Philanthropy

'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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Humane Society eyes city for $3M clinic

August 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is shopping for donors to support construction of a $3 million spay/neuter clinic in the Fountain Square area.
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Homeless youth ministry wins promo video

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The local video production company Bennett Innovations will donate a $25,000 custom video to Outreach Inc., a Christian organization that ministers to homeless youth.
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Private colleges group launches search for next chief executive

August 24, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Independent Colleges of Indiana has launched a national search for its next CEO after Hans Giesecke left to lead a college in Greece.
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Western art buyers gear up for Eiteljorg show

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The museum's annual sale for collectors, one of its biggest annual fund-raisers, is seeing strong advance registration. The Eiteljorg also has a new head of fund-raising.
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Little Red Door names new leader

August 11, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Little Red Door cancer agency has hired Fred Duncan, the chief fund-raiser at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as its new executive director, the not-for-profit announced today.
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New Junior Achievement chief hopes to reach more kidsRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The new CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Jennifer Burk, said she has ideas for reinvigorating the base of corporate supporters and reaching more students with entrepreneurship programs.

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United Way calling on well-heeled to dig deepRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
After so many years of trying to tap every possible cubicle-dweller for donations, United Way of Central Indiana is putting more effort into the richest veins in the workplace—the folks in corner offices.
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Charities gear up to provide school supplies, clothes

August 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two local organizations are trying to outfit thousands of kids before Indianapolis-area schools begin classes in August.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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Penrod Society sues ex-treasurer for $380,000

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Penrod Society has filed a lawsuit against former treasurer Brandon Benker, seeking to recover more than $380,000 it alleges he embezzled last year.
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New Franklin College office to help not-for-profits recruit volunteers

August 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College has a new office that helps Johnson County not-for-profits develop Web sites and recruit volunteers. The Nonprofit Resource Center was sparked in part by the lack of volunteer coordination during the summer floods of 2008.
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Arts festivals feel financial pinchRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Art-show organizers are getting creative to keep their events alive as they struggle to attract sponsors and participating artists.
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