October, 2016

Three Chicago nonprofit organizations to receive investments totaling nearly $3 million

By Mary L. Datcher, senior staff writer, Chicago Defender Chicago Beyond announced the winners of its first-ever innovation challenge and will present three nonprofits with investments that total nearly $3 million overall. Launched by Chicago Beyond in April, the GO Innovate challenge sought early-stage ideas that offer innovative programming in two areas: Supporting College Matriculation […]

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MacArthur, Chicago Community Trust create low-interest loan program for nonprofits

By Lisa Bertagnoli, reporter, Crain’s Chicago Community Trust and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation earlier this year introduced what they say is a win-win for Chicago’s philanthropic community: A way for charitably minded investors to participate in a local social-impact fund and a way for area nonprofits and social-enterprise companies to access […]

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STEM education: in-school and out-of-school working together

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Paul Ainslie and Bob Abrams have followed similar career paths. Both have had lengthy careers in the corporate sector – Ainslie at automotive-supplier Delphi and Abrams at engine-maker Cummins and other small businesses. But that’s not all they have in common. Both now work for nonprofit organizations and each […]

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Indiana legislation to watch: After-school funding bill

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Last year, 11 percent of Indiana young people took part in after-school programming. That is below the national average of 18 percent. While before- and after-school programs serve nearly 45,000 Indiana children each day, they often operate with limited and patchwork funding from diverse public and private sources. But […]

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STEM programs

Here is information about four programs that have grown in participation in Indiana for after-school students. IndianaFIRST, a nonprofit founded in 2001, is a growing robotics program in the state for K-12 students. This year at the high school level there are plans for three district competitions, with a final pool of 32 state finalists […]

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Five steps to overcoming high employee turnover

By Matt Jarzynski, vice president of human resources, Synergy Employee turnover presents a complex challenge to any organization. The reasons behind it are vast and the consequences are significant. And when you’re in the HR hot seat, it’s your job to face the terminations, resignations and retirements before they risk affecting your company’s productivity, morale […]

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Presidential campaigns and philanthropy

By Bill Stanczykiewicz, director of The Fund Raising School, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy As Election Day approaches, nonprofit leaders might be worrying that the big money donated to the presidential campaigns will lead to smaller results in their nonprofits’ next fundraising campaigns. That’s understandable since, according to American National Election Studies, 40 […]

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