Category Archives: Center for Nonprofits

Poplar, Fort Peck Reservation, Montana

Wild Turnips for White Corn Project

Building Tribal Food Sovereignty on the Fort Peck Reservation Using Oral History and Digitally Mapped Trade Networks Indigenous food sovereignty is about more than just getting healthy, local food into urban Native centers and onto reservations. Indigenous food sovereignty works to rebuild and strengthen communities’ relationships to the land. For centuries, settler colonialism disrupted the […]

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Tune in: The Skinny on School Lunch with SoHE’s Prof Gaddis on HBO

The episode was released May 10 and can still be seen on HBO. Watch the teaser here.  Jennifer Gaddis was featured on this week’s episode of Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas on HBO. Gaddis, Assistant Professor in Civil Society and Community Studies, has conducted interviews with a number of sites, including Minneapolis Public Schools, to bring light […]

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Design Thinking Beyond UW-Madison with CNPL Grad Molly Reddy

When Molly Reddy ’10 started her academic studies at UW-Madison, she did not know how much her life path would be impacted by design thinking and the School of Human Ecology (SoHE).  In fact, design thinking had not yet been established at the UW-Madison. As a freshman, Reddy started as a College of Letters and […]

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SoHE News and Events: June 22-28

Students travel to China | Bennett’s artist-in-residence | Kirkorian research feature | Collins is “Big” of the year | APLUS research coverage | Kerr on “dad brains” Consumer Science’s Dr. Nancy Murray and Students in China This May, Teaching Professor Dr. Nancy Murray spent the month in China with a group of students studying abroad […]

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SoHE News and Events: May 25 – 31

SoHE’s Olive Sagapolu is a Backflipping Extraordinaire Badger’s lineman and ukulele player Olive Sagapolu captured the hearts of all with his skillful backflipping videos on Instagram and toe-touches at basketball games. Also known as “Mr. Aloha,” Sagapolu brings joy and happiness to everyone he sees. He was recently featured in a national ESPN story that […]

Centers of Excellence

Leading from the Center(s)

The SoHE Centers of Excellence play a unique role in our work. As hubs for scholarship, education, and  outreach, they build bridges across departments, campus, and communities. They empower our faculty and students to think broadly, act strategically, and create meaningful change in the world. Center for Child and Family Well-Being Working with researchers, policymakers, […]

Growing Stronger Together Conference

Register Now: Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits Event

Join us in celebrating the 24th annual Fundraising and Development for Nonprofits conference at the University of Wisconsin Madison, recently awarded “Best Nonprofit Conference” by everyaction.com! This conference will give you the tools necessary to grow your nonprofit. Hear from some of the best fundraisers, grant writers, and community leaders in the Midwest. The conference […]

What is the CommNS?

The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies, or the “CommNS”, is a hub for faculty, students, and community partners to collaborate on research, practice, and evaluation that examines and advances the well-being of communities, as well as the civic and nonprofit sectors. The CommNS builds capacity and knowledge in community and nonprofit studies through the […]

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SoHE Centers take part in Food and the Wisconsin Idea Network

SoHE’s long history of applied human ecology scholarship has always focused on the interconnectedness of key issues in our society with the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Doing this work at UW-Madison offers the incredible opportunity to have an almost unlimited multidisciplinary scope in our ways of looking at problems.  From our place within […]

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SoHE News and Events: January 19-January 25

Professor Poehlmann-Tynan Cover Story | CNPL Alumna’s Path to Nonprofits | MFA Candidate Awarded Fellowship When Parents are Incarcerated “Surreal…stressful…” When young children visit a parent who is incarcerated the experience may be highly emotional. “It’s great for children to have a positive visit and positive connections with their incarcerated parents. It can reassure them that […]

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SoHE Professional Skills Courses

A new graduate program hosted by SoHE and complementary to our Centers of Excellence work, the School of Human Ecology Applied Master’s Program, was launched at the beginning of this academic year.  The program lets students customize their own course of study based on their professional goals. The goal is to provide a thoughtful balance […]

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Nonprofit Leaders for Today and Tomorrow

The United States’ nonprofit workforce is the third largest, trailing retail and manufacturing with more than 1.4M tax-exempt organizations – or roughly 100x greater than the number of Starbucks in the United States. [1] These organizations are the community backbone, working on issues ranging from human services to the environment, animals, culture and humanities. And, […]

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CommNS Threads: Shannon Sparks, Civil Society and Community Studies

The aim of CommNS Threads is to introduce the community to our affiliates, thus broadening their understanding of community engaged work. Welcome to our first installment featuring Shannon Sparks, Assistant Professor in Civil Society & Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology and in the American Indian Studies Program. Shannon recently was awarded one […]

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SoHE News & Stories: June 23 – June 29

Take a look at what’s happening in SoHE this week! CommNS Affiliate’s Research Aids Local Farmers Markets CommNS Affiliate and Urban and Regional Planning Professor Alfonso Morales has been collecting data on the economic impact of community farmers markets with graduate student Lauren Suerth. After having already worked with nine farmers markets in three regions by 2015, the […]

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Consumption in Human Ecology – A Meaningful Sphere of Influence

We play a variety of roles in our lives – boss, employee, friend, acquaintance, parent, child, partner — just to name a few. As we launch into 2017, many are trying to establish personal resolutions to improve ourselves in some or all of the roles we play. But there’s another role that each and every […]

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CommNS Fall Event Highlights Community Work for a Post Election America

It has been roughly a month since the CommNS Fall Event but the topics, ideas and connections made there have taken on a new sense of importance through the intervening weeks, during which we experienced an election that, no matter who you are or what your perspective, has undeniably raised new and resurrected old questions […]

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Guadalajara Scholars Explore and Connect in Wisconsin

The CommNS, located within our SoHE Centers of Excellence, hosted a delegation from Guadalajara as part of the year-long collaborative project “Connecting Landscapes.” “Connecting Landscapes” hosted by our very own CommNS with key contributions from UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute, the Earth Partnerships Program at the UW Arboretum, and the Global Health Institute, is a formalization and […]

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CommNS to Lead Incubator Project to Promote Partnerships in Guadalajara, Mexico

I am excited this month to share that a project proposal developed within the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (CommNS), one of the SoHE Centers of Excellence, has been selected by the UW Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS) for funding. The project, titled “Connecting Landscapes in the Greater Guadalajara Socio-Ecological Ecosystem: An […]

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SoHE Stories: April 16-22

What’s on the menu for this week’s Science Café? Two Community and Nonprofit Leadership undergrads and EcoWell facilitators, Hannah Bunting and Ayden Prehara, will be leading an interactive workshop that focuses on the topics of Privilege, Service Mindsets, and Youth Leadership! This is one Science Café you won’t want to miss. For event details, click here.

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Join the conversation: CommNS & 2015 Midwest ECO Conference

  The UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies hosts the 2015 Society for Community Research and Action’s Midwest ECO Conference This year, the ComnNS’ Annual Fall Event is hosted in conjunction with the 2015 Society for Community Research and Action’s Midwest ECO Conference. These events will provide a platform for meaningful collaborations among those aligned […]

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SoHE Stories: October 16 – 23

SoHE made the news this week! Click to read the stories. Adult Recess: Ideas for a Playful Work Environment Who said recess is only for kids? SoHE’s own, Kim Lombardi, explores the research behind taking breaks, along with ways to integrate play into your workday. In this exciting workshop, SoHE faculty and staff will learn how to create a “professionally playful” […]

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Student Blog: How Lent Helped Me Meet The President

By Adam Meyers, a student majoring in Political Science and Non-Profit Community Leadership. I decided to write a letter each day of Lent to someone that had changed my life… During my freshman year of college, I started to participate in what Christians know as “Lent”. I had never done this before, but I wanted […]

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Intern’s Eye View: Interested in Research? Need a Better Understanding?

  Erin Miller, a rising senior majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership in the School of Human Ecology, is the current intern for the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS).     The Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS) engages in community-based and community centric research in partnership with communities across […]

Intern’s Eye View: Can Experience Be Taught?

Erin Miller, a rising senior majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership in the School of Human Ecology, is the current intern for the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS).   As a student here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, I have gotten to know a wide variety […]