Wisconsin World Affairs Council Inc

Peace Through Understanding

aka World Affairs Seminar   |   West Allis, WI   |
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Wisconsin World Affairs Council Inc

EIN: 39-1247797


To build strong international leaders and foster peace and understanding among participants, staff and speakers in an environment of open dialogue where innovative, rigorous academics are offered through programs that focus on global issues.

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Executive Director

Mr. Francis Vogel

Main address

10600 W Mitchell Street

West Allis, WI 53214 USA

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Subject area info

Secondary education

Gifted education

Multicultural education

College preparation

Public policy

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NTEE code info

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Private Operating Foundation

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The World Affairs Seminar is an international youth initiative of Rotary International District 6270. Our vision is to bring better understanding of world problems to young people from around the globe, using current issues as a learning platform. In the course of this study, the WAS provides opportunities for participants to discuss issues with other young people from around the world. Emphasis is on promoting better understanding of the causes of international conflict. The idea is if the causes are understood and solutions developed in a cooperative environment, problems are more likely to be solved peacefully.

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

World Affairs Seminar

The World Affairs Seminar (WAS) is a one-week academic seminar for high school students. Students of this seminar, called "delegates", come from and represent their states and nations across the globe. The World Affairs Seminar is truly an international experience. WAS brings together peers from around the world to learn international relations and develop skills in diplomacy, communication and cooperation. Since 1976 WAS has impacted and changed lives, providing highly relevant skills in group problem solving, negotiation and peaceful diplomacy. Featured speakers represent a wide variety of perspectives, opinions and backgrounds. We believe every point of view matter – we embrace and mandate heathy respectful debate leading to collaborative learning and growth. Your role is to distill information, identify priorities and develop defining skills to both lead and cooperate with others from different cultures to reach workable solutions.

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To conduct seminars, forums, panels, institutes, lectures, public discussion groups or similar educational activities which have as their objective the promotion of a better understanding of world problems with the premise that if world problems are better understood they can be solved peacefully.

Through this one-week global issues summer camp, our vision is to enrich high school students with better understanding of world problems through: Exposure to current issues from diverse perspectives; Discussion and problem-solving; Interactions with youth from other countries; Opportunities to develop solutions; and Platforms from which to present and defend ideas.

Participants experience new and different ideas and viewpoints brought forward both by their colleagues and by world renowned experts. In small and large groups students discuss information and ideas and put their new knowledge to use. Through public policy simulations they work through the complex interactions of different countries, corporations and organizations to develop their own policy initiative. The university setting provides a college-like experience, including use of the residence halls and campus dining.

Since WAS first accepted students in 1977, over 30,000 future world leaders have participated. Many have stayed in touch with the friends they made at WAS, even forming business relationships, political contacts and family friendships.


Wisconsin World Affairs Council Inc
Fiscal year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

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Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

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

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Executive Director

Mr. Francis Vogel

As a seasoned nonprofit professional, I bring 29 years professional experience as a consultant or staff person to the position, including 16-plus years as the staff leader for Milwaukee-area groups. I’ve also served as the Executive Director for EconomicsWisconsin, Polish Heritage Alliance and Wisconsin Clean Cities. I hold Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in History and English. Go Badgers! My volunteer involvement includes Chairing the Governance Council for my daughters’ former elementary school, La Escuela Fratney. I was also the Chair and Secretary/Treasurer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee – Holton Youth Center’s Board of Managers. and am active in my two Parishes, Saints Peter and Paul and Our Lady of Divine Providence. And I’m a proud member of the Rotary Club of Milwaukee since 2017. My wife, Carol Lynn Wandler, and I live in South Milwaukee with our daughters.

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Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
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Board chair

Jeffrey Reed

Nancy Rhodes

William B. Coleman

Steven Chevalier

Julie Craig

James Dorman

Tamara Koop

Jeff Reed

Karen White

Steven Affeldt

Deborah Kerr

Steen Sanderhoff

Steven Hook

Phil Stollenwerk

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes