Job Opportunity: Love INC Ministry Coordinator

Love INCLove In the Name of Christ of Huntington County  (Love INC) is in search of a full-time Ministry Coordinator to join our team. This position is a program management role, designed to oversee various aspects of Love INC ministries with a primary focus on our Loving Neighbors Relational Ministry and Volunteer Coordination.

Reports To: Executive Director

Purpose: To manage and develop the daily operations of Love INC programs so as to ensure the further implementation of the organization’s mission.

Responsibilities:
1. Program Management
2. Volunteer Management
3. Leadership

Qualifications:
1. Personal relationship with Jesus Christ and agreement with the Apostles’ Creed
2. Understanding of the mission and core values of Love INC
3. Must be highly organized
4. Strong verbal and written communication skills
5. Proficient in leadership and management
6. Ability to work independently and cooperatively
7. Reliability and dependability
8. Healthy, professional boundaries
9. Experience using Microsoft Office
10. Education or experience: Requires a bachelor’s degree and preferred experience in management, social work, organizational leadership, ministry, community development, or related field.

See complete job description.

To apply, please email a PDF of your resume with a cover letter to info.LoveINChuntington@gmail.com. Applicants who fail to send both of these documents will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until June 9th, 2017. No calls for inquiry.

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.  

 

National Volunteer Week – April 23-29, 2017

That week always seems to creep up on me and I need to make plans for the celebration and come up with brilliant and “low-cost or cost-free” ways to honor volunteers. Also, it needs to be NOT a “labor intensive” promotion.

National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 under President Richard Nixon. In subsequent years it has grown substantially under the leadership of the Points of Light. It is seen as an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. In the United States “Service Unites” is celebrated April 23rd -29th. But celebrations are world-wide:

• Volunteer Australia “Give Happy – Live Happy” May 14-18th.
• Volunteering Canada “Volunteering, Eh?” April 23 -29th
• United Kingdom Volunteering “You make the difference” June 1-7”
• Volunteer Ireland “I-VOL” May 16-22
• Wales Council for Voluntary Action “Recognize, reward and recruit volunteers” June 1-7

So, for Volunteer Managers it has become a “must-do” celebration. No budget-no worry! Here are some strategic ways to honor your volunteers in a non-traditional manner from VolunteerMatch:

  • Give them a Bigger Picture
  • Let your volunteers know the outcomes of their labors. Their role may be small mundane tasks but it’s an important part of the big picture.
  • Provide Food – A cookie tray goes a long way! For our agency we’ve had a tradition of giving brightly wrapped “Pay Day” candy bars. We also give them the accomplishments of our agency and thank them for being part of the change in their community.
  • Check-in with your Volunteers
  • Knowing their name and a handshake is very important to people who care enough to give back to their community.
  • Feature Volunteer Stories on your blog or website. We use quotes from volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteers and make them part of the team.
  • Give Your Volunteers Awards – Are there any volunteers who have gone above-and-beyond? Nominate them for the Indiana SERVE Awards or other award programs.
  • Give small tokens of gratitude – Pictures are great ways to thank Volunteers. You can post their pictures around the agency and put them on social media. Make sure that they have a copy of the picture to show their family and friends.
  • Handwritten Thank You Cards
    Sometimes the best way to show your appreciation is the old fashioned way- sending them a thank you card. In the age of email and social media, the handwritten letter is a novelty. You’ll get bonus points for personalizing the message, such as thanking them for a specific task they did during their time of volunteering.

So you still have time to put together a simple plan or a grand event. Volunteers just need to know that they are appreciated.

 

*Post written by Jean Joley, Executive Director at Volunteer Center RSVP

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

LinkedIn

“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.

Evernote

“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.

Scannable

“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.

Skype

“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.

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

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.

 

Keep at it – A Fundraiser’s Journey

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Kelly Updike for PCNRC

Two separate instances have converged in my head. Ouch!

The first is from a meeting with Dan Swartz, he of Wunderkammer Company. Dan is planning his second annual Design Week, for which he has obtained a sizeable grant to pay for speakers and marketing. This has given him the freedom to obtain great speakers to participate. People who are significant to their field in a national and even world-class way. Some have local ties to this region.

Dan says he just asks. He figures out how to contact the person, by email or through an assistant, and he asks. He says the person will usually reply and is gracious. Sometimes the person says yes, which means Design Week will again have some phenomenal speakers.

The second is from the My City Summit organized by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI). This year’s theme was diversity. At this event, too, the speakers were local and national, all terrific.

I left this event thinking about our roles in these changing times. We are cranky, according to the keynote speaker, Rich Benjamin. Another speaker, Fort Wayne’s own Courtney Tritch, pointed out that diversity is a needed economic driver. People move to areas where there is freedom and respect for all. Each speaker asked us what we were doing about it.

On the surface these two meetings were very different. But they both ended up in the same place in my mind:

It does not matter where you are politically, uppercase R or D. What matters is that we work every day to make a difference. Our organizations in particular directly impact others.

What are we going to do to help others continue through these times?

We ask and then we ask again. Simply, purely, clearly. As fundraisers. As advocates. As caregivers. As artists. As one human being to another.

Ask. Don’t stop asking.

 

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