Get on Board Event: Generational Giving

Adam Clevenger, CFRE

Join your professional and volunteer nonprofit colleagues at this informative dinner event to hear Adam Clevenger, Senior Associate of  Loring, Sternberg & Associates where he will share his experience of working to create donor-centered and sustainable fundraising programs.

Date: Monday November 20th

Time: 5:30 to 8 pm

  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm cash bar and networking
  • 6:00 – 6:30 dinner
  • 6:30 – 8:00 presentation

Location: Classic Cafe Event Center │ 4832 Hillegas Road │Fort Wayne, IN 46818

Speaker: Adam Clevenger

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There is a great generational shift affecting jobs, families and philanthropy. Today, there are six generations of donors, how do you cater to their unique wants and needs? Nonprofit leaders find it difficult to approach each generation of donors; they either apply one-size-fits-all tactic or only focus on one or two generations. Despite what you may have heard, there are no silver bullets. However, this session will explore the fundamentals of engaging, asking, and thanking each generation of donors.

As a result of this workshop, participants will…

1. Learn giving characteristics and preferences for each generation.

2. Develop tactics for engaging, soliciting, and stewarding each generation

3. Discover the giving approaches common to all generations of donors.

Speaker Bio:

Adam Clevenger, a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), has spent his entire career building donor passion for causes. For over a decade, Adam has created donor-centered and sustainable fundraising programs.

Before joining the LSA, Adam served as Regional Collaboration Manager for the YMCA of the USA, working closely with 300 local Ys to support their development efforts; Director of Annual Giving for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis providing leadership to the annual campaign for 13 branches that raised more than $2 million each year. Additionally, he is a YMCA Faculty Trainer for the Annual Campaign and Introduction to Fundraising courses, a frequent contributor to Bloomerang and the North American YMCA Development Organization (NAYDO) blogs.

Adam conducts several training and conference presentations each year, and has worked in the past with Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, NAYDO, Association of Donor Relations Professionals, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Indiana CPA Society, and Hanover College.

As a volunteer, Adam serves as a board member and former VP of Resource Development for Indiana Chapter of Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), both the Advisory Council and Development Committee for Second Helpings in Indianapolis, Stewardship Committee for Second Presbyterian Church, a board member for Indiana YMCA Youth and Government and Hanover College Business Scholars Program Leadership Council. Adam and his wife, Jess, enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their two daughters and two energetic dogs.


Job Opportunity: Cinema Center – Executive Director

Cinema Center is currently seeking to fill the position Cinema cntr logoof Executive Director. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with benefits, including health.

The Executive Director is responsible for the long-term sustainability and growth of Cinema Center, fundraising, and providing a vision for the organization’s path to success through community-driven artistic programming.

Responsibilities of the Executive Director are:

Finance and Development 

  • Chief fundraiser and fund development facilitator
  • Draft annual budgets and present to committees and board
  • Review monthly financial statements and report to finance committee and/or board
  • Assist in preparing the monthly financial statement, the annual audit, and the filing of tax forms
  • Research, write, and submit grant proposals; attend workshops and information sessions related to submitting proposals
  • Write and submit interim and final reports on grants
  • Work with staff and board on preparing all financial information

Operations and Administrative

  •  Assist board and committee meetings for Cinema Center
  • Assist the Board by maintaining and distributing meeting notices, minutes, and other documents, as needed
  • Maintain current files and perform other duties related to organizational administration
  • Approve weekly film and special event schedule drafted by Director of Operations
  • Introduce screenings for events
  • Facilitate internships

Programming and Outreach

  • Research potential programming, including working with community partners to book specialty films and series
  • Establish and maintain relationships with distributors; negotiate film rental rates and book films
  • Promote Cinema Center programming and events through local media outlets
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other arts and nonprofit community partners
  • Attend relevant community events and meetings; act as advocate of Cinema Center
  • Respond to questions and issues raised by the community regarding Cinema Center or its programming
  • Implement film education initiatives
  • Work with local filmmaking community and promote screenings of their work


  • Participate in and assist with the work of committees in planning, organizing, and implementing Cinema Center events
  • Assist with the recruitment of new board and committee members, as needed
  • Work with Arts United to maintain and improve facilities

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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.

Job Opportunity: Fort Wayne Youth Theatre- Executive/Artistic Director


The Executive/Artistic Director is responsible for overseeing and coordinating all activities of the Fort Wayne Youtheatre in order to carry out the agency’s mission, goals EUWs42hRand objectives. Responsible for fundraising/development and supervision of all aspects of programming; including but not limited to staffing, classes, camps, community outreach, program material and facility resources. Responsible for directing one or more of the annual productions, achievement of annual and long range goals and maintenance of a positive image and reputation among stakeholders and the public. The Director reports to and works with the Board of Directors to execute and update program evaluation systems, annual strategic plan, annual revenue and expenses, and annual position goals.

Applicant Requirements:

Bachelor degree and five years of direct experience in theatre as a paid staff member or volunteer. Must have experience managing and directing theatrical productions. Required experience in working with children, managing and supervising staff. Experience in fundraising/development required. To apply please send resume, cover letter of interest, and contact information for three references to Leslie Hormann, 303 E. Main Street, Fort Wayne, IN, 46818 or electronically to No phone calls please. Application review begins 12/18/17.

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Job Opportunity: Embassy Theatre Programming Director

Programming Director

Embassy Theatre

The Embassy Theatre is a busy downtown Fort Wayne nonprofit historical venue with many stage and private events. We are seeking a skilled, strategic and innovative programming director who will be responsible for finding and negotiating stage rentals, building relationships with promoters, presenting Embassy-originated stage events, managing programming staff and working as a collaborative team member. A bachelor’s degree in a related field and at least three years of related experience is preferred for this key revenue-producing and mission-enhancing position. Salary range begins at $50,000.

Send resume, three references and cover letter via e-mail to or mail to Embassy Theatre, executive director, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, by Oct. 20.


Indiana Arts Homecoming

Annual Convening of the Arts, October 4-6, Indianapolis

The Indiana Arts Commission proud to present their new annual convening of Indiana’s statewide arts community: artists, arts organizations, arts educators, arts supporters — anyone and everyone who wants to come together and grow Indiana’s vibrant arts scene. There, arts peers will celebrate, connect, and gain new skills for engaging their community.


Here’s some of what’s in store for you at this year’s Arts Homecoming:
• Connect with peers and build new connections
• Gain new skills for engaging your local community and growing your collaborative networks
• Celebrate the Hoosier arts innovation and impact that’s happening all over our state.

See the schedule and activities here;  and hotel accommodation information.

Registration is $75 per person. Event parking is included with registration. Online registration will close two weeks before the event on September 20, 2017. If your registration needs to be invoiced to you, please email Miah Michaelsen at

The IAC would like to thank the Central Indiana Community Foundation as the lead sponsor for the scholarship program helping to bring folks from around the state to attend the Indiana Arts Homecoming and Herron School of Art and Design for donating space for the opening reception.