Philanthropy

Children's Bureau consolidates

January 9, 2010
The Children's Bureau Inc. has moved into offices in the Gene Glick Family Support Center. The move represents the first time in 50 years that Children's Bureau administrators have worked in the same building that houses their programs for families and children in crisis.
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Carmel's performing arts center hiring key staff

January 9, 2010
 IBJ Staff
With a year to go before completion of a 1,600-seat concert hall, Executive Director Steven Libman added Jeremy Hatch as development director.
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Simon family fight breaks out over billionaire's fortune

January 8, 2010
Greg Andrews
Melvin Simon’s daughter Deborah filed court papers Thursday afternoon charging her father was coerced into approving a new estate plan in February 2009 that dramatically increased the amount of his fortune going to her stepmother, Bren.
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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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Volunteers sought to host dinners

January 2, 2010
Central Indiana residents are being invited to host informal dinners for small groups of foreign visitors.
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NFP of NOTE: Net Literacy

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Net Literacy increases computer access, computer and Internet literacy, and Internet safety awareness while providing student volunteers job skills, life skills, and an opportunity to participate in service to their community.
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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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IUPUI dedicates engineering lab funded by Carrier Corp.

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Over the past four years, Carrier has donated $71,000 for the purchase of equipment and software that will allow mechanical engineering students at IUPUI to do more advanced work.
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School foundations step up to pay for programs as funding dries upRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Washington Township Schools Foundation on the north side is among those that wants to raise money for buildings and other high-cost needs.
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Ruth Lilly remembered for 'selfless' giving

December 31, 2009
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Lilly, 94, who died Wednesday, gave away hundreds of millions of dollars of her fortune during her lifetime.
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Eli Lilly and Co. heiress Ruth Lilly dies at 94

December 31, 2009
Associated Press
Over the course of her life, the last surviving great-grandchild of pharmaceutical magnate Eli Lilly gave away much of her inheritance.
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Expected flurry of charity mergers fails to materialize

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Observers offer various explanations for the lack of mergers, including that staff and budget cuts have left many not-for-profits without the manpower or time for due diligence.
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Symphony ousts maestro, reports historic budget gap

December 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra experienced a year of financial and leadership shocks, as it reported a $2.8 million budget shortfall and abruptly dismissed Music Director Mario Venzago.
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Nature Conservancy nets another $1M for building

December 21, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lilly Endowment will give The Nature Conservancy in Indiana $1 million for its headquarters building, possibly reducing the need for extensive borrowing.
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Holiday Wish List

December 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Here is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most.
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$60M Lilly Endowment grant to fund IU physician research

December 15, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana University, which has received nearly $600 million from the endowment over the last three decades, will leverage the new gift to increase its scientific discoveries and commercialize life science innovations.
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Cash-strapped mayors may tap owners of tax-exempt propertyRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group of mayors led by Tom Henry of Fort Wayne and Greg Ballard of Indianapolis is seeking new sources of revenue to replace the millions they’ll lose because of property tax caps.
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Holiday Wish List

December 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Here is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most.
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Parks Foundation gets $7.3M Lilly Endowment grant

December 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the Indianapolis Parks Foundation a $7.3 million grant to fund improvements that include a new pool at Bethel Park on the near-southeast side.
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Holiday Wish List

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Here is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most.
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Airport adds events to draw more people, revenue for vendors

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
One of the first things new airport CEO John Clark said he wanted to do was to squeeze more use—and revenue—out of the new airport terminal’s Civic Plaza space.
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Lilly Endowment gives International Center $500,000 for 2010

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The not-for-profit will use the money to fund existing programs, such as the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program, and begin new ones.
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Carroll Award winner Dodson helps less fortunate weather adversity

December 5, 2009
Sam Stall
Entrepreneur earmarks 10 percent of profits for charity, honors well-run not-for-profits.
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NFP of NOTE: Little Red Door Cancer Agency

December 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Little Red Door Cancer Agency is committed to serving people with cancer in the greater Indianapolis area and surrounding counties who lack financial means or adequate insurance.
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Indiana Historical Society lands $2M for new exhibits

December 4, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Dubbed the "Indiana Experience," the exhibits represent the first ticketed tourist attraction at the society's headquarters building.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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