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.

Board Boot Camps Spring 2017

Are you a new board member? Has your organization recruited new board members in the last year? Or curious about how you can begin to engage in nonprofit service? Sign them up for Board Boot Camp or Board Boot Camp 2.0 today!


Board Boot Camp is for emerging leaders or new nonprofit board members with one year or less board experience or who are wondering if board service is right for them.

Get on Board Logo Horizontal RGB-01Board Boot Camp 2.0 (prerequisite Board Boot Camp) is for emerging leaders who  one year or more experience on a committee or board.


Expert facilitator Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. leads Board Boot Camp, introducing: basics of the nonprofit sector, responsibilities of a board member, how to find a fit with an organization

Attendees in Board Boot Camp 2.0 will learn more about the responsibilities of serving on a board. Specifically this program will go in depth on finance and strategy. Facilitators Mike Stone and Erin Whittle will lead participants in engaging programmatic and financial case studies.


Board Boot Camp Saturday March 11, 2017 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Click here to register.

Board Boot Camp 2.0 Saturday April 22nd 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Registration opens in March.


Allen County Public Library, Main Globe Room (March 11th) and Meeting Room C (April 22nd)


Program costs $15. Can be paid in cash or check.  Due by the event date. Payable to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. Drop off payment at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center or mail to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Job Opportunity – Fort Wayne Philharmonic Club Orchestra Program Manager

PHIL_4c_DirectorJob Description:  Club Orchestra Program Manager
•    Reports to Fort Wayne Philharmonic Education Director
•    Full-time, non-exempt position

Club Orchestra is part of El Sistema, a visionary world movement transforming the lives of children and their communities through music, a new model for social change. Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.

Job Summary:
•    The Program Manager is charged with leading Club O’s success.
•    The Program Manager is responsible for the overall management and administration of Club Orchestra, ensuring effective program execution, carrying out its mission and assuring the program’s sustainability and growth to the greatest areas of need across Fort Wayne and Northeast Indiana.
•    The Program Manager will assist in implementing the development strategy to achieve Club Orchestra’s fundraising goals, and work with staff to cultivate various income sources from private foundations, individuals, corporations, and government grants, among others. This includes leveraging key relationships and contacts within and outside Northeast Indiana to maintain and grow income streams.
•    Other areas of responsibility include supervision of program planning and evaluation, policy planning, personnel and fiscal management, marketing, community engagement, and public relations.
•    This is a full-time, salaried position with benefits. It is hired by the Education Director and directly accountable to that position within the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.
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Spotlight on Three Women Focused Local Nonprofits

On Tuesday the PCNRC blog posted about the importance of nonprofits working together when organizing and executing a large event like the Women’s March on Washington. This post highlights a few of the national nonprofits who worked to make the March possible and feature their local chapters here in the Northeast Indiana region.

Fort Wayne Urban League

“The Fort Wayne Urbanurban-league League empowers individuals to move toward greater independence and self-sufficiency by providing mentoring education, support and advocacy as well as securing civil rights.”

This local group was founded in 1920 by a group of “forward-thinking Fort Wayne African Americans” who realized the need for an organization to support their new communities as more folks moved from the South to Northern locations. While it started as the Fort Wayne Community Association, in 1948 it became officially known as a chapter of the Urban League and the name changed to recognize that.

The Fort Wayne Urban League provides youth and education services, employment and training services, economic development, and an advocacy program. Their most recent project is the BUILD program which helps people find careers in construction trades.

Northeast Indiana YWCA

“YWCA Northeast Indiana’s Mission is to elimYWCAinate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all in Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, and Whitley Counties.”

This local chapter was founded in 1894 with the intention of creating a “a safe place for working women to meet”. Over the past 100+ years the Northeast Indiana YWCA has accomplished many firsts for the area. They supported women’s physical health by building the first swimming pool, offered the first Black History class, and opened the first shelter for women fighting abuse.

The Northeast Indiana YWCA provides domestic violence services, addiction services, education services, economic empowerment, and racial justice through their programming. One of their upcoming events includes their Diversity Dialogues series which will take place on February 22nd and will focus on “Celebrating Fort Wayne’s Black History”.

Fort Wayne League of Women Voters

“The League of Women league-of-women-votersVoters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy at the three levels of government: local, state, and national.”

The national League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 while the National American Woman Suffrage Association convention was taking place.

You can find the local chapter around town helping Allen County citizens register to vote as well as working with other local nonprofit organizations to promote the inclusion of women’s issues and representation in politics. Look out for an upcoming event when the Fort Wayne League of Women Voters will be working with Cinema Center for one of the screenings during the Fiercely Feminist Film series in March.

Job Opportunity – Science Central Positions

POSITION: Graphics Design CoordinatorScience Central Logo

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, part-time graphics designer. This person will create new layouts/templates or use existing layouts for various print materials and electronic formats; might assist with press releases and social media.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Ability to develop and complete numerous materials including newsletters, brochures, banners, posters, exhibit signs, shirts, Gift Shop merchandise, etc.; should know and have proficiency with graphics design packages including Adobe Creative Suite and Microsoft Publisher and PowerPoint, and experienced with web-based software like Joomla CMS, Constant Contact and other database programs; professional in attitude and practice; outgoing and articulate; meticulous and detail-oriented; good grasp of language, both in writing and spelling; good communication skills, able to work well in a team-environment with feedback from others, as well as independently and follow-through on their own; capable of scheduling and leading design meetings; comfortable in an exciting and fast-paced environment; able to handle high stress, multiple activities and deadlines; must have flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; must be willing to work within a predefined look, as well as a review chain; college-level classes in graphics design, art, etc.; successful completion of criminal background check.

SCHEDULE: Variable hours, ranging from approximately 10-20+ hours per week; flexible schedule, but will include weekdays, and could include some weekends and evenings.

SALARY: $10.00/hour; non-exempt.

APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online ( Send completed application, cover letter, resume, list of professional references (minimum of 3), and examples of completed designs (minimum of 5)

POSITION: Development (Fundraising) Coordinator

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Science Central, a hands-on science center (physical, natural and applied sciences), located within a large historical building, is currently hiring a knowledgeable, self-motivated, self-directed, highly organized fundraiser. This person will research funding sources; develop sponsorships for programs, projects and exhibits; assist with fundraising events, annual appeals and estates, write some grants; communicate with associated staff; coordinate appropriate reporting and record-keeping; and assist with other development, operational and strategic activities.

REQUIRED SKILLS: Ability to research funding sources; develop, schedule and coordinate special events; develop new fundraising opportunities and events; ability to keep detailed notes and records; professional in attitude and practice; outgoing and articulate; meet with funders/donors; attend internal staff and committee meetings and external community meetings; meticulous and time- and detail-oriented; strong research skills; grasp of language with exceptional communication, writing and spelling skills; comfortable in an exciting and fast-paced environment; able to handle high stress, multi-task activities and deadlines; must have flexibility and capability to adapt to changing priorities and schedules; comfortable working with people of all backgrounds, team-oriented, sense of humor; skilled with Microsoft Office programs; comfortable with and familiarity with databases; experience with administering donation database software a plus; college degree preferred; experience in the nonprofit field a plus; successful completion of Criminal Background Check.

SCHEDULE: 20-25 hours per week, flexible schedule, but will include weekdays, weekends, and evenings.

SALARY: $12/hour; non-exempt.

APPLY: Open posting, position filled as needed. Obtain application online ( Send completed application, cover letter, resume, list of professional references (minimum of 3), and examples of successful grants, sponsor records, event planning schedule, etc. (minimum of 3) to

Applications may be sent to:

Human Resources Director

Science Central

1950 North Clinton Street

Fort Wayne, IN   46805

Fax: (260) 422-2899

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

Generations: Same…but Different

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics there may be as many as five generations volunteering or working in a single organization right now.  That could be as much as a sixty-year difference between the oldest and the youngest!

Amazing, isn’t it?  It also presents challenges in the workplace.

This post will provide the reader with food for thought about the topic, with additional resources for those who wish to learn more about generational relationships, and how to better manage those challenges.generations

The presentation Generations: Same…but Different briefly covers demographics of volunteers in the USA using the latest report on Volunteering in America from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Continue reading