Local Professional Development and Services for Nonprofits

Much of this information comes from our annual Nonprofit Resources Fair. The Fair gives you a chance to interact with presenters from each organization – and this post gives you the basic information you need to reach out for more information.

2012 Nonprofit Resources Fair
hosted by the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource CenterPaul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center logo

Many thanks to this year’s attendees and speakers! We witnessed a lot of networking and learning as organizations discovered resources and help in their own backyard. Thanks to you!

Click the organization or association name for a summary of their services, contact information and links.

Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPNEIN)
Jennifer Renner, President, Northeast Indiana ChapterAFP Northeast Indiana 260-399-4103
PO Box 13498 Contact AFPNEI
Fort Wayne, IN 46869-3498In accordance with AFP International, the AFP Northeast Indiana Chapter exists to foster the development and growth of fundraising professionals and the profession, to promote high ethical standards in the fundraising profession, and to preserve and enhance philanthropy and volunteerism.See Why Join AFP?
See http://www.afpnein.org/education
See AFP’s Donor Bill of Rights

Association of Lutheran Development Professionals Indiana-Michigan Chapter (ALDE)

Founded in 1979, the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE) is one of the nation’s leading organizations of Christian development executives. The membership consists of more than 700 professionals in the areas of fundraising and communications.

ALDE inspires, connects and equips Christians for excellence in philanthropy. The Association is comprised of 17 chapters, which promote networking and education, and provide opportunities for Christian fellowship. Members receive extensive benefits and services, including:

  • timely communications with updates on issues in our profession;
  • executive searches;
  • career training;
  • the opportunity to explore professional issues and connect with peers.

For more Information, contact Jon Dize, Indiana-Michigan Chapter president, at 260-312-3289, or jond@tlspartnership.org

Get on Board
Lettie Haver, Presenter

A two year collaboration between the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center and Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. Our goal is to train, connect and support emerging leaders and the nonprofits they wish to serve.

Programs and services include:

  • Rolfsen Stewardship Mentorship Database and programs
  • PSA project with Access Fort Wayne
  • Board Bootcamp for emerging leaders
  • SpringBoard! online information on board recruitment, orientation, and engagement
  • Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed-dating

The Graduate Retention Program
The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
826 Ewing Street | 260-424-1435
Presenter: Sarah Plew

A division of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, the Graduate Retention Program (GRP) works to connect education and industry in Northeast Indiana to create a skilled, successful economy and workforce. GRP fulfills its mission by promoting student internships and developing community partnerships to bridge the gap between industry and education.

Grant Professionals Association (GPA)
Presenter: Marilynn Fauth, GPC, President, Fort Wayne Chapter

The Grant Professionals Association, a nonprofit membership association, builds and supports an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards.

See GPA member benefits
See GPA Code of Ethics
See GPA Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPC)

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network
United Way of Elkhart County 574-295-1650 Ext. 205
Elkhart, IN 46515

What is INRN? The Network is a regionally-based service providing affordable, accessible, and high quality public and private workshops, board retreats, and consultant referral.

Core Services

  • Workshops in your community, designed for nonprofits, at your request
  • Custom workshops for your board or staff
  • Consultant referral
  • Library referral
  • In-depth series

Core Topics

  • Governance and Board Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Outcomes: 4-module series
  • Grantwriting: 1-day workshop
  • Change Management
  • Voluntarism (recruitment, retention, recognition)
  • Marketing

See INRN North Region Workshop Calendar

Indiana Youth Institute
Presenter: Juanita Mejia-Goodwell, Northeastern Indiana Field Staff
(800) 343-7060

The Indiana Youth Institute promotes the healthy development of Indiana children and youth by serving the people, institutions and communities that impact their well-being.

See IYI Trainings and Webinars
See Professional Development Grants to attend trainings
See IYI’s Consulting Services

NextGen Fort Wayne

NextGen Fort Wayne is a monthly networking lunch group for nonprofit professionals in Northeast Indiana. Created in May 2008, the group boasts an enthusiastic and energetic membership that continues to grow strong relationships for young professionals in the nonprofit sector. They meet every other month for lunch on a Monday, with a social at a local establishment, in between on a Tuesday night. Check their website for updates. Looking for support in your new career? Join NextGen for lunch.

Northeast Indiana Association of Volunteer Administrators (NIAVA)
Presenter: Ani Etter

NIAVA’s focus is to provide volunteer managers with resources, tips, ideas and education to better their volunteer programs. We provide these resources by networking with the other members as well as professional speakers brought to the group on topics that relate to volunteer administrators today.

Northeast Indiana Nonprofit Alliance (NINA)
*Attended 2011- Pending availability for 2012
Now located at 904 S. Calhoun, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

The NINA program strives to strengthen area nonprofit organizations though leadership and organizational development. All nonprofit organizations benefit from the network of resources including:

  • Leadership Development Workshops & Seminars
  • Networking
  • The Annual Legislative Breakfast
  • Group Interactions
  • Mentoring Opportunities

Contact Leadership Fort Wayne NINA at 260-481-6112 for additional information.

Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives (OFBCI)
Carey W. Craig, Chief Operating Officer
*Attended 2011- Pending availability for 2012
Indiana Government Center – South Complex, Room E-012
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
[T]: 888.335.9490
[E]: info@ofbci.IN.gov
[W]: http://www.IN.gov/ofbci

The Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) connects organizations, promotes volunteerism, encourages innovation, and highlights good works.

Together the OFBCI with assistance from the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism (ICCSV), provides information, training, technical assistance and limited grant funding to both community based and faith-based organizations seeking to make Indiana a better place to live for all citizens.

See Resources for Faith-Based and Community Organizations
See Reference Links
See Nonprofit Resources

Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center
Presenter: Marilynn Fauth, Coordinator 260-421-1238

The mission of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center is to collect, organize, and share information on foundations, nonprofits, corporate giving, and related subjects. We are a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, in New York City, a national clearinghouse for philanthropic and foundation information.

  • Resource Page: www.pcnrc.wordpress.com with local news, programs, and information.
  • Monthly email on local workshops, information & resources.
  • Grant Alerts: Weekly notices of Requests for Proposal by your chosen field of interest
  • Reference answers on statistics & data, foundation information, and best practices
  • Check out books and Kits for Adults; Request Go! Series Board Kits
  • Continuing Monthly classes on Grant Seeking, Proposal Writing and 23@4

Planned Giving Council
*Attended 2011- Pending availability for 2012

Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana
10405 Leo Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Mission: Our mission is to facilitate, coordinate and encourage the education and training of the planned giving community and to facilitate effective communication among its many different professionals.

See PGCNI 2012 Events
See PGCNI Membership
See Leave A Legacy

Martha Casselman, Director of Operations 260.413.5353
Location: 7820 Bluffton Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 260.747-7931

Love In Deed Inc. established SHAREHOUSE in 2007 to effectively link Northeast Indiana nonprofits to needed nonperishable resources, thereby allowing them to direct their energies to vital ministry.

Eligibility – Any Northeast Indiana church or nonprofit is eligible to participate in SHAREHOUSE, providing they:

  • Have current Federal 501(c)3 nonprofit status
  • Periodically provide volunteers to help in the warehouse
  • Pay a service fee of 19¢/pound for SHAREHOUSE goods (An eight pound box of diapers which retails for $20 costs only $1.52 at SHAREHOUSE)
  • Do not charge others for any goods they receive

Merchandise is distributed in two primary ways. Each week organizations can place a bulk order from a list of available items (diapers, cleaning products, personal care and staple paper products). SHAREHOUSE also distributes a wide variety of merchandise at regularly scheduled “U-Pick” Distributions. At these distributions organization representatives come to a special display area and select items that are not available on bulk orders (office supplies, craft items, toys, tools, linens, household goods, etc.).

Volunteer Center – an RSVP AffiliateCenter
Presenter: Ani Etter, Program Manager

Our Mission Statement:

Volunteer Center @ RSVP endeavors to serve its community by providing a corps of volunteers to fill important community roles, and to provide for its volunteers meaningful opportunities for community service relevant to their skills, abilities and interests.

Our Services:

For Agencies-recruitment and matching of exceptional volunteers for both long-term, short term and sporadic event needs. Free $1,000,000 agency supplemental volunteer liability insurance. We offer the ability to publicize/recruit volunteer positions at http://www.volunteerfortwayne.org and agency newsletter.

For Volunteers-Ability to find meaningful and rewarding volunteer positions that utilize their skills, talents and passion for their personal cause. Free supplemental volunteer insurance, recognitions and trainings.

Signature Programs of RSVP Volunteers:


IRS trained and certified volunteers offering free Federal and State Income Tax preparation to low income families and military families in the Allen County Community. Last year our IRS Certified Tax Volunteers assisted 4,970 taxpayers in 7 language groups and returned $2 million dollars to Allen County families.


Provides volunteers to agencies to assist clients obtain Indiana Assistance Benefits such as Indiana unemployment, food stamps and Medicaid benefits.


Free Income Tax preparation for active and deployed military personnel and their families. This service is offered year round for military returning from active duty.


Help direct the development and implementation of programs to support military families in Allen County and mentor veterans in their search for employment.


Support for military Children and their families facing military deployment.


Annual county-wide collection program providing 4,500 new and gently used coats to children in local schools, shelters and social service agencies. Over 24,443 coats have been donated by the community in the past eleven years.


Clearinghouse for spontaneous volunteers and donations, operating in times of local emergency, to insure the needs of local social services and civic agencies are met.

See Services to Agencies
See Program
See Resources

2 thoughts on “Local Professional Development and Services for Nonprofits

  1. Thank you Marilynn, Lettie, and the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center for hosting such a great event and giving us the opportunity to share information about the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeast Indiana chapter.


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