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Nonprofit Events

In order to provide support for our local nonprofits beyond grant dollars, SCCF offers a variety of workshops focused on building the capacity of nonprofit organizations. These workshops have been designed to address common challenges and to provide an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to connect with each other.


SCCF also hosts occasional networking events for nonprofits to create collaborative relationships. Keep an eye out for updates on this page, in our nonprofit network newsletter and on our Facebook page!


Space may be limited for events, so please RSVP with the number of staff and board members at your nonprofit who plan to attend. Each event has an RSVP form, or you may contact JoAnna Ness, our communications director, at [email protected] or call 260-665-6656.

Check out some of our previous events -

December 11, 2018 - Building a Strong Board

Steuben County nonprofit leaders learned about board responsibilities, such as financial oversight and fundraising, as well as how to bring fun and mission moments to their meeting.

Dr. Kelly Trusty led a "Grants 101" style workshop at Trine University. Many of the resources she shared are listed on our Nonprofit Resources tab of the website.

February 12, 2019 - Grant Proposal Writing

Upcoming Workshops & Events

April 9, 2019 - Assessment and Evaluation of Outcomes

Kathy Armstrong led participants through an exercise creating SMART goals and discussed the difference between outputs, outcomes, and impact. This was a great activity for grantseekers who are required to write final reports to funders.

October 22, 2019 - Creating a Comprehensive Fundraising Plan

There's more to fundraising than planning an annual gala. Laura Macknick led a training on the basics of fundraising and how to create a comprehensive fundraising plan.

August 13, 2019 - Strategic Human Resources for Nonprofits

Nonprofits rely heavily on working with people to get things done. Pam Zarazee, VP of Human Resources at Miller Poultry, shared the importance of relationship building in management of human resources, including volunteers, board members, and staff.

Oct 2 Oct Fundraising Training with Macknick

February 12, 2020 - New Grant Guidelines Workshop

April 14, 2020 - Mental Health and Wellness for Nonprofit Leader

The Herald Republican's Mike Marturello and SCCF's JoAnna Ness shared tips on writing a story about your nonprofit, and how to share that story with the public.

CANCELED - This workshop will be rescheduled.


SCCF board member and local consultant, Kathy Armstrong, will lead nonprofits through creating strong goals and identifying metrics that can be used to measure progress for grant proposals.

June and July 2020 - Grant Proposal Writing Workshop Series

January 14, 2020 - Nonprofit Storytelling

Tami Mosier and Megan Peterson from Purdue Extension provided a unique hybrid webinar, with videos walking through a variety of self-care tools and strategies to promote mental health and wellness. The webinar included an interactive live workshop. If you would like materials from this webinar, please contact us.

May 13, 2020 - Nonprofit Outcomes and Metrics

Dr. Kelly Trusty led a three-part hybrid workshop series on grant proposal writing this summer. SCCF offered nonprofit leaders the option of attending this workshop via zoom or in person at the foundation office. Dr. Trusty shared tips about finding grant opportunities, telling your organization's story in a grant request, and how to manage a grant from start to finish. Contact us to receive materials from this workshop series.

Year-end and Digital Fundraising

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Lisa Maxwell-Frieden and Kate Muehlfeld, both of Trine University’s Alumni and Development department, will lead a workshop on Year-end and Digital Fundraising. SCCF will offer an optional follow-up workshop to provide hands-on coaching so you can put your fundraising plan in motion.


Training with Lisa and Kate: September 16, 1:00-2:30pm

Optional follow-up with SCCF staff: September 23, 1:00-2:00pm


The workshop will be held via Zoom, with limited space for in-person attendance at the SCC office.


Please RSVP by September 14.


This workshop is tied to a matching grant opportunity. Learn more on the Steuben County Disaster Response Fund page or read the full matching grant guidelines.

Cheryl Taylor, the recently retired President/CEO at Foellinger Foundation, will be sharing some experiences about serving as a leader for your organization in uncertain times. This workshop will include time for discussion and sharing around the issues that seem most challenging for your organizations.


The workshop will be held via Zoom, with limited space for in-person attendance at the SCC office.


Date & Time: November 12, 1:00-2:30pm


Please RSVP by November 10.

RSVP for Year-End & Digital Fundraising RSVP for Leadership in Times of Crisis