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Nonprofit start-ups give former inmates new options

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Last year, nearly 10,500 adults were released from Indiana Department of Correction’s custody. In Marion County alone, 2,485 adults, of which 203 were females, rejoined the community. While some find programs that help with their re-entry, other former inmates struggle. According to research, however, adults who find immediate, comprehensive […]

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Pandemic helps nonprofit see new path

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors By sheer numbers, very little good has come as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., there have been more than 2 million cases, more than 110,000 lives lost, nearly 40 million people unemployed and no clear signs that better times are close. But for two Indiana […]

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Nonprofits rush to take advantage of PPP lifeline

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Cindy Booth advocates for Marion County’s abused and/or neglected children through her work at Child Advocates. Rosalyn Demares promotes state artists through Indiana Artisan. Rachel Sahaidachny invests time and energy helping writers tell their stories at the Indiana Writers Center (IWC). Julia Whitehead champions Kurt Vonnegut’s legacy at the […]

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How you doin’? Nonprofits benefit from formal evaluations

  By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Jodi Snell grew up in a small town. Under 20,000 people live in Jacksonville, Illinois, but Snell remembers her parents were always busy helping to make their tiny community a better place. Like organizing a softball tournament to raise money for a young cancer patient and her family. […]

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Nonprofits added depth to mission of outgoing drug czar

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors For more information about Indiana’s Next Level Recovery Initiative, visit: https://www.in.gov/recovery/ Jim McClelland first tried to retire five years ago after leading Goodwill of Central Indiana for 41 years. He planned to travel a bit with his wife, Jane, and maybe write a book. Those plans changed in 2017 […]

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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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