Philanthropy

NFP of NOTE: American Cabaret Theatre Inc.

July 26, 2014
American Cabaret Theatre elevates and promotes the cabaret art form by presenting the finest in professional cabaret performances and developing the next generation of cabaret artists.
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Wabash College religion center gets $7.8 million

July 22, 2014
Associated Press
The grant will let the center continue programming through 2018. It brings to more than $48 million the total grants the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment has given the center.
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NFP of NOTE: Prevail Inc.

July 12, 2014
Prevail educates and engages the community in and around Hamilton County to prevent crime and abuse while helping restore the lives of those who have been affected.
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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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NFP of Note: Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America—Indiana ChapterRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America—Indiana Chapter's mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
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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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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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NFP of NOTE: Fletcher Place Community Center Inc.

June 14, 2014
Fletcher Place Community Center eases the suffering of persons who are homeless or living in our southeast-side service area through the compassion of Jesus Christ, as shown by our volunteers, donors and staff.
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AYS founder, CEO steps down after nearly 35 years

June 12, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The after-school child services group has installed an interim leader while it searches for a replacement for CEO Ellen Clippinger.
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Planned Parenthood employee out after video sting in Indy

June 12, 2014
Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
At a local clinic, an undercover agent for an opposing group asked about sexual role-playing and recorded the conversation. Planned Parenthood officials say the exchange does not reflect their standards or protocols.
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NFP of NOTE: Hawthorne Community Center

May 31, 2014
Hawthorne Community Center provides or facilitates services and programs that meet the economic, financial, social, educational, recreational and civic needs of the entire Hawthorne community, on the near-west side of Indianapolis.
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Indy parks embark on $8 million in upgrades

May 27, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation on Tuesday announced a plan to improve 16 parks in Marion County, including the renovation or creation of playgrounds, trails, basketball courts and restrooms.
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UPDATE: Urban League CEO flexible on retirement date

May 22, 2014
Mason King
Civic and business leader Joseph Slash, 70, plans to move on soon, but is willing to wait for the search committee “to get it right.”
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Three Catholic parishes in Indianapolis to close

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
Holy Trinity, Holy Cross and St. Bernadette parishes will be merged into nearby parishes under the changes announced Wednesday by Archbishop Joseph Tobin.
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NFP of NOTE: Hamilton County Leadership Academy

May 17, 2014
Hamilton County Leadership Academy educates and inspires leadership to create a positive impact in our communities.
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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 CEO elected chairman of United Way Worldwide board

May 14, 2014
Associated Press
United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher said John Lechleiter will help strengthen the not-for-profit network's capacity to meet growing human needs around the world.
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Zoo expecting huge boost from $26M orangutan centerRestricted Content

May 10, 2014
Lou Harry
The Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center opens at the Indianapolis Zoo May 24 (members get a look beginning May 21). And it’s hard to imagine a bigger zoological box-office draw than an octet of expressive, engaged, personality-overflowing primates
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Tradesmen team with voluntters to fix Crooked Creek homesRestricted Content

May 3, 2014
Teams of tradesmen, followed by an army of unskilled volunteers, descended on the Crooked Creek neighborhood in April to fix up 20 homes.
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NFP of NOTE: Little Red Door Cancer Agency

May 3, 2014
Little Red Door Cancer Agency strives to make the most of life and the least of cancer, by reducing the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for the medically underserved residents of central Indiana.
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Notre Dame alumnus donates $75 million to school

May 2, 2014
Associated Press
The donation from alumnus John W. "Jay" Jordan, co-founder of a private-equity firm, is the largest in the school's history, Notre Dame said Friday.
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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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Julian Center reopening counseling facility

April 25, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The facility closed last year in the wake of a budget shortfall. Officials now hope to better integrate counseling with services the center provides to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse.
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Late biologist's estate gives $4.2 million to IU

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
IU said the gifts from the Carlos O. Miller estate now total nearly $5.5 million and fund a faculty chair and a student fellowship.
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NFP of NOTE: Indiana Recycling Coalition

April 19, 2014
Indiana Recycling Coalition supports waste reduction, reuse, composting, and recycling activities in Indiana.
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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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