The Evolution of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center

Colleen Benninghoff, a dedicated fundraiser and grant writer, and Barbara Burt were instrumental in initiating the Allen County Public Library becoming a member of the Foundation Center’s Cooperating Collection Network.

1982
  • August Allen County Public Library (ACPL) requests application to become a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center
  • October – Cooperating Collection application submitted
  • October – ACPL receives letters of support from the Fort Wayne Fine Arts Foundation and United Way of Allen County
  • November – Open as a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center
1999
  • November – Laura McCaffery, Supervisor of the Collection since 1982 writes a summary of programs, statistics and makes recommendations for expansion of the Collection, including additional professional staff with nonprofit management experience.
2000

Foellinger Foundation New Century Celebration Initiative: a $5 million comprehensive, multi-year effort to bring the best practices in organizational effectiveness to the Allen County nonprofit community.
  • Taylor University – Institute for Organizational Effectiveness
  • United Way – technical assistance & training to improve systems for outcome measurement
  • Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne – audience development
  • Allen County Public Library – expansion of the Foundation Center Cooperating Collection to enhance institutional capacity for providing grant research, assistance, and workshops to nonprofits. New staff to have background in nonprofit management, fundraising and grantwriting.
2001
  • Early in 2001 ACPL writes a grant to the Foellinger Foundation outlining the anticipated services of the expanded Cooperating Collection
  • April – The position of Nonprofit Resource Center Coordinator is posted
  • May – During a meeting with the United Way directors, Carol Nahrwold, the manager of the ACPL Readers’ Services Department,  requests suggestions for workshops and services to be offered by the Nonprofit Resource Center.
  • July – the Allen County Public Library Nonprofit Resource Center (NRC)  opens 
  2004-2007
  • NRC awarded General Operating grant from Foellinger Foundation
  • NRC receives Paul Clarke Empowerment Services grant
  • NRC collaborates with the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne on the Go! Series
2007-2010
  • NRC awarded General Operating grant from Foellinger Foundation
April 2007 - The Nonprofit Resource Center is renamed the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center with support from an endowment of $1,312,500 from The Paul Clarke Foundation for continued operation.

Statistics at a Glance

Years
Individuals Served
Programs / Workshops
Program Attendance
Organizations served

1990-2000

3,500

90

405

NA

2001-2003

6,569

112

1,509

322

2004-2006

14,181

203

2,893

658


The Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center is a unique, professionally staffed resource, education and information center which provides assistance and resources to the Allen County and Northeast Indiana nonprofit communities.
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