Meet the Funders 2014 | Online Highlights

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the 11th annual Meet the Funders! What a joy to Meet the Funders with you!

We owe the success of the event to our ten foundation representatives, ninety attendees, six volunteers, two interns and our volunteer emcee /panel facilitator, Amber Recker! Thanks to each of you for your efforts to strengthen our community!

Online Highlights and Website Changes

  • Marcia Haaff invited you to view The Lutheran Foundation’s microsite Are You the Body? to access the Needs Assessment and Survey on regional mental and behavioral health needs.
  • The Lutheran Foundation itself has a new website to share with information on the changes to their funding priorities.
  • Jenny King shared that the Zollner Foundation is now online. Wells Fargo Trusts looks forward to moving additional trusts online in the future.
  • And Margaret Sturm shared that English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation has transformed their online application through PNC Trusts. Learn more about their committment to their donors’ legacy and process to determine your eligibility at the English, Bonter, Mitchell Foundation Application Information page.

If you missed the program and would like to request funder profiles, please do not hesitate to ask!

Meet the Funders would not be possible without the efforts of the following participating foundation representatives.

Susan Mendenhall, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne
Lynne Gilmore, AWS Foundation
Christine Meek, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
Dawn Martz, Foellinger Foundation
Marcia Haaff, The Lutheran Foundation
Jen Pickard, M.E. Raker Foundation
Dorothy (Dot) Robinson, McMillen Foundation
Margaret Sturm, PNC Bank Trusts, English Bonter Mitchell Foundation
Meg Distler, Saint Joseph Community Health Foundation
Jenny King, Wells Fargo Trusts

Many thanks to each of you for sharing your time, energy and community information!

We are grateful to both Jen Pickard and Dorothy Robinson for attending the program for the first time on behalf of the M.E.Raker and McMillen Foundations. Our participants were so happy to meet you! Thank you.

Thanks to all our guests for Meeting the Funders!

Above Board: Ditch the Board Matrix?

Think about how you use a board matrix template…do you diligently try to fill each and every one of the suggested skills with someone from your community, and then discover that the attorney is too busy to even make it to meetings? or the corporate CFO doesn’t have a sense of what’s a nonprofit’s ‘bottom line’?

Maybe it’s time to stop using it?

Jan Masaoka, author of Board Cafe, Hands-On Solutions for Nonprofit Boards Second Edition (a practical compilation of short articles for nonprofit boards), says “that [the book] unfortunately includes a board composition matrix that you should ignore. She wants to know why “Grumpy” or “Contrarian” never seem to be one of the desirable demographic characteristics on board composition matrices”.

In her June 11, 2012 post, on Blue Avocado, Jan talks about the Three traps of the board composition matrix.

Here’s an abbreviated look at the three failures of board matrix approaches:

1. The skills trap: By identifying skills such as “legal” or “finance,” we often end up with the wrong kind of legal or financial professional on the board.

2. The demographic trap: Nearly all boards feel weighed down by demographic diversity imperatives. Whether it’s a mostly white board thinking, “we need someone who’s black,” or an all Asian board thinking, “we don’t have anyone from India,” too often we end up with someone who lets us check the demographic box but never becomes engaged.

3. The connections trap: Too often we recruit board members because they are wealthy and know other wealthy people, or because they work for a corporation that we hope will make a corporate grant to us. But we don’t feel comfortable bringing up the issue of major donations during the recruitment process.

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Sources for Community Statistics and Data

Finding Funders – Knowing that your most burning questions typically revolve around funding, our program started here.

Foundation Directory Online – In Grant Basics I, our monthly class, we teach you how to use this tool to find grantmakers that fits your nonprofit work. See our Training Schedule here.

Foundation Center Digital Grant Guides – $39.95 each – Yes, this information is the same as the free database we offer here, but if you live at a distance, this purchase might make sense. See our post on the Grant Guides here.

Proposal Writing Resources

Grant Space, the Foundation Center’s online portal for a variety of proposal writing resources including: Samples, Training schedules, Specific Fields of Interests topics and more.

See more Fundraising and Proposal Writing links in our link section.

See more Program Evaluation resources our links section, too.

For Statistic and Data resources, Start Here

Most of the information you need can be found here, in the next three links.

American FactFinder2 Resources: How to Find Census Data – A program presented by the Community Research Institute covered how to use the new FactFinder2 to find data on the community you serve. Link to our post with the screenshots and links to more census tutorials.

The Community Research Institute has also created PDFs of basic information about Allen County, so start here. And don’t miss their Allen County Census Profile for projections of how our community is changing.

Go directly to the American FactFinder here:

More State and Local Resources

When specific, tough questions come our way, these resources might prove helpful, though typically, you won’t need to dig this deeply. Remember, you can always ask us – perhaps someone else has already and the answer has been compiled recently. 

Federal Data & Statistics

Youth Data Resources

Indiana K-12 School Data > Create Custom School Profile 

Kids Count in Indiana 

Social Research:



Pew Research Center:

Brookings Institute:

Urban Institute:

From OFCBI, “Don’t delay: nominate a service-minded Hoosier today”

2011 Winners

The deadline for nominations may be July 27, 2012, but the OFBCI is encouraging readers to nominate early.

This year’s categories include:
  • Faith-Based Service Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • National Service Award
  • Volunteerism Award
  • Youth Service Award (Under 18)
  • Communities of Service Award
  • Corporate Service Award
  • Service Learning Award

The Governor’s Service Awards are the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives’ most prestigious award for volunteer service. The INOFBCI will be seeking nominations for recipients and you can help in several ways.

Whether you tweet about it, post the award page on friends’ Facebook walls, email the opportunity to friends and community organizations, or call others who serve their fellow Hoosiers, it is our goal to reach every corner of the state and to recognize the outstanding crop of Hoosiers who give back.

Click here to learn more about the nomination process and stay tuned for more details about the 2012 conference.

Will Your Organization Stand Against Racism?

The following letter is from Deborah Beckman, president/CEO of YWCA Northeast Indiana. The YW is calling organizations to Stand Against Racism on April 27.

We’re sharing the invitation because racism plays out in so many ways in the work you and nonprofits do. The YW’s call to action gives you a (free) chance to make clear your organization will neither ignore or accept racism – and you may choose how you deliver the message. Read further for more information and ideas. – Lettie

YWCA Northeast Indiana cordially invites your organization to join with us to take a Stand Against Racism in our community.

We are calling on organizations, corporations, schools, hospitals, houses of worship, and government agencies in northeast Indiana to become a “Participating Site” of the National YWCA Stand Against Racism event. By becoming a Participating Site, you would be joining your voices to ours in our ongoing plight to Stand Against Racism and to stand for the dignity and respect of all people.

The goal of the event is simple: we want to raise awareness that racism still exists in our community and that it can no longer be ignored or tolerated. Our strength is in numbers!

On Friday, April 27, 2012, YWCA Northeast Indiana along with YWCAs in 39 states throughout the country will be working closely with approximately 2,500 organizations that will cumulatively attract about 300,000 individuals. We hope you will be one of them!

What is a Participating Site? Continue reading

Is Your Organization Up-to-date with Indiana Filings?

After its initial organization, a formal business/nonprofit association must continue to meet certain statutory requirements.  All-volunteer organizations are especially prone to falling behind in these responsibilities.

Here’s a list of filings required by the state of Indiana:

  • Articles of Incorporation
    • The official beginning of a formal association
  • Business Entity Report (annually)
    • Filed to maintain current contact information in public record
    • Due during the organization’s formation month anniversary
    • Does not require financial or business activity of the entity
    • Keeps the organization in good standing with the Secretary of State’s records
    • Business Entity Reports must be filed annually with a $10 filing fee ($7.14 online) for nonprofit entities
    • The business Entity Report is a separate form that is required to be filed by all corporations
  • Articles of Amendment