UW-Parkside to Celebrate Community Partnerships at Annual Nonprofit Breakfast

Published: April 18, 2023

Outstanding Partnership Award to recognize the work of UW-Parkside GIS students and the Racine Arts Council for their collaboration on the Quilts on Barns StoryMap Project

Somers, WI – The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will host its annual Nonprofit Breakfast on Friday, April 28, from 7:30 – 10 a.m. at the Kenosha Country Club. The event recognizes community-based learning partnerships and encourages connections between UW-Parkside faculty and nonprofit organizations for future projects.

The Outstanding Community Partnership Award will be given to the Quilts on Barns StoryMap Project, a partnership between students in Dr. Caitlin Curtis’ GIS and Communities Spring 2022 course and the Racine Arts Council. With the direction of Dr. Curtis, the students created an interactive, narrative-driven online map of the Quilts on Barns in Racine County to promote tourism in the county while also capturing the stories of the barn owners.

Kathi Wilson, Executive Director of the Racine Arts Council, worked closely with the class to support the development of the StoryMap. At the conclusion of the project, Wilson said, “It was an incredible experience all around. Dr. Curtis was wonderful to work with, the students were totally engaged, and the end product exceeded our dreams.” This project helped students gain skills for future employment while also enhancing their ability to think critically about community issues. The StoryMap can be found here.

In addition to awards and networking, the event will also feature a keynote address titled “Breaking Through the Noise: Embracing Trends in Giving and Philanthropy” by Dr. Danielle Vance-McMullen, Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management and Public Policy at DePaul University.

Dr. Vance-McMullen serves as the Co-Director of the Donor Advised Fund Research Collaborative, which recently published the first national account-level study of Donor Advised Funds. She also examines the rise of Giving Tuesday and the decline of workplace giving. Dr. Vance-McMullen holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and an MA in Economics from Duke University. She also holds an MA in Philanthropic Studies and an MPA in Nonprofit Management from IUPUI.

The Nonprofit Breakfast is free to local nonprofits through generous sponsorships by A&O Certified Public Accountants and Educators Credit Union. For more information, please visit https://www.uwp.edu/connect/communityengagement/communityandbusinessengagement/breakfast.cfm

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.

Media Contact:

Amy Garrigan  
Community Engagement Manager
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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