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Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the StateJanuary 2011
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Below are select offerings from each region. For the full listing of events and workshops go to our Searchable Calendar.

"What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places -- and there are so many -- where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."                                                                                         
                                                     ~ Howard Zinn   

Magnificent Motivations


What gives you the energy to give your best? About what vision, goal, task, or project are you most excited? Scan the year, now, to see what rises to the top. Does the target of your motivation match what is best for your organization? For your clients or members? If not, does your organization need new goals? Or do you?

Now consider, do you have adequate time and resources to give your best to your highest priorities? If not, what can you do to realign your resources, including your time? If you don't have flexibility to make needed changes, you may have to make small changes each day. Do something every day to move ahead on your top goals. As you give daily attention to your priorities, you are more likely to see related opportunities and be poised to take action.

In the new year, make your motivations match your preferred milestones.

Looking for brilliant beginnings, 


Lisa Hanger

Statewide Director

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

Northern Region

BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY:  Strategies for Professionals and Communities (Day One)

If your agency or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.
Bridges Out of Poverty represents a powerful tool for change. Participants will create a mental model of poverty, review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of hidden rules of class, resources, family structure, and language.
When:  Friday, February 4, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EST)
Where:  St. Mary's College, Lower Level of Student Union, Conference Room D, Notre Dame, IN
Cost:  $50, includes lunch and Bridges Out of Poverty book
Registration deadline:  January 24, 2011
Presenters:  Bonnie Bazata, Executive Director of the St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative (SJC Bridges)
Leah Zimmer, SJC Bridges Employment Specialist, directs the Future Story Project employment program

Please register online at 


For more information contact Kim Johnson, Director, Northern Region

Southern Region  


Bridges out of Poverty:  Strategies for Professionals and Communities

Jodi PfarrMark your calendar for this dynamic workshop on improving our communities, presented by nationally known speaker, Jodi Pfarr.

Bridges Out of Poverty provides both the social service provider and community member with key lessons in dealing with and improving the lives of individuals from poverty.

When: Monday, March 14, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CST)
Where:  Vincennes University Campus, Vincennes, IN
Cost:  To be determined
Presenter:  Jodi Pfarr, Minneapolis, MN
Registration:  Details will be provided as the date approaches

June Miller, Director, Southern Region.

Eastern Region   

Enhancing Your Professional Development (3-Part Series)

(IMPORTANT: please note, order of sessions has not been confirmed.  However the dates have.  More information to follow soon.) 


PART 1:  Communication:  Key to Professional Success


Regardless of the type of work we do, all of us must communicate effectively with other people, be they co-workers, supervisors, or clients to be successful.  Understanding your personal communication style and the styles of others will help you to do your job well and improve your work relationships.


When:  Friday, January 28, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
Details common to all three sessions:

Where: Ball State University Alumni Center - Meeting Room 1, 2800 Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN

Cost:  $20 per session or all three sessions for $50.  Lunch included.

Presenters:   Jeannine Harrold, Emerita Director, Ball State University Career Center

Sponsor:  United Way of Delaware County and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network - East

Registration:  Online registration will be available at

and go to workshop 


Save the Dates: 

PART 2: Friday, February 11, Professional Image

PART 3: Friday, Febrary 25, Defusing Emotionally Charged Situations 

2010-2011 Emerging Women Leaders Webinar Series 

Each of these sessions will be held at the Innovation Connector, 1208 West White River Blvd., Muncie, and will have an on-site facilitator for discussion
Upcoming Sessions in the Series: 
Leading Your Leaders:  How to Manage Upward
Wednesday, February 16

Purposeful Risk-Taking
Wednesday, April 20

Transitioning from Employee to Manager
Wednesday, June 15

Details common to all sessions:
Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST), optional discussion follows
Cost:  No fee
Sponsors:  United Way of Delaware County and funded in part by the Lilly Endowment
Registration:  You must pre-register to attend at and go to workshop

For more information contact Lesley Devine, Director, Eastern Region
Western Region 
Poverty Simulation

42.3 million Americans live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. The recent economic downturn has seen unemployment rates rise and the use of emergency food pantries increase.


It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day - the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in a Poverty Simulation.


Our Poverty Simulation provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. As one participant commented, "This welfare simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth "that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!" Following the simulation, participants have a chance to talk about their experience with other members.


If your organization or local community could benefit from an increased understanding of poverty, please contact the Jillian Miller, Director of the Western Region of the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network to schedule a simulation in your area at 765-413-6049 or

Central Region
Skill-Based Volunteering

Are nonprofits ready for skills-based corporate volunteers? This workshop will explore recent corporate trends in employee volunteerism, provide practical tips for starting a skills-based program, and examine proven techniques about engaging the corporate community. Appropriate participants include executive directors, volunteer managers, and others seeking meaningful ways to engage corporate volunteers.


When:  Wednesday, March 9, 2011, 9:00 AM - Noon (EST)

Where:  United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN

Cost:  $30, United Way agencies; $35, others

Presenter:  Alan Witchey, Director of the Volunteer Center, United Way of Central Indiana

Register online at: 


Grantwriting for Beginners

Start at the beginning with this two part training! Bring your grant proposal ideas and your questions!

Please bring lots of resource information about your organization and business cards! Learn how to:

  • use SAVI data to build your case 
  • write a case statement
  • research funding sources
  • develop a budget
  • manage the grant project
  • include a realistic project management and evaluation component.

When:  Tuesday, March 29 and Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 9:00 AM - Noon (EST) each day

            (must attend BOTH days)

Where:  United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis.

Cost:  $60 United Way agencies; $70, others

Presenter: Kim Donahue, Director, Nonprofit Training Center, United Way of Central Indiana

Register on line at:


For further information contact Kim Donahue, Director, United Way of Central Indiana Nonprofit Training Center