A Call to Action for Milwaukee's Nonprofit Sector

A Call to Action for Milwaukee's Nonprofit Sector

Here at Pivot, as we approach the start of fall, we are reminded of the inevitability of change.  Change can definitely be uncomfortable and challenging, especially in our lives as nonprofit professionals and board directors.  And while we can't control the changes that come our way, we can control how we respond to them.

As a community, the Milwaukee nonprofit sector faces a similar set of questions that many cities around the country are currently facing:

  • Can the sector as it stands today meet the changing needs our region?
  • How can we continue to offer high quality services while also staying informed of current trends and innovations in our field?

At Pivot, we believe that nonprofit leaders must remain informed about our changing world to continue offering meaningful and relevant programming and services in their neighborhoods and communities.  In the last year, we worked with more than 150 organizations to stay up to date with the latest in nonprofit governance skill building, not only in the Metropolitan Milwaukee area, but the broader State of Wisconsin as well.  This fall, we are engaging even more organizations as we prepare a follow-up cohort training program for organizations in Sheboygan and Manitowoc County.  With this next session in process, we look to have over 300 community members engaged and educated in those communities to create a stronger network and support system for creating meaningful change in the region.

This is where you come in. 
Pivot is actively building a network of nonprofit leadership in the region. 

On September 28th, Pivot will present Raising the Bar: An Afternoon with Kate BarrAs an expert in governance and finance, Kate will share her knowledge and experience to raise the bar for the quality and capacity of governance in our region.  We look forward to networking with Milwaukee nonprofit leaders and to connecting with the national conversation that Milwaukee needs to be a part of.  This event will include open community and access to the presenter, so your questions and concerns can be addressed.

Register today for our event at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. You won't want to miss this opportunity to experience their rooftop at the social gathering immediately following Kate's presentation.  Attendees will have the chance to mingle over drinks and appetizers and discuss their impressions from the program and of the sector on both a national and local level.  Potential outcomes include new relationships, a stronger network, and if all goes well, a stronger nonprofit sector in Milwaukee.  Join us on September 28th.

Kate Barr is Executive of Nonprofits Assistance Fund, whose mission is to strengthen the community by investing capital and expertise in nonprofits.  Kate began her career as a bank executive and an arts administrator and had served on numerous nonprofit boards.  Under Kate's leadership, NAF has become a premier resource for financing and training, and is a national leader on nonprofit strategy and finance.  Kate oversees strategic and business planning, development, and external relations.

We recently reposted a highly read article of hers from the Nonprofit Quarterly here.

About Project Pivot

Previously known as BoardStar, Inc., our goal at Project Pivot is to engage and connect a community of leaders with the right skills and resources through cohort-based trainings, community programs, and regional partnerships.  While Milwaukee has a robust nonprofit sector, we feel that there is an absence of a strong connection among our local network and the ongoing national conversation.  Pivot works to address this by bringing national voices into our communities and promoting the exchange of our best practices and most innovative ideas in nonprofit governance.