The Next America

America is changing. Anyone who looks long enough will see that today’s demographics do not represent those of decades past. According to Paul Taylor, author of the “The Next America,”  the altering demographics of our country “will put stress on our politics, families, pocketbooks, entitlement programs and social cohesion.”

Whereas age distribution tables used to resemble a pyramid, with large youth populations at the bottom and small populations of seniors at the top, today’s charts resemble a rectangle.pew

So what does this mean for nonprofit organizations?

Expect nonprofit organizations to play an increasingly important role in the lives of seniors. Our demographic transitions will require us to make some important decisions regarding our communities and our social service programs. With less youth to support our aging parents and grandparents, we will experience a strain on our finances as entitlement programs must be expanded. That’s where nonprofit and community organizations come in.

So what will Allen County look like in thirty years? Take a look at the Community Research Institute‘s report based on the 2010 Census information. Pay specific attention to the information about the aging population. The report states that  “Seniors are projected to grow to be 19.3 percent of the county population by 2040 from 11.9 percent in 2010. This is a substantial change to the county population and carries with it all sort of implications, from tax bases to social services.”

Have you or your organization been impacted by Allen County’s changing demographics?

Share your ideas with us in the comments section.

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Energize Your Board: Still time to register for SpringBoard

SpringBoard workshops help your board recruit, retain, and engage a new generation of board members.

2013 SpringBoard participants discuss engaging practices

2014 SpringBoard workshops
Facilitated by Marilynn Fauth

Tuesday, April 22nd | 12-2
Wednesday, April 30th | 5-7

At least one board member must attend on behalf of your organization.

Participants will learn:

  • to identify potential board members;
  • how nonprofit life-cycle affects choosing board members;
  • recruiting and engaging practices

Please note:

  • Limited to two participants per organization. You decide the appropriate combo (board and staff or just board). At least one board member must attend on behalf of your organization.
  • A light meal will be provided.
  • Registration is required.

As a courtesy Get-on-Board, Get Connected organizations have been invited prior to opening this program to all other nonprofits.

Can’t attend? Click through to review SpringBoard information online. SpringBoard programs take place once a year, in the spring, with PCNRC training in the subjects available by request. (more…)

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2014 County Health Rankings are here

Get local – Explore Rankings

Be inspired and learn from experience  - what are others doing?

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Have you registered for Get Connected?

Nonprofit registration deadline extended to Monday, April 14th.

Take advantage of higher than ever emerging leader attendance!

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Alison connects to an emerging leader

Why Get Connected?

Hear it from one of our enthusiastic participants:

The Get Connected program is VITAL to our organization in recruitment of new committee and board members. Our organization has taken advantage of every Get Connected Speed Dating event since it’s kick-off and have retained over 10 committee and now, board members for our organization.

This has not only helped FWDC have a strong young population at the helm but has helped add fresh and experienced perspective to all that we implement. If you are not yet involved, you should be. It’s the easiest and fastest way to reach a group of highly interested young people who can really make a difference for your organization.

- Alison Gerardot
Outreach Director
Fort Wayne Dance Collective

Looking to recruit fresh perspectives to your committees? To open your organization up to meaningful community engagement? To have fun meeting new people and reconnecting with other area organizations?

Get Connected on Thursday, April 17th.

Click through to learn more and register.

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Job Opportunities with Center for Nonviolence

The Center for Nonviolence in Fort Wayne has several part-time positions available. More information on all available jobs can be found below.cfn logo2

Position: Development Co-Coordinator (20 hrs/week)

This staff person will work in conjunction with the Development Coordinator and development committee to create, execute and oversee the Center’s annual fund development plan.

Requires Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent. Minimum of two years experience in related work, including donor development, grant writing, special events, etc. Professional training or education in fundraising, grant writing, board development, marketing and strategic planning a plus.

Position: Youth Program Co-Facilitator (5-10 hrs/week)

This staff person will be part of the Youth Collective and assume joint responsibility for maintaining the quality of the youth program as well as direct service and outreach. Initial training and assignments will involve in-house youth programming.

Position: Facilitator for Mothers’ Intervention Groups (3 evening hrs/week)

This staff person will be part of the Women’s Program Collective and assume joint responsibility for maintaining the quality of the women’s program at the Center for Nonviolence which includes direct service and occasional outreach.

Position: Facilitator for Women’s Violence Intervention Groups (3-6 hrs/week)

This staff person will be part of the Women’s Program Collective and assume responsibility for maintaining the quality of the women’s program at the Center for Nonviolence which includes direct service and occasional outreach.

For more information about these open positions, or to apply, please visit the Center for Nonviolence employment opportunities webpage.

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April 23@4: Storytelling for Nonprofits

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What’s the number one 21st Century skill for nonprofit employees, volunteer, and board members?

Storytelling, according to Peter Brinckerhoff, award winning nonprofit author and renowned workshop facilitator.

Join us for this month’s 23@4 program: Storytelling for Nonprofits

Relying on proven resources, you’ll discover how to:

  • identify good stories
  • collect your organization’s stories
  • tell stories in different settings and mediums – from the campfire to the digital environment
  • and as usual, you’ll identify practitioners who you adore and wish to follow

Bring your library card to check out the materials for further study.

Library: Main Library
Location: Meeting Room B
Register to attend.

 23 @ 4 Programs provides attendees with an overview of a topic with reviews of quality resources and materials packed into 60 minutes. These are not intended to be workshops or classes, but rather resource review programs that require less of your time and more of your interest to peruse the materials on your own.

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Connect Your Organization with Emerging Leaders

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Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating

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Thursday, April 17 | 5:30 – 8:00 | Allen County Public Library

We’re excited to announce record emerging leader registration for Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating.

And we expect registrations will continue to climb following YLNI’s upcoming My City Summit where we’ll invite participants to connect with you through meaningful service.

Because we expect so many more emerging leaders, we’re inviting more nonprofits to attend. Register by April 10th to get your seat at the table.

What is Get Connected?

Organizations feedback tells us how useful it is:

“First, I want to tell you that I really enjoyed the “speed dating” experience!  I am happy to report that I’ve met with 2 of the emerging leaders and by george – we have a connection!  … I am very pleased.  I know that [redacted] is also going to do some work with Fort Wayne Trails, which is great because we do some partnering with them!  What a great opportunity you provided for all of us. THANK YOU!!”

- Carol Cavell, Trees Indiana, following Get Connected


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Job Opportunity with United Way

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Position:  Senior Donor Relations Manager (full time)

Agency: United Way of Allen County


Relationship Management/Account Development

  • Manages all aspects of employee workplace giving campaigns.
  • Serve as a key spokesperson for the organization.
  • Make presentations to employee groups.
  • Research and development.
  • Advise other staff members as to best practices.
  • Identify, cultivate relationships and develop strategic partnerships with other United Way organizations, not-for-profits organizations, businesses and professional association.
  • Identify, cultivate relationships and develop strategic partnerships with local and regional foundations.
  • Collaborates with coordinators to develop/implement successful campaign strategies/best practices/solicitation techniques during employee workplace campaigns.
  • Lead organizational efforts to research, develop and implement strategies that employ web based and social media tools to engage existing and potential donors.
  • Track and analyze campaign activities in Andar software. (more…)
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Marketing Minute: Blogging- How to get started

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Marketing Minute is a monthly post series by guest blogger, Amber Recker

Recently, I presented to students at Trine University about blogging, specifically focusing on what you need to think about before you start and the steps to get started. It’s a good topic for nonprofits, as well, because blogging is one of the most effective ways to tell a story, share organizational news, and highlight industry trends and information. To put it simply, your agency blog will help position your organization as a resource in the community and tell a fluid and engaging story.

Here’s what you need to do before you get started:

1-     Do some research

How are other nonprofits like yours around the country and in our community using blogs? What do you like? What don’t you like? Once you’ve done the research, you should understand the capabilities of blogging and its relationship to your social media and email marketing campaigns.

2-     Review your marketing goals

I can’t stress this enough. You should understand how blogging would fit into your goals. Remember that marketing plan you put together? [Laying the Groundwork for your Marketing Plan & Defining your Marketing Objectives] Make sure you can clearly communicate your strategy to your team before implementation.

3-     Put together a preliminary content schedule (more…)

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Job Opportunity: Lead Case Manager with Hope House

POSITION: Lead Case Manager

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Hope House is a transitionalresidential facility serving homeless, chemically dependent women.  We are currently hiring a full-time lead case manager for the house at 1115 Garden Street. This person will be responsible for a caseload of 12 women, assisting them in developing individual goals and identifying resources to meet those goals so that the women can be discharged into permanent housing with a recovery support network and employment in place.

REQUIREMENTS:  Must have a Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences and some experience in the area of addictions.  Must have strong verbal and written skills & possess knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.  Some experience with HMIS and the Family Development Matrix desirable but not required, but must be able to learn quickly.  Ability to multi-task, work with and relate to a diverse population, be flexible and able to adapt to change. Successful completion of criminal background check necessary.

SCHEDULE:  Full-time, exempt, 40 hours/week 8am – 4 pm Monday – Friday. Vacation & sick days plus benefits.

APPLY: Send resume with professional references to:

Mary Etheart, PhD
1129 Garden Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Or, email same information to





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