Governance Out Of The Box – April 20th, 2017

governance-out-of-the-box-april-12-2016Governance Out Of The Box

When: Thursday April 20, 2017 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: St. Francis Historic Women’s Club

What: Are you a board member with 3 years or less or seeking board service? Join us for a free dinner and networking event with other nonprofit professionals in a beautiful local space downtown. Conversations on governance topics will be facilitated throughout the catered meal. Stay for the after dinner presentation of an interactive mock board meeting with a focus on Robert’s Rules of Order starring Indiana actors and featuring an original and entertaining script. A success last year, this event is a mix of education, comedy, and socializing. We want you to learn, laugh, and engage!

How: Register HERE

Cost: FREE to you

*Get on Board is a project of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center with grant support provided by Foellinger Foundation.


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.


Call for Entries for the 2016 Stewardship Award

Stewardship AwardFoellinger Stewardship Award

Does your organization have a board member who deserves special recognition? Consider nominating an outstanding board member for the annual Stewardship Award. Nominations recognize local board members who exemplify the highest standards of board service and stewardship. Nominations are accepted beginning in April each year, through the second Friday in July. All nominees are recognized at a special luncheon and awards ceremony in October.

About the Award

The Foellinger Foundation is fortunate to have board members – past and present – dedicated to preserving our donors’ intent. We know that many other organizations have board members who are committed to staying true to their missions. The Foellinger Foundation is proud to recognize these leaders. The Stewardship Award is presented to a local nonprofit board member who has demonstrated at least three of the Ten Basic Responsibilities identified by BoardSource in Ten Basic Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards.

  • Determine mission and purpose.
  • Select the chief executive.
  • Support and evaluate the chief executive.
  • Ensure effective planning.
  • Monitor and strengthen programs and services.
  • Ensure adequate financial resources.
  • Protect assets and provide financial oversight.
  • Build a competent board.
  • Ensure legal and ethical integrity.
  • Enhance the organization’s public standing.

The recipient’s organization will receive a Foellinger Foundation grant of $15,000 for operating support and up to $10,000 for special board development training.

The Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Stewardship Award. Deadline to apply is Friday, July 8, 2016.

What does it take to be a leader?

Bradford Smith, President of the Foundation Center gave a riveting presentation in October 2015 for the Network Days Conference held in New York, NY. His talk was about being a leader and three traits one would need to be successful. Now, Mr. Smith did not give the usual list of characteristics – honesty, communicative, integrity, confidence, etc. Instead, he gave three powerful characteristics with visual and auditory examples. The three of Mr. Smith’s important powerful leadership characteristics are (drum roll please):

  • Vision
  • Energy
  • Improvisation

Vision is key as Mr. Smith said, because of the world in which we live. Technology is short term and we become reactive. Leaders need to have an idea of how to get to the future, a non-reactive process. A leader needs to spend time to find the path ahead.

tazA leader needs an enormous amount of energy to move toward a vision. Mr. Smith compared the amount of energy need to Taz, the animated cartoon character in Warner Bros.’ Loony Tunes. After playing a short cartoon clip, he reiterated that a significant amount of power is required to fulfill a vision and to keep at it when the wind is blown out of your sails.

The last characteristic Mr. Smith discussed was improvisation. He put it quite simply – “you have to improv to get where you want to go.” There is an art to fulfilling a vision and part of it is not knowing exactly all the pieces. A leader needs to be able to move forward in the moment without a prepared script. Mr. Smith compared improvisation with music. Musicians compose and even perform using improvisation. In our sector there are disruptions in funding, natural disasters, etc. and leaders need to be able to improv to get to your destination.


2015 Stewardship Award: Call for Nominations

Foellinger LogoThe Foellinger Foundation is taking nominations for the 2015 Stewardship Award. They are due by July 10th. 

The award is designed to emphasize the important role of individual board members in the governance of nonprofit organizations.

The Stewardship Award honors the efforts of current or recently retired eligible Allen County nonprofit board members whose actions have contributed to the achievement of at least three of the Ten Basic Responsibilities, as identified by BoardSource.

Nominees and representatives of their organizations will be invited to a special recognition luncheon on October 21, 2015 

 Please consider nominating one of your outstanding board members for this award.

The organization whose nominee is chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Stewardship Award will receive:

$15,000 operating support grant

up to $10,000 for special board training

 Nominations are due July 10, 2015. Nomination materials below or at .

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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.

Reflections on BLF14: Post #15 – The Founder’s Journey

Reflection on 2014 Board Leadership Forum, this is the second review submitted by Kent Castleman.

Attending the Big Leadership Forum by BoardSource was a great experience for me as a non-profit executive director, founder, board member and Get on Board Committee Member.

We are very blessed to have the level of training and non-profit board governance we have in Fort Wayne and Allen County which has been led by the Foellinger Foundation, but supported and embraced by many other funders and supporters.

GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn.
GOB in Washington, D.C. at the Board Leadership Forum last autumn. Kent Castleman is on the far left.

The session called the Founder’s Journey dealt with situational case studies and fictional scenarios you could use for board development activities.

All of these situations led to discussion on the role of the CEO/Executive Director as a founder.

The presenters also discussed Legacy Visioning Strategies that help in facilitating a conversation around the legacy of the organization and the legacy of the founder.

The following are points that I documented as questions to ask in an organization where the founder is still present:

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