Corporate Philanthropy

Kroger plans $3.8 million school investment

March 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Cincinnati, Ohio-based grocer announced Wednesday a new three-year, $3.8 million investment that will support library grants, schools and a literacy initiative across Indianapolis.
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Grant to help Gleaners distribute more perishables

January 5, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gleaners Food Bank plans to buy a refrigerated truck to supply more fresh produce, dairy and meat to central Indiana pantries, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Kraft Foods.
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Indianapolis Super Bowl project gets $1M boost

November 5, 2010
Associated Press
The grant from JPMorgan Chase Foundation clears the way for construction of the Chase Near Eastside Legacy Center.
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Coordinating Lilly 'Day of Service' a major undertaking

October 7, 2010
Scott Olson
Getting 8,500 volunteers to where they're supposed to be along Interstate 70 relies on a system of color-coded passes. By 6 p.m. Thursday, they'll have planted 1,600 trees and 72,000 shrubs and perennials (with photo gallery).
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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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Brightpoint, Comcast employees ramp up volunteer efforts

April 24, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Brightpoint employees fanned out across Marion and Hendricks counties the week of April 17, donating more than 400 hours to seven organizations. Comcast was expecting 1,000 volunteers to help organizations across the state on April 24.
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Grocers raise thousands for earthquake relief

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Marsh Supermarkets and its customers have contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. The Kroger Co.'s Central Division and students from Indianapolis Public School 46 raised more than $106,000, mostly from Kroger customers and employees.
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United Way donations match last year's amount

March 25, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
United Way of Central Indiana's 2009 fund-raising campaign raised $38.8 million, slightly short of its $39 million goal, but almost equal to the previous year's effort, the organization announced Thursday.
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Contractors seek answers over Junior Achievement project

March 18, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has stopped payment on a $3 million grant to Junior Achievement because of accounting questions.
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Ballard solicits business help in aid of Indy Parks

March 4, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Corporate contributions, volunteerism help shore up struggling city department after recession-driven cuts reduce budget by nearly one-fifth.
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KATTERJOHN: Local businesses kick in for HaitiRestricted Content

February 13, 2010
Chris Katterjohn
Hoosier businesses have stepped up for the citizens of Haiti, the island nation that was literally shaken to pieces by a massive earthquake Jan. 12.
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MAURER: Here's how Katz Sapper Miller balanced its books

January 23, 2010
Mickey Maurer
Last November, Katz Sapper and Miller went back to schooll—Broad Ripple High School.
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American Association of Grant Professionals offers test for grant writers

January 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A movement is afoot to professionalize the grant-writing trade.
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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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IUPUI dedicates engineering lab funded by Carrier Corp.

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Over the past four years, Carrier has donated $71,000 for the purchase of equipment and software that will allow mechanical engineering students at IUPUI to do more advanced work.
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Carroll Award winner Dodson helps less fortunate weather adversity

December 5, 2009
Sam Stall
Entrepreneur earmarks 10 percent of profits for charity, honors well-run not-for-profits.
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Lilly Endowment boosts emergency fund by $1M

November 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The fund has helped more than 6,000 households in six counties pay for housing, utilities and food.
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Citizens Energy donates land to baseball not-for profit

November 5, 2009
Citizens has donated 28 acres of land from its former Citizens Gas & Coke Utility site on the southeast side of Indianapolis to Play Ball Indiana for the development of a youth sports complex.
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Polis Center's Spirit and Place Festival wants place on your schedule

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The civic festival Spirit and Place, which runs Nov. 5-16, has been a fixture of the fall season since 1996, but organizers are still trying to explain to Indianapolis residents what it’s all about.
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Gregory & Appel celebrates anniversary by writing 125 checks to charity

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The awards of $500 each total $62,500. “In lieu of doing a party, it was more appropriate and more the corporate culture of Gregory & Appel to do something charitable,” Vice President Steve Appel said.
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Weight-loss challenges at local firms raise money for charity

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Employees at five different companies collectively lost 805 pounds over six weeks this summer. They also raised $805 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
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United Way scales back fund-raising goal

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana recently announced a fund-raising goal of $39 million. That’s less than the goal of $40 million set last year, when fund raising fell short, ending at $38.8 million.
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Not-for-profit wins $80K prize

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
College Mentors for Kids won $80,000 in products and services from a host of local companies in the Indy Business Makeover Competition. The winner was selected from among 10 finalists through online voting.
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Riverside course proceeds support preschoolRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
One of the city’s golf course operators, Bob Thompson, has donated his earnings from two facilities to a single charitable cause the past 15 years.
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Deloitte employees take part in company-wide volunteer dayRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Eli Lilly and Co. isn't the only company to set aside a day for volunteering. The Big 4 accounting firm Deloitte had its 10th annual IMPACT Day June 5.
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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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