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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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O’Neill grad students put classroom lessons to work for communities

By Leslie Wells, assistant director of communications, O’Neill School at IUPUI As two teenage girls stood before the Batesville, Indiana, City Council, they waited to make their case for funding. The Batesville Mayor’s Youth Council had received $5,000 through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (ICHDA) My Community, My Vision grant program (MCMV). If […]

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How do women give of their time, talent, treasure and testimony?

By Abby Rolland, communications project manager at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy For more than a decade, the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) has conducted research to answer this question. Known for its studies that specifically focus on gender and giving, the institute doesn’t just report on the findings, but incorporates practical perspectives and applications […]

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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: How to report collaborative activities

By Lauren Kreutzinger, manager, VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm A collaborative arrangement may be the simplest relationship between nonprofits for accounting purposes. These are typically contractual agreements in which two or more organizations are active participants in a joint activity. One example would be a private school that’s jointly operated by two religious organizations. Another […]

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Interns share value of internships

By Pamela Clark, director of student services and admissions and Abby Rolland, communications project manager, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Who benefits from internships? In the nonprofit sector, internships provide crucial, practical experiences for students preparing for careers in the field. At the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, both undergraduate and graduate students in philanthropic […]

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Insights from 2017–2018 CEO/ED Leadership Transitions

By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable Advisors Every two years, we do a quick analysis of the nonprofit leadership transitions Charitable Advisors has supported. Our takeaway two years ago was that an increasing number of new ED/CEOs were coming from outwardly facing roles like fundraising and advocacy in contrast to the longstanding “program expert” being the […]

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CEO succession planning is no longer just for retirement

By Bryan Orander, president, Charitable Advisors Earlier this year, I interviewed a 30-something arts organization’s CEO about leadership and staff development and the discussion turned to CEO turnover and succession planning. I explained that more than half of the leadership transitions that Charitable Advisors’ supports are for retiring nonprofit executives. The arts organization CEO surprised […]

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‘Blocker’ corporation: Avoiding UBIT for nonprofit ‘business’ activities

This article originally was published on Aug. 2, 2016.  By Zachary S. Kester, JD, LLM, CFRM and Kylie Schreiber, at Charitable Allies As charitable organizations seek to increase streams of revenue — to provide more services, support more staff or help ensure long-term sustainability — many dabble in sources of business revenue to supplement the financial bottom line. For […]

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Charitable Class: What is it and how can you ensure you are serving one?

By Zachary S. Kester, Executive Director and Robert Miller, Program Officer, Charitable Allies Still unclear and fretting over whether your charity serves a charitable class?   Do not worry, you are not alone in this concern. It is a common issue among nonprofit organizations and identifying a charitable class is paramount for those seeking to qualify […]

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