For the first time, 2012 will mark the collaboration of the Indiana Governor’s Conference on Service and Volunteerism and the Indiana Nonprofit Capacity Building Conference, which are joining forces to create a better experience for nonprofits and faith-based organizations in Indiana.
The 2012 Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building will bring together leaders in the nonprofit sector, volunteer coordinators and innovative thinkers to explore best practices, receive meaningful training, establish fruitful partnerships, and celebrate success stories.
This inaugural conference, to be held Oct. 2, 2012 at the Marten House in Indianapolis, is presented by the Indiana Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) and the SAVI Community Information System.
Goals for the conference include:
Building capacity of nonprofit, faith-based, and community-based organizations in Indiana to:
- Be more effective at planning, decision making, program management, fundraising, and governance
- Utilize a volunteer force
- Use local, community data and information to improve decision-making
Provide a forum for:
- Engaging in meaningful dialogue
- Exchanging best practices
- Networking and forming partnerships
- Celebrating accomplishments
For more information, visit www.savi.org/ofbci/governorsconference.
Sharon Kandris, Director, Community Informatics and SAVI Director
The Polis Center at IUPUI
About Indiana Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI)
Indiana enjoys a rich tradition of Hoosiers working together to help themselves and their communities. In that spirit, the mission of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) is to connect organizations and communities to grants, services, and each other; promote volunteerism and service to improve the lives of Hoosiers; encourage public and private resources to seed and sustain innovative and high quality community and faith-based initiatives; and highlight the good works of individuals and their communities with best practices and innovative models.
Based on the State Service Plan, OFBCI strives to be a statewide public champion for service, a strong local, regional and national partner, an efficient grant maker, and a broker of new and increased federal and state resources allocated towards service and volunteerism. OFBCI’s goals are to: 1) increase the visibility of service and volunteerism statewide, 2) increase statewide partnerships around service and volunteerism, 3) effectively administer grant programs and national best practice service programs, and 4) align staff and financial resources towards strategic priorities and desired outcomes. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ofbci.
About SAVI Community Information System
SAVI Community Information System is a program of The Polis Center in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. SAVI – the nation’s largest community information system of its type – is a free resource that helps organizations make data-informed decisions by providing data about Central Indiana communities, tools to analyze and visualize the data and training on how to use data effectively. SAVI offers demonstrations, webinars and classroom courses ranging from hands-on instruction to topical overviews. For more information, visit www.savi.org.