Nonprofits are the backbone of our community. The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is dedicated to helping our local and area nonprofits succeed and make an impact in our community. One way we help local nonprofits to succeed is by making trainings and education series readily available through our nonprofit calendar.
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.
A strong working relationship between nonprofit staff and board leadership is key to the organization’s long-term success – both program impact and financial sustainability. Research has confirmed the importance of the Board Chair in setting the tone for the work of the board and the working relationship with the CEO.
Two sessions, led by different governance experts, will explore and discuss the kinds of working relationships that the Board Chair wants to establish with both the CEO and also with the broader board.
We encourage the Board Chair to attend both sessions and bring their CEO along to the first and their vice-chair or another executive committee member to the second.
Session #1 – Board Chair/CEO Partnership – April 25, 2019
- Speaker: Bryan Orander
- Attendees: Board Chair and CEO/ED pair
- Board Chair focusing attention on working with the CEO/staff and the attitudes, communications and operational role of this critical relationship.
Session #2 – Board Chair/Vice-Chair – May 14, 2019
- Speaker: Ruth Purcell Jones
- Attendees: Board Chair and next board chair or Executive Committee member (no CEO/ED)
- Board Chair focusing attention on the critical skills of leading the board as a high performance team
Each session will also include insights from the board leaders of local organizations who will share their experiences for discussion and reflection.
There will be two interactive sessions – Thursday, April 25 and Tuesday, May 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne (555 E. Wayne Street). Board Chairs should plan to attend both sessions. Lunch will be provided at both sessions.
Seating is limited to 36 attendees. RSVP by April 4, 2019. Please note that each person attending the seminar will have to RSVP individually.
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.
- FEBRUARY 7, 2019: Board 101
- MARCH 7, 2019: Board Dynamics and Culture
- APRIL 4, 2019: Financial Obligations & Legal Responsibilities
- MAY 2, 2019: Board vs. Staff Roles: Whose job is it?
- JUNE 6, 2019: Implementing & Reviewing your Strategic Plan
- AUGUST 1, 2019: Data Security
- SEPTEMBER 5, 2019: Telling Your Story
- OCTOBER 10, 2019: The Board's Role in Fundraising
- NOVEMBER 7, 2019: Donor Insights
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!
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 2019.
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 16-17 & Monday and Tuesday May 20-21
Developing Major Gifts: Monday-Wednesday, June 24-26
Annual Sustainability: Monday and Tuesday, July 22-23
Managing the Capital Campaign: Monday-Wednesday, August 19-21
Interested individuals are encouraged to sign-up as quickly, as seating is limited to 29 participants and spots are expected to fill up fast. Full details and registration information are available on the Indiana United Ways website at https://indiana-united-ways.squarespace.com/cfrm-registration-fw2019.
Reserve a Room
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
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.