Philanthropy

Arts festivals feel financial pinchRestricted Content

August 3, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Art-show organizers are getting creative to keep their events alive as they struggle to attract sponsors and participating artists.
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Eli Lilly CEO, wife give United Way $1M gift

July 28, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Eli Lilly and Co. CEO John Lechleiter and his wife, Sarah, have pledged to give the United Way of Central Indiana a total of $1 million over the next four years as a “challenge to CEOs and other community leaders to step up their giving.”
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Clients flee advisory firm for not-for-profitsRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
WorkPoint, an Indianapolis firm entrusted to handle finances for not-for-profits, has lost several clients in the past 12 months, and all for the same reason—missing money.
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Second Helpings replaces gala with 'Harvest at Home' eventRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Second Helpings has moved its fundraiser to its near east-side food pantry and slashed prices in recognition of the economic climate.
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Humane Society offering 2-for-1 special on catsRestricted Content

July 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Humane Society of Indianapolis has been running adoption specials that have people lining up outside the Michigan Road shelter on weekends.
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Not-for-profits capitalize on Obama's call to serviceRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
President Obama is talking up volunteerism, and some not-for-profits are hustling to make sure they reap the benefits of the high-profile pitch. The Nature Conservancy and Indianapolis-based Kiwanis International were among the first organizations to announce their support of Obama’s summer service initiative, United We Serve, which kicked off June 22 and runs through Sept. 11.
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Greater Indianapolis YMCA has $30M in projects plannedRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
It takes a map of the entire metro area to show all the projects the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has on its drawing board. The $30 million plan calls for building two brand-new facilities, one in Avon and one in Pike Township; expanding the Fishers YMCA; and building a new outdoor pool in Lawrence.
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Damar Services scores land, ends fund-raising campaignRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Damar Services has closed its four-year, $6 million capital campaign, thanks to a donation of eight acres of land from South Bend-based Holladay Properties.
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Local ad firm does all-nighter for charities in needRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Vision3, a local advertising and marketing firm, is offering free creative services to area not-for-profits Aug. 27. Application deadline for Vision3's third annual CreateAthon is July 20.
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100 Black Men chapter recognized for serviceRestricted Content

July 6, 2009
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NFP of NOTE: Indy Reads

July 6, 2009
 IBJ Staff
A closer look at a local charitable organization.
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Production company to donate PSARestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Bennett Innovation is celebrating its 25th year by giving away $25,000 in services to a worthy not-for-profit.
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Planned Parenthood promotes health services for menRestricted Content

June 22, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Planned Parenthood of Indiana has launched a campaign to capitalize on the small but growing number of men who use its 34 health centers around the state.
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IU to offer degree in fund raising

June 15, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
Most fund-raisers stumble into the profession, but within a decade the field could be populated by recent college graduates who hold degrees in philanthropic studies.The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University soon will roll out a bachelor's degree that would be among the first of its kind. If all goes as planned, IUPUI would begin marketing the degree, granted by the School of Liberal Arts, for the fall of 2010.
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Pacers coach takes to streets to combat homelessnessRestricted Content

June 15, 2009
Anthony Schoettle
Even with the NBA draft approaching, Pacers coach Jim O'Brien makes time for his duties as a board member and on-the-ground volunteer for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention. A strong commitment to community service runs in the coach's family.
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Fireworks show fizzles under financial constraintsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
If you don't get your fireworks fix on July 4, you'll no longer have another chance this year to be awed by the colorful displays.
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Transit, sustainable development likely to be themes in rescue of near-north neighborhoodRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local leaders and, soon, a national team of experts, are quietly developing a strategy to revitalize Marion County's biggest concentration of brownfield sites and impoverished urban neighborhoods, centered at East 22nd Street and the Monon Trail.
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Recession toughens faith communitiesRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
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Arts Council faces grants-divvying dilemmaRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Arts Council of Indianapolis faces the unenviable task of divvying up less than $1 million in city grants for the arts, compared with $2.15 million that was awarded last year.
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Lilly, Simon receive top philanthropic awardsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Two global companies based in Indianapolis have been recognized for their philanthropic efforts.
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Project manager named for I-70 beautificationRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Cripe Architects and Engineers has been named lead consultant on a $2 million project to beautify five Interstate 70 interchanges.
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Churches look for ways to pay off construction projects planned before recession took toll on collection platesRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
In Indianapolis and around the country, congregations that expanded before the recession are now taking drastic measures, including budget cuts that have resulted in layoffs, salary reductions and giving less to charities.
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Contractors renovate offices for students and mentorsRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
This summer, Starfish Initiative will welcome a new class of scholars to its freshly painted offices with all new furniture, spacious meeting rooms and an inviting lounge.
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Theater satellite feeds help groups boost revenueRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
National CineMedia, the dominant player in movie video feeds, has worked with Indianapolis-based Drum Corps International and many other nonprofits to allow people to view the organizations' live shows in a theater setting.
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NFP of NOTE: School on Wheels Corp.

May 18, 2009
School on Wheels provides a continuum of academic care for homeless children by tackling one of the leading causes of homelessness: lack of education.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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