New Year, New Program? New Nonprofit?

happy-new-yearHappy New Year! Are you interested in getting a new program off the ground? Is this the year you are considering starting a new nonprofit? Thinking about a strategic plan? We can help you!

The Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center can brainstorm with you. We offer free one hour long consultations for new program or nonprofit ideas. In our conversation, PCNRC staff can be a sounding board, give you professional guidance, connect you to community resources, and answer your questions. In addition, we can assist your nonprofit by providing free strategic planning facilitation.

To learn more or schedule your consultation or facilitation, contact the PCNRC today at or 260-421-1238!

Speed Date the Nonprofit Way

We invite you, community leader and nonprofit professional, to join Get on Board in their next Get Connected event.Get on Board Logo Vertical Alternate RGB-01-01

What is Get Connected? It is an evening of networking and fast, structured one-on-one “speed dating” rounds.

Individuals who are interested in nonprofit board service will have the opportunity to meet nonprofit representatives as well as nonprofit professionals will have the chance to speak with community leaders.

Who should attend? (1) Nonprofits and (2) individuals interested in nonprofit board or committee service.

When?  Wednesday September 7th, 2016 5:30-8:00pm

Where? Sweetwater Sound 5501 IN-30 W Fort Wayne, IN in Conference Room 2

Details? 5:30-6 pm Networking; 6-7:30 pm “Speed Dating” rounds; 7:30-8 pm Closing

Appetizers will be served.

Individuals can register online here by August 26th.

Nonprofit Organizations can register here by August 26th.

For questions, please contact Elise at

Get Connected is a program of the PCNRC’s Get on Board initiative supported by a grant from Foellinger Foundation.

Succession Planning and Leadership Transition Seminar

You are invited to attend a seminar hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne on August 31st.

Your board members value you, as the CEO/ED, and recognize their responsibility to ensure that your organization will continue to prosper. Yet, it can be difficult to begin a conversation about being prepared for an unexpected emergency, a resignation, or eventual retirement.

In this session, you will learn:CF Training

Succession Planning IS NOT:
• Naming a successor or beginning a search process
• A drawn out investment of time and energy
• Making the CEO/ED feel expendable

Succession planning IS:
• Making the CEO/ED job more “doable” for the current leader
• Developing current staff and board leaders
• Helping board and staff be prepared when the current CEO/ED eventually leaves or becomes unavailable

This session is designed for: nonprofit CEO/EDs, senior staff, and board members who want to ensure their organizations are equipped to sustain their work.

Make plans to attend this session at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne (555 E. Wayne St.) on August 31, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., lead by Bryan Orander, President of Charitable Advisors.

Through his work at Charitable Advisors, Bryan focuses exclusively on not-for-profits in Executive Transition, Assessment and Strategic Planning, and Board Development. He has fifteen + years of experience consulting with nonprofit organizations, independently and as a project leader of a team of consultants.

Seating is limited. RSVP at by August 26. Please note that each person attending the seminar will have to RSVP individually using the link.

Health Insurance Seminar at Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

Do you find managing group health insurance for your nonprofit a burden and an increasingly larger expense each year? Are health insurance terms like “grandmothered” and “community rating” confusing?  What type of plan is best for your organization – traditional or high deductible? What about an employer sponsored plan versus sending your employees to the exchange? What are some tips for being good health care consumers?  What is the best way to communicate all of this to your employees?Community Foundation of Greater FW

For answers to these questions, and much more, join us on July 27 from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne for an interactive Health Insurance Panel Discussion. Panelists include: Jon Albright, General Counsel & Director of Employer Relations, Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana; Chad Burch, President of Phillips Benefits Advisors; and, Ryan Stoneburner, Owner of Health Insurance Inc.

Seating is limited. RSVP at by July 22. Please note that each person attending the seminar will have to RSVP individually using the link.

Please be sure to bring your questions!

Volunteering Breakfast – June 27, 2016

Volunteer Center presents the Community Leaders Breakfast

volunteering the next generation

When: June 27, 2016 from 8:00 am to 9:15 am

Where: Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne (555 E. Wayne Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802)

Why: Go boldly where no one has gone before…..

  • Expand your talent pool
  • Utilize skills-based and technical volunteers
  • Identify large scale projects
  • Access listing of and connect with corporate volunteer groups
  • Improve your community relations
  • Increase your financial resources

How: RSVP by June 23rd here.

For more information contact Loaine Hagerty at (260)424-3505 or  


PCNRC Programs in June 2016

Grant Basics 2: Proposal Writing 

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Where: ACPL Business Meeting Room

*Note: Completion of Grant Basics 1 required.

Call 421-1238 to register or email: 


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When:  Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Rudy’s Beer Garden & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne

Join a group of your nonprofit professional peers for wine tasting, light appetizers, and to discuss governance topics in a social setting. Foellinger Stewardship Nominees and Get on Board Committee representatives will be facilitating the discussions. Register here.


23rd @ 4pm ~ Document Retention & Disaster Preparedness

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 4-5 pm

Where: ACPL Meeting Room C

Who: Elise Alabbas

What: Join other nonprofit professionals to learn about record retention recommendations and document disaster planning. Discover more tips of how to be organized to ensure that financial, legal, and other important documents are safe and accessible.

Registration required, click here.


All Aboard 

When: Tuesday, June 28 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Location: Cinema Center

Join a group of your nonprofit peers for a talk on inter-generational, professional relationships, particularly how a better understanding of older generations will benefit Millennials in their careers. The presenters will be Keith Sarber and Jillian Henry, Regional Directors from the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network. Light refreshments will be served. Target audience: Board members, nonprofit professionals, and individuals interested in serving in the nonprofit sector. This presentation is part of the Get on Board program to help nonprofits recruit, retain, and engage a new generation of board members. Register here.

Cost: $10.00. Cash or Check (payable to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center) is due Monday June 27th.


Volunteer Management Training Opportunity September 2016

In 2004 the Urban Institute conducted the first national study of Volunteer Management Capacity that was funded by the UPS Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the USA Freedom Corps. It showed a number of interesting facts about the use of volunteers. But it also showed the untapped potential of volunteers to build the capacity of nonprofit and civic organizations. The study highlights the potential of expanding agency capacity with the investment in volunteer management.

The report states that four-in-five charities use volunteers and a large majority of charities report their volunteers are beneficial to their operations. But are they getting the most out of their volunteer program? Volunteers can boost the quality of services in charities and congregations while reducing costs. However, these organizations are not always fully equipped to make the most of their volunteer’s talents and skills.

Charities report that these volunteers are important to their operations, and that volunteers do a good job in providing services. At least six-in-ten charities indicate that their volunteers provide substantial cost savings and greatly increase the quality of services provided.

Volunteers are a valuable financial resource. A volunteer’s time is an important resource for many charities and congregations, especially those that do not have the money to hire labor to carry out certain tasks. Volunteer time is comparable to a monetary donation. Independent Sector, a national advocate for the nonprofit sector, computes annually an equivalent average hourly wage for a volunteer’s time. The calculation is derived from the average hourly wage of non-agricultural workers plus 12 percent for fringe benefits. By this calculation, the typical 2015 volunteer value was $23.56 per hour.

The devotion of staff time to Volunteer Management is noted as the most notable “best practice.” The best prepared and most effective volunteer programs are those with paid staff members who dedicate a substantial portion of their time to management of volunteers. But full-time Volunteer Managers are rare. A key finding was that most charities and congregations are unable to invest substantial staff resources in Volunteer Management.

The study also indicated that the presence of a paid staff coordinator does not mean the staffer spends much time on volunteer administration, or that he or she is trained in the field. The study found that most paid staff volunteer coordinators spend about 30% of their work time devoted to volunteer management. They had multiple other work related responsibilities.

Sixty-six percent of charities that have a paid staff members dedicating time to managing volunteers report that the staff has had some type of formal training in volunteer administration, such as coursework, workshops, or attendance at conferences that focus on Volunteer Management. The fact that many coordinators are getting some training suggests that many are interested in learning about how to manage volunteers. However, the small amount of time spent on volunteer administration suggests that charities and congregations do not have the resources to allocate to volunteer management or that they devote their organizational resources primarily to other efforts.

We now have a new local resource for Volunteer Managers training for both new and experienced agency staff. Thanks to a Capacity Building Grant from SERVE Indiana, a low-cost Volunteer Managers training program will be offered in September, 2016. The Volunteer Center will partner with the Paul Clark Non Profit Resource Center to offer this two-part professional training program. Topics will include Recruiting, Organizational Readiness and Risk Management; Developing Your Volunteer Program and Finding Volunteers; Screening, Selecting, and Matching Volunteers; Training, Support, Supervision, and Retention of Volunteers; and Motivation and Recognition of Volunteers. More information to come!


jeanWritten by Jean Joley,
Executive Director of Volunteer Center
for PCNRC.