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January 12, 2016

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State of the sector survey

By Nonprofit Finance Fund, survey results

NFF's 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey focuses on the underlying causes of these dynamics by exploring the programmatic, financial, and operational issues facing nonprofits across the U.S. It launched the Survey in 2008, when economic crisis threatened the viability of many organizations.

Seven years later, results from 5,451 respondents show some indications of recovery, stabilization, and growth. Nonprofits are adding jobs, engaging in strategic conversations such as leadership succession planning, and looking to retain their workforce. Yet as they raise their sights from the focus on short-term crisis, many are confronting the troubling reality that current practices cannot sustain organizations in the long-term or meet the needs of the communities they serve now. Many organizations have stumbled out of crisis looking to make the necessary investments to secure their long-term future. And it is a hard road ahead.

Key findings

Under-resourced communities are going without because nonprofits can't meet demand. Americans -- particularly those in low-income communities -- are still struggling to secure jobs, affordable housing, and healthcare.

  • 76 percent of nonprofits reported an increase in demand for services -- the 7th year that a majority have reported increases.
  • 52 percent couldn't meet demand -- the third year in a row that more than half of nonprofits couldn't meet demand.
  • Of those who reported that they could not meet demand, 71 percent said that client needs go unmet when they can't provide services.

The 2015 NFF Survey Analyzer allows you to investigate questions that cut across sub-sectors, budget size, geography and other dimensions. Read more.

Six trends that will set the pace for 2016's philanthropy

By Bruce DeBoskey, The DeBoskey Group, for The Denver Post

With record levels of giving, new approaches to marshaling philanthropic assets for impact, and better approaches to philanthropic strategy, 2015 was a great year for philanthropy. This trend will continue in 2016.

Increasingly, leaders in businesses, foundations and families understand that philanthropy is more than the merely transactional act of writing checks to favorite nonprofits. Today, philanthropy is seen as a strategic investment that is transformational for both society and the donor.

In the coming year, expect to see: The increasing impact of women

Women continue to demonstrate innovation and leadership in the field of philanthropy -- and with big impact. Women now control more than half of the private wealth in the United States. Read more.

Five things learned from a year of INNovation Fund grants

By Kevin Davis, CEO, Investigative News Network

Last winter was the third round of the INNovation Fund, a micro-grant program managed by the Investigative News Network to help with business experimentation in nonprofit and public-media newsrooms across the country.

Unlike for-profit organizations, nonprofit news organizations do not have equity to leverage when seeking capital for business investment. Furthermore, most grantmaking puts limitations on the amount of overhead allowed on any given grant.

Yet nonprofit newsrooms are expected to iterate and innovate to increase the amount of engagement with their target audiences, reduce their dependence on existing funders and diversify their revenue streams to become sustainable. Read more.

Sponsor's insight

Think like an auditor to
get revenue picture

By Lori L. Robertson, CPA, VonLehman

When auditors examine a nonprofit's financial statements, they spend a lot of time on the revenue figures. They look at the accounting methods used to record revenues and perform a detailed income analysis to gain a true understanding of the organization's revenue profile. All of this helps them get up to speed on the nonprofit's financial health.

Whether or not you employ external auditors, you can use auditors' techniques, including year-to-year trends and benchmarking to other nonprofits, to get a better understanding of your organization's revenue. In particular, consider the following:

1. Individual contributions. To some degree, almost all nonprofits rely on contributions from supporters. Compare the dollars raised to past years and see if you can pinpoint any trends. For example, have individual contributions increased since the peak of the recession? What campaigns have you implemented during that period? Go beyond the totals and determine, for instance, if the number of major donors -- say, those who give $1,000 or more a year -- has been rising. Read more.

People on the move

Kelsey Burton was named the executive director for Paws & Think Inc. Burton has worked for the American Red Cross and the Family Support Center. — Inside Indiana Business

Second Helpings selected chef Vincent Kinkade as director of culinary job training. He has served as a program chair for Ivy Tech Community College and most recently was dean of academic affairs for The Chef's Academy, the culinary division of Harrison College. — Inside Indiana Business

The directors of Alerding CPA Group, an Indianapolis-based certified public accounting firm, announced the appointment of Jered Fuquay as its newest director. Fuquay joined the Alerding CPA Group in 2008 as senior audit manager. He is an Indiana University graduate and earned his Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas-Austin.

Doran Moreland is the executive director for statewide diversity and community outreach for Ivy Tech Community College. He previously worked for Teach for America and for The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. — Inside Indiana Business

Conner Prairie named Norman O. Burns II, the president and CEO of the interactive history park. He has almost three decades of experience in leadership at historical attractions and has spent almost a decade as executive director of the Maymont Foundation, which oversees and funds the 130-year-old estate built by Richmond philanthropists James Henry Dooley and Sallie May Dooley. — IBJ


Valparaiso University received a $1 million commitment to support its unrestricted endowment fund. The university says unrestricted giving is among the most important support a university can receive because it gives "the ultimate level of flexibility to meet the most pressing need." Read more.

The chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College in Southwest Indiana and the Wabash Valley Region says partnerships like a new one with Deaconess Health System in Evansville makes employees more valuable to the company and the community. Read more.

Because of local generosity, 1,690 fingers are a little warmer this week. Always In Stitches collected 169 pairs of hand-knit or purchased mittens and gloves for the Good Samaritan Network.


Professional development

Free legal advice from local lawyers is only a phone call away. On Jan. 12, the Indianapolis Bar Association offers Legal Line, a free, legal advice call-in service from 6 to 8 p.m. at 317-269-2000.

Integrating planned giving into major and annual gift programs webinar will be held on Jan. 20 at 1:00 p.m. This is a free webinar. To register, click here.

Finding foundation funders webinar will be held on Jan. 20 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). The workshop provides simple steps to seeking foundation support, including how to research foundations, first approaches to a foundation, requesting support and reporting after the fact. For more information, and to register, click here.

The International Center is hosting an open house Jan. 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. for potential Festival Fund grant applicants. Come and learn more about the application process and get tips on planning an international or cultural event. Learn more.

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Volunteer opportunities

Please send your needs and donations of supplies, equipment, and furniture plus volunteer opportunities and requests to IndyNews@NotforProfitNews.com.

Ladies Under Construction Inc. is seeking volunteers with backgrounds in finance, marketing, program development and data tracking to serve on its board of directors. Individuals selected will take part in quarterly meetings. Contact Aleanya Moore at 317-721-4582 or ladiesunderconstruction@gmail.com.

Teachers' Treasures is looking for two dedicated, book-loving, volunteers to maintain the book section at the Eastside store (1800 E 10th St.). The position requires a minimum commitment one, 2-3 hour shift per week. Contact Amanda Metternich at amanda@teacherstreasures.org or 317- 264-1758.


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NEED: Always in Stitches (1808 E. Conner St., Noblesville) is among local quilt shops participating in worldwide Pantie Raid 2016. Drop off new packages of panties, pajamas and socks at the store from Jan. 15 to 23. They will be given to Alternatives, Inc., a shelter for domestic violence victims. For more information, contact Ros Demaree at ros@alwaysinstitches1.com or 317-776-4227.

DONATE: Twenty-five flat panel computer monitors (various manufactures) and 80 Pentium IV and 10 Dual Core computers available for pick-up on the city's Northside. No operating software on CPU, all include one or more gigabytes of memory. Cables, keyboards and mice included. Contact Peggy McDonald at pegmcal@aol.com.

DONATE: A box (50) of brand new white T-shirts, including v-neck and round-neck styles in various men's sizes. If interested, contact dawnadamsx2@gmail.com.


National news

5 nonprofit predictions for 2016. Predictions are a tricky thing. Mostly comprised of strong present currents, past habits and a dose of educated guessing and with nonprofits an element of hopefulness.

Nonprofits report giving boost for 2015. Fueled by major gifts and corporate contributions, 59 percent of nonprofits reported increased fundraising for the first half of 2015, up from 52 percent during the same time in 2014.

It's time to prepare for the 2020 workplace. In four years, 20 million members of Generation Z (those born between 1995 and 2010) will start their careers -- and bring their own expectations about work.

The Nonprofit Leadership Development Deficit studies show that leadership succession planning is a top organizational concern for U.S. nonprofits. They are failing, however, to develop their most promising pool of talent -- homegrown leaders.

Sponsors' insights

Alerding CPA Group. 1099s are due Jan. 29. The IRS requires reporting of payments of $600 or more to any individual or unincorporated business (including LLCs) for services or rent. This includes payments for repair/maintenance services, professional services, (including all attorneys whether incorporated or not), contract labor and rent. In addition, if you paid in excess of $10 of interest to any individual, you must prepare a 1099-Int.

FTM. Nonprofit finance study: Challenges for nonprofit finance professionals

Radiancy Coaching Partners. Four questions to create a strategic plan your nonprofit will actually use. Strategic planning and operating strategically are two different things.



Our sponsor marketplace serves to further connect our readers with our advertisers who are focused on serving nonprofits. Please keep in mind that you should always check references before hiring a consultant or vendor. Contact Bryan at Bryan@charitableadvisors.com or 317-752-7153 to learn how your business or organization can become a sponsor of the Not-for-Profit News.


Charitable Allies: nonprofit that provides affordable, experienced nonprofit legal services.

Human resources

Synergy: professional employer organization (PEO), Synergy assumes the risk and liability of employing employees, and administers payroll, benefits and human resources.

FirstPerson: professional advisory firm that creates meaningful work experiences through benefits, HR and wellness solutions.

Technology, software, services

FTM LLC: software advisor to improve organization's financial operations with system implementation, training and support.

Netlink, Inc.: An information technology service provider delivering best practice information, technology guidance, implementation and support in order to contribute to nonprofits' mission and success.


Alerding CPA Group: accounting firm with nonprofit experience provides audits, accounting, tax services, planning and board governance.

BKD: CPAs and advisors offering services in assurance, tax, risk management, technology and forensic to closely-held businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals.

FTM LLC: works solely with nonprofits on bookkeeping, audit preparation, outsourced controller and CFO services.

VonLehman CPA & Advisory Firm: goes beyond accounting, tax and auditing services and provides business advice and turnaround services for nonprofits in an ever-changing business landscape.

Fund development

The Indiana Philanthropy Alliance: brings back its Directory of Indiana Grantmakers. The searchable, online database, includes profiles for over 1,000 funders of Indiana nonprofits. Pre-order now for early-bird pricing; available at the end of the first quarter.

Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates: Authentic strategic and philanthropic consulting firm that offers client-focused, highly-customized solutions. The firm specializes in assisting nonprofit groups with strategic planning, capital campaigns, development audits, feasibility studies and general fundraising counsel.

Marketing/digital fundraising

Balance Marketing: specializes in maximizing nonprofit's ability to connect, engage and inspire investment in its cause through digital and interaction communication practices.

Banking/asset management

The National Bank of Indianapolis: the bank of choice for nonprofit organizations.


Alerding CPA Group: provides board governance, training, consulting and succession planning.

Charitable Advisors:BoardSource-certified governance trainer, support for board-led ED/CEO search process.


School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI: At SPEA, people learn how to work in government, nonprofit and business roles to make positive changes in their communities, their states, their countries and the world.

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy: Our programs are the first in the nation to focus on philanthropy's history, culture and values. Through traditional or online master's degree programs, gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further graduate study or to enter the field as a nonprofit professional.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Master of Jurisprudence graduate degree program prepares professionals with the legal knowledge to enhance, and potentially advance their careers.

The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED): supports a network of organizations to build vital communities and resilient families through community building, training, technical assistance and advocacy.

Leadership Development

Radiancy Coaching Partners: Leadership coaching and personal development for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members to help get the right projects done with heart.


Real estate

Get that extra office space leased or that extra building sold by using the new NFP News real estate section to let people know you have extra space, an extra building or even residential property for sale. Photos and a web link may be included to give readers more information. To learn more, contact Julie at Julie@CharitableAdvisors.com

Affordable Near-Southside office space

DOWNTOWN 300 to 10,000 sq. ft. Great location at I-65 and South Keystone Avenue (3530). Five minutes from downtown with easy access to all Indianapolis. Free parking. Many restaurants nearby. Other nonprofits on site. Low rates: $10 to $12 per square foot depending on space size. Call Ron at: 317-702- 6079.


Great location

CARMEL Great location at 99th and Michigan Rd., just north of I-465. Approximately 1,200 square feet for suites or office space, available at $10 per square foot with utilities included. Easy access to highway, restaurants and shopping. Roadside building directory, free parking, private entrance and restrooms. Call Andrew Follman at 317-566-5614.


The Sol Center is the perfect place for your next gathering

Host your next business meeting, board meeting, social gathering or board retreat at the Sol Center, home to Meal on Wheels. Located downtown, its 2,500-square-foot ballroom is handicap accessible and seats 150 people. The space offers such amenities as a state-of-the-art A/V system, dual 10 ft. ?7 ft. ceiling-mounted screens, small stage and podium, a caterer's staging kitchen, coatroom and free-lighted parking. Rental income is used to subsidize meals for our low-income clients. For information, contact Vicki Burdick at 317-252-5558.

Conveniently located

Conveniently located near Butler University, Christian Theological Seminary and the Indianapolis Museum of Art (42nd and Michigan Rd.). Current tenants include nonprofit organizations representing education, environmental, faith and social services. Amenities include special introductory rates, full service leases, nicely-equipped conference rooms of various sizes, ample free parking and helpful on-site management. Contact 317-923-3617 or iic@indianainterchurch.org for more information.

This week's jobs

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Executive Director - Indiana Blind Children's Foundation. The Executive Director provides visionary leadership to guide and assist the IBCF Board and volunteers in fulfilling its mission of investing in children with visual impairments so that each child will thrive in school and...more

Administrative Leadership/Support

Operations Manager - Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir - one of the largest and most active choruses in the nation - is seeking a full-time Operations Manager to join its staff of 8 persons. Reaching over 25,000 persons annually, the 190-voice...more

Office Manager (part-time) - Partnerships for Lawrence. Part-time: 20 hours per week, 4 hours a day, M-F. Partnerships for Lawrence (PFL) seeks an Office Manager, part-time. This position reports to the Executive Director and will be the second staff person in a non-profit arts...more

Organizational Support Coordinator - First Resource Inc. The Organizational Support Coordinator (OSC) position functions as the office manager, liaison and advisor to the organization's leadership and facilitates initiatives across the enterprise. The OSC is a multi-faceted job...more

Event and Executive Coordinator - Kappa Delta Pi. Duties of this position include coordination of conferences, meetings, and events for the Society, as well as executive administrative tasks and management of facility maintenance services. Outstanding communication...more

Front Office Administrative Assistant / Volunteer Coordinator - The Children's TherAplay Foundation. The Children's TherAplay Foundation, Inc. a physical and occupational therapy clinic specializing in hippotherapy for special needs children has an immediate opening for a full-time (newly created) Front Office...more

Operations Assistant (Part-time)- Safe Sitter Inc. National Headquarters. (Part-time/hourly - 3 days/up to 24 hours a week) The Customer Service Representative is responsible for answering telephones and e-mails, assisting customers, receiving and processing orders, mailing and shipping...more

Human Resources Manager - Indianapolis Art Center. Are you looking for an opportunity to make an impact and do your best work every day? Are you tired of the cold bureaucracy of the corporate world? The Indianapolis Art Center, located in lively Broad Ripple, is looking...more


VISTA Job Retention Program Coordinator - Dress for Success Indianapolis. Dress for Success Indianapolis is seeking a fulltime Americorps VISTA to be responsible for developing and implementing a new program to increase employment retention of women largely employed in high turnover fields...more

Program Specialist - Kiwanis International Foundation. The Program Specialist will be responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating various philanthropic programs for the Foundation. The Program Specialist performs a variety of complicated tasks, including...more

Child Forensic Interviewer - Susie's Place Child Advocacy Center. Susie's Place Child Advocacy Centers is hiring two Full-Time Child Forensic Interviewers to be located in our Avon and Bloomington child advocacy centers. This is a professional position charged with interviewing child victims...more

Program Coordinator (part-time) - GiGi's Playhouse. The Program Coordinator is a staff position that will provide leadership, energy, oversight, and daily direction to all aspects of programming for all age groups infants through adults. He/she enthusiastically implements...more

Tuition Coordinator - Cardinal Ritter High School. Cardinal Ritter High School is seeking a qualified business professional for the position of Tuition Coordinator. This position is the primary contact for families regarding their tuition obligations and oversees the...more

Campaign Director, Light The Night - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma (blood cancers), and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Our nationwide priority...more

Information & Referral (I&R) Specialists (either full- or part-time) - Connect2Help211. Join the largest 2-1-1 in the state of Indiana (and the 5th largest in the country) connecting those in our communities who need help with the organizations that provide it. We are hiring more Information & Referral...more

Shift Supervisor - Holy Family Shelter. Holy Family Shelter, an emergency shelter for homeless families, has an immediate opening for a full-time Shift Supervisor for their 2nd shift (3pm-11:30pm). Candidate will be responsible for supervising residents and...more


Communications Manager - Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. The Communications Manager will develop and execute the communications, marketing and public relations strategy for Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. Communications will 1) motivate audiences to donate, fundraise...more

Fund Development

Chief Development Officer - Planned Parenthood of IN & KY. We are a trusted healthcare provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive healthcare, sex...more

Associate Director Annual Giving - YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. As a key member of the YMCA Financial Development Department, the Associate Director of Annual Giving will report to the Sr. Director of Financial Development and work in concert with the Operations team committed...more

Major Gifts Officer - St. Mary's Child Center. The person in this position will research, orchestrate and document the processes of cultivation, solicitation and stewardship for prospective and major gift donors to ensure that St. Mary's meets both short and long term...more

Director of Development - Indiana State Museum. The Indiana State Museum is currently seeking a Director of Development. The Director of Development is charged with cultivating, securing, stewarding and renewing major and planned giving donors on behalf of the...more


Fiscal Services Controller - CICOA Aging & In Home Solutions. Manage, plan, organize, monitor, document and supervise various routine activities and operations of the fiscal department duties. Assist with annual independent audits and the development and processing of the annual...more

Staff Accountant - USA Gymnastics. Success Is a Team Effort. USA Gymnastics, a non-profit organization, is looking for a Staff Accountant. USA Gymnastics represents the athletes, coaches, club owners, judges and volunteers who have dedicated themselves...more

Bookkeeper (part-time) - Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library searching for a Part-time Bookkeeper to assist with daily bookkeeping and reporting...more


Custodian/Sexton - St. Paul's Indy. The custodian/sexton will perform janitorial tasks; room/event preparation and cleanup; general light maintenance and other duties as assigned. The custodian/sexton will work collaboratively with other staff, as well...more

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Last week's jobs

Administrative Leadership/Support

Director, IndyEast Promise Zone - John Boner Neighborhood Centers. The John Boner Neighborhood Centers is seeking a dynamic and passionate leader to serve as the Director of the IndyEast Promise Zone. The IndyEast Promise Zone is a ten-year federal designation designed to promote...more

Unit Director - Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis is seeking a competent and passionate individual to lead the new Finish Line Boys & Girls Club, located at the intersection of 38th Street and Post Road. The ideal candidate will share...more

Manager of Customer Service - Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo). The Manager of Customer Service is responsible for ensuring a cohesive customer experience by creating programs, monitoring customer touchpoints, and providing quality assurance and customer-focused strategies...more

Administrator/ Programming Director - Youth Outlook. Located in Marion County, IN, Youth Outlook is a residential group home for at-risk adolescent males ages 13-21. We provide a unique home-like environment for troubled youths who, for a variety of reasons, have found...more


Program Coordinator - Safe Place & Host Homes. The Safe Place/Host Homes Coordinator is responsible for the successful implementation and maintenance of Project Safe Place in Johnson and Morgan Counties. The primary responsibility is to create awareness of the agency...more

Program Coordinator - Children's Visitation Center and Jumpstart Mentoring. The Program Coordinator is responsible for the day to day operation and development of the Children's Visitation Center (CVC) and Jumpstart Mentoring programs. The CVC program provides a safe and neutral environment...more

Program Director - Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis. Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis is seeking a competent and passionate individual to oversee program planning and implementation at the new Finish Line Boys & Girls Club, located at the intersection of 38th Street...more

Employment Specialist - Horizon House. Horizon House is a multi-service day shelter exclusively serving the homeless community in Indianapolis, offering direct services and advocacy in a spirit of genuine hospitality and professional care. The Employment...more

Ministry Associate - Disciples Women. The Ministry Associate is an employee who earns an hourly wage based on the hours worked. The Ministry Associate reports to the Executive Director for attendance, vacation time, sick time, flex time, all policy...more


Special Events Coordinator - Indianapolis Zoo. If you are an organized, detailed-oriented, polished professional possessing the ability to multi-task, while exhibiting creativity, vision and enthusiasm, then we are looking for you to join our advancement team as a Special...more

Patron Services Representative (part-time) - The Center for the Performing Arts. Seeking customer service oriented applicant with excellent communication skills to join our team. Varying work schedule includes evenings/weekends. An aptitude for learning new software and technology...more

Fund Development

Development Coordinator - Fairbanks Hospital. As a key member of the Fairbanks Development Team, the Development Coordinator will be committed to advancing the mission of Fairbanks and Hope Academy by increasing contributed resources and creating a donor...more

Associate Director of Corporate Giving - Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. The Associate Director of Corporate Giving is a full-time position that implements and manages the corporate giving strategy of the ISO. In partnership with the Vice President of Development and the Director of...more

Development Officer, Annual Fund & Special Events - Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, Inc. The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana (RMHI) is seeking a qualified Annual Fund Manager to manage the day-to-day aspects of RMH-annual fund activities, including RMH annual fundraising events, grant proposal writing...more

Federal Grants Coordinator, IndyEast Promise Zone - John Boner Neighborhood Centers. The John Boner Neighborhood Centers (JBNC) is seeking a committed and knowledgeable leader to serve as the Federal Grants Coordinator. The Federal Grants Coordinator will identify and manage federal opportunities...more

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