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Holiday Pet Food and Supply Donation Drive – Monroe County Humane Association + City of Bloomington Animal Shelter
 
It’s time for the annual Holiday Pet Food and Supply Donation Drive to support the Monroe County Humane Association and the City of Bloomington Animal Shelter!
You can help the animals in our area by donating cat and dog dry and canned food, treats & toys, cat litter and supplies, such as paper towels, trash bags, Ziploc bags, and Clorox wipes to the following businesses:
American Rental
BloomingPaws
College Mall Veterinary Hospital
Ellettsville IGA
IU Biology Department
Kroger – Seminary Square
Kroger – Clear Creek
Lil Bub’s Shop
Mad 4 My Dog
Old National Bank – Ellettsville
T & T Pet Food and Supply
The Dog House
 
By donating, you help ensure that the animals in our community will have a happy holiday season and beyond!  Drop off your donation in the decorated donation boxes now until January 3, 2018 at the locations listed above. 
Any questions or to donate directly, contact Kimberly Goy at the Monroe County Humane Association by calling 812-333-6242 or email kgoy@monroehumane.org

 

Nonprofit Events and Training Opportunities

Finding Funders for Nonprofits
6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
January 10th or February 7th
MCPL Program Room 2C, second floor
Free but please register by going to  http://mcpl.info/npc or by calling Ms. Bobby Overman at 812-355-7515
Learn to use the Foundation Center's database to ensure you have the most up-to-date, complete information about grantmakers and what they offer. 

Harmony Holiday Art Fair
Saturday, December 16th, 2017
9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, Harmony School, 909 E 2nd St., Bloomington
Please join us for the 1st Annual Harmony Holiday Art Fair! Art and fine crafts will be shown and sold by Bloomington Area artists.  The Bloomington Winter Market will be in the Harmony Gymnasium from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm that same day which will make this a wonderful opportunity to buy winter treats to satisfy every appetite, body and soul. 

Going Deeper with Social Media
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
11 a.m. Pacific time
(Part 3 in the Libraries and Social Media webinar series, jointly hosted by WebJunction and TechSoup)
Take the next steps toward amplifying your library's social media program! During this third webinar in our social media series, we'll discuss best practices in growing your library's social media program and managing user engagement. You’ll learn tips for assessing your library's audience based on their preferred platforms and ideas for converting your in-person library community into an online community. Register.

Marketing Your Event or Organization
Thursday, January 18, 2018
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., MCPL,  Room 2A, second floor
Cost: Free but please register by going to http://mcpl.info/npc or by calling Ms. Bobby Overman at 812-355-7515

You're passionate about what you do; the mission of your organization, the magic of your event, but you struggle to convince news media to cover it. Writing a press release seems overwhelming and who to send it to, a great unknown. Does this sound familiar? Are you looking to refresh your marketing plan or develop one for the first time? Join Danielle McCleland, Executive Director of BCT Management, Inc. the private non-profit which manages the Buskirk-Chumley Theater for a brief but vigorous program where we will: find the compelling story at the heart of your event or organization, develop talking points to share with all of your team members ,establish a template press release that will eliminate the blank page jitters and practice pitching a story to a potential media outlet.  Participants will leave the program with confidence in their ability to sell their event to potential donors/sponsors audiences and news outlets.

Event Tech 101
Thursday, February 8th, 2018
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., MCPL Room 2A, second floor
Cost: Free but please register by going to  http://mcpl.info/npc or by calling Ms. Bobby Overman at 812-355-7515

Are you planning a big fundraiser, your first ever multi-venue festival, a show that you've been dreaming up for the last five years? Have you just now recovered from the nightmare of putting together some difficult event that left you feeling like you'll never do it again? Don't despair. There are easily employable methods and techniques that can help make the process of putting on your show be just as successful as the end result. Wouldn't it be amazing if you felt confident in: creating a master contact list, organizing your preparation tasks into easily accomplish-able timeliness, formalizing a production schedule for rehearsals and day of event and engaging others in both the idea and the timeline.  The show must go on but wouldn't it be amazing if putting it together felt just as good for the participants as it does for the audience or guests who attend? You could be the hero who makes that happen. This seminar will prepare you to do so.

Media Rountable
Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. MCPL Room 1C, first floor
Cost: Free but please register by going to  http://mcpl.info/npc  or by calling Ms. Bobby Overman at 812-355-7515

Representatives of local media discuss how to get coverage of your organization’s work in our community, and answer your questions. Break into small groups to craft a pitch for your nonprofit’s story. Multiple people from your organization welcome; one pitch per nonprofit.

Nonprofit Board Certification Seminar
Thursday, February 22, 2018
1:00 PM- 5:00 PM, City Hall, City Council Chambers (#115)
Cost: $25/person in advance, $30/person at the door
Description: Serving on a nonprofit organization's volunteer board of directors can be one of the great pleasures of your life or a study in frustration. If you and the organization are not well matched, or you have different expectations regarding your role, you may be bewildered at best and discouraged at worst. When you're well matched, serving on a board can be immensely rewarding, both personally and professionally.
For more information: Click Here!

Arts Start Up
Saturday, March 31st, 2018
10:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m., MCPL Room 2B, second floor
Cost: Free but please register by going to http://mcpl.info/npc  or by calling Ms. Bobby Overman at 812-355-7515 Lunch will be served to participants.

Modeled on tech start up weekends the Arts Start Up offers participants an opportunity to pitch and workshop their idea to both other dreamers and experienced event presenters, Networking with the individuals behind the events, festivals, and venues that make Bloomington the special place it is the Arts Start Up begins with a brief review and training on how to pitch your idea--making a compelling case for why your event should become the next big thing. Once we're ready, our local experts join the group for an organized lunch discussion where participants make contacts with music professionals, festival promoters, planning gurus and marketing professionals. Next pitches are made and the groups as a whole chooses up to 3 new ideas to take from concept to business plan in the course of the afternoon. Everyone benefits from going through the rigorous process of questioning, investigating, researching and pivoting to make the idea the best it can be. Only Arts Start Up participants are eligible to submit proposals to the Arts Start Up Fund which will select viable proposals for a three time commitment of support from the John Waldron Arts Center or the Buskirk-Chumley Theater. Support includes rent-free use of the spaces, additional marketing and on-going guidance from BCT Management, Inc. staff.

Nonprofit News

The Monroe County CARES Local Coordinating Council is an all volunteer group of community members who are concerned with issues of substance abuse, including prevention, education, intervention, treatment, and justice.
The group encourages efforts in Monroe County to reduce problems caused by alcohol and drug abuse. It seeks to increase awareness on ways to combat alcohol and other drug problems, increase cooperation among community members and service organizations, and recommend projects to be funded through the local Drug Free Community Fund.
The Board is particularly interested in applications from Monroe County residents that can represent the interests of community schools, students (high School or College) the City of Bloomington, the religious community and recovery.  Several positions are available also on an at large basis.  If interested in serving on this community board that meets monthly please contact the Monroe County Cares Coordinator Lisa Meuser at llmeuser@me.com or PO Box 3312, Bloomington, In. 47401.
 

Employment

Executive Director

New Hope Family Shelter

Job Description: The Executive Director is the Chief Executive Officer of New Hope for Families, which includes the Roof (Shelter) and the Nest (Early Childhood Development Program). The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors.
For more information see the job posting: Here!

Stewardship Coordinator 
The Language Conservancy - Bloomington, IN
$15 an hour - Full-time, Contract

Job Description: Do you enjoy the satisfaction of making a difference in the world with the work you do? Do you have exemplary fundraising abilities with a successful track record? Are you known for being organized and able to manage multiple projects and meet tight time frames? Can you implement an organization’s strategic vision, while working with an entrepreneurial spirit? If you answered YES to these questions, we want to meet you!

The Language Conservancy, a leading nonprofit organization that assists Native American communities preserve their endangered languages, is currently seeking a full-time, experienced Stewardship Coordinator with excellent communication and organizational skills to join our team. Candidates must be personable, out-going, and have the ability to implement an effective fundraising strategy for the organization. They must have an enthusiastic and positive attitude and take pride in their work.
For more information see the job posting: Here!

Associate Grant Writer 
The Language Conservancy - Bloomington, IN
$16 an hour - Contract

Job Description: The position of Associate Grant Writer is focused on the coordinating, writing and submitting of grant proposals to foundation and corporate agencies and institutions. This is a contract position for up to 40 hours per week, with a schedule that can be flexibly set. Starting pay $16/hr. Interested applicants should email resume with a link to your online portfolio - write “Grants Writer Application” in the subject line.

Resources

Unique Professional Development Idea

Nonprofit Quarterly provides an idea on how senior members of an organization can utilize professional development opportunities. The article explains that there is a lot of value in shadowing another organization and how they operate. 

For more information, and to read the rest of the article: Click Here!

Changing the Culture of a Board

As the Holiday season approaches, many organizations are focused on cultivating donors, this video explains the importance of thanking your board members and creating a worthwhile experience for them. The video is produced by a free online subscription called "Movie Mondays" which gives a video each week on nonprofit organizations, development, and stewardship initiatives.

To view the video: Click Here!
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