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Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
September 2015
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Community Input - A First Step in Strategic Planning



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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 want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center."
~ Kurt Vonnegut
Putting the "Stretch" in your Strategic Plan   
Excellent news! The Board agreed to update the strategic plan. Staff are in full "prep" mode. Exciting ideas are bubbling up. It's time to be ruthlessly strategic about what to keep, start, and explore further. It's also time to get beyond the traditional environmental scans, frame thought-provoking questions and have real conversations before the onsite strategic planning begins.
Bestselling author and marketing guru, Seth Godin, notes, "The pain comes from falling in love with your status quo... If the world isn't different, no need to make a new decision. The only question, then, 'Is the world different now?"
So how does your organization get beyond small annual refinements and take creative but measured risks? Often, somewhere between the opportunities and threats assessment the nerve to innovate disappears without a trace. That's where a "stretch" goal comes in. Take any goal and explore what a "stretch" would look like. Go bold and be really creative. By characterizing it as a "stretch" goal there is implicit permission to actually explore! It's easier to have a healthy dialogue while ensuring services and strategies are fresh and responsive. Manage risk by doing a pilot first. In 3-5 years, what would your board/clients/stakeholders/staff look back on and be grateful that they tried?
Finally, once a stretch goal is defined, remember to build in steps to nurture the brazen new thinking and give it a spirited chance.
Take a look at this month's download on first steps to strategic planning, see link, left.
Doing the strategic stretch,

Lisa Hanger...

P.S. Seats are filling up! Early bird registration ends September 4th for the Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership! As we wind down our 20th anniversary celebration, join us for amazing ideas, inspiration, rejuvenation and so much more in 4 Tracks:
Personal Development, Leadership & Management, Fundraising, and Communications & Professionalism.

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.

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Schedule at a Glance


Breakout Sessions (all confirmed)
Map of Indiana with Northern Region HighlightedNorthern Region
Creating Organizational Culture You Can Rely On Through Strong Leadership

Culture as a concept has had a hard time of it. Can you enhance culture? Can leadership create a workplace culture you desire? Creating a strong organizational culture through leadership is based around:

*Servant leadership
*Putting people first
*Compassionate collaboration; and
*Moral authority

You will take an interactive learning experience toward understanding that leadership begins by enabling others to strive for, accomplish and exceed their goals. Want to learn more, gain the tools you need, and be the kind of leader that you would follow? Join us.

When: September 24, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Where: LaSalle Bristol Building, 2nd Floor,  601 County Road 17, Elkhart, IN
Presenter: Ben Rheinheimer, uLEAD
Cost: $65, includes lunch and all materials 

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
Keynote Speaker:  Derrick Feldmann, Achieve
Presenters: Faiz Khoja, Stifel Investment; Amber Grundy, Camp Fire: Myles Robertson and Nalani Stolz, Birdsell Project; Ritch Hocstetler and Ben Rheinheimer, uLEAD
Sponsors: Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, The Elkhart County Community Foundation, and the United Way of Elkhart County
Cost: $65, includes all materials, keynote, and lunch

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 Memorial Hospital,  1100 Mercer Avenue, 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

Millennial Donors and Strategies for Engagement


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:  Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM CDT

Where: Central Library Browning Room, Evansville, IN

Presenter:  Derrick Feldmann, President, Achieve Guidance

Sponsors: Koch Bussing Foundation and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Southern Region

Cost: $29, 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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Eastern Region
Strengthening Your Nonprofit During Times of Change. Sponsored by the United Way of Delaware County.
Anchor Strategy: Preparing for the Unexpected MikeStone
The purpose of this workshop is to help nonprofits become better able to cope with continual change and uncertainty by equipping them with an "anchor strategy" comprised of three core elements of nonprofit strategy.
  •  The Core, which defines what we do, for whom, and why
  •  The Strategy Driver, which determines what business we are in
  •  The Strategy Boundaries, which determines what we will not do
When: Tuesday, September 15, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, Meeting Room 1, 2800 West Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN
Presenter: Mike Stone, Impact Strategies
Cost: $20
The Tough Calls: Making Strategic Program Decisions

In times of increased competition and declining resources, nonprofits must rely on sound, objective, consistent information about program performance to make decisions about how best to allocate the available resources, even if it means collaborating with other providers. You will learn:
  •  A strategic framework to provide the context for decisions
  •  A process, based on the belief that how you arrive at a decision can be just as important as the decision itself
  •  The tools to accomplish the task
When: Tuesday, September 29, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, Meeting Room 1, 2800 West Bethel Ave., Muncie, IN
Presenter: Mike Stone, Impact Strategies
Cost: $20

Stop Making the Governance Mistakes That Hurt 
Dave Sternberg Is simply having a board that can function a pipe dream? In this session, learn the top governance mistakes, how to avoid them, and what to do to correct them. Understand basic board roles and responsibilities, appropriate board size and structure, and the proper ways to recruit, orient, and evaluate board members. Plus, you will learn simple strategies and information needed to move your board forward.
Is fundraising a challenge for your organization? Based on the BoardSource book Fearless Fundraising for Nonprofit Boards authored by Dave Sternberg and on the BoardSource best seller list, this training also describes the steps on how to transition your entire board into a functioning fundraising body.

When: Thursday, September 24, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites, 2075 N. Michigan Avenue, Greensburg, IN
Sponsor: Decatur County United Fund
Presenter: Dave Sternberg, Loring, Sternberg and Associates
Cost: Please contact Lesley Devine at 765-288-5586 #228 or

For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Eastern  Region.
Western Region State of Indiana with Western Region Highlighted
Conflict Management for Staff and Volunteers + Recruitment Strategies

Part of the Fall Session of the Nonprofit Learning Series, Alan Witchey, who led the United Way of Central Indiana Volunteer Center for over six year and has recently been appointed to Executive Director of CHIP Indianapolis, will share his vast expertise in volunteer management. This session will focus on how to address conflict when it arises, especially in the delicate relationship that exists between staff and our much needed volunteers. These conflict management strategies will benefit any organization. Alan will also give us his biggest tips when recruiting volunteers... and how to avoid conflict through clear communications right from the start. Please join us next week for this valuable opportunity. 
When:  Thursday, September 3, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Where:  Corporate Square, 1st Floor Conference Room,2901 Ohio Blvd., Terre Haute, IN
Presenter:  Alan Witchey, Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention
Cost:  $20
Marketing and Crafting Your Message

Do you have a consistent message - a story that you, your staff, your board can relay when speaking about your organization? The team of the Nonprofit Division of Bohlsen Group has designed this workshop to help you compose and fine-tune your organizational narrative, and use data to effectively market that narrative for best success. Various marketing strategies using multiple forms of media will be discussed in a setting that relies on hands on activity and attendee interaction. Story telling is what marketing is all about, and every nonprofit has a story to tell. What's your story?
When: Tuesday, October 6, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Inn at DePauw, 2 West Seminary Street, Greencastle, IN
Presenter: Andrew Hayenga, Bohlsen Group

A Day with Phil Purcell
Ethical Fundraising 
philpurcell Part of the AFP/Governance Lunch and Learn, This seminar will review the best practices for ethical fundraising.  Ethical standards of practice will be used to explore specific issues relative to protecting confidentiality, avoiding conflicts of interest, assuring competent advice, compliance with legal rules, and fair compensation.  Dealing with donor restrictions on gifts with appropriate negotiation and documentation will be explored in detail.  Case studies will be used to share specific "real world" examples of ethical violations.  Questions and discussion will be encouraged!

When: Wednesday, October 7,  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Where: Lafayette Country Club, 1500 S. 9th Street, Lafayette, IN
Presenter: Phil Purcell
Cost: $20 (lunch session)

Legal and Ethical Integrity: Avoiding Fraud and Lawsuits 
Part of the Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series, This highly interactive seminar will review legal and ethical requirements and best practices for nonprofit governance and management.  The discussion will include a review of responsibilities of volunteer boards of directors, other volunteers and staff. Specific topics will include policies and procedures for avoiding conflicts of interest, private inurement and self-dealing, as well as best practices for legal documentations, accounting, IRS reporting, fundraising, donor relations and more. Both state and federal laws considerations will be shared. Questions will be encouraged.
When: Wednesday, October 7,  12:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Where: Lafayette Country Club, 1500 S. 9th Street, Lafayette, IN
Presenter: Phil Purcell
Cost: $20 (afternoon  session)

Designing a Fundraising Plan

Do you have a fundraising plan? What are your strategies? Do you have measurable objectives to see if you're making progress? Is the return on investment worth your time? Part of the Wabash Valley Nonprofit Learning Series, this workshop will help participants craft a mission based plan for both board and staff and provide them with direction on how to achieve their fundraising goals. 
When:  Thursday, October 8, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT
Where:  Corporate Square, 1st Floor Conference Room, 2901 Ohio Blvd., Terre Haute, IN
Presenter:  Susan Decker, Board Source Certified Governance Consultant and Faculty at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College
Cost:  $20

For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.
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The Role of the Board President

Being a board president requires leadership, diplomacy, and meeting management skills. If you are a board president or moving into a leadership position on a nonprofit board, this workshop can provide tools and techniques for understanding group dynamics, handling conflict, and conducting effective meetings.  This is a workshop for board members only.
When: Wednesday, September 23, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN
Presenter:  Kim Donahue, Director, Agency Services, United Way of Central IN
Cost: $20, United Way agencies; $25, others 

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