Show Your Love – #thankstoAmber

amber recker 3-12Marketing Minute, a series by our (completely volunteer) guest blogger, Amber Recker, is on hiatus for the summer. Amber and her energy and experience will return this fall.

We wondered if, like us, you feel incredibly grateful for Amber’s service to your learning?

Do you have tangible results for your organization because of her series? or her programs?

Are you feeling renewed in your marketing efforts #thankstoAmber?

Please, join us on Twitter, Facebook, and here, in the comments to share your success with Amber. Can you take some time over the next several weeks to express your gratitude with simple #ThankstoAmber notes like:

“#thankstoAmber we’re tweeting again and love connecting with folks we serve. We’re grateful to @amrecker for her support!”

“We’ve started reaching into a key target audience and learning more about their needs #thankstoAmber”

“I’ve met some incredible local marketing pros I can ask for guidance #thankstoAmber”

And, in the interim, we welcome you to pause and review what you’ve learned.

Take some to time to reflect on how you’ve applied what Amber’s taught – and let us all know.

Comment here, on our Facebook page or on twitter with your personal and professional #thankstoamber.


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Job Opportunity: Corporate Development Account Executive, PBS 39

Position Title: Corporate Development Account Executive

Reports To: General ManagerPBS39

Job Description –
The Corporate Development Account Executive will generate new business and maintain existing underwriters through great customer service. This person will be responsible for meeting and exceeding revenue targets while also building diverse client portfolios through the creation of strategies which focus on the unique products and services of PBS39.

The Corporate Development Account Executive will initiate sales processes by prospecting, scheduling appointments, making presentations, understanding client business needs, developing proposals, and closing sales.


  • Bachelor’s Degree: Media, Marketing or Sales will be preferred
  • A strong client service outlook and ability to represent PBS39 with the highest degree of professionalism are essential.
  • A Working knowledge of the Ft. Wayne metro area.
  • Knowledge of PCs (Windows programs and spread sheet applications desirable) and standard office equipment.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Review announcement PDF for further information and application instructions: CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE


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25th Edition of KIDS COUNT Data Released

Indiana Improves in Education but Poverty Persists

Overall State Child Well-being Ranking Rises

BALTIMORE/INDIANAPOLIS – Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 KIDS COUNT® Data Book ranked Indiana 27th nationally in overall child well-being, up three spots from 2013.

The new ranking is related to improvement in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores. Fewer Indiana fourth grade students scored below proficient reading level in 2013, an 11 percent change from 2005, and fewer Indiana eighth graders scored below proficient math level, also an 11 percent change. The rankings are for the 50 states.

The biggest improvements in overall rankings compared to last year’s Data Book are seen in Iowa, Utah, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Indiana’s ranking for education is 26th, up from 34th in 2013.

Indiana’s child poverty rate is at 22 percent, meaning nearly a quarter (more…)

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Job Opportunity: YMCA Central Branch Executive Director

Position Title: Ft. Wayne YMCA Central Branch Executive Director YMCA

Job Description –

The Executive Director of the downtown Ft. Wayne Central Branch oversees the total operation of the branch including:

  • Membership
  • Marketing
  • Programs
  • Facilities
  • Volunteer and staff development
  • Financial development
  • Community relations and collaborations with community agencies.

The Executive Director will be responsible to build on and grow the annual campaign, provide strategic planning and vision setting for the branch, lead an upcoming renovation, as well as foster excellent staff relations.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 5 years management experience preferably in a YMCA
  • Review a full list of Qualifications and Job Description here

Application: Qualified individuals may submit a cover letter with salary requirements and resume at the following URL:

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Telling Your Story

with Andrew Hoffman and Ryan Schnurr; hosted by Amber Recker

Many thanks to Andrew, Ryan and Amber for sharing their storytelling experience with an eager audience today.

Thanks to those of you who took time out of your work days to ask meaningful questions.

Andrew and Ryan wish to share their slide deck and the videos they highlighted today.

*7.21.14 Post update*: Andrew and Ryan’s STORYTELLING ONE SHEET




Job Opportunity: Director of Individual Giving, PBS39 Ft. Wayne

Position Title: Director of Individual Giving

Reports To: General ManagerPBS39

Job Description –
The Director of Individual Giving will be responsible for leading the annual fund and major gifts programs for Northeast Indiana’s public television station. The Director also develops strategies, implements plans, manages staff, and monitors activities that achieve PBS39′s revenue goals. This includes donor relations, planned and major gifts, annual fund development, and events.

Qualifications-Successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree plus at least three years experience in development for non-profits. Public broadcasting experience preferred. The individual will have demonstrated ability to meet revenue targets in annual and major giving campaigns and experience in guiding a development team. The individual will have strong interpersonal, writing, and verbal communication skills, and a collaborative management style.

Review announcement PDF for further information and application instructions: Director of Individual Giving


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Job Opportunity: Director of Development with Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Position Description: Development Director

Reports To: President/CEO

Job Description – Development Director
The Development Director will be responsible for developing and implementing the fund development model
for the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and its support foundation, the Northeast Indiana Fund.
Reporting to the President/CEO and coordinating with the Vice President of Regional Initiatives, the
Development Director will be responsible for achieving the organization’s fundraising goals. He/She will work
with other Partnership team members to develop numerous efficient and compelling opportunities for investors
to engage in the Partnership in a way that is satisfying and rewarding to them.


  • Commits to and promotes the vision, mission, values and goals of the Partnership.
  • Holds a bias for action. Exercises independent judgment and decisions to achieve mission and improve effectiveness/efficiency.
  • Supervises the Grant Coordinator.
  • Applies creativity and initiative to resolve challenges or improve effectiveness and efficiency.

See more in the Director of Development with Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership job description (PDF).

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Save the Date: Indiana Nonprofit Summit |October 1-2

Indiana Nonprofit Summit 2014
October 1-2
IUPUI Campus Center
420 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202


From the website:

The Summit

More than just the most significant annual gathering for nonprofit and community service professionals in the state, the Indiana Nonprofit Summit shares resources all year long at this website, on our blog and via our social media pages to help organizations best deploy their resources for maximum impact.

It’s all about helping organization build capacity to meet human needs. (more…)


Marketing Seminar: Telling Your Story

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July 15, 2014 | 11:30-2:00
Presenter: Andrew Hoffman, NeighborLink Fort Wayne

Host: Amber Recker, PUNCH Films

Register here to attend.amber recker 3-12

Putting your mission narrative on video opens you up to a wider spectrum of visual and auditory story-telling aids. Brief pieces explaining your organization’s purpose are also capable of connecting to your audience emotionally, calling to mind the real-life situations that make your organization necessary. Join us for our next Marketing Seminar in which we will explore storytelling through video and how nonprofits can get the most out of their video strategies.



Job Opportunity: Executive Director with The Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana

Executive Director for local legal services not-for-profit agency.

Bachelor’s degree and 3-years experience in law-related field preferred.

Responsible for day-to-day activities including, personnel, financial and administrative duties; fundraising, marketing, training and public speaking.

Full-time, salaried position.

See full description at

Mail letter of interest and resume by July 17, 2014 to Exec. Search at P.O. Box 2263, Fort Wayne 46801-2263.


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