Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
August 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.
"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't."
  ~ Frank A. Clark"          
More than One Right Answer = Stronger Decisions
Is there a devil's advocate on your board? What value do they bring? One nonprofit board president insisted that board members take turns being the "devil's advocate" at board meetings. Whatever the topic, the designated "arguer" was expected to present objections or arguments from opposing viewpoints in order to circumvent a quick consensus.
Many board members uncomfortable with this role saying, "Being argumentative is not in my nature." After a while the board members became accustomed to the new dynamic, not because they enjoyed arguing, but because they saw the value of avoiding hasty decisions just to get along. Critical thinking is important because there is usually more than just "one right answer." But most people stop looking for a solution when the first one is found.
Another view supports nearly the opposite, to look at the bright side, first. One creative thinking and problem solving model asserts that the sequence of discussion matters a great deal. In our Western culture, new ideas are killed off too easily before their merits are understood - missing new opportunities or breakthroughs.
Board/committee/staff members might ask, "What are the benefits or positive sides of this idea?" "How might this work?" Then, as new possibilities are explored, ask two questions in concert: "What are the drawbacks or limitations of this idea?" and, "How might we minimize or eliminate the limitations?"
How can your organization ensure that different perspectives bring great value? The payoff can be much stronger conclusions and decisions.
This month's free download features a volunteer processes evaluation tool (see link, left).
Critically thinking,
Bea Northcott
Training Associate
Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership
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Revving Up Your Resource Development
Lunch and Learn with Dave Sternberg
The economy is revving up, your fundraising program should be as well.
We are teaming up with Dave Sternberg again to offer his popular fundraising training at a discounted rate in Ft. Wayne.
Growing and maintaining your donor base is essential to fundraising success.  There may be new strategies, but what are the trends, and how can we best grow our revenue?  Come to learn how to analyze your results, modify your strategies, and see what the sectors are experiencing.
When: Thursday, August 18, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana
             10008 Dupont Circle Dr. E
             Fort Wayne, IN
Presenter: Dave Sternberg, Loring, Sternberg & Associates and BoardSource
Cost: $25, includes all materials and lunch
Here Comes the "BOOM" Mini-Conference: 
Boomer Engagement in Nonprofit Strategy
If you were thinking Boomers are of no use to your organization, you may need a "BAMF" on the forehead.
The Boomer generation is equipped to help in a variety of ways. Over the next 40 years Boomers represent an enormous wealth transfer, a potential $20.6 trillion in charitable giving alone. "KAPOW!" The generation has also "SMASHED" the concept of the "encore career," with retirees "SOCK"-ing their experience and skills into volunteer roles or paid "second act" jobs which have a positive social impact. Come prepare your nonprofit to benefit from Boomer engagement. The day will be filled with interactive presenters and training culminating in a keynote luncheon with Vicki Floyd-Clark.

When: Thursday, September 8, 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Sugar Grove Church
             58512 Old County Road 17, Goshen, IN 46528 
Keynote: Vicki Floyd-Clark
Speakers: Glenn Stutsman, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters
                 Sharon Smith, Program Director, DEKKO Foundation
                 Karen Sommers, MS Ornish Program Director, Beacon Health System
Cost: $65 includes luncheon keynote and all materials

Leveraging Generational Differences
in the Workplace: Lunch and Learn
"Why won't they put down their phone and make eye contact?"

"Where will I find the time to give Millennials all the feedback they think they need?"

Sound familiar? If so, you're seeing the impact of generational differences in your workplace. And, while your default may be to think "your way" (insert your generation here) is the best way, the reality is every generation has valuable talents, knowledge, and work styles to contribute to the workplace. Take the leap and join us to learn about the "ghost stories" that have shaped the values and behaviors of each generation. Gain insight into the common "sticking points" around these generational differences and learn a process for leveraging these generational differences as strengths in the workplace.
When: Tuesday, September 15, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Logan Center, 2505 E. Jefferson Blvd.
           South Bend, IN 46615
Presenters: Erin Cressy, Ph.D., Mickey Hay, Ph.D.
Cost: $25, includes lunch and all materials

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

Southern Region

What You Should Know Before Joining a Board of Directors

Are you thinking of joining a nonprofit  board of directors because you care about the mission of the organization?  Do you think that joining a board might also be a good way to learn about the community or might even help in your career?  If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, this workshop will help you make a smart decision.  We will discuss everything you need to know before joining a nonprofit board of directors and how to find the organization that is the best fit for you.
When:  Thursday, August 11, 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM EDT
Where: Community Foundation of Jackson County
            107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN
Presenter: June Miller, Southern Regional Director, INRN
Sponsors: Jackson County United Way and
                 The Community Foundation of Jackson County
Cost: $15, includes lunch and materials
Register: E-mail Tonja Couch, Executive Director, Jackson County United Way

Major Gifts: Three Steps to Accelerating Your Success
In this engaging presentation, Rob Henson will use role-playing with the audience to demonstrate a simpler and more successful approach to major gift fundraising. Rob takes the mystery out of major gifts with real examples of conversations with donors and prospects.
When: Tuesday, August 16, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM CDT
Where: Deaconess VNA Plus Evansville, IN
Presenter: Rob Henson, Philanthropy Advisor, Old National Wealth Management
Sponsors: Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network Southern Region
Cost: $20, includes lunch and materials

Grant Writing 101: What Every Grant Proposal Should Include
This workshop will outline the most important elements of getting started in writing grant proposals that can result in additional funding.  Examples of completed grant proposals and information on finding grant opportunities will be included. The benefit of Grant Writing 101 will be a greater understanding of what grant makers are looking for in the grant proposals and where you can look for grant opportunities.

When: Wednesday, August 31, 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: Fortnightly Building, 421 N. Sixth Street, Vincennes, IN 47591 
Sponsors: Knox County Public Library and the Indiana Nonprofit            
                 Resource Network
Presenters: June Miller, Southern Regional Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource
                   Network and Judy Kratzner, Knox County Public Library
Cost: Registration: $20, includes materials and lunch
Raise More Money from Men and Women - The 50/50 Solution

Looking for new donors to fuel your nonprofit's mission? Fundraisers today must engage women and men because gender matters in philanthropy. In this daylong workshop, we will explore new research about gender differences in motivations for giving and philanthropic behavior, who's making the decisions about charitable giving in the household, and how to engage more effectively with men and women donors.
When: Friday, October 21, 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
Where: Central Library Browning Rooms, Evansville, IN
Presenter: Andrea Pactor, Associate Director, Women's Philanthropy Institute,
                  Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Sponsors: Welborn Baptist Foundation, Vanderburgh Community Foundation, 
                 and Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
Cost: $59, includes lunch and materials, Registration will open September 12
For more information, contact June Miller, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Southern Region
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Eastern Region

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 your 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: Tuesday, September 13, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT
Where: Greensburg Public Library
            1110 East Main Street
            Greensburg, IN 47240
Presenter: Laura Macknick, MA, CFRE
                  Director of Development for Trine University
Sponsor: Decatur County United Fund
Cost: Contact Lesley Devine for more information at 765-288-5586 #228 or

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Ethical Investing and Legal Compliance
Part of the Douglas W. Eberle Not-for-Profit Board Governance Series. Have you ever thought about what your organization's money goes to support through your investments? This workshop will review different models for incorporating ethics and mission in investments for maximum impact. Discussion of conflict of interest policies to assure ethical and legal compliance in the investment and management of funds will also be discussed. This workshop is key your investment committee. 

When: Wednesday, August 3, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT 
Where: Lafayette Country Club
            1500 S. 9th Street
            Lafayette, IN 47905

Presenter: Phil Purcell, Vice President for Planned Giving and Endowment Stewardship, Ball State University
Cost:$20, includes lunch

Purposeful Meetings and Making them Work

Part of the 2016 Nonprofit Learning Series. Meetings... we all have them; we all have to attend them. If you're on a board, you've probably witnessed the best laid plans and initiatives die in a cycle of poorly planned meetings. Meetings, as well as committees and task forces need to be purposeful, and ultimately linked to your strategic goals. This workshop will educate your board on structuring meetings and committees that will serve your organization best. Strategies for making meetings more efficient and effective, including the use of consent agendas and various engagement techniques will make your next meeting a better use of everyone's time. 
When: Tuesday, August 9, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: The Inn at DePauw
             2 West Seminary Street
             Greencastle, IN 46135
Presenter: Susan Decker, Senior Governance Consultant, 
                  BoardSource, Director, Master of Leadership
                  Development, SMWC
$15 in advance, $25 at the door

Greater Kokomo Nonprofit Leadership Series
This fall, the United Way of Howard County and the County Community Foundation of Howard County team up to offer a series of three workshops to help with nonprofit capacity building and board leadership. 

Location: Inventrek Auditorium, 700 E. Firmin St. Kokomo, IN  46902
Community Leadership & The Multi-Generational Workforce
When:Friday, September 9
Presenter: Vicki Floyd Clark,
How to Make a Good Board Great 
When: Friday, October 14
Presenter: Chuck Loring,
                  Loring, Sternberg & Associates
                  and BoardSource
Fearless Fundraising for Your Nonprofit

When: Friday, November 11,Presenter: Dave Sternberg,
                  Loring, Sternberg &  Associates
                  and BoardSource

Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET
Where: Inventrek Auditorium, 700 E. Firmin St. Kokomo, IN 46902
Cost: $15 per session, lunch included

For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.
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The Storyteller's Secrets: Telling Stories About Your Non-Profit for High Impact
Storytelling is a buzz word in profit and not-profit worlds alike. But being able to tell stories of your non-profits isn't just a fad; it's an essential tool that can serve your organization both internally and externally. But there's an art to really telling a great story . . . and the place to start is through in the oral telling of stories. This workshop will not only help you understand why storytelling is crucial to your organization, but will also teach you exactly how to tell compelling stories that will make people sit up and listen to what your work is all about.

Join us to learn how to incorporate storytelling into your nonprofit's fundraising, development, marketing, and volunteer recruitment efforts.

Here's what you'll get:
  • Understand the potential impact of stories in your fundraising, volunteer recruiting, marketing, and development efforts.
  • Learn 6 elements that create a compelling story.
  • Develop at least one effective oral story with high impact for your nonprofit organization.
  • Practice telling your story.
  • Receive expert feedback on your story development.
  • Develop ideas to create a culture of storytelling within your non-profit organization. 
When: Wednesday, August 10, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Where: UWCI, 3901 N. Meridian Street,
             Indianapolis, IN
Presenter: Sally Perkins, Story Performer
Cost: $50, boxed lunches will be served, please email with special dietary needs
For more information, contact Beth Mussmann, Director, Nonprofit Training Center, United Way of Central Indiana.