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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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Anonymous donor gives $5 million to Marian University

October 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Marian University has received an anonymous $5 million gift to support student scholarships, the Indianapolis-based school announced Wednesday.
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Simon built mall empire from scratch, changed way America shopsRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Melvin Simon, who died at 82 on Sept. 16, grasped early on that creation of the nation's interstate system would pave the way for large, enclosed shopping centers.
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Simon Foundation gives $1M to library literacy initiative

September 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation today announced that it has received a $1 million gift from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation to expand its early childhood literacy initiative.
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United Way calling on well-heeled to dig deepRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
After so many years of trying to tap every possible cubicle-dweller for donations, United Way of Central Indiana is putting more effort into the richest veins in the workplace—the folks in corner offices.
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Eli Lilly CEO, wife give United Way $1M gift

July 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter and his wife, Sarah, have pledged to give the United Way of Central Indiana a total of $1 million over the next four years as a “challenge to CEOs and other community leaders to step up their giving.”
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Eli Lilly CEO, wife give United Way $1M gift

July 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter and his wife, Sarah, have pledged to give the United Way of Central Indiana a total of $1 million over the next four years as a "challenge to CEOs and other community leaders to step up their giving."
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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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Not-for-profits: Treat donors as investorsRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Derrick Feldmann
Nonprofit organizations should treat their donors as shareholders because they invest in the organizations just as shareholders do in public companies.
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Family foundations represent nearly $1 billion in Hoosier assetsRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Although family foundations may grant as little as $50,000 in a year, these foundations wield influence over other philanthropists, and one advocate says they could help guide the spending of billions of economic stimulus money.
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Arts leaders brainstorm for new funding streamsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin

A panel convened by IBJ discusses the lack of funding dilemma and need for broad-based support in the Indianapolis arts community.

 

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IU scores with 'Philanthropy 50' giftsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Two Indiana businessmen, Michael Maurer and the late Jesse Cox, made the Philanthropy 50 with enormous gifts to Indiana University in 2008.
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Library foundation to launch $10,000 prize for HoosiersRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Indiana has its share of renowned dead writers, but the Indianapolis-Marion County Library Foundation is planning to recognize modern-day Hoosier scribes with a new and quite hefty prize.
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Private gifts give city a liftRestricted Content

January 26, 2009
State and local governments in Indiana aren't known for pouring tax money into so-called progressive causes. Private money often has to step in.
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Indy-art-loving lawyer pays studio rent for artistsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Paul Hunt, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg, recently decided to pay seven months' studio rent for two artists at Harrison Center for the Arts. And the Columbia Club on Monument Circle is looking for new members.
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Givers get strategicRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
 Wealthy people are getting more advice from hired professionals and less from peers and not-for-profit personnel when making decisions about charitable giving, a new study shows.
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Health reform network crumbles without RooneyRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
J.K. Wall
The state's Dec. 1 takeover of Medical Savings Insurance Co. marks the formal crumbling of J. Patrick Rooney's network of health care reform efforts.
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Maurer gift is IU's fourth largestRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
IBJ co-owner Michael Maurer's $35 million gift to the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington is the fourth largest from an individual in the history of the university.
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BKD Foundation establishes 'dream' fund for disabledRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
With a $10,000 gift from the BKD Foundation, Damar will establish the BKD Dream Fund and award small grants to families for things like a vacation to Disney World or a fishing trip to Michigan.
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Self-made wealthy among most generousRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University found in a recent study of more than 4,840 charitable gifts worth $1 million or more that self-made wealthy people gave the most — often to nonprofits that rarely receive such large gifts.
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Beck's contribution helps with Habitat land purchaseRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Thanks to a $25,000 contribution from Beck's Hybrids, Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County was able to purchase land and build its 50th home this year.
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Simon family donates $40M to Riley

November 14, 2007
A $40 million gift from the Simon family to Riley Hospital for Children will help finish a new 10-story in-patient building and launch a fund-raising campaign, Riley Children's Foundation announced this morning.
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Need for college watchdog not-for-profit questionedRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Not everyone is welcoming the launch of an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit, backed by billionaire businessmen, that aims to curb colleges' discretion in spending donor contributions.
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Charities struggle to cultivate donorsRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Tammy Lieber
Attracting people under 40 with money to give is one of the latest challenges faced by not-for-profit organizations. As fund-raisers look toward cultivating the next generation of supporters, they see a younger generation that appears less inclined to do so.
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More givers asking not-for-profits to meet goals before getting donationsRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
Restricted gifts have long been common among foundations and corporate funders, but now individuals are getting into the act, too. Experts say more donors are attaching conditions to their contributions to encourage the recipient to push itself to achieve.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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