Milwaukee nonprofits recognized for innovative social enterprise.

FEI, a social enterprise of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance), has been named a finalist in BizTimes Media LLC’s 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The awards will take place on Friday, Nov. 2, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee, Wis.

The 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards highlight the community impact of southeastern Wisconsin nonprofits by honoring corporate citizens and organizations for their ongoing commitment to making Milwaukee a better place to live, work and play. The program also salutes the work of for-profit organizations, executives and professionals who donate their time, talent and treasure to community causes.

Of the eight different categories featured in the awards, FEI has been named a finalist for
Social Enterprise, a category that recognizes a nonprofit organization that demonstrates
creative application of the principles of social enterprise in the operation and funding of
the organization.

One of the most successful social enterprises in America, FEI is wholly owned by the Alliance, a national network of social sector organizations working to achieve its vision of a healthy and equitable society.

Throughout its nearly 40-year history, FEI has contributed over $43 million (about $1 million annually) to support the Alliance’s work and the communities served by the human-serving agencies of the Alliance’s Strategic Action Network. In addition, FEI offers Alliance member organizations an array of partnership opportunities to generate revenue, heighten community impact and enhance resilience of staff.

“FEI was founded to leverage the expertise of professional counselors and social workers in the Alliance network in order to build resilience within workforces, families and communities,” said Ted Uczen, FEI President and CEO. “Being considered for the Social Enterprise award is an honor and testament to the important work FEI has done in the community for 40 years. We are proud of our investment in the Alliance’s mission, and continually look for ways to strengthen communities in southeastern Wisconsin and throughout the country.”

Of the over 100 nominations submitted for the program, 26 finalists were named in the eight different categories. Other finalists for the Social Enterprise category include Brew City MKE Beer Museum and Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. An overall winner in each category will be announced the morning of the event.

In addition to the awards themselves, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards program will include a discussion about how psychological trauma effects Milwaukee and its workforce, featuring Marquette University president Dr. Mike Lovell and REDgen president Amy Lovell.

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FEI Named Finalist in 2018 BizTimes Nonprofit Excellence Awards