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Symphony donors question giving amid contract dispute

September 29, 2012
Dan Human
The ailing Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra intends to step up annual donations 40 percent. But many longtime donors feel conflicted about future contributions as they await word on whether the ISO will scale back to part time.
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Charity watchdogs at odds with IUPUI professorRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Dan Human
IUPUI economics professor Richard Steinberg stands by his philanthropic theory, despite seeing his fundraising principles speared by a charity watchdog group and then by a cable news network. At issue is his belief that charities are justified in spending heavily on fundraising, because doing so positions them for long-term success.
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Symphony standoff might fray local supportRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s decision to cancel the first two weeks of its season and lock out musicians could carry long-term risks in alienating subscribers and donors, observers say.
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Indianapolis symphony's woes aren't just about moneyRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Dan Human
Even if the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s management and musicians overcome gaping differences and reach a contract agreement, industry experts say disconcerting questions will continue to hang over the organization.
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Indy seminary lands $8M grant for pastoral center

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis has received initial funding for its new Center for Pastoral Excellence through an $8 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.
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Donors slow to support agencies serving seniors despite growing needRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Dan Human
The aging population is expected to generate an explosion in demand for senior services—taxing a network of often thinly funded providers. Executives of such not-for-profits say they often encounter apathy toward senior causes.
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United Way CEO Annala announces retirement

July 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Ellen K. Annala, who has led the United Way of Central Indiana as CEO for 14 years, will retire next year, the not-for-profit announced Wednesday afternoon.
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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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Investment gains push Lilly Endowment's worth to $6.2B

June 1, 2012
Lilly Endowment earned $884.6 million on its Eli Lilly and Co. stock in 2011, bringing the total worth of the grant-making powerhouse to $6.2 billion.
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Endowment's resurgence emboldens IMA's leadersRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
After three years of shrinking budgets, Indianapolis Museum of Art leaders are ready to leave the lean times behind. The IMA’s endowment, which has covered close to 70 percent of operating expenses, is on the rebound and reached $324 million at the end of last year.
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Would-be donor's big promises vex trail of victimsRestricted Content

April 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Those left in the lurch by financial promises unfulfilled by Joe Bilby are mystfied by his motives, since he seems not to have profited from any of it.
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As commercial stations sputter, WFYI hits the gasRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The city’s public radio and television stations are more than holding their own, even as their commercial brethren continue to suffer from a now-5-year-old economic swoon.
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Komen grant recipients cope with controversy they didn't createRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local health care providers won’t find an easy replacement for the grant money supplied by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. That money could be in jeopardy, as grass-roots Komen supporters appear to be sitting out of this year’s Race for the Cure in response to a national controversy over grants to Planned Parenthood.
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Private schools raking in cash thanks to 2011 reform lawRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
J.K. Wall
A generally overlooked part of the 2011 education reform package makes it clear donors to private schools can target their gifts to specific schools, a move that seems to have unleashed the tax credit’s full potential by helping private schools line up more donations.
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Hoops fans funnel energy into givingRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Brackets for Good pits one not-for-profit against another in an NCAA-tournament style fundraising competition.
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Would-be philanthropist sentenced in check-fraud case

April 5, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A 70-year-old Trafalgar man who made empty promises of multimillion-dollar gifts to local cultural institutions was sentenced to six years of probation Thursday morning in an unrelated check-fraud case.
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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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Philanthropist Marilyn Glick dies after year-long illness

March 23, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Marilyn K. Glick, who with her husband Gene B. Glick donated millions of dollars in recent years to civic projects such as the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, died of cancer Friday at the age of 90.
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Indiana United Ways get $3.15M for storm recovery

March 22, 2012
Associated Press
The Lilly Endowment is giving a $3.15 million to the Indiana Association of United Ways to help southern Indiana recover from recent tornadoes and other storms.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters lands $1M from Taco Bell owner

March 15, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Taco Bell owner Charlie Brown is topping off his longtime support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana with a $1 million gift. The gift is the largest by an individual in the not-for-profit’s history.
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City-County Council member gives salary to local library

February 21, 2012
Steve Talley will donate his council salary over the next four years, which totals about $52,000, to launch an endowment through the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation in honor of his late wife, Donna.
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Big-promising donor to area charities coming up emptyRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Johnson County man whose home is listed for sheriff's sale and who has filed for bankruptcy protection twice and been convicted of check fraud managed to convince several Indianapolis cultural institutions that he was good for multimillion-dollar gifts.
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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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Lilly Endowment gives $6.6m to public policy institute

January 19, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lilly Endowment is giving $6.6 million to support a new fundraising campaign by Indiana University's Public Policy Institute.
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