NFP of Note

NFP of NOTE: Sheltering Wings

March 23, 2009
Sheltering Wings provides emergency housing for women and children suffering from any form of domestic abuse.
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NFP of NOTE: Dads Inc.

March 9, 2009
Dads Inc. provides support and education for fathers to develop healthy relationships and positive involvement in the lives of their children.
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NFP of NOTE: Indianapolis Art Center

February 23, 2009
The Indianapolis Art Center works to engage, enlighten and enhance our communities through art education, participation and observation.
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NFP of NOTE: Fairbanks

February 9, 2009
Fairbanks is focused on recovery from alcohol and other drug problems, serving as a resource to improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities by offering hope and support through its programs and services.
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NFP of NOTE: FACE Spay/Neuter Clinic

January 26, 2009
FACE Spay/Neuter Clinic strives to end pet overpopulation in Indianapolis through high-volume, low-cost, and high-quality spay/neuter surgeries.
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NFP of NOTE: Christamore House Family and Community Center

January 12, 2009
In partnership with the communities of Marion County, Christamore House is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and families through diverse educational, recreational, social and health programs.
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NFP of NOTE: Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Services

December 1, 2008
Momentive Consumer Credit Counseling Services work to change lives by helping people gain financial stability.
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NFP of NOTE: Indiana Council for Economic Education

November 17, 2008
The Indiana Council for Economic Education is a nonprofit, working to increase economic literacy throughout Indiana.
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NFP of NOTE: Giving Sum

November 3, 2008
Giving Sum, an agency run by volunteers, holds monthly philanthropy leader lunches, and annually distributes $50,000, volunteer time and advocacy to promote social reform ideas.
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  1. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  2. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  3. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  4. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

  5. I live downtown Indy and had to be in downtown Chicago for a meeting. In other words, I am the target demographic for this train. It leaves at 6:00-- early but doable. Then I saw it takes 5+ hours. No way. I drove. I'm sure I paid 3 to 5 times as much once you factor in gas, parking, and tolls, but it was reimbursed so not a factor for me. Any business traveler is going to take the option that gets there quickly and reliably... and leisure travelers are going to take the option that has a good schedule and promotional prices (i.e., Megabus). Indy to Chicago is the right distance (too short to fly but takes several hours to drive) that this train could be extremely successful even without subsidies, if they could figure out how to have several frequencies (at least 3x/day) and make the trip in a reasonable amount of time. For those who have never lived on the east coast-- Amtrak is the #1 choice for NY-DC and NY-Boston. They have the Acela service, it runs almost every hour, and it takes you from downtown to downtown. It beats driving and flying hands down. It is too bad that we cannot build something like this in the midwest, at least to connect the bigger cities.

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