Nonprofit Learning Series kicks off in March


Montgomery County Community Foundation is partnering with Putnam County Community Foundation to host the 2020 Nonprofit Learning Series for local nonprofit organizations. Topics center on issues related to the operation of a nonprofit organization. The four-part series begins March 10 with Building a Governance Legacy. It takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Crawfordsville Country Club.

Attendees will discover the tools and practices of exceptional governing teams and learn how to cultivate a shared understanding that fosters mutual accountability and engagement. Bring an open and engaged attitude to this lively and interactive workshop that will examine:

• Creating More Gender and Age Diverse Boards — Why does it matter? What value can be added? What might you need to do differently? 

• Organizational Funding — What are the five greatest sources of funding? How dependent is your organization on this funding? How effective is your fundraising? What if one of your funding sources shifts priorities?

• Performance of the Board — How are you measuring the work of board members? What steps can you take to address non-performing board members in a respectful way? Why does it matter?

• Implementing the Work — What is one thing you can implement in the next 30 days? 60 days? 90 days?

Susan Decker is the director of Master of Leadership Development at St. Mary of the Woods College and is a senior governance consultant at BoardSource. She has extensive experience in nonprofit governance, management and fundraising at the national and local levels.

Next in the series on April 14, is Millennial Reset, presented by Mary Pilotte, MBA Ph.D., and author of a book by the same name. Non-profit organizations, like all formal and informal organizations and groups, face challenges associated with recruiting, training and sustaining a vibrant community of practice and/or service. To further complicate the landscape, we live in a time when up to five generations may be vying to work side-by-side, sharing their values, expressing their opinions and executing through habits and technology that they find relevant and “normal.”

What are the benefits of such a multigenerational work-group, and how can your organization take steps to improve culture and engagement? This session will unpack key considerations for developing a strategic road map forward to find success and avoid disorder.

Dr. Pilotte is an Associate Professor of Engineering Practice and is Director of the School of Engineering Education’s Undergraduate degree programs in Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies and Multidisciplinary Engineering.

She teaches varied topics across levels of development, from professional skills to engineering economics and first-year engineering to Senior Capstone Design. Outside of the College of Engineering, she frequently instructs project management and consulting approaches for the Global and Executive MBA programs at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue. Beyond the university setting, she leads corporate workshops on intentional learning and guides problem solving surrounding issues associated with generational diversity in the workplace, based on her book “Millennial Reset”. All registered attendees will receive a copy of the book.

To register for the workshop, stop in the MCCF office at 119 E. Main St. or visit online at The registration form is under the Grants/Nonprofit Resources tab and online payment may be made through the Donate Now button; direct payment to the NPLS Workshops Fund. The fee is $20 with lunch included. Register at least one week in advance; registration at the door will be accepted only as space allows. The last two sessions are Sept. 8, Grantwriting, and Oct. 13 Succession Planning and both will take place in Greencastle.

In addition to the partnership with Putnam County Community Foundation, the MCCF is grateful for the local sponsorship provided by Hoosier Heartland State Bank.