Philanthropy

Visions for ailing City Market include arts venue, YMCA

December 3, 2009
Riley Area Development Corp. is pitching the idea of building a performing arts center in the City Market. The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, meanwhile, is in talks with the city about building a full-service fitness center on the site.
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Lilly Endowment grant extends jobs program

December 1, 2009
A $2.3 million grant awarded by Lilly Endowment Inc. on Monday will enable the Indianapolis Private Industry Council to continue a jobs program through 2011.
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Big donor leaves Indianapolis Museum of Art board

November 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Museum of Art is losing endowment revenue at the same time prominent donor Wayne Zink, CEO of Endangered Species Chocolate, has resigned from the board.
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University of Indianapolis education center receives $7.5 million

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lilly Endowment Inc. gave another $7.5 million to a team of education experts at the school's Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning.
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Holiday Wish List

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Here is a list of Indianapolis-area not-for-profit organizations and the things each needs most.
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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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NFP of NOTE: Heritage Place of Indianapolis Inc.

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Heritage Place of Indianapolis Inc. provides older adults with comprehensive and coordinated human services to encourage and promote healthy lifestyles, independence, well-being and quality of life.
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Lilly Endowment boosts emergency fund by $1M

November 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The fund has helped more than 6,000 households in six counties pay for housing, utilities and food.
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Symphony reports record shortfall of $2.8 million

November 16, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra CEO Simon Crookall said he's expecting a smaller but still significant gap of $1.3 million in the 2010 budget year.
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Amazon.com offers holiday piece work

November 14, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Speedy gift wrappers who are willing to put in a few hours at Amazon.com’s Whitestown fulfillment center can earn a few bucks for Indiana charities.
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Art Center trims staff to head off long-term problemsRestricted Content

November 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Art Center laid off its full-time curator and cut one other position this month in an effort to pay down short-term credit and deal with reduced income from its classes.
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Vera Bradley gives another $10M to IU cancer center

November 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Previous gifts from the foundation to the cancer center have been used to hire 10 researchers working on breast cancer.
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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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A peek at the future: Nature Conservancy's 'green' HQ

November 7, 2009
Cory Schouten
Work is on schedule for a new headquarters for The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, which includes a variety of first-in-Indianapolis "green" features. Tour the building through IBJ's narrated slideshow.
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Citizens Energy donates land to baseball not-for profit

November 5, 2009
Citizens has donated 28 acres of land from its former Citizens Gas & Coke Utility site on the southeast side of Indianapolis to Play Ball Indiana for the development of a youth sports complex.
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Wishard receives $6 million gift from Fairbanks

November 3, 2009
The Wishard Foundation said it has received a $6 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation that will be used to help fund construction of a new Wishard Hospital, if Marion County voters approve the project.
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Polis Center's Spirit and Place Festival wants place on your schedule

October 31, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The civic festival Spirit and Place, which runs Nov. 5-16, has been a fixture of the fall season since 1996, but organizers are still trying to explain to Indianapolis residents what it’s all about.
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Governor still mulling creation of new Indiana 'heritage' agencyRestricted Content

October 31, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The idea of merging the State Library, Indiana State Museum and several other history-related entities into one new agency is still on the table, a state representative said.
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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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Lilly Endowment gives $10M to improve charities' facilities

October 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Lilly Endowment will give United Way of Central Indiana $10 million to replenish its capital improvement program, which helps not-for-profit agencies repair and upgrade their buildings.
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New not-for-profit coffee shop in Fletcher Place will raise money for charities

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The new coffee shop named for Calvin Fletcher, one of the city's first lawyers, will give money to groups such as Second Helpings.
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Gregory & Appel celebrates anniversary by writing 125 checks to charity

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The awards of $500 each total $62,500. “In lieu of doing a party, it was more appropriate and more the corporate culture of Gregory & Appel to do something charitable,” Vice President Steve Appel said.
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NFP of NOTE: NPower Indiana

October 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
NPower Indiana’s mission is to provide reduced-cost technology consulting and training to not-for-profits throughout Indiana.
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Food banks try to stock more fruits and vegetables

October 24, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Many hunger-relief charities area trying to get their hands on more fresh produce. It’s not an easy task. Second-rate and leftover fruit and vegetables abound, but the distribution network is fragmented.
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Symphony's CEO trying to steer through challenging timeRestricted Content

October 17, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Simon Crookall is trying to hire a maestro who will excite audiences at the same time he’s trying to pull the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra out of a financial tailspin.
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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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