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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Job Opportunity: Executive Director at the Creative Arts Council of Wells County

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The Executive Director will serve as the Creative Arts Council’s chief administrative officer, responsible for implementing policies determined by the Board of Directors. This responsibility includes the management of Creative Arts’ personnel and financial assets; the development, promotion, implementation and evaluation of programs; and the representation of Creative Arts to the community, region, and state.

This is a full-time position which will report to the Board of Directors.

See full details below.


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A Fundraiser’s Journey Bonus Post: The latest thing

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

If you haven’t heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge, you are either chained to your desk without Internet access or are out meeting with your own donors (I hope it’s the latter).

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a fundraiser for the ALS Association that supports people with and research for what is more commonly called Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

This is a dare you make to three people – preferably via social media – to donate to ALSA or dump a bucket of ice over your head. Within 24 hours. If you accept the challenge, then you can dare three more people.

Everyone from my cousins to President Obama has been involved. Most seem to make the donation AND dump the bucket. Here’s how it works: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

Is this popular because it’s silly? Allows for individual expression? Easy to do? Makes for good video? Helps a good cause? You bet!

This is Bill Gates taking the challenge:

And this is Patrick Stewart: (more…)

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Thanks to all those who attended our first photography workshop!

Photo ClassWe had a wonderful time with our first hands-on photography workshop! The session featured a combination of lecture style instruction, sample photography, a short “field trip” around downtown to practices these skills, AND a brief editing tutorial (phew!).

Attendees had the opportunity to discuss specific questions regarding their nonprofit’s photographic capabilities while also working with one another to create interesting, high quality images.

We also went over a number of great, FREE resources for you to draw from. As promised you can find links to these resources below. Enjoy!:



Ready to Get Connected?

Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating | October 16

Meet emerging leaders who want to support nonprofits through meaningful committee work that could lead to board service.get connected

Nonprofits and emerging leaders who wish to serve them are invited to start conversations.

Fast, structured “speed networking” rounds, with informal social mingling after.

Nonprofit board members will meet emerging leaders interested in getting involved with a nonprofit organization with an eye for a potential board leadership role in the future.

Emerging leaders will be introduced to 20-30 opportunities to serve.


2014 Get Connected Dates
Thursday, October 16 | 5:30-8:00

Details?  (more…)

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A Day in Allen County: Send us your photos!

We invite you to capture a day in Allen County, Indiana!

Sunday, September 21, 2014—the last official full day of summer—take pictures of anything and everything that is happening in our county in that twenty-four hour time period, and send them to us!

We want to capture what is going on throughout the entire community, so pictures can be of people at work, children at play, baseball games and sporting events, weather and blooming flowers, homes and buildings, traffic scenes, hikers and bikers, and people just hanging out. Include a description you would like put with the picture.

If it’s happening in the twenty-four hours of September 21st, it’s worth capturing!

Twitter #DayinAllenCo2014

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Reminder: September 23@4 | Internet Research: Digging Deeper


Learn about library access to business profiles and more!

Marilynn will show you AtoZ databases, Muckety and more in this 23@4 program which will be in the computer classroom at Main.

September 23rd | 4:00 – 5:00
Main Library, downtown | Computer Classroom

Seating is limited. Register here to attend.

23 @ 4 Programs provide you with an overview of a topic, quality resources and materials packed into 60 minutes. These sessions give you materials to explore to support your independent learning.

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