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


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Targeted Marketing Plan Sample


Volunteer Leader Training Manual


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Below are select offerings from each region. For the full listing of events and workshops go to our Searchable Calendar.


"Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."

                          ~ T.S. Eliot

Querencia: Fearlessly Forward 

Is your organization in a great place, abundantly equipped to take a big leap forward? The word "querencia" comes from the Spanish bullring.  In a classic ThinkSmart blog, Joyce Wycoff notes: When the bull stops for a moment and finds querencia - his place of safety - he becomes truly powerful. This is the moment he gives up fear. Organizations can tap the querencia moment for any purpose, such as taking your marketing plan to new levels. Consider some best marketing practices:


  • Which marketing strategies are your top performers? In the 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report,, Communications Directors give websites top importance while Development Directors prioritize events and direct mail. Executive Directors are in the middle trying to figure out where to invest tight resources. Embrace reality by evaluating as a team: website, Facebook, Youtube, print materials, and everything in-between. Do possible refinements warrant staff time? Examine each one's purpose and success factors within your capacity.

  • Are clear messages aligned across all departments, strategies/vehicles, and audiences? Once top marketing strategies are identified or refined, consider: Are your organizational results concise and told in a compelling way? Are calls to action used appropriately?

  • What's your "querencia" power moment? Which marketing strategy is ripe for launching or growing? By jumping off from a place of strength, risk factors are minimized. Are program results ready to shout from the rooftops? Is the new donor engagement touch point strategy ready to implement?


This month's free download (see link, left) provides tips and a sample targeted marketing plan. Plus, see a bonus download, the comprehensive "Volunteer Leader Training Manual." 


Flexed and Fearless,


Lisa Hanger

Statewide Director

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network 



If your organization serves women or you are a woman in nonprofit leadership this conference is for you. New information on breakout sessions is now available.

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The Millennial Project 

The most common age in America last year was 22. There were more 22 year olds than any other age group. Getting to know the millennial and, perhaps of equal or greater importance, millennials getting to understand and know you is what this mini-conference is all about.


When: Thursday, October 15, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM  EDT

Where: Sugar Grove Church, 58512 Old County Rd 17, Goshen, IN

Presenter:  Derrick Feldmann, Achieve

Sponsors: Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, The Elkhart County Community Foundation, and the United Way of Elkhart County

Cost: TBD


Answer: Understanding Outcomes

Question: What is the Outcome of an Outcomes Training?


Outcomes tell us "what happened" as a result of using resources and engaging in activities to improve the lives of people. Outcomes are the "change everyone wants to see." We will present an interactive learning experience on the outcome management process.


Participants will learn:

  • How to write clear and measurable outcomes, including particularly hard to measure outcomes

  • An understanding of outcomes and how they differ from outputs

  • Key terms

  • The benefits of outcome measurement

When: October 22, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Where: Adams Central Hospital, The Decatur Room, Decatur, IN

Presenters: Waldo Mikels-Carrasco, lead researcher for MHIN and, Keith Sarber, Northern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network  

Sponsor: The United Way of Adams County

Cost: $55, includes lunch and all materials 


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

Southern Region


Nonprofit Planning...Yes You Can!
junemiller The phrase "Strategic Planning" strikes fear in the hearts of nonprofit boards and staff members alike.  Even if you have successfully developed a plan, how often is it actually implemented?  Participants will leave this workshop understanding the framework of successful planning, whether it is for the next 3 months or the next 3 years.


When: Tuesday, July 14, 11:15 AM- 2:00 PM EDT

Where: Ivy Tech Community College, 509 Ivy Tech Drive, Room 2010, Madison, IN

Presenter: June Miller, Southern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network

Sponsor:  Community Foundation of Madison and Jefferson County

Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials

Registration: Information available at or contact Kelley Hoagland at 812.274.0243 or


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.  Attendees will gain greater insight into best practices in nonprofit governance and how to avoid common mistakes in their external communications and internal financial documents.


When:  Thursday, August 13, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM CDT

Where: Deaconess Visiting Nurse Plus, 610 Walnut, Evansville, IN

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

Sponsor:  Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Southern Region

Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials

Registration:  For more information contact Karen Williams,, 812-422-4100 


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

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Hiring Right: Use Your Senses, Your Good Sense, and Your Common Sense - Not Your Gut


This half day presentation will cover how you can best screen, interview, and hire applicants to get the best workforce possible.  We will cover what legal issues exist when conducting hiring and best practices for the hiring process.  Learn why job descriptions are important and what they need to contain in order to effectively recruit and retain employees.  We will discuss background checks, the use of social media, and other issues in the hiring process.


When: Tuesday, July 21, 9:00 - Noon EDT

Where: Hampton Inn & Suites, 2075 N. Michigan Avenue, Greensburg, IN

Presenter: Marty Lemert, Attorney and Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, Fort Wayne

Cost: Please contact Lesley Devine at 765-288-5586 #228 or


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

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Strategies for 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 fundraising plans.

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:  Tuesday, August  4, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where:  The Inn at DePauw, 2 W. Seminary Street, Greencastle, IN
Presenter:  Nick Parkevich
Cost:  $15 if paid in advance; $25 at the door


2 - part Millennial Workshop with Derrick Feldmann


Millennial Donors & Strategies for Engagement

Part of the AFP / Governance Lunch & Learn: The Millennial generation (age 20-30) is redefining how they connect, involve, and give to causes. Based on his book - Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement and years of research with the Millennial Impact Project, Derrick will help you understand the characteristics to this generation's participation with causes and what you can do to capture their attention, talent, and resources for your organization. He will also help you develop a Millennial fundraising and marketing call to action campaign. Derrick will highlight successful campaigns, components for success, and the approaches for the greatest response. 

When: Wednesday, August 5, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Where: Lafayette Country Club, 1500 S. 9th Street, Lafayette, IN
Presenter: Derrick Feldmann, Achieve
$20 (lunch included)

Millennial Board Members & Strategies for Engagement


Part of the Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series: In this intensive training, Derrick Feldmann will build upon his luncheon presentation (See AFP / Governance Lunch and Learn) and specifically address how Millennials can and do make great board members. From engaging Millennials through cause and giving, we can develop even deeper relationship through board service. Find out how engaging more Millennials in board service can broaden your circles of influence and add fresh perspective to your boards. 


When: Wednesday, August 5, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Where: Matchbox Co-Working Studio, 17 S. 6th Street, Lafayette, IN

Presenter: Derrick Feldmann, Achieve

Cost: $20



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

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Project Management (two part workshop,

must attend both days)


Project: A temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service. Join us for this two-day workshop to develop project management skills, review best practices and learn tips and tricks for successful project management. Please bring information about a future project or one that's currently underway.


  • Day One: Develop a scope of work to identify key deliverables, project roles and activities 
  • Day Two: Develop a management plan for moving through the project with alignment and clarity

When: Thursday, August 7 and Friday, August 8, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT, both days

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

Presenter:  Andrew Black, Andrew Black Consulting

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


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