Board vs. Executive Director Responsibilities – from DWD “Mission-Minded” blog

CarrieMinnichweb Get on Board co-chair, Carrie Minnich, CPA posted  “Board versus Executive Director Responsibilities″ today for Mission Minded, Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.’s nonprofit blog.

Her post describes board responsibilities such as Financial and Legal and clarifies that their main Management role as being the hiring and evaluation of the executive director.

Here’s a snippet and link to her post:

There are two types of nonprofit boards, working boards and governing boards.  On a working board, members participate in the program, fund raising and administrative work.  Board members may staff fund raising booths or actually keep the organization’s books.  Working boards are more common in smaller organizations or young organizations.  Governing boards are more hands off and provide oversight. 

No matter whether it’s a working board or a governing board, there are specific duties that all boards have, as the board is ultimately responsible for the organization.

Read more at Mission Minded

Additional useful links:

Bridgespan lists the 10 Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, and the Center for Nonprofit Management covers Standards of Conduct and Legal Responsibilities

Community Resources on


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Job Opportunity: Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center Intern

Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center Intern (20 hours per week, six-month term) in the
Readers’ Services department of the Allen County Public Library.

The purpose of the internship is to provide a meaningful experience in areas of nonprofit management, such as administration, program development.


  • Support the staff of the Center in its goal of providing information, training and assistance to community nonprofits to increase their effectiveness.
  • Assist patrons with information requests and orientation to the Center’s resources.
  • Assist with electronic publication including grant alerts, newsletter and blog.
  • Assist with the development of program materials.
  • Help with event coordination and logistics management.
  • Perform other tasks including supportive clerical work such as copying and collating. The purpose of the internship is to provide a meaningful experience in areas of nonprofit management, such as administration, program and fund development.

See full description here.

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Job Opportunity: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Campaign Manager

Campaign Manager, Fort Wayne Market

Leukemia & Lymphoma

(Man & Woman of the Year and Light the Night Walk)

Position Classification: Full-time, Exempt
Reports to: Executive Director

Basic Function: Ensures the position of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the Fort Wayne market is strong to achieve success in the implementation of its major fundraising campaigns, Light The Night and Man & Woman of the Year.
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma (blood cancers), and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Man & Woman of the Year

  • Achieve/exceed established revenue goal for the campaign
  • Responsible for volunteer nomination committee development and management
  • Ensure that a minimum number of candidates are secured through committee efforts and other methods
  • Work with candidates to develop an individualized fundraising plan and provide support as they work to achieve their fund raising goals.


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Job Opportunity: Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center Associate


The Allen County Public Library is seeking an individual for the full-time Associate position NRC Blue Logo-325x300-72in the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center.


  • Coordinate, build and maintain the Center’s communications.
  • Manage the Center’s emerging leader project.
  • Develop professional relationships with nonprofit sector and serve as the Center’s liaison.
  • Provide reference and research services for individuals as well as private, nonprofit, governmental and other organizations in this grant-supported area.
  • Develop and present informational programs in-house and off-site. Position includes programming and events management.
  • Write instructional and informational materials for the Center.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master in nonprofit degree preferable.
  • Research skills, and experience with nonprofit organizations needed.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact successfully with a variety of people are essential.
  • Dedication and sincere commitment to the mission of assisting nonprofit organizations, and to the betterment of the nonprofit sector in our community.
  • Cooperative spirit, reliability, enthusiasm, friendliness, energy, resourcefulness, initiative, tact, good judgment, and a sense of humor are essential!
  • Ability and willingness to work a variety of hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.


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Job Opportunity: Outreach and Marketing Specialist with Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation

A brief summary:

Type:  Full-time

Location:  North Webster, IN

The TWF is seeking an outreach and marketing specialist to join their team working to protect and improve water quality in their area lakes and streams.

Who they are looking for:

People often describe you as “passionate”, “talented”, “driven”, “innovative”, “helpful” and “sincere”. You are self-sufficient, detail-oriented and possess the ability to work independently and with a team. You are an outstanding communicator possessing excellent writing and speaking skills. You are a continuous learner. You are committed to protecting and preserving the environment, especially our water resources. You might have a degree in marketing, communications, public affairs, journalism, or commensurate professional experience.

The job they need done:

  • Engage in education, outreach and marketing activities in support of water quality
  • Support, promote and market the program and projects
  • Work with the Executive Director and outreach & marketing committee to develop a marketing plan, identify priorities and report on activities
  • Produce marketing and public relations materials to translate water issues and science to the public, lake residents, and farmers – and to promote the programs and work of TWF – including newsletter articles, news releases, brochures, fact sheets, flyers, fundraising letters, videos, annual reports, signs, promotional items, business recognition program and exhibits/displays

For details and application information, please see the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation Job Announcement

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Job Opportunity: Ft. Wayne Dance Collective Artistic Director

Fort Wayne Dance CollectiveThe Fort Wayne Dance Collective, a nonprofit dance organization, seeks a dynamic self-starter to assist in leading and growing the successful 36 year old organization. The Artistic Director performs a variety of duties related to dance and nonprofits according to established policies and procedures which may include researching and writing grants, management of dance teachers and development of artistic vision of the collective. Maintains contact with the Board of Directors and staff and observes confidentiality as necessary.

Reports To:

Fort Wayne Dance Collective Board of Directors


  • A broad knowledge of dance
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Proven management experience, preferably in the arts or a related nonprofit

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the artistic vision for the Fort Wayne Dance Collective (FWDC), its teachers and performers.
  • Direct, coordinate and produce the FWDC’s productions including but not limited to scheduling rehearsals, meetings & final performances for all staff, technical crew and performers.
  • Manage on and off site teachers and the touring company.
  • Research and stay apprised of grant opportunities.
  • Serve as the FWDC’s representative spokesperson at local, statewide and regional conferences and within the community.
  • Assist Outreach Director in creating allies within the arts community and foster relationships with local artists and performing organizations.

You may locate further information regarding knowledge, skills, and abilities required in the following document: FWDC Artistic Director Job Decription


Find Foundation Stats from Your Office

So why would I want to use this you ask!


Grants from FC 1000 Foundations, to Recipients in Indiana, 2012

Because it’s a quick way for you to get some basic information right from your desk.

For example: you wonder how many corporate foundations there are in Indiana –  in less than a minute you’ll know, it’s 60 with nearly $500m in assets, with total giving just over $74m and you can view the data in list, chart or trend view.

Even download it and use it in that report your board wants tonight!

The Foundation Center’s  Foundation Stats  provides comprehensive resources for generating tables and charts on the size, scope, and giving priorities of the U.S. foundation community and even better, it’s available anywhere you have access to the internet.

You can choose whether to create your search in the Foundations or Grants databases.

The Foundations data set includes fiscal information on all active funders in a given fiscal year and the Grants data set includes all grants of $10,000 or more from the Foundation Center 1000 — a sample of 1,000 of the largest U.S. foundations. See the top 50 foundations and top 50 recipients for any year between 2002-2012.

Foundation Stats allows you to filter data by:

  • Fiscal year
  • Foundation type
  • Foundation location


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Job Opportunity: Early Childhood Alliance – Education Specialist

eca logoThe Early Childhood Alliance, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of building better futures for young children by promoting and providing quality early childhood education and services for families, businesses and early childhood professionals is seeking an Education Specialist for a full-time benefited (35 hours per week)position.

Description:  Under the supervision of the Education Coordinator, the Education Specialist is responsible for developing and implementing professional development activities for early care and education programs.

The position assists in the planning and implementation of professional development activities that are competency based, meet quality early care and education standards and reflect adult learning principles.

Some travel and nights/weekends are required. This position is located in Fort Wayne, IN.

Education: Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related Education field with documented early childhood coursework.


  • Two years experience working with children in a group setting, as well as experience working with and leading adults.
  • Knowledge and experience in early care and education including the professional development of other adults working in the field.

Salary: Based on experience and education in the field.

To apply: Send your resume to Please reference the job title in the email subject line.  More information can be found on the ECA Career Opportunities webpage.

Early Childhood Alliance. 3320 Fairfield Ave. Fort Wayne, IN. 46807. EOE

Job Opportunity: Director of Community Impact with United Way of Allen County

To strengthen its mission, The United Way of Allen County is currently seeking a Community Impact Director. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of the UWAC’s community impact efforts by providing leadership to the Community Impact department, directing a variety of community improvement efforts, and overseeing the allocation of UWAC resources.

Summary of Essential Responsibilities
(for a full list, please visit the UWAC Director of Community Impact job post)

Community Impact

  • Analyze and lead the planning, execution and overall management of United Way of Allen County’s Community Impact strategies in conjunction with the Investment Cabinet, community impact staff and community stakeholders (partners, clients, investors, and board members.)
  • Articulate to UWAC’s stakeholders the community impact model for the Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs priority area activities and results.  Mentor staff and volunteers to effectively translate these (as well as the organization’s “products”) in ways that increase the organization’s ability to meet the needs of the community and satisfy the wishes of donors for investments that achieve lasting impact.
  • Provide leadership and support to the Investment Cabinet, ensuring they have the appropriate information to make strategic decisions regarding direction and funding.
  • Personally cultivate and enhance strong relationships with individuals and organizations critical to the achievement of the UWAC’s community impact goals.
  • Provide leadership and support to community partners, including Partner Agencies.
  • Actively recruit and engage volunteers to participate in program review for agency program allocations or agency standards review.
  • Identify, cultivate and secure funds for Community Impact products, in coordination with the Resource Development team.
  • Manage budget and ensure department is fiscally responsible with donor resources.

Supervision and Working Relationships (more…)

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Knight Cities Challenge Announces 126 Finalists

kcclogoThe Knight Foundation has announced 126 finalist projects for the “Knight Cities Challenge”. The “Challenge” saw over 7,000 entries from all 26 Knight Foundation communities including Miami, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Jose, and Ft. Wayne.

Initial proposals could come from anywhere as long as they affected Knight Foundation communities and focused in some capacity on talent, opportunity, and engagement to help drive “city success”. Finalists are now invited to submit full proposals. Those projects selected will then receive a shared portion of 5 million dollars.

Categorically, the largest percentage of finalist projects, 24%, were focused on revitalizing public spaces and encouraging personal stake holding in communities. The second largest category of finalist projects, 20%, were focused on “supporting a changing urban economy.”

Two projects from Ft. Wayne were selected from a wealth of applicants, Detroit sporting the largest number of entries at 1,365 submitted projects. The Ft. Wayne finalists are listed below

  •  Pop-Up Neighborhood by City of Fort Wayne (Submitted by Kate Riordan): Creating pop-up vibrant neighborhoods by providing entrepreneurs subsidized rates in small sections of underused commercial corridors for an extended time to stimulate public and private investment in targeted areas.
  • Re:Place | Re:Purpose by Big Car Collaborative (Submitted by Jim Walker): Testing quick, innovative solutions for repurposing vacant buildings and bringing more vitality to neighborhoods by bringing together a local team of artists, landscape architects, city planners and other community members.

Our sincerest congratulations to the finalists and to all those who submitted proposals!


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