Charities

Not-for-profits reach out to younger donors and volunteers

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
Charities and not-for-profits are trying to broaden their appeal to younger adults without turning off older stalwarts.
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IRS rules might solve not-for-profit mystery

June 5, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
New filing requirement promises real numbers, but compliance is weak.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Goodwill boss on lessons learned

June 2, 2010
Mason King
McClelland_100by100Jim McClelland of Goodwill Industries picks his favorite book on management and explains how he righted his biggest wrong turns.
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Girl Scouts to sell Boone County camp, three others

May 24, 2010
Associated Press
The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana says a study found that the four sites need significant renovations to reach current safety codes.
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Timmy Foundation to absorb doctor's Nigerian mission

May 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The foundation, founded by Dr. Chuck Dietzen, will absorb the Mercy Foundation, started by Dr. Mercy Obeime, in July.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Literacy leader pens success story

May 19, 2010
Mason King
LQ_DiNicola_WatchVideoIndy Reads' Travis DiNicola empowers employees by preaching an entrepreneurial mindset.
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Coffee sales give Christel House a boostRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Christel House is brokering sales of in-room coffee to resorts around the country, taking a 10-percent royalty to do so. The coffee is roasted by Indianapolis-based Copper Moon Coffee Co. and packaged in red and green bags decorated with drawings by students at Christel House's schools.
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Interfaith Hunger Initiative hopes Dalai Lama draws crowd

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The group hopes to raise as much as $100,000 in conjunction with May 14 talk at Conseco Fieldhouse.
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Race organizers hoping for last-minute registration rush

April 16, 2010
Scott Olson
As of Friday, 39,900 people had signed up for the local Race for the Cure, which drew 42,000 last year and 45,000 in 2008. The Indianapolis event is the sixth-largest in the country, but it ranks 70th nationally in terms of dollars raised.
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Survey: Online generation values personal touch in givingRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The findings may come as a surprise to not-for-profit executives who think the Internet generation doesn’t require a personal touch.
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Butler University basketball player Jukes supports students in Uganda

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Jukes raises money so Ugandan children can attend secondary school through his Jukes Foundation for Kids.
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HICKS: President chooses wisely with recent donationRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Mike Hicks
Why not treat charitable deductions the same way we treat most retirement savingsâ??extend the deadline until April 15?
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NFP of NOTE: Joy's House

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Joy’s House is committed to supporting families by providing exceptional adult day service.
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United Way contrast didn't work

March 6, 2010
It is unfair to contrast the $1.32 that the townships spend to give away a dollar, with the United Way spending 16 cents. As I understand it, the townships are giving poor relief directly to individuals and families. United Way gives their money to agencies.
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Decline in service clubs threatens funding for international causesRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Organizations like Kiwanis boost awareness of international needs, which otherwise rank low on Americans' giving priorities.
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NFP of NOTE: Trusted Mentors Inc.

February 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Trusted Mentors Inc. uses the power of mentoring to help adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, under-employment, and the effects of incarceration.
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Little Red Door sees increases in donations, cost of services

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Many not-for-profits struggled to raise money in 2009, but a local agency that helps cancer patients said it actually saw an increase in donations.
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Kiwanis vies for big prize in Facebook contest

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The organization with the most votes from Facebook users will receive $1 million.
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Kiwanis to choose worldwide service project

January 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Representatives of three international organizations will visit Indianapolis-based Kiwanis International this week to make their cases to become its next worldwide cause—and the beneficiary of tens of millions of dollars the organization could raise with help from its 600,000 members.
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Death of heiress Ruth Lilly unleashes more philanthropy

January 9, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lilly's death on Dec. 30 at age 94 will trigger the release of hundreds of millions of dollars from her estate, with perhaps as much as $200 million flowing to the fledgling Ruth Lilly Charitable Foundation.
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Humane Society expects to finish 2009 in the black

January 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The group, which rang up more than $3 million in debt before changing course in 2008, had been operating at a deficit for six years.
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Fund-raisers a little more optimistic as 2009 ends

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
People who raise money for a living are more optimistic about their prospects now than they were six months ago, reports the Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI.
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Ruth Lilly remembered for 'selfless' giving

December 31, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Lilly, 94, who died Wednesday, gave away hundreds of millions of dollars of her fortune during her lifetime.
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Expected flurry of charity mergers fails to materialize

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Observers offer various explanations for the lack of mergers, including that staff and budget cuts have left many not-for-profits without the manpower or time for due diligence.
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MARCUS: 'Tis the season for getting for giving

December 26, 2009
Morton Marcus
Not-for-profits know we want something more than good deeds for our contributions.
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  1. Gay marriage is coming, whether or not these bigots and zealots like it or not. We must work to ensure future generations remember the likes of Greg Zoeller like they do the racists of our past...in shame.

  2. Perhaps a diagram of all the network connections of all politicians to their supporters and those who are elite/wealthy and how they have voted on bills that may have benefited their supporters. The truth may hurt, but there are no non-disclosures in government.

  3. I'm sure these lawyers were having problems coming up with any non-religious reason to ban same-sex marriage. I've asked proponents of this ban the question many times and the only answers I have received were religious reasons. Quite often the reason had to do with marriage to a pet or marriage between a group even though those have nothing at all to do with this. I'm looking forward to less discrimination in our state soon!

  4. They never let go of the "make babies" argument. It fails instantaneously because a considerable percentage of heterosexual marriages don't produce any children either. Although if someone wants to pass a law that any couple, heterosexual or homosexual, cannot be legally married (and therefore not utilize all legal, financial, and tax benefits that come with it) until they have produced a biological child, that would be fun to see as a spectator. "All this is a reflection of biology," Fisher answered. "Men and women make babies, same-sex couples do not... we have to have a mechanism to regulate that, and marriage is that mechanism." The civil contract called marriage does NOTHING to regulate babymaking, whether purposefully or accidental. These conservatives really need to understand that sex education and access to birth control do far more to regulate babymaking in this country. Moreover, last I checked, same-sex couples can make babies in a variety of ways, and none of them are by accident. Same-sex couples often foster and adopt the children produced by the many accidental pregnancies from mixed-sex couples who have failed at self-regulating their babymaking capabilities.

  5. Every parent I know with kids from 6 -12 has 98.3 on its car radio all the time!! Even when my daughter isn't in the car I sometimes forget to change stations. Not everybody wants to pay for satellite radio. This will be a huge disappointment to my 9 year old. And to me - there's so many songs on the radio that I don't want her listening to.

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