Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
April 2016
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Below are select offerings from each region. For the full listing of events and workshops go to our Searchable Calendar.
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm" 
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is contagious - spread it! 

What's a great asset in resource development and fundraising? Enthusiasm for your organization's mission and services! Many staff and volunteers can tell three stories, easily, about the impact their organization has on their community.

One volunteer might talk about the reading program that has increased test scores and school attendance. A staff person might note the tax assistance program that is bringing in thousands of dollars in refunds to low income residents. Still another could wax eloquently about the new neighborhood health clinic that's bringing health care closer to older residents.

It's a good bet that, in each story, enthusiasm for results comes out loud a clear. It's also likely that the story flows naturally because of:
  • Authentic belief in and knowledge of the organization's roles and results
  • Intimate involvement in the community, it's needs and aspirations

A well told story changes the composition of the listener's brain which releases oxytocin, a hormone which researchers have linked to affecting generosity by increasing empathy. So, what's involved in a well-told story when applied in a fundraising opportunity?
  • Select stories that connect constituent emotions to real results in improving people's lives
  • Build on existing enthusiasm by deepening knowledge about your organization's roles and results
  • Help board members and volunteers build their own repertoire of compelling stories by connecting them to real services and experiences where life changes are underway
  • Provide storytelling opportunities at networking and training functions so people can pick up on other's enthusiasm and connect to new stories they are inspired to pass along
Finally, remember that a good story is Individual, Meaningful, Powerful, Active, Concrete and Transformative. The more stories there are to tell and the more specific details there are to share, the greater the enthusiasm and impact on the listener.

Continue building great resource development practices by downloading this month's free download, Resource Development Committee Job Description,  see link, left.

Telling powerful stories,

Bea Northcott
Training Associate
Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network 
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Strategic Decisions for Sustainability

In today's rapid pace of change, nonprofit business models are quickly evolving and strategic decisions need to be made if organizations are going to be sustainable.  This interactive and practical training offers staff and board leaders an opportunity to define sustainability for their organizations, identify challenges and opportunities facing their business models, and prepare for immediate or upcoming decisions that will strengthen their organizations.
Based on Steve Zimmerman's new book, The Sustainability Mindset, this session introduces participants to the matrix map, a tool that transforms an organization's business model into a single, compelling image integrating mission impact and financial profitability.  At the conclusion, participants will leave with a tool they can use to engage staff and the board in the pursuit of sustainability.

When: Thursday, April 7, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Peabody Public Library, 1160 IN-205, Columbia City, IN
Presenter: Steve Zimmerman, Spectrum Nonprofit Services
Cost: $65, includes lunch and all materials

Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly

Rob Henson Now is the time to invest in planned giving.
What is a planned gift?  Learn this and more. 
With the retirement of the "Boomers" there is $41,000,000,000,000 (yes, that is trillion) dollars about to transfer from one generation to the next.  While the grant world is seeing a contraction, corporate giving is only moderately growing, planned giving is the next great frontier in fundraising.  Nonprofits that have a plan to access that market will be very successful.
Discover how to build a committee, identify the prospect, and make the approach.
All attendees will get free access to an e-course offered by Rob Henson. The e-course includes seven sessions that are based out of his upcoming book.

When: Thursday, April 14, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Where: Ivy Tech College Warsaw Campus, 3755 Lake City Highway, Warsaw, IN
Presenter: Rob Henson
Cost: $65, includes all materials, lunch, and access to 7-session e-course

Creating a Powerful Fundraising Plan

Laura Macknick Worrying is not a fundraising strategy

What would happen at your agency if you didn't have to be concerned each day about your funding?  What if you knew how much you needed to raise, for what purpose you were going to raise funds, who you were going to talk to in order to raise it, and when you needed the funds? 

This workshop will help you prepare for success in your nonprofit organization's comprehensive approach to development.  Participants of this workshop will receive the tools they need to put a plan in place for their organization following our session.  Staff of nonprofits, board members and community volunteers are encouraged to attend.  This workshop is designed for those both new to fundraising as well as those who are looking to improve upon their current development plans.

By the end of our session, you should have an understanding of:
  • Conducting an audit of your current donors and how to prioritize key relationships
  • Integrating your mission into a strong case for support
  • Identifying appropriate funding opportunities for your organization
  • Setting realistic development goals
When: Rescheduled for Friday, April 29, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
Where: United Way of Elkhart County, LaSalle Bristol Building, 601 County Road 17, Elkhart, IN
Presenter: Laura Macnick
Cost: $65 includes all materials and lunch
For more information, contact Keith Sarber, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Northern Region.
Southern Region

Meet Our Funders

Learn more about the funding process in our communities as our panelists representing our largest funders: Alcoa, Bussing-Koch Foundation, Old National Bank, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, United Way of Southwestern Indiana, Vectren, and Welborn Baptist Foundation discuss their grant making and answer your questions.
When: Thursday, April 7, 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
Where: Central Library, Browning Room, Evansvlle, IN
Presenters: Representatives from eight funding organizations
Sponsors: United Way of Southwestern Indiana and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Southern Region
Cost: $20, includes lunch
Register: Contact Karen Williams, 812-422-4100

The Boards Role in Fundraising

junemillerGetting members of a nonprofit board of directors to actively participate in fundraising can be one of the biggest challenges faced by a nonprofit.  The first step is to understand the nature and facts about charitable giving.  Secondly, it is important to understand that there are dozens of ways in which board members can fundraise.  Participants in this workshop will understand these two concepts and they will believe that fundraising is not begging, it is a values exchange.
When:  Thursday, April 14, 11:15 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
Where: Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN
Presenter: June Miller, Southern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Sponsors: Jackson County United Way and the Community Foundation of Jackson County
Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials
For more information, contact June Miller, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region.
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Eastern Region
Let's Practice Outcomes

Janice Replogle Capturing and communicating the outcomes of your programs and services are critically important to retaining the support of your funders, donors, and community partners. In this workshop, you will briefly review the major concepts and finalize your logic model. The remainder of the time will be spent practicing outcomes. Agencies are encouraged to bring outcome statements for individual critique, or for those comfortable doing so, group discussion. All staff can benefit from this training. 
The session will include:  
  • Exercises and worksheets that illustrate the process
  • Hands-on practice
  • Assessment of outcomes statements from agencies representing other communities
  • Review of the process for selecting measurement tools

When: Thursday, May 19, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Where: Ivy Tech Community College Conference Center, 261 Commerce Drive, Marion, IN
Presenter: Janice Replogle, J/G Consulting
Sponsors:  United Way of Grant County, Community Foundation of Grant County, Ivy Tech Community College
Cost: $10

Developing Your Fundraising Plan

A Nick Parkevichsound fundraising plan engages your board, staff, volunteers, and those you serve by putting in place strategies to help fund your organization's vision. This hands-on session will provide participants with an outline for beginning the process of developing their own fundraising plan that is tailored to the specific needs of their organization.
When: Thursday, June 9, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT
Where: Ivy Tech Community College, 2357 Chester Blvd., Richmond, IN
Presenter: Nick Parkevich, CFRE, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
Cost: TBA

For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Eastern  Region.
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Strategic Decisions for Sustainability


Steve Zimmerman Part of the 2016 Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series, this workshop will introduce nonprofits to a mindset of how to approach sustainability and provide tools of how to do so. "Sustainability is an orientation, not a destination,"author and founder, Steve Zimmerman says in his book,The Sustainability Mindset. Steve will provide an overview of sustainability and discuss the double bottom line of mission and profitability that nonprofits balance.

The Matrix Map will also be discussed as a tool that maps both the mission impact and the financial viability of an organization's activities, providing a visual image of the organization's business model in a manner that will foster discussion, provide strategic options for the decision-makers to consider, plus ensure they hold to both aspects of sustainability as they make decisions.

When: Wednesday, April 6, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Lafayette Country Club, 1500 S. 9th  Street, Lafayette, IN
Presenter: Steve Zimmerman, Spectrum Nonprofit Services
Cost: $20, includes lunch

For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.
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Generational Communication
(two-part workshop)

This workshop is designed to help organization members and leaders understand the styles of communication of different generations and how to encourage successful communication between generations to achieve goals. Join us and learn about your own communication style and how you can successfully collaborate with staff and volunteers by understanding the generations and how to capitalize on the strengths of each to serve the mission of your agency.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT
Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN
Presenters:  Rachael Candee, Community Impact Manager, UWCI, and
 Alan Witchey, Executive Director, The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention
Cost: $50, United Way; $60, Other

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

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