The Journal Gazette
Thursday, December 28, 2017 1:00 am

Nonprofit in library to shutter

Paul Clarke center funding discontinued; closing Friday

RON SHAWGO | For The Journal Gazette

The Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center has lost its funding and will cease Friday as an independent agency within the Allen County Public Library.

Housed for years at the downtown library, the center developed training for all aspects of the nonprofit industry – board development, grant writing, marketing and management among them.

The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and the Foellinger Foundation decided to discontinue funding the center's $125,000 yearly budget, and no other support could be obtained, said Marilynn Fauth, the center's director. The funding had been in question for about 18 months, she said.

The budget, with Foellinger paying about 60 percent and the Community Foundation the rest, supported two full-time employees trained in nonprofit management and grant writing, and one part-time employee, Fauth said. The center will continue with library staff providing support, said Greta Southard, library director.

The Foellinger Foundation was closed Wednesday for the holiday, and a voice message left at its main number was not immediately returned.

David Bennett, the Community Foundation's executive director, confirmed his agency pulled its funding.

Instead, the foundation will support the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network, part of the Indiana Association of United Ways. The network “is a statewide service providing affordable, high-quality workshops and board retreats for any Indiana nonprofit organization,” according to its website, It will be based in Allen County two or three days a week, Bennett said.

The Community Foundation will also tap into Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's nonprofit training at a reduced cost, Bennett said.

The decision to withdraw money from the Paul Clarke center came after local nonprofits said they wanted more intensive training, he added.

The library will maintain the center's online foundation directory, book collection and other resources, Fauth said.

As she prepares to retire Friday at age 70, Fauth laments the loss of the center she helped develop. It has been replicated in two Indiana cities and one in Michigan, she said.

“It's the only place for the small grass-roots nonprofits to come for help, because they don't have the budget like the biggies for a consultant,” she said.

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