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

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:

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  

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  


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!

A Fundraiser’s Journey: Which one are you?

Kelly UpdikeA Fundraiser’s Journey Kelly Updike for PCNRC

Which one are you? 

In the nonprofit industry, we are called upon to juggle, play with fire and swallow swords.

Wait a second, I might have confused my job with working in a circus. … Oh. … Never mind.

Because of this job requirement and also being a practically perfect person (aren’t you?), I find it easy to say that I can do oh so many things.


Truthfully, I am pretty good at some things and not wonderful with others. Please do not text me with your thoughts about which is which.

In the fund development realm of our profession, there is fundraising and there is grant writing. These are closely related but very different jobs. Both seek and bring needed monies to the organization. Both require good communication skills and detail-oriented mannerisms.

The difference is subtle. I have found that the fundraiser is fearless. Unafraid to pick up the phone or walk up to a person in a crowded lobby. She loves the nonprofit’s mission and she loves people. She is passionate about mooshing the two together. She makes the Ask.

The great fundraiser delivers cookies to people he is meeting for the first time. He is rarely in the office because he is taking a potential donor on a tour, dropping off a note and meeting a donor at the coffee shop to catch up. All in one day. He makes the Ask.

In my journey as a fundraiser, my ah-ha moment is concise: A great fundraiser does not put off picking up the phone.  I bolded and underlined this sentence and would make it a different color with flashing letters if I knew how to do that. Something I’m not-pretty-good-at, oops.

It’s important to know the simple difference. In yourself and in your fundraising team. It’s okay to be one or the other. But you need at least one phone-picker-upper.

Online resources: ; ;


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

March 2016 Get on Board Programs

Get on Board Logo Vertical Alternate RGB-01-01We invite you to take out your calendar and mark down some dates for upcoming Get on Board programs.

Tuesday March 8 from 5 pm – 7 pm is Governance by the Glass. Join a group of your nonprofit professional peers to discuss governance topics in a social setting. Governance by the Glass will take place at Two EE’s Winery in Huntington, IN. RSVP is required. Click here to register. Program is free to you.

Saturday March 12 from 9 am – 1 pm is Board Boot Camp. This training session is for emerging leaders, new nonprofit board members with two years or less board experience, or anyone who is wondering if board service is right for them. Expert facilitator, Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. explains the basics of the nonprofit sector, responsibilities as a board member, and how to find an organizational fit. RSVP is required, please click here to enroll.

Tuesday March 29 from 11:30 am – 1 pm is a Stewardship Lunch. Emerging leaders and Foellinger Stewardship Award Nominees/Recipients are invited to meet for lunch. Participating nominees and recipients offer their support through conversation about their board governance and community leadership experience. To RSVP as a nonprofit professional, please email Elise at 

Save the date for two April Get on Board programs – (1) Tuesday April 12 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm for Governance Out of the Box at the ArtsLab Black Box Theater and (2) Thursday April 21 from 4 pm – 6 pm for Recruiting, Engaging, and Retaining Millennial Board Members at the Allen County Public Library, Main.


Community Radio Station Ready to Launch!

Do you remember our blog post from this past September about WELT, the new community radio station? Well, it’s ready to launch!welt-95-7-logo

About the Station

WELT (We Encourage Local Talent), 95.7 FM, will operate from the Access Fort Wayne space in the main library downtown.

Erik Möllberg, assistant manager for Access Fort Wayne, is the station manager for WELT. The transmission tower for the station is located on IPFW’s campus.

Local programming will be broadcast 24 hours a day, including a range of music, topical discussions, politics, and much more! This programming will be produced by volunteers.

The official sign-on is scheduled for February 16!

Nonprofit PSAs on WELT

As we explained in our previous blog post, nonprofits will have an opportunity to have a PSA played. Nonprofit PSAs will be stored in a database and rotated by the DJs. PSAs can be 30 or 60 second segments. Nonprofits can record more than one PSA, for example a general one and another one for a specific focus. PSAs cannot include a call to action or no pricing for events. Nonprofits can mention in their PSAs free events open to the public.

How to Get Involved

Step 1 – make an appointment with Erik to record your PSA!

Erik’s contact information: or 260-421-1248

You can also volunteer or send program ideas to Eric.

For more information about WELT, read our previous blog post or a recent local news article about the station.

Access Fort Wayne PSAs

While we’re on the subject of PSAs, don’t forget that the PCNRC has teamed up with Access Fort Wayne to help Northeast Indiana nonprofits produce short video PSAs. You can share these videos online, embed them in newsletters, and more!

If your nonprofit is interested in creating a free video PSA, please read through the appropriate documents on our website before contacting us. The “How to make a PSA” document will guide you through the steps.