Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
March, 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.
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I'll understand."
- Chinese Proverb 
Often we think of Staff and Volunteer Development as a retreat, webinar, seminar or some other formal educational offering. Of course, all of these are valuable and have a significant place in building the skills of your human resources and increasing organizational capacity. However there is value in less formal discussions and presentations.
There are smaller steps which can be taken on a regular basis.
Here are some ideas:
  • During an annual staff review, talk with staff and volunteers about the skills they currently have as well as the skills you and they would like to develop. What additional responsibilities are they ready to learn?
  • Give staff and volunteers a safe environment in which to explore and test their new skills.
  • Rotate some or all of the leadership of staff meetings. Give staff members who want to develop their facilitation skills the opportunity to lead discussions. Provide them with clear guidance before the meeting and follow-up with constructive feedback after.
  • Embed "Staff Development" as a regular agenda item for staff meetings. Each of your employees and volunteers has skills at which they excel: communication, facilitation, finance, fund raising, or a technology skill. Have staff members give a 10 minute "TED Talk" on their area of expertise.
  • Look beyond your volunteer board members' professional strengths and involve them in different ways. Recently, a volunteer with a finance background said she was tired of being pigeon-holed as the treasurer or a finance committee member. She had other strengths, such as creativity, which she wanted to use.
Continuous development not only helps build organizational capacity, it also helps with employee and volunteer retention.
This month's download focuses on Facilitation Skills. Use the tips to practice your skills and help develop your staff's skills as well. 
Involving others for growth,
Bea Northcott
Training Associate
 Welcome, Tonja Stokes!

Tonja began as the Western Regional Director on February 17. She comes to INRN with a rich nonprofit background including 12 years 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.  
  • 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 also 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, and she is English and Spanish bilingual.

You can reach Tonja on her cell, 765-412-8208, or at 317-921-1391, Ext. 117.
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Northern Region

Fundraising Essentials Workshop Series - Fort Wayne 
Meet the Funders - Friday, March 10
Meet representatives from United Way of Allen County, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, and The Foellinger Foundation. Learn more about the funding process in our community as our panelists discuss:
  • Types of grants offered and grant cycles
  • Criteria for selection of grant recipients
  • Accountability, what to expect after receiving a grant
  • Memorable grants made
  • Answers to your questions
Fearless Fundraising with Dave Sternberg - Friday, May 19
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 Dave Sternberg to offer his popular fundraising training in Fort Wayne. Dave has trained more than 2,000 fundraising professionals and volunteers in fundraising, nonprofit management, and governance.
The Journey to Grantsmanship with Nick Parkevich - Friday, June 2
Everyone wants to know how to secure a grant. Grant writing is both a skill and a talent. This workshop is designed to give participants a step-by-step process. You can bring an idea, proposal application, or guidelines to the workshop. Learn the types of funders and how to cultivate a relationship with them. Receive an overview of the grant writing process:
  • Design a grant management system
  • Craft a case for support
  • Define goals and objectives
  • Develop methods, work plans, and budgets
  • Create evaluation and sustainability strategies
  • Use the logic model
  • Manage reports and practice stewardship
Time: 9:00 am Noon ET
Where:  Sweetwater Sound, 5501 US 30 Ft. Wayne, IN
Cost: $40 per workshop / $75 for the three-part series if registered by March 9

Focus on Fundraising Three-Part Series - South Bend 
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
Fundraising 101 - Friday, March 24, 8:00 am - Noon EDT
  • Philanthropy trends and market share
  • What is your funding mix?
  • How to beset engage donors
  • Board and staff roles in fundraising
  • Grants and Special Events
  • Diversifying revenue streams
Presenter: Laura Macknick, Trine University 
Building a High-Functioning Board - Wednesday, April 26, 1:30 pm - 5 pm EDT 
  • Ten basic responsibilities of a nonprofit board
  • Top three board roles: an interactive discussion
  • Nonprofit organization life cycle
  • Expectations vs. requirements
  • Board engagement cycle -  how to recruit and engage board members
  • Board committee structure - what works for you?
Presenters: Karen Kuchar, Karen Hurley Kuchar Consulting, and Keith Sarber, INRN North Director   
Tell Your Story, Measure Your Impact - Wednesday, May 24, 8:00 am - Noon EDT
  • How did you make a difference in someone's life?
  • What do donors "buy"?
  • Tell the story - interactive role play
  • How do you measure that difference? Outputs vs. outcomes
  • Branding
  • How do you get the word out? Social media, newsletters, Constant Contact, etc.  
Presenter: Laura Macknick, Trine University

Where: T he Pfeil Innovation Center, 420 N. Niles Ave, South Bend, IN
Cost: $20 per workshop / $60 for the series

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.

  • 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

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 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
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.   

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, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Aly Sterling, Aly Sterling Philanthropy

Essential Elements of the Annual Fund and Raising More Money 
Wondering how to improve your annual fund revenue? It may be more simple than you think. This session will explore opportunities and review tactics that may well produce more revenue this year. Take a look at national trends and a close look at how you deploy your fundraising strategies with may yield better results. From direct mail, through events, to engaging your board see how your plan stacks up.
When: Wednesday, May 3, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Presenters: Nick Parkevich and Dave Sternberg, Loring, Sternberg & Associates

Public Image and Public Policy: Advocating for Your Mission 
When: Wednesday,  June 7, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Lucinda Nord, Indiana Library Federation 

Additional workshops will be held 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 (in advance) / $25 (on site registration) 
Questions: Tanis Monday, Putnam County Community Foundation, 765-653-4978, Cheryl Keim , Montgomery County Community Foundation, 765-362-1267 
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 EDT
Where: Crawfordsville Country Club, 3272 W. Country Club Road, Crawfordsville, IN   47933  
Presenter: Adam Clevenger, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
Legal Obligations of Boards and Maintaining Ethical Integrity 
When: Tuesday, April 11, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Where: Crawfordsville Country Club, 3272 W. Country Club Road, Crawfordsville, IN   47933  
Presenter: Phil Purcell, Ball State Foundation 

Engaging Millennials to Serve and Give
When: Tuesday, May 9, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Where: Crawfordsville Country Club, 3272 W. Country Club Road, Crawfordsville, IN   47933  
Presenter: Dr. Amy Thayer, Achieve 
Additional workshops will be held August 8, September 12, October 10 and November 14 at The Inn of DePauw, Greencastle, IN 

For more information, contact Tonya Stokes, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.
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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

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

Grant Writing for Beginners
Preparing well-written grant proposals is an essential element in the fundraising effort and sustainability of every nonprofit. This workshop outlines the most important elements of getting started in writing grant proposals that will result in additional funding. The benefit of this workshop will be a greater understanding of what is involved in grant proposal writing and more funding for your nonprofit.
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, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region
Cost: $30 United Way; $35 others

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