New Books on Leadership and Development

workbookThe Fruition Coalition Board Development Workbook demystifies the processes of board recruitment, onboarding, and succession so that all organizations are able to successfully cultivate dedicated, educated, energized, and organized board members. This book can be used by executive directors, board officers, and individual members of the board of directors to explore and clarify the many aspects of organizational leadership and governance. It can be used as a mechanism to provoke discussion and as a guideline for organization and planning. This book provides comprehensive information, yet is flexible enough to be applicable to nonprofit organizations and boards of directors of all sizes and types.


leadershipValuable insights gleaned from the stories of global Leaders throughout history are the backdrop for behaviorist and brain expert Lynette Louise as she busts Leadership myths and uncovers The Seven Senses of Leadership. With clearly explained brain science Lynette shares solid advice on building and/or refining your Leadership Sensibilities. Unique and brilliant, The Seven Senses of Leadership: The Brain Broad’s Guide to Leadership Sensibilities, helps readers discover, recognize and perfect their Leadership Sensibilities while also giving them the tools and expertise to choose their own Leaders with educated purpose.


leadWritten for new and experienced social services managers and supervisors alike, Responsive Leadership in Social Services by Stephen de Groot provides the practical tools, strategies, and insights to inspire, motivate, and engage employees and staff. Along with over 100 strategies and two simple tools–the Key Performance Motivators Scale (KPMS) and the Preferred Leadership Profile (PLP)–a wealth of practice wisdom, scholarship, and evidence-based research is presented to demonstrate the role of effective leadership and how it achieves positive client outcomes.


leanLean is not an acronym. It’s the name for a method used to streamline. Nonprofit organizations have unique challenges. We all know the first one: the reliance on donations and outside funding. This funding can fluctuate depending on the mood of the economy. In the recession of 2008, funds shrunk, some dried up, and many nonprofit organizations were forced to cut mission-critical programs. It still happens today. Lean provides an alternative. The second challenge is hardly recognized: although staff and volunteers are valued for their passion, there is a long-held belief that this is sufficient to run an organization. But not in today’s climate. Passion is great, but complemented with “management acumen”…that’s even greater. Management acumen isn’t just for managers…it’s for everyone. It really means ‘know-how’…know-how about solving a problem, know-how about seeing the big picture, know-how about what tool to use. Lean builds management acumen by using improvement teams made up of ordinary workers who know the problems first-hand, and now they have a forum and know-how to solve them.


Planning for Strategic Planning

 “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” Winston Churchill

“…plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Plan to PlanInteresting quotes aren’t they?  Neither great man was referring to the strategic plan nonprofit organizations should have, but the principle is certainly apropos nonetheless.  Planning for Strategic Planning is essential to effective organizations and often required for applying for foundation funding.

Below is the information that was presented at the August 23@4 program.

Strategic Planning to Plan PowerPoint

All About Strategic Planning

Effective Strategic Planning


How Not To Do Strategic Planning

How To Start Strategic Planning

Matrix Map

Strategic Planning Toolkit

Strategic Planning Kit for Dummies


Ethnic Diversity in Boards

A recent Board Source study looked at racial demographics of nonprofit board members as compared to the 2014 U.S. census. Below are the main findings. diversity

  • 25% of all boards remain all White.
  • People of color remain underrepresented in nonprofit leadership as compared to their representation in society.
  • 80% of board members are White as compared to 73% of all Americans.
  • 9.9% of board members are Black as compared to 12.7% of all Americans.

Many nonprofit boards discuss diversity; however, there is a disconnect between planning and follow through. In the study, a few questions were posed to help guide a nonprofit board to include diversity on their recruitment agenda. One such question is “why do we want to diversify our board and how will a diverse board enhance our organization?” First, it should be more than a numbers game or to fill a quota. It is also about diversity of behaviors, practices, perspectives, and experiences. With a diverse board, it “sends a message and sets an example about the organization’s values.”

Hopefully the board agrees that diversity is important. However, what processes are in place to recruit diverse board members? The answer according to the Board Source study is to “establish written diversity policies, develop intentional plans to recruit diverse board members, provide equal access to board leadership opportunities, and pay careful attention to social inclusion practices.” In addition, existing minority board members can aid in “identifying the success factors that got them on your board, and the barriers they may have encountered on the way, which need to be removed.”

To read the full study, click on Race-Role-Board-Recruitment.

Please take our poll below to find out how our local nonprofits stack up to the national survey.

March 23@4 – Board or Bored Meetings?

What: Board or Bored Meetings?

Meetings often get an eye-roll because it is easy to get side-tracked or go on far too long. This Infonet will provide you with tested ideas for making board meetings better, and warn you about what is sleep-inducing.  Marilynn Fauth will be presenting and attendees are encouraged to share what has benefited their nonprofit’s board meetings. Be sure to bring your business cards so you can network with your colleagues!

boredWho: Marilynn Fauth, Coordinator of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center

When: Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 4-5 pm

Where: Allen County Public Library, Main, Meeting Room C

How: Sign up here to attend.

 23 @ 4 Programs provides attendees with an overview of a topic with reviews of quality resources and materials packed into 60 minutes. These are not intended to be workshops or classes, but rather resource review programs that require less of your time and more of your interest to peruse the materials on your own.

New Get on Board Programs!

Do you want to take your board service to a new level? If so, we would like to share with you three new Get on Board programs. The programs are: Board Boot Camp 2.0, Governance by the Glass, and Governance Outside the Box. All of these new programs are to keep with our goal to train, connect, and support emerging leaders and the nonprofits they wish to serve.

Get on Board

Board Boot Camp 2.0

Board Boot Camp 2.0 is designed as a deeper dive into the thick of nonprofit governance. The session will begin with an overview of key governance principles, roles and responsibilities. From there, we will highlight two areas of growing significance for nonprofit boards: financial oversight and strategic thinking. The session will culminate in case studies that allow participants to apply the key governance concepts to real world settings.

Board Boot Camp is a prerequisite for the 2.0 course. Mike Stone, Impact Strategies, Inc. and Erin Whittle, Whittle Consulting, LLC will be presenting this workshop.

The first 2.0 class will be offered Saturday February 27, 2016 from 9 am to 1 pm – Allen County Public Library, Main in the Board Room. A second session will be offered later in the year. Register for Board Boot Camp 2.0 by clicking here. Cost is $15 and due by February 27th.

Governance by the Glass

Governance by the Glass is an early evening gathering for educational conversations with peers. Foellinger Foundation’s Stewardship Award Nominees, board members, emerging leaders, and nonprofit professionals will have the opportunity to connect and discuss governance topics in a social setting.

First Governance by the Glass is scheduled for March 8, 2016. RSVP information and more details will be available next month.

Governance Outside the Box

Governance Outside the Box is an interactive training session and networking evening event. Discuss a governance topic over dinner with your peers and stay for a scripted mock board meeting to highlight issues that arise in meetings and how to overcome those common subjects. The Get on Board Committee is partnering with YLNI, Arts United, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Foellinger Stewardship Award Nominees.

Save the date for this event – April 12th at the Arts Lab Black Box Theater. RSVP information and more details will be available soon!

A Fundraiser’s Journey: A.Board.Member.Gave.Me.Fundraising.Tips.

Kelly Updike for PCNRC, A Fundraiser’s Journey series

Kelly picIt couldn’t be ignored: I received an email last week from a board member that … get this … contained a link about helping board members be better fundraisers!

Wow! This was a first for me. I had to share this great news with you and, of course, with my own board members.

To top it off, I just got survey results from the League of Historic American Theatres that said the No. 1 issue for nonprofit directors is that their board members need to be better fundraisers. And the No. 1 issue with the board chairs is that they worry about fundraising for the nonprofit theaters. Hmmm, coincidence? I think not.

So, everybody cares about fundraising. How do we connect the dots? The article my board member sent over gives some simple ways to begin immersing board members into the fundraising pool. The first two – make their own gift and thank others – are easy to implement. Locally, the YWCA of Northeast Indiana is superb, memorable and thus unique in using a board member call-a-thon.

The last few tips are, I think, pretty hard to do. Estate planning requires some needed prep work by the organization. For #4, I have found that asking board members to invite their friends still gets mixed results for our organization. This is not a tactic for everyone. The fifth idea, writing about their passion, is made easy when you “interview” the board member and write up the testimonial or story in your newsletter and appeals.

As you involve board members in fundraising, be sure to start with the appropriate board committee (it could be executive, governance, fundraising/development), include fundraising as a strategic topic on every or most board meeting agendas and give board members the messaging and time frames they need to do these tasks simply.

I also suggest you find a champion or two on the board who will assertively remind (dare we say challenge) fellow board members to do their fiscal duty. The staff can plan and implement. The board’s leaders should inspire, remind and hold their colleagues accountable. Can you guess which board member I’ll be sure to include at our organization?!

By the way, here’s that article: 

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

Reflections on BLF14: Post #16 – Celebration and Communion

Lettie Haver, as the new Land Trust community outreach specialist will spread the word about ACRES.

This is the final Reflections on BLF14 post and it has been submitted  by Lettie Haver. The PCNRC is proud to say Lettie was employed by the Allen County Public Library at the time; was the co-chair of Get on Board and was one of the people instrumental in the success of the project and the extraordinary opportunity to showcase our community’s efforts in engaging emerging leaders at BoardSource Board Leadership Forum 2014.

As the then co-chair of the Get on Board committee, I feel the most significant takeaway from our conference travels came from our time together without an agenda, and in an altogether new environment.

Traveling half-way across the country brought us all out of our shell, into a space of relying on each others’ natural strengths, caring for each other, communicating through challenges, breaking bread together, discovering more about each other, and seeing the world through new eyes.

By the time I drove the Get on Board team home from the Indianapolis airport at 1:00 am on a Saturday morning, pop music blasting to keep me alert on the road, we had spent countless hours, days and nights, supporting each other and sharing new experiences in new settings.

We were shaken from our individual and group norms.

I learned to take myself a little less seriously, to ease up, if just a little, on the stress I placed on achieving Get on Board’s goals. My team showed me how to play, to laugh, and enjoy each others company.

Good leaders know that how well their people work together depends on celebrating wins, building teams and developing relationships. Great leaders invest energy in connecting deeply.

Our leaders understood that attending Board Leadership Forum would translate to many community gifts. Twenty years from now, I wonder how this group of people will move through our cities and towns. How will our connection play out?

As you know from reading this series, our shared experience of participating in Board Leadership Forum offered many practical, tangible skills and knowledge.

I posit that the greatest value is in the hearts of the six folks pictured here: we connected. You cannot ask for better in community work, in life. I am grateful.