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March 2015
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Below are select offerings from each region. For the full listing of events and workshops go to our Searchable Calendar.
"I felt refueled."
"I really enjoyed hearing from other professionals about their challenges and successes."
"Fantastic topics that aren't offered often."
"So worth my time - practical, relevant, very empowering!"
"Fabulous, engaging, keynote speakers!"

 ~ Participants at the 2014 Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Ledaership

Save the Date: October 2, 2015
Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership
We are excited to announce Vicki Floyd Clark as one of our 2015 Keynote Speakers.


Vicki Floyd Clark has devoted the past 30 years of her life to building capacity in organizations and inspiring community leaders. A noted speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer, she has extensive experience in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Her work includes numerous specialty areas; board development, inclusion and diversity, leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, volunteer resource development, and effective communication.


Clark is a member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation's training and consultation team and a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource. She provides facilitation training and consultation to many national organizations and their local affiliates.  These organizations include, the Association of Junior Leagues International, Interfaith Youth Corps, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Prevent Child Abuse America, National CASA, St. Jude ALSAC, Literacy USA, United Way of America, the Association of African American Museums, United Methodist Church, and Literacy Powerline, among others.


For Vicki's complete biography, visit the multi-region event page on our web site. You might want to book mark the page because we will post more information about the symposium in the near future.


To get a taste of what the Symposium is all about, check out two featured resources featuring highlights from last year (links on left).


Marking my calendar,


Lisa Hanger

Statewide Director

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network 

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The Journey to Grantsmanship


While it may seem like grantmakers can 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 - 3:00 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

The Lawyer and the Accountant Can Be Friends. Really.
Guidance on Nonprofit Compliance and Legal Issues


Join us for a lively discussion of nonprofit compliance and financial reporting issues from the perspective of both an accountant and a lawyer.  Participants will gain greater insight into best practices in nonprofit governance and how to avoid common mistakes in their external communications and internal financial documents.  Have your nonprofit legal and accounting questions answered by experts in the field.


When:  Thursday, March 19, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM EDT

Where: Vincennes University, Jasper Campus, 850 College Ave, Jasper, IN

Presenters:  Scott Wylie, Attorney and Vanderburgh Community Foundation Executive Director, and Becki Alcorn, Finance Officer Community Foundation Alliance

Sponsor: Dubois County Community Foundation

Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials

Registration: On line at  or contact Karen Williams at, 812- 422-4100


Recruiting and Engaging an Effective Fundraising Board

Chuck Loring Back by popular demand, Chuck Loring returns to Evansville to continue his insights and experience in creating the effective fundraising board of directors. This workshop will focus on intentional board recruitment and how to involve board members in effective fundraising. Topics will include:


* How great boards create profiles before recruiting
* Assessing your organization's "fundraising culture"
* How to get your board to articulate your organization's value in the community
* The development process
* The three donor "must haves"
* Fundraising exercises to do with your board
* How every willing board member can be a great fundraiser 


When:  Tuesday, March 31, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM CDT

Where: Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center, 1901 Lynch Road, Evansville, IN

Sponsors: Welborn Baptist Foundation and Vanderburgh Community Foundation

Presenter: Chuck Loring, Senior Partner, Loring, Sternberg and Associates, and Senior Governance Associate, BoardSource

Cost: $49, includes lunch and materials

Registration:  On-line at or contact Karen Williams at, 812-422-4100


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

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Developing Your Fundraising Plan


Operating your organization without a fundraising plan is a risky proposition!  After all, who would serve the community if your organization went away tomorrow?  A sound fundraising plan engages your board, staff, volunteers, and those you serve by putting in place strategies to fund your organization's vision and creates a more sustainable organizational culture. In short, life is just simply better for those working at organizations with a fundraising plan! This hands-on session will provide participants with an outline for beginning the process of developing their own fundraising plan tailored to the specific needs of their organization. 


When: Wednesday, March 18, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT

Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, Assembly Hall A, Muncie, IN

Presenter: Nick Parkevich, Loring, Sternbergand Associates

Cost: $30


Watch for This Spring Training Series


Productivity and Customer Service
Thursday, March 12, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM EDT
Ball State University, Bracken Library, Lower Level, ERMR1


Leading and Valuing Employees 

When: Wednesday, April 15, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM EDT

Location: Ball State University, LA Pittenger Center, Forum Room


Team Effectiveness: Unleash the Group Genius 

When: Monday, April 20, 9:00 AM-11:00 AM EDT

Where: Ball State University, LA Pittenger Center, Forum Room


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

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Boards Guide to Financials: Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask


Part of the Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series.  Financial statements can be confusing, and the rules and terminology used by not-for-profits can add additional layers of complexity.  As a NFP board member, you have a responsibility not only to understand but to make decisions based on those financials you see every month/quarter/year. This seminar will walk through financial statements commonly used by not-for-profits, explaining purpose, elements, and relationships of all those numbers! This presentation will also define and explain the most often used ratios and other analytical tools for not-for-profits.  We will talk about the role and responsibility of the Board from a financial perspective and the different relationships an NFP board can have with the management team.  And, of course, answer questions about NFP financial statements! 


When: Wednesday, March 4, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST

Where: Lafayette Country Club

Presenter: Lynn Greggs, Simons Bitzer and Associates

Cost: $20


Strategic Planning: Road Maps for the Future


Part of the Wabash Valley Nonprofit Learning Series. Does your nonprofit have a strategic plan? And, more importantly do you use it? This workshop will discuss the importance of a strategic plan, various models of strategic plans, and the process to developing and implementing a plan that works. Vision, Mission, Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Tactics will be discussed.  If your previous or current strategic plan is sitting in a binder collecting dust or you are looking to begin the planning process for your organization, this workshop is for you.


When: Thursday, March 12, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Where: Ivy Tech, Center for Information Technology (CIT) Building, Room #H240, Terre Haute, IN

Presenter: Jillian Henry, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

Cost: $20



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 Beth Mussman, Director, Nonprofit Training Center, United Way of Central Indiana.