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Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
January 2015
Regional Featured Events


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Strategic Planning Elements and Examples
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Below are select offerings from each region. For the full listing of events and workshops go to our Searchable Calendar.
"You can't be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute."
 ~ Tina Fey, from Bossypants

When to Take the Leap?


A new year seems to hold an enticing promise, right? We think, "This year will be the one in which we (fill in the blank) for our organization!" But it's notorious. New year's resolutions are forgotten within weeks or hours after the calendar turns. So how do you know when to move ahead, start practicing new habits, or take a risk? How can your organization move one step closer to its ideal?


One hint might be in the one-step-closer thinking. Many successful organizations have found that an 80% solution is better than waiting for a 100% solution with perfect partners and that miraculous funding package. Why? Getting started has so many benefits. For example: 

  • Starting small allows for a pilot-type experience. Consider narrowing your goal's focus to a smaller target audience or geographic area, shorter timeframe, or a scaled-back budget-friendly configuration.
  • Smaller targets allow time to learn and refine, test realistic outcomes, draw in new partners, build interest, and generate a small "buzz" while the format is manageable.

  • Test critical leadership needs while the scale is small.

  • Invitations to partner can come up unexpectedly. They can help "try on the new you," allow the new image and perspective to take shape and grow organically. What can be accomplished with the opportunity on the table? What's within reach?

  • 100% solutions and perfect factors may never materialize at the perfect time, place, and/or sequence.  

To ease jitters about moving forward, this month's free download (see link, left) clarifies the difference between key strategic planning elements: a goal, objective, strategy, and tactic. Modify a bigger goal and give the strategic planning features a whirl.


Sliding down the 2015 chute,


Lisa Hanger

Statewide Director

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network 

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Share Your Message on a Shoestring: Marketing, PR, and Social Media Strategies for Nonprofits

If you are new to marketing and promotions for your nonprofit organization or just need to refresh your skills in the communications sector, this training is for you. Laura, will present tried and true methods to help bring your organization's marketing and public relations efforts into sync at the most basic level. We will examine tactics for creating marketing plans, how to properly craft and distribute press releases and public services announcements, and meaningful media relations and how to maintain them. We will also touch on how social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, and Linkedin are changing how nonprofits communicate now and in the future. This training will go from the basics in nonprofit marketing to some of the most cutting edge technologies, all while focusing on the bottom line: how these techniques are relatively free or extremely low cost for your organization.

When:   Thursday, February 26, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM  EST
Where:   Peabody Public Library, 1160 Hwy 205, Columbia City, IN
Presenter:  Laura Macknick, Director of Development at Trine University
Sponsor: United Way of Whitley County
Cost:   $55, includes materials and lunch



The Journey to Grantsmanship

While it may seem like grantmakers can often make the process of securing grants mysterious and secretive; it is incumbent on you to simplify it for your own success. Most organizations operate an ad-hoc and responsive grant process as opposed to a proactive and strategic grantsmanship model where the best practices of resource development are applied to your grant processes.


The journey to grantsmanship begins with ensuring that your basic grant processes are functioning at the highest level and introduces new layers of engagement that will enhance your relationships with grantmakers and maximize the level of support a funder may offer you.


In this training Nick will offer insight into strengthening the core basics of your grant processes and provide strategies to move your organization further down the path of your journey toward grantsmanship.


When: Wednesday, March 11, 10:00 AM - 3 PM  EDT

Where: LaPorte County Library, 904 Indiana Ave.,  LaPorte, IN

Presenter:  Nick Parkevich, MPA,CFRE

Cost: $65 includes materials, and lunch


For more information, contact the Keith Sarber, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Northern Region.

Southern Region

Creating Personal and Organizational Change


Learn to see and use the six sources of influence to create profound and lasting change. Based on the national bestseller Change Anything:  The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, David Maxfield, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler


Lose weight, get fit, and stick with it; thrive in the midst of organizational change; save a faltering relationship; become financially fit; and so on.  What change are you struggling with? This workshop will help you understand and overcome the 6 sources of influence in everyone's life that work to prevent change, any change, from happening.


When:  Wednesday, February 4, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM CST

Where: Deaconess Visiting Nurse Plus, 60 E. Walnut,  Evansville, IN

Presenter:  June Miller, Southern Regional Director, INRN
Sponsor: INRN Southern Region 

Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials

Registration: Required for all participants by January 28.  On-line at  or contact Karen Williams at or (812)422-4100.


The Nonprofit Board of Directors that Works


This workshop reviews the essential responsibilities of every nonprofit board of directors, regardless of mission, size, or location.  Participants will leave with a better understanding of what the duties of a board are and with the tools needed to perform those duties.  Participants will also understand the foundation for a great working relationship between the lead staff person and the board.


When:  Tuesday, February 10, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Where: Ivy Tech Community College, 590 Ivy Tech Drive, Madison, IN

Presenter:  June Miller, Southern Regional Director, INRN
Sponsor: Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County 

Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials

Registration: Required for all participants by February 3.  Contact Kelley Hoagland at or 812-274-0243.


For more information, contact June Miller, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region.

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Eastern Region


Watch for 2015 Workshops Coming Soon


For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Eastern  Region.

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2015 Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series 

Steve Zimmerman February 4, Planning for the Future: Sustainable Nonprofits, Steve Zimmerman,  Spectrum Nonprofit Services


March  4, Board's Guide to Financials: Everything You Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask, Lynn Greggs, Simons Bitzer and Associates


Chuck Loring April 1, Strategies for Fundraising Boards, Chuck Loring, Loring, Sternberg and Associates, BoardSource certified


May 6, Toxic Charity, Robert Lupton,  Author of Toxic Charity


Susan Decker in Breakout June 3, Leveraging Board Member's Skills & Influence, Susan Decker, St. Mary of the Woods, BoardSource certified


July 1, Board Transformation from the Trenches, Peg Smith and Ann Sheets, American Camp Association


August 5, Millennial Board Members and Strategies for Engagement, Derrick Feldman, Achieve


September 2, Developing a Fundraising Plan, Angela White, Johnson Grossnickle and  Associates


philpurcell October 7, Legal and Ethical Integrity, Phil Purcell, Ball State Foundation


November 4, The Nonprofit Marketing Guide, Kivi Leroux Miller, Author of The Nonprofit Marketing Guide







For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.

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What Every Fundraiser Can Do To Stop Falling Retention Rates


This session explores the Fundraising Effectiveness Project report commissioned by AFP and the Urban Institute. The dismal news in this report can and should be an eye opener for every nonprofit engaged in fundraising. We will focus on the root causes of poor retention rates and offer tips for improvement based on the principles of  Sargeant and Ahern, two authorities on building donor loyalty. We will show examples of their principles in action.


When:  Wednesday, March 11, 9:00 AM - Noon, EDT

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

Presenter: Jay Love, CEO and co-founder of Bloomerang                           

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



Grantwriting for Beginners


Start at the beginning with this workshop. 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  and include a realistic project management and evaluation component.

When: Thursday, April 2, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, EDT

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

Presenter:  Toyin Martin, Your Vision Services

Cost: $60 United Way agencies; $70 others




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