April 19, 2022
Nonprofits’ recovery slower than broader economy
by The NonProfit Times

Nonprofits appear to be recovering more slowly than the overall economy through the first quarter of 2022, with almost a half-million nonprofit jobs still not recovered from the pandemic, while charitable giving is not keeping pace with economic growth rates.

The quarterly report, Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector: Quarter Review, from Independent Sector (IS) analyzes federal data that nonprofits can use to strengthen the sector’s health. The latest report complements data and recommendations in the 2021 annual Health of the U.S. Nonprofit Sector report.

As of Q3 2021, giving appeared to be steady compared to year-over-year rates but it may not be keeping pace with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rates of 10% to 14%. “It remains unclear the role the temporary universal charitable deduction, which sunset at the end of 2021, is playing in these numbers or how the policy’s expiration in 2022 will impact overall giving,” according to the 16-page report.

The gross value added by nonprofits has varied between 5.5% and 5.7% of GDP over the past three years. The percentage of GDP reached a high in Q2 of 2020 – the same time that the economy felt the full effects of the COVID pandemic. In 2021, the gross added value of nonprofits returned to a more typical range of 5.6% of GDP.

Nonprofits contributed $1.4 trillion to the economy in the first quarter of 2022 but 495,000 of the 1.6 million jobs lost at the height of 2020 still have not been recovered. The racial and ethnic composition of the nonprofit workforce largely tracks with the broader workforce, according to the report, however, it became “whiter in the fourth quarter of 2021.”

6 Ways to Boost Employee Engagement and Retention
by Purple Ink

Employee engagement and retention are top of mind these days as “The Great Resignation” rages on. Workers are becoming less willing to accept policies they don’t agree with, treatment they don’t deserve, and negative impacts on their mental health. They’re leaving organizations that don’t meet their needs and searching for ones that do – and with so many positions opening up, they’ve got plenty of options to choose from!

If you’re looking to avoid the fallout from “The Great Resignation” (or recover from it!), we’re here to help. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, but these are some areas you should consider.

1. Rethink compensation. Engagement is not all about money, but it is important. It’s hard to stay positive and productive if you’re having trouble paying your bills. A compensation analysis can help you find out whether you’re offering competitive pay.

2. Change your policies. Are your policies and practices working for your team? Take a look at things like flexible work schedules, PTO, benefits, parental resources, etc. Accommodating your team’s needs may be the support they need to stay onboard. Don’t make assumptions, though! Not everyone wants the same things. Ask your team what they want and offer options that will meet different workers’ needs where possible.

3. Invest in your people. People stay longer at companies that give them opportunities for growth. Offering more development to your team may help you build loyalty. The good news is there are lots of different ways to do this. You can sign them up for a training series, send them to workshops and webinars, host training sessions in-house, set them up with a coach …the list goes on!

Jameson Camp has named Khepri Hazel director of development. Hazel previously served as development coordinator with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Ben’s Ranch Foundation, Inc., has hired Tina Rhoden-Lewellyn as executive director. Rhoden-Lewellyn previously served as program manager for Community Health Network.
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee has hired Emily Koschnick as executive director. Koschnick previously was director of public relations for Porch Light Public Relations.
TechPoint has promoted Jennifer Merrell to vice president of relationship management, effective in May. Merrell is currently director of relationship management. — Inside Indiana Business
The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) has received a $1.25 million Day 1 Families Fund leadership grant. Under the grant initiative launched by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos in 2018, CHIP will regrant $1 million to nonprofits addressing family homelessness in Indianapolis. Deadline for proposals is May 16. Read more

As part of its 2022 community grant initiatives, the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation plans to issue two $25,000 grants and two $10,000 grants to nonprofits that serve Central Indiana. Applications are due on June 20. Read more

The CareSource Foundation has awarded $10,000 to Keep Indianapolis Beautiful and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for a pilot program focused on reducing the impact of lead poisoning in children. The grant will support the research and the transformation of an abandoned lot into a green space on the city’s Far Eastside. Read more

As part of a podcast series, Child Advocates recently interviewed Betty Brandt of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis about the church’s “Becoming Anti-Racist” initiative. The project was launched as part of a commitment to help change the future of local communities. Listen

Indianapolis Business Journal is accepting nominations for its “20 in their Twenties” annual recognition of Indiana’s up-and-coming leaders in business, arts and culture, philanthropy, and community service. The publication is accepting nominations until May 27. Nominate

Leadership United, United Way of Central Indiana's comprehensive community leadership and board member development program, is accepting applications for its August-October 2022 Fall cohort. The program is for corporate and community leaders seeking to enhance their skills as nonprofit board members. Application deadline is May 11. Program fee: $1,600. Apply
Central Indiana Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help remove invasive plants at Meltzer Woods, an old growth forest in Shelbyville. Volunteer are asked to be available at 10 a.m. on April 20, 26 or 28. Register
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Co-working and office spaces are available for nonprofits and small businesses at Nexus Impact Center, near Interstate 465 and N. Michigan Road. Monthly rates start at $393 for micro-offices, $59 for co-working spaces, and $149 for dedicated cubicles. Learn more https://www.nexusimpactcenter.org/coworking
For thirty years, Madison County Community Foundation has been a faithful steward and effective conduit for charitable giving. The foundation works with donors to create funds that reflect donors' charitable goals. These generous givers, past and present, have enabled the foundation to provide financial support across all sectors of our communities, including social services, youth, senior citizens, education, recreation, arts, culture, animal welfare, and community development. Madison County Community Foundation has awarded millions of dollars in grants and scholarships since inception, including over $1 million in 2021. Current assets are approximately $30 million.

Do you want to make a lasting impact on the Indianapolis business community? Are you driven to see young professionals succeed? Orr Fellowship is seeking an enthusiastic, fast-paced leader to help develop and implement our next chapter of growth and impact. For twenty years, Orr Fellowship has encouraged entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership, and continued learning by connecting high-performing new college graduates with top employers in central Indiana for an immersive two-year experience. Outside of work, Fellows learn and grow alongside each other as part of a comprehensive program and activity schedule. This experience equips Fellows to thrive professionally and personally and encourages them to grow their careers in central Indiana, cultivating talented leaders and further strengthening Indianapolis' entrepreneurial ecosystem. The 2022-2023 cohort will engage and support over 170 Fellows and more than 80 partner companies.
Attention: Job Board Conversion in Process

The Charitable Advisors Nonprofit Job Board is going through a conversion this week. Employers will continue to see all applicants on the ExactHire Job site for jobs posted through this week. Watch for more information coming later this week.  

To view all jobs, visit the Not-for-profit News jobs' board.

Executive Director - Classical Music Indy


Director of Development - The Mind Trust

Director of Development - Damar Services

Planned Giving Director – Riley Children’s Foundation

Development Database Manager - Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites


Tennis Program Assistant - USTA Midwest

Administrative Associate - American Pianists Association

Manager of Member Services - Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Inc.

Marketing /Communications/Events

Service Coordinator - Braeburn Village Apartments

Chief Communications Officer - Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation

Communications Manager - Indiana Blind Children's Foundation

Communications Manager - Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation

Communications Manager - Downtown Indy Inc.


Controller - Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

Controller - Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

Director of Finance - Alpha Gamma Delta Fraternity, Inc.

AP/AR Coordinator - International School of Indiana

Staff Accountant – 16 Tech Community Corporation


SPARK Business Management Specialist - Transform Consulting Group

Research Analyst - United Way of Central Indiana

Project Consultant - Transform Consulting Group


Community Engagement Manager - Southeast Community Services (SECS)

Career Coach - Southeast Community Services (SECS)

Survivor Advocate - IUPUI CAPS

Youth Services Program Manager - Little Red Door Cancer Agency


Housekeeper - Eiteljorg Museum


Health Clinician/Pharmacy

Nurse - Damien Center

Nurse – PRN - Damien Center


Director of College Counseling - University High School of Indiana