Job Opportunity – Wellspring Interfaith Social Services Positions




  • 7-Week Camp runs June 7th – July 20TH
  • Youth Assistant Hours: M-F 8:30-2:00
  • Learning Coordinator Hours: M-F 8:00-2:00
  • Some paid training prior to the start of camp; times TBA
  • Previous experience working with youth is preferred
  • Pick up an application at Wellspring, 1316 Broadway
  • Resume and cover letter are preferred (but not required) along with application
  • Questions? Call Lois or Megan at 422-6618 or e-mail


  • Maintains and adheres to all of Wellspring Interfaith Social Services’ policies and procedures
  • Carries out daily activities, schedule, building maintenance, discipline, arrival/dismissal procedures, lunch procedures, etc. as assigned by coordinator or learning coordinator
  • Uses age appropriate group management strategies
  • Develops relationships with children by being engaged in all activities and engaging children in all activities
  • Is a positive role model for children
  • Participates in and responds accordingly to ongoing supervision, support and feedback from coordinator, learning coordinator and/or directors
  • Supervises participants during the delivery of all program services
  • Learns and maintains the daily schedule for the program
  • Helps to maintain the site by keeping program areas clean, organized and safe
  • Collects data as needed (attendance, surveys, incident reports, etc.)
  • Maintains safety standards by checking daily for potential health and safety issues
  • Documents and notifies coordinator of incidents, accidents, damaged equipment, damage to the site and supply needs
  • Maintains confidentiality and discretion during and after employment on personal and private information disclosed or learned in the course of employment on the affairs of clients, staff, volunteers, parents, etc.


Lois Ehinger, Director

260 422-6618, ext. 109


Megan Harman, Assistant Director

260 422-6618, ext. 108

The Foundation Center: Great Resources

fdo_logo_newIf the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is your go-to resource for seeking funding partners then you’ll want to check out their most recent updates. For those reading this that don’t know about the FDO you’ll definitely want to read the rest of the post.

Grant Snapshot allows users to see a full overview of an organization’s funding activity by subject, geographic area, and grant size.  Grant Snapshots considers the most recent five years of grantmaking history. How are Grant Snapshots beneficial to the user? You should be more easily able to find funders that perfectly match your needs, evaluating the funder’s history of funding similar subject areas, grant size, and geographic area.

Map Grants and Chart Grants tools allow you to go to the next level of research. You can drill down to see grants within states, cities, counties, and more. With the Chart Grants tool you can get even more detail in specific grant subject categories. In both tools you can filter by year, see lists of the grant recipients, and view full grant records.

Map of Cross-Border Giving:

  • See grants from U.S. grantmakers to non-U.S. recipient organizations.
  • View grantmaker data from independent, community, company-sponsored, and operating foundations as well as corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities.

Search Companies: There are 15 search fields available on the Search Companies Screen. Most are tied to indexes that are accessible by clicking on the View Index links, three others provide range searching capability, and the last provides keyword searching capability. Continue reading

Job Opportunity – Fort Wayne Dance Collective Executive Director

Fort Wayne Dance Collective Executive Director

DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director is responsible for, in collaboration with the Artistic Director, the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The following duties and responsibilities are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be all-inclusive.

  • Leadership
  • Participate with the Board of Directors and Artistic Director in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization
  • Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that affect the organization
  • Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization
  • Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the Board as appropriate and jointly with the Board when appropriate
  • Represent the organization alongside the Artistic Director at community activities to enhance the organization’s community profile

Operational planning and management

  • Work with the Artistic Director and other appropriate staff to develop an operational plan, which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the organization
  • Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its clients, Board and Funders
  • Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organization
  • Draft policies for the approval of the Board and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the Board as appropriate
  • Ensure that personnel, client, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained
  • Provide support to the Board by preparing meeting agenda and supporting materials

Program planning and management

  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services alongside the Artistic Director
  • Ensure that the programs and services offered by the organization contribute to the organization’s mission and reflect the priorities of the Board
  • Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the organization to maintain or improve quality
  • Oversee the planning, implementation, execution and evaluation of special projects in collaboration with the Artistic Director

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Job Opportunity – Science Central Development Manager

POSITION:Development Manager

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), located within a large historical building, is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, creative, outgoing, highly organized fundraiser. Duties include development, fundraising, special events, some grant writing and some marketing. This person will research community/regional funding sources; develop sponsorships for programs, projects and exhibits; lead or assist with fundraising events such as the annual gala and golf outing; establish sponsorships with businesses and corporations; help develop annual fund appeals and estate gifts; research and write grants; communicate with associated staff; coordinate appropriate reporting and record-keeping; and assist with other development, operational and strategic plan activities. This is a mid-level and very “hands-on” position.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Ability to research funding sources; develop, schedule and run special events; able to develop new fundraising opportunities and events; ability to keep detailed notes and records; professional in attitude and practice; outgoing and articulate; comfortable meeting funders/donors; attend internal staff and committee meetings and external community meetings; meticulous and time- and detail-oriented; strong research skills; grasp of language with exceptional communication, writing, spelling and proofing skills; comfortable in a fast-paced environment; able to handle high stress, must multi-task activities and deadlines; must have flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; comfortable working with audiences of all sizes/ages/backgrounds; must like people; communicative and team-oriented, sense of humor; ability to partner with a wide variety of diverse colleagues and business/community associates.

QUALIFICATIONS: College degree preferred; previous experience in fundraising/development, preferably in the non-profit field; must be comfortable working in a science-related organization; skilled with Microsoft Office programs; comfortable with and familiarity with databases; experience with administering donation database software a plus; ability to drive and valid Driver’s License; successful completion of Criminal Background Check.

SCHEDULE: Full-time, schedule will include weekdays, and some weekends and evenings

SALARY: $23,660/year; full benefits

APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online ( Send 1) completed application, 2) cover letter, 3) resume, 4) professional references (minimum of 5), and 5) examples of successful grants, sponsor records, fundraisers, event planning schedule, etc. (minimum of 5) to:

Human Resources Director

Science Central

1950 North Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Fax: (260) 422-2899

Nonprofit Fraud – from DWD Mission Minded Blog

Carrie Minnich earlier this month published a blog post about fraud in nonprofits. She points out that organizations can be targets of fraud due to limited staff and tight budgets. We often believe that it won’t happen to us; however, there have been 2,410 cases (foreign and domestic) in a 22 month period according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Carrie sites the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners report which noted that on average a nonprofit loses 5% revenue in any given year from fraud. One key step to reduce fraud risks is to have strong internal financial controls, said Carrie.

To read Carrie’s posts on fraud, click here.



4 Apps To Help Your Nonprofit


“Expand your network”

LinkedIn only takes 20 minutes to learn and allows you to connect with nonprofit professionals in the area. There are almost 400 million users and it is one of the largest online business networks. You can “search, refer, request, and research a potential client, customer, or employee” with ease. Once you create a profile for you organization, it increases your visibility and ensures that more people begin thinking about what you do in the community and how they want to become involved.


“Be more organized”

Keeping detailed notes and sharing them with your staff is important for making sure everyone is on the same page and that no tasks are forgotten. Evernote lets you take digital notes, share those notes with others, and even transfer those notes between your different devices. Evernote also includes a feature called Scannable which is the next app you should be using.

The basic app download is free. There may be some in-app purchases.


“Act with a stronger sense of urgency with prospects”

Scannable scans a business card for you. Sounds simple enough but once it finishes scanning it saves the information on the card in your phone as a contact and then it sends an impressive email to that contact to immediately form a relationship. When connected with LinkedIn it makes the process even easier by automatically sending a request on that platform as well.

The basic app download is free. There may be some in-app purchases.


“Communicate with stakeholders”

It is not uncommon for millennials to do interviews over Skype instead of meeting in person. Now organizations are holding meetings without needing to be in the same room. Skype allows you to have more flexibility when setting up a conversation with a new client, new employee, or new donor. The hassle of putting off an important meeting because of scheduling conflicts is over because finding time to Skype is easy and still allows you to see the other person’s body language unlike a traditional phone call.


Dan Streeter & Tim Brown. “The Top Five Digital Tools You Should Be Using Right Now”. Nonprofit World.

Be on the lookout – A Fundraiser’s Journey

A Fundraiser’s Journey

Kelly Updike for PCNRC

 “Don’t ignore any opportunity, no matter how weird.”

That’s the fundraising advice from Mark Becker, currently a director with the city’s Parks Department (Riverfront project) and former Greater Fort Wayne CEO and deputy mayor of Fort Wayne.

Mark works with all kinds of people and organizations, from health care to manufacturing to nonprofits. He’s been part of the rebirth of downtown Fort Wayne and worked on the Harrison Square projects. So Mark and I will always be connected by a really strange phone call about 10 years ago.

I had not been long in my job at the Embassy when the city called to ask if we would discuss ramming a sky bridge into the side of the Embassy and creating a pedestrian passage through its third floor so that a new hotel could be built. If I had pooh-poohed that first phone call, which was pretty hilarious, and not called my board chair to take a meeting that we both thought was probably a waste of time, then floors of the former Indiana Hotel would still be standing empty. You see, the sky bridge was the catalyst for further and massive Embassy renovations.

As Mark says, you never know where it will go, long term.

Mark also says to look for opportunities, not just react to them. That means when a couple of prominent community leaders asked me “what’s next?” at a social gathering (not a business meeting), I rallied and rattled off four projects that seemed a bit pie-in-the-sky. But, wow, those folks really connected to two ideas and asked for meetings and proposals. Less than a year later we are juggling a funded feasibility study and a new renovation project backed by significant donors.

Moral of this story? It’s okay to be a weirdo. Phew, thank goodness.


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