Corporate Philanthropy

Women’s fund launches incubatorRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
A new incubator program intends to start not-for-profits that will serve women between the ages of 18 to 24—a group organizers say has few services specifically tailored to it.
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Report: Charitable giving by Americans on the rise

June 18, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Americans gave an estimated $316.2 billion to charity last year, continuing a string of small philanthropic gains. What cause got the bulk of the bounty?
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Running events proliferate; sponsor dollars pour inRestricted Content

March 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The 500 Festival Mini Marathon in May will once again focus Hoosier attention on distance running—a sport where shifting demographics and rising interest have combined to generate strong sponsorship revenue.
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United Way sees promise in new CEO's connections

February 28, 2013
Dan Human
Ann Murtlow has no experience running a not-for-profit, yet she is charging into the top job at one of the city’s largest charitable groups. The people who hired the former Indianapolis Power & Light Co. CEO say her connections to the Indianapolis business community are a big plus in her new role at United Way of Central Indiana.
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Symphony reaches $5M fundraising goal

February 3, 2013
Dan Human
Performers had been working under a bridge agreement since a five-week lockout ended in October. At the time, the parties agreed that a new, five-year contract would go into effect only if the symphony raised $5 million by Feb. 3.
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Lilly donating $12.4 million to United Way

November 19, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. said Monday it plans to give $12.4 million to the United Way, the largest single charitable donation in the company’s history.
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Anti-hunger groups tap Six Sigma gurus for guidanceRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Human
Members of the Indy Hunger Network knew it would take discipline when they set the goal of feeding 185 million meals every year—27 million more than they do now—by 2015.
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Zoo breaks ground on $21M orangutan exhibit

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Zoo officials are hoping to finish strong on the organization's largest fundraising effort since the zoo moved to White River State Park in 1988.
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United Way's Annala planning ambitious final monthsRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Dan Human
Ellen Annala has less than a year to lead United Way of Central Indiana through a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign and launch a five-year strategy. At the same time, the not-for-profit’s board has its own challenge: finding someone to take over when Annala retires April 1.
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Report: Charitable donations ticked up in 2011

June 19, 2012
Dan Human
Charitable giving grew 4 percent nationally in 2011, but the increase was less than 1 percent after adjusting for inflation, according to a report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
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Finish Line to sell Special Olympics merchandise

April 17, 2012
The agreement to sell the organization's items online and in stores is part of a multiyear partnership in which Indianapolis-based Finish Line has agreed to lend support to Special Olympics.
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United Way expects record $40.6M in donations

March 27, 2012
United Way of Central Indiana is projecting that its 2011 annual campaign will raise a record-breaking $40.6 million, topping the previous high of $39 million in 2007.
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Local businesses open wallets for tornado relief

March 7, 2012
Scott Olson
Spurred by fundraising campaigns by local television stations, more than $1 million has been raised to help victims of last week's devastating tornadoes in southern Indiana. In addition to doing a good thing, the stations are getting a marketing boost from their efforts.
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IU study concludes that donating merchandise is good businessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Researchers say the study was the first to examine return-on-investment from donating merchandize vs. liquidating or destroying it.
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Report: Giving rose in state last year, but trailed nation

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Nationwide, Americans gave $346 billion to charitable causes in 2011, an increase of 7.5 percent over the previous year. Hoosiers gave $6.4 billion last year, a bump of 6.4 percent from the previous year, according to Atlas of Giving.
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Groupon launches charity fundraising effort in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 17, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company's G-Team helps raise small amounts of money for specific projects, but its real attraction is the potential exposure to thousands of Groupon users.
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Local United Way aims for pre-recession giving

September 9, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
United Way of Central Indiana hopes to raise a record $39.2 million in its next campaign, which would surpass its 2007 fundraising level.
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United Way turns to coupons to lure donors

August 12, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
In a promotion fit for the economy, United Way of Central Indiana will try to lure donors by offering them access to discounts from national and local retailers.
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Junior Achievement back in black after financial woes

July 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The not-for-profit announced Wednesday morning that it has eliminated nearly $2 million in debt from six different creditors and has launched a fundraising campaign.
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Uncollected pledges remain high for United Way

July 13, 2011
Scott Olson
United Way of Central Indiana will reserve about $2.65 million, or nearly 7 percent of the $38.2 million it raised in its annual campaign, to cover uncollected pledges from Hoosiers who lose their jobs.
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Longtime CEO steps down at philanthropic consultancy

June 1, 2011
Johnson Grossnickle and Associates in Greenwood announced Wednesday that firm veteran Angela White will replace co-founder Ted Grossnickle as CEO.
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Eli Lilly pledges $2.5 million to Mind Trust

May 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
Eli Lilly and Co. plans to give $2.5 million toward a new fundraising campaign by the Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education reform group.
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Center on Philanthropy's 'Giving USA' report comes under fire

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Chronicle of Philanthropy says the center underestimated drops in charitable giving during the recession.
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Indianapolis Power & Light announces environmental grants

April 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Projects involving youth received the biggest chunk of money this year from the Golden Eagle Environmental Grants program.
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Starfish Initiative gets $1 million to expand student mentoring

April 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Gift from USA Funds will allow organization to help more high-achieving, low-income teens prepare for college.
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