Register Now for Board Bootcamp

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photo credit: Andrew Hoffman, Get on Board

Has your organization recruited new board members in the last year? Sign them up for Board Bootcamp today – and help them discover their role in meeting your mission.

Perhaps you’re a new board member? Or curious about what that even means – and how you can begin to engage in nonprofit service? Begin your research with Board Bootcamp.

Consider Board Bootcamp

Who?

Board Bootcamp is for emerging leaders or new nonprofit board members with two years or less* board experience or who are wondering if board service is right for them.

Mike Stone, bootcamp facilitator

What? 

Expert facilitator Mike Stone from Impact Strategies, Inc. leads Board Bootcamp, introducing:

~ the basics of the nonprofit sector;

~responsibilities of a board member;

and how to find an organizational fit.

When?

Friday, April 10 | 9-1

Or, Saturday, April 11 | 9-1

Details? Continue reading

Nonprofit Speed Dating is Not a New Concept

I recently came across this article on the Nonprofit Quarterly website. As an intern who is new to the world of nonprofits, I thought that our program, Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating, was a novel idea that hadn’t been tried before. Well, I was wrong!nonprofit board

 
The Board Match event held annually since 2005 in the San Francisco Bay Area has had remarkable success. According to the article, the most recent Board Match event attracted 150 nonprofit organizations and 1,000 potential board members. What a success!

 
“Speed dating events like Board Match can help self-perpetuating boards meet and recruit candidates they would never otherwise have considered. Self-perpetuating boards, unlike an elected or appointed board, also have the opportunity to recruit for specific skill sets. At the Board Match event, nonprofits could use the opportunity to advertise for and recruit board members with specific knowledge, such as legal, financial, or technical expertise.” –Jennifer Jones

 
Are you a potential board member who would like to bring something new to an area nonprofit board? Or are you a current board member seeking potential candidates with fresh, innovative ideas? Check out the Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating information here. Help us attain the success of Board Match, and help your board expand to new heights.

Spots Available for 10/29 Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating

Get on Board invites your organization to connect with emerging leaders who want to serve nonprofits

Join us for a fast-paced Get Connected: Nonprofit Speed Dating event to start conversations with emerging leaders who want to serve your organization.

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What: Structured “speed-dating” formatted networking, with informal social mingling to follow

Who: One appropriate representative from your organization (board chair, nominating or board development chair, etc.)

Why: To meet 20-30 emerging leaders interested in getting involved with a nonprofit organization with an eye for a potential board leadership role in the future.

When and where: October 29th from 5:30-8:00 at Indiana Tech’s Andorfer Commons

How: Come to the event knowing what roles an emerging leader can play in your organization – whether through committee work, task forces or volunteerism. Be prepared to collect contact information from emerging leaders and follow up.

Register here. Seating available for first 30 registrants!  RSVP today. Continue reading

October 23@4: Board Evaluation

How is your board doing?

Would it get an A or an F?

This month’s 23@ 4 will explain why it is important to do board assessment; whether to do it in-house or by an outside entity; and how to utilize the information gathered from the assessment to improve board function.

Join Marilynn to learn about online tools and other resources to make your first or next board assessment a piece of cake.

photo by marsmet491 via flickr.com

Wednesday, October 23rd
4:00 to 5:00, Meeting Room B

Register here to attend

23 @ 4 Programs provides attendees with an overview of a topic with reviews of quality resources and materials packed into 60 minutes. These are not intended to be workshops or classes, but rather resource review programs that require less of your time and more of your interest to peruse the materials on your own.

Sources for Community Statistics and Data

Finding Funders

Foundation Directory Online – In Grant Basics I, our monthly class, we teach you how to use this tool to find grantmakers that fits your nonprofit work. See our Training Schedule here.

Foundation Center Digital Grant Guides – $39.95 each – Yes, this information is from the database mentioned above.

Grant Space, the Foundation Center’s online portal for a variety of proposal writing resources including: Samples, Training schedules, Specific Fields of Interests topics and more.

Statistic and Data Resources

U.S. Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/#

American FactFinder: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/index.xhtml

Take a FactFinder Virtual Tour, use  tutorials and learn more at the American FactFinder help page

Allen County Census Profile, compiled by the Community Research Institute

More State and Local Resources

When specific, tough questions come your way, these resources might prove helpful, though typically, you won’t need to dig this deeply. Remember, you can always ask us – perhaps someone else has already and the answer has been compiled recently. 

Federal Data & Statistics

Youth Data Resources

Indiana K-12 School Data > Create Custom School Profile

Kids Count in Indiana

Social Research:

IssueLab: www.issuelab.org

Pew Research Center: http://pewresearch.org/

Brookings Institute: http://www.brookings.edu/

Urban Institute: http://www.urban.org/index.cfm

Meet Beth Regedanz, co-presenter for July’s 23@4 on Major Gifts and Planned Giving

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1. What nonprofit do you serve in our community and how do you do it? My job is serving the community through the Community Foundation making it possible for individuals, organizations and companies to establish funds to last in perpetuity, For good. For ever.

2. What is your favorite part of your work? Working with individuals who want to improve their community and have a passion for giving. I like finding ways to help them fulfill their wishes and dreams.

3. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be? I would wish that a cure would be found for all cancers.

4. If you had a million dollars, what’s the first thing you’d do? I would say a prayer of thanks!

5. Ebook or traditional print? I love to read. I most often like to read novels from my I-Pad, but for those books that have to do with business, I like to have the hard copy in my hand. While I can highlight and make notes in the ebook, there is something about actually adding the comment on the printed page. Then again I can also illustrate the printed version with various cartoon pictures.

6. Would you rather be a Nobel Prize Winner or a movie star? By far I would rather win the Nobel Prize…especially for Peace. Nelson Mandella is one of my heroes and he won the Nobel Prize for Peace. Winning the Nobel Prize for Physics is a no brainer…”no brain, can’t win.”

7. What makes you happy? What makes me happy is to interact with my precious grandchildren, all five of them. They are smart, compassionate, loving, inquisitive, energetic, and they still think their grandmother is fun.

8. What inspires you? A kind deed, a beautiful sunset, a great idea, people passionate about a cause greater than themselves.

9. If you won the lottery, how would your life change? First and foremost, I probably would acquire more friends who would know how I should spend the money. However, I don’t think my life would change much. I wouldn’t buy a new house or clothes, etc. I would give some to charity, help my grandchildren with their educational needs, and then sit on it for awhile.

10. Who was your favorite teacher? What was s/he like? I was very fortunate to have great teachers in my life who were demanding, compassionate, strict, and leaders. My favorite, however, were my parents. They provided be with faith, a work ethic, compassion, ability to see the other side of an issue and the need to help other people.

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Join us on July 23rd at 4:00.

Major and planned gifts are some of the most significant donations that can be given to a nonprofit, and we’re sharing tools and resources to help you cultivate them.

Learn about Planned Giving from Beth Regedanz, Chief Advancement Officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and officer of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana.

Our librarian will offer an outline of tools from which you can choose to begin your Major and Planned gifts fundraising.

Register to attend

July 23@4: Major & Planned Gifts

As a follow up to our May 23@4 on Prospect Research, join us on July 23rd at 4:00.

Major and planned gifts are some of the most significant donations that can be given to a nonprofit, and we’re sharing tools and resources to help you cultivate them.

Learn about Planned Giving from Beth Regedanz, Chief Advancement Officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and officer of the Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana.

Our librarian will offer an outline of tools from which you can choose to begin your Major and Planned gifts fundraising.

Register to attend