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AFP Michiana is happy to provide eight educational programs for non-profit professionals. These professional development seminars are presented by industry leaders on the 3rd Thursday of each month at various non-profits in the Michiana area. The cost to attend each individual educational program is $20 members/$30 non-members or through February, you can purchase all 8 programs for just $150 members/$225 non-members.

Our first program, Don't Get Stuck in a Sticky Situation, sponsored by Gibson, takes place:

February 16
South Bend Civic Theatre 
403 N. Main St. South Bend, IN 46601

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Soup, salad & sandwich buffet lunch and networking
12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. Don't Get Stuck in a Sticky Situation
12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Closing

CFREs receive one continuing education credit for their attendance! 
A local improv group will present solutions and strategies on handling ethical situations through sketches and improv games. If you have an ethical situation that you would like presented, please contact the Chapter.

Presented by local theater and improv artists, this program demonstrates how to handle ethical situations in the nonprofit environment. Space is limited, so please register by Friday, February 10.

*More details on the February program are available below, along with a complete look at the robust programming included in your purchase of all 8 AFP Michiana programs, which includes events in or around Michiana.


Available 2017 Program Details

Date Topic and Description Presenter Location
2/16 Don't Get Stuck in a Sticky Situation - learn how to handle ethical situations in the non-profit environment. A local improv group will present solutions & strategies on handling ethical situations through sketches and improv games.
Local Theater and Improv Artists
South Bend Civic Theatre
403 N. Main St.
South Bend, IN 46601
Please park in the South Bend Civic Theatre parking lot and enter through the door that is on the side of the parking lot that is closest to Main Street. 
Maximizing Your Donor Database for Fundraising Success Within your donor database lies untold lifetime value. Why let this enormous asset go underutilized? In this session, we will cover the tenets of effective database management, no matter what program or vendor you use. We will show examples of best practices in data management, communication segmenting, engagement tracking and reporting in order to help your team work smarter, not harder.
4/20 Are Your Appeals, Appealing to Your Donors? Come hear Lou Pierce and Jill Klinedinst from Big Idea Company talk about the importance of language, design and tactical decisions that make a difference with donors every time. Feel free to bring some of your appeals to get feedback from the experts! Lou Pierce and Jill Klinedinst from Big Idea Company
Logan Center
2505 E Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46615
5/18 Planned Giving and Donor Advised Funds  
Jewish Federation
3202 Shalom Way
South Bend, IN 46615
6/15 The Art of the Ask   Michigan
8/17 Tax Laws and Fundraising   IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center
9/21 TBD   Elkhart
10/19 Social Media and Development   Center for History

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Shirley Heinze Land Trust is a non-profit organization established in 1981 to preserve and protect the unique ecosystems throughout Northwest Indiana. It has permanently protected and manages over 2,200 acres in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, and St. Joseph Counties. The mission of the organization is twofold: To protect habitats and ecosystems of Northwest Indiana through acquiring, restoring and protecting environmentally significant landscapes for present and future generations, and to inspire and educate people of all ages about the value of land conservation to protect our natural world and enrich our lives. The Development Director is responsible for working in partnership with the Executive Director, Development Coordinator, Board of Directors, and Fundraising Committee to further build upon the resources needed to fulfill all facets of the organization’s mission. This new position within the organization will have a primary focus, under the supervision of the Executive Director, on the following: strengthening development and volunteer capacity; advancing the fundraising and strategic plans; broadening relationships and partnerships with individuals, foundations, and corporations; increasing organizational capacity by securing new funding sources; enhancing outreach events; maximizing donor and volunteer retention; and expanding the mission into a broader geography. ... more >
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