A Pirate’s Presentation – September 23rd @ 4 pm

Erik Mollberg, the Pirate Presenter

Join us for the next 23@4 program with Erik Mollberg, Assistant Manager of Access Fort Wayne.

Erik will be speaking about Fort Wayne’s first and up and coming community radio station – WELT –LP, 95.7 FM. WELT is a non-commercial station and mission is to “challenge the cultural and intellectual assumption of our listeners through unique and diverse programming”.

Come and find out how your non-profit organization can participate, either through programming or by having you public service announcements read over the public airways.  WELT will also have your PSA’s translated into Burmese, Spanish, Hindi and Arabic.

To learn more about WELT, read the Living Fort Wayne article here.

To learn more about Access Fort Wayne, click here.

Cash Flow and Property Taxes – from DWD’s “Mission-Minded” blog

CarrieMinnichwebGet on Board’s, Carrie Minnich, CPA has written two new short articles on the Mission Minded, Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.’s blog.

In her piece on cash flow projections, Carrie gives nonprofits a few tips. The first one is to start off with your annual budget and breakdown your expenses and revenue on a monthly basis. Carrie warns, [s]imply dividing the annual amount by twelve will not give you an accurate picture of your cash flows.” Overall, analyze your habits to better manage your cash flow. Click here to read more of Carrie’s blog post and to learn other tips on cash shortages and surpluses.

You’ll want to check out the Indiana property tax changes blog post too. Carrie passes along information about the date change to report tangible personal property. The date was March 1st and now it is January 1st. To read other details of this change, click here to read the full post.


It’s Our Policy

can-spam-actThe Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center sends email: grant alerts, newsletters and e-blasts. Our purpose is to inform our clients and users about resources, upcoming programs and grant opportunities.

If you’ve taken a class or attended a program you’ve probably gotten onto our email list either because you signed up yourself or we added your email so we could communicate about the program for which you registered.

What is SPAM?
Technically, Spam is “Unsolicited Commercial Email.” In plain English, Spam is “annoying emails you didn’t ask for from companies you don’t know, selling products you don’t want.”

Here’s what we’d like you to know:

  • We take the federal CAN SPAM Act of 2003 very seriously
    • Abusing the act could be a $300 fine per email, or as much as $14,000 for a campaign
    • Being reported as SPAM could close our account
    • It could also land us in jail, as the Act has criminal penalties for violators
  • We never send more mail than is necessary
    • One grant alert mailing each week (you may not even get one every week – it depends on which field of interests you’ve signed up to receive)
    • One newsletter a month
    • Occasional e-blasts to let you know of an upcoming program or event

It’s our policy to:

  • Avoid two or more emails in one day
  • Limit our campaigns overall
  • Respect your mailbox
  • Protect your email address (we do not rent or sell our subscriber list)

It’s your right to:

  • Unsubscribe at any time
  • Ask to be put ‘on hold’
  • Change your fields of interest at any time (you control your account)

Why am I writing this?

Because I pay attention to the complaints of SPAM that we get, and while they are rare, being reported as SPAM is nonetheless very painful for me to see.

Most of our subscribers signed themselves up for our email. Some signed up in the early days before we used Constant Contact as our marketing vehicle, but those subscribers gave us permission at that time to email them through our library account which allowed us to add them to our CC account when we began using it in 2004.

Don’t want email from us anymore?

That’s understandable – sometimes I get over 400 messages in my email box in a day.  Some of those are newsletters and alerts I subscribed to at one time. When I find myself unable to keep up with those I delete without opening, or follow the unsubscribe link and remove myself from their list.

That’s what we hope you will do. Every one of our mailings from Constant Contact have an unsubscribe link on the bottom and a change your account link.  We ask that you use those, especially when you absolutely don’t want to hear from us.

We ask that you not report us a spam though. We don’t spam and we won’t spam.  That’s just not the PCNRC.


Constant Contact’s anti-SPAM policy

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Board Bootcamp 2015

Are you a new board member? Has your organization recruited new board members in the last year? Or curious about how you can begin to engage in nonprofit service? Sign them up for Board Bootcamp today!

Mike Stone, Impact Strategies, Inc.
Mike Stone, Impact Strategies, Inc.


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.

Mike Stone, Bootcamp Facilitator


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

-basics of the nonprofit sector

-responsibilities of a board member

-how to find a fit with an organization


Saturday October 3rd from 9 am to 1 pm


Allen County Public Library, Main in the Globe Room


Lunch will be provided.

Program costs $10. Can be paid in cash or check by Monday September 28th. No refunds after Monday September 28th. Payable to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. Drop off payment at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center or mail to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

RSVP required. Click here to RSVP.

Next steps?

After Bootcamp connect to area nonprofits with mutual interests at a Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating, day and time to be announced.

Participants will also be able to connect with Stewardship Award nominees* through Stewardship Lunches if interested.

*Who are Stewardship Award nominees? Our community is fortunate to have many board members who exemplify at least three of BoardSource’s “Ten Basic Responsibilities of a Board.” Since 2005, Foellinger Foundation has honored these individuals annually through their Stewardship Award.

We’ll connect you to nominees based on their experiences, your interests and your mutual desires to serve.

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*If you have served on a nonprofit board for more than two years, contact the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center at nrc@acpl.info about alternative board member services in our community.

Board Bootcamp is a Get on Board program of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center with grant support by Foellinger Foundation. In 2011, we partnered with YLNI to enhance and expand their existing program. After several years of success, we have since taken responsibility for the project, working with YLNI to share the opportunity with their audience.

Job Opportunity: Early Childhood Alliance – Multiple Positions

Early Childhood Alliance (Fort Wayne, IN) is a not-for-profit organization with the mission of building better futures for young children by promoting and providing quality early childhood education and services for families, businesses and early childhood professionals.

The Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) has the following openings for full-time and part-time employees:

Infant Toddler Specialist – Full Time


The Infant/Toddler Specialist coordinates and implements infant/toddler services for parents, communities and early care and education professionals. This position is responsible for awareness, training, technical assistance and support to improve the quality of care for children birth to age 3. Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends.

Travel is required.
This position is located in Fort Wayne, IN.

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or Consumer and Family Sciences with at least 12 credit hours in caring for infants/toddlers. (Master’s degree preferred).

Minimum two years working in an early childhood setting and/or 2 years working with Infants/Toddlers, with supervisory experience as well as experience with training adults.

Ministry Coach – Full Time

The Ministry Coach responsible for implementing on-site support for assigned ministry programs to promote quality early care and education. This position is responsible for assisting ministry programs in developing and implementing quality improvement plans based on program assessment. This includes, but is not limited to observing and assessing environment and early care and education practices, role-modeling and on-site training.

Must have the ability to work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends. Travel is required. This position performs duties in an off-site office environment, primarily focused in Elkhart and St. Joseph Counties.

Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or Consumer and Family Sciences or Education.

Minimum two years experience working with children in a ministry early childhood education program, as well as experience working with and leading adults.

Education Specialist – Full Time (35 hours benefited)

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Free Fundraising Presentation by Benevon – September 28, 2015


Creating Sustainable Funding For Your Nonprofit

In this highly engaging overview of the Benevon Model, you will learn how to implement this systematic process for engaging and developing relationships with mission-focused individual donors. Learn to implement mission-focused, permission-based fundraising, how to make your organization more visible in your community, and how to identify and cultivate individual donors who are passionate about your mission.

  • Date: Monday, September 28, 2015
  • Time: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Parkview Mirro Center for Research and Innovation

10622 Parkview Plaza Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Benevon trains and coaches nonprofit organizations to implement a mission-based system for raising sustainable funding from individual donors. This system ends the suffering about fundraising and builds passionate and committed lifelong donors. The Benevon Model was developed by founder Terry Axelrod, author of seven books and several DVDs, including her most recent book, The Benevon Model: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting it Right. For more information, please visit www.benevon.com.

A Fundraiser’s Journey: Getting to Know You

A Fundraiser’s Journey Kelly Updike for PCNRC

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Getting to Know You

The path to strong and consistent donors is a long one but it’s a fun one.

It’s all about learning what makes your donors’ hearts beat faster for your organization. Why do they love you? Let us count the ways we can find out.

Start with a donor who has given consistently to your organization for a long period of time. It can be someone you already know but if you are feeling brave, talk with someone who should be giving to your organization but hasn’t done so yet. Go for it!

  1. Ask for a meeting. It can be lunch, a tour of your facility or program, coffee, whatever. Best location is one where you can have a good conversation. Even 20 minutes in his or her office will work, if that’s all the time you’re given.
  2. Make the best use of that time: Do not do a Show Up and Throw Up, as a colleague of mine so eloquently put it. This means you do NOT talk, you listen.
  3. Spend only five to seven minutes talking about why you are meeting. This can be an update on the organization or a thank-you for all the support.
  4. Ask some questions. Suggestions: Tell me how you got interested in our organization. What excites you about our organization? What do you like about where it is going? If you could give a million dollars to our organization, what would you want that money to do? The goal is to learn more about him/her in order to make a later good ask.
  5. Repeat the information back to the donor, engage in conversation.
  6. Send a note right after the meeting, thanking the donor for his/her time. Personalize the note: If the donor is recovering from a fall or fever, send best wishes for a speedy recovery. If the donor is a cat-lover, use the pet’s name.
  7. If the donor provided feedback on something that can be improved in the organization, follow up and check in with the donor about it.
  8. Keep notes on your meeting and follow-ups. This can be a simple Excel document. Don’t stress over this, just write it down.

Here is a link to a good getting-to-know-all-about-you book, entitled Asking, which is available at the Allen County Public Library: http://www.jeroldpanas.com/pages/book_asking.htm

The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Embassy or the PCNRC.