Foundations

Lilly Endowment pumps $14.5M into MBAs for school leaders

September 3, 2014
J.K. Wall
The endowment hopes to expand educational MBA programs, including one at the University of Indianapolis, to give business skills to more principals and superintendents at Indiana public schools.
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Global group taps local woman to lead Indy chapter

August 25, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jennifer Burns is looking for a couple of dozen twenty-somethings who, like her, share the lofty goals of the World Economic Forum, the organization that gathers heads of state and CEOs each January in the Swiss mountain town of Davos.
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Former Heartland CEO shifts gaze to distressed neighborhoods

July 9, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Jeffrey Sparks, 63, has joined Indianapolis-based not-for-profit and public policy research group Sagamore Institute as a senior fellow. He stepped down from Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in 2013.
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Damar Foundation hires presidentRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Richard Markoff comes to the job from IUPUI, where he was a senior adviser to Chancellor Charles Bantz and a visiting lecturer teaching graduate courses in organizational leadership.
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Lilly Endowment takes stock of year with $270.3M in grants

May 16, 2014
Mason King
More than two-thirds of its grants in 2013 went to groups in Indiana, according to the philanthropic organization's newly released annual report.
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Lilly Endowment sells Lilly stock for first time since '08

April 29, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment sold 150,000 shares of Eli Lilly and Co. stock on Monday, resuming a short-lived asset diversification plan suspended when stock prices swooned in 2008.
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Charitable giving firm sees surgeRestricted Content

April 5, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
An increasingly popular philanthropic tool is driving growth at locally based Renaissance Administration LLC, almost tripling its business over the last five years.
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IU philanthropy school dean Tempel to step down

March 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gene Tempel will leave his post as the founding dean of the IU School of Philanthropy in December. The university has begun a national search for his replacement.
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Lilly Endowment awards $6.3M to Indy housing group

January 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership will use the funds to help qualified residents purchase homes and revitalize their neighborhoods.
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Colleges go social in quest for young alumni donorsRestricted Content

December 7, 2013
Dan Human
University and foundation leaders throughout the state are trying to find ways to target donors 35 and younger, through online tools that could be critical to future fundraising strategies.
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Skjodt donates $2M to Herron's art-therapy program

December 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The gift will endow a chair in the program, which is based at IUPUI and was developed with cooperation from the Indiana University School of Medicine. The two-year, full-time residential program is the only one of its kind in Indiana.
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Lumina initiative aims to boost college grad ranks

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation's overall goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.
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Arizona news exec tapped to lead Pulliam Trust

November 20, 2013
Gene D’Adamo, vice president of community relations for Republic Media, which publishes The Arizona Republic, will succeed Harriet Ivey as president and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust.
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IU Foundation reports donations down from 2012

October 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana University Foundation says it took in about $42 million less in the past year but that still marked its fourth-best year in fundraising.
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Wheeler Mission lands $1M grant to help with expansion

October 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Wheeler Mission Ministries Inc. said Wednesday that it has received a donation from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust that will allow it to start construction on a new facility next to its shelter at 520 E. Market St. in downtown Indianapolis.
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Herd of nominees up for $250K animal conservation prize

August 28, 2013
Lou Harry
Thirty-nine protectors of pronghorn antelope, sea turtles, jaguars, ibis, puffin and other endangered species have been named as nominees for the Indianapolis Prize.
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Former foundation exec to plead guilty to felony

August 21, 2013
Mason King
Trevor Bradley has agreed to serve jail time and repay nearly $38,000 after allegedly admitting to buying swanky merchandise with money from the Meadows Community Foundation.
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NFP of NOTE: Center Grove Education Foundation

July 13, 2013
Center Grove Education Foundation partners with our community to enrich the lives of all Center Grove Community School Corp. students by funding extraordinary and innovative learning experiences.
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Lilly Endowment to give $10M to start biosciences institute

June 27, 2013
J.K. Wall
The institute aims to attract 100 new scientists to Indiana to conduct research and development work aimed at launching new therapies for metabolic diseases.
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Business heavyweights raising cash for cops through foundationRestricted Content

June 22, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A new foundation supporting the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety starts work in July, and its board is stacked with business and political leaders eager to help Director Troy Riggs advance the city’s cash-strapped operation.
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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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Low-key charitable foundation facing turning pointRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The low-profile but high-impact Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is at a key juncture after 15 years and more than $200 million in grants. Founding CEO Harriet Ivey plans to retire at the end of January, and one of her top lieutenants, Michael Twyman, just departed.
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Ivey stepping down as leader of Pulliam trust

May 23, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Harriet Ivey, president and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust since its founding more than 15 years ago, plans to retire early next year, the trust announced Thursday.
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Lilly Endowment's $3.4M grant to bring more teachers to Indy

May 22, 2013
Mason King
Indianapolis-based education reform group The Mind Trust will use the grant to help support teacher recruitment and training programs such as Teach for America.
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Lilly gives $1 million for art museum initiative

May 15, 2013
Lou Harry
The five-year program is designed to transform the Indianapolis Museum of Art into a more visitor-centered institution. The first year will include enhancements to the upcoming Matisse show.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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