WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTS & LETTERS

Ideas that move the world forward

aka Wisconsin Academy   |   Madison, WI   |  www.wisconsinacademy.org

Mission

The Wisconsin Academy brings people together at the intersection of the sciences, arts, and letters to inspire discovery, illuminate creative work, and foster civil dialogue on important issues. We create a better world by connecting Wisconsin people and ideas.

Ruling year info

1945

Executive Director

Ms. Jane E. Elder

Main address

1922 University Ave

Madison, WI 53726 USA

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EIN

39-1054856

NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Academy Talks

Academy Talks are a statewide series of public talks, featuring leading thinkers, scholars and artists, and engaging the public in a wide variety of timely topics in an atmosphere that fosters discussion and builds community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wisconsin People & Ideas is the only magazine covering contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture. It brings our readers the best of Wisconsin: innovations in science and technology, groundbreaking visual art, the best fiction and poetry, and news on environmental issues and challenges. Contributing writers have received awards and accolades for their fiction and poetry. Science reporting – like our articles on algae blooms and frac-sand mining – provides valuable and dispassionate context for issues with long-reaching implications for the state.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The James Watrous Gallery at the Overture Center for the Arts is devoted to exhibitions of Wisconsin visual artists, Wisconsin art and craft history, works owned by Wisconsin collectors, and projects that bridge the sciences, arts, and humanities. We support Wisconsin visual artists and arts through quality exhibitions and programs, while providing opportunities for viewers to actively engage in the visual arts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Recognition as a Fellow is the highest honor conferred by the Wisconsin Academy. Since 1982, the Fellows program has identified and honored individuals from the fields of science, arts, or letters who represent both an outstanding level of accomplishment in their field and an unwavering commitment to intellectual discourse and service to the state of Wisconsin.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Wisconsin Strategy Initiatives bring people together with a diverse array of experts and stakeholders to find solutions to statewide challenges. Through our Climate & Energy Initiative, the Academy seeks to understand and address Wisconsin's role in global climate change and explore diverse, sustainable energy choices.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Life-long learners interested in bettering themselves and their communities through the sciences, arts, and letter.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WISCONSIN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES ARTS & LETTERS

Board of directors
as of 3/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tom Luljak

Vice Chancellor of University Relations, UW-Milwaukee

Term: 2021 - 2022

Richard Donkle

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Freda Harris

University of Wisconsin System

Kimberly Blaeser

UW-Milwaukee

Patricia Brady

University of Wisconsin System

Joe Heim

UW-La Crosse

Tim Size

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Roberta Filicky-Peneski

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Tom Luljak

UW-Milwaukee

Robert Mathieu

UW-Madison

Malcolm Brett

UW-Extension - Broadcasting and Media Innovations

Kevin Reilly

University of Wisconsin System

Frank Byrne

St. Mary's Hospital

L. Jane Hamblen

State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Michael Morgan

Community Volunteer

Catherine Kodat

Lawrence University

Tina Abert

Community Volunteer

Steve Ackerman

UW-Madison

Dipesh Navsaria

UW-Madison

Rafael Salas

Ripon College

Thomas Still

Wisconsin Technology Council

Chan Stroman

Landlord Counsel LLC

B.J. Hollars

UW-Eau Claire

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/11/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.