Damar Foundation hires president

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The newly created Damar Foundation has its first president: Richard M. Markoff will start work July 1.

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Markoff comes to the job from IUPUI, where he was a senior adviser to Chancellor Charles Bantz and a visiting lecturer teaching graduate courses in organizational leadership.

Before that, he served as executive vice president of the Indianapolis-based Simon Youth Foundation and worked in government and community relations for the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis.

Indianapolis-based Damar Services’ board formed the supporting foundation this year to raise funds for the not-for-profit, which works with clients who have severe intellectual and behavioral challenges.

As the cost of providing services has increased and government reimbursements have decreased, philanthropy “has a much larger role at Damar than ever before,” CEO Jim Dalton said in a prepared statement.

Contributions and grants totaled only about 1 percent of the $43.5 million in revenue the organization reported in its 2012 fiscal year, according to its federal tax filing.

Damar’s 900 employees and 1,400 volunteers provide an array of programs to about 1,500 clients daily: In addition to operating a 46-building residential campus on the city’s southwest side, the agency runs a public charter school, an off-site autism clinic, and supervised group and transitional-living homes throughout the state.

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