Many thanks and congratulations, Jeff Krull!

Jeff Krull, retiring ACPL director

No doubt you’ve heard the news.

Allen County Public Library director, Jeff Krull is retiring. Tomorrow is Jeff’s last day.

Here’s our open note to our retiring fearless leader:

We wanted to take one last opportunity to thank you, Jeff.

You’ve stewarded our resources well and ensured the residents of Allen County access to world-class library services – through many financial storms.

As a leader in education, you’ve set a standard for honoring the principles of library leadership and left a legacy for our community.

Perhaps your biggest professional legacy lies in garnering the support to realize a revitalized downtown led by the library’s renovation.

Personally, it’s been repeated through the years that you’re a stranger to no one. You are known by many for your generosity of conversation. Always a kind word. An exchange. Easy to talk to. Never met a stranger.

You’ve been a friend to us all and we are grateful.

Best wishes to you and Alice in retirement.

*When you’re feeling rested, consider nonprofit board service … Too soon?


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Job Opportunity: Director of Community Health Initiatives with The Lutheran Foundation

Lutheran Gradient_RGB-01Position:  Director of Community Health Initiatives
Report to:  CEO
Job Classification:  Full-Time, Exempt

Position Summary
The Director of Community Health Initiatives will lead efforts to build strategic partnerships and collaborations addressing healthier lifestyles, providing programmatic leadership focusing on mental, physical, and spiritual health.

Specific Responsibilities

Provide Leadership and Cohesion
Facilitate Community Change Strategies
Facilitate Engagement from Community Organizations to Achieve Impact
Monitor and Evaluate Effectiveness of Group Efforts

Key Competencies
•    Ability to advocate for and promote The Lutheran Foundation’s mission effectively, with emphasis on building a healthier community.
•    Highly skilled at relationship building and communication.
•    Experience with community engagement and project management.

Qualification Requirements
•    Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred and minimum three to five years of experience with building strategic partnerships and collaborations.
•    Minimum three to five years of experience in developing, implementing, and managing projects (experience of health projects is desirable).

Please click through to The Lutheran Foundation’s website for more details, including application information.

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Congratulations to our guest blogger, Amber Recker

amber recker 3-12We’d like to take a moment to congratulate Marketing Minute blogger and Marketing Seminar series host, Amber Recker on her recent appointment to Executive Director of Artlink. We’re excited to welcome Amber back into full time nonprofit leadership and eager to see her impact in our community grow.

Amber, we wish you well in your newest nonprofit endeavor!

We look forward to more thoughtful guidance from Amber once she returns to blogging after a brief summer hiatus.

Missed the news? Read all about it:

Artlink Taps marketer as new director – Journal Gazette

Artlink names new director – News Sentinel

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Conference A-Go-Go

Alright, nonprofit campers. It’s that time again. Fall nonprofit conference time. Here are a handful of your upcoming options.

Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership | September 25 | 8:15 am – 4:00pm | Columbus, IN

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, United Way

Plan to join the INRN for a full day of sharing, learning and growth as participants examine the most critical aspects of the role of women in the nonprofit sector. Author Jan Phillips will be providing the opening keynote address with an emphasis on “3 Steps to Visionary Leadership” from her award-winning book “The Art of Original Thinking – The Making of a Thought Leader.”

Experts will also share timely knowledge and tools within three learning tracks:

  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • Women in Philanthropy

$79, includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials ($49, United Way Staff and members of United Way Boards of Directors

Conference on Youth | October 2 | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum great kids make great communities

The flagship training for Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES is the Annual Conference on Youth. The Annual Conference on Youth emerged from Judge Pratt’s desire to ensure that all agencies working with children and families operated with the same strengths-based philosophy the court espoused. In 1989, the Court offered its first Annual Conference on Youth on IPFW’s campus.

Since then the Conference has grown to over 600 participants, and is currently held at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. This yearly training, sponsored in part by the Foellinger Foundation, brings in top professionals in the field of youth and family services to train area workers on strengths-based practices.

$35 (+$8 for CEU’s. LCSW, LMHC, LMFT or LSW licenses. All others–check with your licensing body for confirmation that conference CEUs are approved.)

Indiana Nonprofit Summit | October 1-2 | Indianapolis

Indiana Nonprofit Summit

It’s all about helping organizations build capacity to meet human needs.

We summit to share best practices, collected data and anecdotal evidence that can help renew an organization’s operations and the spirit of the mission that drives them.

We work to foster real discussion about the most pressing needs our communities face so that, together, we can develop strategies to meet those challenges head on in the months and years to come.

Day 1 & 2 Early Bird Pricing $175 through 9/14 | Click through to see student and daily rates.

Board Leadership Forum | October 9-10 | Washington DC

BoardSource, the only national organization focused exclusively on nonprofit governance, hosts the annual Board Leadership Forum; this year’s theme is Governance By Design. More than 700 board members, chief executives, staff, and nonprofit professionals are expected to attend.

Our very own Get on Board has been selected to present, “Designing Community-Level Support for Emerging Board Leaders,” to encourage other communities to consider how to train, connect and support emerging leaders and the nonprofits they wish to serve.

$650 non members | $850 member individuals and organizations

Because Kids Count Conference | December 1-2 | Indianapolis

Indiana Youth Institute

For the past 13 years, the Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) has hosted the largest gathering of youth workers and educators in the Midwest. The Because Kids Count Conference is a two-day, first-class conference experience packed with educational workshops, nationally recognized speakers, a resource tradeshow and amazing networking opportunities. For youth workers, time is an incredibly valuable resource. That’s why we’ve designed our conference to efficiently connect quality information and resources with the people who will use them every single day.

Indiana Youth-serving professionals $125 until 11/17 | Click through for rate details.

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Board Bootcamp Registration Reminder: Discover roles, connect to peers and find your fit!

Curious about what board governance takes? About where to begin with thoughtful nonprofit service?

photo credit: Andrew Hoffman, Get on Board

photo credit: Andrew Hoffman, Get on Board

Maybe you are a new board member?

Or a nonprofit leader with new or potential board members?

Board Bootcamp is for you – or for your new and potential board members

Board Bootcamp is for emerging leaders or new nonprofit board members with two years or less* board experience or who are wondering if board service is right for them and what it takes to serve well.

Mike Stone, Board Bootcamp facilitator

Expert facilitator Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. leads Board Bootcamp, introducing:

basics of the nonprofit sector,
the responsibilities of a board member,
and how to find an organizational fit.

Saturday, September 13 | 9-1
Or, Friday, September 26 | 9-1

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Parkview’s Second Annual Child Maltreatment Symposium

The Dr. Bill Lewis Initiative is pleased to once again partner with Parkview’s Pediatric Trauma Center for the second annual Child Maltreatment Symposium. This year’s symposium for clinicians and non-clinicians who work with children will help attendees identify the warning signs of child abuse and neglect, know the proper protocol to follow when abuse and neglect are suspected, and implement strategies to provide optimal care to potential child abuse cases.

This free conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17th from 11:30 to 3:45 at Ceruti’s Summit Park.

Please use the following link to register and view event details:

For those of you who may have attended the spring 2013 conference, you will find the agenda is different from last year so please don’t hesitate to attend again this year. Seating is limited so make sure you RSVP.

Agenda (more…)

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Introduction to Photography Workshop

Let's establish where we are, shall we?

Let’s establish where we are, shall we?

Representing your organization visually can be a complicated dance of how, when, and why you decide to put your nonprofit out there. Who are you hoping to target? Potential members? Larger donors? The individuals you are hoping to serve? D) All of the above?(!) This is a topic we have touched on in many of our Marketing Seminars. Luckily their are a number of “free” tools out there providing important opportunities for sharing, editing, and contextualizing photographs.

During our last seminar this question was an underlying theme that began bubbling to the surface in open discussions. What forms of representation are, in fact, right for your organization? Subsequently, for organizations with limited staff and funding the more essential question becomes, well, who is going to take the pictures in the first place!?

And while only individual organizations can coordinate an ongoing media strategy, we thought it timely to introduce hands-on opportunities for individuals to start thinking about the very practical questions of photography.

To this end, we invite individuals to attend a photography workshop: “Photo Field Trip: Focusing Your Nonprofit’s Image(more…)

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Job Opportunity: Development Coordinator with the History Center

Development Coordinator at the History Center

The Development Coordinator is a senior staff position with the responsibility for the overall planning, implementation, supervision, coordination and evaluation of all fund raising activities. 

Identify and secure unrestricted and restricted funding support, create and distribute fundraising materials including proposals to current and potential foundations, corporations, individual donors, develop relationships with new donors and strengthen existing relationships with all current and potential donors.  Designs, implements and manages all specific fund raising activities including annual giving, special fund raising events, sponsorships, special projects, major gifts, donor relations plans, and planned giving programs.  Professional employment with proven experience designing and management nonprofit development programs is desired.  Demonstrated ability to develop and grow base of financial supporters for a nonprofit organization is preferred, and may be supplemented by significant experience in private sector in the areas of sales, sales force development and management, business development, and other related experience. 

Desired experience includes progressive, significant fund raising, including donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, grant writing, team management, database maintenance and analysis, interpretation and reporting.  Bachelor’s degree required.  Part-time position, pay commensurate with experience.  Send resume to: The History Center, Attn: Executive Director, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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Job Opportunity: Development Assistant with the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana

National Kidney Foundation of IndianaThe National Kidney Foundation of Indiana seeks a Development Assistant to help plan and coordinate fundraising events. Candidates must have experience working with the public in a flexible work environment. This part-time position will be approximately 21 hours a week and requires both in-state travel and flexibility. A successful candidate will have assisted in non-profit special events or inside sales.

Send resume with cover letter to: Review of applicants begins immediately.

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Job Opportunity: Mission Advancement Coordinator (Full-Time) Metro Office with YMCA

YMCA Are you a creative, outgoing, and personable? Do you want to help the YMCA build an even stronger community?

The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne has a great opportunity for a leader to join our winning team in fulfilling our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
They have the following opening for a Mission Advancement Coordinator at the Metro Office for the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne.

Under the Director of Mission Advancement the following essential functions will be performed:
1. Promotes and incorporates the YMCA core values and mission into all aspects of the job.
2. Proactively assists the Director of Mission Advancement in all aspects of fundraising through oversight of workflow.
3. Review and analyze data relative to fundraising.
4. Assist with identifying and organizing fund development activities.
5. Plan, coordinate and execute selected association special events.
6. Support staff in executing select branch events.
7. Work in conjunction with the Director of Mission Advancement, branch staff, and the Financial Development Committee relative to fundraising.
8. Participates as an active team member for the overall advancement of the association.

Qualifications: (more…)

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