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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

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 for late 2020.


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 3, 2020 - Grants Detective - How to Find Grant Opportunities

Virtual - 1-2:00pm


Dr. Kelly Trusty will lead this workshop, focused on tips for finding grant opportunities and learning about other funders. This will include a demonstration of Foundation Directory Online, which Steuben County nonprofits can access through SCCF. Please RSVP by June 1. Zoom meeting details will be sent to registrants.


SCCF is changing our grant guidlelines next year. Our spring 2020 events are focused on preparing grantees for the upcoming changes.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCCF has changed our event attendance policy. Nonprofits who wish to apply in our new Impact Grant Cycle are encouraged to attend at least one event (in person or virtual) between January - July 2020. If you are unable to do so, please contact us.

January 14, 2020 - Nonprofit Storytelling

RSVP for Grants Detective

Updated Summer Workshop Series -

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

June 24, 2020 - Telling Your Organization's Story in a Grant Application

Virtual or in person at the SCCF Office: 1-2:00pm


Dr. Kelly Trusty will walk through a sample grant application, discussing how to interpret grant questions and explain your program request to funders. Please RSVP by June 22. Zoom meeting details will be sent to registrants. A small number of guests may attend the workshop at the SCCF office using our technology. Contact us to learn more.

July 15, 2020 - Grants Management 101

Virtual or in person at the SCCF Office: 1-2:00pm


After a funding request is approved, what steps should you take to manage the documentation and requirements in your grant agreement? Dr. Kelly Trusty will lead this workshop on managing a grant from start to finish, with helpful tips to make the process easier. Please RSVP by June 13. Zoom meeting details will be sent to registrants. A small number of guests may attend the workshop at the SCCF office using our technology. Contact us to learn more.

RSVP for Telling Your Story RSVP for Grants Management 101