Education causes attract state foundations' support: Rate of giving outpaces national average 2-to-1

Nearly half the money Indiana foundations gave away in 2005 went to educational organizations-more than twice the rate of such giving nationally, according to a new study from Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. All told, the state's independent, corporate and community foundations awarded $450 million in grants to support education, 47 percent of the $965 million total. Nationally, about 23 percent of foundation giving goes to education. "My intuition tells me ... foundations are making education a priority as the...
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Children's Bureau reaches out: State prevention program helps social-services agency enter new areas, lift budget

Since its origins as the Widows and Orphans Asylum in 1851, the Children's Bureau has been working to fix broken families in Indianapolis. Now the local not-for-profit has expanded its reach into 37 Indiana counties-growing its budget 22 percent in the process. Despite the regional push, the agency remains focused on Marion County, where it's building a $9.2 million service center at 16th and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. streets. The engine driving the organization's recent growth: a statewide program...
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CEDIA delaying comeback to convention center

One of the two massive trade shows forced to leave Indianapolis because of a convention center space crunch isn't coming back as soon as expected. Locally based Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association is changing course three years after agreeing to return its fall CEDIA Expo to Indianapolis for four years beginning in September 2010.
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