The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne HR Webinar Series

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has officially announced its training opportunities for the first half of 2015. These trainings will focus on topics pertinent to Human Resources in small nonprofit organizations. These sessions are offered at no cost however RSVPs are required. Community Foundation of Greater FW

From the Foundation: “Using a case study method, Zac Kester with Charitable Allies, will introduce you to resources you can access and policies you can implement to effectively manage employees in a small (2-10 employees) nonprofit organization. This series is being offered through a joint effort with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.”

Each session will be held at the Community Foundation from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Trainings topics and dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 17 – Overview of HR and Best Practices
  • Tuesday, March 3 – Applications and Interviews
  • Tuesday, March 17 – Hiring and Commitment Letters
  • Tuesday, March 31 – Employee Manuals
  • Tuesday, April 14 – Correcting Performance Issues
  • Tuesday, April 28 – Termination

To RSVP for any or all of these sessions complete the form linked to below and return to the Community Foundation by scanning and emailing a completed form to Rhonda Pequignot (, via fax to 260-424-0114, or mail to 555 E. Wayne St., Ft. Wayne, IN 46802

CFGFW Invitation and RSVP Form


Have You Shared the Gift of Student Loan Forgiveness?

The Federal Student Loan Forgiveness program provides you, your staff, colleagues, or nonprofit-employed friends and family some needed relief. 

While you’re wondering what the new year might bring your organization, consider how student loan forgiveness may be of benefit to you in employee recruitment and retention, or in maintaining your own household budget.

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

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

  • You must make 120 on-time, full, scheduled, monthly payments on your Direct Loans. Only payments made after October 1, 2007 qualify.
  • You must make those payments under a qualifying repayment plan.
  • When you make each of those payments, you must be working full-time at a qualifying public service organization.

Click over to the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness to explore and see more answers to questions like these: Continue reading

Executive Transitions … are Inevitable. Prepare with Reliable Resources

Every organization faces an executive transition sooner or later.

Even in emergencies, organizations that plan ahead are better prepared to serve their missions through the change.

Not long ago, Marilynn offered a program on resources to guide you through the process. We’ve updated those here.

As we welcome so many new nonprofit (and library!) directors to our agencies, and as so many boomer leaders consider retirement, let us all consider the necessary steps to a successful executive transition.


Link to May 23@4 Powerpoint Presentation, “Executive Transitions” Continue reading

RSVP by June 1 for Foellinger Foundation Ernest E. Williams Lecture

Williams lecture logoYou and your leadership team are invited to attend the 2014 Williams Lecture and workshop on June 25!

Please join your colleagues for the Foellinger Foundation’s 2014 Williams Lecture on June 25 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., with continental breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m.

You may bring multiple people from your organization, and the foundation urges you to bring board members.

Please RSVP to by June 1 and let her know who you are bringing.

The Foellinger Foundation Presents

Values Based Leadership
Life on Purpose

Mark S. Fernandes
Chief Leadership Officer
Luck Companies

Workshop Opportunity
9:45 am to 1:00 pm (Lunch included)

At the conclusion of the lecture, you are also invited to attend a workshop, during which Mr. Fernandes will explore in-depth the concepts presented in the lecture. You may bring a maximum of three (3) people to the workshop.

Seating is limited. To reserve yours, RSVP by June 1 to

What is Values Based Leadership? Watch this:

About Mark: Having a passion for inspiring people to believe in themselves and become everything they are capable of becoming, Mark is charged with transforming Luck Companies into a global Values Based Leadership (VBL) organization. – See more

  • Check out the Luck Companies Blog to learn more about Values Based Leadership
  • Follow Mark on Twitter

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?”

Continue reading

The Chief Development Officer: Beyond Fundraising by Ronald J. Schiller

In his newly published book on the subject, Ronald J. Schiller offers career advice from his 25 years of experience in development and nonprofit leadership – and also from interviews with 69 other nonprofit leaders.

Perhaps you remember hearing of Schiller as part of a “video sting” in 2011 while working as the chief development officer at the NPR Foundation. He talks about this experience – and how his reputation among colleagues supported him through it in an article “High Expectations Cause Many Top Fundraisers to Be Fired, Book Says”:

“I made headlines for a day, but thanks to the breadth and depth of my network and an outpouring of affirmation, I remained confident as the truth slowly emerged, buried as it was in the fine print.” – Schiller as quoted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy 11/12/13

The article details the expectations placed on fundraisers and provides some background on high turnover in the position of “Major Gift Officer,” the reason that Schiller wrote the book. The Chronicle of Philanthropy is made available for you to read in the Center.

Schiller’s book includes the following chapter titles, based on his thoughts on the skills or roles a Chief Development officer needs to develop: Continue reading

New Books: Human Resources, Fundraising, and Proposal Writing

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

Human Resources Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations by Joan Pynes is also available as an ebook.

Human resources management for public and nonprofit organizations : a strategic approach / Joan E. Pynes Winning grants step by step : the complete workbook for planning, developing, and writing successful proposals / Tori O’Neal-McElrath The generosity network : new transformational tools for successful fund-raising / Jennifer McCrea and Jeffrey C. Walker with Karl Weber