Philanthropy

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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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: It's OK for philanthropic motivations to be a little selfishRestricted Content

September 24, 2007
Jami Marsh
It probably goes without saying that New Yorkers can be, well, a bit difficult. As a fund-raiser for a NYC-based not-forprofit for many years, I encountered my fair share of these folks, which is one reason why I really looked forward to coming back to my home state of Indiana. Having grown up in Indiana, I knew of the kindness and generosity shown to me by neighbors, teachers-even complete strangers-but I'd never lived and worked here as an adult. More...
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Charity alliances in United Way's shadow seek their shareRestricted Content

August 27, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Once a year, the CEO implores employees to sign pledge cards to the United Way. Local health and human services agencies that benefit wait to redeem your tax-deductible gift. But others are preaching there's another path to charitable-giving heaven. Lesser-known federations continue to nip at the heels of the United Way establishment in the workplace.
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Chase donating gifts it hopes will be noticedRestricted Content

July 23, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Not-for-profits that banked on consistent support from the banker down the street can no longer count on a tip of the top hat, thanks to ever-larger mergers among institutions that have changed the dynamic of their charitable giving.
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Charities face more empty leadership chairsRestricted Content

July 9, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Only 29 percent of executives have discussed a transition plan with their boards, according to a study by San Francisco-based CompassPoint Nonprofit Services. Converging with this lack of preparedness is an approaching deficit of leaders.
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Philanthropy center busting assumptions: Institute's research shows there's still much to learnRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Chris O\'malley
The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University plans to share more of its prolific research through two new courses to be tested this fall in Indianapolis, and launched here and elsewhere next spring. Both new courses, including one on the dynamics of women's giving, could be a gold mine for perpetually prospecting not-for-profits-and for wealth advisers and wealth managers. "We're hoping there could be some niches we can carve out in this area. There's a great thirst for knowledge," said...
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Gorilla exhibit to be one of nation's largest: Apes and new oceans area designed to boost attendance, conservationRestricted Content

May 28, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Fresh off the debut of a $9.5 million Oceans exhibit, the Indianapolis Zoo is already laying the groundwork for its next blockbuster. But it may come with a beastly price tag. A gorilla and bonobo habitat scheduled to open in 2013 is expected to cost tens of millions of dollars. "I can't tell you if this is a $30 million project or a $50 million project," said Indianapolis Zoo President Michael Crowther. "What I can tell you is that we're...
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Not-for-profit thrift stores shake low-end imageRestricted Content

May 7, 2007
Lisa Gerstner
Thrifty Threads store manager Tim Waldrip can hardly keep up when he puts stylish used clothes on the thrift store's mannequins. Customers snag them so quickly he has to change the outfits three to four times a day. Regardless of what its mannequins are wearing, the not-forprofit shop on West 86th Street is flourishing. Sales in 2006 reached $336,000-a 24-percent increase from the previous year. Now the Julian Center, the Indianapolis shelter for abused women that runs Thrifty Threads, is...
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Charity sees hope in Third World 'micro' lendingRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
Chris O'Malley
In the village of Armenia, in western El Salvador, the Barahona Bautista family last month got a $246 loan to start a pig farm from Ambassadors for Children. Micro loans are new to Ambassadors, which assists children in more than a dozen countries.
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LESSONS LEARNED: 'GIVE BACK'ANDY MEDLEY AND SCOTT HILL co-owners, CIK Enterprises LLCRestricted Content

April 30, 2007
-Andrea Muirragui
Small-business owners have plenty on their plates-like finding customers and keeping them happy. But CIK Enterprises partners Scott Hill and Andy Medley have found room for a heaping helping of generosity, too. The west-side direct marketing firm has a program in place that directs 1 percent of monthly profit to local charities, a seemingly small number that nevertheless is growing along with the 7-year-old company. That's the idea. "Capitalism has a negative connotation as something that's profitdriven and cut-throat," Medley...
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DOING GOOD: LINDSAY CORNELIUS: MBA student emerging as philanthropic leaderRestricted Content

April 23, 2007
Judith Cebula
DOING GOOD LINDSAY CORNELIUS MBA student emerging as philanthropic leader To hear Lindsay Cornelius tell it, Indianapolis is the best place to live: It's a growing city, with terrific new restaurants, fabulous art galleries, great parks, excellent museums, hip clubs and a booming downtown. But like any major metropoli tan area, it has its problems. And that has Cornelius, 26, determined to be among the legions of young men and women who care deeply about things like quality schools and...
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IU alum selling rare Neiman collectionRestricted Content

April 23, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
Indianapolis businessman Barton Kaufman is auctioning off 26 paintings by notable New York artist LeRoy Neiman. Kaufman plans to donate the money to Indiana University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in 1962 and law degree in 1965.
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Please pass the popcorn - and the cash: Not-for-profits hope film encourages more donationsRestricted Content

March 5, 2007
Chris O\'malley
But can a movie to be released March 9, "The Ultimate Gift," inspire the masses to give money to charitable groups? Not-for-profits hope so, although the idea that an emotion-driven Hollywood film can translate into a thoughtful and deliberate giving plan remains to be seen. "Donor education is a very difficult thing to get done. This may be a good start," said Gene Tempel, executive director of the IU Center on Philanthropy. The movie is based on the book of...
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Not-for-profits grow as college students take hands-on approachRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Lisa Gerstner
Indianapolis not-for-profits are growing as more universities embrace service learning--an educational approach that encourages students to incorporate academics into community service.
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Charities struggle to cultivate donorsRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Tammy Lieber
Attracting people under 40 with money to give is one of the latest challenges faced by not-for-profit organizations. As fund-raisers look toward cultivating the next generation of supporters, they see a younger generation that appears less inclined to do so.
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Program to offer cyber help for charities: IUPUI initiative creates database of consultantsRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Tom Murphy
The IUPUI Solution Center soon will expand into cyberspace, launching a free Web site not-for-profits can use to network and find consultants. Its new Nonprofit Solutions Initiative will run the site and provide a database of consultants grouped by 25 areas of expertise. The site also will offer advice on how to work with them. The Solution Center, launched in 2003 with the help of a Lilly Endowment Inc. grant, helps bolster small businesses and not-for-profits. The new initiative, which...
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More givers asking not-for-profits to meet goals before getting donationsRestricted Content

December 18, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
Restricted gifts have long been common among foundations and corporate funders, but now individuals are getting into the act, too. Experts say more donors are attaching conditions to their contributions to encourage the recipient to push itself to achieve.
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From blankets to burials, trustee work never ends:Restricted Content

November 20, 2006
-Tom Murphy
You can turn to a township trustee for help if a fire leaves you homeless or a hospital stay leaves you penniless. You also look to the office if a dog devours your livestock or you need a fence dispute resolved. Indiana's 1,008 trustees make up the state's largest single group of elected officials, and their lengthy list of duties ranges from the conventional to the odd. Some are charged with destroying "noxious weeds" and "rank vegetation," according to the...
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Some say Wheeler Mission hurts neighborhood's potentialRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Jennifer Whitson
A fall merger of two Indianapolis homeless shelters set off a new round of speculation about whether Wheeler Mission Ministries Inc. will continue to operate out of its 245 N. Delaware St. location--a stone's throw from multimillion-dollar redevelopment under way on Massachusetts Avenue.
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Obstacles couldn't stop community-minded ShaheenRestricted Content

November 6, 2006
Tammy Lieber
Yvonne Shaheen, retired CEO of Long Electric Co., is the winner of the 2006 Michael A. Carroll award, given annually in memory of the former deputy mayor to a person who embodies determination, devotion, humility and community.
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Riverview, Irsay take separate paths to exotic getaways: Nancy's Retreat organizers start dueling eventsRestricted Content

September 25, 2006
Tom Murphy
One retreat tempts central Indiana women to "capture their dreams"-and grab a makeover while they're at it-during a long weekend in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The other promises "a trip of a lifetime" in nearby Nuevo Vallarta. Last year, a hurricane swept away plans for the second annual Nancy's Retreat getaway, which was created by Nancy Irsay and the Riverview Memorial Foundation. This year, different visions split the retreat in two and created competing trips that benefit separate charities. Neither side...
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NOTIONS: Dear philanthropist: Make me a daydream believerRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Bruce Hetrick
Last month, I picked up my boys in Fort Wayne, drove north on Interstate 69, hooked a left at Interstate 94, and got off at the Portage, Mich., exit. There, we whiled away the weekend at a family reunion. The grownups ate too much, caught up on gossip and puttered around the lake in the speedboat. The teenagers, whom we rarely saw, did X-Box battle in the basement. On Sunday, after the kids had surfaced for lunch and the grandparents...
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