Board Boot Camps Spring 2017

Are you a new board member? Has your organization recruited new board members in the last year? Or curious about how you can begin to engage in nonprofit service? Sign them up for Board Boot Camp or Board Boot Camp 2.0 today!


Board Boot Camp is for emerging leaders or new nonprofit board members with one year or less board experience or who are wondering if board service is right for them.

Get on Board Logo Horizontal RGB-01Board Boot Camp 2.0 (prerequisite Board Boot Camp) is for emerging leaders who  one year or more experience on a committee or board.


Expert facilitator Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. leads Board Boot Camp, introducing: basics of the nonprofit sector, responsibilities of a board member, how to find a fit with an organization

Attendees in Board Boot Camp 2.0 will learn more about the responsibilities of serving on a board. Specifically this program will go in depth on finance and strategy. Facilitators Mike Stone and Erin Whittle will lead participants in engaging programmatic and financial case studies.


Board Boot Camp Saturday March 11, 2017 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Click here to register.

Board Boot Camp 2.0 Saturday April 22nd 9:30 – 1:30 pm. Registration opens in March.


Allen County Public Library, Main Globe Room (March 11th) and Meeting Room C (April 22nd)


Program costs $15. Can be paid in cash or check.  Due by the event date. Payable to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center. Drop off payment at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center or mail to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

Philanthropy in Allen County: Lauren Brune

Philanthropy in Allen County is a short series of features designed to highlight why and how members of the Fort Wayne and surrounding community support nonprofits.  Over the course of the summer, we’ll be featuring responses from different nonprofit professionals, volunteers, employees, and board members to showcase Allen County nonprofits!

Lauren Brune

Lauren Brune
Lauren Brune

What nonprofit organizations are you associated with and in which capacities (employee, volunteer, board member, etc.)?

LEARN Resource Center, employee.

How did you first become involved with your current organization(s)? 

I was job hunting and saw an open position at LEARN Resource Center for a communications and special events coordinator. I applied for the position and have been with the organization since February 2016.

What is your favorite part of the organization(s) you work with? Why?

My favorite part of working for LEARN Resource Center is the interactions I get to have with the kids and people within the community. Working for a small nonprofit makes networking critical, and I love attending community functions and getting to know other doers in town. Also, a lot of my work happens behind the scenes, but when I do get to interact with the kids in our program it reminds me that what I do matters to each and every one of them. Continue reading

Would you rather have a shark or a teddy bear?

Personally, I would like a teddy bear. They are soft, you can snuggle with it, and they are cute. Sharks on the other hand, not so much. I am sure they are great animals, just not in my house. So, what is your answer? Why the question in the first place? What does this have to do with the nonprofit sector? Well, let me tell you.

teddyA recent study from the University of Toronto was published about faces of leaders in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. The results of the three different studies were that “facial features of successful non-profit CEOs are noticeably different from leaders of for-profit companies.” Guess which one was the teddy bear and which one was the shark?! If you picked teddy bear for nonprofits, you’d be correct.

For the study, 169 participants were shown black and white head-shots of CEOs. They were asked to rank on “dominance, likability, facial maturing, trustworthiness, leadership, age, attractiveness, and happiness.” Scores were grouped together to determine what they called “power” and “warmth.” The for-profit CEO faces were scored as more “powerful” than nonprofit CEOs.

Daniel Re, co-author of the study, said that cut-throat sharks may not be the key to good leadership and “people who come off as more powerful won’t get as far or do as well working at non-profits.” My favorite quote from Re is – “[it’s] not necessarily that non-profits are picking softer-looking people, it’s that such people – perhaps drawn to working for a nobler cause…”

Long story short – get your organization a teddy bear.


March 2016 Get on Board Programs

Get on Board Logo Vertical Alternate RGB-01-01We invite you to take out your calendar and mark down some dates for upcoming Get on Board programs.

Tuesday March 8 from 5 pm – 7 pm is Governance by the Glass. Join a group of your nonprofit professional peers to discuss governance topics in a social setting. Governance by the Glass will take place at Two EE’s Winery in Huntington, IN. RSVP is required. Click here to register. Program is free to you.

Saturday March 12 from 9 am – 1 pm is Board Boot Camp. This training session is for emerging leaders, new nonprofit board members with two years or less board experience, or anyone who is wondering if board service is right for them. Expert facilitator, Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. explains the basics of the nonprofit sector, responsibilities as a board member, and how to find an organizational fit. RSVP is required, please click here to enroll.

Tuesday March 29 from 11:30 am – 1 pm is a Stewardship Lunch. Emerging leaders and Foellinger Stewardship Award Nominees/Recipients are invited to meet for lunch. Participating nominees and recipients offer their support through conversation about their board governance and community leadership experience. To RSVP as a nonprofit professional, please email Elise at 

Save the date for two April Get on Board programs – (1) Tuesday April 12 from 5:30 pm – 8 pm for Governance Out of the Box at the ArtsLab Black Box Theater and (2) Thursday April 21 from 4 pm – 6 pm for Recruiting, Engaging, and Retaining Millennial Board Members at the Allen County Public Library, Main.


Self-care as a Nonprofit Professional

‘Tis the month for new resolutions, emphasis on being the best you in the upcoming year. Many of us contemplate about the past year(s), creating healthy habits, and/or changes we want to make in our professional or personal lives. Personally, part of it should include self-care.

yogaWe all know working in the nonprofit sector is not always easy. Many of us have to wear multiple hats, have long to-do lists, work with limited resources, committed to evening and weekend programs, and are always in the public eye. We have big hearts too – our passion and empathy can be energy zapping. It’s true we make a difference in the lives of others and are definitely a giving bunch of people.

So, raise your hand if you need a little extra self-care or TLC! Okay, you can put your hand down and continue reading on for these tips.

Take a vacation. Yes, that’s right – book a vacation on a beach, go to the mountains, or whatever you like to do to relax. A recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey published in Time magazine indicated that a little under 42% of Americans did not take a single vacation day in 2014. Yikes!

Eat, Exercise, and Sleep. We have all seen those studies. Eating nutritious foods, exercising 2-3 times a week, and sleeping well are all necessary to be healthy, reduce stress, and be energetic.

Put your car on strike. Make a conscious decision to stay home, whether for a day or a few hours. Find peace in your own space with something you enjoy – read something for fun, cook, binge on Netflix, play a long game of Monopoly with your kids, work on that project that you started months ago, or meditate. 

Laugh. Smile. Find your happiness. I was taught and always heard that laughter is the best medicine. Sometimes all I need to do is call my sisters and laugh, the kind where tears come out of your eyes. It releases all those great endorphins that combat stress.

Say “no.” It really is okay to say no. We already take on a lot of tasks and on occasion we need to let something go. I would much rather be honest with myself and with others in what I can/cannot handle at that time. It gives unrealistic expectations if you commit and are not able to complete the task. Also, successful people are usually the ones that are always asked to take on another project. If you are competent, people notice your work and will often ask you for additional involvement. It is challenging to be effective when you are over committed and burnt out.

Be organized. How much time do you spend looking for your keys? Or where did you put that piece of paper? Finding a designated spot for things, like your keys or your papers, has been a successful tool for me in time management. Hunting for things takes time – it can cause one to be late, miss an important piece of information, and could cause undue stress.

Other nonprofit blogs this month have posted about self-care. Check out Beth Kanter’s post here. Read Vu Le’s post on Nonprofit with Balls here.

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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

Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana

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You are invited to join members of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana at this last program of 2014, Local Legends in Philanthropy.
The 11:30 a.m. luncheon will be held at the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, 555 E. Wayne Street in the lower level with the program from approximately Noon-1:00pm. The panel of “Local Legends” includes:
  • Don Steininger, President, Steininger Development, a real estate development company based in Fort Wayne, Indiana;
  • Christopher Guerin, Vice President of Corporate Communications, Sweetwater Sound, the world’s leading music technology and instrument retailer; and
  • Kathy Callen, former President,  Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, longtime Fort Wayne business leader, community volunteer, and philanthropist.

Each panelist will have approximately 15 minutes to talk about their personal and corporate giving philosophy.  The last 15 minutes will be Q&A from the audience.

To register or for more information, please contact Nancy Bean, PGCNI Program Committee Chair.