4th Quarter News & Updates 

President's Message

Before 2016 fades into the rear view mirror, I wanted to use this opportunity to highlight our research accomplishments from the past year and preview some of our ambitious plans for 2017... continue reading

Mentoring in Milwaukee Update

Since the release of our Mentoring in Milwaukee report in October, MPS and the City of Milwaukee have made great progress toward their goal of developing a regional mentoring network. They have refined their proposed budget, mission, vision, goals, and timeline, and have chosen a name: Mentor Greater Milwaukee. They will roll out their strategic plan for the network to local elected officials and begin fundraising in January 2017, with a goal of hiring an executive director for the new organization by spring.

Nonprofit Survey Results Informing Leaders

Last month, the Forum released, Back on Track: The state of the nonprofit sector in Metro Milwaukee, which analyzed the results of our first survey of nonprofit leaders since 2011. The survey results contain cause for optimism, with double the share of respondents saying they believe the state of philanthropy is improving as compared to five years ago. Yet, at the same time, many are seeing an increased demand for their services without a commensurate increase in charitable contributions. The report is proving valuable to both nonprofit leaders and philanthropists. The Wisconsin Philanthropy Network drew on its findings for its 2016 Wisconsin Gives Report on local and national charitable giving. In addition, the report’s lead researcher, Anne Chapman, presented the report at the December 8 Association of Fundraising Professionals-Southeastern Wisconsin annual meeting and participated in a panel discussion with prominent nonprofit leaders. 

Lots of Interest in Infrastructure

The Forum's September report on City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County transportation infrastructure – A Fork in the Road? –has taken on increased relevance in light of policy debates at the state and federal levels. As we pointed out in a recent blog post, the Trump Administration's plans for a potential federal infrastructure package could have a significant impact on the City's and County's daunting challenges, as could the intensifying debate in Madison about how to confront the state's growing transportation needs. The report also continues to draw interest from both policymakers and civic leaders, as evidenced by Forum President Rob Henken's recent presentation on its key findings to the Milwaukee Rotary Club.

Forum Hosts Legendary Journalist Bob Woodward at Night of Nonpartisanship

In the midst of a vitriolic election season, the Forum hosted legendary journalist Bob Woodward in early October for a Night of Nonpartisanship. Woodward discussed the modern American presidency and the 2016 presidential election. If you missed the event--or want to experience it again--you can watch the video on our website. And, check out photos here. Many thanks to our very generous sponsors for helping to make this event a success!

Forum staff with speaker Bob Woodward at the Night of Nonpartisanship on Oct. 6, 2016.
Local Government Leaders Discuss State-Local Relationship in Wisconsin

The Forum's December Viewpoint Luncheon explored the state-local government relationship and its impact on municipal and county budgets. Forum President Rob Henken gave a brief presentation on our recent research pertaining to state-local relations. Attendees then heard from a panel of elected officials. In case you missed it, you can view the video here and check out the photos here. Thanks to our sponsor, Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, for hosting us!

Panelists (from left to right): David Bowen, Wisconsin State Assembly; Dale Kooyenga, Wisconsin State Assembly; Dan Devine, Mayor, City of West Allis; Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Executive 

2016 by the Numbers...

17.......... # of research reports published
50.......... # of presentations to government or civic bodies
145.......... # of media hits
289.......... # of member organizations
1425.......... # of event attendees
1616.......... # of followers on social media

Get Involved!

The beginning of a new year offers plenty of opportunities to become actively involved in the Forum; here are a few options:

Host a presentation: One of the major benefits of Forum membership is access to our expert team of researchers. If your company or organization is interested in hosting a brown bag lunch where we present our research or explain timely policy issues, let us know!

Sponsor an event: The Forum organizes many events throughout the year, including Viewpoint Luncheons, Policy in a Pub events, Salute to Local Government, and more. Sponsoring one of these events is a great way to support the Forum, build name recognition for your organization, and receive a premier table for 10 at the event. Let us know if you're interested in event sponsorship! 

Add your co-workers to our email list: Make sure your co-workers hear about our latest research and upcoming events! If your organization is a Forum member, then all employees are eligible to be on our email list. Send us a list of co-workers, and we'll get them added!

Bring a prospective member to an event: Know someone who isn't a member, but you believe they (and their organization) should be? You can bring them as a guest to one of our events for free. Email us for more information!

Join a policy committee: The Forum has committees on Local Government Finance, Economic Development, Education, and Social Services that meet two to four times each year to review research findings and discuss potential new research topics. Let us know if you'd like to join one!

Upcoming Event

2017 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Wisconsin Club
Phone: (414) 276-8240

633 West Wisconsin Ave, Suite 406 | Milwaukee, WI 53203
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