Philanthropy

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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Symphony standoff might fray local supportRestricted Content

September 15, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s decision to cancel the first two weeks of its season and lock out musicians could carry long-term risks in alienating subscribers and donors, observers say.
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Higher ed commission OKs IU philanthropy school

September 14, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The university believes its School of Philanthropy will be the first in the world. The school will offer bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
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Grant takes Conner Prairie to frontier of science education

September 8, 2012
Dan Human
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park has been awarded a $2.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, to find ways to encourage history museums to incorporate the often unpopular and intimidating fields of science, technology, engineering and math into their offerings.
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NFP of NOTE: Storytelling Arts of Indiana

September 8, 2012
Storytelling Arts of Indiana promotes the art and use of storytelling in everyday life.
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United Way announces $40.8M fundraising goal

September 7, 2012
Dan Human
The United Way of Central Indiana has set a $40.8 million goal for its annual fundraising campaign, the group announced Friday. The Indianapolis-based not-for-profit is shooting to exceed last year’s campaign record of $40.6 million.
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Not-for-profits urge lawmakers not to kill plates

September 5, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers from not-for-profit groups urged Indiana lawmakers Wednesday not to kill the sales of specialty license plates that raise some of their funding.
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Zoo breaks ground on $21M orangutan exhibit

September 4, 2012
Cory Schouten
Indianapolis Zoo officials are hoping to finish strong on the organization's largest fundraising effort since the zoo moved to White River State Park in 1988.
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Lumina betting $10M on startupsRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, one of the nation’s largest donors to education groups, has given $10 million to a venture capital firm to fund for-profit startups with ideas to meet the nation’s education challenges.
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Indianapolis symphony's woes aren't just about moneyRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Dan Human
Even if the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s management and musicians overcome gaping differences and reach a contract agreement, industry experts say disconcerting questions will continue to hang over the organization.
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NFP of NOTE: Joy's House

August 25, 2012
Joy’s House is committed to supporting families by providing exceptional adult day services.
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Humane Society clinic to open with even bigger goal in mind

August 22, 2012
Dan Human
The Humane Society of Indianapolis is ready to open its new Animal Welfare Center in Haughville, featuring a low-cost vaccination clinic. The group wants to raise $750,000 to add a low-cost spay-and-neuter clinic to the center.
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Lacy Foundation names new president

August 16, 2012
Jill S. Lacy succeeds Margo Lacy Eccles, who served in that role for more than 30 years before her death June 25. She is married to Peter Lacy, Andre Lacy's youngest son and nephew of Margot Eccles.
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Indy seminary lands $8M grant for pastoral center

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis has received initial funding for its new Center for Pastoral Excellence through an $8 million grant from the Lilly Endowment.
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United Way's Annala planning ambitious final monthsRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Dan Human
Ellen Annala has less than a year to lead United Way of Central Indiana through a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign and launch a five-year strategy. At the same time, the not-for-profit’s board has its own challenge: finding someone to take over when Annala retires April 1.
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NFP of NOTE: MCCOY Inc.Restricted Content

August 11, 2012
MCCOY Inc. champions the positive difference of youth through leadership on key issues and supports the youth-worker community.
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Indy Zoo gets $2M gift for planned orangutan center

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
The Indianapolis Zoo said Thursday it that it received a $2 million gift toward its planned orangutan center from the family foundation of hotel developer Dean White.
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Couple works to bring good from wedding day crash

August 6, 2012
Associated Press
Tom and Lauren Hanley's wedding day turned tragic two years ago when a traffic accident killed a groomsman and injured others in their bridal party. The Indianapolis couple is now using some of their settlement in a lawsuit from the crash to support a mutual passion.
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Donors slow to support agencies serving seniors despite growing needRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Dan Human
The aging population is expected to generate an explosion in demand for senior services—taxing a network of often thinly funded providers. Executives of such not-for-profits say they often encounter apathy toward senior causes.
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NFP of NOTE: Trusted MentorsRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
Trusted Mentors uses the power of mentoring to help adults establish stable lives by reducing the chaos brought about by poverty, homelessness, underemployment and the effects of incarceration.
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United Way CEO Annala announces retirement

July 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Ellen K. Annala, who has led the United Way of Central Indiana as CEO for 14 years, will retire next year, the not-for-profit announced Wednesday afternoon.
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Lilly Endowment gift aimed at Walker Theatre renovation

July 17, 2012
Lilly Endowment's $500,000 gift will help fund needed maintenance to the historic building on Indiana Avenue. Center directors say the theater needs a new HVAC system, in addition to electrical wiring, lighting and sound equipment.
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UIndy receives $2M gift to help archive city’s history

July 16, 2012
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the University of Indianapolis a $2 million grant to help it begin cataloging four decades of city history as part of the university’s planned Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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