population and addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. The grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge. The county will implement reforms to address the main drivers of its jail population, which include people with mental health and substance abuse and people accused of non-violent misdemeanor offenses. The goal is to reduce the average daily jail population by 18 percent over two years. For more, go to www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org.

Book lovers bargains: The Spring Book Sale sponsored by Friends of the Whitefish Bay Library is May 7–8 at the library, 420 N. Marlborough Ave. The sale is 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. May 7 and noon–3 p.m. May 8. The semiannual book sale is a tradition among area book lovers. For more, go to wfblibrary.org.

Compact coalition’s challenge: More than 99 percent of people who registered comments in a regional review explicitly opposed or expressed concern over Waukesha’s request to divert Great Lakes water. More than 11,200 public comments were submitted to the Regional Body and Compact Council on the issue, and most of them opposed the proposal, according to a review of the comments completed by a coalition of environmental groups. The Compact Implementation Coalition consists of River Alliance of Wisconsin, National Wildlife Federation, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Midwest Environmental Advocates and Clean Wisconsin. Next, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin Regional Body and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin Compact Council, which is comprised of the eight Great Lakes governors and two Canadian premiers, will meet to reach a decision on the application. For more, visit www.protectourgreatlakes.org.

First Nations launch: The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium hosts the nation’s largest high-powered rocket competition for Native American college students April 23 at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville. The launch is part of a First Nations program scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 21–23 at Carthage College in Kenosha.

Care and choice conversation: The adult spiritual enrichment committee of Unitarian Church North in Mequon presents “Compassion and Choices: Care and Choice at the End of Life” at 11:30 a.m. on April 24. Dr. Bruce Wilson, a board certified cardiologist and Milwaukee hospice physician, is the featured speaker. Wilson is a former board member of Compassion and Choices, the largest organization in the United States advocating for people’s rights at the end of life. For more, go to ucnorth.org.

Community briefs: Wright trail, good jobs, frac forums and more

Wisconsin Gazette’s roundup of community bulletins, nonprofit announcements and other local news.

Wright in Wisconsin: Gov. Scott Walker in March recently signed Assembly Bill 512 to designate and mark a highway route as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail.

Walker said, “It’s great to be here at Taliesin to see first-hand some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work in Spring Green. The bill we’re signing into law will help visitors to our state easily identify and find Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks, like the one we’re at today.  Wright’s architecture is world-renowned, and these signs will boost tourism even further throughout Wisconsin.”

Gov. Scott Walker in March recently signed Assembly Bill 512 to designate and mark a highway route as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. — PHOTO: Wikipedia
Gov. Scott Walker in March recently signed Assembly Bill 512 to designate and mark a highway route as the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail. — PHOTO: Wikipedia

The route will run through Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson, Dane, Iowa, Sauk and Richland counties and direct travelers the right way to Wright attractions.

The bill,  authored by Rep. Todd Novak, R–Dodgeville, and Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, passed the Assembly with a vote of 96-2 and was concurred by the Senate on a voice vote.

Reggae for public rides

A reggae concert at Riverwest Public House on Locust in Milwaukee April 8 will raise money for the Milwaukee Transit Riders Union, an organization of bus riders fighting for better transit in the city. For more, go to transitridersunion.org.

Good work

GSAFE is seeking an executive director to begin work in July. For more about opportunities with the nonprofit, which advocates for LGBT youth and on education issues, go to gsafewi.org.

Historic Milwaukee Incorporated also is hiring. The nonprofit dedicated to increasing “awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history, architecture and the preservation of the built environment” is seeking a part-time accountant. For more, go to historicmilwaukee.org.

High costs, higher ed

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., met with students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in late March to talk about student loan debt and her reform bill, the In The Red Act. The measure would allow student borrowers to refinance debt at lower rates, increase Pell Grants to keep pace with rising costs and also would make a new investment in community college. For more, go to, baldwin.senate.gov.

Beachy clean

Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic announced the state approved an $838,000 Knowles-Nelson stewardship grant at South Shore Park to enhance the beach and boat launch and improve water quality. South Shore Park also is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to reconstruct the parking lot, another water quality project.

Frac forums

Sifting the Future educational events are planned on April 20 in Madison and April 21 in Eau Claire. The hills of western Wisconsin supply 75 percent of the country’s frac sand market. Organizers invite people to learn about frac sand mining impacts on Wisconsin’s ecological and agricultural landscapes. The Madison event is at 7 p.m. at UW-Madison’s Union South. The Eau Claire event is at 6 p.m. at The Plaza. For more, go to midwestadvocates.org.

Honored by ARCW

The Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin’s annual Make A Promise Dinner and Gala takes place on April 9 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. ARCW is honoring state Rep. John Nygren for “his courageous leadership addressing the heroin epidemic, opiate overdose and his long-term commitment to supporting care and treatment for people with HIV.” ARCW also will recognize BMO Harris Bank for its philanthropy and UW Health for its work specializing in providing health care to people living with HIV.

Meanwhile, ARCW also is receiving honors. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group, recognized the nonprofit as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.” For more, go to arcw.org.

Field fun

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is offering 188 expert-led field trips around the state in 2016, a 25 percent increase from 2015. The program offers opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore public lands, waters and wildlife by foot, bike, boat and even train. Since 1994, nearly 40,500 people have joined the foundation on field trips. Trips take place in 46 out of 72 Wisconsin counties. For more, go to wisconservation.org.

The Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan. — PHOTO: CourtesyThe Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan. — PHOTO: Courtesy
The Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Cream City crew

The Cream City Foundation welcomed a new board member, Pat Galgan, and announced its slate of officers for 2016: Paul Milakovich, chair; Angelique Harris, vice chair; Erika Baurecht, vice president; Jose A. Milan, treasurer; Stewart M. Morrisey, assistant treasurer; Bridget Paskey, secretary; Renee Krinberger, chair of the fund development committee; and board members Galgan, Rob Doerfler-Eckstein and Eric M. Peterson. CCF is Southeastern Wisconsin’s LGBT community foundation. For more, go to creamcityfoundation.org.

Send community announcements to Lisa Neff at lmneff@www.wisconsingazette.com.

Community bulletins: White House LGBT appointment

White House appointment

President Barack Obama in mid-March appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s primary LGBT liaison. She’s the first transgender person to hold the post. She became the first openly transgender staffer in the White House when she was hired in 2015. The first LGBT liaison at the White House, Marsha Scott, served in Bill Clinton’s administration.

white house lgbt liaison
White House appointment: President Barack Obama in mid-March appointed Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s primary LGBT liaison. She’s the first transgender person to hold the post. She became the first openly transgender staffer in the White House when she was hired in 2015. The first LGBT liaison at the White House, Marsha Scott, served in Bill Clinton’s administration.

Eyes and ears

The League of Women Voters Wisconsin seeks volunteers to help monitor polling during the spring election and presidential primary, which is April 5. Volunteers are needed in Dane, Milwaukee, Racine, La Crosse and Rock counties. For more, go online to lwvwi.org.

Call to convention

The Dodge County Democratic Party and chair James Zahn hosts the 5th Congressional District Democratic Party of Wisconsin Convention at 9:30 a.m. April 10. The event is at the Juneau Community Center in Juneau. For more, email .

Cream at the top

Milwaukee’s Cream City Foundation is among the top funders nationwide for LGBT communities and causes. The nonprofit received the recognition from Funders for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Issues, a nationwide network of foundations and corporations. For more, go to creamcityfoundation.org.

‘Dream’ event

Milwaukee-based Diverse & Resilient hosts the fourth annual Reviving the Dream Celebration at the Marriott Downtown on April 7. The evening celebrates leadership in the LGBT community and honors Bayard Rustin, a civil rights icon. For more, go to diverseandresilient.org.

Reels for Riverkeeper

Save the date of May 21 for the 11th annual Reel Paddling Film Festival at Clear Water Outdoor, 250 N. Water St., Milwaukee. The festival features more than 20 films and benefits the Milwaukee Riverkeeper. For more, go to www.clearwateroutdoor.com.

Freewheelin’ ride

The world’s largest fat bike race, the Fat Bike Birkie, took place in Cable earlier this year and drew a record number of riders. The first place finisher in the 47K race was Will Ross of Anchorage, Alaska. For more, go to birkie.com.

Conversation and culture

The University of Wisconsin-Madison — the first U.S. university to offer Yiddish language instruction — is celebrating “A Century of Yiddish at UW-Madison.” Among the events: a symposium at the Mayrent Institute of Yiddish Culture set for April 14-15 and a lecture on Yiddish music May 2. For more, go to mayrentinstitute.wisc.edu.


Madison-based Rough Sportswear presents a 5K walk and run April 10 to benefit the Porchlight Homeless Shelter. Runners can register at roughsportswear.com. Rough is matching donations to the Rough Foundation to support Porchlight.

Performing for planet

This year marks the 29th continuous year for Earth Poets and Musicians — Milwaukee celebrations for Earth Day occurring April 8 at Coffee House, 1905 W. Wisconsin, and April 22 at Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Place. “Our incredible planet exists, with its ecological balance and sun-struck beauty,” said Earth Poet Suzanne Rosenblatt. “Yet infinitesimal specks on that planet, who call themselves humans, are able to change everything, to take away the balance, the beauty, the life. This conundrum haunts the Earth Poets and Musicians. We puzzle over Earth with love and awe, humor and horror, and wisps of wisdom.” For more, go to milwaukeerenaissance.com.

Growing groceries

Milwaukee Public Library’s Bay View Branch hosts a workshop on how to “grow your own groceries.” The date with Groundwork Milwaukee is May 14. For more, call 414-431-0931 or go online to www.groundworkmke.org.

Support shorelines

Leaders with Adopt-a-Beach offer online training for those interested in joining the effort to support Wisconsin’s shorelines. For more, go to greatlakesadopt.org.

Wisconsin Gazette welcomes community announcements. Please email Lisa Neff at lmneff@www.wisconsingazette.com.


On the community bulletin board …


The United Performing Arts Fund announced a record 2016 campaign goal of $12,260,000 at a celebration at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. The goal was announced at the conclusion of a program featuring a tribute to Yip Harburg with an appearance by Aaron Harburg, the lyricist’s great-grandson, and performances by Present Music, Skylight Music Theatre, Danceworks, the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and First Stage. For more, go to www.upaf.org.

The 14th annual Local Farmer Open House takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park.
The 14th annual Local Farmer Open House takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 12 at the Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park.


The Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative recently launched a campaign called Radio-Active to “break the right-wing media monopoly in Milwaukee.” Organizers plan house parties and other events to build support and raise money to monitor right-wing radio programs and explore the goal of operating a progressive talk radio station. For more, go to Radio-Active on Facebook.


Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and community leaders in Dane County announced a new vehicle to help people obtain the photo ID cards needed to vote in Wisconsin elections. The vehicle is a ride service bringing people to the Department of Motor Vehicles throughout March. Volunteers also will be connecting with people at various venues to offer information about ID requirements and voter registration. For more, go to voteridwisconsin.org.

150 FILMS, 8 DAYS, 30,000 PEOPLE

The Wisconsin Film Festival — presented by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arts Institute in association with the school’s Department of Communication Arts — takes place April 14-21. The largest university-managed film fest in the nation is known for its diverse offerings, including independent, international, documentary, experimental, avant-garde, classic and children’s film, as well as the Wisconsin’s Own Competition. For more, go to 2016.wifilmfest.org.


The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County is honoring the Wisconsin chapter of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce with its “Organization of the Year” award. The celebration, with other awards presentations, is set for 5:30 p.m. March 13 at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., Milwaukee. Special guests include U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore. For more, email awards_dinner@milwaukeedems.org.


A section of the 1.25-mile-long rainbow Pride flag unfurled on Key West’s Duval Street in 2003 was featured March 5 in Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Sydney held one of the earlier LGBT Pride events on the 2016 calendar. Wisconsin’s Pride celebrations take place in the summer, beginning with Milwaukee PrideFest June 10-12.

A section of the 1.25-mile-long rainbow Pride flag unfurled on Key West’s Duval Street in 2003 was featured March 5 in Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
A section of the 1.25-mile-long rainbow Pride flag unfurled on Key West’s Duval Street in 2003 was featured March 5 in Australia’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.

Big Share campaign to benefit 70 nonprofits in Wisconsin

Today is a super Tuesday in Wisconsin. Community Shares of Wisconsin is hosting the  2016 Big Share on March 1 to benefit 70 local nonprofits “that are building a fair, just community and protecting our environment.”

The Big Share is a 24-hour online fundraising event in support of Community Shares’ nonprofit groups.

Now in its second year,  The Big Share is an easy way to donate to and learn more about community groups. From one page, donors can direct their gifts to the causes they care most about.

Community Shares launched The Big Share in 2015,  raising more than $232,000 from 1,750 donors.  An announcement said, “CSW member nonprofits raised much-needed funds to support their missions, while also increasing their skills and knowledge of online fundraising and social media outreach.”

To advance the campaign, organizers partnered this year with businesses offering incentive prizes or hosting special events throughout the day, including Mini of Madison, ZenDesk, Home Savings Bank, Delta Properties, National Guardian Life, MG&E, Sprinkman Real Estate, Madison Community Foundation, Supranet, Plan B, Java Cat, Yelp and others.

“The results of the 2015 Big Share show that donations of any size can have a collective impact,” CSW executive director Crystel Anders said. “Beyond the funds raised, The Big Share engaged new individuals in the work of our members. Participating organizations  were able to connect with new supporters and reconnect with past donors—all thanks to the viral nature of this online giving day.”

The Madison Community Foundation again will serve as partnering sponsor of The Big Share.

“In its inaugural year the Big Share raised significantly more than planned,” stated Bob Sorge, Madison Community Foundation president. “That’s a great testament to all the partners who participated in the day – and particularly to Community Shares. We have March 1 highlighted on the calendar. We will participate. We will give. And we invite the community to join us.”

A key reason for the success of  The Big Share is the training and technical assistance offered by CSW to its member nonprofits in the areas of online fundraising and social media campaigns. CSW can provide this because of sponsorship from MG&E and a grant from The Evjue Foundation, which supports CSW’s long-standing partnership with the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Student interns from that department, as well as UW staff, provide additional expertise and support to CSW and its members. Furthermore, UW-Madison students receive real-world experience in strategic communications and project evaluation.

To find out more about The Big Share, visit www.thebigshare.org.


Community briefs: Bernie’s bobble, mapping injustice, serving up volleyball

Bernie’s bobble?

The Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a line of presidential candidate bobbleheads. The museum seeks to raise $10,000 through Feb. 29 for the campaign, which offers Kickstarter voters a chance to back their favorite bobble candidate: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, et al. For more, go to bobbleheadhall.com.

Mapping racial injustice

Elsa Noterman and Anders Zanichkowsky are a geographer and printmaker who created a series of large-scale, mixed-media “artist” maps responding to racial justice issues in Madison. “Free the 350” Decarceration Map is a woodcut that deals with the disproportionate rate of incarceration for people of color in Dane County jails. The artists’ work is supported by a Madison Arts Commission BLINK! Grant and is on display throughout February at the Central Library in Madison. For more, go to anderszanichkowsky.com.

Serve, set, spike

The Milwaukee Gay Volleyball Association is registering players for the 11-week season that begins in March. Games are played at Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St. Registration can be completed online at milwaukeegayvolleyball.com.

Winter in Washington Park

The day’s high of 32 degrees meant perfect weather for Urban Ecology Center’s eighth annual Winterfest, held on Jan. 23 in Milwaukee’s Washington Park. More than 800 people cross-country skied, snowshoed and engaged in other wintertime activities. UEC is “committed to fostering ecological understanding as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood.” For more, go to urbanecologycenter.org.

Milwaukee meetup on Black Lives Matter

Alverno College hosts a forum on racial disparity and the criminal justice system at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18 at the Sister Joel Read Conference Center. Panelists include Martha Barry of the YWCA Southeastern Wisconsin, the Rev. Willie E. Brisco of the Milwaukee Inner-City Congregation Allied for Hope, retired assistant Milwaukee Police Chief Edith Hudson and Reggie Jackson of the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation. For more, go to alverno.edu.

Wayfinding for 2-wheelers

Dane County Parks is collaborating with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board to create a countywide Bicycle Wayfinding Manual to design and implement a uniform system. The county also is moving forward with plans to build the longest bicycle bridge in the state — the 2.5-mile Lower Yahara River Trail connecting Lake Farm County Park with McDaniel Park. For more, go to countyofdane.com.

Diverse & Resilient leaders

Diverse & Resilient named its 2016 LGBT leadership award winners. They include Brenda Coley, Bayard Rustin Award; Shannon Romero, Be YOU Youth Leadership Award; Broderick Pearson, Gary Hollander Adult Leadership Award; Irmine Reitl, LGBT Ally Award and the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, Community Partner Award. The honors will be presented at an April 7 gala at the Marriott Downtown Milwaukee. For more, go to diverseandresilient.org.

September screenings

Save the dates: Sept. 22–Oct. 6. The Milwaukee Film Festival has set its calendar for the 2016 series of feature films, short programs, education screenings, post-film conversations and panel discussions. For more, go to mkefilm.org.

Corporate education

Some politicians and educators in Wisconsin recently celebrated National School Choice Week, but they may not have been schooled on the origins of the observance. It’s promoted by the State Policy Network and the American Legislative Exchange Council and fueled by right-wing funders such as David and Charles Koch, according to the progressive watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy. For more, go to prwatch.org.

Fair’s February gala

The Wisconsin LGBTQ Leadership Conference, presented by Fair Wisconsin and Diverse & Resilient, takes place Feb. 19–21 at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee. The keynote speaker for this year’s gala dinner, at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20, is Aisha Moodie-Mills. She’s president and CEO at the Victory Fund and Institute, host of the political-pop culture radio show Politini and a political commentator on MSNBC. For more, go to fairwisconsin.com.

GSAFE seeks executive director

GSAFE is looking for an executive director to start in July. The right person would implement the group’s next stage of organizational transformation around racial, trans and gender justice. The executive director would oversee statewide expansion and should have skill in resource development and facilitating organizational culture shift. To apply, send an application, resume and cover letter to EDHiring@gsafewi.org  Preference will be given to applications received by March 30. For more, go to gsafewi.org.

Party for good

Meet and support Milwaukee’s coolest nonprofits at the Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee Winter Social at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 18 at The Wicked Hop’s Jackalope Lounj, 343 N. Broadway. For more, contact Jorna Taylor at 414-342-0883 or jornat@communitysharesmke.org.

Extra haul from expo

The seventh annual Well Expo at the Monona Terrace in Madison in mid-January brought 1,400 people together to talk about health and wellness. The event also resulted in the collection of more than 1,000 pounds of groceries for the River Food Pantry in Dane County. For more, go to wellexpomadison.com.

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Pipeline protest before Dem debate, and other community notes

Environmentalists protesting a planned pipeline expansion to bring more Canadian tar sands to Wisconsin will demonstrate on Feb. 11 outside the Milwaukee venue for the Democratic presidential debate.

The #ClipperIsTheNewKXL Rally will be at noon outside the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts on the UW-Milwaukee campus, where Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will debate that night.

Organizers of the youth-led demonstration are looking for lodging for travelers to Milwaukee.

For more information, email Cassie Steiner at

The debate is at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus. PBS NewsHour co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff are the moderators.

Milwaukee Pride hires executive director

Milwaukee Pride, Inc., the parent organization of PrideFest Milwaukee, has named Eric Heinritz as its first executive director for a one-year, renewable term. 

Heinritz worked for Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., from 2001 to 2014 in a series of administrative leadership roles.  As a longtime volunteer and former member of the Milwaukee Pride, Inc. board, he has applied his knowledge of finance, operations and project management to increase efficiencies, create organizational structure and improve overall festival performance.

PrideFest Milwaukee is June 10–12. For festival news as it happens, follow Milwaukee Pride on Facebook and Twitter.

In other news

• SAFE COMMUNITIES BREAKFAST: The Safe Communities Annual Breakfast Meeting for “those with a stake in community safety” is set for March 3 at the Goodman Community Center in Madison. For more, email Safe Communities Madison-Dane Co. at

• EARLY INTERVENTION AID: The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment recently dedicated $300,000 over two years to help ensure children have access to early intervention developmental screenings in Milwaukee. Early intervention saves $13 for every $1 spent. For more, go to milwaukeesucceeds.org.

• WAY TO QUIT: The smoking rate among adults is at an all-time low nationally, but not in the LGBT community. LGBT Americans are up to 200 percent likelier to be addicted to nicotine. Experts at National Jewish Health run the nation’s largest nonprofit quitline, a first-of-its-kind program that matches smokers with counselors in their demographic group to help them quit. Tobacco-users who want to quit can call 800-QUIT-NOW.

• CHANCE TO BE SEEN: The Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Google Maps “Street View” to bring the popular technology to member businesses, beginning the first week of February. A Google Street View photographer will be in Milwaukee on Feb. 2, Green Bay/Appleton on Feb. 4 and Madison on Feb. 5. For more, go to wisconsin-lgbt.seeinsidebusinesses.com. 

— from WiG reports