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March 3, 2015

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Power of a six-month thank you

By Paul Jolly, founder Jump Start Growth, Inc., GuideStar Blog

You have gotten through the year-end avalanche of contributions. You thanked everyone promptly - even the donors of stock gifts, pledge payments, and restricted gifts. The mail flow is down to a trickle now. So thanking donors no longer takes a major chunk of each day. But before you move on to the next big thing, please make yourself a note to thank your top donors in May or June.

Now fast forward six months. The donor wants to hear how the gift is being transformed into altruistic muscle fibers. The message of the six-month thank you is, "That gift is fully employed, to accomplish the work we both cherish."

For fundraisers, the pivotal moment in the relationship is The Ask. But for donors it's different. A donor who says yes to a request is trusting the institution to be a conduit for his or her altruism. The pivotal moment, from the donor's perspective, is when the institution reports that the gift made a difference. Read more.


Nine clever ways to thank your donors

By Kivi Leroux Miller, president, NonprofitMarketingGuide.com

Saying thank you to your donors, and saying it well, is only polite, right? The truth is that good thank yous are much more than good manners: they are a very smart and savvy fundraising strategy.

Sixty-five percent of first-time donors don't make a second gift. That's what Penelope Burk's donor-centered research tells us. Donors want something quite simple: a prompt, meaningful thank you letter and additional communication that explains how the donation was used. That's it. Eighty percent of donors say that would convince them to make the second gift.

And yet the typical thank you note that many nonprofits send is more like a transaction receipt that speaks to a donor's inner bookkeeper more than a donor's inner angel. Let's speak to that angel! Here are nine clever approaches to thank yous.

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Getting into a benefactor's head

By DAVID WALLIS, New York Times (November 8, 2012)

Jen Shang understands the power of prayer - to open wallets. Jen Shang specializes in the psychology of giving.

Ms. Shang, who bills herself as the only philanthropic psychologist in the world, recently advised a religious organization to tinker with a direct-mail fund-raising solicitation, to encourage potential donors to pray before deciding to give.

Some religious people, Ms. Shang found, "pray and read Bibles when making a major life decision before they talk to others, think about it, meditate about it, let their emotions cool down."

The experiment paid off. In early research, the solicitation with the suggestion of prayer "significantly" increased the campaign's response rate compared with previous appeals.

In the following edited and condensed conversation, Ms. Shang delves into donor behavior and shares some simple ways for nonprofit organizations to increase donations. Read more.


Sponsor's insight

How to make your organization more bankable

By Natalie Hopkins, audit manager, and Chris Mennel, audit manager, Alerding CPA group

The economy is improving. The stock market is breaking records. Your organization spent the past four to five years either in a restructuring mode or struggling to show positive or even break even financial results.

Fast forward to the present ? now you have identified additional program needs and ways to grow but are fearful no bank will lend you money without strong, historical financial results. There are several things you can do to make your organization more attractive to a new banking relationship.

Build the relationship. Your best chance of long-term success with a bank is to establish a relationship by regularly touching base to help them learn about your organization and the challenges and opportunities it faces. Nonprofit organizations may not utilize their banking relationships because there hasn't been the need. However, when a financial need arises, you want to be prepared by having that relationship in place so you can approach your incumbent bank first because they already know your story. Read more.

People on the move

Freewheelin' Community Bike hired Jennifer Cvar to be its executive director. Cvar founded the Indianapolis Criterium bicycle race and festival and has been vice present of RN Specialties Inc. ? Indianapolis Star

Indiana State University has named Daniel Pigg director of business engagement. He previously served as a partner at Howard Clare Insurance in Terre Haute. ? Inside Indiana Business

Methodist Health Foundation welcomes Sally McGuffey as chief development officer.

Huntington University has appointed Daniel Solms vice president for enrollment management and marketing. He has worked for Indiana Wesleyan University for more than 20 years, and most recently served as director of financial aid. ? Inside Indiana Business


Announcements

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) announced that it recently received a $9,500 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to support the academy's community leadership development program.

The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana announced its certification by United Way of Central Indiana and Points of Light as a Service Enterprise, the first Ronald McDonald House to receive it. Points of Light is dedicated to volunteer service.

Brackets for Good 2015 has begun. Last year's March Madness event funneled $336,969 to 64 local nonprofits in Central Indiana. The fundraising tournament raised the profile of area nonprofits, secured first-time donors and created healthy competition in the nonprofit community. Check out the grid here.

Little Red Door Cancer Agency is hosting Camp Little Red Door, a five-day summer camp for children with cancer. The camp will be held from June 21 to 26 at Bradford Woods (Martinsville). For an application click here or call 317-925-5595.

The American Heart Association will recognize the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township as the first fit-friendly school district in the 11-state Midwest area. The district's 13 schools promoted physical activity and health in the workplace.

Rural college poised for growth. The new president of Ancilla College, Ken Zirkle, says two campus projects totaling around $6 million will help attract students "that would not ordinarily come here." Read more.

With the extension of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program, employers have until April 30 to file Form 8850 retroactively for its 2014 new hires belonging to WOTC-targeted groups. Read more.


Professional development

FUTURELead first Wednesday Lunch 'n Learn workshops are scheduled for March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Hamilton County 4H Fairgrounds. Lunch provided with registration. Learn more.

Annual tax update & 2014 Form 990 changes webinar on March 5 at 10 a.m. Register here.

Ninth annual Inspiring Abilities Expo on March 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Greenfield-Central High School. It is an opportunity for families to connect with service providers, nonprofit agencies, public service agencies and vendors for products and services that may benefit a special-needs child. For more information click here, or call 317-462-9064.

How all the pieces fit together: Capital Campaign from the staff perspective luncheon on March 18 at 11:30 a.m. at The Willows on Westfield (6729 E. Westfield Blvd.). Hosted by The Association of Fundraising Professionals. Learn more.

Grantwriting for beginners on April 2 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at United Way of Central Indiana (3901 North Meridian St.). Learn more.

Making SENSE on April 16 at 7:30 a.m. at The Columbia Club (101 Monument Circle). Join former mayor Bart Peterson and a panel of civic leaders for breakfast and a discussion about quality neighborhood schools and the future of education in Southeast neighborhoods. Free workshops follow the breakfast, and all proceeds benefit the K-8 charter school, SENSE, in Fountain Square. Registration here.

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Volunteer opportunities

Please send your needs and donations of supplies, equipment, and furniture plus volunteer opportunities and requests to IndyNews@NotforProfitNews.com.

The Koinonia Project, a beautification service opportunity for youth and adults, hopes to empower youth and adults to participate in the revitalization of Indianapolis' Eastside. To register, please click here or contact Jay Horan at jhoran@peacelearningcenter.org.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana needs volunteers for the Letter Carrier Food Drive on May 9. Individuals will work at area post offices sorting donations. Shifts vary during the hours of noon to 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact jbarnett@gleaners.org or 317-829-1764.

Indiana Artisan Marketplace, the state's premier art and food experience, needs volunteers to support artisans and provide hospitality to guests on March 26 to 29 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Shifts from 8 a.m. through 7 p.m. For more information, click here or contact Rosalyn@IndianaArtisan.org.


Swap

NEED: Homeless and Reentry Helpers need men's winter clothing of coats, boots, socks, shorts, insulated underwear. Contact 317-687-0500 or email Hawkins@HHOOT.com.

DONATION: A Steelcase metal, storage credenza. For more information please call Bill at 317-815-3430 or email bcoit@devry.edu.

 

National news

Fewer companies able to detect a cyber breach.Only 31 percent of organizations discovered IT security compromises through their own resources last year, according to Mandiant.

Wellness 'value proposition' includes higher engagement and morale, and lower turnover. More than 90 percent of business leaders say that promoting wellness can affect employee productivity and performance, according to survey results from the nonprofit Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).

Internal controls for the very small nonprofit. Segregation of duties, checks & balances may be difficult to implement in the organization that has perhaps three or fewer staff, or only a few active board members in an all-volunteer organization. Learn the top five.

Finding and hiring grantwriters. Blue Avocado explores why hiring grantwriters seems to be a hit-or-miss proposition and some possible options.


Sponsors' insights

FTM LLC CPA firm builds niche with nonprofits.

UIndy WFYI cancer talk series. March 10 at UIndy's Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center (1400 E. Hanna Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. For more information and registration details, click here. Additional dates for the series include: "New Directions in Treatment," 6:30 p.m. on March 18 at IUPUI Campus Center Theatre and "Spirituality and Cancer" 6:30 p.m. on March 26 at Restoration Baptist Church (1502 N. New Jersey St.)

Charitable giving in the United States is expected to grow by 4.8 percent in 2015 and by an additional 4.9 percent in 2016, according to The Philanthropy Outlook, a new report researched and written by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Read more.

 

Services

Our sponsor marketplace serves to further connect our readers with our advertisers who are focused on serving nonprofits. Please keep in mind that you should always check references before hiring a consultant or vendor. Contact Bryan at Bryan@charitableadvisors.com or 317-752-7153 to learn how your business or organization can become a sponsor of the Not-for-Profit News.

Legal/Administrative

Charitable Allies: nonprofit that provides affordable, experienced nonprofit legal services.

Human resources

Synergy: professional employer organization (PEO), Synergy assumes the risk and liability of employing employees, and administers payroll, benefits and human resources.

FirstPerson: professional advisory firm that creates meaningful work experiences through benefits, HR and wellness solutions.

Technology, software, services

FTM LLC: software advisor to improve organization's financial operations with system implementation, training and support.

Netlink, Inc.: An information technology service provider delivering best practice information, technology guidance, implementation and support in order to contribute to nonprofits' mission and success.

Finance/accounting/bookkeeping

Alerding CPA Group: accounting firm with nonprofit experience provides audits, accounting, tax services, planning and board governance.

BKD: CPAs and advisors offering services in assurance, tax, risk management, technology and forensic to closely-held businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals.

FTM LLC: works solely with nonprofits on bookkeeping, audit preparation, outsourced controller and CFO services.

VonLehman CPA and Advisory Company:nonprofit focused CPA- and advisory-firm providing accounting, tax, business advisory and turnaround services.

Professional Development

Accent On Business: Develops public speaking and presentation skills, executive presence, and message delivery skills for nonprofit leaders and their teams.

 

Banking/asset management

The National Bank of Indianapolis: the bank of choice for nonprofit organizations.

Horizon Bank: a community bank with a proud legacy of service offering cash management and wealth services for nonprofits.

Transition/retirement

Alerding CPA Group: provides board governance, training, consulting and succession planning.

Charitable Advisors:BoardSource-certified governance trainer, support for board-led ED/CEO search process.

Education/training

UIndy/MPH: Master's of Public Health is the newest graduate degree program at UIndy that prepares professionals to identify health disparities and develop community-based approaches.

School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI: At SPEA, people learn how to work in government, nonprofit and business roles to make positive changes in their communities, their states, their countries and the world.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: The nation's first school of philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Master of Jurisprudence graduate degree program prepares professionals with the legal knowledge to enhance, and potentially advance their careers.

 


Real estate

Incredible Location and Value in Carmel

carmel 850 sq. foot to 1750 sq. foot classroom/office space offered at $700/month to $1350/month and includes free parking! Meeting and conference rooms are also available for rent. Great location at West Main St. and US 31 North. Close to shopping, restaurants and highway access. For more information or to schedule a visit, please contact Office Manager Denise DeLong at 317-846-8716 or email Denise at ddelong@stchriscarmel.com.

 

Off N. Meridian For Sale

Get rid of your lease payment. 8,000 SF; three levels with ample parking in a quiet area of Indianapolis (3535 N. Pennsylvania). Timeless brick building offers several offices on the first floor; ample parking, plus residential or creative office space on upper two levels. Could be great opportunity for multiple small nonprofits or one nonprofit to buy and rent to others. Asking only $170,000. Contact Michael Cook at 317-269-1026 for a tour or more information.

IUPUI Campus office space

Available office space is located on the IUPUI Campus, just off Indiana Avenue and West Street. A full-service commercial office building with a total of approximately 9,400 rentable square feet located on the third floor. The total amount of space is comprised of two individual suites of approximately 1,900 rentable square feet and approximately 7,400 rentable square feet. Close to Indianapolis downtown retail and dining facilities. Parking near the offices and the space will become available for tenant occupancy by late July. For more detailed information, please contact Thomas M. Popcheff, CAE at tomp@stti.org or 317-634-8171.

 

Featured internship positions

Don't miss the window to recruit interns for spring and summer positions: This February and March, the Indianapolis Not-for-profit News is offering nonprofits an easy way connect with students, recent graduates and career changers to fill upcoming internship positions. For a special rate of $77, beginning Jan. 28, you can post your position for 30 days in this special-intern jobs section of the newsletter and on the jobs board. The special rate also applies to AmeriCorps positions posted in February and March. Submit your intern postings to ads@notforprofitnews.com.

Intern, Summer (2015) - Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. The Indiana Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) seeks a summer intern at our headquarters office in downtown Indianapolis. Start date is flexible. Open to full or part-time. May...more

Intern Positions - Camptown, Inc. Camptown, Inc. is a Christian not-for-profit organization that works with youth through outdoor wilderness and nature programs. Camptown is looking for summer part-time or full-time temporary Interns. These positions...more

Intern Position (Paid) - Community Solutions. Community Solutions works with not-for-profits and state and local government agencies across a spectrum of sectors and projects. We are looking for an intern who would be interested in providing administrative support...more


This week's jobs

To view all jobs, visit the Not-for-profit News jobs' board.

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Executive/Management

Chief Executive Officer - Boys & Girls Clubs of Hancock County. Responsible for the overall planning and operation of the organization, in accordance with the mission and goals of the organization. Provides leadership, direction and support to the Board of Directors in developing organizational...more

Executive Director - Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) seeks an innovative visionary to serve as the Executive Director. Based in Indianapolis, IN and reporting to the Chair of the Board of Directors, the Executive...more

Fund Development/Research

Resource Development Assistant Director - United Way of Monroe County. United Way of Monroe County seeks qualified, enthusiastic individual to join our fundraising team as our Assistant Resource Development Director. This individual will have primary job duties related to the Indiana University...more

Operations

Operations Coordinator - Classical Music Indy. (Full Time OR Part-time/Flexible if desired) Exciting opportunity for detail-oriented professional in a creative and rapidly growing industry. Classical Music Indy is currently seeking an experienced, proactive, and highly-skilled...more

Operations Manager - Hear Indiana. Hear Indiana is the one-stop shop for children with hearing loss and their families. We provide Hope, Education, Advocacy, and Resources (including speech therapy and audiology) for children who are deaf or hard...more

Administrative/Mgmt

Coordinator, Volunteer Services and Human Resources - Indiana Historical Society. This position is responsible for the overall coordination of the Volunteer Program that serves all areas of the Indiana Historical Society (IHS), both the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center and statewide. This...more

Association Executive/Office Manager - First Resource, Inc. First Resource, Inc. is a professional association management company serving the needs of small to mid-sized manufacturing based trade groups. With nearly 17 years in business, First Resource is known for its service...more

Bilingual Administrative Assistant - NACS Far East - Children's Bureau, Inc. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the organization of the office, filing, record keeping, and for answering and directing all incoming calls to the proper employee. He/She resolves all inquiries as it relates...more

Administrative Assistant - NACS Central - Children's Bureau, Inc. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for the organization of the office, filing, record keeping, and for answering and directing all incoming calls to the proper employee. He/She resolves all inquiries as it relates...more

Marketing/Communications

Manager, Marketing & Communications - Fairbanks Hospital. The Fairbanks Marketing and Communications Manager will oversee branding, educational and promotional messages to increase awareness of the services and programs of Fairbanks to the public and targeted audiences...more

Graphic Designer - Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association. The Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. As the home technology...more

Ministry

Minister of Educational Services - Hope Partnership. This position creates and implements all residence and internet educational resources for Hope, including Leadership Academy, Ambassadors Academy and webinars in collaboration with the Hope team; Manages support...more

Programs

Literacy Program Coordinator, part-time - Madisonville Education and Assistance Center. MEAC is seeking a dynamic, compassionate, results-oriented, certified teacher to be responsible for the planning and implementation of MEAC's Early Literacy Program and the coordination of its Adult Basic Reading...more

Victim Notification Program Advocate - Prevail, Inc. Prevail, Inc., a victim awareness and support program providing services to residents of Hamilton and surrounding counties, is seeking a full-time victim notification program advocate. Responsibilities include prevention...more

Homeless Management Information System Master Trainer - Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Master Trainer contributes to fulfilling the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority mission. The HMIS Master Trainer is responsible for meeting...more

Community Programs Coordinator - Classical Music Indy. (Full Time OR Part-time/Flexible if desired) Exciting opportunity for organized and creative professional interested in innovative community programs focused on diversity, the arts, senior communities, youth and children's...more

Community Liaison for Region 11 - Serving Madison and Hamilton Counties - Children's Bureau, Inc. The Community Partners for Child Safety Program is a free and voluntary program for families with minor children. The Community Partners program is a home based program that offers case management services by a...more

Finance/Accounting

Finance Director - Reach For Youth, Inc. Reach For Youth, Inc. is seeking a full time Finance Director. Ideal candidate will have a minimum of five years of experience with progressive growth in responsibilities and expertise. Bachelors Degree from accredited...more

Director of Finance - The Arc of Indiana. Immediate opening for a Director of Finance to join our team of staff. The Arc of Indiana is committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of learning, living, working and fully...more

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) - Volunteers of America Indiana. As a member of the Executive Team, the CFO is a key contributor in setting the vision and strategic priorities of the organization. The CFO, who reports directly to the President/CEO, oversees and manages all aspects...more

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Last week's jobs

Executive/Management

Executive Director, Fundraising and Special Events - American Diabetes Association. The American Diabetes Association has an exciting opportunity for the position of Executive Director for the Greater Ohio Chapter, which includes the Cincinnati, Columbus and...more

Executive Director - Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship. For 30 years, Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, a Clermont County non-profit, has served children and adults with disabilities such as autism, developmental disabilities, spinal cord and brain injuries, mental...more

Fund Development/Research

Director of Development - Indianapolis Art Center. Are you looking for an opportunity to take the lead in creating a robust fundraising culture? Are looking for a fun and creative environment where you can do your best work every day? The Indianapolis Art Center, located...more

Annual Fund Director - Franklin College. Franklin College's Development and Alumni Engagement Department seeks an Annual Fund Director to lead the College's integral philanthropy for our Franklin Fund for Scholarships. The successful applicant will manage...more

Director of Development - The Villages of Indiana, Inc. Reporting to the President & CEO, the Director of Development establishes and maintains relationships with donors, prospective donors and corporate and community partners in order to increase awareness, funding and...more

Administrative

Administrative Assistant - Indianapolis District Dental Society. Administrative Assistant in Professional Membership Association for Marion and surrounding...more

Retail/Resale

Restore Associate - Habitat For Humanity. Habitat For Humanity Of Hamilton County has two immediate openings for self motivated, customer service oriented Sales Associates in it's Westfield, IN Restore operation. Habitat's mission is to provide safe, decent, affordable...more

Goodwill Retail Guide - Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. seeks to address some of the serious social problems affecting our community. Goodwill Guides attempts to address the fragmented structure of the social services industry...more

Marketing/Communications

Communications Coordinator - Alpha Xi Delta. Alpha Xi Delta is a progressive organization dedicated to the personal growth of women. Throughout Alpha Xi Delta's long and proud history, she continues to enrich the lives of women throughout the world by emphasizing...more

Communications Coordinator - Arts for Learning. Reports to the President & CEO. Manages all communications (external, internal, board), marketing, coordination of events, graphic design, & will provide support to the President...more

Grants

Proposal Manager, Sponsored Projects Administration - Ball State University. Two professional positions available immediately. Responsibilities: facilitate comprehensive external grant proposal development and submission for Faculty/Staff in designated campus departments or units; provide support...more

Grant Manager, Sponsored Projects Administration - Ball State University. Professional position available immediately. Responsibilities: monitor and maintain grant accounts for sponsored project funds received by the university from federal, state, local agencies, non-profit, foundation...more

Programs

Information Analysis & Support Specialist - Early Learning Indiana. We are seeking an experienced analyst to assume the role of Information Analysis & Support Specialist. This individual will support both operational and strategic analysis and decision making to the organization. This position...more

Child Staff Therapist/Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC): Valle Vista - Adult and Child. Adult and Child has developed partnerships with residential care providers in which our highly trained clinicians work side by side with residential technicians to optimize the treatment environment for youth who experience...more

Program Officer - LISC Indianapolis. LISC Indianapolis invites applications for a Program Officer who will have a lead role in implementing LISC's economic development program-FOCUS. Fostering Commercial Urban Strategies (FOCUS) is designed to bolster...more

Volunteer Advocates Program Director - Center for At-Risk Elders, Inc. (CARE). The Center for At-Risk Elders, Inc. (CARE) is a non-profit, lawyer-led team of advocates guarding Indiana's neglected, abused, and exploited elders. CARE is seeking to fill the position of Volunteer Advocates Program Director...more

Finance/Accounting

Chief School Business Official / CFO - Christel House Academy. Christel House Academy, a growing network of high performing charter schools dedicated to serving low-income, urban children in Indianapolis, is seeking an experienced professional with comprehensive business and...more

Federal Grant Accountant - New Program! Early Learning Indiana. Get in on the ground floor of our new Early Head Start grant! Early Learning Indiana (formerly Day Nursery Association) has been awarded a 4.5 year Early Head Start (EHS) grant. This is our first foray into direct (not...more

Facilities

Maintenance Engineer - Center for the Performing Arts. Responsible for daily maintenance and coordination of in-house needs for productions and rentals. Some evening and weekend work will...more


 

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