Philanthropic Research

Report: Charitable giving almost back to pre-recession levels

June 17, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Charitable giving in the United States continues to recover from its recession-induced slump, reaching an estimated $335.2 billion last year, a new study concludes.
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Simon daughter honors father with $1.5M to IU school of philanthropy

October 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Cynthia Simon Skjodt, the daughter of late shopping mall magnate Melvin Simon, is donating $1.5 million to the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in honor of her father, the school announced Wednesday morning.
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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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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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School of Philanthropy nears reality at IUPUI

June 22, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A long-discussed School of Philanthropy at IUPUI is one step away from becoming a reality. The Indiana University Board of Trustees was expected to vote Friday on whether to create the school, which would be the first of its kind.
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Report: Charitable donations ticked up in 2011

June 19, 2012
Dan Human
Charitable giving grew 4 percent nationally in 2011, but the increase was less than 1 percent after adjusting for inflation, according to a report released Tuesday by the Giving USA Foundation and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.
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Study finds finance managers at not-for-profits lack financial knowledgeRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Only 36 percent correctly answered all three assessment questions on a test.
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IU study concludes that donating merchandise is good businessRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Researchers say the study was the first to examine return-on-investment from donating merchandize vs. liquidating or destroying it.
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Report: Giving rose in state last year, but trailed nation

January 27, 2012
J.K. Wall
Nationwide, Americans gave $346 billion to charitable causes in 2011, an increase of 7.5 percent over the previous year. Hoosiers gave $6.4 billion last year, a bump of 6.4 percent from the previous year, according to Atlas of Giving.
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Charities disagree on potential impact of tax changeRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Not-for-profit-sector lobbyists are fighting President Obama’s proposal to limit the tax deduction for charitable donations. Yet some local fundraisers who could be affected by it aren’t concerned.
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Charitable giving picks up despite rocky economy

June 21, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
After pulling back from charitable giving for two years, Americans were slightly more generous in 2010—donating an estimated $290.9 billion, according to a national study released Monday.
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Center on Philanthropy lands funds for study of volunteering habitsRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
School at IU will examine link between participation levels and unemployment.
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Indiana University Center on Philanthropy adding endowed faculty chairs

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Forecasts of big growth in executive employment at not-for-profits drives plan to create between seven and 10 endowed faculty chairs.
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Center on Philanthropy's 'Giving USA' report comes under fire

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Chronicle of Philanthropy says the center underestimated drops in charitable giving during the recession.
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Ruth Lilly estate donates $10.7M to Indiana University

April 6, 2011
Indiana University will receive donations totaling $10.7 million from the estate of late philanthropist Ruth Lilly, the university announced Wednesday morning.
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United Way annual campaign raises $38.2M

March 22, 2011
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana’s 2010 annual campaign fell short of its ambitious $41 million goal, but donations nearly matched the 2009 total.
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Study reveals military veterans' attitudes about community service

March 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff
There is a connection between military service and civic engagement for some groups of veterans, but the overall relationship is not that robust.
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Wealthy Americans cut back on giving in 2009

November 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Wealthy philanthropists drew the purse strings tightest on health organizations, where the average gift dropped 63.7 percent.
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Study: Rich still giving to charity, but in smaller amounts

November 19, 2010
Scott Olson
Study conducted by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University shows 98 percent of high net-worth households donated to charity in 2009, but the overall amount fell nearly 35 percent from 2007.
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Most not-for-profit execs modestly paid, survey saysRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Local consultants Bryan Orander and Jim Morris conducted the survey this summer to fulfill what they see as a lack of hard data on executive pay in the local not-for-profit sector.
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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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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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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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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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Despite recession, small businesses support charityRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
In the Indianapolis area, small-business owners told IBJ that they give in whatever way they can, and would like to continue as long as their finances allow. But a Chronicle of Philanthropy survey indicates that giving is already on the decline.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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