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Finding adequate shelter for families can be challenging

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors A little over a year ago, Mike Chapuran’s first day at Family Promise in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood didn’t go quite as planned. Trying to get a sense of his new position, he started his first day answering the nonprofit’s phones. The first caller was a family, which he had […]

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Battling homelessness relies on dedication, collaboration

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The thought process in itself is pretty elementary. Identify a problem, and then get smart heads get together to find a solution. On paper, it sounds good, but real life can be another story. The problem of homelessness is an issue that has vexed politicians and social service agencies […]

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Nonprofits recognizing the value the diversity

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Historically, the United States has not always been inclusive, and workplaces have been no exception. But in today’s political, economic and global business environment, diversity has become increasingly important. It now impacts brand, corporate purpose and performance. And while the business environment recognizes the value of inclusion, nonprofits seemingly […]

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Ball Brothers Foundation: Emphasizing family and community

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Efficient, flexible and patient. These three adjectives guide the funding decisions of the Muncie-based Ball Brothers Foundation, according to Program Officer Jenna Wachtmann. Both Wachtmann and Senior Program Officer Rich Spisak, who came to the foundation just over a decade ago as its first full-time officer, took time recently […]

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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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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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Urban youth find power in the Constitution

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Robert Walls is a problem solver. If you tell him you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, Walls sees it as a challenge to find something that will. In 2006, Walls was asked to judge the national “We the People” competition in Washington, D.C. What surprised this […]

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Pulliam Trust hones its environmental giving

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors It’s no secret that Nina Mason Pulliam was passionate about animals and nature. As a community leader, and a newspaper publisher in Arizona and Indiana, she supported those causes, and others, in multiple ways. Now, nearly 20 years after her death with the establishment of a 50-year-limited legacy Trust […]

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Ready, set, go: Boys & Girls Clubs help kids look beyond high school

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors For Linda Foster, 16, and Taneiscia Persinger, 15, middle school was a struggle. Both had blase attitudes about school, which were reflected in their grades. Then about three years ago, they each had a relative who cajoled them to join the Boys & Girls Club in their neighborhoods. That’s […]

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