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Research Colloquium Series

The Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management invites all interested UWM faculty, students and community members to attend the HBI Colloquium series, which meets at Alumni House several times per semester.

Presenters at the HBI Colloquium are UWM faculty, UWM Ph.D. students or invited speakers involved in research focusing on a broad array of topics related to nonprofit and civil society studies. The colloquium is an opportunity for academics and practitioners to get together to hear about and engaged in critical conversation about essential issues impacting our community and nonprofit sector at large.

Please note that our Research Colloquium Series is free to the public. No advance registration is required.

Coming Up...


October 14, 2015 - 5.00 - 6:00pm, UW-Milwaukee, Lubar School of Business, Room S165

Determinants of School Failure in the Milwaukee Voucher Program


  • Michael Ford, Assistant Professor, UW-Oshkosh
  • Fredrik O. Andersson, Assistant Professor, Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management, UW-Milwaukee

In this presentation we use 25-years of data to map out instances of nonprofit school failure in Milwaukee’s longstanding voucher school program.  The study builds on previous work by Andersson and Ford (2015) connecting the Milwaukee voucher experience to literature on social entrepreneurship.  Specifically, we argue that the Milwaukee voucher program is a policy designed to foster social entrepreneurship, and that both organization- and environmental-level factors influence the lifecycle of these schools. Specifically, we use quantitative techniques to explore the determinants of school failure, a common occurrence throughout the Milwaukee voucher program’s history.

November 5, 2015 - 5.00 - 6:00pm, UW-Milwaukee, Curtain Hall, Room 124

Nonprofit Fiscal Sponsors: An Overview of a Vital Yet Unacknowledged Nonprofit Industry


  • Dan Neely, Associate Professor, UW-Milwaukee

This presentation describes and examines nonprofit fiscal sponsors i.e. an already existing nonprofit organization agreeing to provide a legal home and support for currently unincorporated nonprofit entities. Using data from a national fiscal sponsor directory containing over 200 fiscal sponsors this presentation addresses a range of questions including: what type of nonprofit organization serves as fiscal sponsors, how many projects do they sponsor, what type of projects do they sponsor, and what type of support do they offer, and to how does the answer to these questions differ by the type, size and age of the fiscal sponsor? Finally, what do the fiscal sponsor receive in return, if anything, for their services?

December 10, 2015 - 5:00-6:00pm, UW-Milwaukee, Bolton Hall, Room B92

Active Charter School Board Member Governance and Performance: Perceptions and Reality


  • Douglas Ihrke, Professor, UW-Milwaukee

This research presentation builds on the existing literatures on small group dynamics and public and nonprofit organizational performance, and explores the link between governance on Minnesota nonprofit charter school boards and school level performance data. Using survey data collected from 166 charter school board members this presentation examines how various elements of small group dynamics are related to key governance areas, and how governance is linked to students outcomes.

Previously this year...

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