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    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Great board meetings leave us focused and energized: the goal of the meeting is clear; our team is motivated; and the process is smooth, and there are well-defined outcomes.  Not-so-great meetings, on the other hand, drain energy, and lower morale because of the perceived waste of time. 

    Participants will be challenged to reimagine traditional board meeting agendas.  Incorporating meeting facilitation techniques such as personal reflection activities, small group round table discussions, dot voting, and more will foster an environment of dialogue and critical thinking.

    This webinar is ideal for CEOs/Executive Directors, leadership staff, and executive board members.

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    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • Location: Garfield Commons 422 Garfield Avenue Community Room Evansville, IN 47710
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    • 05 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • 227 East Washington Blvd Upstairs Conference Room Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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    • 12 Sep 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • North Township Circle of Services 2835 165th Street Hammond, IN 46320
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    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Without an effective and inclusive decision-making structure and process, there is potential for conflict between new directors and new staff members, particularly a new executive director, who seek effective involvement with organizational development and the founder(s) who seek to control the decision-making process.  This can be very disruptive both to the organization and to the individuals concerned and should be carefully and clearly diagnosed and addressed quickly and decisively.  It may simply limit further growth and success of the organization, or it may lead to bitter factionalism and divisions as the scale of demands made on the organization increases, or it may result in outright failure.  

    Coping with founder's syndrome requires discussion of the problem, a plan of action, and interventions by the founder, the board and or by others involved in the organization. The objective of the plan should be to allow the organization to make a successful transition to a mature organizational model without damage to either the organization itself or the individuals concerned.

    This webinar will offer a discussion on maintaining healthy relationships between the founder, the board, and the new executive director.

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    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a webinar featuring A&O Steering Committee Member Naomi Bechtold, Family Resource Management Educator at Purdue Extension - Marion County, and her colleagues as they explore methods for maintaining and protecting your assets as you age and how to avoid senior exploitation. 

    Click here to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3342036361702363649

    About the Presenters:

    Naomi Bechtold
    In her role as an Extension Educator, Naomi provides the link between land grant university research and Indiana residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local issues. She works with community partners to create and develop educational programs centered on personal financial management and healthy living.

    Naomi has an AB in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from Lehigh University. She is in the process of completing her Accredited Financial Counselor certification.

    Kelly Griese
    Kelly Griese is the Investor Education Coordinator for the Indiana Secretary of State. Through the Indiana MoneyWise program, she travels the state on a mission to improve financial literacy and educate Hoosiers about investment fraud. Her passion for providing valuable and accurate information to the public began at Ball State University, where Kelly studied telecommunications. She has produced television newscasts in Reno, West Palm Beach, and most recently at WTHR in Indianapolis, where she earned an Emmy Award and National Headliner Award for breaking news. In 2013, she joined the Securities Division in hopes of continuing to educate the public. Her passion for education extends to her free time as well.

    Nancy Gilmer Moore
    Nancy Gilmer Moore is the Program Director for Indiana’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), a statewide program that helps Medicare beneficiaries prevent, detect and report health care fraud.  SMP is a program of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which advocates for quality programs and services for older adults and persons with disabilities.

    Ms. Moore brings experience in outreach, program management and training to SMP. Previously she worked on a STEM-related project at WorkOne and was on the management team at About Special Kids, a nonprofit that serves children with disabilities.  She holds a BA degree from Indiana University.

    About the Network:
    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF). For information on how to join the Network, contact Logan Charlesworth at lcharlesworth@prosperityindiana.org.

    • 19 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
    • Mental Health America Community Room 914 South Street Lafayette, IN 47901
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    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Many nonprofits are rooted in a faith-based approach to alleviating societal challenges.  In a secular world, some faith-based nonprofits find it difficult to maintain the integrity of their religious identity when engaging with donors, funding organizations, beneficiaries, and the community.

    This webinar offers a discussion on how to navigate a faith-based organization in an environment that can appear reluctant, if not sometimes hostile, towards overtly religious solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing social issues.

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    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Backbone support is an essential component of collective impact.  A backbone is an entity that functions independently as a centralized management team for partnership efforts.  Corresponding with a growing interest in collective impact efforts, a growing number of foundations, policymakers, and practitioners endorse multi-sector partnerships and their use of a backbone support organization.  While the idea of using a backbone has gained currency, little attention has been paid to how to establish a backbone.  Instead, much of the prevailing discussion has focused on what a backbone should do after it has been formed.

    Under collective impact, backbone organizations cover six key activities:  supporting vision and strategy, supporting aligned activities, establishing shared measurements, building public will, advancing policy, and mobilizing funding. 

    This webinar delivers an overview of the backbone in supporting collective impact efforts, how to build backing for it, and its importance in keeping collective impact on track. 

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    • 27 Sep 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Landmark Center 1099 North Meridian Street, Lower Level Conference Room Indianapolis, IN 46204
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    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a webinar featuring A&O Governing Committee Member Jessica Fraser, Director of the Indiana Institute for Working Families, as she discusses the cliff effect. 

    Click here to register and receive the GoToWebinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3965467148647837452

    About the Presenter:

    Jessica has been with the Institute since 2008. She serves as co-chair of the Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition and sits on the National Skills Coalition's leadership council, the Julian Center Circles out of Poverty Guiding Coalition, the Lt. Governor’s Career Pathways Taskforce, and the State Workforce Innovation Council. Before joining the Institute she was a researcher for the Service Employees International Union, Local 3. Ms. Fraser obtained her BA in Political Science from St. Mary’s College in 2003 and her MA in Political Science from Ball State University in 2006. She was recently named as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal's 40-Under-40. 

    About the Network:

    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF).

    • 04 Oct 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Near Northwest Neighborhood Mary Grace Room, 1005 Portage Avenue South Bend, IN 46616
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    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Developing a shared measurement system is essential to collective impact.  Agreement on a common agenda is illusionary without agreement on the ways success will be measured and reported.  Collecting data and measuring results consistently on a short list of indicators at the community level and across all participating organizations not only ensures that all efforts remain aligned, it also enables the participants to hold each other accountable and learn from each other’s successes and failures.  (Kania and Kramer 2011)

    Data gathering and shared measurement systems are key elements for collective impact initiatives to better understand and assess their work, but can be also very challenging to start and sustain. 

    In this webinar participants learn from other initiatives about their practices related to gathering and sharing data, and the impact it had on their outcomes.

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    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    As leaders across the social sector adopt the collective impact approach to problem solving, an important question looms in many people’s minds: Given how complex and unpredictable the work is, what is the best way to evaluate a collective impact initiative’s progress and success?  Traditionally, evaluations of specific interventions have focused on their results to determine whether or not (and how) they have “worked.”  But collective impact initiatives involve multiple activities, programs, and initiatives, all of which operate in mutually reinforcing ways.  Moreover, they aim to change highly complex systems.  As a result, merely taking a snapshot of a given intervention’s effectiveness at one point does not tell the whole story.  To truly evaluate their effectiveness, collective impact leaders need to see the bigger picture—the initiative’s many different parts and the ways they interact and evolve over time.  For that, they need a new way to approach evaluation. (Parkhurst and Preskill 2014)

    This webinar will cover evaluation and impact of efforts.  When working on collective impact efforts, it is essential to implement an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that is as multi-faceted, responsive, and flexible as the initiatives themselves.

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    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 01 Nov 2019
    • 504 North Street, New Harmony, IN 47631

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Real Estate Development Academy

    Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 1, 2019

    New Harmony Inn Resort and Conference Center

    Registration coming soon!

    ABOUT THE ACADEMY

    Building affordable housing can be like a labyrinth.  That’s why Prosperity Indiana’s inaugural Real Estate Development Academy can help you and your organization navigate the complexity of project development. The Academy will offer the necessary tools and knowledge to community economic developers in their ongoing efforts to expand affordable rental and homeownership units in Indiana.  This five-day, intensive training will bring together realtors, lenders, for-profit and nonprofit developers, community development corporations, local units of government, and investors, and will deliver the following objectives:

    DEVELOPMENT PROCESS

    • Discover the order of activities in which real estate development usually occurs
    • Understand essential pro forma development and how affordable housing real estate finance works, including tax credits

    MARKET IDENTIFICATION

    • Explore the necessity of market knowledge in the real estate development process
    • Identify the components of a housing market study

    SITE SELECTION AND CONTROL

    • Comprehend the site characteristics that are notable when selecting a site for development
    • Review methods of site control

    FINAL PROJECT

    • Apply concepts to create a project plan for potential development
    • Present (with a group) to mock funding panel

    Interested in participating? Contact Carey Craig at ccraig@prosperityindiana.org for more information. 

    • 05 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a webinar featuring A&O Steering Committee Member Marie Morse, Executive Director of Homestead CS, and Matt Hull, Executive Director of Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, as they explore alternative options to payday lending in the Hoosier state.

    Click here to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8699322103059278347

    About the Presenters:

    Matt Hull has served as executive director of the Texas Association of CDCs for the past six years. He served as executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Texas for four years, and before that was with the Texas Association of CDCs as Director of Policy and Research (almost six years) and Policy Analyst (for three years). Earlier in his career, he was with The Corporation for Enterprise Development, now known as Prosperity Now. In all of these positions, Matt has demonstrated dedication to expanding economic opportunity for low-income families and communities.

    Marie Morse has been with Lafayette Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. dba Homestead Consulting Services since 1985.  She has held various positions within the organization including financial, programming and management positions. She has been the Executive Director of the organization since 2007.   Marie has learned from the ground up and has expertise in housing counseling, non-profit finances, fundraising, board governance, staff management, property development, neighborhood relations, mortgage lending and small dollar lending.  Marie was instrumental in bringing one of the first homebuyers clubs in the nation to Lafayette in 1990. She has developed two Section 42 tax credit projects, the most recent being the conversion of a former high school into 74 units of senior housing with non-profit commercial space.   Since becoming Executive Director, Marie has overseen the development of the foreclosure prevention counseling program, received re-certification as a Community Development Financial Institute, obtained certification as a local HUD housing counseling agency, brought Bank On and the Federal Reserve Money Smart week  to Tippecanoe County, managed more than 8.9 million in program funding, helped over 4,600 families understand their housing options and saved over $130 million dollars’ worth of homes from foreclosure. Marie has received a Distinguished Citizen Award from the City of Lafayette and was recognized by the Indiana General Assembly for outstanding service.   She currently serves as a member of the steering committee for the Indiana Assets and Opportunity Network.

    About the Network:

    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF).

    Note: Registration for the first Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network (the Network) training is free. Additional trainings will be restricted to members of the Network. For more information about becoming a member of the Network, contact Logan Charlesworth at lcharlesworth@prosperityindiana.org.

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Being in the spotlight can be challenging – and a bit overwhelming.  In the realm of public communications not all of our exercises go off according to game plan.  When challenges present themselves, be they difficult reactions from an audience or equipment failure, how does one best adapt to the circumstances? 

    How do you speak to the news media on and off the record?  What are the proper ways to moderate a panel or introduce speakers or emcee special events? 

    This unique webinar provides tips and best practices for presenting in special situations that challenge just about every organizational leaders and staff.

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    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Too often nonprofit board members shy away from fundraising. When the subject comes up, many trustees suddenly become invisible or silent. Yet it is our responsibility to set up board members in active, satisfying roles that can support the fundraising process. But we frequently make mistakes that hurt, rather than help, our cause.  Engaging board members productively in fundraising is a common challenge.  Our organizations need board members who truly embrace their role in fundraising and are engaged at an appropriate level. 

    Is your board set for fundraising success?  Do they have everything they need to help the organization meet its annual fundraising targets?  Why are some board members so nervous about fundraising? And how do we go wrong when we approach them about helping in fundraising?  

    Participants will learn how to effectively engage board members in actively fundraising for annual campaigns, capital campaigns, and operational support.  Board coaching prompts, communications plans, board members personal fundraising plans will be shared and explored. 

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    • 06 Dec 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    According to the National Council of Nonprofits, organizations that are “serious about their own sustainability will also be serious about planning for smooth and thoughtful transitions of leadership – as well as making sure their nonprofit is prepared for unexpected departures.

    Often times, the individual who might be the best fit to succeed a nonprofit leader is already employed by the organization.  Professional development is essential to foster a cadre of staff – and volunteers – who can easily step into the role of CEO or executive director should those positions become vacant.

    This webinar explores ways to enhance your organization’s stability and sustainability by grooming your successor from within.

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    • 20 Dec 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Complex, systems change requires leadership from various partners: state government leaders, funding agencies, schools, hospitals, the private sector, community organizers and more.  This is where collective impact comes into play – as a method to engage partners from different sectors to solve the complex social problems of the day.  Collective impact – an approach which brings together different sectors for a common agenda to solve large multifaceted problems – can be applied to existing collaborative work to help facilitate cross-sector engagement to effectively implement their strategies to achieve their desired results. 

    Effectively applying the collective impact approach requires leadership from multiple partners – from state governments to funding agencies.  This session will assist organizations with identifying resources to help grow capacity and facilitate this cross-sector work.

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