Annual Report

2016 - 2017

Letter from Managing Partner Rick Dreher

Fiscal Year 2017 was a milestone year for Wipfli. In the past year, our firm experienced strong growth through our work with new and existing clients and through mergers and acquisitions. We expanded our firm’s leadership team to accommodate the firm’s growth and to enhance our progress on many important initiatives for our clients and firm. We also hired a number of strong professionals and continued to evolve the firm’s services and tools to better serve our clients. Most importantly, we continued to provide exceptional service to our clients who ultimately are the focal point of everything we do as a firm.

We were pleased to note an increase again this year in our client satisfaction survey results (the Client Satisfaction Index or CSI), which indicates that we are achieving the goal of strengthening our client relationships by continuing to provide exceptional client service to our clients. In FY17, the firm earned an overall annual CSI Rating of 90.07%. That is yet another increase for our firm, since FY16’s rating was 89.42% and FY15’s rating was 88.64%. We have made significant progress in improving our satisfaction rating since the first CSI was conducted when we received a CSI rating of 78.39%.

FY17 was also a strong growth year for Wipfli. Our net revenue for FY17 was $275 million, an increase of 20.8% over FY16. Organic growth accounted for a portion of that increase – we welcomed 1,330 new clients to Wipfli and helped existing clients to face challenges and leverage opportunities. We also made great progress through combinations with great firms with similar values and cultures. Over the fiscal year, we combined with six long-standing firms, all of which aligned well with our firm. The combinations were significant in strengthening the firm’s geographic presence in key markets or expanding the firm’s breadth of services and depth of resources.

The partners and I are very proud of all that the firm has accomplished this year. None of it would be possible without our valued clients and dedicated associates who make Wipfli the great firm it is today. Thank you to our clients and our associates for a wonderful year and best wishes to all for continued success in the year ahead.

Rick Dreher

Values

Incorporating these five basic values into everything we do as associates of Wipfli will enable us to truly live our mission and vision.
To do the right thing every time
To always interact towards others with empathy and compassion
To consistently be the best in all we do
To act as one through collaboration, cooperation, and communication
To tenaciously execute our objective

Wipfli Statistics

Total Number of Offices

Total
43
California
3
Idaho
1
Illinois
13
Minnesota
3
Montana
7
Pennsylvania
2
Virginia
1
Washington
1
Wisconsin
10
India
2
Number of States
9

Industries

Agriculture
Construction and Real Estate
Dealerships
Financial Institutions
Health Care
Manufacturing and Distribution
Nonprofit & Government
Private Equity
Small Businesses (includes Outsourcing)

An accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships.

FY17 Firm Highlights

Nick Ansley
Sara Funk
Ryan Laughlin
Zach Mayer
Jason Muhlstein
Nicole Stewart
Eric Volk
Brian Walczak
Samantha Wimmer

CPA Firm Ranking for this Year

#19
Inside Public Accounting

FY17 Mergers & Acquisitions

California-based HFS Consultants
August 2016
Chicago-based Weltman Bernfield
September 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Benes & Krueger
December 2016
Chicago-based BIK & Co.
January 2017
Chicago-based Horwich Coleman Levin
February 2017
Minneapolis-based Barefoot Technologies
February 2017
“Your people are excellent to deal with.  Very knowledgeable, honest and hard working.”
“We have always had exceptional people from Wipfli working on our audit, and turnover has usually been below industry norms. We appreciate that the staff on the job is familiar with our people and records each year. Very good!”
“We truly appreciate Wipfli as a comprehensive and proactive partner.”
“I have been impressed with each of the individuals I have had interaction with in the company - regardless of topic.”
“Excellent service. I appreciate the help they have given my company to help it grow over the years.”
“Everyone we work with at Wipfli from Accounting, Tax, Payroll, IT is responsive, proactive and wonderful to work with.”
“Thank you for being Wipfli. Very satisfied with every service you offer, your knowledge and professionalism.”

Voice of Our Client

Year after year, Wipfli continues to change and evolve. However the one thing that remains constant is our commitment to our clients and their satisfaction. One way we measure our clients’ satisfaction each year is through our Client Satisfaction Index (CSI). Our ninth annual CSI launched on April 11 and wrapped up on May 2, and the firm earned its highest CSI rating ever!

86.72%
in FY12
87.21%
in FY13
87.83%
in FY14
88.64%
in FY15
89.42%
in FY16
90.07%
in FY17
The quotes above are from our clients offered during this year’s CSI survey:

Client Success Stories

Helping our Clients Succeed in FY17

Building relationships with our clients, understanding their goals and challenges, and providing customized solutions to help them achieve success are the ways we earn such positive client feedback year after year. With permission from our clients, following are a few of the client success stories we are able to share from FY17.

CLIENT PROFILE

Since 1959, Allied Tube & Conduit has been reshaping the pipe and tube industry. The company manufactures and supplies galvanized steel tubes and pipes, electrical conduits, armored wires and cables, metal framing systems, and building components in the United States and internationally. It operates a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin as a division of Atkore International Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Illinois.

SITUATION

Atkore faced a Wisconsin sales tax audit where the major issue was the company’s software implementation. The Illinois parent company had implemented new software at the Allied division in Wisconsin nearly four years prior and had capitalized it when the state proposed taxing all of it—to the tune of over half a million dollars. This predicament highlighted not only the complexity of large software implementations, but also the lack of understanding subsequent tax laws when there are business entities based in various states. As it happened, the controller at the Wisconsin plant had a positive experience with Wipfli’s State and Local Tax Services team while previously working for another manufacturer. He suggested to the parent company that it seek out the firm’s expertise in Wisconsin tax laws.

STRATEGY

Wipfli brought its strong understanding of sales and use tax to the engagement and over the next three to four months, the firm worked alongside Allied to gather the necessary support. While the manufacturer sifted through the dated project’s paper trail, Wipfli combed through all the disparate vendor data. The firm then segregated the numerous vendor tasks performed along with their assigned costs so as to determine the activities that were considered taxable services under Wisconsin law. Wipfli also segregated the internal implementation costs as well as other third-party programming costs. Ultimately, the firm was able to calculate and demonstrate the actual tax base—the software license itself, plus some installation costs.

BENEFITS

The engagement brought welcome news for the in-state division and its out-of-state corporate headquarters. It reduced their liability and resulted in a significant sales tax reduction. Instead of the proposed $550,000 Wisconsin state tax adjustment, Atkore and Allied Tube & Conduit paid just under $55,000 in tax.

CLIENT PROFILE

For over 30 years, Culver's guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients, served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers more than 600 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants' nationally-recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger®, made from fresh, never frozen, beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program.

SITUATION

In 2002, Douglas Mueller opened a Culver’s franchise in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and quickly staked out success within the bustling, greater Minneapolis metro community. With more than 30 employees and a rabid Butterburger® fan base, growth at his restaurant has continued to climb.

Since opening the doors to his business, Mueller has regularly relied on professional accounting and bookkeeping services. However, a familiar pattern kept emerging. The delivery of those business services would always start out well, but either rates would soon rise dramatically or services would deteriorate. Mueller worked with three different firms before contacting Wipfli at the recommendation of Culver’s corporate offices.

STRATEGY

Bringing a thorough understanding of the Culver Franchising System, Wipfli seamlessly began managing the accounting for both Mueller’s real estate entity and his operating entity. Among the professional services the firm provides are:

  • Managing payroll.
  • Processing and paying of vendor bills.
  • Reconciling all bank and credit card accounts.
  • Managing cash flow and keeping accounts up to date.
  • Preparing monthly financial reports and custom reports for Culver’s corporate offices.
  • Performing tax preparation and filing.

BENEFITS

After just the first year, Mueller realized greater accuracy in his books and accounting. In addition, the Web-based portal has proven to be a convenient and streamlined tool for Mueller, giving him desired anytime control over accounts payable. The portal allows him to pick and choose his bill paying timelines and gives him quick access to view any of his business information—from viewing a specific W2 to reviewing payroll from six months ago. Mueller also enjoys the convenience of having all his services—accounting, bookkeeping, and tax—under one roof, which has created continuity in any and all statements, reports, and filings.

CLIENT PROFILE

With its main office located in Auburndale, Wisconsin, Pioneer Bank has established a long history of developing the wealth and well-being of its employees, customers, shareholders, and communities. The locally owned community bank was first incorporated as a state banking association in 1910. Now with seven locations across central Wisconsin, the bank’s assets total $135 million.

SITUATION

Efficiency and customer service are two daily goals that are common at most banks. So when Pioneer Bank saw that opening standard personal checking accounts for new customers was taking more than 45 minutes each time—and that was without discussing additional features like debit cards and online checking or doing cross-selling of any kind—the organization recognized an improvement opportunity. Clearly the sign-up process was too laborious and time intensive, and Wipfli was engaged to help lead the effort to improve the service experience.

STRATEGY

Considering and applying the lessons of “lean,” Wipfli performed a discovery event focused on the new customer experience. The firm gathered a team of eight Pioneer Bank employees, each critical to any one part of the process, including personal bankers as well as staff from IT, compliance, and account processing. Then Wipfli guided the team in generating ideas and facilitating self-discovery and ownership of the challenge.

The discovery event covered two six-hour days of Wipfli being entrenched with the team. The first was spent in a deep dive, walking through the new customer checking account process, examining the tools and checklists used, and observing the flow of information and materials required. Day two involved facilitating the team as it worked to identify areas of constraint and brainstorm opportunities for improvement. As a result, a total of 86 discoveries—or potential opportunities for improvement—were made. Wipfli and the Pioneer team then reported their valuable findings to the bank’s executive management.

BENEFITS

The biggest benefit is that solutions were uncovered by the bank’s own employees. The Pioneer team then took it upon themselves to test out just one of the 86 improvement ideas. In doing so, they were able to cut the new customer account experience from 45 minutes to 23—nearly in half. This time savings reflects better customer service overall and gives the bank’s personal bankers the ability to foster greater customer satisfaction right from the beginning. They also have more time to cross-sell other potentially relevant products to the bank’s new customers. 

Most important, Pioneer Bank employees have been empowered to work collectively in creating new solutions to “how we’ve always done it” problems. The event created an atmosphere that allows the bank’s team to help solve the organization’s own challenges—solutions that work for Pioneer Bank and are not one-size-fits-all. Pioneer Bank team members have a stronger sense of personal ownership in problem solving and in the bank becoming more lean and efficient in the future.

CLIENT PROFILE

Focus on Energy is Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program. Since 2001, the program has worked with eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses to install cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.

Focus on Energy rewards eligible Wisconsin residents and businesses for installing cost-effective, energy-efficient products and for pursuing renewable energy projects. Information, resources, and financial incentives are offered to help implement energy-saving projects that otherwise would not be completed or to help complete projects sooner than scheduled.

SITUATION

Focus on Energy was launched in 2001, with all data management and processing handled exclusively by contractors on contractor-owned systems.

What’s more, financial incentive approvals were performed via email with no consistent methodology or audit trail. Without adequate restrictions and audit capabilities to ensure criteria were met before data could be accepted, the potential for inaccuracy, duplication, and even fraudulent activity became a recognized reality.

This posed a substantial risk and was especially problematic considering the significant amount of funds the program distributes to Wisconsin residents and businesses each year—and the $100 million budget the organization manages.

In 2005, a custom application was developed to house all the data vital to administering the program. The goal of the project was to:

  • Remove the risk associated with contractor-owned systems.
  • Improve internal controls.
  • Improve data quality.

While the project achieved some success, it became apparent that the size, complexity, and increasing needs of the program made the custom applications too expensive and labor intensive to operate in the long term.

Focus on Energy recognized the need to manage data coming into its platform by creating safeguards, as well as its need to organize all the resources and processes making up the Focus on Energy program. Focus on Energy contracted with Wipfli to help identify and implement a solution that would address its data management and organizational needs.

STRATEGY

Embracing a long-term commitment, Wipfli embarked on a true partnership with Focus on Energy. The organization recognized the ultimate goal of doing what is best for the state’s environment, residents, and businesses.

After gaining a solid understanding of Focus on Energy’s business requirements, Wipfli presented a demonstration of what Microsoft Dynamics® 365 (Customer Relationship Management [CRM]) solution could do using the organization’s own data. Wipfli then helped the organization focus the project’s scope.

The firm immersed itself in the industry to learn all it could while pursuing a six-month turnaround for launching the entire technology solution. By applying agile methodology, Wipfli was able to initiate and conduct numerous implementation activities involving designing, building, and testing—all through an iterative process. Data migration also occurred, along with a significant amount of cleanup.

In addition to shoring up the database and introducing standards, Wipfli further integrated the solution with the organization’s instance of Microsoft Great Plains (financial system) and introduced the QlikSense Business Intelligence (BI) platform.

Among the overall capabilities introduced were:

  • Issuing timely and accurate incentive checks twice monthly.
  • Generating reports out of the database easily.
  • Granting access to all the various external users via Web browser.
  • Ensuring the accessibility of key workflow items.
  • Integrating with email.
  • Generating notifications for key events in the system.

BENEFITS

Today, through the use of CRM, Focus on Energy has reduced risk exposure and improved internal controls for its energy savings projects. These Focus on Energy projects have provided benefits of over $500 million annually to residents and businesses throughout Wisconsin.

  • The centralization of accounts and energy savings data is resulting in tremendous efficiencies, monetary savings, and reporting accuracy for the program.
  • In 2016, every dollar invested in Focus on Energy projects yielded $3.00 in benefits to the state of Wisconsin. In addition, the program saved 9.4 billion kilowatt hours. Those savings equate to the power needed to run all the lights in Times Square for 156 years.
  • Basic and advanced reporting abilities have simplified tracking of energy savings goals and streamlined reporting within the Focus on Energy program. Prior to the CRM deployment, seven different databases were utilized, each with its own interface and unique data fields.
  • Advanced reporting and consolidation now allow for accurate measurement of incentives paid—payments that equal over $55 million in incentives annually to state residents for participating in the Focus on Energy program.

CRM deployment has greatly reduced risk exposure and resulted in dramatically improved internal controls. Today there is complete accountability (date, time, user, etc.) for application approvals and incentive payments. A single application can range from $50 to $250,000.

Now Focus on Energy can quickly trace back to any decision made and ensure funds are distributed appropriately. By leveraging the best of CRM and BI, the organization has raised its confidence levels and the confidence the public and utility members place in it.

Highlights and Milestones

June 2016

Wipfli admitted nine new partners in 2016

Effective June 1, 2016, Wipfli admitted nine professionals to the partnership. Those new partners included Nick Ansley, Sara Funk, Ryan Laughlin, Zach Mayer, Jason Muhlstein, Nicole Stewart, Eric Volk, Brian Walczak and Samantha Wimmer.

Wipfli ranked #17 by Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2016

Wipfli ranked #17 by Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2016, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in reselling and implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting software.

Wipfli named one of the top 200 Microsoft partners in the United States

Wipfli was named one of the top 200 Microsoft partners in the United States by Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Wipfli added Pam Schneider to firm’s Leadership Team as Talent and Culture Partner

Pam Schneider was appointed to Wipfli’s Leadership Team in the role of Talent and Culture Partner. In her new firmwide leadership role, Pam is responsible for creating and supporting the key strategic talent and cultural initiatives of the firm and developing the firm’s associates so they can provide Wipfli’s clients with the innovation needed to help them prosper in the industry.

Wipfli appointed Brian Blaha to firm’s Leadership Team as Growth Partner

Brian Blaha was appointed to Wipfli’s Leadership Team in the role of Growth Partner. In his new firmwide leadership role, Blaha will be responsible for leading and executing the firm’s growth strategy to drive profitable growth for the firm by aligning market needs with profitable services and solutions.

Wipfli appointed Kurt Gresens to firm’s Leadership Team as Practice Partner

Kurt Gresens was appointed to the firm’s Leadership Team in the role of Practice Partner. In his new firmwide leadership role, Gresens is responsible for overseeing the audit, tax and consulting practices, aligning the firm’s services with the markets’ needs and ensuring efficient and effective client service processes, practices and utilization of resources. He is also responsible for driving the firm’s practice vision, strategy and execution.

Wipfli appointed Michael Pynch to firm’s Leadership Team as Technology Partner

Michael Pynch was appointed to Wipfli’s Leadership Team in the role of Technology Partner. In his new firmwide leadership role, Michael is responsible for building and developing the firm’s technology services strategy and vision, the technology services organization, technology infrastructure and the services required to support the firm’s business needs. He will also provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing technology initiatives that improve cost effectiveness, service quality and business development in a constantly changing, competitive marketplace.

July 2016

Wipfli joined 2016 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics

Wipfli earned membership in the 2016 Inner Circle for Microsoft Dynamics, an elite group of the most strategic Microsoft Dynamics partners from across the globe. 2016 Inner Circle membership is limited to about 60 partners worldwide, and selection criteria include sales achievements and growth during the 2016 fiscal year. Members of the Microsoft Dynamics Inner Circle have performed to a high standard of excellence by delivering valuable solutions that help organizations achieve increased success.

August 2016

Oakland, California-based HFS Consultants joined Wipfli LLP

Leading health care consulting firm HFS Consultants (HFS), along with their marketing division The Placemaking Group, joined Wipfli effective August 1, 2016. The combined firm provides a broad range of audit, tax, marketing and consulting services to health care organizations. As part of this combination, more than 70 HFS professionals, including five shareholders, have joined Wipfli.

Wipfli named to Intacct President’s Club for 2016

Wipfli was named to the Intacct President’s Club, an annual award given to top value-added resellers (VARs) and Intacct Accountant Program (IAP) firms for excellence in sales and customer satisfaction.

Wipfli and Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors win Reader’s Choice Awards, Voted Twin Cities Business’ Best Accounting and Wealth Management Firms

Twin Cities Business readers named Wipfli and Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors two of the best firms to do business with in Minnesota, as part of the publication’s inaugural Best of Business Awards. Wipfli placed first in the “Accounting Firm” category, while Wipfli Hewins took the top spot in the “Wealth Management Firm” category.

September 2016

Chicago-based Weltman Bernfield joined Wipfli

Chicago-based Weltman Bernfield LLC joined Wipfli effective September 1, 2016. As part of this combination, approximately 45 Weltman Bernfield professionals, including nine partners, joined the firm.

Wipfli named one of the nation’s top value-added resellers (VAR) by Accounting Today

Wipfli was named to Accounting Today’s Top 100 VARs for 2016. The Top 100 value-added resellers are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.

Wipfli became National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2016 Champion

Wipfli became a 2016 Champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). They will be joining a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Wipfli joined Chamber of Digital Commerce

Wipfli announced its membership in the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world’s largest trade association representing the digital asset and currency industries. The chamber’s mission is to promote the acceptance and use of digital assets and block chain-based technologies.

Wipfli held its twelfth annual Community Day helping 82 organizations around the country

Wipfli closed its doors for business on September 22, 2016, so that hundreds of associates throughout the firm’s U.S. offices could spend the time giving back to the communities that have fueled the firm’s growth. As the result of the firm’s Community Day in 2016, the firm’s associates dedicated over 5,000 work hours to 82 organizations to help make a difference in their communities.

Wipfli named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work by Milwaukee Business Journal

Wipfli was named one of the 2016 Best Places to Work by Milwaukee Business Journal. Nearly 160 Milwaukee-area firms were nominated for the awards and the winners were determined based on scores from a survey that employees completed. Each of the nominated companies was ranked according to 10 core areas of engagement: teamwork, retention, alignment with goals, trust with co-workers, individual contribution, manager effectiveness, trust in senior leaders, feeling valued, job satisfaction and benefits.

October 2016

Wipfli recognized as Abila Partner of the Month

Wipfli was recognized as the Abila Partner of the Month in September of 2016. Each month, Abila recognizes a top Business Partner based on its continued support in helping nonprofit organizations.

November 2016

Intacct named Wipfli LLP Partner of the Month

Wipfli was selected as Intacct Partner of the Month by Intacct Corporation for October of 2016. The Partner of the Month recognition was awarded to Wipfli based on demonstrated achievement in Intacct sales during October. The firm helps companies and organizations of all types and sizes improve efficiency and performance with Intacct’s award-winning cloud financial management and accounting solution.

Wipfli and Wipfli Hewins accelerate growth with office opening in downtown Chicago

Wipfli and Wipfli Hewins Investment Advisors, a national, CPA-based financial advisor and subsidiary of Wipfli, announced the opening of their downtown Chicago office. The new, full-service facility, centrally located in the heart of the city’s business district, is one of several offices for Wipfli and Wipfli Hewins in the Chicagoland area. Current associates from Wipfli and Wipfli Hewins moved into the firms’ downtown Chicago location.

December 2016

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Benes & Krueger, S.C. joined Wipfli LLP

Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Benes & Krueger, S.C. (Benes & Krueger) joined Wipfli effective December 1, 2016. As part of this combination, Benes & Krueger’s 10 associates, including the firm’s two co-founders, joined Wipfli and are now based in Wipfli’s Milwaukee office. Established in 1990, Benes & Krueger was headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and provided a wide range of services to the construction industry including dispute resolution, litigation support and forensic accounting, computer system selection and implementation, operational audits and reviews, business planning, internal controls, audit and tax.

January 2017

Chicago-based firm BIK & Co., LLP joined Wipfli LLP

Chicago-based CPA and advisory firm BIK & Co., LLP (BIK) joined the firm on January 1, 2017. This combination marked Wipfli’s third combination in the Chicago market in 12 months. As part of this combination, 58 BIK professionals, including 13 partners, joined Wipfli. The deal further expanded Wipfli’s presence in the Chicago area.

Wipfli named to Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2016

Wipfli was selected as a member of Bob Scott’s VAR Stars for 2016, a group of 100 organizations honored for their accomplishments in the field of reselling and implementing enterprise resource planning (ERP) and mid-market financial software. Members of the VAR Stars were selected based on factors such growth, industry leadership and recognition, and innovation. Selection is not based on revenue and those firms chosen represent a wide range of sizes and many different software publishers of accounting software.

Wipfli named President’s Circle winner for top growth in new Abila sales

Wipfli was honored with a 2017 Abila President’s Circle Award, a designation for high-performing Abila partners with commitments to clients which are reflected in business success and growth. The prestigious group represents leading firms that have achieved top growth in new license sales. The achievement is a result of Wipfli’s commitment to clients to deliver innovative business solutions. Wipfli was also honored with a President’s Circle Award in 2016.

February 2017

Chicago firm Horwich Coleman Levin, LLC joined Wipfli

Downtown Chicago CPA and advisory firm Horwich Coleman Levin, LLC (HCL) joined the firm effective February 1, 2017. This combination marks Wipfli’s fourth combination in the Chicago market in 13 months and continues to strengthen the firm’s presence in the Chicago area. As part of this combination, 18 HCL professionals, including five partners, joined Wipfli.

Wipfli expanded NetSuite expertise with addition of Barefoot Technologies

Minneapolis-based Barefoot Technologies joined Wipfli in early February of 2017. Established in 2012 by Evan Goetzman and Mike Linton, Barefoot Technologies was a niche IT consulting firm that focused on providing development, integration, implementation, consulting and support services for the NetSuite platform.

Wipfli named Intacct Partner of the Quarter

Wipfli was named Partner of the Quarter for Q2 by Intacct Corporation, a leading provider of cloud accounting and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Value-added resellers and accounting firms designated as Partner of the Quarter are recognized for their strong sales performance and commitment to helping new clients implement Intacct.

March 2017

Wipfli Growth Leader Brian Blaha appointed to Illinois CPA Society’s Board of Directors

Wipfli announced today that Brian Blaha, Wipfli’s Growth Leader, has been appointed to the Illinois CPA Society’s Board of Directors. The Illinois CPA Society’s board leads and advises the society and includes a range of accomplished leaders who represent various accounting segments. Blaha will serve on the organization’s board for a three-year term starting on April 1, 2017.

UW-Green Bay honored Wipfli with inaugural Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence

Wipfli has been recognized by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW-Green Bay) with its inaugural Weyenberg Prize for Business Excellence. The award recognizes a company that demonstrates business excellence through its leadership transformation, strategy and execution. Wipfli received the award at UW-Green Bay’s annual Business Week Dinner on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

April 2017

Wipfli announced new connectors for Microsoft Dynamics SL and Concur

Wipfli announced two new connectors for project-based businesses, nonprofits, government contractors and other Microsoft Dynamics SL users looking to simplify their expense management and invoice workflows. Wipfli’s InvoiceConnect and ExpenseConnect for Microsoft Dynamics SL are designed to provide seamless, secure integration between Microsoft Dynamics SL and Concur Invoice and Concur Expense Management solutions, respectively. These new products expand on the company’s highly-regarded ExpenseConnect and InvoiceConnect offerings for Microsoft Dynamics GP and Intacct.

Wipfli launched new website

Wipfli has announced the launch of its new website. The firm’s new website provides intuitive access to a wide range of thought leadership and solutions that Wipfli offers for individuals and businesses ad provides a more user-friendly experience including improved and simplified navigation and enhanced search capabilities, easier access to information and relevant content such as thought leadership and blogs, and added responsiveness related to website capabilities.

May 2017

Wipfli named Ellen Trytek as Executive Marketing and Development Officer

Wipfli named Ellen Trytek the firm’s Executive Marketing and Development Officer. She is a veteran marketing executive with extensive experience creating and delivering business and marketing strategies designed to drive profitable growth and revenue creation for professional services, consulting and business-to-business service industries. In this position, Ellen will lead the firm’s marketing team in the development and execution of the firm’s integrated branding and marketing strategies and initiatives. MORE

Wipfli earned RMA Authorized Audit Provider designation

Wipfli was approved by Receivables Management Association International (RMA) as an authorized audit provider. This designation, held by only 10 organizations worldwide, allows Wipfli to perform limited and full compliance audits of debt buying companies, collection agencies and law firms.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named Wipfli a 2017 Top Workplace

Wipfli was named one of the Top Workplaces in Milwaukee by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Star Tribune named Wipfli a 2017 Top Workplace

Wipfli was named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.

Our Associates

1,865

Total Associates

320

Number of New Associates (hired)

136 positions

Number of Experienced Roles Filled

150

Number of Promotions

650

Number of CPA Licenses

36

Number of New CPA Certifications Earned by Associates

339 sessions

Number of WipfliU Sessions Conducted

1,381

Associates Participating in WipfliU Training

54,013 CPE credits

Total CPE Hours Earned by Associates

122

Number of College Interns Working at Wipfli in FY17

62

Number of College New Hires in FY17

36 campuses

Number of College Campuses Visited by Wipfli’s Recruiting Team in FY17

Making a Difference - 12th Annual Community Day

On September 22, the firm closed its doors for the day so that hundreds of associates throughout the firm’s U.S. offices could spend the time giving back to the communities that have fueled the firm’s growth.

Nonprofit Organizations Helped on Community Day

A & A Alexandrina Center

An organization that helps more than 2,000 women per year, administering more than 1,000 free pregnancy tests on average, providing a host of services and support for women and children. Our Green Bay associates worked on landscaping projects for the organization.

Acres for Joy Horse Ranch

A small horse ranch where horses and humans connect and help one another. Our Eau Claire associates stained fence posts in the horse arena and conducted general cleaning projects inside the buildings.

Alameda County Food Bank

An organization that distributes nutritious food to 240 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County that ultimately goes to low income county residents. Our Oakland associates packed 16,475 pounds of food that will result in 13,729 meals for the community.

Alzheimer's Association

The world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Our Green Bay associates counted fundraising proceeds.

Angel Foundation

A nonprofit organization that helps adults who have cancer by providing emergency financial assistance, education and support to them and their families. Our Twin Cities associates prepared Angel Packs and created journals and tie blankets for adults in the program.

Bay Area Humane Society

An organization that offers a safe haven that protects sick, injured, abused, and abandoned animals. Our Green Bay associates worked on landscaping projects for the organization.

Beaver Creek Reserve

A nature reserve that is bordered by the Eau Claire River. Our Eau Claire associates did outdoor painting projects at the youth camp located at the reserve.

Boys & Girls Club

An organization that provides a safe, fun, and educational environment that unites youth grades four to twelve from all backgrounds and encourages their development as caring, responsible community members and leaders. Our Wausau associates painted the multi-purpose room stained picnic tables, did weeding/yard maintenance work and leveled and raked gravel and set down pavers.

Boys & Girls Club of Barron County

An organization that provides programs to inspire and enable all young people, especially those in need, to reach their dreams and full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens. Our Rice Lake associates worked on various projects.

Boys & Girls Club of Rockford

An organization that provides programs and services that promote and enhance the development of Rockford’s youth by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Rockford associates performed indoor and outdoor facility maintenance.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley

A nonprofit organization that provides a safe, positive and productive place for youth to go after school and during school breaks. Our Eau Claire associates helped set up for the organization’s annual fundraising dinner.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland

An organization that is dedicated to ensuring that the community’s youth in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin have greater access to quality programs and services that will empower their lives and build great futures. Our Duluth associates worked on cleaning projects and assisted with programs and activities.

Boys & Girls Club of Yellowstone County

An organization that provides programs to inspire and enable young people, especially those in need, to reach their dreams and full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens. Our Billings associates painted rooms, moved furniture and finished projects that were not completed during United Way’s Day of Caring.

Camp Fire Minnesota - Camp Tanadoona

An all-inclusive camp that provides coeducation and opportunities for boys, girls, and their families to grow together and fosters leadership in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. Our Twin Cities associates conducted fall clean-up projects.

Carlton County Historical Society

An organization that was formed in 1949 by a group of interested citizens who wished to have a vehicle to collect and preserve the history of Carlton County. Our Duluth associates worked on cleaning and inventory projects.

Cerebral Palsy, Inc.

An organization that works with individuals and families by providing support and professional services to those who have been affected by temporary or permanent physical, sensory, and/or speech needs or conditions regardless of what brought on the need for services. Our Green Bay associates painted and washed windows for the facility.

Community Blood Center

An organization that collects blood from donors, processes it in their laboratory and provides 18 Wisconsin and Michigan hospitals with a full range of blood components, including red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Our Fox Cities associates labeled envelopes, buccal swabs and registration cards for the program, prepared and packaged registration envelopes for the event, and painted a fire hydrant, washed mobile buses, planted flowers, donated blood, and organized the organization’s warehouse.

Community Clothes Closet

An organization with a mission to provide free clothing to those in need while maintaining their dignity and providing opportunities to improve their lives. Our Fox Cities associates sorted and hung clothes and prepared a mailing.

Cornerstone

A violence prevention organization that provides comprehensive services and support for victims of interpersonal violence and their families. Our Twin Cities associates performed indoor and outdoor fall clean-up projects for the organization and a deep cleaning of the shelter’s kitchens and food shelf, cooked applesauce, prepared a healthy snack, sorted clothes and worked on gardening projects.

Dixon Park District

A park district that owns and maintains over 1100 acres, including the historic Lowell Park. Our Dixon associates split wood and cleaned up the Dixon park.

Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) Homeless Program

Associates made fleece tie blankets for children served by the ECASD homeless program.

Exceptional Equestrians

A nonprofit organization established in 1999 to provide hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to families in Northeastern Wisconsin. Our Green Bay associates cleaned horse pastures and pens and handled some general cleaning and yard maintenance projects for the organization.

Family & Children’s Center

An organization that serves children, families and individuals with a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being. Our La Crosse associates cleaned and organized the facility and organized the donation closet at two of the organization's sites.

Feed My People Food Bank

A food bank in west central Wisconsin that provides food to more than 100 hunger-relief organizations in 14 counties. Our Eau Claire associates repacked bulk foods, sorted food donations, and packaged weekend meals for area school-aged children.

Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen

A food pantry that feeds the people in need in the Havre area. Our Havre/Chester/Malta associates painted the interior and exterior of the organization’s building.

Feed My Starving Children - Chicago

A nonprofit organization that strives to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world. Our Chicagoland associates packed 340 boxes worth of food for those in need.

Feed My Starving Children – Twin Cities

A nonprofit organization that is committed to feeding hungry children by providing hand-packed meals specially formulated for malnourished children. Twin Cities associates packed meals for the organization.

Fort Missoula

A historic fort that was established by the United States Army in 1877 on land to protect settlers. Our Missoula associates led kids’ tours, worked on the apple press and did lawn maintenance work.

Freeport Park District

Our Freeport associates helped prepare the Kiwanis Kids playground at Krape Park for rehabilitation.

Friends of Rib Mountain State Park

An organization that organizes maintenance and enhancement projects for the betterment of Rib Mountain State Park. Our Wausau associates painted picnic tables and benches at amphitheater and spread woodchips in the lower picnic area.

Friends of Robert W. Monk Gardens

An organization that organizes enhancement projects to develop the first public botanical garden for the use and enjoyment of residents of central Wisconsin and all who visit the region. Our Wausau associates cut brush, weeded, planted daffodils, put in flagstone, and cleaned up the vegetable garden.

Girls on the Run Eau Claire County

A physical activity-based youth development program for girls in third to fifth grade that culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. Our Eau Claire associates made tulle tutus for the Girls on the Run 5K participants.

Helena Food Share

A food bank that provides food to those in need in the Helena area. Our Helena associates prepared food packs for underprivileged children.

Homeless Connections

A nonprofit organization with a mission to end homelessness by connecting individuals and families to resources that promote self-sufficiency and prevent future homeless episodes. Fox Cities associates served breakfast to those in need and cleaned up the facility following the meal.

Humane Society of Marathon County

An organization with a mission to relieve the suffering and abuse of animals and to foster an awareness of their importance in our community. Our Wausau associates cleaned and organized the organization’s attic.

Humane Society of Western Montana

A shelter for pets in need and adoption for animals into loving, lifelong homes. Our Missoula associates cleaned the cat rooms, played with the cats, walked the dogs, did some yard maintenance and cleaned cages at the animal shelter.

Hunger Task Force

An organization that works to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need. Our Milwaukee associates harvested and built food boxes for the elderly at the organization’s pantry location.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources at the Hennepin Canal Parkway

Property that  belongs to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and was built for the Army Corp of Engineers around the turn of the century. Our Sterling associates performed maintenance activities including painting the interior and landscaping details on the exterior of the colonel’s house at the historical site.

Junior Achievement

A nonprofit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer and provides programs for children that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. Our Twin Cities associates assembled school sponsorship packets and helped with marketing preparation.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

A nonprofit organization committed to educating and involving individuals in productive solutions that care for our state’s community environment. Our Rockford associates helped recycle old crayons into new molds, so the recycled crayons can be redistributed through the KNIB classroom education program.

La Crescent Animal Rescue

An animal shelter that houses animals and finds them new permanent homes. Our La Crosse associates planted bushes, handled other landscaping projects and washed windows.

Lowes Creek Little League

A volunteer organization that provides boys and girls ages 5-12 with the opportunity to play baseball. Eau Claire associates painted the concession building, conducted yard maintenance projects and organized and reinforced the storage shed.

Marathon Co Child Development Agency - Head Start

An organization that provides a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment and creates partnerships with families and community resource agencies to make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families they serve. Our Wausau associates handled window washing and carpet cleaning in the Zion Lutheran Church School Building.

MedShare

An organization that delivers surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. Our Oakland associates packed and sorted medical supplies for delivery to countries in need.

Middleton Outreach Ministry

A nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent homelessness, end hunger and promote independence. Our Madison associates focused on the “promoting independence” segment of the organization’s mission by serving the organization’s clients who are age 60 and over and still living in their own homes.

Missoula Family YMCA

A community-focused nonprofit established in 1844 with recreational programs and services for all ages. Our Missoula associates painted the kids’ project room and hallways for the organization.

Missoula Food Bank

An organization with a mission to end hunger in the Missoula community through activism, volunteerism and healthy food for all. Our Missoula associates worked on stocking, sorting and rebagging.

Missoula YWCA

An organization that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our Missoula associates worked on the secret seconds project, costume assembly and stocked items for the organization.

Montana Food Bank Network

A nonprofit that works to end hunger in Montana through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy. Our Missoula associates worked on stocking, sorting and rebagging.

NeighborWorks

An organization that helps low to moderate income individuals and families achieve their home ownership goals. Our Green Bay associates removed the shutters on homes to clean them and reinstalled the shutters.

Nightengale’s Thrift Shop

A nonprofit thrift store that sells donated clothing and household items. Our Mendota associates sorted and tagged clothing items to be sold.

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds

Eau Claire associates tore down an old fair structure called the "Brown Barn."

Open Sesame Children's Learning Center, Inc.

An organization that offers child care and learning services. Our Dixon associates painted a classroom in the Lincoln School location.

ReStore

A nonprofit that builds and provides safe, affordable and sustainable housing to those in need in Helena. Our Helena associates helped move and reorganize recycled home products, which would have taken the organization months to accomplish on its own.

Salvation Army

A nonprofit organization that provides community services and support such as food, shelter and clothing for families and individuals in need in the Appleton area. Fox Cities associates painted the organization’s donation kettles.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

An organization that creates innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County. Our Orange County associates rebagged oranges into mesh bags for easier distribution to residents.

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest

A food bank that leads a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho, providing 1.7 million pounds of donated food each month to help feed hungry people. Our Spokane associates sorted and packed 12,523 pounds of food or 10,436 meals for underprivileged people in the community.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

A nonprofit organization and the sole distributor of surplus food products to over 180 charitable food programs, including the region’s soup kitchens, food shelves and shelters. Our Duluth associates worked in the organization’s warehouse.

St. Vincent De Paul

An organization that offers tangible assistance to those in need including intervention, consultation, or direct dollar or in-kind service. Our Green Bay associates worked on sorting and pricing items for the organization.

Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center

An organization that offers valuable equine therapy that enhances the quality of life and health for special needs individuals by improving physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. Our Wausau associates handled yard maintenance, worked on fencing, and worked on some painting and cleaning projects.

Stop Hunger Now

An organization that is dedicated to ending hunger by providing food and life-changing aid. Our Media and Philadelphia associates packed 10,000 meals that will be sent to developing countries.

Taylorview Middle School

Our Idaho Falls associates did soccer field maintenance.

The Community Table

A nonprofit organization that feeds the Eau Claire community nutritious meals. Our Eau Claire associates prepared and served a community meal and handled the clean-up.

The Friendship Center

A shelter in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, and Broadwater Counties that provides a safe haven and a broad range of support services at no charge for anyone who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking. Our Helena associates worked on a variety of projects at the center.

The Hannah Center

An independent, nonprofit home for women in crisis. Our Marshfield associates worked on lawn maintenance and cleaning projects.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence

An organization that advocates and educates to stop the cycle of violence and provides a shelter for victims needing an emergency crisis shelter. Our Rhinelander associates stained a fence on the organization’s new site and did other projects.

United Way - Community Closets & Community Fest

The two closets (Rebecca's Closet and Career Closet) help low-income individuals and families overcome barriers that stand in the way of their success. Our Wausau associates handled light cleaning, sorting children's and business professional clothing, did laundry, pulled inventory and worked on the Community Fest preparations at Marathon Park, which involved cleaning, hanging banners and set-up.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

An organization that serves individuals and families in four counties by investing in 220-plus programs at over 110 agency program partners. Our Milwaukee associates prepared shoeboxes with personal hygiene items and made sandwiches for shelters.

United Way of Marathon County - Back to Basics Program

A community project of the Workplace Volunteer Council. It is the collection and distribution of toiletry items to organizations such as The Salvation Army, The Women’s Community, North Central Health Care, and other agencies with clients in need. Our Wausau associates sorted and packaged toiletries for distribution to other nonprofits.

YMCA Camp St. Croix-Hudson

A camp that provides outdoor program experiences that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our Twin Cities associates performed fall camp clean-up projects including painting cabins and buildings.

YMCA - Community Garden

Our associates did gardening at the Aspirus YMCA, which involved clean up, pulling dead plants and pulling up the plastic in the garden.

Youth Homes, Inc.

An organization that provides care for children who are facing abuse, neglect, emotional trauma and substance abuse problems. Our Missoula associates painted the organization’s Radke House and Miller House in Missoula.

YWCA – Green Bay

An organization that provides programs and services that fulfill its vision of empowering women and children while providing an environment of racial and cultural acceptance. Our Green Bay associates worked on cleaning and organizing projects for the organization.

YWCA - Wausau

A nonprofit organization that offers valuable programs that promote lifelong learning, embrace diversity, and enrich the lives of women, girls, and their families. Our Wausau associates organized the agency’s basement storage, washed toys and cleaned up the playground area for the YWCA.

A & A Alexandrina Center

An organization that helps more than 2,000 women per year, administering more than 1,000 free pregnancy tests on average, providing a host of services and support for women and children. Our Green Bay associates worked on landscaping projects for the organization.

Acres for Joy Horse Ranch

A small horse ranch where horses and humans connect and help one another. Our Eau Claire associates stained fence posts in the horse arena and conducted general cleaning projects inside the buildings.

Alameda County Food Bank

An organization that distributes nutritious food to 240 nonprofit agencies in Alameda County that ultimately goes to low income county residents. Our Oakland associates packed 16,475 pounds of food that will result in 13,729 meals for the community.

Alzheimer's Association

The world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Our Green Bay associates counted fundraising proceeds.

Angel Foundation

A nonprofit organization that helps adults who have cancer by providing emergency financial assistance, education and support to them and their families. Our Twin Cities associates prepared Angel Packs and created journals and tie blankets for adults in the program.

Bay Area Humane Society

An organization that offers a safe haven that protects sick, injured, abused, and abandoned animals. Our Green Bay associates worked on landscaping projects for the organization.

Beaver Creek Reserve

A nature reserve that is bordered by the Eau Claire River. Our Eau Claire associates did outdoor painting projects at the youth camp located at the reserve.

Boys & Girls Club

An organization that provides a safe, fun, and educational environment that unites youth grades four to twelve from all backgrounds and encourages their development as caring, responsible community members and leaders. Our Wausau associates painted the multi-purpose room stained picnic tables, did weeding/yard maintenance work and leveled and raked gravel and set down pavers.

Boys & Girls Club of Barron County

An organization that provides programs to inspire and enable all young people, especially those in need, to reach their dreams and full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens. Our Rice Lake associates worked on various projects.

Boys & Girls Club of Rockford

An organization that provides programs and services that promote and enhance the development of Rockford’s youth by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Rockford associates performed indoor and outdoor facility maintenance.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley

A nonprofit organization that provides a safe, positive and productive place for youth to go after school and during school breaks. Our Eau Claire associates helped set up for the organization’s annual fundraising dinner.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland

An organization that is dedicated to ensuring that the community’s youth in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin have greater access to quality programs and services that will empower their lives and build great futures. Our Duluth associates worked on cleaning projects and assisted with programs and activities.

Boys & Girls Club of Yellowstone County

An organization that provides programs to inspire and enable young people, especially those in need, to reach their dreams and full potential as caring, productive, and responsible citizens. Our Billings associates painted rooms, moved furniture and finished projects that were not completed during United Way’s Day of Caring.

Camp Fire Minnesota - Camp Tanadoona

An all-inclusive camp that provides coeducation and opportunities for boys, girls, and their families to grow together and fosters leadership in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment. Our Twin Cities associates conducted fall clean-up projects.

Carlton County Historical Society

An organization that was formed in 1949 by a group of interested citizens who wished to have a vehicle to collect and preserve the history of Carlton County. Our Duluth associates worked on cleaning and inventory projects.

Cerebral Palsy, Inc.

An organization that works with individuals and families by providing support and professional services to those who have been affected by temporary or permanent physical, sensory, and/or speech needs or conditions regardless of what brought on the need for services. Our Green Bay associates painted and washed windows for the facility.

Community Blood Center

An organization that collects blood from donors, processes it in their laboratory and provides 18 Wisconsin and Michigan hospitals with a full range of blood components, including red blood cells, platelets and plasma. Our Fox Cities associates labeled envelopes, buccal swabs and registration cards for the program, prepared and packaged registration envelopes for the event, and painted a fire hydrant, washed mobile buses, planted flowers, donated blood, and organized the organization’s warehouse.

Community Clothes Closet

An organization with a mission to provide free clothing to those in need while maintaining their dignity and providing opportunities to improve their lives. Our Fox Cities associates sorted and hung clothes and prepared a mailing.

Cornerstone

A violence prevention organization that provides comprehensive services and support for victims of interpersonal violence and their families. Our Twin Cities associates performed indoor and outdoor fall clean-up projects for the organization and a deep cleaning of the shelter’s kitchens and food shelf, cooked applesauce, prepared a healthy snack, sorted clothes and worked on gardening projects.

Dixon Park District

A park district that owns and maintains over 1100 acres, including the historic Lowell Park. Our Dixon associates split wood and cleaned up the Dixon park.

Eau Claire Area School District (ECASD) Homeless Program

Associates made fleece tie blankets for children served by the ECASD homeless program.

Exceptional Equestrians

A nonprofit organization established in 1999 to provide hippo therapy and therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to families in Northeastern Wisconsin. Our Green Bay associates cleaned horse pastures and pens and handled some general cleaning and yard maintenance projects for the organization.

Family & Children’s Center

An organization that serves children, families and individuals with a continuum of services designed to strengthen families and promote individual well-being. Our La Crosse associates cleaned and organized the facility and organized the donation closet at two of the organizations’ sites.

Feed My People Food Bank

A food bank in west central Wisconsin that provides food to more than 100 hunger-relief organizations in 14 counties. Our Eau Claire associates repacked bulk foods, sorted food donations, and packaged weekend meals for area school-aged children.

Feed My Sheep Soup Kitchen

A food pantry that feeds the people in need in the Havre area. Our Havre/Chester/Malta associates painted the interior and exterior of the organization’s building.

Feed My Starving Children - Chicago

A nonprofit organizationthat strives to eliminate starvation in children throughout the world. Our Chicagoland associates packed 340 boxes worth of food for those in need.

Feed My Starving Children – Twin Cities

A nonprofit organization that is committed to feeding hungry children by providing hand-packed meals specially formulated for malnourished children. Twin Cities associates packed meals for the organization.

Fort Missoula

A historic fort that was established by the United States Army in 1877 on land that is now part of the city of Missoula, Montana, to protect settlers. Our Missoula associates led kids’ tours, worked on the apple press and did lawn maintenance work.

Freeport Park District

Our Freeport associates helped prepare the Kiwanis Kids playground at Krape Park for rehabilitation.

Friends of Rib Mountain State Park

An organization that organizes maintenance and enhancement projects for the betterment of Rib Mountain State Park. Our Wausau associates painted picnic tables and benches at amphitheater and spread woodchips in the lower picnic area.

Friends of Robert W. Monk Gardens

An organization that organizes enhancement projects to develop the first public botanical garden for the use and enjoyment of residents of central Wisconsin and all who visit the region. Our Wausau associates cut brush, weeded, planted daffodils, put in flagstone, and cleaned up the vegetable garden.

Girls on the Run Eau Claire County

A physical activity-based youth development program for girls in third to fifth grade that culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. Our Eau Claire associates made tulle tutus for the Girls on the Run 5K participants.

Helena Food Share

A food bank that provides food to those in need in the Helena area. Our Helena associates prepared food packs for underprivileged children.

Homeless Connections

A nonprofit organization with a mission to end homelessness by connecting individuals and families to resources that promote self-sufficiency and prevent future homeless episodes. Fox Cities associates served breakfast to those in need and cleaned up the facility following the meal.

Humane Society of Marathon County

An organization with a mission to relieve the suffering and abuse of animals and to foster an awareness of their importance in our community. Our Wausau associates cleaned and organized the organization’s attic.

Humane Society of Western Montana

A shelter for pets in need and adoption for animals into loving, lifelong homes. Our Missoula associates cleaned the cat rooms, played with the cats, walked the dogs, did some yard maintenance and cleaned cages at the animal shelter.

Hunger Task Force

An organization that works to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need. Our Milwaukee associates harvested and built food boxes for the elderly at the organization’s pantry location.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources at the Hennepin Canal Parkway

Property that  belongs to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and was built for the Army Corp of Engineers around the turn of the century. Our Sterling associates performed maintenance activities including painting the interior and landscaping details on the exterior of the colonel’s house at the historical site.

Junior Achievement

A nonprofit organization that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer and provides programs for children that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills. Our Twin Cities associates assembled school sponsorship packets and helped with marketing preparation.

Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful

A nonprofit organization committed to educating and involving individuals in productive solutions that care for our state’s community environment. Our Rockford associates helped recycle old crayons into new molds, so the recycled crayons can be redistributed through the KNIB classroom education program.

La Crescent Animal Rescue

An animal shelter that houses animals and finds them new permanent homes. Our La Crosse associates planted bushes, handled other landscaping projects and washed windows.

Lowes Creek Little League

A volunteer organization that provides boys and girls ages 5-12 with the opportunity to play baseball. Eau Claire associates painted the concession building, conducted yard maintenance projects and organized and reinforced the storage shed.

Marathon Co Child Development Agency - Head Start

An organization that provides a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment and creates partnerships with families and community resource agencies to make a positive difference in the lives of the children and families they serve. Our Wausau associates handled window washing and carpet cleaning in the Zion Lutheran Church School Building.

MedShare

An organization that delivers surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. Our Oakland associates packed and sorted medical supplies for delivery to countries in need.

Middleton Outreach Ministry

A nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent homelessness, end hunger and promote independence. Our Madison associates focused on the “promoting independence” segment of the organization’s mission by serving the organization’s clients who are age 60 and over and still living in their own homes.

Missoula Family YMCA

A community-focused nonprofit established in 1844 with recreational programs and services for all ages. Our Missoula associates painted the kids’ project room and hallways for the organization.

Missoula Food Bank

An organization with a mission to end hunger in the Missoula community through activism, volunteerism and healthy food for all. Our Missoula associates worked on stocking, sorting and rebagging.

Missoula YWCA

An organization that is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our Missoula associates worked on the secret seconds project, costume assembly and stocked items for the organization.

Montana Food Bank Network

A nonprofit that works to end hunger in Montana through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy. Our Missoula associates worked on stocking, sorting and rebagging.

NeighborWorks

An organization that helps low to moderate income individuals and families achieve their home ownership goals. Our Green Bay associates removed the shutters on homes to clean them and reinstalled the shutters.

Nightengale’s Thrift Shop

A nonprofit thrift store that sells donated clothing and household items. Our Mendota associates sorted and tagged clothing items to be sold.

Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds

Eau Claire associates tore down an old fair structure called the "Brown Barn."

Open Sesame Children's Learning Center, Inc.

An organization that offers child care and learning services. Our Dixon associates painted a classroom in the Lincoln School location.

ReStore

A nonprofit that builds and provides safe, affordable and sustainable housing to those in need in Helena. Our Helena associates helped move and reorganize recycled home products, which would have taken the organization months to accomplish on its own.

Salvation Army

A nonprofit organization that provides community services and support such as food, shelter and clothing for families and individuals in need in the Appleton area. Fox Cities associates painted the organization’s donation kettles.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

An organization that creates innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County. Our Orange County associates rebagged oranges into mesh bags for easier distribution to residents.

Second Harvest Food Bank of the Inland Northwest

A food bank that leads a network of 250 neighborhood food banks and meal centers throughout Eastern Washington and North Idaho, providing 1.7 million pounds of donated food each month to help feed hungry people. Our Spokane associates sorted and packed 12,523 pounds of food or 10,436 meals for underprivileged people in the community.

Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank

A nonprofit organization and the sole distributor of surplus food products to over 180 charitable food programs, including the region’s soup kitchens, food shelves and shelters. Our Duluth associates worked in the organization’s warehouse.

St. Vincent De Paul

An organization that offers tangible assistance to those in need including intervention, consultation, or direct dollar or in-kind service. Our Green Bay associates worked on sorting and pricing items for the organization.

Stable Hands Equine Therapy Center

An organization that offers valuable equine therapy that enhances the quality of life and health for special needs individuals by improving physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. Our Wausau associates handled yard maintenance, worked on fencing, and worked on some painting and cleaning projects.

Stop Hunger Now

An organization that is dedicated to ending hunger by providing food and life-changing aid. Our Media and Philadelphia associates packed 10,000 meals that will be sent to developing countries.

Taylorview Middle School

Our Idaho Falls associates did soccer field maintenance.

The Community Table

A nonprofit organization that feeds the Eau Claire community nutritious meals. Our Eau Claire associates prepared and served a community meal and handled the clean-up.

The Friendship Center

A shelter in Lewis and Clark, Jefferson, and Broadwater Counties that provides a safe haven and a broad range of support services at no charge for anyone who has experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking. Our Helena associates worked on a variety of projects at the center.

The Hannah Center

An independent, nonprofit home for women in crisis. Our Marshfield associates worked on lawn maintenance and cleaning projects.

Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence

An organization that advocates and educates to stop the cycle of violence and provides a shelter for victims needing an emergency crisis shelter. Our Rhinelander associates stained a fence on the organization’s new site and did other projects.

United Way - Community Closets & Community Fest

The two closets (Rebecca's Closet and Career Closet) help low-income individuals and families overcome barriers that stand in the way of their success. Our Wausau associates handled light cleaning, sorting children's and business professional clothing, did laundry, pulled inventory and worked on the Community Fest preparations at Marathon Park, which involved cleaning, hanging banners and set-up.

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

An organization that serves individuals and families in four counties by investing in 220-plus programs at over 110 agency program partners. Our Milwaukee associates prepared shoeboxes with personal hygiene items and made sandwiches for shelters.

United Way of Marathon County - Back to Basics Program

A community project of the Workplace Volunteer Council. It is the collection and distribution of toiletry items to organizations such as The Salvation Army, The Women’s Community, North Central Health Care, and other agencies with clients in need. Our Wausau associates sorted and packaged toiletries for distribution to other nonprofits.

YMCA Camp St. Croix-Hudson

A camp that provides outdoor program experiences that support youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Our Twin Cities associates performed fall camp clean-up projects including painting cabins and buildings.

YMCA - Community Garden

Our associates did gardening at the Aspirus YMCA, which involved clean up, pulling dead plants and pulling up the plastic in the garden.

Youth Homes, Inc.

An organization that provides care for children who are facing abuse, neglect, emotional trauma and substance abuse problems. Our Missoula associates painted the organization’s Radke House and Miller House in Missoula.

YWCA – Green Bay

An organization that provides programs and services that fulfill its vision of empowering women and children while providing an environment of racial and cultural acceptance. Our Green Bay associates worked on cleaning and organizing projects for the organization.

YWCA - Wausau

A nonprofit organization that offers valuable programs that promote lifelong learning, embrace diversity, and enrich the lives of women, girls, and their families. Our Wausau associates organized the agency’s basement storage, washed toys and cleaned up the playground area for the YWCA.

Board of
Directors

We look forward to working with you in FY18!