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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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A terrorized British city turns to an all-American play for healing

By  Matt Trueman, reporter, The New York Times In the wake of the May terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, which killed 23 people, including the attacker, the space outside the nearby Royal Exchange Theater became a site of public mourning. St. Ann’s Square slowly filled with flowers and other tributes – soft toys, football jerseys, balloons — […]

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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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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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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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Groundwork Indy’s roots

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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