National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration Breakfast | November 13, 2014

NPDYou are invited to the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Northeast Indiana Chapter 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration Breakfast.

National Philanthropy Day was instituted by AFP in an effort to bring attention to the significant assistance individuals give to community based organizations. This day is set aside to recognize individuals who donate their time, financial, and other resources for the enrichment of the community and the world in which we live.

Whether they give locally, nationally or internationally, the bottom line is that philanthropic giving enables nonprofit organizations to assist others, hence the National Philanthropy Day mantra, Change the World with a Giving Heart.

Each year the local AFP chapter recognizes exceptional philanthropic and volunteer contributions in Northeast Indiana on National Philanthropy Day.

Reserve your seats for the 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration Breakfast on-line before November 10, 2014 at

Tickets are just $15 for AFP Members and $20 for Non-AFP members.

AFPNEI will announce the recipients of the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist Awards during the National Philanthropy Day Celebration.

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A Fundraiser’s Journey: End of Year Asks

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

Tree leaves are turning gold and red, lying in small piles on the still-green lawn. This pretty picture outside means it’s time to be inside planning your end-of-year solicitation letter!

A lot of gifts are made at the end of each calendar year. Here’s your checklist on making a great impact and standing out from the crowd:

  •  Clean up your mailing list. No list? Create one by listing everyone on whom you have an impact, from your board to your vendors. Now and in the past. Look up all their contact information. Be sure to use actual names, as you need to personalize each letter.
  • Set a goal. You should always have a plan in mind. What if you raised $3,000 from this appeal? What would you do with it? Tell this to the donors. You also should keep track of the costs you incur from this project and strive for revenue that is much more than expenses.


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Learn About the Knight Cities Challenge – October 17, 2014

kcclogoThe Knight Cities Challenge is now open for applications asking people to submit ideas that address the question: What’s your best idea to make cities more successful? The challenge is offering a share of $5 million for new ideas to make the 26 communities where Knight invests more vibrant places to live and work.

The challenge has just two rules:

A submission may come from anywhere, but the project must take place in or benefit one or more of the 26 Knight communities such as Fort Wayne.

The idea should focus on one or more of three key drivers of city success:

  • Talent: Ideas that help cities attract and keep the best and brightest
  • Opportunity: Ideas that create economic prospects and break down divides
  • Engagement: Ideas that spur connection and civic engagement

Applying to the Knight Cities Challenge is easy. There are only two brief questions; each one is limited to 150 words.

To enter and for more information, go to and answer a few questions by November 14th at 5 pm EST. Follow @knightfdn and #KnightCities on Twitter for updates.

Want to learn more?

When: Friday, October 17, 2014 from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Where: The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, 555 East Wayne Street, 46802

Knight staff will be available virtually to answer questions.


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ACPL Closed Friday 10/3 for Staff Development

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With a staff of nearly 400 and 14 locations throughout the county, ACPL’s annual staff development day has become a useful way to connect, provide necessary training, build teams, and learn about our services from new perspectives.

Of course, the biggest outcome for ACPL’s staff day are outcomes for you.

We’re learning to better serve your needs!


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ACPL’s Catalog is new! Seek out new options on the ACPL Enterprise

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Starting today, you will see big changes in the way you search for books and other items on our website. When you go to our catalog, there will be a new interface called Enterprise, and it has a lot of helpful new features. (To take a quick look, click here .)

Right on the first page, there’s a drop-down box that gives you a bunch of lists of the most popular titles around the country — even manga!

Not only can you make your own lists of titles that interest you, but you can text them or email them to yourself or your friends. Or you can text a link to the detailed catalog page about a particular item.

One of my favorites — as an impatient person — is that you can limit your search to only items that are available right now and skip all the stuff…

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Updated Community Health Resource Directory from St. Joseph Community Health Foundation: Now available in Spanish

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation is happy to announce that their 2015-16 Spanish version of the Community Health Resource Directory of low cost, affordable health and wellness services in Allen County is now available! Sjchf Community health directory logo/button

The Directory makes it easier to connect uninsured, under-insured and low-income individuals with quality healthcare resources in our community.

Allen County is blessed with many healthcare providers who want to provide quality care at a low-cost and/or for free. Finding these providers is often difficult.

For more information about the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation please visit their main website at:

This Directory is available online at  Contact the Foundation to obtain free print copies of the Directory, by calling 260-969-2001 ext. 211 or emailing

The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation hopes you find these new resources helpful in connecting your families, friends and clients with quality, affordable health and wellness care here in Allen County.

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Your Organization’s Mission & Vision Statements

vision.missionWhether your organization is brand-new or well-established the board of directors still needs to determine the mission and purpose, or vision.

For a new nonprofit, developing the mission statement is a critical first step in defining what the organization plans to do and what makes it different from other organizations in the same field. You can learn more about defining mission & vision statements on Grantspace, and discover the questions you need to be asking before writing in this Philanthropy Journal article, “Creating Effective Mission & Vision Statements… “.

If the organization has been around for decades it may be time to look closely at that statement and consider rewriting it to better reflect the organization’s current circumstances. In fact, the IRS encourages all nonprofits to create mission statements and regularly review them. Joanne Fritz asks Should You Change Your Mission Statement?

Some mission statements are so complicated that board members have difficulty explaining the purpose of their organization. Start by asking your board:


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Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana

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You are invited to join members of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana at this last program of 2014, Local Legends in Philanthropy.
The 11:30 a.m. luncheon will be held at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, 555 E. Wayne Street in the lower level with the program from approximately Noon-1:00pm. The panel of “Local Legends” includes:
  • Don Steininger, President, Steininger Development, a real estate development company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana;
  • Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Sweetwater Sound, the world’s leading music technology and instrument retailer; and
  • Kathy Callen, former President,  Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, longtime Fort Wayne business leader, community volunteer, and philanthropist.

Each panelist will have approximately 15 minutes to talk about their personal and corporate giving philosophy.  The last 15 minutes will be Q&A from the audience.

To register or for more information, please contact Nancy Bean, PGCNI Program Committee Chair.

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Get Connected: *Now Welcoming Emerging Leaders of All Ages

If the shoe fits … Photo by Reut C via Flickr

Nonprofit Speed Dating | October 16 | Register by October 10

A footnote on the definition of emerging leaders.

Good groups require diversity.

Great boards demand it.

The Get on Board project is primarily focused on encouraging new generations into board service – and still, we’ve also been carefully expanding the definition of emerging leader for a few years. Our definition of “emerging leaders” are those with two years or less experience in board service.

Thanks to new community connections, we have extended our emerging leader invitations to include retired, recently-retired, and all-age volunteers.

We’ve been listening. The Get on Board project is about finding a good fit – between your nonprofit – and potential board members.

We recognize that, “if the shoe fits,” you want to connect! Our efforts continue to be introducing you to community members who want to serve, are new to board service, and who are looking to take a step in the right direction.

The Get on Board committee hopes you love the expanded Get Connected audience.

More about Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating:

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Outstanding Philanthropist Awards – accepting nominations through October 3

Our local Northeast Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will be hosting a National Philanthropy Day celebration on Thursday, November 13, 2014. 

As part of their celebration of the philanthropic spirit in our local community, they want to take this opportunity to recognize the following categories of individuals and organizations that routinely demonstrate a strong record of exceptional financial generosity, commitment to philanthropy and leadership in motivating others in the community to become involved in philanthropic endeavors that benefit our society as a whole.

Submit the nomination form and photo of your nominee by October 3, 2014.

Outstanding Philanthropist Award Nominations

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Northeast Indiana Chapter is accepting nominations from individuals in northeastern Indiana for the 2014 Outstanding Philanthropist Awards. Nominations are being accepted for these categories:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Business/Corporation
  • Outstanding Youth (Grades K-12: 5-18 years of age)
  • Outstanding Development Professional

Completed nominations are NOW due on or before October 3, 2014 and are accepted online.

Submit your nominations here.

Learn more about the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Northeast Indiana Chapter 2014 National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration Breakfast.

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