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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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Youth councils get kids involved in government

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors When you are in high school, you worry when the assistant principal calls you down to the office. Paige Kendall was no different. She was terrified when, as a freshman, her name was called over the PA.  The reason for the visit, however, was anything but punitive. In fact, […]

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Effective altruism applies science to giving

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Diehard punk rock fans may know Peter Murphy as the former front man for the once-popular British goth band Bauhaus. Bauhaus broke up in the early 80s, but Murphy is currently back on stage with a 40th anniversary reunion tour. Getting excited? Getting your ear plugs ready? Calm down. […]

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What is effective altruism?

Compiled by Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors The effective altruism movement started with a simple question: Was there a way to apply data and reason to altruistic acts? In 1993, two economists Michael Kremer and Rachel Glennerster traveled to Kenya for a vacation. Both had studied economics at the University of Oxford, met at Harvard […]

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Employee Engagement: The driver of company culture

By Julie Struble, Charitable Advisors Research repeatedly confirms that employee engagement drives organizational success. We know it’s important,but have trouble with misunderstanding of expectations and turn-over.   At last month’s HR peer group, Tony Dill, owner of HR Partnerships, discussed employee engagement with HR professionals at the HR peer group.  With several decades of both […]

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Central Indiana Girl Scouts cookie campaign helps Kenyan kids

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors Editor’s note: Since this story was published, 900 Girl Scouts selected the Shoe that Grows as their reward, donating a total of 523 pairs to this Kenyan school and far surpassing the chapter’s 120 pair goal. Samoas and shoes. What do they have in common? Very little, actually, but […]

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Nonprofit Excellence: the change Welborn wants to see

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors For over two years, Candice Perry has worked to develop nonprofit leaders. In her position as the Welborn Baptist Foundation Nonprofit Excellence Officer, her key responsibilities have been to strengthen nonprofits executives and develop a talent pipeline. The foundation is based in Evansville and serves the Tri-state area. Perry […]

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Grants can help with capacity building, too

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors When Rev. Donovan Coley joined the board at the Fort Wayne Rescue Mission in 2006, he felt the organization had lost its way. The agency, established in 1903, was doing good work, he said, but its impact on the community was limited, and it didn’t have executive leadership. “By […]

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United Way and Salesforce.org: Teaming up to change giving

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors We live in an era where technology seemingly changes by the minute. What’s new today is old tomorrow. The trend is not lost on nonprofits, which continually seek how to best incorporate technology into their fundraising efforts. With figures showing recent declines in charitable giving, the quest remains: Is […]

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