Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
December 2016
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.

"Chance favors the prepared mind." - Louis Pasteur
Strategic Planning Requires Planning

The most important meeting of the year was coming up. It would determine whether or not the new direction would be supported and take hold. It would finalize who was on board, who might remain skeptical or on the sidelines.

Madelyn, an experienced Executive Director, had done her homework. She had identified the current supporters and evaluated the other's concerns. She had met over several months with the Board Chair and a special task force represented by various agency constituents which served as a sounding board. This approach and the capable leadership of the Executive Director, Board Chair, and Task Force Leader had brought them far.       

Their preparations included:

  • Drawing out aspirations for serving their constituents in the best possible ways
  • Reviewing trends and forces for change
  • Evaluating current best practices in their field
  • Gathering community aspirations, listening closely to their target market as well as their partners, colleagues, and others whose ideas could impart new insights
  • Checking for organizational and constituent readiness for change
  • Analyzing relevant data and studies
  • Holding hefty staff discussions, working through their recommendations and anticipated questions
  • Defining the overall goal
  • Developing clear strategies toward the goal

While it may be common and very tempting to take a half day behind closed doors with only the board and key staff, even greater results are possible when you add others to the conversation. Strategic planning is a great time to "Turn Outward," hear from constituents and stakeholders and infuse the process with innovative thinking.

This month's download is a selection of highlights from the 4th Annual Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership. All of the insights are valuable, but the quotes from Kitty Campbell, Leadership Lafayette, on "Maximizing Your Community" relate to turning outward and making deeper connections.

Planning for the future,
Lisa Hanger, Statewide Director, INRN

Map of Indiana with Northern Region Highlighted
Northern Region

Fearle ss Fundraising
Growing and maintaining your donor base is essential to fundraising success. There may be new strategies... but what are the trends and how can we best grow our revenue? Learn how to analyze your results, adjust your strategies, and see what the sectors are experiencing. Develop a plan, build your board, and engage donors.

Back by popular demand. We are teaming up with United Way of St. Joseph County and Dave Sternberg to offer his popular fundraising training to a new audience in South Bend. Dave has trained well over 2,000 fundraising professionals and volunteers in fundraising, nonprofit management, and governance.
When: Wednesday December 7, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, EST
Where: United Way of St. Joseph County, 3517 E. Jefferson Boulevard, South Bend, IN
Presenter: Dave Sternberg, Lorning Sternberg & Associates, BoardSource Senior Consultant 
Cost: Special rate of $40 includes snacks and all materials

For more information, contact
Keith Sarber , Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Northern Region. 
Southern Region
Mark your Calendars for 21017 Lunch and Learn Leadership Series

Sponsored by Jackson County United Way, Community Foundation of Jackson County and the Greater Seymour Chamber of Commerce

  • 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

Sponsored by the Scott County Community Foundation

  • 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

Watch your e-mail and the web site calendar for information.

For more information, contact June Miller , Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region. 

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Contact Us to Schedule a Custom Retreat or Workshop

Annual board retreats and regular strategic planning are best practices for highly successful boards.

For more information, contact Lesley Devine , Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Eastern Region. 
Western Region State of Indiana with Western Region Highlighted
Stay tuned for more practical and engaging workshops coming in 2017!

For more information, contact Jillian Henry , Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region. 
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Pencil In These Upcoming 2017 Workshops on Your Calendar
Creating Videos for the Web and Social Media (a two-part workshop )

When: Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24, 9:00 AM to Noon EST
Presenter: Derik Hughes, Multimedia Specialist, United Way of Central Indiana
Cost: $60 United Way; $65 others
(Please note that a laptop, cell phone and USB charging cable are required materials)

Nonprofit Budgeting
When: Thursday, March 16,  9:00 AM to Noon EST
Presenter: Linda Diakite Karessey, President, Insight Financial Group, LLC
Cost: $30 United Way; $35 others

Grant Writing for Beginners
When: Wednesday, April 12,  9:00 AM to Noon EST
Presenter: June Miller, Southern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Cost: $30 United Way; $35 others

All workshops will be held at United Way of Central Indiana in our new location at 2955 N Meridian Street, 46208. We are excited to host you at our new office space!

For more information, contact Beth Mussmann , Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Central Region.