April 28, 2020
Dear readers,

Beginning this week, Charitable Advisors has joined forces with the Indy Chamber to expand the reach of the Chamber’s Rapid Response Hub. The goal is to address nonprofit organizations’ questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the current pandemic, most communities have seen a spike in demand for services, and nonprofits have stepped up. But not unlike many small businesses, you too are vulnerable in this environment. With this partnership, we are working to address questions more directly related to nonprofits.

The Indy Chamber launched its Rapid Response Hub in mid-March to serve as a central location for the most current COVID-19 information and as a service to answer the specific inquiries of small businesses and organizations in the Indianapolis region. We quickly realized we would be better joining forces than creating a parallel system for nonprofits.

At Charitable Advisors, we believe the Indy Chamber team has created a site and a Q&A process that is both elegant and simple, and it has been extraordinarily generous in its willingness to partner for the benefit of our community.

“A considerable number of our membership comes from the nonprofit sector, and we recognize the unique circumstances they’re trying to navigate in these uncertain times,” notes Ross Raifsnider, vice president of membership sales for the Indy Chamber. “We’re proud to partner with Charitable Advisors to help not only our nonprofit members, but all organizations to grow and serve our regional community.”

Besides help from the Indy Chamber staff to triage informational requests, Charitable Advisors has solicited assistance and aligned with consultants and businesses that specialize in nonprofit services, as well as faculty from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, to respond to nonprofit queries.

Indy Chamber membership is not necessary to access this resource. With these added resources, the Nonprofit Rapid Response Hub will:

  • provide nonprofit-specific information to complement existing resources that apply to for-profit businesses.
  • use an easy online form to submit inquiries to experts for clarification, insights and solutions.
  • serve as a central point of contact for nonprofit-related COVID-19 questions.
  • add nonprofit-specific referral partners to quickly address human resources, financial, legal, and communications questions.

Our thanks to the following for their participation and willingness to serve the nonprofit community:

  • Alerding CPA
  • Aly Sterling Philanthropy      
  • BKD CPA        
  • Charitable Allies 
  • Hedges
  • Horizon
  • IU Lilly School of Philanthropy
  • IU Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Johnson, Grossnickle & Associates
  • Planningplus
  • SmallBox 

The Nonprofit Rapid Response Hub and resources for nonprofits can be found at response.indychamber.com.

With appreciation for all you’re doing,

Bryan Orander, president, Charitable Advisors
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