Category Archives: Center for Nonprofits

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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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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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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 […]

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Christens: Engaged Social Action = Youth who do well and do good

Madison desperately needs more efforts to support the growth of powerful, healthy, young leaders of color fighting devastating inequities plaguing communities of color. The Lussier Community Education Center (LCEC) and UW-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (the CommNS) are working together to develop the Youth Action Project (YAP) into a powerful learning and organizing […]

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Assoc Prof Christens Honored by SCRA

Brian Christens, associate professor of Human Ecology and faculty director of the Center for Community & Nonprofit Studies, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Early Career Award from the Society for Community Research and Action. The Society, which is the community psychology division of the American Psychological Association (APA), gives the award […]

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Reflecting on the Oneida Integrated Food System Progress

The partnership that emerged last summer between UW Urban Planning Faculty Member and SoHE CommNS Affiliate Alfonso Morales and the Oneida Tribe has been evolving significantly throughout the past few months. With support from two USDA Grants, Community and Regional Food Systems project and the “Indicators for Impact” project, and the UW-Madison Center for Community […]

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Graduate Student Sambo: A Remarkable Fellowship

Allison Sambo, a Masters student in International Public Affairs and a Doctoral Candidate in Civil Society and Community Research at UW-Madison has won the US DACOR Bacon House Graduate Fellowship for Study of International Affairs. This highly competitive program is open to just eleven schools, five perennial: American University-SIS Johns Hopkins-SAIS Georgetown-Walsh School The George Washington University-Elliott […]

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SoHE Spotlight: Catching up with alumna Kari Temkin

Kari’s professional journey has truly come full circle. After taking her first service learning course while majoring in Community & Nonprofit Leadership, she knew she wanted to work for the Morgridge Center for Public Service. Now, 8 years later, she does! Housed in the Red Gym, the Morgridge Center for Public Service connects campus and […]

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The Center formerly known as “Center for Nonprofits” — now the “CommNS”!

Submitted by Abby PanschUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison 2015Community and Nonprofit Leadership, Environmental Studies 2014 was a transformational year for the Center for Nonprofits– from engaging in a comprehensive strategic planning process coalescing a plan around the Center’s new action research focus, to hosting a first annual event focused on “Inquiry and Action”, which brought together nearly 100 […]

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Dr. Christens to lead study on obesity prevention in the Badger State

Partnership Program launches Obesity Prevention Initiative Submitted by Lisa Hildebrand, senior public affairs, UW-Health (608) 890-8490 The Wisconsin Partnership Program at UW-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) has committed more than $8.6 million to address the state’s obesity epidemic. More than two dozen faculty and staff from UW’s School of Human Ecology (SoHE), College […]

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A Partnership: Oneida and the CommNS

In the summer of 2014, a collaborative effort was formed between University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member Alfonso Morales (Urban and Regional Planning and the School of Human Ecology) and the Oneida Tribe, making it possible to advance two different projects for the tribe – a Food Systems Plan for the Nation, and a Food Center Building […]

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Inquiry and Action for Social Change event summary

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies’ (the CommNS) fall event, Inquiry and Action for Social Change, on October 9th, 2014. The goals of the event were to share our reinvigorated direction and proposed new name (formerly the Center for Nonprofits), as well as to deepen relationships […]

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Farmers Market Project Grounded at SoHE

A new project designed to analyze the impact of farmers markets in communities nationwide is coming to life through a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Community and Nonprofit Studies (formerly Center for Nonprofits), in the School of Human Ecology, and the Farmer’s Market Coalition. Alfonso Morales, associate professor in urban and regional planning, and […]