Philanthropy

Local Komen event registrations lag last year's slow pace

April 10, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Participation in Indianapolis’ massive annual Race for the Cure fundraising event took a hit last year as controversy swirled around policies at the national Susan G. Komen organization. This year, Mother Nature is getting the blame.
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IU’s philanthropy school to be named for Lilly family

April 9, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy—believed to be the first of its kind—is set to be christened at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.
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DeVoe gift helps Indiana Wesleyan create business school

April 8, 2013
The $5 million donation from the family of late Indianapolis businessman James F. DeVoe will help found a new school of business on the university’s Marion campus.
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As city budget tightens, Center Township trustee has money to burn

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IBJ SPECIAL REPORT: Center Township lowered its bank balance in 2012, to $6.7 million, but the biggest checks Trustee Eugene Akers wrote weren't for emergency needs like food or shelter, the township’s main mission.
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Tough times didn't spur spike in poor relief

April 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heading into the 2008 recession, Center Township sat on $10.5 million in cash, but sky-high unemployment and rising poverty over the next four years failed to drain those funds, and the disconnect persists in several area townships.
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NFP of NOTE: Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure

April 6, 2013
The Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure saves lives and ends breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality of care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.
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Butler lands $10M grant for sciences expansion

April 3, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Butler University has received a $10 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to help the school expand its sciences efforts, Butler announced Wednesday morning.
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United Way expects to cut grants despite record fundraising

April 2, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The not-for-profit on Tuesday projected a record 2012 campaign total of $41 million. But as more donors earmark gifts for specific purposes, less is available for general grantmaking.
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Zoo kicks off public phase of orangutan campaignRestricted Content

March 30, 2013
Indianapolis Zoo leaders staged a pep rally at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to garner support for what they call the “new team in town”—the seven orangutans expected to take up residence at the end of the year.
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Center for Performing Arts angles for more shows, donorsRestricted Content

March 23, 2013
Dan Human
Two years after opening, the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel is working on its first strategy, an effort aimed at maximizing attendance while providing financial stability.
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NFP of NOTE: Little Red Door Cancer Agency

March 23, 2013
Little Red Door Cancer Agency strives to make the most of life and the least of cancer by reducing the physical, emotional and financial burdens of cancer for the medically underserved residents of central Indiana.
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Children's Museum brings aboard David Wolf for space push

March 21, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has landed retired astronaut David Wolf as its first “Extraordinary Scientist-in-Residence,” calling on the native Hoosier to help develop programs sparking kids’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
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Running events proliferate; sponsor dollars pour inRestricted Content

March 18, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
The 500 Festival Mini Marathon in May will once again focus Hoosier attention on distance running—a sport where shifting demographics and rising interest have combined to generate strong sponsorship revenue.
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New CEO of disability-services group to tackle red inkRestricted Content

March 16, 2013
Dan Human
Easter Seals Crossroads has promoted its No. 2 leader to take the top post—a challenging assignment at a time the organization is weathering annual deficits of almost $1 million and facing uncertainty over future government funding.
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Ex-Butler chief hatched plan to use basketball to turn around university

March 16, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Twenty-five years ago, Butler University President Geoffrey Bannister had an idea to elevate the college by making the lowly men’s Bulldog basketball team a national power, then use it as a marketing tool to engage alumni, increase annual giving to the school, and recruit more and better students and instructors.
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NFP of NOTE: Conner Prairie Interactive History ParkRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park inspires curiosity and fosters learning about Indiana’s past by providing engaging, individualized and unique experiences.
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Quirky campaign aims to win new listeners for WFYIRestricted Content

March 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
National Public Radio is spending $750,000 on an aggressive advertising campaign designed to boost its audience in four test cities, including Indianapolis, by pointing out the wide variety of people who listen to public radio.
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One gift boosted major donations in Indiana in 2012Restricted Content

March 2, 2013
Dan Human
An Indiana-born entrepreneur gave $125 million. Just five others gave $1 million or more.
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United Way sees promise in new CEO's connections

February 28, 2013
Dan Human
Ann Murtlow has no experience running a not-for-profit, yet she is charging into the top job at one of the city’s largest charitable groups. The people who hired the former Indianapolis Power & Light Co. CEO say her connections to the Indianapolis business community are a big plus in her new role at United Way of Central Indiana.
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Ex-IPL chief Murtlow picked to lead United Way

February 27, 2013
Dan Human
Former Indianapolis Power & Light Co. CEO Ann Murtlow will take the helm of the United Way of Central Indiana on April 1, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon. She'll be the first new chief at the local not-for-profit since 1998.
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Crean's revival of IU basketball fuels donations, merchandise salesRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Indiana University is looking to cash in on the success of its men's basketball team this season, but is struggling to find ways to make more money from an already popular program.
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Group recruiting 'standing army' to support charters

February 23, 2013
J.K. Wall
A new group of 40-something professionals in central Indiana is hoping to do for education reform what the amateur sports initiative did 35 years ago: spawn a generation of leaders to work on a long-term challenge.
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NFP of NOTE: School on Wheels Corp.

February 23, 2013
School on Wheels Corp. provides one-on-one tutoring and educational advocacy for school-age children affected by homelessness.
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Grant-funded projects aim to make Indianapolis nicerRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Ten winning proposals were selected from almost 200 applications for "Nice Grants" from local Web marketing firm SmallBox and consumer-ratings service Angie's List.
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Purdue hopes huge donation first of many under Daniels

February 19, 2013
Dan Human
Purdue University has high hopes that former Gov. Mitch Daniels’ new role as president and donation pitchman eventually will help double charitable contributions to the school.
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