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Grant Opportunity: Foellinger Foundation Limited Asset Improvement

The Foellinger Foundation announced a special grant opportunity on February 14, 2014 for any Allen County-based 501(c)(3) organization. This opportunity is to apply for Limited Asset Improvement Project funds (LAI). Organizations applying for funds must demonstrate how the project(s) for which funds are sought will make the agency more effective.

Two LAI Project categories of funding are available. Organizations may apply for up to $50,000 if they have completed a capacity-building grant (Inspire, Renew, or Transform) from the Foundation AND implemented its findings during the period January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2013. All other eligible organizations may apply for up to $25,000.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2014.

To submit an application, review the resources posted at

  • Guidelines
  • Application Checklist and Questions Template
  • Executive Summary Template
  • Project Chart Template
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New Books: Nonprofit Management, Proposal Writing, and Donor Management

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

Effective leadership for nonprofit organizations : how executive directors and boards work together / Thomas Wolf Successful grant writing : strategies for health and human service professionals / Laura N. Gitlin, Kevin J. Lyons The art of membership : how to attract, retain and cement member loyalty / Sheri Jacobs

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The Lutheran Foundation has Undergone a ReNEWal

“We’re excited to share our revitalized vision for healing our community”
-Lutheran Foundation

Through a Christian approach, the Lutheran Foundation advocates for the Northeast Indiana Community through initiatives that address unhealthy lifestyles, lack of access to care, and struggle with mental and behavioral health issues.

Please browse the foundation’s new website to learn more about the Lutheran Foundation’s values and focus areas, and find out if your mission fits with the revitalized vision.

Below is a video to help you better understand the renewed direction of the Lutheran Foundation.


New Books: Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing for Education; Board Development; and, Marketing

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

The insider’s guide to winning education grants / Dakota Pawlicki, Chase James ; foreword by Gregory Michie The brand IDEA : managing nonprofit brands with integrity, democracy and affinity / Nathalie Laidler-Kylande and Julia Shepard Stenzel ; foreword by Christopher Stone. Guidebook for directors of nonprofit corporations / edited by William L. Boyd III and Jeannie Carmedelle Frey

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New Books: Human Resources, Fundraising, and Proposal Writing

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations by Joan Pynes is also available as an ebook.

Human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations : a strategic approach / Joan E. Pynes Winning grants step by step : the complete workbook for planning, developing, and writing successful proposals / Tori O’Neal-McElrath The generosity network : new transformational tools for successful fund-raising / Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker with Karl Weber

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Foellinger Logic Model

Logic Model Workshop for YD October 2013

In case you missed it, here is the presentation on Logic Models given this morning at the Allen County Public Library by Dawn Martz, Foellinger Foundation Senior Program Officer.

Organizations that will be applying in the Foellinger Youth Development grant category in the near future composed the intended audience.

The Foellinger grant packet was not covered.  If you are interested in finding out if your organization is eligible to apply for Foellinger funding please see Foellinger’s Website for further information.

If you’re not applying in the Youth Development grant category, the Foundation is offering upcoming workshops for grant applicants in the Early Childhood, Family Development, and Community Interests categories.  Watch for further updates.

For information on what Foellinger will fund, please review Foellinger’s Mission and Grant Type & Restrictions pages.

Sources for Community Statistics and Data

Finding Funders

Foundation Directory Online – In Grant Basics I, our monthly class, we teach you how to use this tool to find grantmakers that fits your nonprofit work. See our Training Schedule here.

Foundation Center Digital Grant Guides – $39.95 each – Yes, this information is from the database mentioned above.

Grant Space, the Foundation Center’s online portal for a variety of proposal writing resources including: Samples, Training schedules, Specific Fields of Interests topics and more.

Statistic and Data Resources

U.S. Census Bureau:

American FactFinder:

Take a FactFinder Virtual Tour, use  tutorials and learn more at the American FactFinder help page

Allen County Census Profile, compiled by the Community Research Institute

More State and Local Resources

When specific, tough questions come your way, these resources might prove helpful, though typically, you won’t need to dig this deeply. Remember, you can always ask us – perhaps someone else has already and the answer has been compiled recently. 

Federal Data & Statistics

Youth Data Resources

Indiana K-12 School Data > Create Custom School Profile

Kids Count in Indiana

Social Research:


Pew Research Center:

Brookings Institute:

Urban Institute:


Foundation Directory Online – Free

The PCNRC is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center. Earlier this month, the Foundation Center launched free access to a limited version of the Foundation Directory Online.

Read more from the Foundation Center’s promotional materials and press release:

We’re pleased to announce that our premier funder database, Foundation Directory Online, now includes a free search tool that has replaced Foundation Finder, providing public access to essential information about nearly 90,000 foundations and over 250,000 IRS Forms 990-PF.

Start searching at

You can access the full Foundation Directory Online Professional version for free in the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center.

Foundation Center Launches Free Search Tool

Nonprofits Gain a Powerful New Fundraising Research Tool

New York, NY — September 16, 2013. The Foundation Center, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide, has launched Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Free, an online tool that dramatically expands public access to the Center’s authoritative collection of foundation information. At no cost, users can search the basic profiles and IRS Forms 990-PF of nearly 90,000 grantmakers, less than 7 percent of which have web sites of their own. (more…)

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September 23@4: Resources for Statistics and Research

Statistics / Sadistics Folder at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Chamapaign Illinois

This month you’ll learn about reliable resources for the statistics, data and research you need to deliver an effective community program.

We’ll look at sources for federal and state government data, as well as for social sector research. Expect a quick overview of online access to the Census, STATSIndiana, PubHub and more.

We’re in the computer classroom, so seating is limited.

Monday, September 23rd
4:00 to 5:00, Computer Classroom

Register here to attend

23 @ 4 Programs are resource presentations packed into one hour. These are not intended to be workshops or classes, they are intended to provide attendees with an overview of the topic with reviews of as many resources and materials possible to pack into 60 minutes.

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WOWO Penny Pitch Accepting Applications Until September 30th

Penny Pitch, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for community service organizations serving Fort Wayne, Allen County and Northeast Indiana. In the spirit of the original Penny Pitch drive in 1948, Penny Pitch, Inc. provides grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations that serve disadvantaged people in the Fort Wayne, Allen County and Northeast Indiana region. This includes, but is not limited to organizations that serve the needy and disadvantaged by providing shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and other essential social services. Penny Pitch, Inc. is also especially interested in supporting organizations that provide services for the physically handicapped and for children. Unlike years gone by, Penny Pitch no longer makes grants to individuals.

All submissions must be received by September 30th, 2013 to be considered.

See application details at WOWO’s Penny Pitch webpage.

The WOWO representative we spoke with on the phone encourage applications showing the direct impact of dollars on the people you serve in specific detail.

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