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January 26, 2016

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Need money? Feds have it

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors

For area nonprofits seemingly always in search of cash, Kathy Souchet-Downey can be a development director's best friend. Souchet-Downey may not be able to "show you the money," but she can certainly show you where you can find it.

As a staff member of Indiana U.S. Congressman André Carson in Indianapolis, Souchet-Downey is big on making lists. Not for groceries, not for Santa Claus, but lists that nonprofits can use to find much-needed federal grant money to keep their organizations afloat. Despite howlings in Washington about our nation's financial crisis, there is money to be given away, and Souchet-Downey is only too happy to be an intermediary.

How does an organization get in on the action? Send an email to Souchet-Downey at souchetk@gmail.com and request the information.

But Carson's office doesn't stop there. Souchet-Downey can help by fielding specific grant questions, and once an organization finds a grant that could be a good fit, the congressman is willing to provide his support by writing a letter to accompany a nonprofit's application. With Carson's backing, more than $7 million in federal grant money was secured for nonprofit and community organizations in his district last year. Read more.

Federal grant types

* Formula grants are non-competitive and are distributed to state and local governments based on quantifiable variables. For example, X dollars go to every student in the state. These grants are allocated for broad purposes such as highway programs, education funding and block grants. Please note that although formula grants are initially non-competitive, once funding is received by a federal agency or state and local government, these dollars may be available to eligible organizations through an application or request process.

* Project grants fund specific projects and services addressing a specific policy need identified by Congress. Availability of this funding fluctuates year-to-year. Project grants are most often competitive and available to eligible organizations through an application or request process. Examples of project grants include Wetland Protection grants through the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency or Minority Business Development programs through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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Reviving the Indiana foundation directory

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors

Looking for a foundation directory that is Indiana-centric? After an eight-year hiatus, the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance is reviving its publication to accomplish just that.

The new directory, available in March, will narrow its focus. Now, as an online publication, it will be limited to foundations based in Indiana that give to in-state nonprofits. In that past, the directory included some regional and national foundations that gave in Indiana.

With over a 1,000 foundation entries, each must have granted at least $25,000 in awards in the past year.

"There definitely are some new foundations that weren't in there in 2008," said Sarah Geis, director knowledge management at Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. "Being online it's a quick and easy way to filter, and then the user can print out the ones that look like a match for their organization's needs." Read more.

Sponsor's insight

Why outcomes matter

By Zachary S. Kester, JD, LLM, CFRM, at Charitable Allies

Many nonprofit organizations are pretty good at tracking activity data, such as how many children they served, how many meals they served, or how many people completed a class or training offered.

Increasingly, these numbers alone are becoming insufficient to secure funding for programming efforts. Though "what we do" (outputs) certainly matters, many funders want to know the "why it matters" (outcomes) behind the programming they support.

Outputs measure what we do. Outcomes measure effectiveness and behaviors changed.

Outcomes can be notoriously difficult to measure. As nonprofit leaders, we spend almost all of our time delivering our programming. We deliver meals, work in the clinic, and build the homes. We naturally think in terms of outputs. Consciously thinking in outcomes requires that we slow down, assess our programing and its effectiveness, and implement tools to help better measure effectiveness. Read more.

People on the move

Ken File has joined the Damar Foundation as president. He previously served as vice president for advancement at Goodwill Industries.

BKD CPAs and Advisors has hired Tim Nettleton as technology coordinator with the information technology team. Nettleton previously worked for Guggenheim Partners for nearly seven years. — Inside Indiana Business

Beacon of Hope Center for Women has named Sandra Ziebold president and CEO. Ziebold has over 20 years of experience in business and nonprofit leadership and is the creative owner of Ziebold Imagery. — Inside Indiana Business

Laura Limp has joined the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites as development officer for the six Southern historic sites. She joins the team from Townsquare Media where she served as live-events manager for the Evansville and Owensboro, Ky. markets.

Institute for Conservative Leadership hired Cheryl Glaeser as senior associate, providing consulting, meeting design, facilitation, training and coaching. Glaeser's previously work with the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) included advancing a statewide rural energy development initiative to build renewable energy capacity, expertise and leadership throughout Minnesota.

United Way of Porter County has promoted Kim Olesker to CEO. She is taking over for Sharon Kish, who is retiring after almost 15 years in the position. Olesker most recently worked at Early Childhood Initiatives as regional director.

The Indiana Repertory Theater hired Greg Perkins as director of finance and Adam Clevenger as director of development. Perkins was previously president at Cardinal Ritter High School. Clevenger worked at YMCA of the USA as regional collaboration manager before beginning work at the IRT. — Inside Indiana Business


Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded $5.8 million to the Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council. The Central Indiana Council will use the funding to boost multiple initiatives, including a new co-ed STEM Scouts program. Read more.

Indianapolis Power & Light Company and the Pacers Foundation announced that over the next three years, the two organizations have allocated $75,000 to expand Indy Parks' city-wide basketball league. Funds used to support the program will be drawn from a $1.1 million grant awarded to the Parks Foundation in 2013 from IPL and the Pacers Foundation to renovate outdoor basketball courts.

Eskenazi Health Midtown Community Mental Health Narcotics Treatment Program received a $19,950 grant from Drug Free Marion County to support local law enforcement and other public safety organizations to treat heroin and other opiates addiction with evidence-based practices.

Charitable giving is projected to grow 4.1 percent in 2016 and 4.3 percent in 2017, according to research released recently by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 also projects giving to education will grow more than 6 percent in both years. It's presented by Marts & Lundy, a leading fundraising and philanthropy-consulting firm. The Philanthropy Outlook 2016 & 2017 full report is available here.

Phoenix Theatre, the 33-year-old professional theater, is leaving its longtime downtown location (729 N. Park Ave.) in Chatham Arch. The group hopes to finalize the sale of the building in the next 30 days. It purchased three properties in the 700 block of north Illinois St. for its new home. Read more.

Purdue University and Indiana University are listed among Reuters' Top 100 World's Most Innovative Universities. The select criteria focused on academic papers and patent filings. Read more.

Professional development

Shorten the financial close process webinar on Feb. 11 at 11:00 a.m. (PST). Managers, analysts, boards and investors are digesting market information in real time and are beginning to expect the same of financial results. Free. To register, click here.

Building your board bench webinar on Feb. 22 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EST). Building a strong and reliable nonprofit board of directors is no easy task, but leveraging simple best practices and innovative strategies can mean the difference between an engaged, effective board and a social club with minimal leadership. Cost BoardSource members $40 | nonmembers $75. For more information and to register, click here.

Write smarter: Grant-seeking strategies and time savers webinar on Feb. 25 at 2:00 p.m. At this tactical webinar, learn strategies for streamlining the proposal writing process. Presenters will share techniques to make writing stronger, craft proposals more efficiently, strengthen the case for support and offer strategies for demonstrating impact. $75 early bird. To register, click here.

Building the board you really need webinar on Feb. 24 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EST). A balanced, engaged and connected board is critical to any organization's long-term success. Make sure that you have the right people around your board table and that everyone is contributing to his or her maximum potential. Cost BoardSource members $0 | Non-members $35. For more information and to register, click here.

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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.

Dining Out For Life Ambassador on April 28. As an ambassador, you are given the opportunity to go out into the community to spread awareness about The Damien Center and partner with some of Indy's top restaurants. This is a great way to give back and experience Indy's ever-growing dining community! Commitment: five hours. For more information, click here.

Art with a Heart is looking for some wonderful, fun-loving people who love to volunteer with children in Pre-K and Creative Kindergarten Connections classrooms. It's great to have a background in art or teaching, but not necessary. Training is provided to make sure each volunteer is knowledgeable with program materials and confident in the classroom. For details about volunteer opportunities, click here.

The Indiana Historical Society is recruiting volunteers for the National History Day for district and state contests. This yearlong education program is dedicated to enhancing history education in elementary and secondary schools. Students in grades four through 12 explore a historical subject related to an annual theme and then use their research to create exhibits, original performances, documentaries, websites and papers. This year's theme is Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History. Volunteer shifts and locations vary. For more information and to sign up please click here.


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DONATE: Conference table with six conference chairs and credenza and bookcase. Must pick up in Castleton area. Contact Angela French at afrench@spectrum-mgmt.com.


National news

How to take board-meeting minutes. An important and fulfilling role, these minutes are more than a general account of discussions and serve as an official and legal record of the Directors' meeting.

The risks — and rewards — of reinventing a signature event. A look at one organization's rethinking a free event to turn into a fundraiser that delivers a more powerful punch.

A board member's perspective on board recruitment. Ongoing recruitment of new board members is critical to thriving boards, but is too rarely developed as an organizational core competence.

How to set key predictive index (KPI) targets. This easy, four-step process is a guide to help create KPI targets and determine progress toward goals.



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Human resources

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

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Technology, software, services

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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.

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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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Fund Development

Gift Officer - Conner Prairie. Working closely with the Director of Individual Giving, the Gift Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual prospects and donors with the goal to upgrade gifts and encourage...more

Development Director - Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. The Development Director is responsible for organizing, planning and leading fundraising activities for Komen Central Indiana. The position is responsible for diversifying and expanding current fundraising strategies...more

Administrative Leadership/Support

Assistant Store Manager - Indy Reads Books. Indy Reads Books is seeking an experienced retail professional to manage the day-to-day operations of the store, manage over 100 volunteers annually, and to implement all digital communications. The ideal candidate...more

Executive Assistant - Children's Bureau, Inc. This critical position provides effective and timely support for...more

Office Manager - Joy's House at UIndy. Joy's House is looking to hire a caring individual to act as an office manager at our Joy's House at UIndy location. Shift hours are 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please indicate salary requirements. This...more


Support Specialist (part-time) - The Village of Merici, Inc. (part-time position - 20 hours per week - evenings 5:30pm -10:30pm Monday through Thursday) The Support Specialist will be responsible for assisting residents as needed throughout the evening. This may include...more

Prevention & Education Coordinator - Lifelines® Youth Suicide Prevention Program. Chaucie's Place is experiencing some exciting growth right now. The community is very supportive of our prevention programs and signing up in record numbers. This is an opportunity to help a small nonprofit organization...more

Prevention & Education Coordinator, Marion County - Chaucie's Place. Chaucie's Place is experiencing some exciting growth right now. The community is very supportive of our prevention programs and signing up in record numbers. This is an opportunity to help a small nonprofit organization...more


Special Events and Social Media Associate (part-time) - Jackson Center for Conductive Education. The Jackson Center is a program for children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders. Conductive education is a rehabilitation program developed in Hungary. There are only approximately thirty conductive education...more

Marketing & Volunteer Engagement Specialist - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. The Marketing & Volunteer Engagement Specialist is instrumental to the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change...more

Guest Relations Coordinator - Joy's House. Joy's House is looking to hire a caring individual to act as the Guest Relations Coordinator at our Joy's House Broad Ripple location. Shift hours are 7:00 am - 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please indicate salary requirements...more


Staff Accountant - Wheeler Mission Ministries. Wheeler Mission Ministries is current looking for a Servant Leader to fill the position of Staff Accountant. This is a great opportunity for a dynamic Christian leader who wants to combine their business accounting experience...more

Staff Accountant - Indianapolis Art Center. Are you looking for a small, supportive environment where you can do your best work every day? Are you tired of the cold bureaucracy of the corporate world? The Indianapolis Art Center is looking for someone who organized...more

Finance/Asset Director - Merchants Affordable Housing Corp. Affordable Housing Developer seeks full-time, exempt Finance/Asset Director ideally with non profit and/or housing experience to manage all aspects of the finances of the organization, and provide day to day accounting...more

Human Resources

HR Generalist - Indiana Donor Network. Are you a seasoned HR professional ready to make a huge impact in an organization that saves lives every day? Indiana Donor Network is looking for you. The HR Generalist will partner daily with our leaders and employees...more


Assets & Opportunity Network VISTA Position - Indiana Association for Community Economic Development. The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) is seeking AmeriCorps VISTA members. The Assets & Opportunity Network VISTA will work to increase assets for low-wealth Hoosiers and help...more

Nonprofit Impact VISTA Position - Indiana Association for Community Economic Development. The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) is seeking AmeriCorps VISTA members. The Nonprofit Impact VISTA will work to help create community-level change and expanding Nonprofit...more

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Last week's jobs


Chief Financial Officer - JCC. The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) is an executive staff level position and has a comprehensive range of responsibilities, including financial planning/management, cash development and management, taxation process...more

Administrative Leadership/Support

Director of Administration and Financial Ministries - Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. The Indiana Conference of The United Methodist Church seeks a tithing disciple of Jesus Christ with demonstrated capacity and experience in the development and implementation of processes for excellence in...more

Office Manager/Executive Assistant - Indiana Humanities. Indiana Humanities seeks a 'utility player" to join our team - someone who is collaborative, passionate, Indiana-loving, thoughtful, detail-oriented, and an enthusiastic team member. Indiana Humanities is a dynamic...more

Administrative Assistant - Girls Inc. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for Administrative support for agency, Administrative support for the Board of Directors, Agency centralized purchasing and office supplies inventory management...more

Ministry Assistant for Children and Family Ministries - Second Presbyterian Church. The Ministry Assistant for Children and Family Ministries provides administrative support for the Children and Family programs of the...more


Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Strategic Initiatives - School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indianapolis is searching for a Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Strategic...more


Licensed Mental Health Therapist - Madison Addiction Outpatient. Adult and Child is currently seeking licensed mental health therapists to join its new open access out-patient facility located on the Southside of Indianapolis, Indiana. The outpatient therapist will provide culturally competent...more

Program Manager - Data - Indiana Youth Institute. Vibrant, statewide nonprofit with a strong reputation for providing objective and reliable information on children and youth is searching for a professional to manage our narrative data products. This staff position manages...more


Fraternity Housing Corporation Interior Designer - Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. Enhance the aesthetics, function, and safety of chapter facilities while taking into account color, texture, furniture, lighting, and space to meet chapter needs...more


GEI Marketing & Communications Manager - Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Inc. The GEI Marketing and Communications Manager advises, plans and executes a wide variety of education and mission awareness communications and activities to strengthen The Excel Center, Indianapolis Metropolitan...more

Outreach Representative - Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority. The primary role of the Outreach Representative is to promote rideshare services to employers, commuters and organizations in a 9-county area. The representative is responsible for marketing the rideshare program to...more

Volunteer Management

AmeriCorps - Volunteer Coordinator - Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity. Are you an organized, fun, and enthusiastic leader interested in service and excited about the Habitat for Humanity mission? Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity is looking for an AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator to build...more

Fund Development

Development Associate - Franciscan Alliance. The Development Associate is responsible for maintaining and growing the annual fund of a regional division of Franciscan Alliance Foundation. This focuses primarily on individual gifts up to $1,000 as well as applying for...more

Development Director - Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir seeks a full-time Development Director to further expand its fundraising strategy and practices. Among the most active choruses in the nation, the Symphonic Choir reaches over...more

Development Manager (part-time) - La Plaza, Inc. Manages fundraising activities and assists President & CEO in execution of organization goals. Activities include donor cultivation, solicitation, proposal writing, stewardship and a desire to work with corporate, foundation...more

Development Associate - Food Finders Food Bank. Primary responsibilities include managing the day to day operations of the direct mail program, grant writing and reporting, and special event management. Under the direction of the Director of Development (DoD), the...more

Resource Coordinator - Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED). The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) is seeking to fill the new position of Resource Coordinator. Critical to the role are supporting the organization's fundraising infrastructure, creating...more

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