Network Notes - Featured Events from Around the State
October 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.
This month, we present an article from the Rev. Deanna Brown who will be the Opening Keynote Speaker at the 4th Annual Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership. The title of her session is "Stories that Honk and Fly Around the World: Knowing Who We Are and Why We Are Here."
"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we are here."
Sue Monk Kidd
The Stories We Must Share
  Are you a storyteller?
Do you believe in the power of stories to change lives?
What is the unique story you are beckoned to embody in your life and work?
Why do great teachers tell so many stories?
Research reveals that most of our brains are better at holding onto stories (i.e., patterns, systems, aesthetic forms) than at retaining isolated pieces of data. Well-told and heartfelt stories create a compelling environment where we are moved, startled, healed, expanded, interrupted, or invited to new insight, imagination, and action.
If this is so, how do we create environments on our boards and in our work cultures where stories empower and remind us of "who we are and why we are here?" How do we weave these stories into our agendas so that mission emerges with passion?
I have learned much from the women I work with in India and Turkey about how our stories can reconnect us to our identity and purpose. They have taught me the wisdom in Jalaladdin Rumi's line: "Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Indeed our stories build bridges between us and allow for an exchange that transforms lives.
I am grateful that INRN gives us an opportunity to share our stories as women in nonprofit leadership at the symposium on October 28th. I anticipate the many ways we will weave stories and resources into leadership that rejuvenates ourselves and our world.
Telling Inspiring Stories,
Deanna Brown
Founder and Director, Cultural Connections
This month's Download is a Job Description for members of your Marketing Committee, which plays a vital role in telling the story of your organization.
Early bird pricing for they symposium will end on October 12, so take advantage and register now.

Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership
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Neuro-Leadership with Dino Signore
Dino Learn how nonprofit leaders (Directors, Program Managers, Board Members, and staff) can use neuroscience to improve performance and understand behavior.  Brain science has become a hot topic at nonprofit organizations over the last few years.  New insights into how our brains work are being directly applied by innovative leaders and managers to improve performance, engagement, and competitive advantage.
This program will inform participants on the latest findings from new brain science research, increase leader self-awareness, enhance the leader's applicable skill set, teach how to manage humans differently with a more effective (and more humane) approach, and increase productivity and engagement by diagnosing and reducing organizational pain (one of the leading causes for disengagement).
When: Tuesday, October 25, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
Where: United Way of Elkhart County, 601 CR 17 Elkhart, IN, Second floor of the LaSalle-Bristol Building
Presenter: Dino Signore, Ph.D.
Cost: $65 includes lunch and all materials
For more information, contact Keith Sarber, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Northern Region.

Southern Region
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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The Journey to Grantsmanship

Grant writing is both a skill and a talent. This workshop is designed to give participants an introduction to successful grant writing. They will learn a step-by-step process for developing ideas into fundable projects.
  • Develop an idea-participants can bring an idea, proposal application  or guidelines with them
  • Learn types of grant funders and cultivating the relationship with funders
  • Receive an overview of the grant writing process
  • Develop a grant management system
  • Pre-application checklist
  • Craft a case for support
  • Define goals and objectives
  • Develop methods, work plans, and budgets
  • Create evaluation/sustainability strategies
  • Use the logic model
  • Report and Stewardship
  • Leave with materials that will prove helpful in preparing proposals
When: Tuesday, October 18, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT
Where: Ball State University Alumni Center, Meeting Room 1, 2800 West Bethel Avenue, Muncie, IN 47306
Presenter: Nick Parkevich, Senior Associate, Loring, Sternberg & Associates
Sponsor: United Way of Delaware County
Cost: $35
Human Resources: Hiring Right and the New Overtime Rule
This presentation will cover how you can screen, interview, and hire applicants to get the best workforce possible, and will also cover the new overtime rule. The program will include: 
  • Job descriptions and why they are important and what they need to contain
  • How to effectively recruit and retain employees
  • Legal requirements that exist when conducting hiring/best practices for the process
  • Background checks
  • Use of social media
  • Managing and terminating employees
  • Understanding the new overtime rule-FLSA overview, pay requirements, minimum salary rate, impact of the new rule, and what employers should do
When:  Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT

Where:  United Way of Madison County, 205 West 11th Street, Anderson, IN

Presenter:  Marty Lemert, Attorney and Partner, Fort Wayne office of Faegre Baker Daniels Law Firm

Cost: $35  
For more information, contact Lesley Devine, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Easterm Region

Western Region
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How to Make a Good Board Great

Chuck Loring Come learn about the best practices of high performing nonprofit Boards.  You will leave with easy to understand ideas for improving your Board's performance.  The presentation will include a handout and resources to help you on your journey.  This workshop will be a great learning opportunity for Board leaders, staff who work with Boards, and Board Members who have not had significant governance training previously.

When: Friday, October 14, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Where: St. Vincent Hospital, Conference Rooms C&D, 1907 W. Sycamore Street,

Kokomo, IN 46901
Presenter: Chuck Loring, Loring Sternberg and Associates (BoardSource Senior Consultant)

For more information, contact Jillian Henry, Director, Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, Western Region.
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Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

It's time for your nonprofit to create a strategic plan. You may be unsure of where to start, how you can contribute to the process, or what steps to take to create a new plan. What you know is that the plan is integral to ensure sustainability for your organization. Our facilitators, nonprofit professionals with more than 20 years of combined experience, are excited to guide you through an interactive session where you will learn the fundamental elements of a strategic plan. Their work is based on the four pillars of organizational health, which will ensure your plan contains the goals and priorities to move your mission forward. You will develop actionable steps that you can implement immediately to strengthen your organization and create greater impact.
This workshop is designed for both nonprofit staff and board members.
When: Friday, October 14, 9:00 AM - Noon EDT
Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN
Presenters: Jodi O'Connell, Director of Operations and Marla Taylor, Senior Consultant, Hedges & Associates

Cost: $20, United Way agencies; $25, others
Fundraising for Boards

You love the cause, but loathe the fundraising.  It's a common chant among non-profit board members.  But is fundraising really required from every board member?  Yes. No? Well, let's chat!  We'll move beyond begging for dollars to a unified team advancing your cause. Designed for board members, but also beneficial for staff, this session will reduce ask anxiety for even the most reserved board members.
When: Tuesday, November 1, 9 AM - Noon EDT
Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN
Presenter: Freedom Kolb, Executive Director, Hamilton Southeastern Education Foundation

Cost: $20, United Way agencies; $25, others
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, November 9, 9 AM - 11 AM EST
Where: United Way of Central Indiana, 3901 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN
Presenter: Kim Donahue, Director, Agency Services, United Way of Central Indiana
Cost: $20, United Way agencies; $25, others
For more information, contact Beth Mussmann, Director, Nonprofit Training Center, United Way of Central Indiana.

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