Faith-Based Resource Grant

Have you heard about the Resource Grant from the Center for Congregations? Matt Burke, Northeast Director and Education Director shared information about the Center and Resource Grant.

congregationsWith an office in Fort Wayne, the Center for Congregation’s mission is to “strengthen Indiana congregations by helping them find and use the best resources to address their challenges and opportunities.” One such resource is the Resource Grant.

The Resource Grant is to assist “Indiana congregations find and use the best resources.” The purpose of the grant is to “increase your congregation’s capacity to accomplish a new goal.” Funds can go to items like computers, consultants, or even attending professional development. The Resource Grant is $1 for $1 matching and up to $15,000. Grant eligibility starts off with a Center of Congregation staff member and a congregational representative conversation.

Check out their FAQ page for more on the Resource Grant. However, do not stop there. The Center for Congregations offers other services too (and most free of charge due to a gift from the Lilly Endowment Inc.). The other two primary service offerings are resource consulting and education programs.

Contact Matt Burke or Eunita Booker at 260-435-1880 to get your conversation started or with any further questions.

Healthcare Hospitality Network Conference in Fort Wayne – September 19 -22, 2016

Here is a training opportunity not to be missed!


Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House is hosting the 2016 national conference of the Healthcare Hospitality Network.

Nonprofit hospital hospitality houses from around the country will be coming to Fort Wayne for the national conference. While many of the training sessions will be specific to healthcare hospitality, an entire track is perfect for any not-for-profit agency.

When: September 19-22, 2016

Where: Courtyard by Marriott, Fort Wayne, IN, 1150 South Harrison Street, Fort Wayne, IN  46802

Registration: $475 per person for the full conference or $300 for one day. Register online here.

Questions? Contact Andrew Gritzmaker, Executive Director, Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and the 2016 HHN Conference host at 260-459-8550.

Job Opportunity: Fort Wayne Philharmonic – Patron Services Associate

Philharmonic logoThe Fort Wayne Philharmonic has one available position:

Patron Services Associate

Position Overview:

The Patron Services Associate is responsible for processing patron ticket orders, exchanges, special ticket requests and donations received with ticket purchases, including cash handling, and accurate computer entry. Customer service responsibilities include greeting all guests at The Phil Center and handling patron complaints and concerns. This position also provides support to the Patron Relations Manager as directed. Estimated schedule is 20-25 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends.


The successful candidate will have a personal commitment to symphonic music; demonstrate the ability to work in a fast paced, high energy environment. S/he will have strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent telephone etiquette and sales ability, possess a strong attention to detail and computer proficiency required. S/he will be able to demonstrate a willingness to be a team player in a highly collaborative environment.


$9.25 per hour. Benefits include paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.

Organizational Description:

Under the artistic leadership of Music Director Andrew Constantine, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic is the premiere arts organization in northeast Indiana. Celebrating our 72nd season, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic performs over 350 concerts each year throughout our 15 county service area.

Operating on a $4.0 million budget with a $16 million endowment, The Phil employs 41 full time musicians on a 33-week season. The orchestra is supported by 13 full time and 8 part time staff members and a board of 27.

How to Apply:

application deadline: 8/30/2016
contact name: Douglas Dennis, Patron Relations Manager
contact email:

The Power of Collaboration

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Amanda Neumann

Why should your nonprofit collaborate with other nonprofit organizations or businesses? Well, there are a plethora of reasons. First, however, it’s important to understand different ways to collaborate.

You can collaborate by sharing expertise or resources (coordinated action), amplifying a policy message (joint advocacy)creating and sharing collective wisdom (collaborative learning), or by leveraging networks of like-minded organizations to tackle social issues requiring sustained, coordinated action (networking)

Benefits of Successful Nonprofit Collaboration:

  • Save costs by sharing infrastructure, staff, and administrative expenses
  • Strengthen new or existing programs
  • More efficient, and far-reaching, outreach opportunities
  • Improve efficiency
  • Utilize complimentary skills and abilities
  • Increase leadership skills
  • Increased opportunities for funding

A longer-term option for collaboration is creating an alliance. An alliance allows for longer-term collaboration without the specific organizations having to give up organization automony. Alliances can be useful for advancing goals like providing services or programs to a broader audience, creating a revenue-sharing social venture (such as a community event), and leveraging for social or legislative change.

Collaboration is often essential for successful nonprofits. Working with both similar and dissimilar organizations can open up a world of new opportunities!

Sources & Resources

Why Collaborate? via Philanthropy  News Digest

6 Good Reasons for Nonprofit Collaboration via Third Sector Today

Nonprofit Collaborations: Why Teaming Up Can Make Sense via Forbes

WOWO’s 2016 Penny Pitch

The 2015 Penny Pitch applications are due September , 2016!


Are you a non-profit organization in the Fort Wayne / Allen County region?  WOWO Radio wants to hear from you!

Penny Pitch is a local non-profit organization, in connection with WOWO Radio that raises money for great community and program oriented charities in the region.  There’s no form to fill out, just tell us about your organization and make sure to include:

-=- Official Organization name and address
-=- 501c3 status
-=- 1 to 2 page summary of your organization
-=- No more than a 1 page summary of how you would use the donated Penny Pitch funds.  This could be a new program that you would like to start offering, a dormant or small program you would like to expand, or a program that has overwhelming need that you’re unable to keep up with.  Please explain how the funds will be used.


OR mail / deliver application to:

Ryan Wrecker
2915 Maples Road
Fort Wayne, IN  46816

The 2016 Application process is OPEN until Friday, September 2nd, 2016.

Our board of directors will sort through the applicants and determine which charity will be the focus of our efforts.


*All information in this post was taken directly from WOWO Radio’s website.

Credit Card Processing Security – From DWD Mission Minded Blog

Carrie Minnich (2) (576x800)Do you accept credit card payments at your nonprofit? If you do, then this blog post is for you.

Carrie Minnich in her July 27, 201 post on DWD’s Mission Minded Blog addresses Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). She explains that there are a number of requirements and most importantly is to protect the cardholder’s data. This data should not be stored unless it is required for business needs. Information that is stored needs to be restricted and only accessible with a password or encryption.

To read the requirements, what can be stored, and what data cannot be stored, read Carrie’s full blog post here.

Job Opportunity: YWCA – Child Care Site Assistant

YMCA.pngThe Parkview Family YMCA has one available position:

Child Care Site Assistant

Position Overview:

The Parkview Family YMCA is seeking part-time School Age Child Care Site Assistants that are enthusiastic, energetic, and compassionate with a strong desire to positively impact the lives of young children.

The Site Assistant position has a significant impact on the effectiveness of the Before/After School Care Program. Site Assistants assist the Site Director in an offsite elementary school location to provide quality care for school age children before and after school. The Y is the leading child care provider and our program provides participants with age appropriate activities to promote a fun learning environment and memorable experience with the YMCA.

Successful leadership in this position is defined as growth in participation and quality enhancement, sound adherence to defined standards, and positive feedback from parents.

ounties) and have the opportunity to add additional eligible members for a small cost.
Free training in CPR and First Aid
Applications accepted through August 31, 2016.

Essential Functions:

  • Fulfill Y’s mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
  • Promote and incorporate the YMCA core values and mission into all aspects of the job and in the community.
  • Promote diversity by including all students. Views diversity as an asset, rather than a burden to be tolerated.
  • Assist to ensure that the site meets all established YMCA Quality Standards.
  • Enforce all program rules and policies.
  • Ensure that site emergency plans are followed when necessary.
  • Assist Site Director in completing weekly/monthly lesson plans.
  • Assist in creating and distributing monthly newsletters
  • Assist in promoting the site.
  • Aid Site Director with all site accounting as needed.
  • Assist in maintaining up to date student files.
  • Communicate effectively with parents/guardians through daily dialogue.
  • Accurately and neatly fill out all site forms as necessary and promptly submit to the School Age Child Care Site Director.
  • Report all discipline, accounting, or other problems to the School Age Child Care Site Director.
  • Attend all required meetings and trainings.
  • Assist in maintaining the quality of supplies, equipment, and materials.
  • Help School Age Child Care Site Director in following-up with school staff or parent/guardian for any unplanned absences.
  • Participate as an active team member for the overall advancement of the association.
  • Perform any additional tasks assigned by supervisors.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age and attending school.
  • Experience in supervision.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent human relations skills.
  • Math and record keeping proficiency.
  • Enthusiasm.
  • Required trainings:
  • Within 30 days of hire: Child Abuse & Neglect training (online through State of Indiana).
  • Within 60 days of hire: CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Within 60 days of hire: Blood Borne Pathogens (Redwoods online).
  • Within 90 days of hire: Listen First and Y Welcome.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, sit and stoop, kneel or crouch, crawl, talk and hear. May occasionally be required to climb or balance.
  • The employee frequently reaches with hands or arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.
  • Frequently required to audibly address large groups of people in indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Lead, demonstrate, and/or participate in indoor and outdoor sports and activities for a sustained period of time.
  • Frequently working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme temperatures.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Job duties will be performed outdoors in a variety of weather conditions including extreme temperatures.

How to Apply:

Visit the YMCA website to apply.