Marketing Seminar Series 2017

You are invited to attend our Marketing Seminar Series of 2017! Join us to get answers from professionals and connect with your peers.

Graphic Design in Microsoft Office

Rachel’s talk will provide you with marketing tips and tricks. She will discuss and show you how to best utilize the tools available in Microsoft Office (namely Word and PowerPoint) to create materials for your organization that are clean and well-designed.

Rachel Hammitt is a graphic designer and photographer living and working in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She does design work for her alma mater, Wheaton College, and a variety of freelance work. Rachel loves to create and design pieces that are both beautiful and functional. Her goal as a designer and photographer is to help bring people’s vision to life, with clarity and heart.

When: Friday, June 2, 2017 1:30pm-3:30pm

Registration is required. Registration is available online, on the phone (260) 421-1238, or by email  

WordPress for Nonprofits

Need to create or update your organization’s website? This workshop will go over website basics for nonprofits including why having a user-friendly website is important, what makes a website user-friendly, and how to make (and maintain) a website easily with WordPress.

Amanda Neumann is the Director of Theater Operations at Fort Wayne Cinema Center, volunteer Fandom Forward Project Leader at the Harry Potter Alliance, and Volunteer Coordinator for Hobnobben Film Festival. She hold Bachelor’s degrees in Women’s Studies and English Communication.

When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 10:00am-12:00pm

Registration is required. Registration is available online, on the phone (260) 421-1238, or by email  


The Foundation Center: Great Resources

fdo_logo_newIf the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) is your go-to resource for seeking funding partners then you’ll want to check out their most recent updates. For those reading this that don’t know about the FDO you’ll definitely want to read the rest of the post.

Grant Snapshot allows users to see a full overview of an organization’s funding activity by subject, geographic area, and grant size.  Grant Snapshots considers the most recent five years of grantmaking history. How are Grant Snapshots beneficial to the user? You should be more easily able to find funders that perfectly match your needs, evaluating the funder’s history of funding similar subject areas, grant size, and geographic area.

Map Grants and Chart Grants tools allow you to go to the next level of research. You can drill down to see grants within states, cities, counties, and more. With the Chart Grants tool you can get even more detail in specific grant subject categories. In both tools you can filter by year, see lists of the grant recipients, and view full grant records.

Map of Cross-Border Giving:

  • See grants from U.S. grantmakers to non-U.S. recipient organizations.
  • View grantmaker data from independent, community, company-sponsored, and operating foundations as well as corporate giving programs and grantmaking public charities.

Search Companies: There are 15 search fields available on the Search Companies Screen. Most are tied to indexes that are accessible by clicking on the View Index links, three others provide range searching capability, and the last provides keyword searching capability. Continue reading

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.