Planning for Strategic Planning

 “Plans are of little importance, but planning is essential.” Winston Churchill

“…plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Plan to PlanInteresting quotes aren’t they?  Neither great man was referring to the strategic plan nonprofit organizations should have, but the principle is certainly apropos nonetheless.  Planning for Strategic Planning is essential to effective organizations and often required for applying for foundation funding.

Below is the information that was presented at the August 23@4 program.

Strategic Planning to Plan PowerPoint

All About Strategic Planning

Effective Strategic Planning

Facilitation

How Not To Do Strategic Planning

How To Start Strategic Planning

Matrix Map

Strategic Planning Toolkit

Strategic Planning Kit for Dummies

 

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

Who’s your hero?: Storytelling from Crown Jewel

Justin Sheehan, from Crown Jewel Marketing, last month gave a presentation about storytelling. He asked questions such as

  1. How do we stand out?
  2. How do we cut through the clutter?
  3. How do we get the attention of our donors, volunteers, and the community?

His answer was by a solid brand that is anchored by a clear and compelling message. Simple enough, right?! It can be. However, we must remember that the definition of ‘brand’ is every experience and interaction your audience (aka the hero) has with your organization. It’s the way you answer the phone, the way your facility looks, etc.

For the remainder of the presentation, Justin walked the audience through multiple stories identifying the hero, problem or need, the guide, plan, success, failure, and the call-to-action. As a group we then applied this storytelling model to a few nonprofits in the room.

Conversations at the Coffee ShopCheck out Crown Jewel’s website for Justin’s PowerPoint presentation and story guide. In addition, Justin is offering free one hour consultations, “Conversations at the Coffee Shop,” to help your nonprofit fill out it’s story guide.

2016 Meet the Funders

Tuesday August 2nd

Register here to attend the Forum sessions.
*Registration is not required for the Funder Panel Discussion.

Funder Panel Discussion
9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
ACPL Main, Theater on Lower Level 2

  • No limit on organization’s attendees for this portion.
  • Invite board members or additional staff to the panel to learn more about the grant-making process and funder-as-partner relationship

Forum sessions
10:00 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
ACPL Main Meeting Rooms

  • Strictly limited to 2 representatives per agency
  • Foundations participating include:
    • Arts United
    • AWS Foundation
    • Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
    • Foellinger Foundation
    • Lincoln Financial Foundation
    • McMillen Foundation
    • Serve Indiana
    • St. Joseph Community Health Foundation
  • Session 1: 10:00-10:25; Session 2: 10:30-10:55; Break 10:55-11:10;  Session 3: 11:10-11:35; Session 4: 11:40-12:05
  • Registration required to attend the forum portion. 
  • Limited seating means registration fills quickly. Sign up today!

What is Meet the Funders?

Meet the Funders is our biggest and most popular annual event to give you the opportunity to learn local funders’ giving guidelines and updates. This is your chance to Meet the Funders.

Learn more at our Meet the Funders FAQ

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.

PCNRC Programs in June 2016

Grant Basics 2: Proposal Writing 

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm

Where: ACPL Business Meeting Room

*Note: Completion of Grant Basics 1 required.

Call 421-1238 to register or email: nrc@acpl.info 

 

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When:  Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Rudy’s Beer Garden & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne

Join a group of your nonprofit professional peers for wine tasting, light appetizers, and to discuss governance topics in a social setting. Foellinger Stewardship Nominees and Get on Board Committee representatives will be facilitating the discussions. Register here.

 

23rd @ 4pm ~ Document Retention & Disaster Preparedness

When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 4-5 pm

Where: ACPL Meeting Room C

Who: Elise Alabbas

What: Join other nonprofit professionals to learn about record retention recommendations and document disaster planning. Discover more tips of how to be organized to ensure that financial, legal, and other important documents are safe and accessible.

Registration required, click here.

 

All Aboard 

When: Tuesday, June 28 from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Location: Cinema Center

Join a group of your nonprofit peers for a talk on inter-generational, professional relationships, particularly how a better understanding of older generations will benefit Millennials in their careers. The presenters will be Keith Sarber and Jillian Henry, Regional Directors from the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network. Light refreshments will be served. Target audience: Board members, nonprofit professionals, and individuals interested in serving in the nonprofit sector. This presentation is part of the Get on Board program to help nonprofits recruit, retain, and engage a new generation of board members. Register here.

Cost: $10.00. Cash or Check (payable to Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center) is due Monday June 27th.