Fundraising

Local Komen event registrations lag last year's slow pace

April 10, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Participation in Indianapolis’ massive annual Race for the Cure fundraising event took a hit last year as controversy swirled around policies at the national Susan G. Komen organization. This year, Mother Nature is getting the blame.
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IU’s philanthropy school to be named for Lilly family

April 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—believed to be the first of its kind—is set to be christened at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
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United Way expects to cut grants despite record fundraising

April 2, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The not-for-profit on Tuesday projected a record 2012 campaign total of $41 million. But as more donors earmark gifts for specific purposes, less is available for general grantmaking.
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Zoo kicks off public phase of orangutan campaignRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Indianapolis Zoo leaders staged a pep rally at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to garner support for what they call the “new team in town”—the seven orangutans expected to take up residence at the end of the year.
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Children's Museum brings aboard David Wolf for space push

March 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has landed retired astronaut David Wolf as its first “Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence,” calling on the native Hoosier to help develop programs sparking kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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Ex-Butler chief hatched plan to use basketball to turn around university

March 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Twenty-five years ago, Butler University President Geoffrey Bannister had an idea to elevate the college by making the lowly men’s Bulldog basketball team a national power, then use it as a marketing tool to engage alumni, increase annual giving to the school, and recruit more and better students and instructors.
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One gift boosted major donations in Indiana in 2012Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Dan Human
An Indiana-born entrepreneur gave $125 million. Just five others gave $1 million or more.
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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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Crean's revival of IU basketball fuels donations, merchandise salesRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University is looking to cash in on the success of its men's basketball team this season, but is struggling to find ways to make more money from an already popular program.
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Purdue hopes huge donation first of many under Daniels

February 19, 2013
Dan Human
Purdue University has high hopes that former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ new role as president and donation pitchman eventually will help double charitable contributions to the school.
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Financial woes force local charity to close

February 12, 2013
Motorsports-focused CARA Charities has ceased operations, the organization announced Monday. Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary Inc. said it was “unable to generate the financial means necessary” to continue supporting the auto-racing community in Indianapolis and beyond.
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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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Zoo group introduces smaller counterpart to ZoobilationRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
The Indianapolis Zoo Associate Council—a recently formed collection of about 50 “young professionals” who support the Indianapolis Zoo—is hosting the inaugural Zoolala formal affair on Feb. 2.
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ISO far from $5M goal as deadline nearsRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has raised barely half the $5 million the organization says it needs by Feb. 3 to live up to the terms of a contract it negotiated with musicians last fall.
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Indy team owners pledge $750,000 each to orchestra

December 19, 2012
Associated Press
The donations from Jim Irsay and Herb Simon, combined with a $500,000 challenge grant from symphony board member Yvonne Shaheen, bring the orchestra nearly halfway toward its goal of raising $5 million by Feb. 3.
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Timmy Global Health wins $250K at NBC awards show

December 10, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis not-for-profit Timmy Global Health received a $250,000 grant Saturday after finishing third in nationwide voting on the "American Giving Awards."
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Indiana Historical Society wraps up $19M campaign

December 3, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Indiana Historical Society has raised $19.5 million to support the Indiana Experience, its series of interactive history lessons intended to draw more visitors to the local not-for-profit’s downtown facility.
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Zoo building impressive fundraising recordRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Zoo has reeled in $25 million of the $30 million it’s seeking for a capital campaign that will pay for a new orangutan facility, among other projects.
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ISO must raise $5M in less than four months, according to dealRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has until Feb. 3, 2013, to collect $5 million—almost as much as it typically raises in a full year--or its five-year agreement with its musicians that’s set to kick in the following day will be nullified.
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Startup answers call for better phone bankRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Noblesville-based VolunteerYourVoice is setting out to revolutionize phone banks with a Web app that allows advocacy groups to manage virtual campaigns, getting instant results from calls volunteers make through their home computers.
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Another symphony contract deadline passes without a deal

October 8, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians’ contract negotiations remain stalled and another week of concerts has been canceled after a Saturday deadline passed with no resolution.
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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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Higher ed commission OKs IU philanthropy school

September 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The university believes its School of Philanthropy will be the first in the world. The school will offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
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United Way announces $40.8M fundraising goal

September 7, 2012
Dan Human
The United Way of Central Indiana has set a $40.8 million goal for its annual fundraising campaign, the group announced Friday. The Indianapolis-based not-for-profit is shooting to exceed last year’s campaign record of $40.6 million.
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