Not Feelin’ It

A Fundraiser’s JourneyKelly Updike

Kelly Updike for PCNRC

There very nearly was not an October Fundraiser’s Journey blog post. I’ve had writer’s block before but this was Gibraltar.

Completely out of options, I asked a superb fundraiser if she had some ideas for you. She was totally jazzed by the question and surprised me with her response. She said I knew the answer already because I had just shared it with a group of very tired staffers.

Like Dorothy clicking her ruby-reds, sometimes we need to be reminded that we have the power all along.

First, take a deep breath, stop panicking. You are a very successful person. Reflect on where you are and how you got there. Then pick one thing to do next, just one. Focus on that. You’ve got to take the first step to begin the journey.

Still not feeling it? Take a different turn in the road: Look at your donor list again. There’s at least one interesting person in there. Then get out of the office. Make a visit with that donor. Saying thank-you is fun. Stay out of the office: It’s energizing to talk with your clients or patrons, the people you serve. And grab a coffee with some colleagues; nothing’s better than a group hug.

Now you’re feelin’ it!

[Special shout-out to Nancy Louraine, our very own Glinda.]

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

Keeping Strategy Alive: The Three Simple Questions – Mike Stone, Impact Strategies

Mike Stone, of Impact Strquestion-everythingategies with a plethora of experience in strategy work, has identified three questions that help push your organization to continually reexamine strategic plans to avoid spending time and effort on strategies that do not last in the long run.

“Strategy is not part of the culture,” which explains why organizations are often lacking a viable strategy even when they have solid and effective plans. Mike stresses the importance of a strategy and its ability to create necessary habits. Once habits are in place, then a culture of strategy may exist.

The first step to keeping strategy alive in an organization is having a strategic directions committee. Mike suggests that if your organization does not have a committee like this, then simply create one. While planning is necessary for success because it allows us to have something “concrete” and “tangible”, it does not stay relevant throughout different stages because the details of a plan eventually become obsolete. Strategy on the other hand should “a) define where an organization needs to be positioned to have the greatest mission impact and be most profitable, and b) identify the challenges and opportunities that lie between the present and that desired position.”

This leads us to Mike’s 3 questions:

  1. What were we thinking then?
  2. What has happened since?
  3. What do we do now?

By asking these questions your organization can maintain a strategy that moves you toward your goals as well as encouraging adjustments for long lasting effectiveness.

To read Mike Stone’s full blog post about keeping strategy alive, click here.

Job Opportunity – Science Central Positions

POSITION: Development & Marketing DirectorScience Central Logo

DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), is currently hiring a self-motivated, creative, outgoing, highly-skilled and organized individual to direct its development, grant writing, fundraising events, advertising, and public relations. This position is a professional, senior-level job reporting to the executive director and requires significant experience in those work areas, high-level writing skills, the ability to multi-task, and extensive knowledge of community/regional funding sources. This is a “hands-on” position and the employee will spend much of their time doing as well as directing. Duties will include – research, write, review and monitor grants; write interim and final grant reports; develop and update the grant/development databases and due dates; establish and cultivate sponsorships with businesses and corporations; fully manage fundraising events such as the annual gala and golf outing; both attend and plan staff and committee meetings; develop banners and tv/radio ads; coordinate and maintain the calendar for, and write and design newsletters, brochures, press releases; direct graphic design activities; develop and coordinate partnerships with media, community organizations and foundations; maintain web site and social media outlets; organize and maintain all electronic and hard copy marketing and funding files and records; cultivate members as a donor base; supervise full- and part-time staff; manage Strategic Plan components such as marketing plans, annual fund, fundraising plans, etc.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Must have a strong background in fundraising and marketing; ability to multi-task and work in a high-paced, high-stress, high-pressure environment (responsible, organized, time- and detail-oriented); be creative; comfortable with and interested in science and public education; have exceptional public speaking abilities (comfortable working with audiences of all sizes/ages/backgrounds; must like people; must be outgoing, flexible, professional in attitude and appearance; energetic, and enthusiastic; have experience in management and staff training; team-oriented; have strong sense of humor; ability to work long hours; flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; the ability to partner with a wide variety of diverse colleagues and business/community associates; knowledge of MS Office, graphics design programs, donor programs/databases, strong spreadsheet skills; significant knowledge of and ability to research and write grants, and maintain master lists of submission and reporting dates; familiarity with granting organizations and foundations; maintain the web site (Joomla), and social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.); the ability to schedule and develop newsletters, brochures, banners, etc. on time; write all press releases and coordinate media (newspaper, tv, radio, billboards, social media) ads.

QUALIFICATIONS: This is not an entry-level position, only experienced professionals with non-profit fundraising and marketing backgrounds should apply. Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; strong background in business and communications; minimum of 7 years of experience in development and marketing, preferably in the non-profit field; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; experience with managing staff; must have a flexible schedule. Ability to drive, valid Drivers License and successful completion of a Criminal Background Check is required.

SCHEDULE: Full time. 40 hours/week. Schedule will include some weekends, early hours and evenings.

SALARY: $35,000 per year, full benefits.

APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online ( Send 1) completed application, 2) cover letter, 3) resume, 4) grant examples, 5) press release examples, 6) brochure/newsletter examples, and 7) professional references (minimum of 5) to:

Human Resources Director

Science Central

1950 North Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Fax: (260) 422-2899


POSITION: Part-Time Educators (Education Specialists)

DESCRIPTION: Involvement with informal, hands-on, educational science center programs (physical, natural and applied sciences); assist in the development and presentation of public, school, scout and special programs; audiences include schools, teachers, community centers, scout groups, families, etc; programs will be done both on-site and out in the community; programs include demonstrations, exhibit interpretation, classes/labs, science camps, birthday parties, outreaches, etc.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Be incredibly prepared and flexible; very responsible and organized, time- and detail-oriented; be creative; comfort with and interest in science and education; have exceptional public speaking abilities, comfortable working with audiences of all sizes/ ages/backgrounds, outgoing, energetic, enthusiastic; professional in attitude and appearance; do moderate lifting (approx. 40 lbs.)

QUALIFICATIONS: College science/education/etc. strongly classes recommended; must have experience in public speaking and/or teaching; experience in the informal science education field preferred.

SCHEDULE: Part-time; variable hours each week; schedule will primarily be Mon-Fri, limited weekend hours, some holidays and evenings; must be flexible. Note that this is not temporary, seasonal employment.

SALARY: $8.00/hour, increased to $10.00/hour after 6-month probationary period; limited time-off benefits

APPLY: Open posting, positions filled as needed. 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

Job Opportunity – Fort Wayne Dance Collective Internship

Production & Events InternFort Wayne Dance Collective

Fort Wayne Dance Collective is seeking a Production & Events Intern. We are looking for a vibrant, go-getting intern with a strong interest in event planning and the behind-the-scenes work of planning and executing performing arts productions (including internationally renowned guest dance company, Battery Dance of NYC). This internship is 10-hours per week and will run October 2016-May 2017.

Earn first hand experience in Arts Administration and Artistic Direction through the following:

  • Planning and logistics involved in producing original dance works in 3 different venues
  • Assist Artistic Director in production planning and execution, including staging,
    set/costume design, and marketing
  • Working/training with amateur professional dancers/choreographers
  • Assist in promotion and distribution of marketing materials, including digital
    marketing (learn valuable skills such as Google and Facebook advertising)
  • Assist staff with special events and fundraisers, including festivals and events in greater Fort Wayne
  • Work concerts, workshops and special events in coordination with other staff
  • Inventory wardrobe and props

To be eligible, applicants MUST:

  • Have a flexible schedule with some evening and weekend hours required
  • Be currently enrolled in college, or be one-year post graduation
  • Apply through

Visit the Fort Wayne Dance Collective website to download a PDF with more information.

Amazon Smile Foundation

amazon-smileAmazon Smile is a program that donates money to the charitable organization of your choice whenever you purchase an item. A quick search shows hundreds of Allen County organizations included in the program.

Here are some facts to convince you to try Amazon Smile!

  • There are almost 1 million 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations to choose from
  • Simply do your shopping with the url instead of the url
  • Any product that counts for the program will say “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation”
  • 0.5% of every purchase is donated to your chosen charity
  • And you can register your own organization here


Amazon Smile Program Details

Job Opportunity – Visiting Nurse Position

Position Title:  Development Associatevisiting_nurse

The Development Associate is responsible for donor services activities, provides support for fundraising events and events taking place in The Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center.

Reports to:  Chief Development Officer


  • Associate’s degree preferred, but not required
  • Proficiency in utilizing donor software, preferably Raiser’s Edge
  • Experience as an event planner or fundraising professional
  • Excellent interpersonal, writing, proofreading and administrative skills
  • Strong organizational skills and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail required
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Highly skilled in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint)
  • Must have strong interpersonal qualities and have the ability to establish rapport with a wide variety of individuals
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player; to take initiative and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time to meet deadlines
  • High energy and passion for Visiting Nurse’s mission is essential
  • Must be able to safely perform the essential functions of the job without posing a direct threat to the health and/or safety of self or others in the workplace
  • Must have Indiana motor vehicle operator’s license and have access to a reliable automobile with current automobile insurance coverage.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for entering data, tracking of incoming donations in Raiser’s Edge, generating acknowledgment letters and sending pledge reminders.
  • Create and generate reports, queries and mailing lists from Raiser’s Edge.
  • Support Visiting Nurse fundraising efforts by researching prospective donors.
  • Identify and research potential event sponsors.
  • Attends all Development Committee Meetings and Special Event Committee Meetings and take meeting minutes.
  • Contacts members of the Development Committee and Special Events Committees with meeting reminders and provide them with necessary materials.
  • Facilitate communication via phone, mail and e-mail with Visiting Nurse supporters.
  • Provide reconciliation reports to the Finance Department for all contributions and memorials and prepare bank deposits.
  • With the involvement and supervision of the Chief Development Officer, manage aspects of planning, implementation and follow-up for Visiting Nurse fundraising events including logistics, auction item solicitation and volunteer coordination.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of all fundraising events by providing reports on overall event performance, event attendance, sponsorships confirmed and expenses incurred.
  • Serve as the point of contact and prepare, execute and provide follow up for all events taking place in The Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center.
  • Serve as back-up receptionist at The Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center and provide front desk coverage during lunch hours, meetings and time off for the Grief Team’s Administrative Assistant.
  • Serve as a back-up receptionist, as needed, at the front desk of the administrative building to provide coverage during lunch hours, meetings and time off for the Receptionist.
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and have the ability to handle situations in a diplomatic and tactful manner.
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor, within level of expertise.
  • Adheres to all Agency policies.
  • Adhere to the Visiting Nurse dress code policy.
  • Adheres to VN privacy practices as described in the notice of Privacy Practices.
  • Participates in quality improvement activities and/or other agency committees or task forces when requested.

To apply, please visit:

Welcome Elana! new PCNRC Intern

Hello! I’m Elana, the new intern at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. I’m currently a senior at IPFW majoring in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. I also work at the Fort Wayne Cinema Center. When I’m not at IPFW, the library, or Cinema Center, I can usually be found walking around the Little Wabash Nature Preserve or spending time with my dog Jadie on the couch at home.

I love to consume media and I’m constantly trying to engage people in conversations about books, music, tv, film, etc. I’m also interested in discussing the political world and the ways our identities influence our perspectives and experiences.

Being involved inelana_pic the community is important to me and I’m always looking for opportunities to help people become more informed and active citizens. I’m excited to be at the PCNRC because my internship allows me to assist people in accessing information and transforming knowledge into action.

I look forward to meeting people as I spend more time at the PCNRC desk! – Elana