Meet the Funders 2017

Tuesday, August 22

Join us for the 16th annual Meet the Funders event presented by the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. There are two portions beginning with a panel discussion, followed by the forum sessions where nonprofit attendees can learn about each foundation in more detail.  This year representatives from Arts United, Lincoln Financial, McMillen Foundation, PNC Bank 2016 MTF paneland St. Joseph Community Health Foundation will be participating.

Panel │9:15-10:00 a.m. │ACPL Theater

The Panel portion begins promptly at 9:15 with funders discussing how their foundation meets its mission through grant awards. Questions for the panel will include:

  • What wisdom would you like young organizations and new grant seekers to know about grant seeking and grant requests?
  • What is the best way to approach your foundation as a first time grant seeking organization?
  • What makes a grant proposal stand out in your mind as well-written and compelling?
  • What are the worst mistakes a grant seeker could make with your foundation?
  • If an organization is granted funding, what kind of information does your foundation require in a grant report, how frequently and how does it affect any future grants? Registration requested but not required.

Forum │10:15 – 12:05 p.m. │Theater, Globe, Meeting rooms A, B & C

MTF forum2016After a fifteen minute break attendees will convene in one of the five locations above to hear from each of the funders in more detail.  This also provides attendees an opportunity to ask more specific questions of  foundation representatives. Register for the Forum here.

Who should attend?  Any staff, or board member of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Allen County and Northeast Indiana (three presenting funders award outside Allen County); new, or novice proposal writers; executive directors, board members of young nonprofit agencies (under 3 years of operations); free-lance grant writers or individuals considering a career in nonprofit development.

What will I get out of those three hours?

For newbies – a better understanding of philanthropy in our community; specific knowledge about the foundations represented and probably some very good tips from them.  Seasoned professional will learn what, if anything, has changed at one or more of their potential or present funding partner. Board members and volunteers – the more you learn about foundations in our community the better prepared you are to support your nonprofit’s staff and programs with understanding.

There is still time to register!


Job Opportunity: FW Children’s Zoo – Senior Coordinator

Senior Coordinator for Corporate Partnership and Events

Applications are being accepted for a full-time Senior Coordinator for Corporate Partnership and Events. This position reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for coordinating the zoo’s Corporate Partnership program and annual fundraising events such as Zoobilee, Zoo Brew & Wine Too, and MaskZOOrade. A bachelor’s degree in philanthropy, hospitality management, communications, marketing, or other related field is required, as well as five years of experience in event planning, hospitality, project management, sponsorship, or other development-related work. For a full job description and application, see

This is a full-time, exempt position requiring availability for at least a 40-hour work week year-round (including some evenings, weekends, and holidays).

To apply: submit cover letter, resume, and application by mail: Zoo, Attn: Employment (Senior Coordinator for Corporate Partnership and Events), 3411 Sherman Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46808; deliver to zoo office 8am-5pm daily; or email to

Application Deadline: Friday, September 1

August 23rd @ 4pm: Because Robert Said So

Henry Martyn Robert   1837-1923 

Here’s the history of how we came to have Robert’s Rules of Order:

Henry Martyn Robert was an engineering officer in the regular Army. Without warning he was asked to preside over a public meeting being held in a church in his community and realized that he did not know how. He tried anyway and his embarrassment was supreme. This event, which may seem familiar to many readers, left him determined never to attend another meeting until he knew something of parliamentary law.

Ultimately, he discovered and studied the few books then available on the subject. From time to time, due to his military duties, he was transferred to various parts of the United States, where he found virtual parliamentary anarchy, since each member from a different part of the country had differing ideas of correct procedure. To bring order out of chaos, he decided to write Robert’s Rules of Order, as it come to be called.  Source:

So, does presiding over board meetings give you chills?  Do you worry about not understanding Parliamentary Procedure?  Then this month’s 23rd@4pm program will help you be a more parliamentary leader.  Attendees will learn about:

  • Order of relevance
  • Purpose of parliamentary procedure
  • Basic principles
  • Typical order of business
  • Presiding officer’s role
  • Types of motions and how to handle one
  • Debate and its rules

Register here

Job Opportunity: YWCA Northeast Indiana – Executive Assistant

Purpose: YWCA

Provide overall administrative support and coordination for the organization through the Executive Staff (CEO, COO, CFO), the Board of Directors and associated Committees. Performs basic bookkeeping tasks and provides back-up support to the development department.

Expectations of every YWCA Staff Member:

  • Uphold and promote the YWCA Mission.
  • Maintain compliance with state standards.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to fund development efforts for support of all programs and the overall Association.
  • Provide support to other departments and staff.

Essential Duties:

  • Manages all administrative and data entry support for the Chief Executive Officer, Board Committees and other senior staff
  • Responsible for administration support for the Organization, including operations, board of directors, committees, special events, etc.
  • Provides basic bookkeeping support to CFO
  • Completes a broad variety of administrative tasks for the CEO including: managing an active calendar of appointments, completing expense reports, composing and preparing correspondence that is sometimes confidential; arranging detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and compiling documents for travel-related meetings.
  • Successfully completes critical aspects of deliverables with a hands-on approach, meeting materials, personal correspondence, and other tasks that facilitate the CEO’s ability to effectively lead the organization.
  • Coordinates executive office and board meetings to ensure they are well organized, all pertinent information is provided and chairpersons are prepared. Includes meeting notices, reminder calls, agenda creation, support materials, and room set-up.  Attends meetings and records minutes as assigned.
  • Support financial aspects of the organization.
  • Support and contribute to YWCA fund development initiatives, functions and efforts for all programs and the overall organization.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures.
  • Assist with the management of telephone and voice mail communications systems for the office.
  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records.
  • Create and maintain high quality work environment to perform at highest level.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of the operation of all AV and electronic office equipment such as copiers, fax machine, telephone system, e-mail, video and web-conferencing, as well as other computer software and provides secondary support for those functions.
  • Run various reports from YWCA computer system.
  • Other duties as assigned to meet the organization’s goals.


  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong customer service skills with ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide range of people.
  • Proven ability to effectively and respectfully interact with diverse populations, including clients, co-workers, board members, volunteers and agency.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion when handling potentially confidential or sensitive manners.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel.  Financial/Fund development software experience preferred.
  • 1-3 years of general office experience; prefer general accounting experience
  • 1-3 years of experience with general office equipment (copiers, printers)
  • Accurate, organized, and detail-oriented, with ability to work under pressure and shift priorities in response to changing needs.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and files
  • Must comply with organization’s policy of automobile insurance: must have a valid driver’s license and personal automobile insurance coverage.
  • Flexibility to change work hours as needed.

Physical/Mental Essential Requirements:

  • Walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching, moderate lifting and carrying (up to thirty (30) pounds).
  • Full range of body motion including manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination.
  • Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range.
  • Ability to sit at a computer work station for extended periods of time.
  • Occasional need to stand for long periods of time.
  • Ability to focus on detail and accuracy of work product.
  • Work is performed primarily in a non-smoking office environment.
  • Occasional high stress may be experienced in dealing with clients, staff and volunteers.

Apply here

Webinar: 5 Common Legal Traps for Nonprofits & How to Avoid Them

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 wildap logo.1

2pm ET │Free

Have you ever worried your organization could have some hidden legal risks? Often it’s what we don’t know that can come back to haunt us. This is why Wild Apricot has invited Erin McClarty, nonprofit attorney and strategist, to present a free webinar on August 23 on the most common legal issues she sees nonprofits face, and what to do about them.

In this free webinar, Erin will show you:

●The 5 most common legal traps for nonprofits
●Several solutions and tools to reduce your risk
●The best jargon-free resources every nonprofit should read
Read about the presenter and register here.

Free Webinar: Managing the Complexities of Nonprofit Growth


Tuesday August 15, 2017, 2:00 PM Eastern

In a recent industry study, 80 percent of nonprofit finance professionals say their organization plans to grow in the next 12-18 months. Nonprofit growth presents its own unique set of challenges, and, if not managed properly, can actually hurt your organization. With challenges and opportunities in mind, how do you prepare your budget, staff, and organization for growth?

What You Will Learn from this Live Interactive Webinar:
• Evaluate growth strategies through a risk management framework.
• Prepare for internal controls and processes for increased compliance complexities.
• Develop people strategies to accommodate for growth (including managing different generations).
• Identify technology requirements for accommodating growth.

Presented by npt_copy  &  abilia


Job Opportunity – Science Central Outreach Registration Coordinator

POSITION: Outreach Registration CoordinatorScience Central Logo

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central is an informal, hands-on, educational science center (physical, natural and applied sciences); hiring a self-directed, team-oriented, part-time reservations position; assist in the scheduling of school onsite and outreach programs through ticketing software, placing programs on the schedules; coordinating placement of staff within the Google Docs spreadsheet daily schedule; creating and printing teacher/chaperone schedules; weekly confirmation of upcoming programs; effectively listen to and efficiently communicate with schools, and suggest appropriate programs; possibly gather information for grants via follow-up phone calls and email surveys; data entry in multiple databases.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Be prepared (record keeping, phone calls, scheduling); must be responsible and organized, time- and detail-oriented, excellent follow-through skills; professional attitude; outgoing and articulate, communicative with staff, visitors and school contacts; comfortable in an exciting and fast-paced environment; able to handle high stress, multiple activities and deadlines; must have flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; comfort with and interest in science and education; have excellent Microsoft Office computer skills, database administration experience, word processing and spread sheet experience; moderate lifting (approx. 40 pounds)

QUALIFICATIONS: Some college courses and experience in the informal education/museum field is preferred; successful completion of Criminal Background Check is required.

SCHEDULE: Approximately 20-25+ hours per week; schedule might include days, evenings, weekends and holidays; must be flexible.

SALARY: $10.25/hour; limited time off benefits; no medical benefits

APPLY: Posting open until filled.

Send cover letter, resume and list of professional references (minimum of 3) to

Human Resources Director

Science Central

1950 North Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN   46805

Fax: (260) 422-2899