Philanthropy

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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Planned Parenthood closing 5 Indiana clinics

September 7, 2009
Associated Press
Planned Parenthood will close five health clinics across central Indiana after losing some of its federal grant money to provide family planning services to low-income women.
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Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute seeks comebackRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute’s board has hired Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger to engineer a resuscitation.
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Carmel arts foundation adds directors; Stutz names residents

September 5, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Carmel Performing Arts Foundation has appointed its first independent board members, Rollin Dick and Rosemary Waters. In downtown Indianapolis, two local artists will receive free studio space in the Stutz Building for the next year.
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United Way divvies up $5.8M in homelessness funds to 20 groups

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Twenty local agencies that help fight homelessness will receive $5.8 million in federal stimulus funds, the United Way of Central Indiana announced today.
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Not-for-profit wins $80K prize

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
College Mentors for Kids won $80,000 in products and services from a host of local companies in the Indy Business Makeover Competition. The winner was selected from among 10 finalists through online voting.
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Harrison Ford to consult on Indianapolis Prize

August 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The $100,000 Indianapolis Prize, given every other year for achievement in animal conservation, said novelist and Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen and actor Harrison Ford will be co-chairs for the September 2010 award.
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