Nonprofit Support Network Announces New Peer Groups and Spring Programming — Muncie Journal


By Carly Acree King, Nonprofit Support Network—

MUNCIE, IN – The Nonprofit Support Network is pleased to announce the launch of Network Huddles 2023, which will address issues relevant to the needs of nonprofit organizations in Muncie-Delaware County. Network Huddles are free peer group meetings hosted and conducted by the Nonprofit Support Network. The huddles provide a supportive and collaborative environment that allows nonprofits to network with their peers and learn from one another. New themes include Community Food Service, Board Leadership and Shared Services.

“Early on, I recognized the value of providing a space for exchange and learning among nonprofit organizations. So I believe it’s important that we (the Nonprofit Support Network) continue to provide spaces for these opportunities,” shared Carly Acree King, Relationship and Resource Director, Nonprofit Support Network. “Expanded peer groups improve connections between nonprofit organizations and lay the foundation for strategic collaborations and relationship building.”

The newest Network Huddle, Community Food Services Huddle, begins Wednesday, March 29 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Friends Memorial Church (418 W. Adams St. in Muncie). This huddle is for nonprofit organizations that provide access to food or collect, prepare, and deliver food to neighbors in Muncie and Delaware County. This includes food banks, pantries, and social services that provide groceries to their customers. Attendees will participate in roundtables, discuss best practices and learn about ways to strengthen their community service activities.

Additional network huddles include:

  • Shared Services Huddle, with Kourtney McCauliff, local HR professional and VP of Human Resources at Open Door Health Services, who shares simple ways a nonprofit organization can prioritize human resources to optimize mission accomplishment. The Shared Services Huddle will be held Thursday, April 13 from 10-11:30 am at Open Door Health Services (333 S. Madison St., in Muncie). This huddle is for nonprofit employees interested in strengthening their organizations’ core operations in HR, IT, accounting, and more.
  • development huddle will meet on Tuesday, April 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at ECI’s Second Harvest Food Bank (6621 Old State Road 3, in Muncie). This huddle is for nonprofit employees responsible for fundraising and developing their organization.
  • CEO Huddle with Tania Said of Tania Said Consulting, who will discuss the board’s role in fundraising. The Board Leader Huddle will meet Tuesday, May 16 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Nonprofit Support Network (108 S. Walnut St., Suite 305, in Muncie). This huddle is for individuals who serve on the boards of directors of nonprofit organizations in Muncie-Delaware County.

More information about Network Huddles, including registration links, is available on the Nonprofit Support Network website at

In addition to peer groups, the Nonprofit Support Network, in partnership with the Shafer Leadership Academy, is hosting two nonprofit educational programs this spring as part of the Nonprofit Essentials series.

  • Targeted boards, powerful fundraising will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Ball State’s Oakwood Building (2051 N. Oakwood Ave. in Muncie); The cost is $50 for one board member and one employee. This course is designed for board members and employees to work together to understand and improve the board’s role in fundraising. This session will be chaired by Bill Stanczykiewicz of the Fund Raising School at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
  • Recruiting and hiring nonprofit employees: Take it to heart on Thursday, May 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Innovation Connector; costs $25. Nonprofit organizations can learn how best to maximize their brand to recruit and hire employees. This session will be moderated by James Mitchell, Director of HR and Employee Experience at Minnetrista Museum & Gardens.

More information about Network Huddles, including registration links, is available at Nonprofit Essentials will resume in August 2023.

To learn more about Network Huddles, Nonprofit Essentials, and the Nonprofit Support Network, visit the resource page at or email Carly Acree King, Relationship and Resource Director, at

Through the non-profit support network

The Nonprofit Support Network is a nonprofit organization that supports other organizations serving Muncie and Delaware County by providing them with the resources and time they need to carry out their missions. Our mission is to provide support to ensure a healthy, well supported and sustainable nonprofit sector in Muncie and Delaware County. We believe our community is best served when nonprofit organizations have the resources to focus on their mission. We take a targeted approach to support organizations in the areas where they need it most, through nurturing relationships and meeting resource needs. We were founded to provide quality and valuable training and coaching resources to nonprofit organizations and the people who serve them.

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