Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
February 2017
Regional Featured Events

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Below are select offerings from each region. For the full listing of events and workshops go to our Searchable Calendar.
Our apologies, we left the Central Region Workshops off of the previous newsletter (at bottom) and also have a correction in the registration links on the Western Region Events. 

"True greatness consists of being great in little things." - Charles Simmons
Once upon a time, in a meeting room not far, far away, a Little White Binder was created. She was filled with the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of her parents, along with the enthusiasm to create great things.

Little White Binder was gently and lovingly placed on a shelf with other binders so she wouldn't feel alone. The excitement was palpable for Little White Binder's future.

Soon her parents became distracted. Day-to-day responsibilities and an occasional crisis caused them to lose focus and ignore Little White Binder who, like the other binders on the shelf, began to gather dust and lose her luster.

A few years later, it was time for Little White Binder's check-up. Her parents pulled her off the shelf and reviewed their hopes, dreams, and ambitions. They realized so much had not been accomplished, even though they had only the best of intentions. They just hadn't done everything they could to make Little White Binder the greatest she could be.

We all know who Little White Binder is. She's that strategic plan that was lovingly and painstakingly created but was never put to work. More than one nonprofit has created a strategic plan which got forgotten on a shelf. But one of the greatest things we can do to ensure a successful strategic plan is also one of the littlest: keep it front and center at all times.

Put "Strategic Plan Review" on the agenda of every board meeting. Discuss what has and has not been accomplished. Talk about what the barriers are when the same goal or objective comes back month after month as "no update." Review priorities and make adjustments to the plan as needed.

This month's download is an annual assessment of your strategic plan. It's a good place to start, especially if it's been a while since you've revisited your Little White Binder.

Bonus Download

Did you know that your nonprofit may need to register in other states if it is asking for contributions from residents of those states? Or that something as simple as having a "donate now" link on your nonprofit's e-newsletters may equate to "fundraising solicitation" that triggers a registration obligation in many states?

Charitable solicitation laws vary widely from state to state and compliance can be confusing, costly, and time-consuming. Charitable Solicitation Compliance: An explanation of state charitable registration requirements, a new guide produced by the National Council of Nonprofits, in conjunction with Harbor Compliance, can help your nonprofit navigate the existing maze of state laws that regulate fundraising registration requirements. Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network is pleased to be able to offer this compliance information to you through our membership in the National Council of Nonprofits.

Seeking Little Steps to Greatness,

Bea Northcott
Training Associate
Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network  
 INRN Staff Transition

Jillian Miller Dear nonprofit family,

It has been a pleasure to serve our communities together over the last twelve years. 2017 has brought me a new opportunity to serve in the nonprofit world. I have recently accepted a position with the Purdue Alumni Association as Vice President of Organizational Development and Strategic Leadership. I am sad to leave my role with the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network/United Way and will always value my time here. I leave with many of your missions in my heart and hope to stay in touch. My last day with INRN was January 19.
Sincerely yours,

Jillian M. Henry
Former Director INRN Western Region

Welcome the New Western Region Director, Tonja Stokes!
Tonja has a rich nonprofit background with 12 year's experience guiding nonprofit organizational growth. Her consulting background has been primarily with schools and education partners, especially around early childhood/learning initiatives and parental engagement. In addition: 
  • She was a Regional Development Strategist for Kiwanis International focusing on community collaborations and membership growth involving a wide range of community sizes.
  • She has experience in public speaking, training, and curriculum development on topics such as funding diversification, market analysis, improving diversity and outreach.
  • She has worked with and served on boards and committees with varied governance/chapter models. 
Tonja has a strong journalism/communications background featuring brand development, PR, graphic design and social media outreach. She had a role in Paths to QUALITY® marketing and communications launch. She is English and Spanish bilingual.

Tonja starts work on February 17. Until then, please contact Elaine Bottomley, Intern, with questions about public workshops, or 765-742-9077 x236. For questions about custom consulting work, contact Lisa Hanger at or 800-457-1450 x119. 
Map of Indiana with Northern Region Highlighted
Northern Region

Focus on Fundraising Three-Part Series
To be held in South Bend, times and locations to be determined.  Funded by the Pokagon Fund and coordinated by INRN and Karen Hurley Kuchar Consulting, the series will:
  • Build a base of best practices in the nonprofit community of South Bend
  • Share tools and practical approaches to resource development
  • Create and/or build a learning community among local nonprofits
Fearless Fundraising, March 24
  • Philanthropy today: giving trends, market share, state of the industry
  • Sources of funding
  • Donor Engagement Cycle
  • Roles of board, staff, and special events
  • Diversifying revenue streams
Building a High-Functioning Board, April 26
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Triple A Boards
  • Board Engagement Cycle
  • Committee Structure
  • Expectations vs. requirement
Tell Your Story, Measure Your Impact, May 24
  • What do donors "buy"?
  • How did you make a difference in someone's life?
  • How do you measure that difference? Outputs vs. outcomes
  • Branding
  • Marketing, social media, newsletters   
For more information, contact Keith Sarber, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Northern Region.
Southern Region
2017 Lunch and Leadership Series

Watch your mail for details or check the INRN Calendar.

  • February 21 - Fundraising Success...A Closer Look
  • May 2 - Developing a Strong Board of Directors
  • August 8 - Strategic Planning...Seven Steps to Success
  • November 9 - Crucial Conversations: Learn to Successfully Navigate the   Conversations You are Avoiding
Sponsors: Jackson County United Way, Community Foundation of Jackson County, the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce, the Jackson County Visitor Center, and Brownstown Chamber of Commerce

  • March 9 - Grant Writing  101...Back to Basics
  • June 1 - The Board's Role in Fundraising
  • September 7 - We've Got to Stop Meeting Like This!  The Secrets to Effective Meetings

Sponsor: Scott County Community Foundation
Register: Contact Jaime Toppe at 

  • April 25 - Grant Seeking and Grant Writing 101
  • May 17 - Social Media - How Nonprofits Can Benefit by Using it Well
  • July 20 - Engage and Retain Donors
  • September 21 - Nonprofit Legal Update
Sponsors: Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network and the United Way of Southwestern Indiana   

For more information, contact June Miller, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region.
Eastern Region State of Indiana with Eastern Region Hightlighted

Board Basics 101 

Participants will understand basic board roles and responsibilities, appropriate board siz e and structure, proper ways to recruit, orient, and evaluate all board members, and how to transition your board into a functioning fundraising body.  Plus, learn simple strategies and information you will need to move your board forward. 
When: Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 am-10:30 am EST
Where: REMC Meeting Center, New Castle, IN 47362
Presenter: Adam Clevenger, CFRE, Senior Associate, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
Sponsors: Henry County Community Foundation, Henry County United Fund, Henry County REMC, HOPE Initiative, and New Castle-Henry County Chamber of Commerce
Cost: Open to Henry County Nonprofit Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers. Contact Lesley Devine for information.
Generational Giving
There is a great generational shift occurring in the US affecting jobs, families, and philanthropy. Today, there are five generations of donors. How do you cater to all of their unique wants and needs? Organizations find it difficult to find ways to approach each generation of donors; they either apply one-size-fits-all tactics or only focus on one or two generations. Despite what you may have heard, donors from all generations have more in common. There are no silver bullets, but in this session you will learn:
  • Giving characteristics and preferences for each generation
  • Tactics for approaching each generation
  • The giving approaches common to all generations of donors
When: Tuesday, February 28, 9:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Where: United Way of Madison County, 205 West 11th Street, Anderson, IN 46015 
Presenter: Adam Clevenger, CFRE, Senior Associate, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
Sponsors: United Way of Madison County
Cost: $35

Policy Management 
This workshop will discuss a broad range of policies covering organizational        funct ioning. Areas of importance include finance, personnel, public relations, confidentiality, conflict of interest, role of the board, fundraising, and communications. 
When: Thursday, March 9, 9:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, Meeting Room 2, 2800 West Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN 47306
Prese nter: Toni Estep, TRE Consulting, LLC
Sponsor: United Way of Delaware County
Cost: $35

For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Eastern Region. 
Western Region State of Indiana with Western Region Highlighted

The Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series 

This series, named after the late Douglas W. Eberle, is especially designed for the volunteer leaders on the nonprofit boards. The series is open to any Indiana nonprofit, though preference is given to Tippecanoe and surrounding counties, and limited to 75 attendees per session.

The Lafayette Country Club, 1500 S. 9th Street, Lafayette, IN  47905
  11:00 am - 2:00 pm ET
Sponsors: NCHS, United Way of Greater Lafayette, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, and The Greater Lafayette Community Foundation
Cost: $150 per person* for the entire series OR $20 per person for each individual session. *Board members may rotate sessions if one seat is purchased for an organization. Includes lunch.   

Telling Your Story and Evaluating Impact
Every one of us is distracted by messages coming in from many different channels. How does your organization tell its story and ensure your donors (or prospective donors) understand why they should invest in your organization? This interactive workshop will focus on building (or remodeling) your case for support. We'll explore the importance of a case for support and how to use it to support your annual fund, capital campaign, and major gift efforts. We'll share examples and encourage you to bring your own to share. You'll leave this session with a checklist of resources and the inspiration to create your own case for support.
When: Wednesday, March 1
Presenter: Jennifer Pendleton, Aly Sterling Philanthropy

How to Make the Ask and be Held Accountable for Success: Boards in Fundraising

Philanthropy begins at home with those closest to the organization - the board,  staff and volunteers. After all, how can we ask the community to invest in the organization when those closest to it haven't been given the opportunity? At the same time, over half of all board chairs and executive directors identify philanthropy as one of the most important areas for board improvement! This dynamic workshop is designed to motivate and inspire, and will provide principles of fundraising that can be immediately personalized and applied by board members. Helping board members identify the fundraising strategies that they're comfortable deploying will create a culture of philanthropy in your organization - a culture that paves the way to long-term fundraising sustainability.
When: Wednesday, April 5
Presenter: Aly Sterling, Aly Sterling Philanthropy

Additional workshops will be held May 3, June 7, August 2, September 13, October 4 and November 1.

The Putnam & Montgomery Nonprofit Learning Series 
Sponsors: Putnam County Community Foundation and the Montgomery County Community Foundation in conjunction with the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Cost: $100 per person for the entire series or $15 per person per workshop
Questions: Tanis Monday, Putnam County Community Foundation, 765-653-4978, Cheryl Keim , Montgomery County Community Foundation, 765-362-1267 

Boards that Rock: Board Building for 2017 
Board building starts with a strong understanding of what your organization needs. When you know the skills and abilities you need to lead, board recruitment and cultivation becomes a process of engagement. This workshop will introduce you to board building as a year-long process that engages the entire board. You will also learn about best practices for good governance and board leadership. 2017 can be your year for better board leadership!

When: Tuesday, February 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm ET
Where: Crawfordsville Country Club, 3272 W. Country Club Road, Crawfordsville, IN   47933     
Susan Decker, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and BoardSource

The Annual Appeal: Year Round Donor Engagement
A leader in philanthropic education and leadership, Hank Rosso, once wrote, "Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving." When was the last time your donors felt joy by giving to your organization? National statistics suggest that 4 out of 5 new donors will not make a second gift...that's not much joy. Adam Clevenger, CFRE, a Senior Associate with Loring, Sternberg & Associates will lead a session focusing on engaging your donors to build strong and joy-filled relationships. Successful donor engagement often begins with annual giving. This session will review successful strategies in annual giving, donor communication, and stewardship.
When: Tuesday, March 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm ET
Where: Crawfordsville Country Club, 3272 W. Country Club Road, Crawfordsville, IN   47933  
Presenter: Adam Clevenger, Loring, Sternberg & Associates

Additional workshops will be held April 11, May 9, August 8, September 12, October  10 and November 14. 

For more information, contact Elaine Bottomley, Intern, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.

Central RegionState of Indiana with Eastern Region Hightlighted


Nonprofit Budgeting

Budgeting is more than estimating expenses, it is the process of incorporating estimates for revenue, expenses, capital and payroll. These key inputs should be considered when creating your budget. As leaders, it's worth putting in the time to prepare a sound budget. In this interactive session, you will learn the purpose and components of a budget and how to create your organization's budget.
  • When: Thursday, March 16, 9:00 AM to Noon EDT
  • Where: United Way of Central Indiana (New Location), 2955 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • Presenter: Linda Diakite Karessey, President, Insight Financial Group, LLC
  • Cost: $30 United Way; $35 others
  • Register:

The Role of the Board President

Being a board president requires leadership, diplomacy and meeting management skills. If you are a board president or moving into a leadership position on a nonprofit board, this workshop can provide tools and techniques for understanding group dynamics, handling conflict and conducting effective meetings. This is a workshop for board members ONLY.
  • When: Tuesday, April 4, 9:00 am - Noon EDT
  • Where: United Way of Central Indiana (New Location), 2955 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • Presenter: Kim Donahue, Director, Agency Services, United Way of Central Indiana
  • Cost: $30 United Way; $35 others
  • Register:

Grant Writing for Beginners
  • When: Wednesday, April 12, 9:00 AM to Noon EDT
  • Where: United Way of Central Indiana (New Location), 2955 N Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208
  • Presenter: June Miller, Southern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
  • Cost: $30 United Way; $35 others
  • Register: