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Rock Steady Boxing

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Rock Steady Boxing was founded in Indianapolis in 2006. Forced, intense exercise has been scientifically proven to reduce, delay and even reverse, some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. At its flagship Indianapolis location, 19 classes are offered each week, serving more than 200 people. Sixteen “Training Camps” are presented each year to replicate and […]

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“Executive sessions” give nonprofit leaders a boost

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors I just might have a problem that you’ll understand.  We all need somebody to lean on. — Bill Withers, “Lean on Me” Betty Cockrum, the retiring president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, has had a lot on her plate during her 15-year tenure. She manages […]

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Philadelphia ends practice of billing parents for their children time in detention

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By Eli Hager, reporter, The Marshall Project The city of Philadelphia announced Friday that it will stop billing parents for the cost of their children’s incarceration, just hours after a front-page Marshall Project story in The Washington Post highlighted the practice in the city and across the nation. Billing parents for incarcerating their children goes […]

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Google will give $11.5 million to 10 organizations fighting for racial justice

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By Matt Petronzio, social good editor, Mashable Google thinks science and data are key in advancing racial justice — and it’s putting up millions of dollars to prove it. The tech giant’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, is pledging $11.5 million to U.S. organizations dedicated to racial justice and criminal justice reform. The grants will be distributed […]

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Groundwork Indy’s roots

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors In the 1980s, Liverpool, England started an experiment. The city worked with young people to improve areas that had been neglected. After seeing some success, Groundwork UK was established by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to promote local partnerships that could rebuild Britain’s bypassed urban communities through community-led strategies. Its […]

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Groundwork Indy: Developing a neighborhood and youth

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By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Most teenagers don’t sit around talking about invasive plants and medicinal herbs or brownfields. But at least a half dozen area teenagers are the exception. Isaac, 15, Adarin, 16, Nashawn, 16, Randie, 16, Aliza, 15, and De’Shawn, 19, spend Saturday mornings researching and learning more about these topics, while […]

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Why major philanthropists are giving more money to just one cause

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By William Foster and Alison Powell for Harvard Business Review In his recent Harvard Law Review opus, President Barack Obama highlighted the yawning opportunity for leaders on both sides of the political aisle to repair the criminal justice system, in part by changing sentencing laws and ending the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Despite the economic and social […]

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Colleges discover the rural student

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By Laura Pappano, author for The New York Times On a late-autumn Sunday, a bus pulled out of El Paso at 3 a.m. carrying 52 sleepy students and parents from western Texas and New Mexico. A few had already driven several hours to get to El Paso. The bus arrived at Texas A&M 12 hours […]

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