The Lutheran Foundation: Building a Healthier Community grant process change

Lutheran logoThe Lutheran Foundation’s Building A Healthier Community (BHC) grant process is changing as follows:

  • Grant Workshops will be offered in November 2017.
  • If you intend to apply in the next BHC grant cycle, you must submit a Concept Paper.
  • Concept Paper deadline is December 15, 2017 (noon).
    • A Committee reviews and determines if the organization should proceed with submitting an application.
  • Foundation staff will send an email to the Grant Contact with notification of the Committee’s decision.
    • If you are notified to proceed, the link to proceed with the application will be available through the Grant Portal.
  • Grant Application deadline is March 1, 2018 (noon).
  • Decisions will be made by June 30, 2018.

August 23rd @ 4pm: Because Robert Said So

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Henry Martyn Robert   1837-1923 

Here’s the history of how we came to have Robert’s Rules of Order:

Henry Martyn Robert was an engineering officer in the regular Army. Without warning he was asked to preside over a public meeting being held in a church in his community and realized that he did not know how. He tried anyway and his embarrassment was supreme. This event, which may seem familiar to many readers, left him determined never to attend another meeting until he knew something of parliamentary law.

Ultimately, he discovered and studied the few books then available on the subject. From time to time, due to his military duties, he was transferred to various parts of the United States, where he found virtual parliamentary anarchy, since each member from a different part of the country had differing ideas of correct procedure. To bring order out of chaos, he decided to write Robert’s Rules of Order, as it come to be called.  Source: http://www.robertsrules.com/history.html


So, does presiding over board meetings give you chills?  Do you worry about not understanding Parliamentary Procedure?  Then this month’s 23rd@4pm program will help you be a more parliamentary leader.  Attendees will learn about:

  • Order of relevance
  • Purpose of parliamentary procedure
  • Basic principles
  • Typical order of business
  • Presiding officer’s role
  • Types of motions and how to handle one
  • Debate and its rules

Register here

Marketing Seminar Series 2017

You are invited to attend our Marketing Seminar Series of 2017! Join us to get answers from professionals and connect with your peers.

Graphic Design in Microsoft Office

Rachel’s talk will provide you with marketing tips and tricks. She will discuss and show you how to best utilize the tools available in Microsoft Office (namely Word and PowerPoint) to create materials for your organization that are clean and well-designed.

Rachel Hammitt is a graphic designer and photographer living and working in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She does design work for her alma mater, Wheaton College, and a variety of freelance work. Rachel loves to create and design pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Her goal as a designer and photographer is to help bring people’s vision to life, with clarity and heart.

When: Friday, June 2, 2017 1:30pm-3:30pm

Registration is required. Registration is available online, on the phone (260) 421-1238, or by email nrc@acpl.info.  

WordPress for Nonprofits

Need to create or update your organization’s website? This workshop will go over website basics for nonprofits including why having a user-friendly website is important, what makes a website user-friendly, and how to make (and maintain) a website easily with WordPress.

Amanda Neumann is the Director of Theater Operations at Fort Wayne Cinema Center, volunteer Fandom Forward Project Leader at the Harry Potter Alliance, and Volunteer Coordinator for Hobnobben Film Festival. She hold Bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and English Communication.

When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm

Registration is required. Registration is available online, on the phone (260) 421-1238, or by email nrc@acpl.info.  

 

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.

 

What the Johnson Amendment Repeal Discussion Means for Nonprofits

Discussions surrounding repealing the Johnson Amendment has been a hot topic in nonprofit news. This story has gained additional traction after Trump mentioned his plans during his Jan. 18th speech at Liberty University. The major concerns of this amendment repeal are that it would put deductions at risk and damage public trust.

The Johnson Amendment was passed in 1954 and it prevents charitable organizations from engaging in politics. It was introduced by then Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and it was suggested he did so because a charity opposed him in a primary race. The passage of this amendment “…[established] a rationale that, in return for not engaging in partisan politics, charities would continue to receive tax-deductible donations because they focus on contributing to the broader public good rather than narrower partisan interests.”

Supporters of the Johnson Amendment argue that 501(c)(3)s are able to concentrate and achieve their missions when they are not engaged in politics. Nonprofits serve the common good and with a repeal, it would erode people’s trust in who and how organizations help.

Opponents claim that the Johnson Amendment is in violation of the First Amendment. Nonprofits too have the freedom of speech and expression.

A repeal would blur the lines of what is a 501(c)(3) in terms of tax-deductions. Other nonprofits, like 501(c)(4), can engage in politics but cannot receive tax donations. It is possible that more entities and/or political groups would seek tax-deductible status to raise funds for political purposes and for potentially undisclosed donors. Also with the repeal, charities could “…lose the ability to receive tax-deductible donations…” and this would inhibit nonprofits from succeeding at their missions.

Repealing the Johnson Amendment is one option in change of federal law. There could be an executive order that would allow the administration to not enforce the law as long as political activities were ancillary. The IRS however could enforce the law if a nonprofit was engaging in more secular activity. From an opinion news piece, Congress seems hesitant to completely repeal the amendment. However, there is a bill at the House that would “amend the Internal Revenue Code to permit a tax-exempt organization to make certain statements related to a political campaign without losing its tax-exempt status.” This bill is the Free Speech Fairness Act.

What is your take on the Johnson Amendment repeal discussion? How would a repeal or executive order effect your charitable organization?

 

Sources:

Clerkin, Richard. “Repealing the Johnson Amendment could lead to reduced donations to churches and charities.” The News and Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article134788344.html. Accessed 6 March 2017.

Hackney, Philip and Brian Mittendorf. “Trump may upend nonprofits with vow to ‘destroy’ Johnson Amendment.” Newsweek, http://www.newsweek.com/trump-upend-nonprofits-destroy-johnson-amendment-557716?_cldee=YW5uZS53YWxsZXN0YWRAYm9hcmRzb3VyY2Uub3Jn&recipientid=contact-75cd000f8e99e311956300155d009001-4e6ebff32b1e4064ade9eceac0048d63&esid=3dd07215-cef9-e611-959c-00155d009001. Accessed 6 March 2017.

“H.R.6195 – Free Speech Fairness Act.” Congress.gov, https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/6195. Accessed 6 March 2017.

 

Governance Out Of The Box – April 20th, 2017

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When: Thursday April 20, 2017 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: St. Francis Historic Women’s Club

What: Are you a board member with 3 years or less or seeking board service? Join us for a free dinner and networking event with other nonprofit professionals in a beautiful local space downtown. Conversations on governance topics will be facilitated throughout the catered meal. Stay for the after dinner presentation of an interactive mock board meeting with a focus on Robert’s Rules of Order starring Indiana actors and featuring an original and entertaining script. A success last year, this event is a mix of education, comedy, and socializing. We want you to learn, laugh, and engage!

How: Register HERE

Cost: FREE to you

*Get on Board is a project of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center with grant support provided by Foellinger Foundation.

 

Nonprofits and the Women’s March on Washington

One day after Donald Trump’s inauguration millions gathered around the world to participate in the Women’s March. The original event took place in Washington, D.C. and crowd scientists estimated there were three times more attendees at the Women’s March than Trump’s inauguration. audrey-crowd

There were hundreds of sister marches and some believe that the Women’s March was the largest one day protest ever. The Women’s March mission stated “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.

It is remarkable that so many folks mobilized to make a statement about women’s rights and the rights of marginalized groups in the United States. What made this demonstration possible? Along with a group of strong individuals who worked tirelessly since the election in November, support from nonprofit organizations around the country, both national and local, made this demonstration possible.

Planned Parenthood, a national nonprofit organization that works to provide women’s and reproductive healthcare, was both a partner and a sponsor of the March. The organization’s president, Cecile Richards, spoke to the crowd in Washington assuring them that “our doors stay open.” Like other nonprofits, Planned Parenthood works hard to remain in operation so they can continue to offer services to communities. Planned Parenthood along with other organizations came together to make the Women’s March successful.

One example of nonprofits working together locally to make an impact was the partnership between art house theatre Cinema Center and monica-crowdPlanned Parenthood a few weekends ago. Cinema Center screened the film 20th Century Women and part of the proceeds from its debut weekend were donated to Planned Parenthood. By communicating with the film distribution company A24, Cinema Center was able to help out another nonprofit in the area.

Do you work together with other local nonprofits to organize large events? How can the Women’s March inspire your organization’s programming in the future?

Click here to check out the full list of organization partnerships from the Women’s March.


top right photo credit: Audrey Leonard, bottom left photo credit: Monica Young