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AFP IN - Michiana is happy to provide eight educational programming 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 educational program is $20 members/$30 nonmembers 



Sponsor Topic & Description
Date Location

Don't Get Stuck in a Sticky Situation
learn how to handle ethical situations in
the nonprofit environment. A local Improv
group will present solutions anstrategies
on handling ethical situations through sketches and improv games. 

Local Theater and Improv Artists February 16

South Bend Civic Theatre
403 N. Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601 


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.
Steven Shattuck, Bloomerang March 16

Center for Hospice Care
501 Comfort Pl, Mishawaka, IN 46545

Print Squid  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 April 20

Logan Center
2505 E Jefferson Blvd
South Bend, IN 46615


Philanthropic Planning for Ensuring the Charity's Long Term Future

Philanthropic planning an effective way for individuals to ensure a nonprofit's long term future while meeting their personal planning objectives. Donor-centered philanthropic planning, asks what donors need to accomplish for themselves, their families, and thier future. It seeks out what is really important to them and then asks how the charity can be integrated into their tax, estate, and financial planning to help meet their goals. Hear from a financial planner and an estate attorney how the best ways to build relationships that will lead to more gifts for your organization.

Leo Priemer, CFP®, AAMS®, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones


Thomas Walz, Estate Planner 
May 18

Jewish Federation
3202 Shalom Way,
South Bend, IN 46615


The Art of the Ask

This presentation will dive deep into the Art of asking for money.  The speaker will also discuss the science that informs the artistic performance, using practical knowledge gleaned from Sales Theory.

Perry Hammock  June 15

Cass County Council on Aging

 60525 Decatur Road, Cassopolis, MI  49031


Understanding Federal Tax Law to Better Position Your Fundraising Efforts

During the session we will delve into the myriad of IRS regulations and restrictions regarding documentation requirements, quid pro quos, donor control, and fundraising events

Richard J. Cullar, CPA  August 17

Civil Rights Heritage Center

1040 W Washington St,
South Bend, IN 46601

Elkhart Community Foundation

Stewardship 101

Stewardship 101 will provide you with the basics of stewardship and donor relations. Whether you’re building from scratch or retrofitting an existing program, Pete McCown and Jodi Spataro from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County will go through the fundamentals of how to build and structure a strong stewardship program. 

Jodi Spataro

Community Foundation

of Elkhart County

September 21 Boys and Girls Club of Goshen

Social Media: Tips and Trends for Non-Profits

One of the hardest parts of working with Social Media is keeping up with the ever shifting audience and what is cool now and what the next big thing will be. Liz Harter eats, sleeps and breaths social media as the Social Media Manager for the University of Notre Dame. She'll share what's trending in the field and some tips that can translate personally and professionally for non-profits and brand managers.

Liz Harter

Director of Social Media for the University of Notre Dame
October 19 The History Museum
808 W Washington St,
South Bend, IN 46601