In order to develop an accurate perspective of La Porte’s health and wellness, it was also necessary to gain an understanding of the resources that were already available and serving the community. HFL set about the instructive process of identifying community organizations and agencies that impact the area’s health and wellness and invited them to introduce themselves and their programs to our board and staff. Through this process, we learned that many community organizations are eager to strengthen the skills and training of their leadership and staff. HFL has identified capacity building as a funding priority to help organizations develop and strengthen the skills, abilities, and resources that are needed to make an even more impactful change in our community.
Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA™) is a disciplined way of thinking and acting to improve entrenched and complex social problems. Communities use it to improve the lives of children, youth, families, adults. RBA is also used by organizations to improve the effectiveness of their programs.
RBA™ starts with the ENDS in mind, and works backwards to MEANS. The approach focuses on the community-level conditions of well-being that leaders are agreeing to be accountable for achieving, and then uses common sense steps to organize collective action to make a positive impact. RBA Overview.
HFL hosted two RBA™ sessions on July 20, 2017 with Community Solutions, Inc. View the presentation from those sessions here to learn more about RBA™. Capacity building opportunities related to RBA™ will be available in the future.
IU Nonprofit Leadership Academy
HFL has partnered with Indiana University Executive Education at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs to bring professors and seasoned practitioners to La Porte to teach in the Academy. Participants will earn a certificate of completion from Indiana University after attending and participating in all classes. Twenty-three local nonprofit leaders are participating in the 2018 IU Nonprofit Leadership Academy.
The Academy consists of ten full day classes that cover Nonprofit Management in the 21st Century, Strategic and Operational Planning, Financial Management, Marketing and Communication, Planning for Fundraising Success, and Results-Based Accountability™. These competency courses will cover areas of expertise vital for non-profit leadership and will be led by experienced practitioners to facilitate effective application learning methods.
2018 Class Participants:
Sandy Cogswell – Anam Cara Stables, Lisa Smithson – Arts in the Park, Brandi Lewis – Boys & Girls Club of Michigan City, Jim Musial – Citizens Concerned for the Homeless, Jeanne Ann Cannon – Dunebrook, Karen Biernacki – Family Advocates, Connor Podkul – Friendship Botanic Gardens, Ashleigh Marlow – Frontline Foundations, Jennifer Olson – Healthy Communities of La Porte County, Amber Poff – Indiana Guardianship Services, Michelle Shirk – La Porte County Family YMCA, Nanda Danitschek – La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, Janet Bloch – Lubeznik Center, Diane Wilczewski – Meals on Wheels, Mario Rosa – Minority Health Coalition of La Porte, Cassaundra Hill – Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Larry Smith – The Intrepid Phoenix, Nate Loucks – The Pax Center, Kris Pate – United Way of La Porte County, Deb Varnak – Unity Foundation of La Porte County, Katherine Manion – Women’s Care Center, Sonshine Troche – Worthy Women Recovery Home, Steven Bernth – Youth Service Bureau.
Utilize the links below to learn more about the different grants HFL will be awarding and if your organization is eligible to apply!