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Local non-profits can gain networking, resources at Non-Profit Institute open house Sept. 20

Non-profit organizations are invited to bring their staff, volunteers and board members to the Indiana University Northwest Non-Profit Institute Open House and Resource Fair on Sept. 20. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NPI offices, located in the IU Northwest Library Conference Center. Local non-profits are encouraged to take this opportunity to gain resources, network with other organizations, and learn about services the NPI offers to Northwest Indiana non-profits.

Also during the open house, there will be a hands-on demonstration and training classes for Grantstation, the online grant-resource database that can now be accessed at the IU Northwest campus. These classes are scheduled for 12 p.m.

The NPI is still looking for vendors to participate in the open house and resource fair. Eligible participants include registered 501-c3 non-profit organizations that serve Northwest Indiana, as well as for-profit businesses that provide services to non-profits in the region. The vendor fee for for-profit participants is only $25; non-profit vendors may participate for free. The deadline for vendor registration is Aug. 31.

Any vendors interested in participating in the resource fair, or anyone wishing to sign up for Grantstation classes, should contact Sandra Bowie at (219) 981-5673, or e-mail her at

The NPI was formed earlier this year with funding from a three-year, $150,000 Lake Area United Way grant. The Institute offers a university-based setting for research and public-service support, along with targeted education and training, support for grantsmanship and organizational development, and development of new means for non-profit sustainability, including information about funding resources.

The NPI’s mission is to increase the organizational capacity and financial sustainability of non-profit organizations in Northwest Indiana. The Institute provides such services as one-on-one technical assistance, technology education and resources, networking for community building, professional development courses, and workshops for staff, volunteers and board members. The Institute operates under the auspices of the IU Northwest Center for Regional Excellence and is administered by the Center for Regional Excellence and GRANTS, Inc, a local, non-profit technical-assistance and capacity-building organization.

Members of the Non-Profit Institute Advisory Board include: Dan Lowery, Quality of Life Council; Don Barnes, Health Visions Midwest; Renae Brantley, Health Visions Midwest; Barbara Cope, Gary Education Foundation; Mary Cossey, Gary YWCA; Sue Eleuterio, Grants, Inc.; Karen Evans, IU Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Tony Gillespie, Brothers Uplifting Brothers; Kristen Gronbjerg, Center on Philanthropy at IU; Herb Grulke, Grants, Inc.; Rick Hug, IU Northwest School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Nancy Johnson, Legacy Foundation; Patricia Lundberg, IU Northwest Center for Regional Excellence; Lou Martinez, Lake Area United Way; Alex Monanteras, Lake Area United Way; Tim Sutherland, IU Northwest Library and Data Analysis Center; Guadalupe Valtierra, Ivy Tech Community College; and Jeff Williams, Gary Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the Non-Profit Institute, e-mail the Institute at or visit the Web site at .



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