Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
November 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.



"Nothing shapes our lives so much as the questions we ask." ~ Sam Kerr
Ask the Right Questions, Get Better Answers

When my son was in high school it seemed like we played "20 Questions" every day. He'd answer every question with as few words as possible.

Me: "Did my sister call today?"
Son: "Oh, yeah."
Me: "Did she leave a message?"
Son: "Yes."
Me: "Well, what did she say?"
Son: "Something about this weekend."

You get the idea. In order to get the information I really needed, I had to learn to ask the right questions, and usually in order. He taught me a valuable life lesson: Ask the right questions to get better answers.
The lesson applies to both critical thinking and innovation - something all board members need under their belts. Board members can be very comfortable with giving answers and finding solutions. But being a leader can be even more about asking questions. Rather than gathering more data, gathering more questions might invite more innovation and better decisions.

A "devil's advocate" may be the one to bring the right "extra" question. But there are other ways to introduce critical thinking into your discussions. Try out these questions:
  • How does this fit into our mission? (Always the first question to ask!)
  • How would you compare this to what we are doing now?
  • What if we reversed this idea?
  • What would happen if...?
  • How might we...?
  • How does this tie into....?
  • What are the implications of...?
When you hear new aha moments, you know you're on the right track. Try out another tool with this month's download, "Nonprofit Success - Four Critical Factors" featuring how boards can evaluate themselves and achieve success.
Getting to the Best Answer,

Bea Northcott
Training Associate


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Northern Region

Pay Right Now or Pay More Later
What the New FLSA Salary Rules Mean for Your Nonprofit

Confused about new overtime rules? You're not alone. Come with questions and leave with confidence and a plan of action.

If employees at your organization earn less than $47,476 then you need to know this information. Federal legislation has changed the rules regarding overtime exemption status for salaried employees. The implications for all employers, especially nonprofits, are many. Attorney Marty Lemert will discuss the new rules and the steps nonprofits should immediately take to remain in compliance with federal labor law. Marty will also lead a discussion about a variety of personnel management issues.

When: Wednesday, November 30, 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon EST
Where: Huntington First Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Rd, Huntington, IN
Presenter: Marty Lemert, Attorney and Partner, Fort Wayne office of Faegre Baker Daniels Law Firm
Sponsors: United Ways of Huntington and Whitley Counties
Cost: $25, includes snack and all materials; $35,  after November 18

ss Fundraising
Back by po pular demand. We are teaming up with United Way of St. Joseph County and Dave St e rnberg to offer his popular fundraising training to a new audience in South Bend.

Growing and maintaining your donor base is essential to fu ndraising 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.
Dave Sternberg has trained well over 2,000 fundraising professionals and volunteers in fundraising, nonprofit management, and governance across the United States and Europe.
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
It Is "That Time of Year!"
What topics would you like featured in our 2017 workshops?
The INRN Southern Region is planning the 2017 calendar of public workshops throughout the 24 southern-most counties in Indiana. What topics would you like featured in your area?  Board development, fundraising, better meetings, engendering trust, marketing, strategic planning...or something else that will help your nonprofit.
Submit your ideas today to June Miller, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region, (812) 421-7482. 

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Human Resources: Hiring Right and the New Overtime Rule
This presentation will cover how you can screen, interview, and hire applicants to get the best workforce possible and will also cover the new overtime rule. The program will include: 
  • Job descriptions - why they are important and what they need to contain
  • How to effectively recruit and retain employees
  • Legal requirements that exist when conducting hiring/best practices for the process
  • Background checks
  • Use of social media
  • Managing and terminating employees
  • Understanding the new overtime rule-FLSA overview, pay requirements, minimum salary rate, impact of the new rule, and what employers should do
When:   Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT
Where:  United Way of Madison County, 205 West 11th Street, Anderson, IN
Presenter:  Marty Lemert, Attorney and Partner, Fort Wayne office of Faegre Baker Daniels Law Firm
Cost: $35  
For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Easterm Region
Western Region
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The Board Recruitment Process 
Part of the Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series, this workshop will cover the fundamentals of board recruitment and help your board and governance committee develop a plan for recruitment. Like fundraising, board recruitment needs to be a process that cultivates prospects over time. Relationships are as important to develop as the skills these prospective board members have to bring. Put a plan into place, and start aligning your recruitment strategies with the goals of your strategic plan. 

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: The Lafayette Country Club, 1500 S. 9th Street, Lafayette, IN 47905
Presenter: David Sternberg, Loring Sternberg & Associates, BoardSource Senior Consultant

Fearless Fundraising for your Nonprofit

Part of the Greater Kokomo Nonprofit Learning Series, this workshop will help you learn the fundamentals of fundraising while also engaging your board in the process. Learn how to create a board that can fund raise, be accountable to one another, and ultimately impact the bottom line  of your organization!

Friday, November 11, 2016
, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST 
Where: St. Vincent Hospital Conference Rooms C&D, 1907 W. Sycamore Street , Kokomo, IN 46901
Presented by: David Sternberg, Loring Sternberg & Associates, BoardSource Senior Consultant
Cost: $15, includes lunch
For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.
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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: Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN
Presenter: Kim Donahue, Director, Agency Services, United Way of Central Indiana
Cost: $20, United Way agencies; $25, others
For more information, contact Beth Mussmann, Director, Nonprofit Training Center, United Way of Central Indiana.