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Archived Webinars:

November 27, 2018

Opportunity Zones and Nonprofits

Hamang Patel, Partner, Co-Leader Transactions - Michael Best

We hope that everyone who attends this webinar leaves with a better understanding of these key items:

  • How to evaluate the economic return of an opportunity zone fund investment.

  • How opportunity zone funds can be used to finance projects being developed by nonprofits.

  • How nonprofits can participate in ownership and management of opportunity zone funds.

  • How to integrate opportunity zone investments with other tax incentives.

October 25, 2018

Race to Polls: Everything You Need to Know to Prioritize Racial Justice This Election Season

Wenona Wolf, Communications and Development Manager - Kids Forward

Erica Nelson,Race to Equity Director - Kids Forward

We hope that everyone who attends this webinar leaves with a better understanding of these key items:

  • What is Race to the Polls, why it was created, and why it’s important for Wisconsin.

  • Facts and figures on the significant racial disparities we have in health, income, education, and other measures of well-being in Wisconsin.

  • How to vote, and what’s on your ballot.

  • Which organizations are working to make voting more accessible in communities of color, especially communities who have been and are still excluded from our democracy.

  • What policies to look out for when researching different candidates.

  • What individuals and organizations can do to prioritize racial justice in your discussions about the November midterm elections.

October 01, 2018

The Impacts Nonprofits Have When They Engage With Voters

Caitlin Donnelly, Education Director - Nonprofit VOTE
Caitlin is the Education and Engagement Coordinator at Nonprofit VOTE. She has 7 years of experience designing and leading workshops and presentations for nonprofits and grassroots organizers across the country. Caitlin is a graduate of Georgia's Wesleyan College Based in Cambridge, Caitlin manages Nonprofit VOTE's popular monthly webinar series and builds the capacity of organizational partners to deepen their levels of voter engagement.

In this presentation Caitlin will discuss:

  • How to remain nonpartisan when engaging voters

  • Four voter engagement strategies that are affirmed and encouraged for nonprofits by the IRS

September 24, 2018

Nonprofits & Voting - Debunking the Myths & Misconceptions

Dana Schultz, Executive Director - Wisconsin Voices
Dana Schultz is the Executive Director at Wisconsin Voices, the 501c3 state table in Wisconsin, where she leads a network of over 60 progressive organizations. In her role, Dana manages the backbone organization for collective impact on civic and voter engagement. Dana’s background is in community organizing, designing collective impact programs, and applying values –based messaging to issues in order to cut through the chatter and help an issue campaign reach the hearts of the target audience. She specializes in coalition facilitation and anchoring groups in shared outcomes and a common agenda. Dana has been working with a variety of individuals, organizations, and entire coalitions on strategic planning and building infrastructure for the progressive movement. Dana has a B.A. in Political Science and Communications with a Masters in Political Science.

In this presentation Dana will discuss:

  • Nonprofits can and should be involved in the voting process

  • Do's and Don'ts for nonprofits in elections

  • Examples of nonprofits doing civic engagement in the election process

  • How to make a plan for your nonprofit to get out the vote this year

August 30, 2018

Understanding the Voting Process in Wisconsin

Shauntay Nelson, Democracy Director - Wisconsin Voices
Shauntay works with a network of progressive organizations to ensure a greater impact of civic and voter engagement. Her work involves collaboration with local and state community leaders and politicians, to create policy that will strengthen her community. Nelson works diligently to lobby legislators on behalf of issues that impact democracy in Wisconsin. She serves as a guest speaker regarding the statewide redistricting process and has a passion to educate the public about how redistricting impacts communities of color. She is also one of the leaders charged with educating the public about the issue of judicial recusal in Wisconsin.

In this presentation Shauntay will discuss:
• Photo ID requirements
• How to register to vote prior to the election and on the day of the election
• Your rights as a voter
• How to complete your ballot

December 11, 2017

A Discussion on Racial Inequity & Economic Insecurity Through a Black Males Lens

Prof. David J. Pate, Jr PhD. Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and an Affiliated Associated Professor of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

During this presentation, Dr. Pate will examine the history of economic issues affecting Black males and discuss past and current research on the issues affecting Black male economic progress.

September 25, 2017

Understanding Rural Resentment Toward Cities

Katherine J. Cramer, PhD., Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

During this presentation, Katherine will:Discuss her fieldwork over the last decade where she has invited herself into conversations among people meeting in 27 rural communities in Wisconsin, describe the pervasive and intense resentment she heard in smaller rural Wisconsin communities toward the Madison and Milwaukee metro areas and describe how this perspective matters for the way people think about public policy and the future of our democracy.

August 22, 2017

Our Communities: Ourselves-CDFI's as Agents of Equity & Well-Being

Dr. Renee Canady, Partner Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Public Health Institute

During this presentation Dr. Canady will introduce a broad frame for racial equity as a threat to community well-being, introduce the need to shift the narrative of well being, challenge the traditional views of Community and identify our collective responsibilities for assuring the conditions needed for good health in this society.

May 31, 2017

Making Change through Advocacy at the State and Local Levels

Carousel Bayrd, Partner Herrick & Karsdorf, LLP and YWCA Advocacy Team

In this presentation, participants will learn who can Advocate, setting advocacy priorities and developing a proactive policy agenda and the differences between Advocating on the State Level and a Local Level.

April 27, 2017

Women of Color Leading Change

Vanessa McDowell, Annahid Dashtgard, Sagashus T. Levingston and Sabrina "Heymiss Progress" Madison

In this presentation, YWCA's Interim CEO, Vanessa McDowell will moderate a conversation in which each speaker will talk about their work leading change in their community.  

FCI is pleased to partner with the YWCA Madison to bring you this webinar, which is part of the YWCA USA's Stand Against Racism. Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities. This campaign is one part of YWCA's larger national strategy to fulfill its
mission of eliminating racism.

March 30, 2017

Community Development: Beyond Needs and Assets

Randy Stoecker, Professor in the Department of Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
There has been a debate in the field of community development between those who conduct traditional needs assessments, and those who think that a focus on “needs” portrays people as having deficiencies and they instead believe we should only focus on people’s “assets” or “gifts.”  This presentation will show that both standpoints have the same weaknesses.  In their place you will learn an “issues” approach to community development that corrects for those weaknesses.

February 21, 2017

Opportunities at the Intersection of Achievement Gaps & Racial Disparities

Greg Markle Executive Director at Operation Fresh Start

In this webinar Greg will discuss Operation Fresh Start's experience and approach to working with older youth who are disconnected from work and school. He'll highlight the intersection of Operation Fresh Start's work with achievement gaps and racial disparities. He'll also discuss some of the challenges older youth face and the role of programs that help them find a path forward and a new beginning

November 15, 2016

Fair Housing and Racial Equity Gap

George Lipsitz Professor in The Department of Black Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara

In this webinar participants will learn why racial wealth and income gaps are increasing, why the problem of asset poverty is structural, the role that housing discrimination plays in concentrating poverty and how Fair Housing and Equitable Development Initiatives Can Lessen Poverty and Help Everyone

October 19, 2016

Racial Inequity in Voting - Past, Present, and How to Protect and Promote Voting this Year

Dana Schultz Executive Director-Wisconsin Voices

In this webinar participants will learn the history of voter suppression in Wisconsin, how to get people out to vote despite challenges and hopelessness: do's and don'ts, resources to share: Photo ID, Legal Protections and Voting Rights after the election: What we need to do to fix it.

September 21, 2016

The National Equity Atlas: Data to Advance Equitable Growth Locally

Sarah Treuhaft and Ángel Ross of PolicyLink

In this webinar participants will learn a simple messaging framework for talking about the economic case for equity, how to find data on Wisconsin's largest cities and the state as a whole in the National Equity Atlas, ways that others are using disaggregated data to make the case for equity-focused policy change

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June 22, 2016

Behind the Numbers: Stories of Inequity in Wisconsin

Kevin G. Mullen and Students from UW-Madison's Odyssey Project

This webinar features six students from the UW Odyssey Project who tell their personal stories about how inequity has impacted their lives. Because of the intensely personal nature of these stories, the authors will remain anonymous. We were pleased to have Jeffrey Lewis from UW Extension and Kevin Mullen from UW’s Odyssey Project along to provide valuable commentary and context to each story. Jeffrey and Kevin also helped us understand two fundamental questions. First, what do these stories tell us about barriers in our community? Second, how do these stories help us to imagine and actualize the transformation needed to advance equity in our community? We invite you to check out more information about the UW Odyssey Project here.

April 28, 2016

Using Racial Equity Tools to Build Organizational Equity

Jordan Bingham, Colleen Butler and Angela Russell

In this webinar, participants will learn about specific tools and processes that can be used to embed equitable and inclusive practices in the day to day work of an organization or institution. The presenters will share examples from the public, private and non-profit sectors highlighting an evaluative process to ensure equity in public policy, internal policies, and within hiring practices.  

March 15, 2016

Putting the Collective in Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out

During the webinar participants will learn the basics of collective impact and the elements that have made it successful and learn a framework for assessing the equity of collective impact efforts.

February 09, 2016

Love, Power and Networks: Building an Equitable Regional Food Economy and Community

Curtis Ogden, Interaction Institute for Social Change
For the past 4 years, Food Solutions New England has been building a regional network to "transform the New England food system into a resilient driver of racial equity and food justice, health, sustainable farming and fishing and thriving communities." This has entailed creating deeply trusting relationships across a variety of boundaries, inspiring a more holistic and systemic conversation about food and sustainability, and addressing fundamental issues of power, privilege and inequity. This webinar will focus on some of the key lessons and challenges of this equitable network building effort to date.

January 12, 2016

Racial and Economic Equity: What the Data Says and What to do About It

Laura Dresser, Associate Director of COWS and Erica Nelson, Project Director-Race to Equity

In this webinar, Laura and Erica will provide participants with the latest and best data available on key issues in Wisconsin, with special focus on measures of racial and economic inequality, insights into what this data means at the community level throughout the state and challenging questions and thoughts about what can be done to move systematically toward greater equity at the state and local level.

November 12, 2015

Taking on Racial Equity

Angela Russell , CUNA Mutual Group
In this webinar, Angela will explore the following topics:
What is Equity?
How do we do equity work?
And how can we integrate equity into our work

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