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20 Years Serving Indiana Nonprofit Organizations

INRN’s Beginnings: Our Story

The Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network (INRN) is celebrating 20 years! INRN started through a unique partnership with the Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW) which serves 61 Indiana United Ways and Funds. IaUW had received first-time capacity-building funds from Lilly Endowment in the early 90s. In 1991, the United Way of Delaware County received an IaUW Innovation Grant to pilot a Resource Center providing training and consulting services to area agencies. From the beginning they drew participants from surrounding counties demonstrating a strong need for quality affordable training services.

Within three years, the Endowment’s formal evaluation confirmed a serious need was being addressed. The Endowment recommended that the Delaware County service expand and that IaUW create three other regionally-based services, which IaUW implemented in the fall of 1994. The Eastern Region served 40 customers in 1994 with a handful of workshops. All four regions were up and running by year-end based in Muncie, Elkhart, Lafayette, and Evansville. INRN began seeking partners, recruiting speakers, developing curriculum, and engaging clients, bringing the 4-region total-served to 1131 in 1995. In 2003, all 5 regions served over 200 participants.

By early 1995, INRN developed a partnership with the United Way of Central Indiana’s Nonprofit Training Center enabling INRN to serve the entire state as well as to collaborate on some service requests. Key partnerships developed with the (newly renamed) Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and The Fund Raising School; the (now) Philanthropy Alliance and community foundations; other private foundations, chambers of commerce, universities, and many others.

Accomplishments and Celebrations

By all counts, INRN has been an unqualified success. The original and unique vision has remained the same, still vital and necessary, by taking public workshops and custom board services anywhere in the state, upon request. The Network maintains close contacts in every community in which a need and desire exists. Its commitment to serve the “most-in-need” as one of its highest priorities sets it apart from similar services. INRN continues to keep workshop costs affordable, locations accessible, and speakers and consultants of high quality, providing nonprofit expertise and topics both at the beginner and cutting edge range. After 20 years, INRN continues to be the go-to expert on its highest priority: all aspects of Board Governance, strengthening the vital core nonprofit organizations in workshops and in board retreat settings.

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To mark its 20-year celebration, INRN hosted its first-ever statewide conference in September 2014, Symposium for Women in Nonprofit Leadership with a huge crowd and rave reviews. Recently, INRN began offering free downloadable resources. The Web site has been fully updated. Starting February, 2015, INRN added a new kind of downloadable resource, Exclusive Use Content, thanks to a partnership with Nonprofit Management Services, LLC. Watch for ongoing celebration activities and features through 2015.

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