• Common Ground for Common Good

News & Resources for Wisconsin Nonprofits

June 2013


In This Edition

Association News

Advocacy and Public Policy

Membership and Services

Sector News and Information

Statewide Training Calendar

Nonprofit Jobs Statewide

Association News

Seeking Nominees for WNA Board

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WNA has opened nominations for Board terms that will begin January 2014. You can express your interest in participating in this process by clicking here to submit a board nomination for yourself or someone else. Please notify us of your interest by June 14. For more information, contact Emily Moore, chair of the WNA Governance Committee at Emily@fmpfoodbank.org


State Compensation Report Available July 1

Produced and prepared by experts with over 30 years of experience in conducting regional nonprofit compensation studies, this annual salary survey is designed specifically for nonprofits and associations. With 117 detailed nonprofit job descriptions, you won't just match titles, you'll match actual job content.
Click here for survey ordering details.


BoardStar/BoardSource Leadership Institute Survey

BoardStar is seeking input from WNA members and supporters about a potential BoardStar/BoardSource two-day Leadership Institute for Wisconsin nonprofits. You can access BoardStar’s brief survey here.


WNA Partners with M3 Insurance

The feedback we have received from our membership indicates that insurance is an important topic for many of you.  To help you in this area your Wisconsin Nonprofits Association (WNA) Board has partnered with M3 Insurance.  M3 is a Wisconsin-based, independent insurance agency with five locations throughout the state.  They have a 20+ year history focusing on nonprofits of all sizes and currently serve nearly 200 of them.


President's Message

Bill Gollmar
WNA President

Fellow members,

The WNA has been going through a transition period for the last 12 months. Nearly a year ago our Executive Director, Mary Riordan, took another position leaving the WNA. The Board assumed all the duties previously carried out by Mary as well as began the process of planning for the future of the WNA. This process began with identifying new board members to help us lead the association into a strong future.

With the help of a planning grant from the Nonprofit Management Fund and the continued support of the Helen Bader Foundation and the Otto Bremer Foundation, the WNA has made an important decision that affects us all and will provide improved service to our membership. We have entered into an agreement with Morgan Data Solutions (MDS), an association management company with great statewide experience, to provide the valuable office support necessary to support a strong nonprofit sector in Wisconsin.

Under the direction of the WNA board, MDS will house the WNA offices, handling phone, email, website and all other communication needs.  They are experienced financial supporters and will handle our accounting and the renewal processing. You will see a huge increase in the timeliness of all communication and responses to inquiries from the WNA going forward.  They are also experienced event managers and as we plan for the annual meeting this fall and the next statewide Summit, expect a new level of professionalism from WNA.

The WNA will continue its efforts to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Wisconsin. Our Public Policy Committee has begun monthly webinars designed to increase our understanding of public policy, budgeting, and the impact the decisions made by our governmental bodies have on our ability to have an impact in our communities. In addition to this work, the WNA has merged with the Wisconsin Employee Benefits Association. The merger has increased the number of members of the WNA and created a partnership with M3 Insurance that will assist the WNA in supporting the insurance needs of our members; more news on this to follow.

We still have much to do as we work together to strengthen the nonprofit sector in Wisconsin. Thank you for the faith you have in us, the board of the WNA, as we lead our association and tackle the challenges of the nonprofit sector.


William G. Gollmar
President of the WNA


Membership and Services

New Membership Dues
We all have budgets to balance and donations to raise to do the good work of our nonprofits.  WNA wants to make sure being a member is both affordable and meeting the needs of our members so to make your budget go further we dropped the rates for membership beginning this month.  The new rates are as follows based on annual operating budget:
Less than $250,000  pay $50
$250,000-$999,999  pay $100
$1,000,000-$2,999,999  pay $150
$3,000,000 or higher  pay $300

Join a Committee
If you are a current member or just joining and want to get more involved, please consider joining a standing committee.  Go here to read about the committees and sign up.  We are particularly interested in getting the full geographical scope of the state so don’t be shy.  Sign up for a committee today.

Otto Bremer Scholarship

Due to the generous support of the Otto Bremer Foundation there are scholarships available for nonprofits in the northwest and north central parts of Wisconsin (the service areas of Otto Bremer Banks) to join WNA.  If you are a nonprofit in these areas and want to join WNA, please contact the office to get registered.  Your first year is free!


Advocacy and Public Policy

Five Steps to Better Employee Benefits for Nonprofits
Laura Schurman, Account Executive, M3 Insurance
You don’t have to be an expert to be a savvy employee benefits decision maker. In fact, your first priority is likely furthering your organization’s mission. Many times, executive directors are extremely knowledgeable in issues surrounding their mission, but lack the time and resources to maintain the same knowledge base for the many legal and complex issues surrounding health insurance and other employee benefits.
Your employees are critical in implementing a variety of programs and services. When it comes to benefits decisions, you have the opportunity to support them with effective health strategies, coverage and insurance. This article contains five best practices to consider when implementing your employee benefits program, including what to look for in a benefits advisor/agent.
Click here for the full article.