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The perils of measuring 'success'

May 10, 2010
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A philanthropy expert thinks donors could unwittingly undermine their dollars and time by insisting on too much documentation.
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Business plans run dry for angel network

March 19, 2010
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Halo Capital Group cancels regular meeting for lack of deals to peruse.
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Thoughts on the Tebow ad

February 1, 2010
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From the perspective of return on investment, the Super Bowl ad might be considered a failure.
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Lilly Endowment's two-fer

December 15, 2009
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Its education focus just might make the endowment more of a jobs engine than the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
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'Taxing' not-for-profit property

December 14, 2009
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Some Indiana mayors, desperate for revenue, think it's time for "payments-in-lieu-of-taxes."
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Overrun with Chihuahuas

December 10, 2009
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The Bay Area has zillions of the tiny dogs. But Indianapolis isn't part of the airlift strategy.
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New denomination headquartered in Indy?

September 24, 2009
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If a new denomination results from a vote to allow gay clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Indianapolis might be at the top of the list for its headquarters.
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A beachhead in Warsaw

September 16, 2009
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The launch of the orthopedics not-for-profit OrthoWorx is quite an accomplishment in Warsaw, where some of the world's biggest companies fight tooth-and-nail.
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United Way turns to the rich

August 10, 2009
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The wealthy in the Indianapolis area arenâ??t carrying their weight in supporting United Way of Central Indiana, according to an analysis by the not-for-profit    comparing places including Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Columbus, Ohio. The Indianapolis chapter has 22 â??principalâ?? donors, defined as...
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Myrland on the chamber, church

July 15, 2009
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Thereâ??s nothing like a little time away from a job to refine oneâ??s perspective. Which makes John Myrlandâ??s distance from the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce all the more interesting. Myrland, 58, resigned as president of the chamber at the end of 2005...
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The recession hits churches

May 26, 2009
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Churches, which tend to ride out recessions better than many other institutions, are struggling to finish building projects, reporter Kathleen McLaughlin writes in this weekendâ??s IBJ. The recession and stock market downturn have forced parishioners to scale back commitments,...
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United Way CEO: merge nonprofits

October 23, 2008
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As the economy slows and money gets scarce, banks arenâ??t the only organizations that should consider merging. Thatâ??s how United Way of Central Indiana CEO Ellen Annala sees the landscape. The Indianapolis area has a whopping 16,000 not-for-profits, she says, one for...
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Habitat builds through tough times

August 27, 2008
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The down economy hasnâ??t exactly been a gift to not-for-profits, but at least one is actually doing better. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis plans to build 22 houses this year, a couple of units more than last year. With dollar donations...
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Friedman's influence on Indy

July 30, 2008
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As fans of the late Milton Friedman gather at the Conrad Hotel tomorrow night to celebrate the libertarian economist, theyâ??ll have plenty to crow about. Ironically, though, Friedmanâ??s ideas about turning education over to market forces have failed to gain much...
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Valuing the FFA convention

March 19, 2008
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The National FFA put out a release today saying its national convention in Indianapolis in October created a $40 million impact. Lump out suppliers from outside the area, and the local impact amounted to $34.5 million. Global Insight Inc., a respected...
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Contrasting United Way, Wheeler

February 20, 2008
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Businesses and their employees opened pockets last year to enable United Way of Central Indiana to hit a record $39 million in contributions. The not-for-profit attributed the good news to hustle by campaign co-chairmen who offered money from their...
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Fear grips donors to charity

February 19, 2008
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Wheeler Mission Ministries broke the unsettling news yesterday that it is laying off 13 staff and shifting its ministries for youth and families to another charity in order to minimize an anticipated operating deficit. Why? Donors are worried about...
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Amendment for houses of worship

December 13, 2007
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State Sen. Pat Miller says sheâ??s looking to the future by proposing a constitutional amendment that would protect churches and other houses of worship from someday being taxed. Itâ??s not a â??crisis today,â?? but could become a problem in the future...
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Mini Marathon gets competition

December 6, 2007
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The venerable Mini Marathon has a challenger. As IBJ reporter Anthony Schoettle reports today, two sponsors have signed on to a half-marathon scheduled just two weeks after the Mini, which is sold out.Race...
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Your approach to giving

December 5, 2007
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A study put out yesterday by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University says that about two in three American households made donations in each of the three years it followed. The center also found that slightly more than half of...
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Arts leaders tout Peterson

November 6, 2007
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The race between Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and his Republican challenger, Greg Ballard, became interesting in the final days, and not just because Ballard suddenly got traction in a widely publicized poll. In the past few days, two prominent arts leaders...
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  1. Really, taking someone managing the regulation of Alcohol and making himthe President of an IVY Tech regional campus. Does he have an education background?

  2. Jan, great rant. Now how about you review the report and offer rebuttal of the memo. This might be more conducive to civil discourse than a wild rant with no supporting facts. Perhaps some links to support your assertions would be helpful

  3. I've lived in Indianapolis my whole and been to the track 3 times. Once for a Brickyard, once last year on a practice day for Indy 500, and once when I was a high school student to pick up trash for community service. In the past 11 years, I would say while the IMS is a great venue, there are some upgrades that would show that it's changing with the times, just like the city is. First, take out the bleachers and put in individual seats. Kentucky Motor Speedway has individual seats and they look cool. Fix up the restrooms. Add wi-fi. Like others have suggested, look at bringing in concerts leading up to events. Don't just stick with the country music genre. Pop music would work well too I believe. This will attract more young celebrities to the Indy 500 like the kind that go to the Kentucky Derby. Work with Indy Go to increase the frequency of the bus route to the track during high end events. That way people have other options than worrying about where to park and paying for parking. Then after all of this, look at getting night lights. I think the aforementioned strategies are more necessary than night racing at this point in time.

  4. Talking about congestion ANYWHERE in Indianapolis is absolutely laughable. Sure you may have to wait in 5 minutes of traffic to travel down BR avenue during *peak* times. But that is absolutely nothing compared to actual big cities. Indy is way too suburban to have actual congestion problems. So please, never bring up "congestion" as an excuse to avoid development in Indianapolis. If anything, we could use a little more.

  5. Oh wait. Never mind.

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