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Research Studies and Reports

HBI provides financial and other support to the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research (CUIR) at UWM and other partners to carry out applied research on topics of interest and importance to nonprofit organizations, the nonprofit sector, nonprofit management and leadership, philanthropy and related topics. Below are some of the applied research projects recently completed.

Leadership Diversity in Milwaukee-Area Nonprofits: A Benchmark Study (2008)

This study, commissioned by the Diversity Committee of the Helen Bader Institute, examines important questions regarding Milwaukee's nonprofit sector, including: (1) How diverse is the sector's top-level leadership? (2) Is the sector developing a diverse pool of emerging leaders? (3) Are there factors that predict nonprofit leadership diversity? (4) To what extent is the issue of nonprofit leadership diversity on Milwaukee's radar screen? The overall goal of this and follow-up studies is to determine whether local efforts to diversify Milwaukee’s nonprofit sector leadership are making a difference. [Overview Report]

Arts and Culture in Southeastern Wisconsin: The Public Speaks (2005)

This survey explores public participation in nonprofit arts and culture programs in Milwaukee and Southeastern Wisconsin, assessing public support for these programs.

Wisconsin Nonprofit Capacity Building Survey (2005)

This survey of over 6,000 Wisconsin nonprofits assesses the feasibility of establishing a statewide association of nonprofits in Wisconsin.

Leadership Change in Nonprofit Milwaukee: Making Transitions Work (2005)

In the fall of 2004, nonprofit executive directors in the greater Milwaukee area were surveyed in order to gather information about the potential scope and impact of executive leadership turnover over, and to inform strategies to address the pending shift in leaders. As part of the first national study of leadership transition in the nonprofit sector, the Milwaukee survey was one of 24 conducted nationwide.

Inventory of Latino Organizations in Metro Milwaukee (2003)

Funded by the Nonprofit Management Fund as part of the national Hispanics in Philanthropy Project, this CUIR project inventoried existing and emerging nonprofit organizations led or governed by Latinos and serving primarily Latino constituencies in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha counties.

Social Entrepreneurship Study (2003)

This research project was designed to learn more about the extent of social entrepreneurship activities among nonprofit organizations in the Greater Milwaukee area and their interest in further study of such ventures.