WISCAP Wednesdays

WISCAP is launching ‘WISCAP Wednesdays’!

For the month of September, WISCAP is hosting ‘WISCAP Wednesdays’ where every Wednesday will feature multiple virtual trainings for Wisconsin’s community action network. You can see the agenda for the entire month below. As of August 19th, registration links are available for all webinars on September 2nd and September 9th. Registration links for the remaining WISCAP Wednesdays are forthcoming. All webinar registration links will be available on this page, as well as on a weekly reminder email to the membership. If you are not on WISCAP’s membership mailing list, please email kfarrey@wiscap.org and request to be added!

Please note: These trainings are reserved for members of WISCAP (including but not limited to, member agency Executive Directors, member agency staff and member agency board members). You must register with a member agency email in order for your registration to be approved. There is no cost to register or attend any of the webinars.

September 2, 2020

10:00 to 11:00am
Nonprofit Wisconsin: In Brief (Size, Scope & Economic Impact)
Presenter: Bryce Lord, Associate Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Register here for Nonprofit Wisconsin: In Brief

The Helen Bader Institute (HBI) for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s only Nonprofit Academic Center, recently engaged a team of faculty, staff and community members to update its Nonprofit Wisconsin: In Brief. This report provides context and clarity to common misconceptions about the nonprofit sector and promotes an understanding of its role in providing services to enhance the well-being of Wisconsin’s citizens. In this presentation, HBI looks specifically at the economic impact nonprofit organizations have throughout Wisconsin. We’ll look at the overall population of nonprofits around the state, including a breakdown of the various funding types most heavily relied upon in each area. We’ll go on to illustrate important aspects of nonprofit organizations in Wisconsin to help inform policymakers, foundations, the media, and the public at large about the importance of the diverse – and growing – nonprofit sector.

12:00 to 1:30pm
Fund Development Fundamentals
Presenter: Stacy Shapiro, President, Shapiro Strategies
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Stacey will cover the spirit and ethics of giving, how to diversify to reach your fundraising goals, why a fund development plan is crucial, and share additional tools.

2:00 to 3:00pm
Identifying & Combating Elder Abuse
Presenter: Kristina Ebbott, Attorney, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Register here for Identifying & Combating Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is widespread in Wisconsin, and survivors of abuse can find themselves facing eviction, needing help in obtaining injunctions against their abusers, and working to repair their credit and recoup money, property or other assets that were stolen by abusers through exploitation or identity theft. This presentation will address the warning signs of elder abuse and what staff can do to report abuse when they see it. The most common types of abuse, including financial scams and exploitation are covered. Attendees will also hear about the legal remedies that attorneys in the Elder Rights Project have been pursuing to assist their clients in recovering from abuse, and how they can refer individuals to the project. The presentation will also give an overview of other agencies that may assist in abuse recovery. This will assist frontline staff in addressing concerns about potential victims of elder abuse and provide them with resources for finding the best assistance to recover from various forms of abuse.

September 9, 2020

10:00 to 11:30am
Nonprofit Boards & Governance
Presenter: Douglas Ihrke, Professor & Executive Director of Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Register here for Nonprofit Boards & Governance

Explore reasons why boards exist, and examine the roles, responsibilities and relationship to staff. Gain tools for enhancing board effectiveness including recruitment and development, meeting management and self-assessment.

This course aims to meet the following objectives:

  • Identify effective governance principles, roles and structures
  • Examine and assess governance practices for exercising responsibility for, and accountability and transparency of, nonprofit organizations
  • Understand the tensions facing a governing board
  • Learn skills for strengthening the role of boards in relationship to various stakeholders

Upon completion of this course, a successful learner should be able to assess governance structures and Board practices, and recommend interventions that promote effective, efficient, and ethical governance models to their nonprofit organizations.

  • Recognize the critical role of board governance in ensuring efficient and effective operations, organizational sustainability and innovation in long-term strategy
  • Anticipate significant issues and demands that emerge from the challenges of exercising responsibility for, and accountability and transparency of, nonprofit organizations, along with lessons learned
  • Understand, and be able to assess and analyze the principles and practices of nonprofit governance and the role of the board, executive and relevant constituencies
  • Develop skills for interacting with those issues and demands, whatever one’s connection (donor, staff, volunteer, board member, etc.), assembling a collection of benchmarks and good practices

12:00 to 1:30pm
Lead with Integrity
Presenter: Stacy Shapiro, President, Shapiro Strategies
Register here for Lead with Integrity

Great leaders are people of integrity and live their lives in accordance with a value system; they have a combination of traits that help inspire people to do and be their best. In this program, participants will learn why it is important to gain clarity on who they are (creating personal core values) and the positive, affirming leader they strive to be. In this workshop, community action staff will learn true gifts of inspirational, ethical, and conscientious leaders. Specific tools will be taught enabling them to live by those values on a daily basis.

2:00 to 3:00pm
Let’s Talk about Pain Medicines: Train-the-Trainer
Presenter: Kari LaScala, Associate Director, Wisconsin Health Literacy
Register here for Let’s Talk about Pain Medicines

America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic and it affects everyone. For the first time in the United States, people are more likely to die from an accidental opioid overdose than from a car accident. And in 2018, 838 Wisconsinites died from an opioid-related overdose. Perhaps even more distressing is how this is impacting children and young adults. Most who turn to heroin, first started out using prescription pain medicines they found in their homes. In this train-the-trainer session, attendees will learn about a project developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy that helps community members more safely and effectively use their pain medicines. Downloadable workshop materials – workbook, fact sheets, surveys, and an activity game – will be shared with attendees so they can present this workshop to the community members they serve. Specific topics within the workshop include how to:

  • Identify and understand how an opioid medicine works
  • Safely store opioid medicines to keep others safe
  • Properly dispose of any unused opioids
  • Read label directions (when and how long to take opioid medicines)
  • Use naloxone to stop an overdose
  • Understand the importance of asking pharmacists if opioids can be taken with other medicines

September 16, 2020

11:00am to 12:00pm
Finding Health Information you can Trust: Train-the-Trainer
Presenter: Caitlyn Mowatt, Health Communication Specialist, Wisconsin Health Literacy
Register here for Finding Health Information you can Trust

Technology is continuing to improve, and more and more people are looking online for health information, managing care, and trusted advice. The latest findings from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project show that 59% of the adult population looks up health information online and 81% of people living in the United States own a smartphone. Despite the increasing use, there is a digital divide for many individuals that greatly impact their ability to find and access trusted quality health information. A study from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy found 15% of adults with below basic health literacy used the Internet “some” or “a lot” for information on health topics, compared to 62% of those with proficient health literacy. This has created a digital divide.

Wisconsin Health Literacy developed a digital health literacy program, Health Online: Finding Information You Can Trust, to focus on improving the digital divide. In this train the trainer workshop, you will learn about digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly and you will learn ways to teach people to access and identify reliable health information online. During this session, participants will:

  • Learn how digital literacy and health literacy impacts one’s ability to find & use quality health information online
  • Learn how to teach digital health literacy in their work setting using, Health Online
  • Learn how to use digital literacy strategies to make digital health resources user friendly
  • Learn how to use digital literacy strategies to help users access trusted health information online
  • Learn how they can partner with Wisconsin Health Literacy

1:00 to 2:00pm
The COVID-19 Effect on Wisconsin’s Nonprofit Sector
Presenter: Bryce Lord, Associate Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Register here for Impact of COVID-19 on Wisconsin’s Nonprofit Sector

The Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and affiliated faculty throughout the state have been actively researching how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed Wisconsin nonprofits. Join us to learn how these organizations are managing important issues including:

  • Effect on Programs & Service Delivery
  • Human Resources, including staffing and payroll
  • Finance & Revenue, including access to stimulus funding

September 23, 2020

10:00 to 11:00am
Using the United for ALICE: Study on Financial Hardship in Wisconsin to Advance your Organization and Program Goals
Presenter: Charlene Mouille, Executive Director, United Way of Wisconsin
Register here for Using the United for ALICE

We all know people who are ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE workers educate our children, keep us healthy, and make our quality of life possible, yet do not earn enough to support their own families. ALICE households are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent, which have long-term consequences not only for ALICE, but for all. In order to better understand this growing population, United For ALICE provides a framework, language, statistics, and tools that community stakeholders can use to inform policy and drive innovation. Charlene will share the third Wisconsin edition that was released in August. She will then demonstrate how the report and online dashboard can be used to support your work. 

11:30am to 12:30pm
Accessing Justice: Rights of Farmworkers & Dairy Workers in Wisconsin
Presenter: Mariah Hennen, Farmworker Project Program Manager, Legal Action of Wisconsin
Register here for Accessing Justice

Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW) provides free legal services to low-income people and emphasizes legal work aimed at creating systemic changes to help more people achieve a high quality of life. LAW’s Farmworker Project specializes in providing legal services and referrals to migrant and seasonal farmworkers and dairy workers across the state of Wisconsin. LAW’s Farmworker Project goals are that, among other things, workers: understand their legal rights and feel empowered to advocate for themselves, receive all the wages they have earned, are lawfully and fairly recruited with full disclosures from employers about wages and working conditions and live in housing that is safe, clean, and meets legal standards

In this workshop, Mariah will provide background on farmworkers and dairy workers in Wisconsin. Challenges faced by farmworkers and dairy workers are highly prevalent and widespread, but are not well known to non-farmworker communities. Farmworkers and dairy workers face numerous barriers that affect their ability to access legal justice. Legal issues such as wage theft, worker’s compensation, recruitment fraud, discrimination, and access to public benefits impact farmworkers and their families. Highlighting challenges specific to farmworkers and dairy workers, attendees will learn about ways that advocacy and service provider organizations can better serve farmworkers, dairy workers, and their families.

1:00 to 2:00pm
Social Media for Social Causes
Presenter: Bryce Lord, Associate Director, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management
Register here for Social Media for Social Causes

Nonprofit organizations advance their missions through communication. This presentation discusses the use of social media by these organizations to create brands and reach a variety of stakeholders. It will focus on best practices and strive to assess the return on social media investment. As part of understanding an increasingly participatory culture, we’ll discuss the use of social media in communicating, marketing, public relations, and fundraising for nonprofits, and tackle the challenge of building effective storytelling practices and policies. Finally, we’ll explore the major social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest) as vehicles for nonprofits to reach their members, volunteers, and donors.