Education and Training

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 continue to bring the Paul Clarke Leadership Series to Allen County!

Through this training initiative, we will be able to offer accessible and FREE 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 8:30 a.m., with doors opening at 8:00 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.

*Some sessions may start earlier than 8:30 a.m. or end before 11:30 a.m. Please reference the eventbrite registration for correct times. 

A Rest That Works: Strategies for Workplace Wellness

Through a retreat-like experience, A Rest That Works introduces no-cost, high-yield restorative rhythms that equip leaders and their teams to navigate 24/7 from a place of vibrancy, strength, and joy.

Presenter: Brenda Jank, Executive Director of Run Hard, Rest Well

Why Get Your CFRE?

CFRE certification serves as an impartial, third-party endorsement of your knowledge and experience against international standards in philanthropy. It adds to your credibility as a fundraiser and sets you apart from other professionals. Learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the CFRE application and test.


Frances Brooks MA, CFRE, Director of Leadership Gifts, Parkview Foundation

Rose Fritzinger MA, CFRE, Director of Parkview LaGrange Foundation

Communicating with Donors: Strategies that Work in Today’s Communication Environment

In today’s communication environment, it’s more difficult than ever to reach your audience and capture their attention—and the challenge is even greater for many nonprofits, given their limited resources. This session is designed to help your organization’s story cut through the clutter and resonate with prospective and current donors.


Anthony Juliano, Founder, Point Six Four Consulting and Training

Marty Pastura, Founder, Empowerment Advisors

Cultivating Major Gifts & Introduction to the Fundraising Report Card

Nonprofit ED/CEOs wear many hats and the challenges of finding time to focus on major gift fundraising efforts can be overwhelming. In this session, learn how to provide unique engagement offers and value to your best prospects and most generous investors.

Presenter: T.J. McGovern, Charitable Advisors LLC

This session was originally scheduled for April 2, 2020 and was rescheduled for July 22, 2020.

Building Trust: Creating a High Trust Team to Impact Outcomes

This workshop will focus on identifying behaviors that build and break trust; understanding and applying the competence- and character-based behaviors that build a trusting personal relationship; and, activities and actions you can take to build trust.

Presenter: Bea Northcott, Triple Impact LLC

Postponed to 2021 to allow for an in-person session.

Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know about Volunteer Management

Learn the fundamentals of how to start or expand your agency’s volunteer program and the various resources that can assist you in this task.

Presenter: Ani Etter, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center

How Assessments Can Help Improve Your Not-for-Profit

It’s common for employees to have annual reviews, but when was the last time your not-for-profit organization had one? On Aug. 18, join Zach Sauder and Josey Seabolt from Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Not-for-Profit Services Group to learn more about the value of organizational, operational, and financial assessments. These assessments, which include a cash flow analysis, are crucial for evaluating a not-for-profit’s current state as well as identifying areas for improvement. Attendees will explore the components of each assessment and will determine how to best implement them at their own organization.

Presenter: Katz, Sapper & Miller

How to Prevent Fraud at Your Not-for-Profit

Is your organization vulnerable to errors, fraud, or embezzlement? Without proper internal controls, it might be. KSM professions will describe the various types of internal controls for fundraising, cash receipts, payroll, and more.

Presenter: Katz, Sapper & Miller

Bridging the Gap at Your Not-for-Profit

Whether it’s to increase funding, pursue new opportunities, prioritize needs, or benchmark performance, a gap analysis can help an organization accomplish its goal. Learn how to establish goals for a gap analysis, the steps required to perform one, and how to apply a gap analysis to a variety of departments in your organization.

Presenter: Katz, Sapper & Miller

Fiscally Speaking: Financial Understanding and Oversight

Due to overwhelming interest in this topic (the March workshop for board members filled up in less than a week!),  we are offering a session that is open to both staff and board members.

Financial understanding and oversight is a critical responsibility of a nonprofit board. However, board members may not have experience understanding these financials. Learn what financial information you should be providing to your board.

Nonprofit Financial Training for Staff and Board Members will cover the components of nonprofit financial statements, basic accounting concepts and important questions that your board members will want to know during their review of the financials.

Presenter: Carrie Minnich, CPA, MAcct, Nonprofit Director with Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.

The Science of Stress & How to Manage it During the Holidays

What causes stress during the holidays? Learn methods to mitigate the risk of burnout and compassion fatigue, and how to minimize holiday stress.

Presenter: Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is excited to announce the new nonprofit calendar for education and training for Allen County Nonprofits! The calendar includes events submitted for Allen County nonprofits. If you have a nonprofit training, please submit it using the link below. If your event is at CFGFW, please remember to reserve a room.

If you have any questions, please contact Meg Saxman.

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