Fundraising

LEADING QUESTIONS: Conner Prairie CEO on missteps, 'The Matrix'

April 28, 2010
Mason King
LQ_Rosenthal_WatchVideoEllen Rosenthal, CEO of the 19th-century history park, shares her biggest career blunder, how to raise funds in a recession, and how Conner Prairie is like a certain sci-fi film.
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Race organizers hoping for last-minute registration rush

April 16, 2010
Scott Olson
As of Friday, 39,900 people had signed up for the local Race for the Cure, which drew 42,000 last year and 45,000 in 2008. The Indianapolis event is the sixth-largest in the country, but it ranks 70th nationally in terms of dollars raised.
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Gleaners unveils $11.6M campaign for move to old Monarch site

April 14, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Gleaners Food Bank is set to announce Wednesday that it is relocating to the former Monarch Beverage Co. warehouse on the southwest side of Indianapolis, and it hopes to raise $11.6 million for the move.
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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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Survey: Online generation values personal touch in givingRestricted Content

April 10, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The findings may come as a surprise to not-for-profit executives who think the Internet generation doesn’t require a personal touch.
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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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Text donations are new frontier for not-for-profits

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure plans to unveil what might be the first such “text-to-donate” option offered among local not-for-profits.
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Community Health Network Foundation names new CEO

March 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Michele Thomas Dole has been a wealth adviser at JP Morgan Chase and development director of the IU Foundation.
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Indiana University Foundation lays off 18 staffers

March 12, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The cuts, both in Bloomington and Indianapolis, come as part of an effort to trim $2.4 million from the fund-raising group's $26 million operational budget.
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FELDMANN: Beware the dreaded donor engagement gap

February 27, 2010
Derrick Feldmann
Engagement gap strikes small organizations and big ones, struggling not-for-profits and successful ones, and it threatens to cripple each of its sufferers.
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Kiwanis hires IU Foundation's chief fund-raising officer

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Matthew Morris will oversee fund raising for the world service project that Indianapolis-based Kiwanis will announce in June.
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Little Red Door sees increases in donations, cost of services

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Many not-for-profits struggled to raise money in 2009, but a local agency that helps cancer patients said it actually saw an increase in donations.
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Salvation Army falls short of fund-raising goal

February 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Salvation Army Indiana said Tuesday that it just missed the $3 million mark in its annual Tree of Lights campaign, partly because the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti diverted the staff's attention from the fund-raising effort.
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Wireless bidding system BidPal drives charity auction offers higherRestricted Content

January 30, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Tech executive Scott Webber and a local entrepreneur are out to revolutionize benefit auctions, which, despite their importance in raising an estimated $16 billion a year for not-for-profits, can be remarkably primitive.
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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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Friends of Lincoln Collection raises $6.9M to care for artifacts

January 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group formed to support a prized collection of Abraham Lincoln artifacts has raised $6.9 million in its first six months, including $3 million from Lilly Endowment. Friends of the Lincoln Collection in Indiana announced the fund-raising milestone Wednesday afternoon.
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Kiwanis to choose worldwide service project

January 12, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Representatives of three international organizations will visit Indianapolis-based Kiwanis International this week to make their cases to become its next worldwide cause—and the beneficiary of tens of millions of dollars the organization could raise with help from its 600,000 members.
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Humane Society expects to finish 2009 in the black

January 6, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The group, which rang up more than $3 million in debt before changing course in 2008, had been operating at a deficit for six years.
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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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Salvation Army kettles going high-tech

November 23, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Salvation Army of Indiana soon will test a swipe-card option for curbside donations to its annual "Tree of Lights" fund-raising campaign.
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CICF lost more than its foundation peers in '08

November 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The $491 million Central Indiana Community Foundation has switched investment advisers after the market crash of 2008, a year in which it saw greater losses than many of its peers.
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Book will be tribute to late Emmis executive Tom Severino

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Former Emmis Communications Corp. employee Jon Quick is writing a tribute book to the late Tom Severino, vice president and general manager of Emmis’ Indianapolis operations, who lost his battle with lung cancer earlier this year.
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Indiana State Museum chief trying to define brand on tight budgetRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The museum finally has a brand—it bills itself as a “center for science and culture”—but don’t expect a splashy campaign.
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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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