Grantsmanship Training Coming in May

logo_blue-taglineHURRY! Half Scholarships still available…

We know that some smaller organizations doing great work struggle to fit training into their budget. So The Grantsmanship Center provides a limited number of half-scholarships for every Grantsmanship Training Program offered to the public. The recipients must be working with nonprofit organizations that have 501(c)(3) IRS designation and budgets of $750,000 or less.  Learn more here.


The Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center is pleased to announce that we’ll be hosting the Grantsmanship Center five-day training from May 14-19, 2017.

… if you want the comprehensive, in-depth experience that gives you a solid grasp on the world of grants, in only five action-packed days, you want the Grantsmanship Training Program

This training is considered to be one of the best, and as an alumni of the both the signature Grantsmanship Training Program® and Competing for Federal Grants I concur.

What to expect?

Time commitment:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm
Wed. – option to stay longer
Friday – ends at 1pm

Synopsis:

  • Planning programs
  • Writing proposals
  • Finding & working with funders
  • Extensive planning exercises
  • Teams draft & review proposals

Tuition: $995

Discount:

  • $50 for additional people from the same organization.
  • $100 Early Bird discount 6 weeks in advance; only 1 discount per person.

Follow-Up Support

  • 1 proposal review
  • 1 year Full Membership benefits
  • Another from org gets 1/2 cost tuition
  • Training discounts
  • Publications discounts
  • Consulting discounts
  • Benefits from Strategic Partners

Read the full description of the class on the Grantsmanship Center website.  Registration and payment is made to the Grantsmanship Center.

Job Opportunity – Women’s Bureau Clinical Counselor

Position: Clinical Counselor

  • The Clinical Counselor will work with the residents in the Transitions residential substance abuse treatment program. The duties for this position include: weekly therapeutic one-on-one counseling with all clients ; complete assessments and treatment plans on clients, facilitation of weekly therapy group sessions; assist with case management services to families as necessary; make appropriate referrals for outside counseling for clients and children; complete all required documentation using an electronic records system.
  • The Clinical Counselor will also participate in weekly treatment team meetings, monthly staff and in-service meetings; maintain professional relationships with referral and community resources; and be part of the clinical staff on-call rotation.
  • The Clinical Counselor answers to the Clinical Director and is expected to perform other duties as directed.
  • This is a full time position with some evening and weekend hours. Flexibility in scheduling.

Please send cover letter and resume by May 5 to lhagerty@womensbureau.org. Due to the anticipated number of resumes you will be contacted only if you are chosen for an interview. No phone calls please.

Job Opportunity – Science Central Visitor Services Specialist

POSITION: Visitor Services Specialist

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Involvement in an informal, hands-on, educational science center (physical, natural and applied sciences); represent Science Central as the first staff that visitors see when they enter the building; the position is responsible for presenting a positive and friendly image to all visitors during the admissions process (greet visitors, sell admissions tickets, communicate information about daily activities, promote and sell memberships) and during their stay (serve visitors at an information desk, handle Gift Shop transactions); daily visitor services activities include greet general public, school groups and special groups into the building; deal with issues such as lost kids or upset visitors in a tactful and patient manner; communicate with visitors and staff in a courteous and professional way.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced chaotic environment; demonstrated ability to work independently, taking responsibility for the ever-changing needs of a sales/retail environment in a family-oriented atmosphere; must like people, comfortable and patient working with customers of all types, ages and backgrounds; cheerful and professional in attitude and appearance, prepared and flexible; responsible and organized; creative problem solver; sense of humor; interest in science; must have “sales” skills and comfortable encouraging the sales of memberships, Gift Shop merchandise, programs, events, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience handling money in a retail environment preferred; experience with sales; experience with and comfort in working with computers; ability to follow procedures, both written and verbal, with great accuracy; must be able to multi-task in a fast-paced chaotic environment; demonstrated ability to work independently, taking responsibility for the ever-changing needs of a sales/retail environment in a family-oriented atmosphere; must like people, comfortable and patient working with customers of all types, ages and backgrounds; cheerful and professional in attitude and appearance, prepared and flexible; responsible and organized; creative problem solver; sense of humor; interest in science.

SCHEDULE: Varying, approximately 10-25 hours per week based; schedule will include weekdays, weekends, holidays andsome evenings; must be flexible.

SALARY: $7.50/hour, increased to $9.00/hour after a 6-month probationary period, limited time-off benefits

APPLY: Posting is open until filled. Obtain application online (http://www.sciencecentral.org/Supportpdfs/applicationforemployment.pdf). Send completed application, 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

amanda@sciencecentral.org

A Fundraiser’s Journey

Kelly Updike

Have you read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey? Although it debuted nearly 30 years ago, it is considered an important book on leadership today.

I still have my 1990 paperback edition that contains multi-colored highlighted and underlined phrases. But it’s been a long time since I’ve read it and it took me a while to find my copy. I went looking for it after having coffee with Jonathan Busarow, executive artistic director of the fabulous Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.

When I asked Jonathan for some fundraising advice, he mentioned that board engagement is key. Board members are the connectors that staffers need. “They don’t have to do the asking,” he said, “but their role is to help the organization.”

Jonathan said this is just like the Abundance Mentality from 7 Habits. “There are plenty of people to serve, it’s not the Scarcity Mentality. It’s freeing, actually,” he said.

I nodded my head in agreement but later had to look up what Jonathan was talking about.

The Abundance Mentality means there is plenty out there for everybody. Covey wrote, “It recognizes the unlimited possibilities for positive interactive growth and development.”

This trait is part of the Win/Win Habit. According to Covey (and Jonathan), if you look at others through the Abundance Mentality, you will genuinely value their differences and be happy for their success; this leads to sincere understanding and cooperative solutions that are better than if you had done the work alone. I like how Jonathan has connected this to board engagement and fundraising.

Thanks to Jonathan, I will continue to ask my board members to be involved in fundraising. And to re-re-re-re-read 7 Habits.

 

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

Mid-level Donor Cultivation

“donors at the $1,000 to $10,000 levels represented roughly one percent of the donor population, but were giving more than a third of the dollars”

“new donor acquisition has fallen every year since 2005”

So what should you know about mid-level donors?

  1. Mission is important: Mid-level donors seem to care more about the issues in the community that your organization addresses and less about your financial situation. Spend less time explaining why you need donations and include more information about how your programs directly impact the community.
  2. Consistency: When an organization is taking a different approach when asking for donations depending on the method like calling on the telephone, sending an email, or mailing a letter, donors notice that there is an inconsistent message. Make sure that there is a “single, comprehensive view” in every method of reaching out to donors.
  3. Information in the news: Cathy Finney of The Wilderness Society included a New York Times article in their scheduled mailings that discussed the issues the organization cares about without mentioning the organization. Donors responded in a big way because it was focused on why that organization’s work is important.
  4. Name giving levels: Successful funding programs give their mid-level donors a special name like calling that group a “club” so people are more likely to donate. The Nature Conservancy calls theirs “The Last Great Places Society”.
  5. How to contact: Without listing any staff members in an appeal to donors, people feel like the organization is too big or is not relatable. Include at least one staff member’s name as well as a way to contact that person so donors feel more connected and know there is someone willing to answer questions who cares about their individual donation.
  6. Ask less: Mid-level donors were most likely to give when they received fewer asks from an organization. Don’t annoy potential donors with an abundance of calls, emails, or letters. Instead spend more time on asking a few times a year.
  7. Feedback: Donor want to be able to contribute to an organization in ways that often feel more meaningful than simply giving money. Ask mid-level donors what they want to see in the organization or what would make things better for them. Consider sending out a survey or call to do a short interview.

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Beth Raps. “The Middle Way”. Grassroots Fundraising Journal.

Net Neutrality and Nonprofits

The current presidential administration has shown interest in changing the net neutrality regulations and this could have a surprising impact on nonprofit organizations.

What is net neutrality?

“The principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites”

What happens when net neutrality is lost?

Those with less resources, like many nonprofits, are unable to keep up with other businesses on the internet. An example of this would be one website taking much longer to load than another. Christopher Worman, senior director of alliances and community engagement for TechSoup in San Francisco, believes that nonprofits will be at a disadvantage because these organizations are already on tight budgets. Nonprofits have been leaders in using social media because it is “low cost and a means of connecting with the next generation of supporters” but with the possibility of restrictions and regulation, there may be less access to those important tools.

What should nonprofits do?

Christopher Worman thinks that “organizations should try to understand the effects of net neutrality now as opposed to having a reactive conversation in the future.” Woman suggests brainstorming possible courses of action for a situation like everything taking twice as long to load online and how that would affect the nonprofit’s ability to continue their services.

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Andy Segedin. “Possible Net Neutrality Changes Will Block Access, Cost More”. The NonProfit Times.

 

Job Opportunity: YWCA Northeast Indiana Open Positions

YWCA

Be a part of community change!  

YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all in Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley Counties.

We operate Indiana’s longest-serving domestic violence crisis shelter and support Northeast Indiana’s most diverse refugee community.

We are seeking candidates for the follow two positions: a Full-time Executive Assistant and  a Part-time Crisis Service Assistant.

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.

Full-time Executive Assistant

Purpose:  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.

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.
  • More in full description.

Education:

  • 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.
  • More in full description.

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.
  • More in full description.

See FULL description of all responsibilities and requirements here.


Part-time Crisis Service Assistant

This is a regular part-time position with the YWCA of Northeast Indiana provides residential clients with support services and activities to assist their process of moving from crisis to stability on Saturday & Sunday – 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM.

Essential Duties:

  • Maintain accurate and appropriate records including but not limited to: Communication Logs, Daily Entry, Crisis Calls, and Intakes.
  • Responsible for accurate data entry of intakes, crisis calls, abusers log, and rooms list.   This includes cross training other staff.
  • Manage shelter activities ensuring adequate coverage and working procedures are in place at all times.
  • Monitor and respond to activity at entry doors.
  • Answer incoming crisis calls.
  • Respond to and resolve client issues; create and maintain high quality work environment to perform at highest level.
  • More in full description.

Education requirements:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • CPR and First Aid certifications.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Strong customer service skills with ability to communicate in a professional manner with a wide range of people. Unequivocal commitment to pluralism.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion when handling potentially confidential or sensitive manners.
  • Strong time management skills; ability to take initiative to solve problems and work with minimum supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word, and Excel.
  • 1-3 years of general office experience, including reception and telephone duties.
  • 1-3 years of experience with general office equipment (copiers, printers).
  • More in full description.

See FULL description of all responsibilities and requirements here.

NOTE: You must complete an application and submit a cover letter and resume for consideration

National Volunteer Week – April 23-29, 2017

That week always seems to creep up on me and I need to make plans for the celebration and come up with brilliant and “low-cost or cost-free” ways to honor volunteers. Also, it needs to be NOT a “labor intensive” promotion.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 under President Richard Nixon. In subsequent years it has grown substantially under the leadership of the Points of Light. It is seen as an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. In the United States “Service Unites” is celebrated April 23rd -29th. But celebrations are world-wide:

• Volunteer Australia “Give Happy – Live Happy” May 14-18th.
• Volunteering Canada “Volunteering, Eh?” April 23 -29th
• United Kingdom Volunteering “You make the difference” June 1-7”
• Volunteer Ireland “I-VOL” May 16-22
• Wales Council for Voluntary Action “Recognize, reward and recruit volunteers” June 1-7

So, for Volunteer Managers it has become a “must-do” celebration. No budget-no worry! Here are some strategic ways to honor your volunteers in a non-traditional manner from VolunteerMatch:

  • Give them a Bigger Picture
  • Let your volunteers know the outcomes of their labors. Their role may be small mundane tasks but it’s an important part of the big picture.
  • Provide Food – A cookie tray goes a long way! For our agency we’ve had a tradition of giving brightly wrapped “Pay Day” candy bars. We also give them the accomplishments of our agency and thank them for being part of the change in their community.
  • Check-in with your Volunteers
  • Knowing their name and a handshake is very important to people who care enough to give back to their community.
  • Feature Volunteer Stories on your blog or website. We use quotes from volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteers and make them part of the team.
  • Give Your Volunteers Awards – Are there any volunteers who have gone above-and-beyond? Nominate them for the Indiana SERVE Awards or other award programs.
  • Give small tokens of gratitude – Pictures are great ways to thank Volunteers. You can post their pictures around the agency and put them on social media. Make sure that they have a copy of the picture to show their family and friends.
  • Handwritten Thank You Cards
    Sometimes the best way to show your appreciation is the old fashioned way- sending them a thank you card. In the age of email and social media, the handwritten letter is a novelty. You’ll get bonus points for personalizing the message, such as thanking them for a specific task they did during their time of volunteering.

So you still have time to put together a simple plan or a grand event. Volunteers just need to know that they are appreciated.

 

*Post written by Jean Joley, Executive Director at Volunteer Center RSVP