The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is dedicated to helping our local and area nonprofits succeed and make an impact in our community.

A few ways we help local nonprofits to succeed is by making trainings and education series readily available through our nonprofit calendar, we provide resources and access to grant money, and provide a 20% match to all gifts given to agency endowment funds.  

Learn how we make a difference for nonprofits in Allen County in our very first nonprofit video. If you have questions about the resources we provide to nonprofits, contact us today at 260-426-4083!  


The Community Foundation is excited to announce the nonprofit training and education calendar!

If you want to attend upcoming trainings you can find the information you need on the calendar. Or if you want to let us know about trainings and events you can submit them on the calendar’s page.


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 of Greater Fort Wayne. 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 11:30 a.m.  A light breakfast of fruit, pastry, and coffee is served. Click through the session topics below for detailed descriptions.

Join us for an overview of the important roles, responsibilities, and legal obligations associated with being a board member! Come with questions and leave with more confidence to best serve your organization. 

Presenter: Melanie Norton, Founder and Philanthropic Consultant, Norton Philanthropic Counsel

Learn how to create, maintain, and grow a dynamic board culture. A healthy and consistent culture allows organizations to operate smoothly and creatively, recruit effectively, and develop leadership from within in a sustainable way.

Presenter: Susan Decker, Senior Governance Consultant, BoardSource and Director of the Master of Leadership Development, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

What does “fiduciary responsibility” actually mean? As a board member or key staff not in charge of finances, what questions should you be asking to minimize risk and maximize efficiency? Learn these answers and more by participating in this session. Leave with more confidence in this important role.

Presenter: Phil Purcell, Senior Counsel for Philanthropy, Fellowship of Catholic University Students

Board and Staff each have a distinct set of roles and responsibilities. And some roles overlap! Is your organization working within clear roles? Learn how to end the “not my job” mentality and maximize capacity by establishing clear organizational structure and role clarity.

Presenter: Melissa Brown, Melissa L. Brown Associates, LLC

Strategic planning is paramount to the success and vitality of nonprofit organizations, but what happens once it’s created? Your strategic plan should be a living, breathing document, reviewed frequently and updated accordingly. Don’t let it become just a doorstop! Learn how to integrate implementation and review into your regular routine.

Presenter: Mike Stone, Impact Strategies

How protected is your data? Do you have the right systems and processes in place to minimize your risk when it comes to phishing scams and ransomware? Who has access to what data? Find out tips to prevent data breaches and minimize your risk as an organization no matter the size of your IT budget.

Presenter: Lucia Downton, VP Technology and Operations, United Way of Central Indiana

Telling Your Story: Making the Case for Donor Support, In-person and with Social Media

Do your current and prospective donors know exactly what your organization does? Could you tell them exactly why your role in the community is necessary and important? Does that message change when talking face-to-face or using social media? Find out why it should! Discuss adapting your story to different audiences, public or virtual. Join us to explore these questions together.

Presenter: Laura Macknick, Macknick Philanthropy Advisors, LLC

The Board’s Role in Fundraising / How to make the “Ask” and Bounce Back after hearing “No”

Learn how every board member should be involved in fundraising. But not everyone has to “ask.” If hearing “NO” is one of your fears, pick up some tips to bounce back and get the “YES” next time. Ensure the right resources are available to meet your mission.

Presenter: Tim Ardillo, Consultant, Johnson Grossnickle & Associates

Join us for a panel discussion with local donors and experts addressing topics like donor fatigue, stewardship, communication, and trust. Come with questions; leave with donor’s insights!

Presenter: Andrea Proulx Buinicki, President, Giving Focus


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. NEW this year: if you sign up for the Series Option, the cost is $275, a savings of $40. If you sign up for the Series Option, we ask that you appoint one contact person who will confirm attendance at least 5 days in advance of the session so that we can make proper arrangements for food and handouts. Major credit cards and Paypal are accepted through the online registration system.

How do I use the online registration system?   This 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 us a call at 317-441-5295!

See the Indiana United Ways FAQs page for more answers!

Access Powerpoint slides and documents from past presentations.

Reserve a Room

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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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