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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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Rock Steady Boxing

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

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

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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