October 18, 2022
What’s next?: Perspectives on how local nonprofits are moving forward in 2023
Several nonprofit employees share their personal insights a year after NFPN survey
by Shari Finnell, editor/writer, Not-for-profit News

How is Central Indiana’s nonprofit industry evolving? What’s next for 2023?

More than a year has passed since Not-for-profit News engaged 500 Central Indiana nonprofit employees as part of a “How Are You Doing?” survey. At that time, we wanted to know how the people who make up the nonprofit sector were faring during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, stay-at-home orders, and social and racial justice protests.

In September of 2021, a significant number of survey respondents (54 percent) said they were thinking about leaving their jobs within 12 months. And 72 percent said that their nonprofit’s stance on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work impacted them.

Recently, we contacted several survey respondents who were willing to be interviewed about what had transpired since last year.

While the nonprofit employees’ responses varied, it was clear that the unprecedented events in recent years significantly impacted how their organizations will fare throughout 2023 — either positively or negatively. One person decided to leave the nonprofit field as a full-time career, while others decided to stay in environments experiencing high levels of employee turnover. For some, the pandemic strengthened their resolve to elevate their nonprofit missions.

The following includes an overview of their responses.

Nonprofit veteran decides to quit 

25-year nonprofit veteran reported that she had decided to leave her job to launch a travel agency.

“I was not finding any value in working for this particular nonprofit,” said the employee. “I possibly was already on that course, but the pandemic escalated it. To me, this (travel opportunity) is more impactful than raising money for a scholarship or to keep the lights on. It’s filling my bucket, my sense of purpose. I’m encouraging people to travel to places they may not normally go. Writing fundraising copy just wasn’t cutting it anymore.”

Insights for fundraising this fall and beyond
Back to The Fund Raising School
by Pat Danahey Janin, Genevieve G. Shaker, and Sarah K. Nathan

As many friends of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy know, Achieving Excellence in Fundraising (first published in 1991) has become a bedrock text full of solid, practical advice for fundraisers and philanthropic practitioners. The 5th edition, released last spring, is no exception. The editorial team has rounded up some insights from the book to help jump-start your fundraising this fall.

1. Be empowered through self-reflection and rejuvenation. Make it a regular practice to recharge by revisiting your personal mission connection and your unique contributions to the organization, while also finding ways to keep growing and learning as a professional. Organizational leaders can lend their support through regular recognition, affirmation, and budgeting for professional development.

2. Keep an eye on community alignment. Pay attention to whether and how current community and beneficiary needs are shaping the fundraising case for support. Do beneficiaries have opportunities to provide input and are they represented in respectful and meaningful ways? Make changes accordingly.

3. Plan, plan, plan. Then work the plan! Fall is a great time for organizations to plan and budget for next year. Think ahead about what’s needed in the next twelve months. The fundraising team should be part of the organization’s overall planning process to ensure the fundraising lines up with strategic efforts.

4. Keep doors of communication open within your organization and don’t get siloed. Be a bridge builder among departments. This will enable you to understand evolving organizational needs and respond, while developing key internal relationships to facilitate your work.

Episode 22: Join Bryan Orander as he speaks with Damian Dunn of Your Money Line. Dunn shares insights about student loan forgiveness programs that could benefit nonprofit employees. He also talks about an innovative program that gives companies the ability to provide on-call financial advice and coaching as an employee benefit that enhances job satisfaction and retention.  Listen
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Grantmaking considerations and trends webinar on Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. As foundations consider how to align their grantmaking with mission, identifying trends and shifting priorities can raise questions about how to assess the financial health of grantees. Presented by FORVIS. Cost: Free. Register

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Equity report card for the city of Indianapolis Part 1 on Oct. 27 from 9-11 a.m. online or at WFYI Public Media, 1630 N. Meridian St., Reuben Room. Gain some insights about initial metrics on equity and provide input about what to measure and how. Presented by SAVI Talks. Cost: Free.

The Racial Equity Institute’s (REI) Groundwater Approach virtual interactive training on Oct. 28 at 9 a.m. Examine characteristics of modern-day racial inequity. Presented by The Indianapolis Foundation. Cost: Free. Register

Fearless asking: How to build an individual giving program on Oct. 29 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St. Learn about the current fundraising environment and overcome the fears that get in the way of asking for the support your nonprofit needs. Presented by the Indianapolis Public Library. Cost: Free. Register

Building your company's C-suite with fractional advisors on Nov. 2 from 3:30-6 p.m. at COhatch Broad Ripple, 6151 N. Central Ave. A panel experts will discuss how a fractional executive can help organizational leaders creatively solve problems, leverage opportunities, and move their organizations towards profitable growth. Presented by VonLehman CPA & Advisors. Cost: Free. Register

Festival of philanthropy on Nov. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian St, Carmel. Nonprofit executive directors, board chairs, and other leaders are invited to a collaboration on how to advance Hamilton County equitably. Presented by Hamilton County Community Foundation. Submit participation request by Oct. 25.
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