Not-for-Profit News

Our Reason for Being is: "To support Nonprofit board and staff leadership in increasing the capacity of their organizations to respond to the needs of their constituencies and communities."
Bryan Orander

Frequently Asked Questions

1) How do I place a job ad in the newsletter?
You can advertise for one week or two weeks in the Indy or the Cincy newsletter – both options include a four week Featured Posting on this www.CharitableAdvisors.com website. The Indy newsletter is distributed each Tuesday night to more than 14,000 central Indiana nonprofit professionals and volunteers. The Cincy newsletter is distributed every Thursday to more than 2,500 subscribers. You can see samples of the e-newsletter by clicking on Past Editions.

Please submit your 6-7 line ad(s) to Nonprofit Job Board. We will invoice you after posting.

2) How do I get our fund raising event in the newsletter?

Thank you for thinking of us to help promote your fund raising event. We welcome your announcements of new employees, news about your organization, recruiting volunteers, training events you offer, etc. We have chosen not to promote fund raising events because our whole newsletter would turn into an event calendar, and that is not how we create the most value.

3) How do I subscribe to your newsletter?

We are glad that you have heard about our newsletter. You may subscribe and refer others to the www.CharitableAdvisors.com Home page or click here.

4) How do I change my e-mail address from X to Y for the newsletter?

We are pleased that you want to continue to receive the newsletter. You can change your address whenever you like by clicking on “unsubscribe” at the top right or bottom of a recent newsletter and putting in your new address. If you no longer have access to old newsletters you can re-subscribe at the www.CharitableAdvisors.com Home page and your old address will be turned off by the system after it bounces back three times.

5) I stopped getting the newsletter. Are you still publishing?

We are glad you miss us. We have published every Tuesday night to Indy for over 10 years with only a few weeks off for holidays. We have published every Thursday to Cincy since April of 2008. You have probably not been receiving the newsletter because it has either been caught in or bounced back by your e-mail/spam filter. Please let your IT person know that you want to receive e-mails from Bryan@CharitableAdvisorsLLC.com and ExactTarget (our e-mail house). Please contact Julie@Notforprofitnews.com and we can turn it back on after your system is ready to receive it.

6) I stopped getting your newsletter and when I try to subscribe, it says that I am already subscribed. What do I do?

We are sorry for your frustrating experience. You have probably not been receiving the newsletter because it has either been caught in or bounced back by your e-mail/spam filter. Please let your IT person or ISP know that you want to receive e-mails from Bryan@CharitableAdvisorsLLC.com and ExactTarget (our e-mail house). Let us know and we will ensure that it is turned on. Contact Julie@Notforprofitnews.com.

7) How do I submit a news item (or training item, or volunteer need) to the Not-for-Profit news?

We are anxious to share your information with the rest of the nonprofit community. You can make your submission to IndyNews@NotforProfitNews.com or CincyNews@NotforProfitNews.com. We suggest it be edited to 2-3 lines in length with a web link for more information. Sending us a multi-page document or .pdf will reduce the likelihood of getting your information into the newsletter.

8) How do I connect with one of the Peer Groups?

Charitable Advisors did help start these groups, but all are now planned and coordinated by the members of the groups. Keep in mind that these groups are limited to people who are currently in these positions with nonprofits - experience has shown that zealous job seekers and vendors/consultants interfere with the tone and work of the groups. Most meet 1-2 times each quarter. Watch for these meetings to be promoted in the Indy newsletter.

9) I am looking for a job in the nonprofit sector and would like to meet to network with someone from Charitable Advisors.

We appreciate your inquiry. As you can imagine, because of the e-newsletter and website, Bryan Orander gets many requests for networking meetings. While he is anxious to support everyone in their job searches, his schedule does not make that practical. We recommend the Business and Professional Exchange www.BPEIndy.org , a nonprofit organization in Indy that meets weekly to support people in job transition. In Cincy, visit the Job Search Focus Group www.JSFG.com .

10) I have visited your website. Do you have any recommendations for someone who is seeking a career change to enter the world of non-profits?

It is an exciting time to be able to step back and see what comes next. Bryan recommends the book "From Making a Profit to Making a Difference" by Richard King as a great resource. He also suggests that if you haven't already, you might get involved as a volunteer with one or two nonprofits that do things you are excited about. Whether or not those opportunities lead to jobs, nonprofits expect managers and executives to have experience in the sector.

If you can translate your experience into fundraising, you may find that the easiest entry into the sector. You might explore a class at the IU Fund Raising School to learn the language. There is also a local chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at www.afpic.org . You will find many organizations that are open to your honing your fund raising skills as a volunteer.

11) I am interested in a how-to for writing grant requests. We're still early in forming our organization, but we want to be able to hit the ground running.

Sounds like you are ready to go on an exciting new adventure. A couple quick reflections, intended to provide perspective, not to discourage. Since I don't know what type of services you will be providing, my comments are very generic. First, don't go into this thinking that grant funds will be your main source of revenue. In order to create a sustainable organization, most of your funds will need to come from individual and business donors - so everyone you recruit to your board and core group of volunteers needs to come with their checkbooks open and a willingness to ask others to support your organization as well.

The exception is if you are providing some type of service that the government (or an insurance company or your clients) pays you on a "unit of service" basis to deliver. Otherwise, foundation and corporate grants are most available for the creation of new programs within existing organizations - not sustaining programs. As a startup, you will have a tougher litmus test to meet for foundations, corporations, and donors because they have no assurance of your credibility or if you will be around a year from now. You will find that corporate donations are now usually handled from the marketing department, so they will want to know how many hundreds or thousands of their potential customers you can help them reach. You may find small business people will give through their businesses because of their passion for your mission, but you are really convincing the owner, as an individual, to make the gift.

There are several places you can go for training in writing grant proposals. The Fund Raising School at IUPUI has a regular class www.philanthropy.iupui.edu/funds.html. The United Way also provides occasional training. www.UWCI.org. or www.UWGC.org. The Grantsmanship Center is a national organization that provides very practical, full week training classes at rotating locations across the country. www.tgci.com/

For research into potential foundations, we are fortunate to have a set of Foundation Center resources available at no charge at the main central library in Indy and probably in Cincy as well. You have access to databases of national foundations and Indiana foundations that you can search based on the work your organization is doing.

A quick aside, beware of grantwriters who work on a "% of proceeds raised" basis. They tend to send massive numbers of generic proposals and get very limited results. The professional code of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals specifically states that fund raisers should not work on a commission basis. So, if you hire a grantwriter, you should expect to pay for their time.