From time to time the Foundation invites proposals from preservation organizations to submit proposals for educational workshops on topics of interest. Such proposals are usually fully funded, with no requirement for a match. Examples of workshops underwritten by the Foundation include:
The Buck Starts Here, Stoughton, Wisconsin, 2011, provided basic fundraising strategies, skills and techniques to small nonprofit preservation organizations from membership development, annual fund, grant writing, capital campaigns, and planning giving. Produced by the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Foundation has committed funding to Heritage Ohio and the Michigan Historic Preservation Network to underwrite similar fundraising workshops now being planned for 2013 in Ohio and Michigan.
Beyond the Velvet Ropes, Wausau, Wisconsin, 2008, focused on the struggles experienced by traditional house museums and offered new business models and best practices to maintain the relevance and viability of house museums in the Twenty First Century. Produced by the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
ins Up!, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2007, focused on the process of revitalizing historic theaters, auditoria, and opera houses in small towns and cities. Produced by the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Adding Without Subtracting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2006, focused on the complexities of additions to historic buildings and new construction in historic districts that are both compatible and distinctive. Produced by the Midwest Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.