Philanthropy

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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Executives' transitions to not-for-profits often awkwardRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Dan Human
Small not-for-profits’ strategy of recruiting big-business executives for top posts has had mixed results since coming into vogue in the 1990s. For some of the executives, the transitions is a culture shock.
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United Way yet to announce CEO to replace AnnalaRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
The search for a replacement for the long-time executive, who steps down April 1, started the middle of last year.
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New CEO ready to tackle symphony's challenges

February 14, 2013
Dan Human
Gary Ginstling acknowledges the heap of work that awaits him when he begins as CEO of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra on March 18.
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Cleveland Orchestra GM named CEO of Indianapolis Symphony

February 13, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that it has named Gary Ginstling as its new CEO. He replaces Simon Crookall, who resigned suddenly in February 2012.
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Financial woes force local charity to close

February 12, 2013
Motorsports-focused CARA Charities has ceased operations, the organization announced Monday. Championship Auto Racing Auxiliary Inc. said it was “unable to generate the financial means necessary” to continue supporting the auto-racing community in Indianapolis and beyond.
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Hospitals paying big to snag surgeonsRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Across the four largest hospital systems in central Indiana, six physicians received more than $1 million in compensation in 2011 while two others received more than $900,000 and nine others received $700,000 or more, according to the hospitals’ most recent reports to the IRS.
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IMA's new CEO aims to bolster finances by doubling attendanceRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis Museum of Art CEO Charles Venable plans to cut costs and use major exhibits to boost attendance—a strategy aimed at reducing the museum’s reliance on investment returns and allowing its endowment to grow back to pre-recession level.
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Symphony taps new partner to draw attendeesRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
Dan Human
The ISO hopes that occasionally featuring classically trained artists who stray from traditional symphony conventions will tap new audiences and fill empty seats.
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NFP of NOTE: CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions

February 9, 2013
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions empowers older adults, those of any age with a disability and family caregivers to achieve the greatest possible independence, dignity and quality of life.
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DePauw University gets $31M in donations

February 4, 2013
Associated Press
The founder of Lincoln Capital Management and his wife have donated $20 million to DePauw University to provide financial aid to students, part of $31 million in donations announced by the school in central Indiana.
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Symphony reaches $5M fundraising goal

February 3, 2013
Dan Human
Performers had been working under a bridge agreement since a five-week lockout ended in October. At the time, the parties agreed that a new, five-year contract would go into effect only if the symphony raised $5 million by Feb. 3.
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NFP of NOTE: Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc.

January 26, 2013
Volunteers of America of Indiana is a faith-based organization that provides life-changing services to enhance the physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual needs of individuals.
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United Way lands $11M in grants from Lilly Endowment

January 24, 2013
 IBJ Staff
United Way of Central Indiana will receive more than $11 million from the Lilly Endowment to boost its capital fund, combat poverty and provide professional development, the groups announced Thursday morning.
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Eli Lilly and Co.'s rebound bolsters endowmentRestricted Content

January 19, 2013
Dan Human
The value of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s principal holding—Eli Lilly and Co. stock—has increased nearly $2 billion over the past two years, bolstering the private foundation’s philanthropic firepower after a decade of declining or stagnant assets.
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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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