September Featured Organization

Have You Heard of Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management a the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee?

YNPN Milwaukee's September Featured Organizational Member

HBI.pngWhat is the mission of HBI

Established in 2001 as the first nonprofit academic center in Wisconsin, the mission of the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management (HBI) at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is to improve the leadership and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations through education, research and service.

How can individuals and organizations get involved with HBI? 

HBI’s educational programs offer a healthy balance of theory and practice, providing the knowledge and skills needed for effective nonprofit management and leadership and instilling in participants a critical focus on ethics, responsibility, and standards of excellence in the nonprofit field.

HBI's educational programs include:

  • A Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership designed to provide students with the essential theoretical and practical knowledge and skills needed to be successful in managing and leading nonprofit sector organizations.
  • Additionally, our multi-disciplinary Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management program is the first graduate-level program to be offered by any college or university in the State of Wisconsin specifically designed for the leaders and managers of nonprofit organizations.

HBI also offers several venues for nonprofit sector education and professional development. Our nonprofit research programs and speaker series works to take research on nonprofit management and the nonprofit sector and make that information available to a broader community audience. And HBI periodically convenes free-to-the-public “Forums on the Nonprofit Sector” to promote a greater understanding of national issues that affect the nonprofit sector.

What impact does HBI have on the Milwaukee community? 

As part of its mission to advance community-wide knowledge about nonprofit management and the nonprofit sector, the Helen Bader Institute strives to promote mutual learning and respect between academic scholars and the nonprofit community so that real-world problems can be understood and addressed in a mutually-beneficial partnership.

Our nonprofit-focused Forum series encourages dialogue among diverse stakeholders on important nonprofit issues, leading toward greater understanding and more productive partnerships to address community challenges.

How does HBI measure its success? 

At HBI we use several different measures of success. For our academic programs we measure success by the placement rate of our graduates into jobs, promotions within those jobs, promotions from a position in one organization to a higher position in another, placements on boards, and in continued and/or increased demand for entry into our graduate degree programs.  As a quality control device, we make sure our curriculum is always current with the Curricular Guidelines published by the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC). This helps to ensure that our educational programs provide the most up-to-date information and coverage of relevant topics for our students.

For our experiential programs, such as our colloquia and forum series, we measure success not only by attendance, but by how many nonprofit leaders make use of what they learned in their own work or research.  This is determined via surveys of those who attend our events, surveys of our alumni and students, and through feedback from focus groups held on a bi-annual basis with nonprofit leaders throughout the state.

What can we look for from HBI in 2016? HBI_1.png

Tracking the realistic cost of doing business as a nonprofit, and having donors understand the need for those costs continues to be a critical topic of conversation across the nation. As part of our “Forums on the Nonprofit Sector” series, HBI will be partnering this fall with Wisconsin Philanthropy Network and the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee to foster a conversation between nonprofits and their donors about overhead expenses. HBI scholars will be offering a series of workshops to help participants prepare for productive conversations on nonprofit overhead, the nonprofit starvation cycle, and the implications of restricted funding. Presentations on the many issues related to nonprofit overhead will continue into 2017.


Photo description: HBI Visiting Scholar Elizabeth Searing from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY) during her community presentation on Nonprofit Overhead and the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle in June 2016. 

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