Who We Are


Our CoordinatorMarilynn
Marilynn Fauth has coordinated our programs and services since 2001.  She has more than thirty years of experience as a grantwriter, 20 as a proposal reviewer and 16 as an Executive Director of a grassroots nonprofit.

All of which means that her answers to your inquiries are based on understanding and having been in your shoes.

Prior to her career in the nonprofit sector Marilynn was an educator; a stay-at-home mom and small business owner.  Each of those endeavors added to the skills she now employs in her work with nonprofits.

Her most prized accomplishment was becoming credentialed as a Grant Professional, or Grant Professional Certified, which validates knowledge of and competency in the grants profession through education, experience, professional development, community involvement, and a psychometrically sound examination.

Marilynn is driven by her passion for the sector and an appreciation for the diversity represented in the community.


Our Associate

Elise KordisElise Alabbas joined the team in April of 2015. She comes to the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center with nine years of nonprofit experience. In previous positions, she has worked as the Executive Director/Curator of a county history museum, other roles in museums across the nation, and volunteered at various nonprofits. Elise has also served on two boards, former scholarship reviewer, and speaker.

Prior to Elise’s work in the nonprofit sector, she worked as an archaeologist, Grant and Scholarship Manager in higher education, and Associate Professor.

Her greatest career accomplishments have been earning her Master’s degree in Anthropology and serving as an Executive Director/Curator at a history museum.

Elise, originally from Virginia, now calls Fort Wayne home. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, crafting, reading, and most recently puppy training. One of her life goals is to visit all continents (except Antarctica) and visit all 50 states. So far she has visited 3 continents and 35 states (including Alaska and Hawaii).


 Guest Bloggers

amber recker 3-12Our “Marketing Minute” Guest Blogger 

Amber Foster moved here from Illinois in 2002 and is proud to call Fort Wayne home. She’s a non-profit leader, freelance writer, community volunteer, and food blogger, with over ten years of writing and marketing experience.

By day, she serves as the Executive Director of Artlink, a nonprofit organization that supports the growing and vibrant arts community through exhibits and educational programming.

In her spare time, she volunteers for several non-profit organizations and creates content for a service-centered blog, contagiouscommunity.org.

She launched a food blog, in 2010, and enjoy spending time in the kitchen. amber@artlinkfw.com

Our “A Fundraiser’s Journey” Guest BloggerKelly pic

A Fort Wayne native, Kelly Updike has an extensive career in communications and public relations for corporations and nonprofits. She has been executive director of the beautiful and historic Embassy Theatre since June 2006, a job that encompasses fundraising, staffing, facilities management, board relations, events programming and of course communications.

Kelly is proud to be part of a staff and volunteer team that has raised more than $7.5 million (and counting!) towards a $10 million Embassy renovation project that will be completed in early 2016.

Kelly also serves on national and local nonprofit boards. She and her husband Chris have two adult children and a spunky Lab-mix pup.

Supported by a grant from the Foellinger Foundation and funds from the Paul Clarke endowment held at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne