December 22, 2020
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The Future of the American Donor
by Angel Aloma, executive V. and CMO of Food For The Poor 

The United States of America unarguably has one of the most developed philanthropic traditions in the world. Having lived in four countries and visited more than 20, I have yet to find its equal. The fact that more than 1.5 million tax-exempt organizations are registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gives statistical evidence of this fact.

In many countries, personal wealth is considered almost exclusively as a legacy for family. Many charitable organizations here, that do not have a particularly aggressive Planned Giving/Legacy departments, still receive a good percentage of their income from testamentary gifts.

But large gifts are not just part of a donor’s legacy. Food For The Poor (FFTP) received two record-breaking gifts of seven figures each during October from generous donors who are very much alive.

FFTP has 13 fundraising departments. Except for our Speakers’ Bureau of priests, pastors and ministers who are not able to visit churches during the pandemic for the safety of all involved, the remaining 12 departments have all done well — at times surpassing budget and 2019 results.

These gains were made despite the many hardships suffered by donors and FFTP staff — such as working from home, mastering new technologies, virtual events, radical changes in messaging, an atmosphere of worry, stress, fear, anxiety, loneliness, depression, and mourning.

American donors always respond well to crisis, whether at home (Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina, Sept. 11, 2001) or abroad (Haiti earthquake of 2010, the tsunami in Banda Ache). Donors in this country find themselves with a need to give in times of crisis, at times for extended period, as long as the media acts as a constant reminder of the crisis.

The American donor generally gives single gifts, with the exception of child sponsorship, but more and more, the emphasis on the acquisition of monthly donors is beginning to popularize this form of giving with its many advantages — longer retention, better lifetime value and greater percentage of legacy gifts, to name a few.

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Leading during a crisis: Lessons on philanthropy and racial justice
by Marc Morial and Tony Mason
The Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy hosted a discussion on racial justice featuring Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, and Tony Mason, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Urban League. Here are some of the key learnings from their conversation.

Use a “gumbo” strategy
During Morial’s time as mayor of New Orleans, he created “gumbo coalitions.” With a nod to culinary traditions of the area, he made sure to make his committees inclusive of many points of view: “The principal was that with gumbo, you can make it in many, many ways, and adding many ingredients.”

Work to meet the needs of the people you serve. Especially now.
Mason described the changes that the Urban League of Indianapolis has undergone since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic: “We’ve had to expand our services to meet the needs of the community in this moment. At the very beginning of the pandemic, one of the significant challenges that we had to undertake as the staff — and those of you who raise funds can appreciate this — was that we had to invest in outfitting our entire staff, laptops, and matching equipment. As you know, with a lot of nonprofits, we’ve got donated equipment here and there, and so it was a significant investment for us to do that.

“But maybe perhaps more importantly, as we started to transition to a remote operation, we began receiving phone calls from residents from the senior living communities located in the U.S., and the residents were expressing a concern about being able to have access to food. So, we facilitated a partnership between the senior living communities, Goodwin Plaza. The calls kept coming, and so we embarked on conducting weekly drive-thru food and resource distributions … every Tuesday here at the Urban League. In essence, 28 weeks ago, we were not in the hunger relief business.”

Take advice from those who’ve been there before
According to Morial, there is much to be learned from our forebears: “But I think we should listen to our elders, our seniors, our seasoned citizens in the community, our established leaders who may have confronted a different time, and we should learn from them. We should learn from them; they have the broader perspective.”

Second Helpings, Inc., has hired Tosseia R. Holmes as COO/CFO. Holmes previously worked as the interim executive director of the Crooked Creek Northwest Community Development Corporation.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana has named Timeshia Keys as director of administration. Keys previously served as operations program manager at Project Lia.
New Hope of Indiana has hired Jenny Pfeil as its new director of fund development. Pfeil most recently served as the regional chief development officer for the Indiana Region of the American Red Cross.  
Indy Chamber has named Portia Bailey-Bernard as vice president of Indianapolis economic development. Bailey-Bernard recently served as an associate attorney for Kroger, Gardis & Regas. — Inside Indiana Business
The Indiana Donor Network has announced that it has set a record for the number of life-saving organs transplanted, overcoming significant challenges during 2020. The organization reported more than 780 transplants by mid-October, putting it on pace to surpass the previous record set in 2019 (665 transplant) by 30 percent. Read more 

Indiana Humanities has awarded a total of nearly $125,000 to 31 Hoosier nonprofits. The funding has been designated for public humanities programs throughout the state, including a reading-and-discussion program in Gary and a Lawrence County project that digitizes artifacts. See recipients 

The Indianapolis-based Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) was among 42 organizations to receive a Day 1 Families Fund grant from the Bezos Foundation in 2020. The fund provides grants to organizations and civic groups that demonstrate leadership in providing shelter and hunger support to those in need. Read more


Duke Energy Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to Erskine Green Training Institute (EGTI) to support the organization in maintaining and creating new services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

The Arts Council of Indianapolis and the city of Indianapolis have provided funding to 48 local art organizations through the Annual Grants Program COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund helps organizations cover utilities, rent or mortgage payments. Read more
The GivingTuesday Data Commons estimates that 34.8 million people participated in GivingTuesday 2020, a 29 percent increase over 2019.
Airbnb’s nonprofit organization,, will provide temporary stays to evacuees, relief workers, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as frontline workers fighting the spread of COVID-19.
Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI: A project tracking executive orders from every state dealing with COVID-19 since March is now online, following research from IUPUI and the University of Miami. The Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI created the public portal in April to view COVID-related executive orders enacted across the country. Read more
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