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April 7, 2015

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Turning empathy into action

By Kate Hanisia, executive director and co-founder, Design Impact

Shiloh Turner, vice president for community investment, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

collective impact, and the foundation enables a forum for shared learning by providing in-depth technical assistance. Nonetheless, in the early days of the foundation's COP efforts, the groups found it difficult to make progress towards their goals as quickly as they wanted to.

Believing that a new tool might help, foundation staff researched a number of possibilities, landing eventually on design thinking -- a creative approach to problem solving where the wants, needs and limitations of the end user remain in constant focus. Practiced historically by businesses such as Procter & Gamble, Apple, and Google to uncover latent consumer needs, design thinking has also been used to discover new approaches and solutions to complex social challenges (for example, see "Design Thinking for Social Innovation"). The foundation hoped that this approach could help lead to similar breakthroughs in collective impact. Read more.

Is Excel making your nonprofit mediocre?

By Curtis Chang, founder and CEO, Consulting Within Reach (CWR)

Earlier this year, a consortium of five of the largest foundations in California joined together to provide significant new funding (up to $400,000 per grantee) to the state's highest-performing, youth-serving nonprofits. The foundations, according to an announcement, believed that the most important attribute among eligible recipients was eagerness to "transform their passion for helping disadvantaged youth into data-driven insights and practices that will help them deliver even stronger results" (emphasis mine).

Funders across the sector are increasingly requiring applicants to provide data that demonstrates programmatic impact. How will grantees fare in this new reality?

Here is a simple but powerful self-diagnostic: Are you still using Excel (or a similar spreadsheet platform) to track your clients? The answer may be more important than you think. To understand why, it is necessary to understand the fundamental limitations of a spreadsheet. Read more.

Research: 10 traits of innovative leaders

By Jack Zenger, CEO and Joseph Folkman, president, Zenger/Folkma

Many organizations would like their leaders to create more innovative teams. But how exactly should they do this? If you ask highly innovative leaders what makes them effective you are apt to hear, "Well, I don't know. I haven't thought about it." Or they will make something up that sounds compelling. But the fact of the matter is that people who excel at something aren't usually very good at pinpointing exactly what accounts for their skill.

So to find out more, we conducted our own study. We began by collaborating with a respected organization in the telecommunications industry whose leaders scored well above average on most managerial competencies. We identified 33 individuals who scored at or above the 99th percentile on innovation, as measured by their peers, subordinates, and bosses in a comprehensive 360-degree feedback survey. We believed these closest colleagues would have the most accurate view of what made this group of leaders stand out from the pack in this large organization. Read more.

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The cloud and cybersecurity

By Connie Spinelli, director, BKD

Companies are preparing to spend more on information technology (IT) in 2015, and security is among the top IT spending priorities. Recent headlines about security breaches play a major role in increased information security budgets, and fraud schemes are expecting to grow more sophisticated. If your organization's senior management and board has not already discussed ways to manage and mitigate cyber risk, it should -- and soon. This article discusses cyber risk as part an entity's enterprise risk management (ERM) program, using the tools provided in The Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) Internal Control -- Integrated Framework -- 2013 edition (2013 framework).

In January 2015, COSO released guidance on how its 2013 framework and 2004 Enterprise Risk Management -- Integrated Framework can help companies evaluate and respond to cybersecurity risks. The research report, COSO in the Cyber Age illustrates how the 2013 framework can help an organization confront and manage cyber risk using the five interrelated components of internal control: control environment, risk assessment, control activities, information and communication and monitoring activities. Risk assessment, information and communication and internal control activities are the primary focus. Read more.

People on the move

Community Solutions Inc., a community development consulting firm, has hired Cynthia Cunningham as senior consultant to provide evaluation and project management for health and human services organizations. She formerly worked for the Indiana State Department of Health as Chronic Disease Evaluator.

Kathryn Reinhardt joined Music for All as marketing coordinator. ? The Indy Star

The Indianapolis Public Library Board of Trustees appointed Jessica Trinoskey as manager of the College Avenue library branch. ? The Indy Star

Education Matters Southern Indiana has announced its first executive director. Bridgett Strickler previously served as director of Greater Louisville Inc.'s Degrees at Work program. ? Inside Indiana Business

Peter Froehlich has been appointed director of Purdue University Press and head of Scholarly Publishing Services in the Purdue Libraries Publishing Division. He has worked at Indiana University Press since 2006. ? Inside Indiana Business

Charles Christian has joined the Indiana Health Information Exchange as vice president of technology and engagement. He served as chief information officer of Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes for 26 years. ? Inside Indiana Business


Kroger's Reggie Henderson has been awarded the 2014 Community Service Award winner for The Kroger Co.'s Central Division for his volunteer work at the Center for Leadership Development, years of service at Indianapolis Public School 46, his help incorporating technical learning into Junior Achievement's JA Biztown program and his support of many other community organizations each year.

Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana has received a two-year, $250,000 grant from The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Inc. to support the nonprofit education organization's family engagement program.

Chosen Ministries received a $4,000 grant from the Carmel-based Moorehead Family Foundation to help low income single parents. The funds will be used to support Chosen's current programs.

Camp Little Red Door and the Robert T. Grand Leadership Academy will be held from June 21 to June 26. Applications are due May 1. Read more.

Professional development

The fundamentals of board governance on April 14 from 6:00 to 7:15 p.m. at East 38th Street Library, (5420 East 38th St.). Call 317-275-4350 to register.

Leadership across cultures on April 17, 24 and May 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During this three-day program develop cross-cultural leadership competencies essential to being competitive in today's global market. The sessions address global leadership, cultural competencies and communication. For more information, click here.

Boost your fundraising professional development in April and May. To register for the AFP Annual Spring Conference and education opportunities focusing on annual fund, campaigns, securing high capacity donors, check out the Association of Fundraising Professionals calendar. Learn more.

Measuring outcomes workshop on April 22 from 9:00 a.m. - noon at Ivy Tech Community College Conference Center (261 Commerce Drive, Marion). Cost $20 per person. Register online.

Alzheimer's Association education conference will be held on May 1 from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Marriott North (3645 River Crossing). For more information or to register, click here.

Professional skills for new fundraisers webinar on April 30 at 2 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.

Camptown can provide your staff with American Heart Association First Aid, CPR, & AED training at affordable rates. Learn more.

Can all nonprofits really be above average? on April 17 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Glendale Library Branch (6101 North Keystone Ave.). Join Bryan Orander, Charitable Advisors' president, for an interactive workshop to discuss a process that looks at an organization through the lens of the board of directors. To register, click here.

Non-Profit CFO Network on April 16 from 8:30 -10 a.m. at Lumina Foundation, 30 S. Meridian, Suites 700-800, Indianapolis. Check-in/networking beginning at 8:15. Topic: Shepherd Financial will provide a discussion about fiduciary liability for CFOs, as it relates to 401(k) and a broad overview of how to protect yourself and your organization, along with some best practice ideas. To register, click 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.

Trusted Mentors is seeking volunteer mentors for at-risk adults, including those previously homeless, low-wage earners, ex-offenders and young adults aging out of foster care. All mentors must be 21 or older, participate in a two-part training class and pass a background check. Training is April 16 and 23 or May 14 and 21 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. (782 Virginia Ave.). For more information, contact Craig Neef at cneef@trustedmentors.org, 317-985-5041 or click here.

Help create a world free of Multiple Sclerosis by volunteering for Walk MS: Indianapolis on April 25
between 6:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at Military Park (downtown Indianapolis). Learn more or register here or contact Tricia Bishop at tricia.bishop@nmss.org or 317-870-2520.

Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership (INHP) needs help for its annual Flamingo Flock fundraiser. Volunteers will move a minimum of four flocks of plastic yard flamingos in the Indianapolis area between April 27 to May 15. Approximately a 2-hour commitment. Must have valid driver's license, insurance and transportation. To volunteer, contact Jean Smith at jsmith@inhp.org or 317-610-4642.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana needs volunteers for the annual letter carrier food drive on May 9 to work at post offices sorting donations. Shifts vary during the hours of noon to 8:00 p.m. Last year volunteers sorted over 140,000 pounds of food! For more information, click here.

The Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel is looking for volunteers to work at the museum one or two regular days each month. Weekdays and Saturdays are 5-hour shifts and Sundays are 3 hours l. Docents greet guests, provide information on exhibits and sell in the shop. Training is available. Contact Jennifer Borman at 317-575-9466.


Donation: The Central District of the United Methodist Church has a 12-ft. long boat-shaped conference room table with 10 navy leather "captains" chairs for donation. Must pick up between April 15 and 24. Located in the United Way building (3901 N Meridian St.). Contact Robin Brown at central.district@inumc.org.


National news

12 reasons why you should gracefully resign from a nonprofit board. Are you a valuable and valued board member for a nonprofit? If not, a graceful resignation and reassignment may be good for you and the organization.

Top 10 innovative ways you can increase donations. Without adequate funds, it's difficult to promote your organization's distinct purpose and mission, the heart of everything you do. In this white paper we go into what research shows about how people prefer to donate, strategies for engaging donors, how to encourage reoccurring donors and much more. Download here.

Most charities exceeded fundraising goals last year, study finds.

Sponsors' insights

VonLehman Public charity: Why you might prefer it to a private foundation. The vast majority of tax-exempt organizations are Section 501(c)(3) groups and have a charitable, religious, educational or scientific purpose. If a 501(c)(3) group is not automatically classified as a public charity, it is a private foundation unless it demonstrates otherwise to the IRS. How does compliance differ for private foundations? Read more.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

UIndy/MAAS: Master's of Arts in Applied Sociology is a graduate degree program that prepares students for today's ever-changing world. Emphasis is on the practical application of social science research to solve contemporary social problems and develop skills for a variety of careers. Provides a strong foundation for Ph.D. programs.


Real estate

Get that extra office space leased or that extra building sold by using the new NFP News real estate section to let people know you have extra space, an extra building or even residential property for sale. Photos and a web link may be included to give readers more information. To learn more, contact Bryan at Bryan@CharitableAdvisors.com

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.


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, Human Resources & Diversity - United Way of Central Indiana. (Internship, May - August 2015) The Intern provides coordination, support and assistance with events, projects and functions of the Human Resources Department. This Intern will also receive a broad overview of the day...more

Intern, Back Pack Attack Central Indiana Northwest - United Way of Central Indiana. (Intern, May 20 - August 7, 2015) Provide support and coordination of United Way of Central Indiana's Back Pack Attack in Boone County. The intern will handle the logistics, communication needs, and documentation to ensure...more

Intern, Back Pack Attack, Central Indiana North - Hamilton Co. - United Way of Central Indiana. (Temporary - Intern, May - August) Provide support and coordination of United Way of Central Indiana's Back Pack Attack in Hamilton County. The intern will handle the logistics, communication needs, and documentation...more

Intern, Communications - United Way of Central Indiana. (Internship, May 2015 - August 2015) The communications intern will work with the Marketing team to create clear, compelling, SEO-friendly content for United Way digital communications. Concentration will be in the...more

VISTA position, Nutrition Programs - Indy Hunger Network. (Beginning June 8, 2015 - One-year term) VISTA members placed at IHN work directly with the Board President and will develop partnerships with non-profit and government entities to expand access to healthy food...more

Americorps VISTAs - The Oaks Academy. Are you a recent college grad or current college senior looking for a 'gap' year of service or a way to get real-world experience before you start your career? The Oaks Academy is hiring 4 Americorps VISTA members...more

Intern, Communications/Development - Children's Bureau. Looking for a social entrepreneurship? Children's Bureau is looking for CREATIVE, IMAGINATIVE and ENERGETIC intern(s) to work as a collective intelligence in developing multiple, complimentary social media campaigns...more

This week's jobs

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President - Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, OH). Archbishop Moeller High School is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and visionary individual who is a practicing Catholic and is deeply committed to Catholic education. The President is the Chief Executive Officer of the school...more

Executive Director - Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis. The Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis, has engaged us to conduct a search for a passionate leader as its Executive Director who is called to the mission of being a catalyst for the working together as the body of Christ...more

Assistant Executive Director-Property Development Specialist - Partners In Housing. Partners In Housing is searching for a passionate and energetic Assistant Executive Director that will eventually transition into the Executive Director role. Based in Indianapolis, the nonprofit organization owns and...more


Administrative Coordinator (part-time) - Reach For Youth, Inc. Reach For Youth, Inc. is looking for a part time Administrative Coordinator for our Greenwood, IN office. Ideal candidate will have a passion for serving youth along with the ability to multi-task in busy counseling office...more

Fund Development

Development Assistant and Database Manager - International School of Indiana. The International School of Indiana is a private school with ~600 students from Pre-School (age 3) thru 12th grade. The Development Assistant and Database Manager is a key member of the Development team, reporting...more

Database Manager - Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites. The Database Manager will be responsible for maintaining the development database, analyzing data, pulling fundraising lists and reports via data mining and organizing prospecting and cultivation tasks for the Indiana State...more

Event Assistant - Music for All. Music for All is seeking qualified candidates for Event Assistant Position. This position is a full-time position, including a competitive benefits package and salary. The Event Assistant works under the direction of the Events...more


Merchandise Coordinator - Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. The Merchandise Coordinator manages all aspects of the Crown & Co. merchandising program, including merchandise development, inventory management, order processing, customization and financial record...more

Membership and Communications Associate - LeadingAge Indiana. LeadingAge Indiana is looking for an energetic, self-motivated individual to assist with various membership and marketing...more

Director of Communications and Marketing - International School of Indiana (ISI). The International School of Indiana (ISI), with ~600 students, is a pre-school through Grade 12 independent, non-profit school established by business and civic leaders in 1994 to support the participation of Indianapolis...more


Chapter Auditor - Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. The Chapter Auditor monitors chapter finances to ensure chapters follow all financial polices determined by National...more

Chief Financial Officer - 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


Construction Coordinator - Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County. The Construction Coordinator reports to the Director of Field Operations of Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County...more

Human Resources

Vice President of Human Resources - CICOA. Immediate opening for Vice President of Human Resources at CICOA. Successful candidate will direct all of the people functions of the organization, be responsible for human resource strategic planning to provide the best...more

Director of Human Resources - Adult and Child. Adult and Child is currently seeking a Director of Human Resources to serve as a strategic leader in the development of people strategies and solutions that result in the delivery of exceptional care and business success...more

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Last week's jobs


Executive Director - Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center @ Crooked Creek. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer of the Center and is accountable for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic direction of the organization. The Executive Director is also responsible...more

Chief Executive Officer - Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC). Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC) is seeking a Chief Executive Officer with strong leadership abilities, who will bring vision and an innovative member-focused mindset to this 80-year-old, industry-leading organization...more

Administration/Customer Service

Bilingual Administrative Assistant - St. Mary's Child Center. Administrative Assistant will be responsible for front office duties and provide translation assistance for staff and Spanish speaking preschool children and families...more

Church Office Administrator (part-time) - First Congregational Church, UCC. An immediate opening is available for a part-time Office Administrator position averaging 30 hours during the school year and 10 hours in the summer. Administrative support is given to the Church including: pastor...more

Fund Development

Business Development Manager - Downtown Indy. Downtown Indy exists to improve Downtown Indianapolis. It is the city's official nonprofit organization empowered to address critical issues that affect growth well-being and user friendliness of Downtown Indianapolis...more

Chief Development Officer - Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Founded in the 1930's, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park offers families a place to come together and connect with history, science, nature, art and most importantly one another. Conner Prairie is one of the top magnetic...more

Senior Director of Development, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering - Purdue Research Fdn. The Purdue Research Foundation has an opening for a Senior Director of Development in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The mission of the Purdue Research Foundation is to advance Pu rdue University's...more

Database Coordinator - Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA). The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is seeking a Database Coordinator to serve as a valuable team member within their comprehensive fundraising program. The successful candidate will focus on the gift processing...more

Foundation Relations Officer - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Are you a great writer? Do you love education? We're looking for an individual with grant writing and grant management experience to help develop relationships with foundations in support of innovative learning experiences...more


Chapter Development Specialist - Sigma Theta Tau International. Our purpose is to support learning and professional development of nursing professionals through knowledge dissemination. Our 130,000 active nurse members reside in countries across the globe and are recognized...more

Director of Affiliate Programs - Habitat for Humanity of Indiana. Habitat for Humanity of Indiana (HFHIN) is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry seeking a highly motivated individual to serve as a direct link to our affiliates in the field. A successful candidate will have...more


Staff Accountant - Indianapolis Art Center. Are you looking for a small, supportive environment where you can do your best work every day? Are you tired of the cold bureaucracy of the corporate world? The Indianapolis Art Center is looking for someone who is organized...more

Accounts Receivable Clerk (part-time) - Division of Homeland Ministries, dba Disciples Home Missions. The Accounts Receivable Clerk will secure revenue by verifying and posting receipts; resolving...more


Associate (part-time) - St. Mary's Child Center. Part Time Associate position to assist Lead teachers in the classroom instructing 3-5 year old preschool children utilizing the Reggio...more

Substitute (part-time) - St. Mary's Child Center. Part Time Substitute position to assist Lead and Associate teachers in the classroom instructing 3-5 year old preschool children utilizing the Reggio Emilia curriculum and/or assist with before...more

Caregivers - Senior Home Companions. If you have a passion for directly helping people and tangibly impacting their lives, Senior Home Companions could be a wonderful place for you. From connecting clients with friendship and companionship to...more

Client Coordinator - Senior Home Companions. If you have a passion for directly helping people and tangibly impacting their lives, SHC could be a wonderful place for you. SHC serves older adults in Indianapolis with our unique blend of personalized assistance...more

Project Coordinator, Center for Aging & Community - University of Indianapolis. The Center for Aging & Community (CAC) at the University of Indianapolis is seeking applicants for a Project Coordinator. This is a full-time, twelve-month, exempt staff position. This position is funded by a grant beginning...more

Coach / Administrative Assistant - Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. Rock Steady Boxing's mission is to empower people to "fight back" against Parkinson's disease. We are looking for a special person to join our team and make a real difference in the lives of people with Parkinson's...more

Resource Facilitator - PACE, Inc. The Brain Injury Resource Facilitator is intended to support client, family, state agencies, discharge planners/case managers, medical and allied health team personnel, employers and the organization in achieving...more

Employment Advisor - Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. The Employment Advisor coordinates and manages the recruiting, intake, eligibility, enrollment, orientation, advising, and follow-up activities for Mission Advancement members and their family who are in need of employment...more

Youth Therapist (part-time) - Reach For Youth, Inc. Reach For Youth, Inc. is looking for part time Youth Therapists at our Indianapolis and Greenwood locations. Candidates must have MSW or MFT from accredited school, licensed by the State of Indiana as a LSW, LMFT or...more


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