Citizen Dane celebrates nonprofit volunteers

From the pages of In Business magazine.

We all know that Dane County is home to many great nonprofit organizations. In fact, the last figure I saw put the number at more than 1,100 registered nonprofits, which seems like a huge number to me, especially considering our population. Included within this extremely large number are so many charitable organizations that are doing amazing things and continue to make this area a great place to live.

This July — for the 8th straight year — IB will present the Charitable Giving Guide, an opportunity for corporations throughout this community to support area nonprofit organizations by providing them with a full-page profile in our magazine, a profile that shines a light on the organization and explains how individuals and corporations can support them with time and resources. I encourage you to email me at if you would like more information about this opportunity.

However, I prefer to use the majority of this column to talk about something new that IB is planning for the July issue, something that is well aligned with the Charitable Giving Guide, and it’s called “Citizen Dane.” While the Charitable Giving Guide showcases nonprofit organizations, Citizen Dane will be an editorial feature that shines a light on some of the individual volunteers who are so vital for the success and existence of these organizations. To pull this off though, we need to hear from many of the 1,100 area nonprofit organizations about their most committed volunteers.

We’ve set up an online application form where you can nominate your top volunteer(s), and you can find it at We’ll ask you some brief questions about the nonprofit organization itself, but most importantly we want to hear about the volunteer who you are nominating and how that individual contributed to specific initiatives that helped the organization reach its goals and/or mission during the 2018 calendar year. The nomination deadline is coming up on April 26, so we encourage you to act fast and put your top volunteers up for consideration.

The IB editorial team will review all of the applications and determine which individuals are most deserving of recognition this year, and we’ll profile those volunteers in the July issue of In Business magazine. We look forward to hearing from you and celebrating Dane County’s most civic-minded citizens.

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