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Community Foundation Boot Camp

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 9:00am to Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 12:00pm EDT
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The Community Foundation Boot Camp program offers a comprehensive overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation. It is an ideal in-depth introduction to community foundations for new community foundation staff, community foundation board members, or other community foundation staff looking for a good refresher.

Topics covered include:  

  • History, purpose
  • Board governance
  • Gifts and funds
  • Asset development
  • Grantmaking
  • Community leadership
  • Finance and investments
  • Legal Issues
  • Operational sustainability
  • Lifecycles of community foundations

The training will be provided by our colleagues at the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA). IPA, thanks to ongoing support from Lilly Endowment Inc., offers a training and technical assistance program for community foundations, known as GIFT, and has a comprehensive curriculum and experienced trainers. Sessions will be conducted via Zoom and materials will be sent to registrants prior to the Boot Camp.

Dates and Times

Sessions will take place over four days, August 25-26 and September 1-2, from 9 am to 12 pm.


Rosemary Dorsa, Vice President, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program

Rosemary has spent her career in the philanthropic sector. In her current role, she provides leadership to the GIFT program which provides board and staff training, consulting, and networking opportunities for over 90 community foundations in Indiana. Prior to joining GIFT, Rosemary was with Central Indiana Community Foundation from 1993 to 2010, serving in various roles including Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Partnerships and Community Initiatives. She also worked for the United Way of Central Indiana and Community Centers of Indianapolis. Rosemary has served on numerous not-for-profit boards including Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, TechPoint Foundation and the Lacy Leadership Association. 

Terri Johnson, Associate Director, GIFT Technical Assistance Program

Terri began her position with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance in 2013. Terri works with other GIFT staff to provide training and on-site consultation for the boards and staff of the 94 community foundations in Indiana. She provides technical assistance in all aspects of the community foundation field. Prior to this position, she spent ten years as the Executive Director of the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) in Rochester, Indiana. In this role, she oversaw the operations and financial management of the NICF, which serves Fulton, Miami, and Starke counties in north central Indiana. Under her leadership the assets of the NICF doubled to more than $23 million.


This program is open to community foundation staff and board members. Registration is $450 per person for FPN members and $650 per person for non-members. 

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