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April 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.
"Every minute you spend in planning saves 10 minutes in execution; this gives you a 1,000 percent Return on Energy!"
 ~ Brian Tracy 

Planning Before the Planning Meeting

Annual board planning retreats are critical to running a strong organization as well as running a strong board.

Benefits may include:

  • Reflecting on why the organization does its work; a rallying point to refocus and energize around the mission and current directions

  • Staying on top of goals, priorities, and progress

  • Reviewing possible changes in priorities in response to progress made, to challenges encountered, or to new issues requiring attention

  • Addressing staff/volunteer/funding alignment decisions around stated or revised priorities

  • Addressing serious changes requiring more intensive deliberations

  • Reviewing governance roles and responsibilities, for awareness and to identify aspects needing attention

  • Provide time for board members to get to know each other, to feel part of a vital team, and to respect each other's perspectives

The lead-up to the retreat is a crucial part of the process. Preparations might include:

  • Planning way ahead to maximize attendance

  • Drafting a schedule to ensure critical agenda items receive sufficient time; then finalizing the time

  • Including time for casual conversation, such as over a meal, to build teamwork and enhance relationships

  • Selecting a board or organizational assessment tool for an unbiased measure of performance and to strengthen overall governance

  • Identifying issues for long-term policy review, avoiding minutia

  • Choosing a small number of strategic planning elements to refine (or starting a new plan)

  • Reviewing bylaws for possible changes (or assigning them to a Governance Committee to review them and report back)

  • Building in time to debrief Next Steps so everyone has buy-in to the decisions made and to set up accountability

To help you prepare for your next strategic plan, download an organizational assessment tool, (see link, left) thanks to our partnership with Nonprofit Management Services, LLC.  


Sharpening the pencil,


Lisa Hanger

Statewide Director

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network 


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Fundraising Workshop


Dave Sternberg Growing and maintaining your donor base is essential to fundraising success. It may be 2015, and there may be new strategies...but what are the trends, and how can we best grow our revenue? Come analyze your results, modify your strategies and see what the sectors are experiencing.


David is a member of the faculty at The Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University's Fund Raising School, where he teaches Building the Annual Fund, Marketing for Fundraising, Managing the Capital Campaign, Principles and Techniques of Fundraising, and Developing Major Gifts.



When: Thursday, April 16, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM  EDT

Where: Elkhart County United Way, 601 County Road 17, Elkhart, IN

Presenter:  David Sternberg, of Loring Sternberg and Associates

Cost: $65, includes materials and lunch


Spring and Fall Nonprofit Learning Series


Location: United Way of St. Joseph County, 3517 E. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN

Cost: $40 for Series or $12 per Session


Telling Your Story 101
Thursday, May 28, 3:00 PM- 5:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Kevin Deary, BGC


Poverty Redo 2015

When: Thursday, June 25, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM EDT

Speakers: Lani Vivirito and Taya Grover, The Center for the Homeless



When: Thursday, September 24, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Waldo Mikels-Cerrasco, MIHN


Conflict Management

When: Thursday, October 22, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM EDT

Speaker: TBA


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

Southern Region

Mark Your Calendars for Second Quarter 2015 Workshops


May 6 - Evansville: Tips from the Bean Counters: Organizing and Interpreting Financial Data


May 12 - Madison: The Board's Role in Fundraising


June 18 - Evansville: Finding Grant Opportunities and Preparing Grant Proposals


July 14- Madison:  Nonprofit Planning, Yes, You Can!


Registration Info:  Check the INRN calendar at


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

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Measuring Outcomes 


Janice Replogle Managing outcomes needs to be integral to a nonprofit in order for its mission and for the nonprofit itself to be sustainable. The results of measuring outcomes can be shared with stakeholders and funders to illustrate the impact of an organization's programs and to demonstrate the difference the organization is making in the community and in the lives of individuals.


Learn about:

  • Outcomes thinking and the outcomes management model

  • Basic terminology

  • Short, intermediate, and long-term outcomes

  • Indicators  

  • Hard and soft data

  • The logic model

  • Sharing results

When: Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT

Where: Ivy Tech Community College Conference Center, 261 Commerce Drive, Marion, IN

Presenter: Janice Replogle, J/G Consulting, Loring, Sternberg and Associates

Sponsors: United Way of Grant County and Ivy Tech Community College

Cost: $20


Watch for This Spring Training Series


Leading and Valuing Employees 

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

Where: 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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Donor Communications and Retention


Part of the Wabash Valley Nonprofit Learning Series.


In this session, we will cover the tenets of effective written communications based on the principles of Tom Ahern, one of the foremost authorities on donor communication. We will show examples of his principles in action via various kinds of written communications, such as annual appeal letters, gift acknowledgements, and solicitations. The results of improved donor communications can be astounding when put into daily use. After all: it's not about you. It's about the donor.

We will also focus on what can be done about retaining donors and building donor loyalty based on the principles of Dr. Adrian Sargeant, the world renowned authority on building donor retention and donor loyalty. Dr. Sargeant's principles are based upon years of research conducted in the sector and can be used by any organization whether you are a one person shop or a large department.  We will show examples of his principles in action via various technology tools.  The results can be astounding when put into daily use.  As Adrian states "even a small change in retention of 10% can DOUBLE the lifetime value of your current donors."   


When: Thursday, April 9, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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

Presenter: Wayne Robbins, Bloomerang

Cost: $20


The Board and Staff Partnership and Executive Transition 


Part of the Wabash Valley Nonprofit Learning Series. Explore how the board and Executive Director both play important, yet different roles, and hear how your peers approach that balancing act. Bryan will share tools and strategies plus lead a discussion about contingency planning for key staff. We will also talk about how you can ensure your organization is prepared when your Executive Director departs - whether for retirement, another position, or board dismissal. 

When: Thursday, May 14, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

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

Presenter: Bryan Orander, President of Charitable Advisors and Publisher of the Not-for-Profit News in Central Indiana and Southwest Ohio

Cost: $20



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

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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



Creating a Marketing Roadmap


What are the tools in your marketing toolbox? We will brainstorm on goals, strategies, and the P's of marketing! What is available to help you reach your goals?


This will help you think about and define the "P's" of marketing for your organization and ways to utilize the tools effectively to help you reach your goals.


When: Wednesday, April 22, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT

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

Presenter:  Donna Martz, Aspire Consulting

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



For more information, contact Beth Mussman, Director, Nonprofit Training Center, United Way of Central Indiana.