July, 2017

Moving from starving to thriving

By Zachary Kester, JD, LLM CFRM, Charitable Allies Spending too much on overhead is bad. But how much is too much? While scholars agree that the 15 percent line implicitly reflected in Part IX of the Form 990 is too low, what’s the sweet spot? And, maybe more importantly, what do funders think? Both scholars and […]

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Domestic Violence Network: 20 years of fighting domestic violence

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Nonprofit networks vary in shape, size and mission. Some are satellites of national organizations and others establish connections and facilitate collaboration. Ask Tracey Horth Krueger or Kelly McBride about the Domestic Violence Network (DVN) in Indianapolis, and they’ll tell you that after 20 years, it is still vibrant and […]

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The need for more basic philanthropy research

By Amir Pasic, Eugene R. Tempel Dean, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Judging by the proliferation of research-inspired ventures, it may seem we’re in a golden age of philanthropic knowledge creation. But we are not focusing enough of our efforts on basic research. Given the urgency of finding better ways to solve pressing […]

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Use people strategy as your competitive advantage

By Mike Bensi, advisor, FirstPerson I was flipping through some old school papers I’ve hung on to for far too long and found my notes from Michael Porter’s book, Competitive Advantage. If you haven’t heard of Michael Porter, here’s a great summary of him and the business ideas and strategies he’s shared over the years. In this particular […]

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Homeless resources in Indianapolis

This week, Indianapolis Star reporter, Maureen Gilmer, wrote a story about seeking help for a homeless mom. The story referenced the Street Outreach Rapid Response Team, and other nonprofits that acted immediately to secure a spot for this family. To learn more about Indianapolis’ services, read her article. Just like that, within three hours, a […]

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Fiscal Responsibility Primary Goal of Board

by Yvonne de Calonne & Michelle (Micki) Siner Certainly, complying with self-dealing rules and following the letter of the bylaws are requirements of fiscal responsibility. But they may be just the minimum requirements. Here are three ways for boards to further exercise their fiscal responsibility. 1. Assure the agency stays within its budget Prepare a realistic budget. […]

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Giving USA indicates growth in philanthropy across all nonprofit sectors

By Angela E. White, CFRE, senior consultant and CEO, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates Giving USA released its annual estimates of U.S. charitable giving in June for 2016, and the results show overall growth during a presidential-election year filled with national tumult and impending policy changes. Giving USA 2017: The Annual Report on Philanthropy reports that […]

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