Philanthropy

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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Two Indianapolis companies offer pro bono work to not-for-profits

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Fund-raising consultant Achieve will provide a year of free coaching or consulting. Advertising and public relations firm TrendyMinds is also accepting applications. The Achieve grant for coaching is valued at $2,000, while the grant for consulting is worth as much as $12,000.
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City trying to land headquarters of storytelling organization

October 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The National Storytelling Network will consider Indianapolis, along with eight other cities, as it looks to move its headquarters from Jonesborough, Tenn.
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Indiana State Museum chief Dressel abruptly resigns

October 14, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Barry Dressel has resigned as the president and CEO of the Indiana State Museum, the state's Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
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Downtown public art campaign loses fundingRestricted Content

October 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The organizations that spearheaded the city’s public art campaign are crippled for a lack of funding. While other public art efforts are under way in Indianapolis, no one organization has the money to commission an exhibit large enough to fill downtown.
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NFP of NOTE: Flanner House of Indianapolis Inc.

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Flanner House of Indianapolis Inc.’s mission is to support the community on the near northwest side of Indianapolis by providing early childhood education, senior services, employment and social services programs.
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United Way devoting another $1 million to church-based child care centers

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana will expand its program for improving church-based child care to its six-county region with a $1 million economic stimulus grant from the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration’s Bureau of Child Care.
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Memorial fund expands free admissions at Eiteljorg

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Leon Jett Minority Family Admission Fund has raised money to allow admissions at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art for families enrolled in Hoosier Works or Hoosier Healthwise.
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Anonymous donor gives $5 million to Marian University

October 8, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Marian University has received an anonymous $5 million gift to support student scholarships, the Indianapolis-based school announced Wednesday.
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'Makeover' making another trip to central Indiana

October 7, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Popular ABC show 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' is returning to central Indiana.
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Carmel performing arts center betting big on fund raisingRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carmel’s $137 million performing arts center is still a year from completion, but Executive Director Steven Libman already is pounding the pavement for donations.
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Some U.S. charity executives shared the pain in 2008

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Some—but not all—not-for-profit executives took pay cuts in 2008, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual salary survey.
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Widow likely biggest beneficiary of Simon's estate

September 26, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Bren Simon likely will inherit at least one-third of her billionaire husband’s fortune and potentially much more, wealth managers speculate, based on the legal and tax issues involved in such a large estate.
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Entrepreneur hopes real estate venture will rebuild neighborhoods, fund charitiesRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
David Sexauer has $250,000 and a list of about 120 properties he’d like to acquire from the city of Indianapolis.
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NFL helps spruce up high school's football field

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The George Washington Community High School football team played its season opener at a newly renovated field and stadium, thanks to a joint effort of the National Football League, the Indianapolis Colts and Local Initiatives Support Corp.
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