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The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center is a Funding Information Network Partner of The Foundation Center, headquartered in New York City. We are a support center for the philanthropic sector in Central Illinois, offering a variety of workshops as well as online and print resources to assist nonprofits in achieving their goals.

Inside our Spring 2018 Issue

We have another wonderful array of workshops schedule for this spring – 6 in all. Many of you took advantage of the workshop on Program Implementation on February 23rd provided by Dr. Kim Wiley. She oversees UIS’ nonprofit management certificate in the graduate program of our Publication Administration Dept. She did a great job of demonstrating how program implementation is critically tied into program planning and hence the proposal planning. Paula Gramley of Memorial Hospital will once again provide a workshop on the Health Data tool customized to the demographics of Sangamon, Logan, Christian and Morgan counties. Everyone who attends her workshops leaves amazed by the wealth of data available at no cost to the public. Kristin Olson, well known grant writing expert in Central Illinois, will be repeating her Grant Writing 101 workshop this spring. And totally new this semester is a team-taught workshop by UIS’ Dr. Keenan Dungey and Don Long on Logic Models. And as always, I will be providing a workshop on Grant Seeking using the Foundation Directory Online. If you haven’t used it in a while, you may want to take advantage of this workshop since the Foundation Center completely rebuilt this tool, making it easier than ever to target potential foundation partners. 

Spring is almost in the air. The crocuses and daffodils are already showing their shoots. I’m sure we are all looking forward to the end of winter – it sure was a harsh one in terms of temperatures! Come on out and dust off your nonprofit ideas and take advantage of our spring offerings. 

Thanks to all who took advantage of our diverse array of workshops last year during our 40th anniversary milestone. We look forward to another 40 years + helping Central Illinois nonprofits in their endeavors.

CINRC Resource Highlight

Foundation Directory Online

The Foundation Center has completely rebuilt and redesigned their database for locating foundation funding. The new graphical interface makes it much easier to quickly determine if a foundation might be a good match for your nonprofit's needs. Come into Brookens Library to check it out and/or sign up for one of the two workshops we'll be offering this spring on getting the most out of this exceptional nonprofit resource.



GrantSpace is the Foundation Center’s resource center online. Here you can find a plethora of resources including sample proposals, frequently asked questions, publications and ways to collaborate with others. Perhaps the most valuable resource in GrantSpace are their training opportunities online: They offer free webinars as well as fee-based. There are options for live webinars as well as archived streams. The workshops are usually 60-90 minutes in length and include such topics as: proposal writing, proposal budgeting, storytelling for social media, intro to fundraising planning, social media for nonprofits, and many more. They also have a more extensive 6-week proposal writing course online that costs $225. I have heard that the quality is very good and might be a good option for someone if they are very new to the process and trying to put together a finished product.

Tips from The Foundation Center

Growing Donors with the Power of Social Proof

"Social proof is any one of a myriad of ways to create or reinforce a feeling of trust in something or someone, from one person or entity to another. In other words, it's getting people to tell their story about your cause, to make others believe in you."

Read more at:

From the Foundation Center Issue Lab

From the Philanthropy News Digest- Highlight

"Founded in 2006, the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) engages in education, advocacy, and cross-cultural alliance-building. Based on the belief that a thriving multiracial democracy requires racial, social, and economic justice for all, the organization works to address persistent racism in the United States and the discrimination, racial profiling, and disproportionate rates of detention and deportation affecting black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America."

Read more about this organization at:

New Publications in the CINRC

Nonprofit Financial Oversight: The Concise and Complete Guide for Boards and Finance Committees Michael E. Batts CPA

"Finally! Nonprofit financial oversight is simplified. If you are looking for a way to quickly and efficiently equip your nonprofit board or finance committee members to oversee the financial affairs of your nonprofit organization, look no further. With more than 30 years of hands-on experience serving hundreds of nonprofit organizations, Mike Batts brings his concise and clear communication style to this important topic. Each chapter of this book is an easy read, and the book is loaded with information provided in a plain-language format. The Appendices provide a wealth of useful resources."


Not-for-Profit Corporations Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

"Modern not-for-profit corporations include sophisticated enterprises, such as universities, hospitals, museums, religious institutions, and social welfare agencies, and are subject to increased scrutiny under federal and state laws and regulations. This handbook helps you assist your not-for-profit clients in navigating the legal framework within which they must operate. It contains discussion and advice from Illinois attorneys on every aspect of the not-for-profit business model, including initial organization and formation, tax considerations, and operation and dissolution of the not-for-profit entity. It includes a brand-new chapter on the Dos and Don’ts of Not-for-Profit Corporations."

CINRC Calendar

Community Health & Socioeconomic Data at Your Fingertips

Paula Gramley, Memorial Medical Center

Friday, March 9th; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; UIS Brookens Library

The workshop will provide an introduction to a free online database at . This site provides community demographics and rankings of more than 100 health and socioeconomic indicators for Sangamon, Logan, Morgan and Christian counties. Information is updated regularly so that the data is the latest available. Community data is available in seven categories: health, economy, education, environment, public safety, social environment and transportation. This data may help organizations with goal setting, need assessments, grant writing and other work. Workshop will include hands on component at computer.



Locating Private Foundation Funding

Pamela Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center

Friday, March 23rd; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM; UIS Brookens Library

This workshop will include the following: Demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional and information regarding the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and web streams; Introduction to private foundations; Tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations; An overview of resources for nonprofits in Brookens Library.



Grant Writing 101

Kristin Olson, Grants Galore

Friday, March 23rd; 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM; UIS Brookens Library

You know that fulfilling your organization’s mission costs money. You also know that grant funding is one piece of a diverse funding plan. Applying for grants, however, is time- consuming and requires specialized expertise. This introductory session is designed for nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers with little or no experience writing a grant proposal. Kristin Olson will dispel the myths of grant making and describe the difference between public- and private-sector grants. Participants will learn how to structure a grant proposal and receive numerous tips on how to increase their chances of being awarded a grant.



Locating Private Foundation Funding

Pamela Salela, Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center

Friday, April 6th; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM; UIS Brookens Library

This workshop will include the following: Demonstration of the specialized database, Foundation Directory Online Professional and information regarding the Foundation Center’s online tutorials and web streams; Introduction to private foundations; Tips about proposal writing and communicating with the foundations; An overview of resources for nonprofits in Brookens Library.



Using Logic Models in Project Proposals

Don Long and Keenan Dungey, UIS Faculty and Staff

Friday, April 20th; 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM; UIS Brookens Library

Project success depends, in part, on good planning. Funding agencies know this, so they expect a logical plan in your grant proposal. A Logic Model is a formula for creating a logical plan. In particular, you will relate resources/inputs and activities to expected outputs, outcomes, and impacts. The Kellogg Foundation is a popular source for information on developing a logic model. That and other resources will be discussed. Please bring your project idea, as we will have time to work on developing a logic model related to your program.


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Nonprofit Organization Highlight

Distress Bandanna Teen Driver Safety Initiative, Inc.

   The new Distress Bandanna Teen Driver Safety Initiative, Inc offers an opportunity to increase our ability to promote awareness of stranded motorist safety precautions to help keep teen drivers safe and to reduce the total number of crashes along the roadsides.  Teen driver safety will affect everyone sometime in their lifetime.  Our youth, ages 15 to 20 years old, are the most vulnerable of drivers and our goal is to keep them as safe as possible on our roads.

   Our mission is to promote and increase teen driver safety awareness through the implementation of an educational outreach program. We feel our initiative reflects values of building stronger and safer communities by promoting road safety through our educational outreach program and our participation in many community events for teen drivers. Partnering with State Farm Agents and police officers, the Distress Bandanna Teen Driver Safety Initiative, Inc. wrapped up 2017 in Illinois and Indiana having presented 481 teen driver safety presentations and impacting 17,000+ teen drivers. The program is reaching out to many high schools and their Driver Education classes for maximum effectiveness. We decided to focus on teen drivers and to give them additional support because they are more vulnerable and at a higher risk to be involved in motor vehicle crashes.  The presentation focus is on transportation safety, preventing accidents and saving lives. Our presentations cover drowsy driving, the Move Over Law, seat belt safety, stranded motorist safety tips, and we touch on medical emergencies. Following basic roadway and freeway breakdown tips can dramatically reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and casualties that a disabled motorist can encounter.  Each student receives a complementary Distress Bandanna sponsored by State Farm for their book bag or glove box.  We are expanding our initiative into Missouri and Indiana. We have hundreds of high schools signing up and we will be reaching out to thousands of teen drivers in the 2018 school year.

For more information, visit their website, , or contact Vivian Anderson at .

Nonprofit Job Openings

Sangamon County Department of Public Health

The Sangamon County Department of Public Health is seeking applicants for its Director of Personal Health Services. This Senior Staff position reports to the Director of Public Health, and will require the successful applicant to have experience in the formulation and development of program policy objectives; supervision, training and evaluation of work activities to insure the successful implementation of numerous large grant programs, including Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Family Case Management, Early Intervention, Emergency Preparedness, and Health Families Illinois. Duties will also include oversight of busy Well Child and Immunization Clinic that provides services to children and families including immunization and physicals, Adult Clinics, and oversight of the Communicable Disease Section.

Requirements include a current State of Illinois Registered Nursing license, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and 3-5 years supervisory experience in a medical/public health setting. Masters Degree in Nursing, Public Health Administration or related field required; strong leadership skills and ability to manage multiple projects and activities.

Download County Application at

Deadline: None. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


Rutledge Youth Foundation, Springfield, IL

Several positions are open:

  • Foster care supervisor (Master’s degree and 2 years child welfare experience required)
  • Therapist (Master’s degree required, licensure preferred)
  • Foster care caseworker (Bachelor’s degree required)
  • Intact family services worker (Bachelor’s degree required)
  • Case aide (must be at least 21 years of age with clean driving record and reliable vehicle)

All of these positions are posted on so interested parties can get more information. Anyone that would like to apply can send a resume to


Girl Scouts of Central Illinois

Looking for a summer job? Come to Camp! Horses, Swimming, Adventure & much more is waiting for you at Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Summer Camp. We are seeking positions from Assistant Camp Directors to Lifeguards for our 2018 camp sessions.

If camp is not what you are looking for we are also seeking the following:

-Service Unit Support Specialist to serve the Decatur and Champaign area

-Product Specialist

-Part-Time Sales Associate for Decatur

Please visit the career section at for details and to apply!


Kemmerer Village, Assumption, IL

Kemmerer Village is currently hiring Residential Counselors to teach and promote daily life skills to the youth in our residential treatment facility located in Assumption, IL. The position pays $11-13.25 and a full benefits package. Candidate must be over 21 and have a valid drivers license. For more information, go to


Pathway Services Unlimited, Inc.

Looking for a rewarding career? Pathway Services Unlimited, Inc. is hiring for several positions within our agency, including Residential Aides and Assistant Teachers.  Full and part time shifts are available with an attractive benefit package including 11 paid holidays.  Please visit our website,, for more information on qualifications, job descriptions and how to apply. 

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community

Our Vibrant Community

Earth Day Fair- Build a Cardboard City!

April 21, 1-5pm, at Old State Capitol

Seeking volunteers to assist participants in building a city for 1.5 hour shift.

Email Rhiannon Gurley at for more info.

Our Vibrant Community collaborates with organizations to increase creativity and serves as an online source of art events in the Springfield area. Visit the Facebook page to experience an art event or creative fest to uplift our community.


Just 4 Them

Just 4 Them, based in Decatur, IL, provides education and employment opportunities to Haitian youth and young adults in the name of Christ. We operate a primary school in Gressier, Haiti in addition to a college sponsorship program in Port-au-Prince. We are looking for volunteers skilled in graphic design. We also have openings for our mission trip this summer. More information can be found at: We hope you join us in our mission to end the cycle of poverty for the most vulnerable and marginalized youth in the world through education and employment!


Distress Bandanna Teen Driver Safety Initiative, Inc.

Distress Bandanna has volunteer opportunities to assemble Distress Bandannas and an open internship opportunity to assist with marketing, social media, phone calls to State Farm Agents, emails to schools, teen driver safety presentations, assembling Distress Bandannas, and/or delivering them to the State Police and grant research or writing. Please go to and click on the orange Teen Driver Safety Initiative link or our Twitter icon to see our impact and what we do.


Girls on the Run Central Illinois

Girls on the Run Central Illinois inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our non-profit program offers girls in 3rd through 8th grade a 20-lesson curriculum that combines training for a 5k. The lessons inspire girls to become independent thinkers, healthy – mentally and physically, and enhance problem solving skills. Volunteer opportunities are available as coaches, practice partners, 5k volunteers, and committee members. If you would like to volunteer at our upcoming 5k on May 19, 2018 at Lincoln Land Community College, please visit For other volunteer opportunities, please visit


Springfield Area Arts Council (SAAC)

The Arts Council would like to make their work better known in Sangamon and Menard counties. An intern (unpaid) could devise and implement a plan to accomplish that.

Our mission: Enriching the community by promoting all art forms and providing creative opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts. The Springfield Area Arts Council was established in 1976 and serves Sangamon and Menard counties.

For more information, visit , or email Sheila Walk at .

The Joy of Movement

The Joy of Movement is seeking volunteers to dance with us! We are a new nonprofit, offering dance and movement classes for older adults living with Parkinson disease and their care partners. Our focus is on using dance and movement to music to address the challenges of living with Parkinson disease, both physical and psychosocial.  We are currently meeting weekly in Springfield (hosted by the Laurel United Methodist Church) from 1:30--2:30 on Tuesdays and in Jacksonville (hosted by the Spirit of Faith Church) on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30. We hope to begin offering classes on Thursdays, also from 1:30--2:30, starting in July of 2018. We need people who enjoy working with older adults and are of at least average physical fitness: adequate balance, strength and endurance to tolerate an hour-long class and provide assistance as needed to participants. We especially need volunteers in Jacksonville and in Springfield for Thursday classes. If interested, please contact Eve Fischberg, OTR/L, Director, at or 217-494-4961.  


Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County

Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County has several volunteer opportunities available, including new home builds/renovation projects, wheelchair ramp construction, and volunteering at ReStore. All volunteer opportunities are published in an e-blast weekly and monthly. If you wish to receive these publications, please go to and sign up for the weekly e-blast and/or monthly Build Blast.

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact Susan Carrigan at 217-523-2710, ext. 213

Lincoln Land Community College Courses

Lincoln Land Community College offers short courses on many topics of interest to nonprofits. See their current listings under Community Education Classes:

You’ll find course listings under the following categories: nonprofits and online courses (writing and publishing for grant writing).

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Phone Number: (217)206-6605