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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


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

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


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



SCCF's April 14th nonprofit capacity building workshop will now be held virtually. At a time when things are difficult and changing quickly, we feel this topic is more important than ever.


SCCF is working with Tami Mosier and Megan Peterson from Purdue Extension to provide a unique hybrid webinar, with videos walking through a variety of self-care tools and strategies to promote mental health and wellness. The webinar will include an interactive live workshop. This event is open to all nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers serving Steuben County.


Please register for the workshop via the google form below. You will receive an email with a link to the Zoom meeting and instructions for the workshop. If you are not available at the time of the meeting but would like to watch it later, please register and we will send you a recording following the workshop.


SCCF recognizes that not all nonprofit leaders have access to the technology required to participate in this type of workshop. We plan to resume face-to-face trainings as soon as it is safe and advisable to do so.

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.

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 23, 2020 - Grant Proposal Writing

9:00am - 12:00pm at Trine University, Ford Hall Room 226

Dr. Kelly Trusty will lead this workshop, focused on practical tips to help grantees write a strong proposal for funding. This workshop is available for free to representatives of nonprofits serving Steuben County. Others should contact the SCCF office. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. Please RSVP by June 15.

RSVP for Mental Health and Wellness Virtual Workshop 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

RSVP for Grant Proposal Writing