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    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Jeffersonville, IN
    • 38
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    Join us on June 20 in Jeffersonville for a workshop on Opportunity Zones followed by lunch and Prosperity Indiana's Southeast Regional Meeting.

    Opportunity Zones: How to Pair Funding Opportunities to Maximize Impact

    Opportunity Invesment Consortium IndianaIce Miller attorneys - including Frank Hoffman and Shawn Peterson - will discuss ways to pair Opportunity Zones with other funding opportunities to maximize the impact of the investment for communities and potential investors. This workshop is designed for those with beginner to intermediate levels of knowledge about Opportunity Zones.

    Frank Hoffman is a partner in Ice Miller's Business Group. He represents businesses and non-profit clients, specifically in managing complex incentive and project finance transactions. 

    Shawn Peterson serves as senior counsel in Ice Miller's Business Group. He concentrates his practice in federal, state and local economic development incentives and project and working capital financings for high growth businesses and impactful nonprofit organizations. 

    These workshops are sponsored in part with support from:

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    Southeast Indiana Regional Member Meeting

    Following the workshop, join Prosperity Indiana for lunch as we discuss what's in store for Prosperity Indiana and our members. Come with questions about Prosperity Indiana's programs and services and ideas around how we can better support your work. 

    Location: 

    New Hope Services

    725 Wall Street

    Jeffersonville, IN 47130

    Agenda:

    10:00 am - Opportunity Zones Workshop

    12:00 pm - Break

    12:15 pm - Lunch & Prosperity Indiana Regional Member Meeting

    1:30 pm - Depart


    • 26 Jun 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • Hammond, IN
    • 31
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    Join us on June 26 in Hammond for a workshop on Opportunity Zones followed by lunch and Prosperity Indiana's Northwest Regional Meeting.


    Opportunity Zones Workshop:

    This workshop is designed for those with beginner to intermediate levels of knowledge about Opportunity Zones. Ice Miller attorneys discuss ways to pair Opportunity Zones with other funding opportunities in the community.

    Opportunity Invesment Consortium IndianaFrank Hoffmana partner in Ice Miller's Business Group, represents businesses and non-profit clients, specifically in managing complex incentive and project finance transactions. 


    Shawn Peterson
    senior counsel of Ice Miller's Business Group, concentrates on federal, state and local economic development incentives and capital financing for businesses and nonprofit organizations.


    These workshops are sponsored in part with support from:

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    Northwest Indiana Regional Member Meeting:

    Prosperity Indiana shares additional programs and services for all sectors of Indiana. Come with questions and ideas around how we can better support your work. 


    LOCATION:

    Northwest Indiana Reinvestment Alliance

    5209 Hohman Ave, Suite 123

    Hammond, IN 46320

    AGENDA:

    10:00 am - Opportunity Zones Workshop

    12:00 pm - Break

    12:15 pm - Lunch & Prosperity Indiana Regional Member Meeting

    1:30 pm - Depart

    • 28 Jun 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Backbone support is an essential component of collective impact.  A backbone is an entity that functions independently as a centralized management team for partnership efforts.  Corresponding with a growing interest in collective impact efforts, a growing number of foundations, policymakers, and practitioners endorse multi-sector partnerships and their use of a backbone support organization.  While the idea of using a backbone has gained currency, little attention has been paid to how to establish a backbone.  Instead, much of the prevailing discussion has focused on what a backbone should do after it has been formed.

    Under collective impact, backbone organizations cover six key activities:  supporting vision and strategy, supporting aligned activities, establishing shared measurements, building public will, advancing policy, and mobilizing funding. 

    This webinar delivers an overview of the backbone in supporting collective impact efforts, how to build backing for it, and its importance in keeping collective impact on track. 

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    • 17 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • 1099 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • 50
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a training featuring A&O Steering Committee Member Ben Joergens, Director of Financial Empowerment, VP, at Old National Bankas he discusses the ins-and-outs of retirement savings. 

    About the Presenter:

    As the Director of Financial Empowerment, Ben Joergens is responsible for enhancing financial literacy initiatives at Old National by partnering with schools, colleges, universities, businesses, non-profits and government agencies. His goal is to address community needs and implement financial empowerment programs based on sound money management skills. Ben joined Old National in 1999 and has served in a variety of roles. He earned the 2011 Old National Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year Award and was both the 2010 and 2012 Henderson, Kentucky Chamber Ambassador of the Year. In 2015, Ben received the George Bailey Distinguished Service Award, sponsored by the ABA Foundation. This national award is given to a non-CEO bank employee who demonstrates outstanding initiative, commitment to the bank’s customers and the communities they serve, and inspires others. In 2017, Ben was recognized by the National Financial Educators Council (NFEC) with its coveted Financial Education Instructor of the Year Award for his commitment and contributions to bringing financial education to the at-risk and underserved.

    In addition to his extensive volunteer work, Ben also serves as a certified advanced VITA tax preparer with his local United Way Agency.

    About the Network:

    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF).

    • 26 Jul 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Are you challenged to present information in a way that leads more quickly and directly to good business decisions?  This program will share how you can avoid “the curse of knowledge” while explaining your points in simple steps that build agreement.  Whether you are presenting one-on-one or to a packed conference room, you will learn how to craft a presentation that builds agreement as you move your listeners toward greater understanding.

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    • 07 Aug 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a webinar featuring A&O Steering Committee Members Kathleen Lara, Policy Director at Prosperity Indiana, and Erin Macey, Senior Policy Analyst at the Indiana Institute for Working Families, for an interactive webinar on advocating for causes important to you and your organization.

    About the Presenters:

    As the Policy Director, Kathleen works to advance network member priorities by helping to craft and advance Prosperity Indiana’s policy agenda before the executive and legislative branches of federal, state, and local government. She keeps members informed on policy issues, mobilizes members in response to specific advocacy efforts, and helps produce statewide convenings for the network.

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    Erin witnessed disparities in access to educational opportunity firsthand as a middle school teacher. Motivated to examine and change the social systems that held these inequalities in place, Erin returned to graduate school and earned her doctorate in education policy. While pursuing her degree, Erin conducted policy analysis and completed program evaluations for Indiana schools, state agencies, and non-profits.

    In her most recent role as a technical assistance coordinator at the Great Lakes Equity Center, Erin developed publications and helped deliver direct, context-driven technical assistance to Midwest school districts struggling to provide equal opportunity on the basis of race, gender, and national origin. Erin's professional and personal experiences, especially as a mother of four, inspire her to continue to amplify the voices of those who are typically underrepresented in leadership and policy-making positions and, as a result, lack the supports they need to thrive.

    About the Network:

    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF).

    • 09 Aug 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    You are a respected professional with more than enough expertise to succeed in your field.  But sooner or later, you must communicate effectively with others that are either your peers or your subordinates.  The ability to communicate effectively with superiors, colleagues, and staff is essential, no matter what industry you work in.  Communication skills become even more critical if you you’ve been in your chosen profession for a long period of time and have risen into a management position.  By that time, you’ve encountered a wealth of information that you were never formally taught or shared.

    In this webinar, you will learn best practices for planning content and delivering confident and compelling presentations, including techniques for facilitating internal meetings and for confident and constructive conversations at networking events.

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    • 23 Aug 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Great board meetings leave us focused and energized: the goal of the meeting is clear; our team is motivated; and the process is smooth, and there are well-defined outcomes.  Not-so-great meetings, on the other hand, drain energy, and lower morale because of the perceived waste of time. 

    Participants will be challenged to reimagine traditional board meeting agendas.  Incorporating meeting facilitation techniques such as personal reflection activities, small group round table discussions, dot voting, and more will foster an environment of dialogue and critical thinking.

    This webinar is ideal for CEOs/Executive Directors, leadership staff, and executive board members.

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    • 13 Sep 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Without an effective and inclusive decision-making structure and process, there is potential for conflict between new directors and new staff members, particularly a new executive director, who seek effective involvement with organizational development and the founder(s) who seek to control the decision-making process.  This can be very disruptive both to the organization and to the individuals concerned and should be carefully and clearly diagnosed and addressed quickly and decisively.  It may simply limit further growth and success of the organization, or it may lead to bitter factionalism and divisions as the scale of demands made on the organization increases, or it may result in outright failure.  

    Coping with founder's syndrome requires discussion of the problem, a plan of action, and interventions by the founder, the board and or by others involved in the organization. The objective of the plan should be to allow the organization to make a successful transition to a mature organizational model without damage to either the organization itself or the individuals concerned.

    This webinar will offer a discussion on maintaining healthy relationships between the founder, the board, and the new executive director.

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    • 16 Sep 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a webinar featuring A&O Steering Committee Member Naomi Bechtold, Family Resource Management Educator at Purdue Extension - Marion County, and her colleagues as they explore methods for maintaining and protecting your assets as you age and how to avoid senior exploitation. 

    Click here to register for the webinar: 

    About the Presenters:

    Naomi Bechtold
    In her role as an Extension Educator, Naomi provides the link between land grant university research and Indiana residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local issues. She works with community partners to create and develop educational programs centered on personal financial management and healthy living.

    Naomi has an AB in Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from Lehigh University. She is in the process of completing her Accredited Financial Counselor certification.

    Information about co-presenters coming soon!

    About the Network:

    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF). For information on how to join the Network, contact Logan Charlesworth at lcharlesworth@prosperityindiana.org.

    • 20 Sep 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Many nonprofits are rooted in a faith-based approach to alleviating societal challenges.  In a secular world, some faith-based nonprofits find it difficult to maintain the integrity of their religious identity when engaging with donors, funding organizations, beneficiaries, and the community.

    This webinar offers a discussion on how to navigate a faith-based organization in an environment that can appear reluctant, if not sometimes hostile, towards overtly religious solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing social issues.

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    • 03 Oct 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a webinar featuring A&O Governing Committee Member Jessica Fraser, Director of the Indiana Institute for Working Families, as she discusses the cliff effect. 

    Click here to register and receive the GoToWebinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3965467148647837452

    About the Presenter:

    Jessica has been with the Institute since 2008. She serves as co-chair of the Indiana Skills2Compete Coalition and sits on the National Skills Coalition's leadership council, the Julian Center Circles out of Poverty Guiding Coalition, the Lt. Governor’s Career Pathways Taskforce, and the State Workforce Innovation Council. Before joining the Institute she was a researcher for the Service Employees International Union, Local 3. Ms. Fraser obtained her BA in Political Science from St. Mary’s College in 2003 and her MA in Political Science from Ball State University in 2006. She was recently named as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal's 40-Under-40. 

    About the Network:

    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF).

    • 11 Oct 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Developing a shared measurement system is essential to collective impact.  Agreement on a common agenda is illusionary without agreement on the ways success will be measured and reported.  Collecting data and measuring results consistently on a short list of indicators at the community level and across all participating organizations not only ensures that all efforts remain aligned, it also enables the participants to hold each other accountable and learn from each other’s successes and failures.  (Kania and Kramer 2011)

    Data gathering and shared measurement systems are key elements for collective impact initiatives to better understand and assess their work, but can be also very challenging to start and sustain. 

    In this webinar participants learn from other initiatives about their practices related to gathering and sharing data, and the impact it had on their outcomes.

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    • 25 Oct 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    As leaders across the social sector adopt the collective impact approach to problem solving, an important question looms in many people’s minds: Given how complex and unpredictable the work is, what is the best way to evaluate a collective impact initiative’s progress and success?  Traditionally, evaluations of specific interventions have focused on their results to determine whether or not (and how) they have “worked.”  But collective impact initiatives involve multiple activities, programs, and initiatives, all of which operate in mutually reinforcing ways.  Moreover, they aim to change highly complex systems.  As a result, merely taking a snapshot of a given intervention’s effectiveness at one point does not tell the whole story.  To truly evaluate their effectiveness, collective impact leaders need to see the bigger picture—the initiative’s many different parts and the ways they interact and evolve over time.  For that, they need a new way to approach evaluation. (Parkhurst and Preskill 2014)

    This webinar will cover evaluation and impact of efforts.  When working on collective impact efforts, it is essential to implement an approach to performance measurement and evaluation that is as multi-faceted, responsive, and flexible as the initiatives themselves.

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    • 05 Nov 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Join the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network for a webinar featuring A&O Steering Committee Member Marie Morse, Executive Director of Homestead CS, and Matt Hull, Executive Director of Texas Association of Community Development Corporations, as they explore alternative options to payday lending in the Hoosier state.

    Click here to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8699322103059278347

    About the Presenters:

    Matt Hull has served as executive director of the Texas Association of CDCs for the past six years. He served as executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Texas for four years, and before that was with the Texas Association of CDCs as Director of Policy and Research (almost six years) and Policy Analyst (for three years). Earlier in his career, he was with The Corporation for Enterprise Development, now known as Prosperity Now. In all of these positions, Matt has demonstrated dedication to expanding economic opportunity for low-income families and communities.

    Marie Morse has been with Lafayette Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. dba Homestead Consulting Services since 1985.  She has held various positions within the organization including financial, programming and management positions. She has been the Executive Director of the organization since 2007.   Marie has learned from the ground up and has expertise in housing counseling, non-profit finances, fundraising, board governance, staff management, property development, neighborhood relations, mortgage lending and small dollar lending.  Marie was instrumental in bringing one of the first homebuyers clubs in the nation to Lafayette in 1990. She has developed two Section 42 tax credit projects, the most recent being the conversion of a former high school into 74 units of senior housing with non-profit commercial space.   Since becoming Executive Director, Marie has overseen the development of the foreclosure prevention counseling program, received re-certification as a Community Development Financial Institute, obtained certification as a local HUD housing counseling agency, brought Bank On and the Federal Reserve Money Smart week  to Tippecanoe County, managed more than 8.9 million in program funding, helped over 4,600 families understand their housing options and saved over $130 million dollars’ worth of homes from foreclosure. Marie has received a Distinguished Citizen Award from the City of Lafayette and was recognized by the Indiana General Assembly for outstanding service.   She currently serves as a member of the steering committee for the Indiana Assets and Opportunity Network.

    About the Network:

    The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is a statewide coalition that creates learning opportunities for community leaders, advocates on policies that affect low-to-moderate income families, and builds capacity for organizations aimed to increase financial stability. It is co-led by Prosperity Indiana and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF).

    Note: Registration for the first Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network (the Network) training is free. Additional trainings will be restricted to members of the Network. For more information about becoming a member of the Network, contact Logan Charlesworth at lcharlesworth@prosperityindiana.org.

    • 08 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    Being in the spotlight can be challenging – and a bit overwhelming.  In the realm of public communications not all of our exercises go off according to game plan.  When challenges present themselves, be they difficult reactions from an audience or equipment failure, how does one best adapt to the circumstances? 

    How do you speak to the news media on and off the record?  What are the proper ways to moderate a panel or introduce speakers or emcee special events? 

    This unique webinar provides tips and best practices for presenting in special situations that challenge just about every organizational leaders and staff.

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    • 22 Nov 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Too often nonprofit board members shy away from fundraising. When the subject comes up, many trustees suddenly become invisible or silent. Yet it is our responsibility to set up board members in active, satisfying roles that can support the fundraising process. But we frequently make mistakes that hurt, rather than help, our cause.  Engaging board members productively in fundraising is a common challenge.  Our organizations need board members who truly embrace their role in fundraising and are engaged at an appropriate level. 

    Is your board set for fundraising success?  Do they have everything they need to help the organization meet its annual fundraising targets?  Why are some board members so nervous about fundraising? And how do we go wrong when we approach them about helping in fundraising?  

    Participants will learn how to effectively engage board members in actively fundraising for annual campaigns, capital campaigns, and operational support.  Board coaching prompts, communications plans, board members personal fundraising plans will be shared and explored. 

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    • 06 Dec 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Webinar
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    According to the National Council of Nonprofits, organizations that are “serious about their own sustainability will also be serious about planning for smooth and thoughtful transitions of leadership – as well as making sure their nonprofit is prepared for unexpected departures.

    Often times, the individual who might be the best fit to succeed a nonprofit leader is already employed by the organization.  Professional development is essential to foster a cadre of staff – and volunteers – who can easily step into the role of CEO or executive director should those positions become vacant.

    This webinar explores ways to enhance your organization’s stability and sustainability by grooming your successor from within.

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    • 20 Dec 2019
    • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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    Complex, systems change requires leadership from various partners: state government leaders, funding agencies, schools, hospitals, the private sector, community organizers and more.  This is where collective impact comes into play – as a method to engage partners from different sectors to solve the complex social problems of the day.  Collective impact – an approach which brings together different sectors for a common agenda to solve large multifaceted problems – can be applied to existing collaborative work to help facilitate cross-sector engagement to effectively implement their strategies to achieve their desired results. 

    Effectively applying the collective impact approach requires leadership from multiple partners – from state governments to funding agencies.  This session will assist organizations with identifying resources to help grow capacity and facilitate this cross-sector work.

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