Philanthropy

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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NFP of NOTE: St. Margaret's Hospital Guild

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild’s mission is to raise funds for the services and programs of Wishard Health Services.
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Simon built mall empire from scratch, changed way America shopsRestricted Content

September 19, 2009
Cory Schouten
Melvin Simon, who died at 82 on Sept. 16, grasped early on that creation of the nation's interstate system would pave the way for large, enclosed shopping centers.
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Weight-loss challenges at local firms raise money for charity

September 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Employees at five different companies collectively lost 805 pounds over six weeks this summer. They also raised $805 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central Indiana.
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UPDATE: Simon remembered for vision, courage

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
A Friday funeral is planned for a man who made a fortune building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis. Melvin Simon, 82, succumbed this morning after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
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'Community icon' Melvin Simon dies

September 16, 2009
Cory Schouten
Melvin Simon, a tailor’s son who earned billions building shopping malls across the U.S. and later became a prolific philanthropist in his adopted hometown of Indianapolis, has died. He was 82.
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New Columbia Club general manager trying to reverse membership slideRestricted Content

September 12, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
James Rentschler hopes to restore the Columbia Club’s luster, and its membership roster, by returning the institution to its gilded roots.
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NFP of NOTE: 100 Black Men of Indianapolis

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
100 Black Men of Indianapolis' mission is partnering with local schools, universities and other organizations to provide programs that encourage personal development, academic growth and basic life skills to positively impact the mental, physical, moral and spiritual development of young people.
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United Way scales back fund-raising goal

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana recently announced a fund-raising goal of $39 million. That’s less than the goal of $40 million set last year, when fund raising fell short, ending at $38.8 million.
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Indianapolis Zoo won't be only not-for-profit to benefit from coupon book

September 12, 2009
 IBJ Staff
After several years of supporting the Indianapolis Zoo with the proceeds from its “Discover Indy” Savings Book, Delphi Specialty Publications Inc. will give to different charities.
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Community Fair promotes volunteerism

September 10, 2009
The city of Indianapolis and United Way of Central Indiana will host the eighth annual Community Fair on Monument Circle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow to commemorate the anniversary of 9/11.
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Simon Foundation gives $1M to library literacy initiative

September 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation today announced that it has received a $1 million gift from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation to expand its early childhood literacy initiative.
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  1. Those of you yelling to deport them all should at least understand that the law allows minors (if not from a bordering country) to argue for asylum. If you don't like the law, you can petition Congress to change it. But you can't blindly scream that they all need to be deported now, unless you want your government to just decide which laws to follow and which to ignore.

  2. 52,000 children in a country with a population of nearly 300 million is decimal dust or a nano-amount of people that can be easily absorbed. In addition, the flow of children from central American countries is decreasing. BL - the country can easily absorb these children while at the same time trying to discourage more children from coming. There is tension between economic concerns and the values of Judeo-Christian believers. But, I cannot see how the economic argument can stand up against the values of the believers, which most people in this country espouse (but perhaps don't practice). The Governor, who is an alleged religious man and a family man, seems to favor the economic argument; I do not see how his position is tenable under the circumstances. Yes, this is a complicated situation made worse by politics but....these are helpless children without parents and many want to simply "ship" them back to who knows where. Where are our Hoosier hearts? I thought the term Hoosier was synonymous with hospitable.

  3. Illegal aliens. Not undocumented workers (too young anyway). I note that this article never uses the word illegal and calls them immigrants. Being married to a naturalized citizen, these people are criminals and need to be deported as soon as humanly possible. The border needs to be closed NOW.

  4. Send them back NOW.

  5. deport now

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