New Books

with booksIs this a slower time of the year for you? Need something new to read? Either way we have some options for you! Below is a sampling of the new books available to check out in the PCNRC’s collection. Consider it our holiday gift to you.

If you read one of these books, please let us know. We would like to get your thoughts and pass it along to other readers.

Financial Management

Budgeting and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations: Using Money to Drive Mission Success

Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability


199 Fun and Effective Fundraising Events for Nonprofit Organizations

Ask Without Fear!: A Simple Guide to Connecting Donors with What Matters Most


Meeting the Job Challenges of Nonprofit Leaders: A Field book on Strategies and Action

Successful Nonprofits Build Supercharged Boards

Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide for Dynamic Times


SPIKE You Brand ROI: How to Maximize Reputation and Get Results

Content Marketing for Nonprofits: A Communications Map for Engaging Your Community, Becoming a Favorite Cause, and Raising More Money

Connected Causes: Online Marketing Strategies For Nonprofit Organizations


How to Turn Your Words Into Money: The Master Fundraiser’s Guide to Persuasive Writing

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content


The Art of Membership: How to Attract, Retain, and Cement Member Loyalty

Managing Human Resources For Nonprofits

Reflections on BLF14: Introduction to Nonprofit Debt

 And other gems from the 2014 Board Leadership Forum, submitted by Laura Boyer

GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn
GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn (Laura is third from the right)

The Get on Board* committee is made up of a handful of talented people who are passionate about our community.

At its core, the GOB* initiative encourages nonprofit board service among  young professionals and other untapped emerging leaders.

Through the hard work of our committee co-chairs, we recently had the honor of sharing our story nationally with other nonprofit leaders at the BoardSource 2014 Board Leadership Forum.

Here is my first post, and gems from some of my favorite sessions:

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A Fundraiser’s Journey: Take Stock, Start Small

Kelly picKelly Updike , a Fundraiser’s Journey blogger for PCNRC

Take stock, start small

In the beginning, there was a list of members and it was in Excel.

We thought it was a decent list, about 400 names. Not too many email addresses, some name duplications. Oh, and a couple of people on it were deceased.

Besides writing grants for building projects, an annual membership program was our only fundraising tactic. When someone, once or twice a year, would mail a check as a flat-out, out-of-nowhere gift, we didn’t know what to do with it. We thought our only way of recording the gift, so as not to lose the contact information, was to make the donor a member. We didn’t even have gifts or donations as a line-item in the budget.

But we knew there was a big wide world of fundraising out there and we wanted to join it. We wanted to be professional fundraisers who ask for money and get it! We wanted to play with the big kids! Continue reading

Share this: Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness

“If you work full-time in a public service job, you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness.”

Is your organization working to keep good people? Demographic data tells us that millennials have record levels of student loan debt in proportion to their income. But, they aren’t alone. Some nonprofit staff are required to get degrees for which there is little financial return on investment. 

Ideally, your organization works to provide financial security for its most valuable assets: human resources.

Perhaps, though, the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness program will provide you, your staff, colleagues, or nonprofit-employed friends and family some needed relief. 

PS – You might also find the alternate payment methods useful. My personal household budget is greatly relieved by a several hundred dollar monthly reduction in my repayment because I use a plan based on my income. Enrollment has been painless and annual eligibility confirmation works seamlessly with filing my taxes. – Lettie

Click on the image or follow the link above to discover additional options and check eligibility.

“What must I do to have any remaining balances on my Direct Loans forgiven under the PSLF Program?”

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Money Smart Week at ACPL

money smart 2 Money Smart Week is returning this April. Take advantage of the free programs offered Tuesday, April 8th at the Main Library. Topics include Affordable Healthcare, Credit Scores, Budgeting, Identity Theft Protection, and Medicare. This is a great opportunity for citizens who could benefit from free education and resources in personal finance and budgeting. Spread the word!

Please see the attached flier for a schedule of the day’s activities. For more information contact Vickie Hadley at or call at 260-481-6826.

2014 Money Smart Week Flyer

Document Retention for Nonprofits

The end of a year and beginning of a new one is a good time to clear out files which are no longer needed.  It will free up limited file space for those documents which are required by the IRS and state laws to retain.

The National Council on Nonprofits lists the following documents as needing to be permanently retained:

  • Articles of IncorporationDocument shredding
  • Determination Letter from the IRS
  • insurance policies
  • minutes of meetings
  • corporate resolutions

Record Retention Guidelines for Indiana
An Indiana nonprofit corporation should also maintain and retain copies of important business records listed above and the following:

  • In addition to minutes, written consents or ballots reflecting official action;
  • records reflecting all actions taken by committees of the board of directors;
  • all balance sheets, income statements, and other significant accounting records;
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New Books: Donor Cultivation, Tax-exempt Compliance, Nonprofit Management

Click the covers to go to the ACPL catalog to place a hold.

Nonprofit kit for dummies / by Stan Hutton, Frances Phillips Every nonprofit’s tax guide : how to keep your tax-exempt status & avoid IRS problems / Stephen Fishman Donor cultivation and the donor lifecycle map : a new framework for fundraising / Deborah Kaplan Polivy