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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 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

11:30am-1:30pm at Club Z at Trine University's MTI Center

If your nonprofit anticipates applying for grant funds in 2020 or 2021, we highly recommend you attend this workshop. SCCF has been working behind the scenes to develop new grant guidelines. This workshop will provide an overview of the changes with special panelists providing additional advice. Lunch will be served at 11:30, and the speakers will begin at 12:00.

March 17, 2020 - Grants Q&A and Nonprofit Networking

3:00-4:00pm at the SCCF office

SCCF is taking advantage of the St. Patrick's day holiday to offer a fun networking event for Steuben County nonprofits. There will be interactive activities and the opportunity to receive a small grant to your organization, so nonprofits are encouraged to invite more than 1 staff person or board member to attend. This workshop will focus on tips for networking, working on a challenging activity that requires collaboration, and there will be plenty of time for you to discuss ideas and ask questions about the new grant guidelines. Please RSVP by March 13.

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

10am-11:30am at the SCCF office

SCCF will be working with Tami Mosier and Megan Peterson from Steuben County Purdue Extension to provide a special workshop for nonprofit leaders to focus on mental health and wellbeing.

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.

RSVP for Grants Q&A and Networking

May 13, 2020 - Nonprofit Outcomes and Metrics

3:00-4:30pm at the SCCF office

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 2020 - Grant Proposal Writing

Date and Time TBA

This workshop will focus on helping grantees write a strong proposal.

RSVP for Mental Health and Wellness RSVP for Nonprofit Outcomes and Metrics


SCCF is changing our grant guidlelines next year. Our spring 2020 events are focused on preparing grantees for the upcoming changes. Nonprofits who wish to apply in our new Impact Grant Cycle are required to send a representative of their organization to a minimum of two of these workshops listed below.

January 14, 2020 - Nonprofit Storytelling