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A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research - Nielsen students learn about market research by doing research. The Center supports an active research program with projects serving academic faculty and staff from the Marketing Department and nonprofit organizations. Contact: Neeraj Arora, Director, A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research, 4191D Grainger Hall, 975 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706, narora@bus.wisc.edu, (608) 262-1990

Business Arts Administration Degree, University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Business.

Center for Community Partnerships, UW Parkside - The Center for Community Partnerships offers quality, life-long learning programs and services by connecting the resources of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with the communities of Southeastern Wisconsin.

Certificate for Nonprofit Professionals, U.W. Green Bay (DISCONTINUED) -Strengthening nonprofits through customized professional educations for leaders and managers

Collaborative Leadership Course, U.W. Madison - In a world too complicated for any individual to independently understand, the quality of government and the quality of business are both limited by the consulting that decision-makers can access. Frontiers in the application of the Internet to enrich consulting therefore hold potential to dramatically change our world. This course explores this frontier through "Open Consulting," a cutting edge approach emerging at the UW-Madison. It is considered a "service learning" course because it includes hands-on work with community partners as an integral part of the academic instruction, potentially benefiting all institutions touched by government or business.

Community of Scholars - The Community Scholars Program (CSP) is a one-year academic program for undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that combines opportunities for community service and experiential learning. CSP creates partnerships among students, faculty/staff and community organizations to develop projects that address needs identified by the community.

Community of Science - Search the Community of Science Web site to locate a researcher with the expertise you want.

Continuing Education Extension - Continuing Education Extension programs are offered throughout the state by all UW campuses. To discover what your campus has to offer, click on the map located on this page. Continuing Education at Madison is offering a nonprofit development series focusing on fundraising, grant writing and other organizational development issues.

Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin Extension - University of Wisconsin-Extension is a unique partnership of counties, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Wisconsin working together to help people put knowledge to work. It reflects the vision that has become known as The Wisconsin Idea. This partnership supports educational programs for farmers, businesses, organizations, communities, families and young people. UW-Extension uses education to help people understand and solve problems. Educational programs developed and conducted by county-based educators reflect local concerns. Videotape presentation kits of all of the educational programs produced by the Learning Institute for Nonprofit Organizations collaboration have been sent to most county Extension offices in Wisconsin. 

Department of Family Medicine, University of Wisconsin Madison:

  • DOC - Doctors Ought to Care is a nationwide organization of physicians and medical students dedicated to working with young people to promote healthy lifestyles. Locally, UW medical students are trained to give talks on a number of health issue. In addition, DOC sponsors other health topics on our lives, alternatives to violence, and related activities.
  • FMIG - The Family Medicine Interest Group is involved in a variety of community service activites.
  • LOCUS, University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine - Leadership Opportunities with Communities, the Underserved and Special Populations. LOCUS is a unique opportunity for students interested in working with communities and developing leadership skills.
  • MEDIC: Five weekly, free, student-run clinics staffed by DFM faculty and residents serving homeless, mentally ill, teens, and uninsured residents in Madison.

EPICS - EPICS stands for Engineering Projects in Community Service. It is an innovative program based in the College of Engineering that places teams of undergraduate and graduate engineering students, as well as students from other disciplines (i.e. Business and Letters and Science) into a partnership with local community service agencies. Each team works with a community service agency to design and develop long-term engineering projects that meet identified agency needs. We welcome students from other schools and colleges with skills that complement the skills of engineering students. Community service organizations are increasingly relying upon technology for the coordination, delivery, accounting and improvement of the services they provide. Students are looking for opportunities to enhance their learning experience by working in projects that give them a feel of the real world.

Executive MBA program, U.W. Madison School of Business - The Executive MBA Program is for experienced, high-potential managers who wish to earn a graduate degree without interrupting their careers. Students receive an Executive MBA degree from a world-class university following two years of part-time study. This rigorous program is designed to build on the knowledge and experience executives bring to the classroom. The School of Business has created a scholarship for nonprofit leaders interested in the the Executive MBA program (offered every other year). The scholarship  is available to anyone who works anywhere in the state of Wisconsin. The program is for middle and upper-level manager with at least 8 to 10 years of work experience. The applicant should be employed full-time with a not-for-profit Wisconsin organization that is designated as a 501(c)(3). The program costs $29,500 per year, which includes tuition, textbooks, meals, parking, and scheduled events. The scholarship would cover 75% of the costs for each of the two years of the program.

Grants Information Center, Madison, WI. Elizabeth Breed offers free seminars for nonprofit organizations on the topic "Researching Funding Opportunities."

Human Services Administration Web-Based Certificate Program - This continuing education program has been designed by professionals to prepare you for the challenges of a career in human services administration. The program takes ten months to complete.

Income Tax Assistance Program - The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) was established 30 years ago by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to assist low income, elderly and disabled individuals and families in preparing their annual income tax returns. In addition to the IRS and the WI Department of Revenue, the other partners are UW-Madison, UW-Extension Dane County, Centro Hispano and the United Refugee Services.
Volunteers, trained and supervised by the state departments of revenue and in partnership with the IRS, in our case the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, complete the tax returns. Since 2002, one VITA site has been located at the Villager Mall in South Madison, 2300 South Park Street

Instructional Communications Systems, University of Wisconsin Extension - ICS provides electronic communication and distance education services to University of Wisconsin institutions, state governmental agencies, and other educational, governmental and nonprofit organizations.

Lafollette Institute School of Public Affairs - The La Follette School engages in research and outreach activities designed to assist public officials at all levels of government. La Follette students are closely connected with these efforts, because at La Follette there are few boundaries between the classroom and the policy workshop. By working as project assistants, participating in research colloquia, and contributing to our public service activities, La Follette students learn the hard craft of policy analysis and public management while they gain valuable research, writing, and presentation skills. Check out "Management of Nonprofit Organizations", PA974

Landscape Architecture, U.W. Madison - The Department actively pursues community design research service projects.  The Community Design Research Services program includes: Community-focused undergraduate and graduate thesis projects& Faculty supervised participatory design and planning projects. Interested persons must complete a "request for consideration form". For more information please contact Sue Thering, University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture, 42 B Agriculture Hall, 1450 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706.  (608) 263-6506, sathering@facstaff.wisc.edu.

The Milwaukee Idea - The Milwaukee Idea is UWM's initiative to forge vital and long-lasting community-university partnerships that enhance the quality of life for all. Some of the projects and initiatives launched by the Milwaukee Idea are listed below:

Age and Community: Improving the Quality of Life for Older Adults - This Milwaukee Idea initiative brings UWM together with a network of community leaders and the Helen Bader Foundation to expand our understanding of aging and find innovative ways to improve the lives of seniors in metropolitan Milwaukee and throughout the state.

Campus Design Solutions, U.W. Milwaukee - In partnership with the UW System campuses and with community and state entities, Campus Design Solutions, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Idea Initiative, was created to improve the physical environment and, thus, the quality of life of not only the campuses, but also the areas they serve. Housed in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning on the UWM Campus, CDS provides, upon request, design and planning services, education, and training to groups in Wisconsin that need, but do not have access through the private sector, to such assistance. The Initiative also supports applied research on design and/or planning related issues.

Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management - This new Institute aims to strengthen the community's nonprofit sector with programs that promote effective management and leadership. Programs.

The Consortium for Economic Opportunity: Forging Partnerships for Prosperity - Through the Consortium, UWM is building on its partnerships with economic development agencies, community organizations and small businesses to help spur business and job growth in metropolitan Milwaukee, particularly in the city's low income neighborhoods.

Cultures and Communities: Learning for the New Century - Cultures and Communities is a new set of foundation courses for undergraduates--one of just a few of its kind in the country--emphasizing cross-cultural literacy, interdisciplinary study and community-based learning. Cultures and Communities is developing an array of courses and projects that pair UWM with community partners and offer students a chance to gain critical exposure to the rich diversity of their urban environment.

Consultant Directory - A searchable database of local consultants providing services to nonprofit organizations (Used to be maintained by the Milwaukee Management Fund).

Morgridge Center for Public Service - The Morgridge Center for Public Service promotes, organizes and supports a variety of public service and service-learning opportunities for members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community.

Morgridge Center for Public Service Service Grants - Grants are available to support students engaged in service projects during the academic year.

Morgridge Center Volunteer Directory - the University of Wisconsin-Madison's connection to community service opportunities. Over 250 campus and community organizations offering literally hundreds of volunteer opportunities can be accessed through this on-line database. Staff if also available to assist you.

Morgridge Center List of Service Learning Courses on the Madison Campus

MPA Program - The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee has recently created a concentration in nonprofit management within its  (The degree is presented jointly by the College of Letters and Science and the School of Business Administration).

Nonprofit Administration Certificate Program, University of Wisconsin Superior - This program provides training specific to managing a nonprofit agency. It strengthens the following skills: strategic planning, working with the board of directors, developing fiscal policy, enhancing human resource management, fund raising, evaluating programs and many more. Those seeking the Nonprofit Administration Certificate complete ten Continuing Education Units (100 hours) specific to administering a not-for-profit agency. Participants complete six required courses, and eight to ten electives to complete the 100 hour requirement.

Nonprofit Development - This program, which focuses on grant writing, is offered by Continuing Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Northwoods Nonprofits - This educational program of the University of Wisconsin Superior, helps nonprofits in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin work together to build capacity through education, networking, mentoring, collaboration, and resource sharing.

Prediction Science - Prediction Science is a worldwide nonpartisan non-profit community organized by the U.W. Madison Possible Futures Student Association. They provide on-line decision making tools.

School of Social Work Field Education (U.W. Madison) - Recognizing that hands-on practice experience is at the core of social work education, the School of Social Work has developed a unique model of field education which involves over 100 agencies, 200 community practitioners, and 15 faculty members. Graduate students are placed in one of the School's fifteen field units, which are organized around a social problem area, field of practice, or client population. These field units, led by a faculty member, work with agencies and practitioners to develop outstanding practice opportunities.

University Health Services Collaboration Mini-Grant Program - University Health Services on the Madison campus, offers mini-grants (up to $300) to student organizations involved in collaborative community efforts.

University of Wisconsin Madison Speakers Bureau - The Speakers Bureau offers community groups across Wisconsin a resource that's both invaluable and free: speakers with insights on issues of local interest, whether it's aging or cranberries or climate change or the university's plans for the future.

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point Volunteer Opportunities - The Association for Community Tasks (A.C.T.) is an Action oriented student volunteer organization. A.C.T. places students in volunteer positions throughout the community to gain experience in their major/minor, have fun, make new friends, and at the same time, make a difference in the Stevens Point community.

Urban and Regional Planning Department - URPL graduate students are required to complete a summer internship between years 1 and 2 that will provide an experiential planning experience. Organizations with a planning need should post internship opportunities at the department. In addition, every spring semester the Department of Urban and Regional Planning conducts a planning workshop to provide practical training to its Masters students.  The planning workshop also allows the community to utilize the knowledge and the skills of the university for planning purposes.  

VolunteerYourTime - VolunteerYourTime.org is a new way to access information about non profit agencies and their volunteer oppportunities in Dane County through a partnership with United Way of Dane County, the Madison Area Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Morgridge Center for Public Service and RSVP of Dane County. The agencies now enter the data base and list their information, as well as keep it up-to-date.

Wisconsin Campus Compact - Wisconsin Campus Compact is a statewide organization committed to encouraging civic responsibility among the students and faculty at Wisconsin's public and private colleges and universities and fostering relationships for civic engagement between member institutions of higher education and the communities they serve.

Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship - The Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowships create a new opportunity for you to reach out, share your expertise, serve the community, and learn outside the classroom. These fellowships support special projects where students, faculty and instructional staff, and community organizations collaborate in activities designed to benefit all of the participants. Applications are generally available in October with a deadline of February.

Work Study (Stevens Point) - Stevens Point (like most campuses) offer non-profit organizations the opportunity to hire Federal Work Study students for a nominal fee.  The program focuses on building community efforts (particularly with low-income populations or to solve particular problems related to their needs).  Employment areas may include: health care, child care, literacy training, education, welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, recreation and rural development.  Any university that has a federal work study program would most likely be able to offer this option.  In most cases, the agency would only pay 25 - 40% of the hourly wage of the student, with the federal government picking up the rest of the tab. 

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