TESTING TIME: World AIDS Day is Dec. 1. HIV/AIDS organizations in Wisconsin and around the world are encouraging people to wear red ribbons, talk about HIV/AIDS with friends and family, get tested for HIV — and demand Congress protect the provisions in the Affordable Care Act that removed barriers to people with HIV/AIDS getting health insurance and healthcare. Connect: arcw.org
FULL DISCLOSURE: The grass-roots group MGE Shareholders for Clean Energy submitted three board resolutions calling for Madison Gas & Electric to fully disclose a strategy to address climate change by decreasing carbon emissions and provide a roadmap to the transition to renewable energy. The clean energy group, formed in 2014, wants MGE to be a national leader for the environment and energy. Connect: mgeshareholders.com
SOLAR SURPRISE: Demand for a new seed-funded program of solar energy grants for nonprofit organizations has far surpassed expectations, according to RENEW Wisconsin, a state-based, renewable-energy advocacy organization. RENEW Wisconsin/Solar for Good planned to issue $125,000 in grants for solar electric systems but 23 organizations applied for $222,000. So funders and organizers are seeking additional contributors to provide funding for all the nonprofits that applied. Connect: renewwisconsin.org
COUNTING CROWS AND MORE: The National Audubon Society’s 118th Christmas Bird Count takes place Dec. 14–Jan. 5. The count is the longest-running wildlife census in the world and involves tens of thousands of bird-loving volunteers. Each individual count, including those in Wisconsin, takes place in a 15-mile circle and is led by a compiler responsible for organizing volunteers and submitting observations to Audubon. Within each circle, participants tally all birds seen or heard that day — not only the species observed, but also total numbers, which can provide a clear idea of the health of that population. Connect: audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count
UNCHARITABLE CONGRESS: Arts Wisconsin issued an “Arts Action Alert” Nov. 20 to encourage citizens to contact the Wisconsin congressional delegation and oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The measure would reduce the number of taxpayers itemizing their deductions by as many as 20 million, which takes away an incentive for charitable giving. Arts Wisconsin said creative growth is directly connected to the support from the nonprofit sector. Connect: artswisconsin.org
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