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“Drug czar” steps up efforts against opioid crisis

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors When Jim McClelland retired after 41 years at the helm of Goodwill of Central Indiana, he didn’t envision an encore career. He was looking forward to traveling with his wife and serving on several boards. But when Gov. Eric Holcomb signed an executive order and tapped him for a […]

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EARN Indiana program pays off for nonprofits, college interns

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors As Teachers’ Treasures executive director for the past four years, Margaret Sheehan works with volunteers daily. The Eastside nonprofit volunteer-run store, which opened in 2000, provides teachers access to donated educational supplies and other materials. And while volunteers have been critical to the store’s efforts, late last summer Sheehan […]

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Nonprofits: Taking a productive break

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The advice is often well-intentioned, and it’s something that hard-working, driven individuals may hear a lot: Stop and smell the roses, get away and clear your head, or take a sabbatical to rest and rejuvenate. When one person in a company takes a break, the work can still go […]

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Advice from those who have been there

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors For many people, experience is the best teacher. And while not all nonprofits have taken a pause, two local organizations have recently been through the rigorous process and can offer their perspectives. Kimberly Sterling, the former board president of the Martin Luther King Center, and Allison Luthe, the center’s […]

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Partnering to measure poverty

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Poverty in America. It’s a problem that has been analyzed and dissected by many sources. It’s been the subject of books, TV documentaries and combatted by a host of social services agencies. But do we really understand the ins and outs of poverty? A complete answer likely remains elusive, […]

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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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