Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
June 2016
Regional Featured Events


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

"All organizations start with WHY, but only the great ones keep their WHY clear year after year."                  ~ Simon Sinek
Begin and End with "Why"
If you've ever spent much time around young children, you quickly learn they love to ask, "Why?"
"Why is the sky blue?"
"Why are my eyes green?"
"Why" is an easy word to learn and repeat and asking it gets them lots of attention. More importantly, it's because that's how children learn about their world. Then we go to school, where we learn more about who, what, where, when and how, and less about why. Noted educator Neil Postman remarked, "Children enter school as question marks and leave as periods."
Simon Sinek reminds us that success starts with asking "Why?"
A good board member can easily articulate what your organization does, when, for whom, where and how. A great board member can explain why it does what it does.
You operate an after-school mentoring program at an elementary school. Why? Because a child who is behind in school in the third grade has a higher risk of dropping out.
You provide free tax preparation services. Why? Because helping low income families claim all allowable credits increases their ability to save or pay bills, enabling them to become more financially stable.
Your organization provides services to persons with disabilities. Why? Because you envision a world in which all individuals with disabilities are fully included in their community.
Being able to articulate the why of what you do engages volunteers, staff, and donors.
Finally, when board members ask why it helps the organization fulfill its mission. Why are we making this decision? Why does that fit with our mission?
This month, check out a new free tool to clarify board, staff, and executive roles with a handy self-assessment (see link, left).  Plus, look for "Board's Tip Sheet for small-mid size organizations" thanks to our partnership with National Council of Nonprofits.
Always asking why,
Bea Northcott
IaUW Training Associate
Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership

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Breakfast Series
Get 'Em Talking!  Helping Your Team Break Through Communication Barriers
Communication isn't easy! Join uLEAD as we jump into several exciting and practical challenges that will help you better understand the value of healthier communication for your organization.
When: Thursday, June 16, 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM EDT
Where: Logan Center, 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN
Presenter: Ben Rheinheimer, uLEAD
Cost: $25, includes all materials and breakfast
Own It! Strategies For Your Organization To Foster Team Buy-in
Ownership means saying, "You will," is unnecessary because the employee has already said, "I will."  uLEAD will walk you through several activities that will help you start to nurture the ownership of your team in order to strengthen their leadership gifts.
When: Thursday, June 30, 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM EDT
Where: Logan Center, 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend, IN
Presenter: Ben Rheinheimer, uLEAD
Cost: $25, includes all materials and breakfast

uLEAD is committed to developing people's knowledge and practice of servant leadership.  uLEAD strives to bring out the goodness and gifts in every person, every team, and every organization it serves.

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

Southern Region

Finding Grant Opportunities and Preparing Grant Proposals

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network is pleased to partner with the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library to help nonprofit organizations learn how to search for grant opportunities and how to complete the grant proposals once they find them. Participants will be given hands-on instruction into use of the Foundation Center data base and will also review successfully completed grant proposals.  

When: Tuesday, June 28, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM CDT
Where: Central Library, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Evansville, IN
Presenter: June Miller, Southern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, and Nathan Jochum, Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library 
Sponsors: Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Southern Region and the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Cost: $39, includes lunch and materials

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

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 you with an outline for beginning the process of developing your own fundraising plan that is tailored to the specific needs of your organization.
When: Thursday, June 9, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT
Where: Hampton Inn & Suites, 2075 North Michigan Avenue, Greensburg, IN
Presenter: Nick Parkevich, CFRE, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
Cost: TBA

Share Your Message On a Shoestring: Marketing, PR, and Media Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
If you are new to marketing and promotions, a board member, a volunteer, or even a seasoned professional that just needs to refresh you skills and gain some new ideas for inexpensive ways to market your agency, this session is for you. This training will present tried and true methods to bring your organization's marketing and public relations efforts into sync at the most basic level.

When: Wednesday, June 15, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT
Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, 2800 West Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN
Presenter: Laura Macknick, MA, CFRE, Director of Development for Trine University
Sponsor: United Way of Delaware County
Cost: $30

For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Eastern  Region.
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Summer Communications Series
All Wednesdays in July
July 6 - Develop and Execute a Communications Plan
July 13- Write for and Work Effectively with the Media
July 20 - Create Content for Brochures, Newsletters, Websites, Social Media
July 27 - Meet the Media

When: 9:30 AM - Noon EDT
Where: Matchbox Co-Working Studio, Ivy Tech Room, 17 S. 6th Street
Lafayette, IN
Presenter: Kathy Mayer, Writer
Cost: $50 for series or $15 per session, participation is limited to 30 per session
For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.
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Storytelling for Nonprofits (Save the Date)
Sally Perkins is a teacher/consultant of presentational speaking and a professional storyteller. Join us to learn how to incorporate storytelling into your nonprofit's fundraising, development, marketing, and volunteer recruitment efforts.

When: Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Where: UWCI, 3901 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN
Presenter: Sally Perkins, Story Performer
Cost: TBD

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

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