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Bold action rescues Joy’s House

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The warning signs were out there, the proverbial perfect storm brewing on the horizon. And Cayla Rosine, the vice president of finance and operations at Joy’s House in Indianapolis, was worried. “We were drawing on our line of credit, and we’ve never done that before. This was serious,” said […]

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At IU, teachers thrive at tech-centric institute

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The term “pathfinders” is often used to describe a person or people who leads a pack and shows the way. Seventh-day Adventists call their youth group by that name, and there is a role-playing game comparable to Dungeons & Dragons with the same name. As such, it’s a fitting […]

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A look at Indiana’s Women’s Funds

WAYNE COUNTY FOUNDATION, Richmond FUND NAME: Women’s Fund TYPE: Special interest SOURCE OF FUNDS: Individual donors; major event (annual luncheon featuring silent auction with 100 donated works of art); luncheon underwriters WHEN ESTABLISHED: 2001 GRANTS: First given in 2006, total to date, $258,000 HOW MANY MEMBERS: 200 attend annual luncheon GOVERANCE: No formal structure; luncheon […]

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Trend in philanthropy: Women helping women

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The need was out there. It was just flying a bit under the radar until a women’s group took it upon itself to recognize it and do something to fill it. Like many parts of Indiana, Wayne County, in the eastern part of the state along the Ohio border, […]

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In fundraising, ethics should cause red flags to wave

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The fallout was immediate and severe. Since New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow broke a story in early September about the donor relationship of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, the prestigious school has been on the defensive. Ultimately, the Media Lab’s attempts to […]

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Talking about trauma helps to overcome it

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Consider the unexpected power of the spoken word.   Researchers have found that storytelling practices are linked to positive outcomes for children’s development, and that fathers who tell family stories enrich their children’s development. Consider, too, that the African culture is rooted in oral cultures and traditions, and that […]

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Innovative storytelling program aids young fathers

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors For Anna Melodia, the process began in 2017 with a chance phone call from a friend in the nonprofit world. The alert colleague happened upon a grant request by Forward Promise, an initiative of the nationally respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely […]

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Horizon House offers more than a roof

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors{see also: City has high hopes for housing-first strategy} When it comes to fighting homelessness in Indianapolis, there’s a new mindset in town. And since early 2018, Lillian Herbers-Kelly and Horizon House have been on the front lines. This intensive approach at Horizon House, for which there was no blueprint, involves a team assembled by Herbers-Kelly from the […]

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City has high hopes for housing-first strategy

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors  {see also: Horizon House offers more than a roof} Around the country, homelessness continues to be a chronic, complicated problem. Despite their best intentions, cities and agencies have struggled to find solutions to an issue for which there are no easy answers. Rodney Stockment is well aware of the difficulty. Since 1981, Stockment has immersed […]

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One workforce strategy: EmployIndy’s community-based career navigators

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Visit WorkOne Indy’s new location and learn about its services. Attend the family-friendly open house on June 15 from 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to check out the new facility and learn more about EmployIndy services. Bring your resume because there is a job fair during the event. The […]

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