Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
June, 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.
Deliberate Board Recruitment Pays Dividends

"Differences of opinion are not due to
differences in intelligence, but merely to the fact that we use different approaches and consider different things. For it is not enough to have a good mind: one must use it well. Those
who walk slowly can, if they follow the right path, go much farther than those who run rapidly in the wrong direction."
                ~ Rene Descartes
There are so many lessons about board governance to be learned from this noted philosopher.
Embrace diversity - Look beyond the obvious diversity of race, gender, age, and geography. One person who represents a specific constituency does not always represent the entire group. Seek out people with different viewpoints. Consider whether you should have the recipients of your services on your board. Diversity can result in conflict, but an open, honest, respectful dialogue usually results in better decisions.
Use minds well - Engage your board members from the start with a consistent, planned orientation and committee involvement. Make sure your board members have the right skill sets to contribute effectively. An active committee volunteer who works hard on implementing activities will not necessarily make a good board member.
Follow the right path - The most effective nonprofit boards are ones which take a slow, deliberate process to recruit, cultivate, orient, and engage new board members. Rather than looking for "warm bodies" to fill board positions, create a pathway to board membership.
This month's download provides additional thoughts on board recruitment.
Trying to follow the right path,
Bea Northcott
Training Associate

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network is pleased to welcome two new staff members! 
James Cramer, Northern Regional Director 
James brings more than 13 years of nonprofit experience to the role of Northern Regional Director. Most of his professional career has been spent working with Boys & Girls Clubs in a variety of roles, most recently as Associate Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Business Development. He also served as a Program Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, and Athletic Director. James has a rich understanding of nonprofit management, particularly related to board development, community engagement, fundraising, and operations. He is passionate about engaging and empowering other nonprofit organizations, employees, and volunteers to maximize their impact in the communities they serve. He firmly believes that every single person, from volunteers to the CEO, plays a vital role in order to achieve this goal.

One of his favorite quotes is "A leader is great, not because of his or her power, but because of his or her ability to empower others." John C. Maxwell 
James has spent his life in Northern Indiana, born in Bremen and residing in St. Joseph County. He received his BA in Psychology from Bethel College. He is a Rotarian and actively involved in his local church. James and his wife, Alicia, reside in Granger with their daughter and two dogs.

James replaces Keith Sarber, who returned to his previous role as Community Impact Director at the United Way of Elkhart County. 
John Ferguson, Outreach Manager 
John joins our team as INRN Outreach Manager, bringing a wealth of experience as a national officer and board member for his Fraternity, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, serving in a multitude of ways including governance, engagement, fraternal education, strategic planning, facilitation, thought leadership, and hazing prevention. He has served on multiple nonprofit boards over the past 15 years and loves helping nonprofits tackle issues strategically in new and exciting ways.

He recently completed his BA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (LFSOP) at Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis, graduating with highest distinction. He was named LFSOP's 2016 Chancellor's Scholar for his exemplary academic performance and extensive community involvement, including advocacy on behalf of the student population at IUPUI and grassroots community organizing around peacebuilding and alleviating child hunger in Indianapolis's poverty-stricken areas. John also worked as an intern with The Patachou Foundation helping lay the groundwork for expanding community service and increasing their overall impact. Prior to his academic endeavors, John was in hospitality management specializing in training new and existing team members to improve performance.

Training is his biggest passion (aside from live music and the Chicago Cubs) and he is excited to join INRN and work hard to improve the skills and capacity of philanthropy in Indiana.
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Northern Region

New public workshops coming soon.
Please join us in welcoming James Cramer, see above bio.

F or more information, contact James Cramer, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Northern Region.
Southern Region
2017 Lunch and Leadership Series

Watch your mail for details or check the INRN Calendar.


Seven Steps to Successful Strategic Planning
The phrase "Strategic Planning" strikes fear in the hearts of nonprofit boards and staff members alike.  Even if you have successfully developed a plan, how often is it actually implemented?   Participants will leave this workshop understanding the framework of successful planning, whether it is for the next 3 months or the next 3 years.  Plans created from this framework will be more likely to be successfully implemented.
When: Tuesday, August 8, 11:15 am - 1:30 pm EDT
Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Way, Seymour, IN
Presenter: June Miller, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
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
Cost: $20,  includes lunch and materials

Future Workshop:
  • November 9 - Crucial Conversations: Learn to Successfully Navigate the   Conversations You are Avoiding

We've Got to Stop Meeting Like This! The Secrets to Effective Meetings
All meetings, including those held by the board of directors, should be well run, productive, and a positive experience.  This workshop provides the information and tools to help you plan and participate in meetings that show results without frustrating those in attendance.  Leave prepared to make your very next meeting productive and worthwhile for everyone involved.
When: Thursday, June 7, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT
Where: Lifelong Learning Center, 1092 W. Community Way, Scottsburg, IN
Presenter: June Miller, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Sponsor: Scott County Community Foundation
Cost: $10,  includes lunch and materials
Register: Jaime Toppe at   


Fundraising:  Engage and Retain Donors
Don't lose donors.  Learn the best methods for retaining donors and building donor loyalty.
When: Thursday, July 20, 11:15 am - 2:00 pm CDT
Where: United Way of Southwestern Indiana, 501 NW 4th Street, Evansville, IN
Presenter: Steve Shattuck
Sponsors: United Way of Southwestern Indiana and the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Cost: $20, includes lunch and materials  

Future Workshop:
  • September 21 - Nonprofit Legal Update
For more information, contact June Miller, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region.
Eastern Region State of Indiana with Eastern Region Hightlighted

Two-Part Fundraising Series
Session 1: Planning, Organizing, and Promoting Special Events
It seems every organization today is trying to use the same type of special events to further the mission of their nonprofit organization. This session will be dedicated to exploring how you can create mission-based events for your agency. Learn about properly planning, organizing, and promoting every event.      
When: Tuesday, June 20, 9:00 am-12:00 pm EDT
Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, Meeting Room 2, 2800 West Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN 47306
Presenter: Laura Macknick, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors
Sponsor: United Way of Delaware County
Cost: $35 per session and $55 for both sessions
Session 2: Creating a Realistic Development Plan for Your Nonprofit Organization
With a multitude of media and information available to nonprofits on fundraising advice, organizations can be more overwhelmed than ever on deciding where to begin. Whether you are new to fundraising or have experience in the field and are seeking a fresh approach to planning for your resource development endeavors, this workshop will focus on practical strategies and tactical steps for creating a viable fundraising plan. Learn about:
  • Setting monetary and donor engagement goals
  • Planning various fundraising approaches
  • Incorporating annual appeals, major gifts, and planned gift opportunities
When: Wednesday, July 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm EDT
Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, Meeting Room 1, 2800 West Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN 47306  
Presenter: Laura Macknick, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors
Sponsor: United Way of Delaware County
Cost: $35 per session and $55 for both sessions 
Building a Strong Board and the Board's Role in Fundraising
Is simply having a board that can function a pipe dream? In this session, learn the top governance mistakes, how to avoid them, and what to do to correct them. Participants will understand basic board roles and responsibilities, appropriate board size and structure, and the proper ways to recruit, orient, and evaluate all board members. Plus, learn simple strategies and information you will need to move your board forward.
Is fundraising a challenge for your organization? Based on the BoardSource book Fearless Fundraising for Nonprofit Boards, authored by Dave Sternberg and on the BoardSource best seller list, this training also describes the important steps to take on how to transition your entire board into a functioning fundraising body. 

When: Thursday, June 29, 9:00 am-3:30 pm EDT
Where: Dearborn Adult Center, 311 West Tate Street, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
Presenter: Dave Sternberg, Senior Partner of Loring, Sternberg and Associates
Sponsors: Dearborn County Community Foundation and Dearborn Adult Center
Cost: Email Lesley Devine for more information or call 765-288-5586, Ext. 228.
Decatur County Series

Telling Your Story
During this workshop, learn how to use the limited time and resources you do have to get to the heart of the matter when talking to others, including funders, about the work of your agency.
  • Use the logic model to frame your organization's core narrative
  • Identify those individuals and groups likely to help support the work of your organization
  • Develop a broad "case statement" tailored to specific audiences-potential donors and funders 
When: Tuesday, June 27, 9:00 am-12:00 pm EDT
Where: Decatur County REMC, 1413 West Main Street, Greensburg, IN 47240  
Presenter: Mike Stone, Impact Strategies, Ft. Wayne  
Sponsor: Decatur County United Fund
Cost: Free for Decatur County Staff and Volunteers, $35 for other counties

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 many things 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, September 19, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT 
Where: To be determined  
Presenter: Adam Clevenger, CFRE, Senior Associate, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
Sponsor: Decatur County United Fund
Free for Decatur County Staff and Volunteers, $35 for other counties 

Richmond Series (final session) 

Board's Role and Responsibilities
When: Wednesday, September 27, 8:00 am - 11:00 am EDT 
Where: Reid Hospital, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374
Presenter: Nick Parkevich, CFE, Loring, Sternberg and Associates
Sponsor: Wayne County Foundation
Cost: TBD
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: The Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, North Central Health Services, United Way of Greater Lafayette, and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network.
Cost: $20 per person. Includes lunch.   

Public Image and Public Policy: Advocating for Your Mission 
What happens on the political scene affects every nonprofit. Yet, many nonprofits misinterpret lobbying restrictions or simply don't know where to begin advocating. Learn why it's critical to help decision-makers understand how your organization influences community well-being and learn the difference between lobbying and advocating for and educating about your mission.

Wednesday,  June 7, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Presenter: Lucinda Nord, Executive Director, Indiana Library Federation 

NOTE: If your organization has already purchased the series package and will be sending a representative on June 7th, please contact Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Western Regional Director Tonja Stokes. 

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. Crawfordsville-based workshops also receive support from the Hoosier Heartland State Bank.
Cost: $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 
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.
Central Region State of Indiana with Central Region Highlighted
Understanding Nonprofit Financials
This workshop creates a safe place to learn about nonprofit financials. Budgets, balance sheets, cash flow statements, restricted vs. unrestricted funds, and accrual vs. cash accounting will be explained in lay terms. Our presenter has spent extensive time providing controllership services for nonprofits.

When: Wednesday, June 7, 9 AM - Noon EDT
Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 2955 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis
Presenter: Molly Williams, Associate Director, mAccounting
Cost: $30, United Way agencies; $35, others

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