Philanthropy

Lilly Endowment gives Indiana nature trust $10M grant

November 14, 2012
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources brings to $30 million the amount of funding for the initiative to acquire more wilderness land to mark the state's 200th birthday in 2016.
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Glick Fund issues $2.5 million in program grants

November 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Glick Fund has doled out more than $2.5 million in grants to 37 Indianapolis-area organizations, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, which manages the fund, announced Wednesday.
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Gift lets land trust preserve 109 acres in Johnson County

November 13, 2012
Dan Human
A $200,000 gift from the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust will help the Central Indiana Land Trust acquire 109 forested acres in southwest Johnson County.
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IBJ Holiday Wish List returns

November 10, 2012
Indianapolis Business Journal’s annual Holiday Wish List will debut in the Nov. 26 issue and will appear weekly though Dec. 24.
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City bans bulk land-bank sales after lopsided deal with not-for-profit

November 3, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis last year sold 154 properties from its land bank for $1,000 each to a novice not-for-profit, which immediately flipped them for a total $500,000 profit. More than a dozen have changed hands multiple times since then, making investors more than $1 million. (with interactive map)
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Anti-hunger groups tap Six Sigma gurus for guidanceRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Dan Human
Members of the Indy Hunger Network knew it would take discipline when they set the goal of feeding 185 million meals every year—27 million more than they do now—by 2015.
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NFP of NOTE: Partnerships for Lawrence

November 3, 2012
Partnerships for Lawrence, aka the Lawrence Art Center, is a champion for the arts in Lawrence.
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Clowes to get $2M upgrade for 50th anniversary

October 30, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Clowes Memorial Hall at Butler University will get a $2 million makeover that will involve replacing 2,200 seats and carpeting, Butler announced Tuesday.
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Katie Betley throws herself into community serviceRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Katie Maurer
Whether she’s working with the Indianapolis Zoo, the United Way of Central Indiana or Butler University, Katie Betley is a constant presence in civic circles, a whirling dervish of volunteerism and can-do spirit.
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Church caught up in nightmare after life insurance scheme soursRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Lindberg Road Church of Christ in Anderson has filed for bankruptcy protection because of a failed plan to finance construction on its properties. The plan involved buying life insurance on elderly members, with the intent to sell the policies later on the secondary market.
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Zoo building impressive fundraising recordRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Zoo has reeled in $25 million of the $30 million it’s seeking for a capital campaign that will pay for a new orangutan facility, among other projects.
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ISO must raise $5M in less than four months, according to dealRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has until Feb. 3, 2013, to collect $5 million—almost as much as it typically raises in a full year--or its five-year agreement with its musicians that’s set to kick in the following day will be nullified.
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University endowments are digging out of deep holeRestricted Content

October 20, 2012
Dan Human
Indiana college endowments have surged back since the recession, but three-quarters closed the 2011 fiscal year below where they were when the market crashed.
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NFP OF NOTE: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra

October 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra’s mission is to advance and promote music composed for the small orchestra through professional concert performances and education programs.
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Local Easter Seals CEO to retire after 32 years

October 18, 2012
James Vento, president and CEO of Easter Seals Crossroads, is retiring after 32 years at the helm of the Indianapolis-based agency, the not-for-profit said Wednesday.
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City robotics center aims to spark interest in STEM careers

October 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
TechPoint Foundation for Youth is seeking a site and support for a new program intended to get students interested in careers involving science, technology, engineering and math.
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Another symphony contract deadline passes without a deal

October 8, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra musicians’ contract negotiations remain stalled and another week of concerts has been canceled after a Saturday deadline passed with no resolution.
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Small charity eases struggles of breast cancer patientsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Dan Human
With volunteer leader Nancy Shepard at the helm, IWIN Foundation has distributed $875,000 in grants to breast cancer patients. Recipients have ranged in age from 18 to 90.
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NFP of NOTE: Perry Senior Citizens Services

October 6, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Perry Senior Citizens Services's mission is to maintain and enhance the lives of Perry Township's senior citizens.
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DePauw gets $25M for dining hall, scholarships

October 4, 2012
Associated Press
A Colorado couple who both graduated from DePauw University have donated $25 million to the private liberal arts college to build a new dining hall and to endow need-based scholarships.
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ISO asking for fewer concessions, sets Saturday deadline

October 2, 2012
Dan Human
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra executives have given musicians until 6 p.m. Saturday to decide on a contract offer that asks for significantly fewer concessions than previous proposals. But musicians say the offer is unacceptable due to an escape clause.
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Symphony donors question giving amid contract dispute

September 29, 2012
Dan Human
The ailing Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra intends to step up annual donations 40 percent. But many longtime donors feel conflicted about future contributions as they await word on whether the ISO will scale back to part time.
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Tempel picked as dean for IU's new philanthropy school

September 28, 2012
Dan Human
Gene Tempel, president and CEO of the Indiana University Foundation since 2008, has been appointed the first dean of IU’s new School of Philanthropy, the university announced Friday.
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Charity watchdogs at odds with IUPUI professorRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Dan Human
IUPUI economics professor Richard Steinberg stands by his philanthropic theory, despite seeing his fundraising principles speared by a charity watchdog group and then by a cable news network. At issue is his belief that charities are justified in spending heavily on fundraising, because doing so positions them for long-term success.
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NFP of NOTE: Down Syndrome Indiana Inc.Restricted Content

September 22, 2012
Down Syndrome Indiana Inc. is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with Down syndrome.
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  1. If I were a developer I would be looking at the Fountain Square and Fletcher Place neighborhoods instead of Broad Ripple. I would avoid the dysfunctional BRVA with all of their headaches. It's like deciding between a Blackberry or an iPhone 5s smartphone. BR is greatly in need of updates. It has become stale and outdated. Whereas Fountain Square, Fletcher Place and Mass Ave have become the "new" Broad Ripples. Every time I see people on the strip in BR on the weekend I want to ask them, "How is it you are not familiar with Fountain Square or Mass Ave? You have choices and you choose BR?" Long vacant storefronts like the old Scholar's Inn Bake House and ZA, both on prominent corners, hurt the village's image. Many business on the strip could use updated facades. Cigarette butt covered sidewalks and graffiti covered walls don't help either. The whole strip just looks like it needs to be power washed. I know there is more to the BRV than the 700-1100 blocks of Broad Ripple Ave, but that is what people see when they think of BR. It will always be a nice place live, but is quickly becoming a not-so-nice place to visit.

  2. I sure hope so and would gladly join a law suit against them. They flat out rob people and their little punk scam artist telephone losers actually enjoy it. I would love to run into one of them some day!!

  3. Biggest scam ever!! Took 307 out of my bank ac count. Never received a single call! They prey on new small business and flat out rob them! Do not sign up with these thieves. I filed a complaint with the ftc. I suggest doing the same ic they robbed you too.

  4. Woohoo! We're #200!!! Absolutely disgusting. Bring on the congestion. Indianapolis NEEDS it.

  5. So Westfield invested about $30M in developing Grand Park and attendance to date is good enough that local hotel can't meet the demand. Carmel invested $180M in the Palladium - which generates zero hotel demand for its casino acts. Which Mayor made the better decision?

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