Allen Superior Court Conference on Youth – October 13th, 2016

Building Resilient YOUTH and YOUTH WORKERS: A Trauma-Informed Approach

greatkids_logoWhen: Thursday, October 13, 2016 8:00 am – 4:15 pm

Where: Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805)

Cost: $40 Registration Fee ($60 after September 28th)

Register ONLINE with no additional fees!

Keynote speakers are:

Kenneth Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP – Our Kids are Not Broken: Fostering Resilience in Marginalized and Traumatized Youth

Jim Sporleder, Educator and Administrator – The Lincoln High School Story: The Transformation of a School of Violence to a Trauma-Informed School of Safety and Hope

To read more about the conference, click here.

The Annual Conference on Youth is funded in part by a grant from Foellinger Foundation.


Meet the Funders Re-Cap

In 2016 saw another successful Meet the Funders event which began in the ACPL Theater with a panel of foundation representatives discussing trends in the nonprofit sector, particularly philanthropy.

The Panel

20160802_094220The question of awarding general support or multi-year grants drew the following responses from our panelists:

CFGFW: 90% of our awards are for general support, but we do not award multi-year grants.

Foellinger: we provide both.

Lincoln: presently we provide program support only, though is includes overhead and they award some multi-year grants.

McMillen: our major interests is Wildcats for which we provide general support, for others only capital is funded.

AWS: our first priority is program support, which also includes overhead; second is capital and third is general support. We award few multi-year grants.

A question from the audience about the Fair Labor Act and its effects on local nonprofits elicited mutual concern from the foundations with at least one saying that are looking at the impact it will have. If you want to know more, a Briefing prepared by Indiana Nonprofit Sector Project Kirsten Grønbjerg, Director, Indiana University SPEA reports that “ …the new regulations in the Fair Labor Standards Act are likely to significantly threaten the financial capacity of many nonprofit organizations in Indiana and elsewhere.

Another audience member’s question was about whether having a professional grantwriter is advantageous to their nonprofit’s grant application. Responses from panelists included the following tips (paraphrased):

“A professional grantwriter is not always best…while their writing will be quite good, passion is often missing.”

“…this is a great opportunity for [your] nonprofit board…get them involved [in the application process and writing]”.

“Have the nonprofit’s name and the contact information on the proposal. [I] may not remember the organization and you, just because we spoke on the phone.” Continue reading

Volunteer Management Training – September 13th and 27th, 2016

You’re invited to the Fundamentals of Volunteer Management Workshop as hosted by the Volunteer Center.

When: September 13th and 27th, 2016 from 9 am to 2 pm

Where: Allen County Public Library, Main (900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne) – Meeting Room A

What: Get the tools to go boldly where no one has gone before…volunteer

  • organizational readiness and risk management
  • program development
  • finding, screening, selecting and matching volunteers
  • training, supporting, and supervising volunteers
  • motivating, retaining, and recognizing volunteers
  • round table discussions facilitated by experienced Volunteer Managers

Cost: $25 for both days (includes lunch, Certificate of Completion, and a Toolkit)

An RSVP is required. Sign up here.

For more information contact Loaine Hagerty at or call 260-424-3505

Succession Planning and Leadership Transition Seminar

You are invited to attend a seminar hosted by the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne on August 31st.

Your board members value you, as the CEO/ED, and recognize their responsibility to ensure that your organization will continue to prosper. Yet, it can be difficult to begin a conversation about being prepared for an unexpected emergency, a resignation, or eventual retirement.

In this session, you will learn:CF Training

Succession Planning IS NOT:
• Naming a successor or beginning a search process
• A drawn out investment of time and energy
• Making the CEO/ED feel expendable

Succession planning IS:
• Making the CEO/ED job more “doable” for the current leader
• Developing current staff and board leaders
• Helping board and staff be prepared when the current CEO/ED eventually leaves or becomes unavailable

This session is designed for: nonprofit CEO/EDs, senior staff, and board members who want to ensure their organizations are equipped to sustain their work.

Make plans to attend this session at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne (555 E. Wayne St.) on August 31, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., lead by Bryan Orander, President of Charitable Advisors.

Through his work at Charitable Advisors, Bryan focuses exclusively on not-for-profits in Executive Transition, Assessment and Strategic Planning, and Board Development. He has fifteen + years of experience consulting with nonprofit organizations, independently and as a project leader of a team of consultants.

Seating is limited. RSVP at by August 26. Please note that each person attending the seminar will have to RSVP individually using the link.

Branding – Marketing Seminar Series – July 21st

You are invited to the third and final Marketing Seminar Series of 2016! Join us to get answers from professionals and connect with your peers.

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Justin Sheehan

Who: Justin Sheehan is the owner of Crown Jewel Marketing, a Fort Wayne-based marketing agency for small businesses and nonprofits. Justin’s has a passion for helping people and organizations reach their dreams and full potential. Through his work at Crown Jewel, he is able to share his client’s vision and values with the customers whose needs they hope to meet.

Justin believes that starting with a solid foundation of storytelling and brand creates the most effective marketing campaigns. This foundation develops the best experiences for customers.

Justin’s work has taken him all over the U.S. and world including the Europe, Asia and Central America. He hopes to share his vision with organizations beyond his home town. Justin is married to his beautiful wife, Alethea, and has lived in Fort Wayne his whole life.

What: Brand is the foundation for your nonprofit’s marketing, storytelling, and fundraising efforts. Your brand is not only the “promise to the customer” – it’s every experience and interaction your audience has with your organization. From how your website looks and functions, to the style of business cards, or to the messaging in a donor letter.

By refining your messaging, identifying your organization’s story, and updating your marketing materials and channels, you can accurately reflect your brand which will improve your nonprofit’s marketing effectiveness.

Here are your take-a ways:  (1) your brand, (2) creating your organization’s brand script, and (3) implementing your brand scrip into marketing channels/materials.

Where: Allen County Public Library, Meeting Room C

When: Thursday July 21st, 2016 11:30 – 1 pm

Format: Lunch and networking from 11:30 to 11:45, presentation from 11:45 to 12:45, and then Q&A, networking, and filling out evaluations from 12:45 to 1:00.*Please note you are welcome to bring your own lunch. Lunch will not be provided.

How: Sign up here to attend.

Getting Started on a Board

Through engaging networking opportunities, I’ve run across the following question multiple times – “how do I get started on a board?” This questions has come from the Millennial generation; however, it can apply to others. The answer I have heard from local leaders, Stewardship Nominees, consultants, and board members is volunteer or join a committee.

It is sound advice and here are the reasons why. First, you get a picture of the organization – where are they in the nonprofit lifecycle, current financial standing, etc. Second, you get a chance to truly learn about the programs and services being offered. Thirdly, you get to meet and work with staff, other volunteers, board members, program participants, etc.

No matter what, you should only consider joining a board if you are passionate about the organization!

If board service is on your mind, feel free to check out the PCNRC’s Nonprofit Directory. The directory includes local nonprofits that are looking for board members. Click here to see the directory.

Volunteer Management Training Opportunity September 2016

In 2004 the Urban Institute conducted the first national study of Volunteer Management Capacity that was funded by the UPS Foundation, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the USA Freedom Corps. It showed a number of interesting facts about the use of volunteers. But it also showed the untapped potential of volunteers to build the capacity of nonprofit and civic organizations. The study highlights the potential of expanding agency capacity with the investment in volunteer management.

The report states that four-in-five charities use volunteers and a large majority of charities report their volunteers are beneficial to their operations. But are they getting the most out of their volunteer program? Volunteers can boost the quality of services in charities and congregations while reducing costs. However, these organizations are not always fully equipped to make the most of their volunteer’s talents and skills.

Charities report that these volunteers are important to their operations, and that volunteers do a good job in providing services. At least six-in-ten charities indicate that their volunteers provide substantial cost savings and greatly increase the quality of services provided.

Volunteers are a valuable financial resource. A volunteer’s time is an important resource for many charities and congregations, especially those that do not have the money to hire labor to carry out certain tasks. Volunteer time is comparable to a monetary donation. Independent Sector, a national advocate for the nonprofit sector, computes annually an equivalent average hourly wage for a volunteer’s time. The calculation is derived from the average hourly wage of non-agricultural workers plus 12 percent for fringe benefits. By this calculation, the typical 2015 volunteer value was $23.56 per hour.

The devotion of staff time to Volunteer Management is noted as the most notable “best practice.” The best prepared and most effective volunteer programs are those with paid staff members who dedicate a substantial portion of their time to management of volunteers. But full-time Volunteer Managers are rare. A key finding was that most charities and congregations are unable to invest substantial staff resources in Volunteer Management.

The study also indicated that the presence of a paid staff coordinator does not mean the staffer spends much time on volunteer administration, or that he or she is trained in the field. The study found that most paid staff volunteer coordinators spend about 30% of their work time devoted to volunteer management. They had multiple other work related responsibilities.

Sixty-six percent of charities that have a paid staff members dedicating time to managing volunteers report that the staff has had some type of formal training in volunteer administration, such as coursework, workshops, or attendance at conferences that focus on Volunteer Management. The fact that many coordinators are getting some training suggests that many are interested in learning about how to manage volunteers. However, the small amount of time spent on volunteer administration suggests that charities and congregations do not have the resources to allocate to volunteer management or that they devote their organizational resources primarily to other efforts.

We now have a new local resource for Volunteer Managers training for both new and experienced agency staff. Thanks to a Capacity Building Grant from SERVE Indiana, a low-cost Volunteer Managers training program will be offered in September, 2016. The Volunteer Center will partner with the Paul Clark Non Profit Resource Center to offer this two-part professional training program. Topics will include Recruiting, Organizational Readiness and Risk Management; Developing Your Volunteer Program and Finding Volunteers; Screening, Selecting, and Matching Volunteers; Training, Support, Supervision, and Retention of Volunteers; and Motivation and Recognition of Volunteers. More information to come!


jeanWritten by Jean Joley,
Executive Director of Volunteer Center
for PCNRC.