Peer Communities

Peer Communities

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IPA Peer Communities offer members ongoing opportunities to connect and learn with their peers who share similar job responsibilities throughout the state. Members are connected through listserv discussions, quarterly virtual meetings, and on occasion, in-person convenings.

Each Peer Community has one or two volunteer member chairs. Working with IPA staff, chairs gather input from their group to determine discussion topics. They also identify resources and advocate for participation from members of the Peer Community.

If you want to join the community of Hispanic funders, please contact info@inphilanthropy.org for a referral. 

Eligibility

IPA Peer Communities are open to IPA members within grantmaking organizations.

Ready to join a Peer Community? Contact jmarkland@inphilanthropy.org.

The Communications Peer Community is for those members with a communications and/or marketing role who are looking to network and share knowledge. This community explores topics such as annual report creation, social media strategy, website and other content curation, writing op-eds, effective storytelling, and more. Virtual meetings are held quarterly, and a listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

Email the Listserv for group members only

Co-Chairs:

  • Kathleen Alter, Director of Community Engagement & Leadership, Community Foundation of Dekalb County
  • Carmen Bross, Project Associate, Don Wood Foundation

2024 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET

  • January 23
  • April 23
  • July 23
  • October 22

The Development Peer Community is for those members with a fundraising or donor relations role who are looking to network and share knowledge.  This community explores topics such as donor relationships, planned giving programs, stewardship, and more. Virtual meetings are held quarterly, and a listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

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Co-Chairs:

  • Kara Fulmer, Director of Planned Giving and Grants, The Honeywell Foundation
  • Kiley Tate-Potts, Director of Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

2024 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are 9:00 - 10:00 am ET

  • February 13
  • May 14
  • August 13
  • November 19

The Finance Peer Community is for those members with a finance and/or administration role who are looking to network and share knowledge. This community explores topics such as financial policies and procedures, accounting software, and more. Virtual meetings are held quarterly, and a listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

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Chair:

  • Sherry Hayes, Chief Financial Officer, Community Foundation Serving Howard, Clinton, Carroll Counties
  • Amy Naidu, Controller, Wabash Valley Community Foundation

2024 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are 10:00 - 11:00 am ET

  • February 21
  • May 8
  • August 14
  • November 6

The Grantmaking Peer Community is for those members with a grantmaking role who are looking to network and share knowledge. This community explores topics such as grants management, site visits, application review processes, donor-advised funds, grantee relationships, funder programming, and more. Virtual meetings are held quarterly, and a listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

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Co-Chairs:

  • Jordan England, Grant & Nonprofit Relations Director, The Blue River Community Foundation
  • Juan Galeano, Program Officer, The Clowes Fund

2024 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

  • January 25
  • April 25
  • July 25
  • October 24

IPA provides administrative support for Indiana Black in Philanthropy (IBIP), which seeks to educate, empower, strengthen, and support the development of Blacks in Indiana's communities through philanthropy. 

President:

  • Erica Fizer, Director of Communications and Marketing at Legacy Foundation, Inc.

The North Program Officer Peer Community is a network of program officers and staff in northern Indiana who are looking to network and share knowledge. This community explores topics such as grants management, site visits, application review processes, donor-advised funds, grantee relationships, funder programming, and more. In-person meetings are held in rotating locations such as Elkhart and Ft Wayne, along with periodic virtual meetings. A listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

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Co-Chairs:

  • Kayla Myers, Senior Program Officer, Community Foundation of St Joseph County
  • Vonnie Trumble, Program Officer, Community Foundation of Elkhart County

2024 Meeting Dates:

  • January 16 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET (virtual)
  • March 12 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET (in person)
  • June 12 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET (in person)
  • September 10 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm ET (in person)

The Scholarship Peer Community is for those members with a scholarship administration role who are looking to network and share knowledge. This community explores topics such as scholarship policies, processes, application reviews, and more. Virtual meetings are held quarterly, and a listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

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Co-Chairs:

  • Ali Maxey, Director of Education, Community Foundation of Boone County
  • Katie Sly, Program & Engagement Officer, Crown Point Community Foundation

2024 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

  • February 6
  • May 2
  • August 20
  • November 19

Southern Indiana Network of Grantmakers (SING) is a network of staff and trustees working for organizations with a funding focus in Southwest Indiana. This group is closed to grantmaking members not already part of the SING network. For more information about the group, please contact info@inphilanthropy.org.

The Young Leaders in Philanthropy Peer Community is for members who are emerging leaders in the philanthropic sector, generally between the ages of 20-40. This community explores topics such as intergenerational communication, professional development opportunities, next-gen giving trends, and more. Virtual meetings are held quarterly, and a listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

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Co-Chairs:

  • Emerald Blankenship, Vice President of Programs, Community Foundation serving Howard, Clinton, and Carroll Counties
  • Ashley Stephen, Community Grants & Operations Manager, Community Foundation of Randolph County

2024 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

  • January 25
  • April 25
  • July 25
  • October 24

The Youth Philanthropy Peer Community is for members who have an interest or role in youth philanthropy and are looking to build networks and share knowledge. This community explores topics such as youth council facilitation, youth leadership, development, philanthropic opportunities, grantmaking, service projects, and more. Virtual meetings are held quarterly, and a listserv allows community members to communicate between meetings.

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Co-Chairs:

  • Gracie Maxwell, Grants Manager, Decatur County Community Foundation
  • Destany Pingle, Program Associate/Facilitator of Orange County Community Foundation Youth Council, Orange County Community Foundation

2024 Meeting Dates:

All meetings are 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET

  • February 29
  • May 30
  • August 29
  • November 21