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Nonprofits are the backbone of our community, and the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne helps provide the fortification to keep them healthy and strong!

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Paul Clarke Leadership Series

With education comes knowledge, which leads to stronger, more viable nonprofits. It’s one distinct way we’re giving back to the organizations that give so much to our community.

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is pleased to be able to partner with Indiana United Ways and the United Way of Allen County to continue to bring the Paul Clarke Leadership Series Allen County!

Through this training initiative, we will be able to offer accessible and affordable monthly workshops to help local nonprofits maximize their impact, strengthen their organization, and gain valuable ideas to help safeguard their resources.

The monthly sessions will be held at the Community Foundation on the first Thursday of every month. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m., with doors opening at 8:30 a.m.  We recommend you arrive at least 10 minutes early to check in, get coffee, and get to get a good seat.  Sessions conclude at 11:00 a.m.  A light breakfast of fruit, pastry, and coffee is served. Click through the session topics below for detailed descriptions and registration links!

Effective leaders are visionaries who inspire others to bring their best to the game. Irrespective of your leadership experience, this session will bring a fresh perspective by exploring the universal traits strong leaders share and giving you the tools to create a personal power plan.

Presenter: Marilyn Kuhn
Chief Operating Officer,
Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Good marketing is more than a slick ad or a well-placed billboard. It takes messaging that resonates and intentionality. Not a how-to, but a hands-on, this session will walk you through creating a realistic marketing and communications schedule that your organization can actually execute.

Presenters: Leslie Galbreath and Public Relations Society of America
Chief Executive Officer,
dgs Marketing Engineers and Magenta Marketing Communications

While the money your organization raises or the number of people who benefit from your services is important, the difference you make is the metric that will really make yours a stand out organization! Learn simple but powerful ways to evaluate impact and communicate it to others.

Presenter: Tonja Stokes
Field Director,
Indiana United Ways

Have you sat through strategy session after strategy session only to have your strategic plan end up as a door stop? Dust it off, give it a re-read, then join us to get real advice about how to actually implement your strategic plan and see some results!

Presenter: Leslie Murphy
President,
Raybourn Group International

In his “7 Habits of Highly Productive People,” author Steven Covey contends that organizations become stronger when the team is more diverse. Varied experiences and perspectives bring different spheres of influence, better prepare organizations for challenges, help organizations work more effectively with their target audiences, and even give a funding edge with many grantors. This 2-part session will assist you in creating a more productive, responsive team by helping you assess your own organizational diversity and examining the products and language that help and hinder diversity and inclusion. Then, you will have the opportunity to receive expert technical assistance to develop a product – be it a Diversity and Inclusion Statement or a board recruitment plan – tailored to the needs of your organization.

Presenter: Aaron Eckhardt, MSW
Associate Director,
BRAVO (Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization)

In his “7 Habits of Highly Productive People,” author Steven Covey contends that organizations become stronger when the team is more diverse. Varied experiences and perspectives bring different spheres of influence, better prepare organizations for challenges, help organizations work more effectively with their target audiences, and even give a funding edge with many grantors. This 2-part session will assist you in creating a more productive, responsive team by helping you assess your own organizational diversity and examining the products and language that help and hinder diversity and inclusion. Then, you will have the opportunity to receive expert technical assistance to develop a product – be it a Diversity and Inclusion Statement or a board recruitment plan – tailored to the needs of your organization.

Presenter: Khalilah Shabazz, Ph.D.
Director of the Multicultural Center
IUPUI

For many of us, the evaluation section of the grant application process can be daunting. A logic model and a theory of change can help you show grant reviewers exactly how your program or project will make a real difference. Join us to get a grant writing edge by learning what a theory of change is and how to explain your impact using a logic model.

Presenter: Rachel Scott
Vice President for Resource Development and Community Impact
Indiana United Ways

Are nonprofit finances a mysters? Is planned giving baffling? This session is dedicated to unraveling the language on nonprofit finance, exploring planned giving and endowments, and interpreting financial documents and reports for sound decision making. Learn how to evaluate funding sources based on the costs and benefits associated with them.

Presenter: Bill Stanczykiewicz
Executive Director
The Fundraising School

Best practices aren’t just for newbies! Weather you’re new to a board of directors or have served for years, this session is a great way to get a handle on what’s expected, how board service looks different today compared to even just a decade ago, and map your personal board journey.

Presenter: Lanton Lee
Mid-Central USA Area Director,
Kiwanis International

You know your mission. You can tell a compelling story about why your organization is a stand-out. You understand how to measure outcomes rather than outputs, and your team is running well. Now, it’s time to put all of that to paper by developing the outline of a fundraising plan for 2019 under expert guidance.

Presenter: Laura Macknick
Principal and CEO
Macknick Philanthropy Advisors

Keeping board, staff, and stakeholders engaged is easier than you think; but it does take planning and intentionality. Join us to find out how to keep people motivated and excited about your mission. Learn how to make way for new ideas while preserving tradition.

Presenter: Lori Danielson
Principal and CEO,
GoTime Coaching, LLC

Q&A

Who should attend this series?  Anyone in nonprofit, but particularly board members and potential board members

How do I get the most of out this series?  Attend every session yourself because you will find that the learning builds on what came before and prepares you for what is to come

What is the cost?  Sessions are $35 each.  However, you can register for the June and July sessions at one time and enjoy a discount as these months represent 2-part sessions (though you do not need to attend both to participate, this approach is strongly encouraged). All sessions must be paid for in advance.by credit card/pay pal.

How do I use the online registration system?   The Indiana United Ways registration system functions just like an online shopping cart for your favorite store: make your selection(s) and load your cart.  To “check out,” you’ll go to your cart (there will be a yellow square that says “cart” in the upper right hand corner of your screen) and follow the prompts to pay.  When you’ve completed the transaction, you’ll get a confirmation email  Note that if you select the “Series Package Option” (meaning purchasing all the sessions in a series at one time), you will fill out your registration form as part of your check-out process.  If you want to purchase one or some of the sessions, you will complete and submit your registration form in order to get the link to load your shopping cart.  If you run into problems or just want someone to help walk you through the steps, give them a call at 317-660-8409!

See the Indiana United Ways FAQs page for more answers!

Access Powerpoint slides and documents from past presentations.

Certificate in Fund Raising Management (CFRM)

We know from local studies that our fundraisers and development professionals in Allen County are suffering from a lack of accessible and affordable development training programs and resources.   One recent indicator has been the above average turnover of development professionals in our area. We have been working diligently on a solution.

Through a 3-way partnership between the Community Foundation, Indiana United Ways, and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, we are exceptionally pleased to be able to bring the highly regarded Certificate of Fundraising Management program to Fort Wayne for the summer of 2018.

Until now, CFRM courses have only been available to nonprofits willing and able to invest in sending staff down to Indianapolis for several multiple day courses, making the program cost prohibitive for many smaller nonprofits.

The local four-course curriculum will begin in May and end in late August, with one course offered per month. Due to space limitations, participation will be limited to one person per organization. The total cost for the full course curriculum is $1,500 and participants must attend all four sessions in full. Each course will be taught by instructors from the Indianapolis-based Fund Raising School and will be held in the Chapman Room at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

The full course schedule and offerings are as follows:

Principles and Techniques of Fundraising:  Thursday and Friday, May 24-25 & Thursday and Friday, May 31- June 1
Capital Campaign: Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27
Annual Sustainability: Monday and Tuesday, July 23-24
Major Gifts: Monday-Wednesday, August 27-29

Interested individuals are encouraged to sign-up as quickly, as seating is limited to 28 participants and spots are expected to fill up fast. Full details and registration information are available on the Indiana United Ways website at www.indiana-united-ways.squarespace.com/cfrm-registration-cover.

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The Steininger Center for the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne was built in part to be a community resource for nonprofit groups to come together and meet. Reserve one of our rooms for your next meeting.

Establish an Endowment

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With as little as $10,000, nonprofit agencies can establish an agency endowment fund to start building an endowment that will provide income for your organization and mission forever.

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