Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Calling ALL grant professionals! Top Grant Conference Comes to Indianapolis

In further recognition of central Indiana as a hub of philanthropic study and practice, the 14th Annual Conference of the Grant Professional Association will be held on October 17-20, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Register now for a Double Discount - see more below.


1) 70 Workshops like "Writing Your Goals and Objectives Right!" and "The Principles of Project Management for the Grant Professional" and more!

2) Keynote Speaker: Stacy Palmer - Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

3) 8 Featured Speakers including Patrick Rooney, Executive Director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, Henry Berman, CEO of Association of Small Foundations and more!

4) 5 Meals and Welcome Reception

5) 4 Pre-Conference Workshops, featuring Bev Browning's "Grant Writing Consulting", Barbara Harrington's "New Rules For Engaging Corporate Sponsors -- How Grant Writers Can Become Indispensable" and Department of Education's "Keep Your Grant Funds from Wandering"

6) Plenty of Networking Opportunities

Register before 6/30/12 and save $76 with the Early-Bird Rate! Also, save an additional $50 off of your registration rate or GPA Membership when you enter the discount code "INDY-50" in the shopping cart!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

ent:imler CPA’s 50 years w/nonprofits + Sikich CPA = Your Success

We are very excited to welcome another new sponsor to the Indianapolis Not-for-Profit News. In November 2011, Indianapolis-based accounting firm ent:imler CPA, PC made the exciting decision to merge with Sikich LLP, a leading regional accounting, advisory, technology and managed services firm. Although the CPA practice is now named Sikich, the dedicated Indianapolis team of professionals (all legacies from ent:imler CPA, PC) are committed to providing the same unparalleled service and rates that the Indiana not-for-profit organizations have experienced in the past. With the Sikich enhancement, there is a greater range of valuable resources for organizations.

Sikich’s Indianapolis team has worked with not-for-profit organizations for more than five decades. In that time, the team has become experts in the industry by getting involved in community activities and not-for-profit boards, as well as participating in specialized training programs focused on trends that affect tax-exempt organizations. In addition to the traditional audit, tax and accounting services, the recent merger allows the team to provide even more services to not-for-profit organizations, from human resource consulting and marketing, to technology services and products, and more. To discuss how Sikich can help you face your challenges and reach your goals, call the Indianapolis office at 317-842-4466 or visit http://www.sikich.com.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Nationwide Survey for Development Directors and Executive Directors/CEOs

Please participate in this important research! If you are a Development Director or an Executive Director, I hope that you will take this survey and distribute it to others you think would be interested. In coordination with AFP, CompassPoint and the Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund are conducting a national research project exploring the role of the Development Director/VP of Development in nonprofit organizations. The research findings will contribute to the advancement of the sector's thinking about what successful development leadership looks like and how executive directors and organizations can better identify and support the talent they need in this essential role. They are exploring what they see as a persistent disconnect between what fundraisers do and what executive directors and board members think they should be doing.

Not sure? Read more about the survey on the Chronicle of Philanthropy Blog.

If you are a Development Director or an Executive Director/CEO, please take the survey.

Thank you for your support and contribution to this important study. By serving as a partner in distributing this national survey, the researchers have agreed to provide us with a regional (Indiana/Ohio) data summary to share in addition to the national findings.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Searching for a Key Employee - The 7 No No's - by Hildy Gottlieb

The search for a key employee is the single most critical decision your organization can make. And if you are like most nonprofit organizations, your board and/or Executive Director will probably decide to take on this task themselves. Most people figure that because they've been in business (or been an executive in a nonprofit) that they know how to hire. But if you ask, they'll tell you war stories - bad hires, bad interviews, horrible candidates.

With the success of your organization hinging on this decision, there are steps you can take (and, more importantly, steps to avoid) to increase the chances of getting the very best candidate for the job.

1 - Don't start with the job description; start with your organization's long-term goals

2 - Don't look for qualifications; look for qualities

3 - Don't place a boring ad; advertise to sell

4 - Don't rank resumes; sort by Yes or No

5 - Don't go straight from Resume to Interview; get more information

6 - Don't interview if you don't know how; Get outside help and know what you're looking for

7 - Don't settle for references that can't verify facts; get the
information you need

>>Read the full article.