August 18, 2020
NFPN Perspectives: 20 Years of Supporting Central Indiana’s Nonprofit Community
by Shari Finnell, Writer/Editor, Charitable Advisors

When Bryan Orander launched Not-for-Profit News in 2001, the internet had not yet reached its saturation point; only 52 percent of American adults reported using it at the time, according to the Pew Research Center. And Orander considered the e-newsletter as nothing more than a project to keep him busy while starting his consulting business, perhaps a tool that would help a few people find jobs, he recently said.

As NFPN celebrates its 20th anniversary year as an online weekly publication with more than 14,000 subscribers, Orander reflected on how the nonprofit sector of Central Indiana has navigated various changes during that period, including internet saturation, the economic recession of 2008, technology advances, evolving giving patterns, and, currently, the impact of a global pandemic and unprecedented racial equity protests.

Orander, founder and President of Charitable Advisors, a consulting firm, said no other period in the past 20 years fully matches the challenges faced by nonprofits today, but there were similarities during the economic downturn of 2008.

“From our vantage point — from 2008 to 2010, we saw job ads drop off, donations being directed to basic needs and away from the arts and the environment,” he said. “We’re now seeing a lot of the same things. Right now, at least, COVID-19 relief funds are being directed to human services and basic needs. That makes sense.”
Studies reveal that many nonprofits weathered the 2008 recession fairly well, Orander said, which gives him reason to hope that many of them will survive the current turbulent period. Here are some of Orander’s perspectives on the trends that continue to shape the nonprofit sector in Central Indiana.

Increasing dominance of the larger nonprofit: Orander said some of the same patterns that have dominated the B2B sector, including the decline of small businesses, seem to be playing out in the nonprofit sector.

The Mind Trust invests $200,000 to create Community Learning Sites for Indianapolis families most in need of weekday, in-person eLearning support
The Mind Trust recently announced it will invest $200,000 in School Community Partnership awards to 11 local nonprofit organizations to fund the creation of Community Learning Sites for working families in Indianapolis who need access to weekday in-person eLearning supervision and support. At least 500 students will be able to immediately register for a Community Learning Site, with sites aiming to launch no later than Aug. 24, 2020. Families will not have to pay a fee and can find registration information at

“Marginalized families in Indianapolis continue to shoulder a disproportionate burden as a result of COVID-19. As many schools make the understandable decision to begin the new school year virtually, families continue to tell us and our community partners that they need support navigating the many obstacles they currently face,” said Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust. “Leaning on our Community and Equity core values, The Mind Trust is eager to do our part in supporting students and families during this time of tremendous need.”

Tens of thousands of public school students within Indianapolis Public Schools’ (IPS) boundaries will be engaged in full-time eLearning until at least October. Because of this shift, many families have found themselves in need of eLearning supervision and support for their students during this time. Additionally, many working families with younger children are facing a childcare crisis.

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LifeSmart Youth has hired Tammie Carter as its new chief executive officer. Carter previously served as senior vice president of public strategies for The Indy Chamber and as president and CEO of TeenWorks. -- Leadership search conducted by Charitable Advisors
Midwest Academy in Carmel has hired Amy Hartwig as its marketing and development director. Hartwig previously worked as volunteer coordinator and development director for Habitat for Humanity of Boone County.
The American College of Sports Medicine in Indianapolis has named NiCole Keith as president. Keith is a research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute and associate dean of faculty affairs and a professor at the Indiana University School of Health and Human Sciences at IUPUI. — Inside Indiana Business
The Society of Professional Journalists has named Karyn Nishimura Sneath as director of education. Sneath owns Npower, a nonprofit leadership and organizational development consulting practice in Indianapolis. — Inside Indiana Business 
The Perry County Development Corp. (PCDC) has promoted Erin Emerson to the position of executive director. Emerson most recently served as vice president for PCDC. — Inside Indiana Business
The Mind Trust has hired Porsche Chisley as senior director of special projects. Chisley previously served as director of school improvement for Ohio-based Charter School Specialists. — Inside Indiana Business
COVID-19 awards

United Way of Central Indiana has announced the final round of unrestricted grants, totaling more than $1.7 million. The funds will be distributed to 39 human services organizations that serve communities outside of Marion County that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
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