Philanthropy

Recession takes its toll on charitiesRestricted Content

October 13, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin

Area not-for-profits are beginning to feel the sting of the year-old credit crunch, which has escalated into a full-blown financial crisis that's battered investors and likely pushed the nation into recession.


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Education causes attract state foundations' support: Rate of giving outpaces national average 2-to-1Restricted Content

September 29, 2008
Andrea Muirragui
Nearly half the money Indiana foundations gave away in 2005 went to educational organizations-more than twice the rate of such giving nationally, according to a new study from Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. All told, the state's independent, corporate and community foundations awarded $450 million in grants to support education, 47 percent of the $965 million total. Nationally, about 23 percent of foundation giving goes to education. "My intuition tells me ... foundations are making education a priority as the...
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Tough economy touching all industries, but some are hurting more than othersRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Anthony Schoettle, Cory Schouten

Stock markets are falling, jobs are disappearing, and the outlook for the economy seems grim. Banks, real estate developers, retailers and manufacturers are taking the worst hits, but all types of businesses in central Indiana are hurting. From health care to technology, education to philanthropy, every industry is trying to take the setbacks in stride.


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Arts fund-raising model not embraced locallyRestricted Content

September 8, 2008
Sam Stall

These days, many Indianapolis arts organizations barely know where their next dollar will come from. But an innovative fund-raising model that's found success in other cities might provide that sorely needed cash. In Cincinnati, a venerable not-for-profit called the United Arts Fund, founded in 1927, stages an annual workplace campaign, then doles out the bountiful proceeds to local arts organizations.


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State prevention program helps Children's Bureau enter new areas, lift budgetRestricted Content

September 1, 2008
Andrea Muirragui Davis

Since its origins as the Widows and Orphans Asylum in 1851, the Children's Bureau has been working to fix broken families in Indianapolis. Now the local not-for-profit has expanded its reach into 37 Indiana counties--growing its budget 22 percent in the process. But the agency remains focused on Marion County, where it's building a $9.2 million service center at 16th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets.


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Firm brings big-name help to small not-for-profits: Consultant will offer tiered Web-based advice to help keep its fees affordableRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Some heavy hitters in the local not-forprofit consulting world have formed Achieve LLC, a company that will use the Internet to make high-end advice available to small and midsize charities. Its goal is to give organizations experiencing growing pains access to expert advice they usually can't afford. "The question was, how do you fill that void for smaller not-for-profits?" said coowner and Vice President Dave Sternberg, former associate director of the Fundraising School at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy and...
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Firm brings big-name help to small not-for-profits: Consultant will offer tiered Web-based advice to help keep its fees affordableRestricted Content

August 18, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Some heavy hitters in the local not-forprofit consulting world have formed Achieve LLC, a company that will use the Internet to make high-end advice available to small and midsize charities. Its goal is to give organizations experiencing growing pains access to expert advice they usually can't afford. "The question was, how do you fill that void for smaller not-for-profits?" said coowner and Vice President Dave Sternberg, former associate director of the Fundraising School at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy and...
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NOTIONS: Bless the blogosphere, all praise social networkingRestricted Content

July 28, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
A few months ago, after considerable cajoling, my friend Erik convinced me to join yet another online social network. This one's called Smaller Indiana. It bills itself as "making people and ideas findable." So now, in addition to being "LinkedIn" with a few hundred of my friends and colleagues past and present, and in addition to being what BusinessWeek calls a "fogey on Facebook," I'm also a Smoosier-the moniker for Smaller Indiana members. No sooner had I become a Smoosier...
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Dry cleaner's fight against sons' rare disease could lead to other life-saving treatmentsRestricted Content

July 21, 2008
Anthony Schoettle
Nathan's Battle Foundation, led by Phil Milto--who has two sons afflicted with the disease--has evolved over 10 years into what Milto calls a not-for-profit biotech company that has raised money and guided research that resulted in a promising treatment for Batten disease. Now, some of the gene therapy techniques researchers developed are being applied to other disorders.
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Charitable giving becomes bigger part of event celebrationsRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Kathryn Morgan and Richard Cimera met at a dog park in Greenwood, where Cimera's basset hound won over Morgan's shy Labrador and boxer mix. And the owners soon followed suit, dating and then marrying on June 13. When the Greenwood couple planned their wedding, they wanted a way to share a bit of their happiness. So, in lieu of party favors, they made a donation to an animal-welfare organization.
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IRS requires not-for-profits to disclose more info: Organizations gearing up for new rules in 2009Restricted Content

June 2, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
For the first time in decades, the Internal Revenue Service is making a major revision to the way not-for-profits disclose information about their finances, governance and operations. Coming in the wake of scrutiny from federal lawmakers and regulators alike, the changes to IRS Form 990 that take effect next year require not-for-profit leaders to provide more information on executive compensation and potential conflicts of interest, for example. And for the first time ever, most organizations will be required to file...
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Wheeler Mission backers to kick off fund drive: Push to address building needs, ease financial strainRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
In February, Indianapolis' Wheeler Mission Ministries cut non-residential programming to stave off a budget shortfall as donations flat-lined and more homeless people came through its doors. Now the mission is facing more tough times, projecting as much as a $500,000 shortfall for the fiscal year that begins June 1. To help close the gap, supporters are kicking off Operation Restoration, a fund drive they hope will raise $11 million to help the mission expand, pay building debts, and build a...
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Zoobilation sells out fast despite $200-plus admissionRestricted Content

May 5, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
Far from the typical rubber-chicken fund-raiser attended mostly by board members and their friends--Zoobilation, the 22-year-old, annual black-tie fund-raiser for the Indianapolis Zoo--attracts 4,300 ticket holders eager to spend an evening wining and dining at the zoo.
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Colts, God license plates slice into sales of charity tagsRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Sales of specialty license plates benefiting colleges, not-for-profits and other Indiana organizations fell by nearly a third last year after the state unveiled "In God We Trust" tags as a free alternative to the lime-green pastoral fields plates reviled by many motorists.
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VIEWPOINT: 'Buy local' should be rallying cryRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Brian Sullivan
In recent months, our governor and mayors across the state proudly have announced business developments and out-of-state companies' plans to expand or relocate in Indiana. They've worked overtime to earn these economic boosts, and they're to be congrat ulated for helping bolster the state and local economy. But we're ignoring a simple strategy that could yield many more high-paying jobs: Buy local. Here's the irony: Pursuing this strategy doesn't have to cost a dime. No recruiting trips to China, no...
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ECONOMIC ANALYSIS: Talk of corporate greed falls flat with this economistRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Mike Hicks
It is an election year again, and talk of corporate greed, that stalwart in the lexicon of electioneering, once again fills the airwaves. An economics columnist usually wouldn't write about matters of sin. But attacks on greed always seem to have a policy message attached, and that is a big problem for all of us. Formally, corporations cannot be greedy. Corporations, not being human, cannot feel the weight of sin and so do not exhibit greed any more than they...
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Charities are feeling pain of gas price spike: Groups scrambling for volunteers, dollars to beef up transportationRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
With gas prices on the rise-and expected to reach $4 a gallon this summer-local not-for-profits are losing volunteers and throwing money at skyrocketing transportation budgets. Indianapolis Meals on Wheels Inc. Executive Director Barb Morris is used to fielding calls from reporters whenever gas prices fluctuate. In the past, she quashed their theory that high prices at the pump drove away volunteers. Not now, though. "If you'd asked me four or five months ago, I would have said, 'Absolutely not,'" Morris...
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Commentary: Indiana needs social entrepreneurshipRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Brian Williams
In the Middle Ages, the French coined a new word that today we would identify as "undertake." Around 1828, this old French word, "entreprendre" was absorbed into the English language and after some use and m o d i fi c a t i o n s became a word we recognize and vener ate in our society today ... entrepreneur. As a nation founded and populated by men and women who risked life and fortune to reach our shores,...
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When work no longer satisfies, execs answer charity's callRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
J.K. Wall
When Jim Cotterill became president of the newly formed Hoosier Christian Foundation in August, it capped off six years of soul-searching for the Indianapolis entrepreneur. Cotterill represents growing numbers of local business professionals who have diverted their time and talent to charity and service.
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EDITORIAL: 'Tis the season to help others: Don't forget charities when givingRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
'Tis the season to help others Don't forget charities when giving If our early December snowfall didn't get central Indiana's bells jingling, the overflowing mall parking lots should make it clear: Santa Claus is coming to town, and he's bringing plenty of credit-card-toting elves with him. The National Retail Federation predicts Americans will spend almost $475 billion on holiday-related purchases this year, up 4 percent from 2006. That's a lot of fruitcake. Our economy could use the boost, no doubt...
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Simon family donates $40M to Riley

November 14, 2007
A $40 million gift from the Simon family to Riley Hospital for Children will help finish a new 10-story in-patient building and launch a fund-raising campaign, Riley Children's Foundation announced this morning.
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Indianapolis not-for-profit brings in 15-year-old directorRestricted Content

November 12, 2007
Chris O'Malley
An Indianapolis not-for-profit has taken one of the most radical approaches yet toward trying to remain relevant to the next generation and to perpetuate its mission. It's put a 15-year-old on its board of directors.
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Endowments on rise for small not-for-profitsRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Wendy Gould
Leaders of small not-for-profits often are so concerned with day-to-day survival that they have little--if any--time to worry about saving for the future. A growing number of local organizations are bucking that trend, taking a proactive approach to build an endowment its leaders hope will result in more stable, predictable income.
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Need for college watchdog not-for-profit questionedRestricted Content

October 15, 2007
Tracy Donhardt
Not everyone is welcoming the launch of an Indianapolis-based not-for-profit, backed by billionaire businessmen, that aims to curb colleges' discretion in spending donor contributions.
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Clicking for dollars starting to compute?: Online donations to not-for-profits show signs of growth after sluggish yearsRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Chris O\'malley
During 1990s Internet mania, some in philanthropic circles had high hopes for online fund raising. After all, if people were buying books and clothes on the Web, they might just as impulsively click on a not-for-profit's "donate" button. "They always expected it was really going to take off," recalled Eugene Tempel, director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. "But it never did." That may be changing: A new study by the Indianapolis-based center finds that not-for-profits "may be...
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