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!

Sources for Community Statistics and Data

Finding Funders

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 from the database mentioned above.

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.

Statistic and Data Resources

U.S. Census Bureau:

American FactFinder:

Take a FactFinder Virtual Tour, use  tutorials and learn more at the American FactFinder help page

Allen County Census Profile, compiled by the Community Research Institute

More State and Local Resources

When specific, tough questions come your 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:

Request for Feedback on Legal Requirements for Serving Food at Nonprofit Events

Sushi buffet
Sushi buffet by -Jérôme- via Flickr

This morning, we received the following email from the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Family Initiatives. Please take a moment to respond to the brief survey about nonprofits and food handling (direct link).

As a service to the Indiana State Department of Health we are forwarding this survey request. (NOTE: It must be completed by August 31, 2013):

“My name is Dan Schlenk, and I am with the Food Protection Division of the Indiana State Department of Health. Last year’s legislature asked us to prepare a recommendation as to what the law(s) should be concerning the requirements for non-profit entities to have a certified food handler on staff/present during events. In order to gain insight from the public, affected organizations, and local officials alike, we have published an online survey. It is accessible by going to, clicking “newsroom” on the left hand side of the page, and scrolling down to “July 11 – Notice of virtual public hearing”. A direct link can be found here.”

The survey will close at the end of August. Thank you.


Dan Schlenk, ISDH Food Protection-Intern

Read the 2013 Millennial Impact Report from Achieve

“This year, Achieve gathered information from an online survey distributed to Millennials through 14 research partners, and, for the first time, conducted usability testing of nine nonprofits online presence that included video feedback. The report provides a guide for organizations to better understand this generation, immerse them in the cause, and maximize the impact of their interest, time, and giving.” – Achieve

Governor’s Service Award Nominations Due July 19

Governor's conference

“Whether it’s through a faith-based organization, a community group or an independent service initiative, I’m confident there are many worthy volunteers and service providers who represent every corner of the state,” OFBCI Executive Director Jeff Cardwell says. “I encourage people to submit the names of these deserving Hoosiers so we can honor their work.”


Governor’s Service Award winners will be recognized in October as a part of the Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building, a two-day event hosted by the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI)  and SAVI Community Information System.

Nominate Now
The Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives is accepting nominations for the 2013 Governor’s Service Awards honorees now until July 19, 2013.

The awards are considered to be the state’s highest recognition for volunteerism by individuals and organizations.


Award Categories
This year’s Governor’s Service Awards will be presented in eight categories:

  • Communities of Service
  • Corporate Service
  • Faith-Based Volunteer
  • Lifetime Achievement Volunteer
  • National Service Member
  • Service-Learning
  • Volunteerism
  • Youth Volunteer

Upcoming Webinar from Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network: Indiana Human Services Mid-Session Legislative Update

Indiana Human Services Mid-Session Legislative Update

Join a Webinar on March 1

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

It’s state legislature mid-session time! And…another federal sequestration turning point.

Find out what state bills are still alive and what the buzz is on the national level.

Learn about:

  • Federal Update: What’s happening with the federal sequestration and the budget
  • State Update: What happened to proposed Indiana General Assembly bills related to human services this year? Find out about SPECIFIC bills that are still alive and efforts related to:
  • Education – child care and pre-K, tweaks to educational reforms, vocational education
  • Financial Stability for Working Hoosiers – tax policy, State EITC, IDAs, second-chance law for ex-offenders, affordable housing
  • Healthcare – key decisions around Medicaid, Healthy Indiana Plan, long-term care
  • Strong communities – NAP credits, property tax exemption for charities, transit options
  • Children’s services – Child Services Commission, bullying, Department of Child Services reforms

…and so much more  Continue reading

2013 NINA Non-Profit Legislative Breakfast – Deadline to Make Your Case: Tuesday, February 5th

On March 15, 2013 the Northeast Indiana Non-Profit Alliance will host the Annual Legislative Breakfast where state legislators will be present to listen to your issues.

But first NINA needs YOUR help!

NINA needs you to please complete a 1 page position paper, using the template provided below, on what legislation your organization has been following.

Link: 2013 NINA Legislative Position Paper Template

The planning committee will decide which items will be listed on the agenda, but the legislators will also receive an easy-to-read booklet of all position papers submitted.

Please submit all position papers to Ryan Walbridge, Marketing & Impact Manager, at Leadership Fort Wayne:

The deadline to submit your position paper is February 5, 2013.