Northeast Indiana Consultant List

MD. Hasibul Haque Sakib via flickr

Need a hand? Let us guide you to area consultants who have provided various types of support for nonprofits locally.

Two things first:
1. Carefully define the scope of work for your consultant needs.
2. Ask for and call references before you hire someone.

Check out these fine resources:

  • Download our Consultant list.updated 9.25.14 including:  areas of service, specialties, and contact information. Please note: our consultant list is not vetted and updated only for information accurate. You must ask for and check references when hiring a consultant.
  • Review the GrantSpace Knowledge Base question: “Where can I learn more about hiring a consultant?
  • Does your 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization provide services in Allen County?
    Review the terms of the Transform grant opportunity available from the Foellinger Foundation.
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“2014 Form 990″ from DWD’s Mission-Minded Blog

Carrie Minnich, CPA, MAcct

Our own Get on Board co-chair, Carrie Minnich, CPA, MAcct posted about the “2014 Form 990″ today for Mission Minded, Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.’s nonprofit blog.

Her post outlines new clarifications in the instructions which are still in draft form.

Here’s a snippet, a link to her post, and additional useful links:

“The IRS recently posted the 2014 Form 990 to its website. There are no changes to the form itself; however, there are a few changes to the instructions which are still in draft form.

Part VII, Compensation of Officers, Directors, Trustees, Key Employees, Highest Compensated Employees and Independent Contractors

Instructions clarify that reportable compensation should not be treated as deferred if deferred from the calendar year ending with or within the tax year to a date that is not more than 2 ½ months after the end of the calendar year ending with or within the tax year.”

Read more at Mission Minded.

Useful related links:

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Job Opportunity: Grants Manager at Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth

POSITION: Grants Manager

Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America is a leading national nonprofit organization providing a full continuum of services for youth in the child welfare, behavioral health, and juvenile justice systems.

The Grants Manager is responsible for the strategic preparation and submission of assigned requests for proposals (RFP) and purchase of service bids for SAFY along with assisting in the development of core proposal elements that can be utilized as templates for future proposals and bids.

This position is Full Time, Regular, with Benefits. It can be located in the various divisional areas which include: Fort Wayne, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Delphos, OH; Lexington, KY; or Louisville, KY.

See below for further details and application information.



Job Opportunity: Executive Director at Kosciusko Community Senior Services

Kosciusko Community CFKosciusko Community Senior Services (KCSS, aka Kosciusko Council on the Aged and Aging) is seeking an Executive Director. The Director will uphold the mission of the KCSS to provide services for seniors so they may still enjoy the quality of life in their own home.

The primary programs of the KCSS include: Home Meal Delivery, Transportation, and operations of the Senior Activity Center.

Reports to: Board of Directors


  • Be responsible for the supervision, guidance and direction of the daily operation of the agency.
  • Understand and administer the budget of the agency while exercising fiscal restraint in expenditures. Know and understand the existing grants and contracts and their appropriate expenditures.
  • Be knowledgeable in compliance standards for Medicaid and Medicare as they relate to serving the elderly population and funding for the agency.
  • Be responsible to inform the Board of Directors about any fiscal, programmatic, personnel and operational circumstance that may result in difficulties for the agency through the use of Word, Excel, email and other computer programs.
  • Be responsible for writing grants, soliciting gifts and contributions and otherwise keeping the fiscal affairs of the agency in stable and developing condition.
  • Know, understand and execute the Board of Director’s policies and administrative rules according to the KCSS Handbook. Be responsible for updating and recommending changes to policy and rules of the Board of Directors.

A full list of responsibilities may be found at following PDF: Executive Director Job Opportunity KCSS

Application Deadline: 11/21/2014

To apply please submit your cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Jack Felger via email at or fax to 574-269-9788.


A Fundraiser’s Journey: Why We Give

Kelly picKelly Updike for PCNRC, A Fundraiser’s Journey series

In doing some research for this month’s blog topic – despite my reputation as a (bad) jokester, I do try to not make it up! – I discovered there is a science to giving.

In “Philanthropy and the Brain: Why Doing Good Feels Good,” in the July 2014 issue of The Rotarian, author Laurence Gonzales reports on separate studies in the 1980s that showed giving to charity causes mid-brain activity, increases in a hormone called oxytocin and releases of the neurotransmitter dopamine, “the chemical centerpiece of the reward system.”

In addition, scientists determined that empathy is a biological function and comes from cells called mirror neurons in our brains.

What all these science-y words mean is that when we help someone, “we get a big emotional payoff,” according to Gonzales. He further reports that faces are the most powerful conveyors of a person’s emotional state.

Earlier this month, on Nov. 5, National Public Radio broadcasted a story by Shankar Vedantam on a study that found people gave to help a starving child but did not donate when they learned how many millions suffer from starvation.

These studies point out the importance of connecting with people. And to tell donors how their gifts make an impact in the community.

We have really cool jobs — we help people feel great by telling them in person how their donations will specifically help our organizations. (For example, say to them how many marquee light bulbs will be repaired or how many children get fed or whatever details you can itemize, thanks to their gifts.) And then we get to watch their faces light up, we get to share that moment with them, when they donate!

The NPR story is at:

The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Embassy or the PCNRC.

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Elected Officials & Contact Information

Results are in… And we have your elected officials and their contact information.

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Election day, 4 November 1974, Fort Wayne IN: showing voters waiting their turn at the North Side Park Gymnasium voting booth. Voter Vicky Timinsky is shown at right. Image via ACPL’s Community Album

Who are your elected officials? is a tool from Indiana Secretary of State, Connie Lawson

  • Enter your street address; or click on a point on the map
  • On the right side of your screen, a list of your elected officials appear, including Federal, State, County, Township, Municipal and Schools
  • Contact information is provided, sometimes including email addresses and websites

Need a print copy of your elected officials to download quickly and keep handy?

  • The Allen County Public Library has updated its elected officials (updated November 2014).

Before you reach out, review these Nonprofit Advocacy resources from the National Council of Nonprofits.

We’ll update this information as needed – and keep a link posted under ‘Local Resources’ on the right side of this site.


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Job Opportunity: Coordinator with Healthier Moms and Babies


Fort Wayne Medical Education Program (FWMEP) is accepting applications for a full-time HMB Coordinator. The HMB Coordinator oversees the day to day functions of Healthier Moms and Babies (HMB) and the supervision of the HMB staff to ensure the HMB mission of providing health services education and case management services to families that need support is achieved.

Bachelor’s degree in Communication, English, Professional Writing, Education, Human Services, Social Work, Nursing or related field required. Master’s degree preferred. Certification for grant writing a plus. Member of American Grant Writer’s Association (AGWA) and/or the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) a plus. Licensure in social work. Certification in fundraising is a plus. Minimum of two years supervision experience. Minimum of two years grant writing experience. Non-profit knowledge or experience. Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors. Experience working in a deadline-driven environments. Public speaking experience required.

To view this career opportunity and to apply, go to

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Job Opportunity: Social Worker with Healthier Moms and Babies

Social Worker

Fort Wayne Medical Education Program (FWMEP) is accepting applications for a Social Worker for Healthier Moms & Babies PRN (approximately 2 to 3 days a week, per client load).

The social worker provides health education and case management services to low-income, high-risk pregnant women in Allen County, visiting them in their homes from as early in pregnancy as possible until the baby is one year old, with a goal of improving the outcome of pregnancies and reducing infant mortality.

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Behavioral Science, Social Work or Human Services required; Master’s degree preferred. Education focus or education minor on drug addiction, alcohol addition, education, counseling, psychology, child development, family intervention, therapeutic techniques, preferred. Must have a current valid Driver’s License. Minimum of two years’ experience required. Case Management, preferably with home visits, experience with maternal child health; familiarity with local social service delivery network preferred. Previous experience in case management, home health, maternal child health or other work directly related to the mission of Healthier Moms and Babies. (more…)

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Indiana Association of United Ways ALICE Report

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The Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW) has released their report from the Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) research project finding that 37% of Indiana households “struggle with basic necessities.” As stated by the IAUW, “ALICE represents men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night.”

The ALICE Threshold is designed to account for those individuals who are above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but are receiving income under certain sustainable living benchmarks. By introducing this new vocabulary, the United Way is attempting to discuss economic equality issues with increased transparency and clarity.

Within Allen County, the report found 57% of Wayne Township households fell beneath the ALICE Threshold while only 12% of Eel River and Aboite Townships fell beneath the Threshold. Economic conditions across the county including Housing Affordability, Job Opportunities, and Community Support were all classified as “Fair” according to an “Economic Viability Dashboard.”

Commissioned by United Ways in six states including California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey, research for the ALICE project was conducted by the Rutgers University-Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration.


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Job Opportunity: Administrative Professional with Cancer Services

Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana is seeking a full-time Administrative Professional to manage the front desk operations, greet visitors, assist in maintaining databases, coordinate large printing and mailing projects, and facilitate communication and scheduling.

Reports to:  Program Director of Services


  • Welcome and greet all visitors to the facility.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date databases in Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce .
  • Maintain client resource lending library.
  • Support and maintain appointments and attendance for select client programs.
  • Oversee large in-house printing projects and mailings.
  • Provide special project support for senior management team.
  • Screen and direct telephone calls and visitors to appropriate staff.

Qualifications:  (more…)

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