Philanthropy

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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After 2011 tragedy, state fair expands offerings

July 14, 2012
Anthony Schoettle
The Indiana State Fair is raising admission prices and adding a parking charge as it tries to recover from a big hit to its bottom line caused by last year’s tragic stage collapse.
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NFP of NOTE: Jubilee Village Project

July 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The mission of the Jubilee Village Project is to provide hope, opportunity and liberty to villages around the world.
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Lilly Endowment awards Butler biz accelerator $3M

July 13, 2012
The gift will enable the accelerator to keep providing consulting services to mid-size Indiana businesses using the experience of consultants, as well as Butler University faculty and students. It launched in 2005 with the help of a $22 million grant from the endowment.
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Purdue sees 2nd-best year for donations

July 11, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University says donations to the school rose by 32 percent during the past year for its second-best fundraising year on record.
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City parks foundation chooses new president

July 10, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has selected Tanya Husain as its new president, the group announced Monday. Husain will replace retiring parks foundation president Cindy Porteous.
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