July 14, 2020
Mellon Foundation President Elizabeth Alexander Tells Us Why America’s Biggest Funder of Culture Is Shifting Its Focus to Social Justice
By Sarah Cascone, senior writer for artnet News

"There won't be a penny that is going out the door that is not contributing to a more fair, more just, more beautiful society," Alexander says.

When future applicants seek funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the largest supporter of the arts and humanities in the US, they will be evaluated based on one principal question: would their proposal help create a more just and fair society?

The organization announced Tuesday that it is reorienting its grant-making program entirely through the lens of social justice. Rather than a wholesale shift, “I would call it an evolution,” Mellon president Elizabeth Alexander told Artnet News, adding that the change has been in the works since she came to the post two years ago.

Current events—both a global health crisis that has disproportionately affected people of color, and widespread Black Lives Matter protests in cities across the US — “only further confirmed the unhealed racial crisis in this country,” making this shift in priorities all the more essential.

“We were going to do it anyway,” Alexander said, but “this moment for the strategic rollout has come at a time for the country where it seems very clear in a much more widespread way that we all need to be thinking very sharply about how the work that we do contributes to a more just society.”

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Lilly Family School alumni share sustaining lessons from the pandemic
By Abby Rolland, former communications project manager, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

As states slowly resume operations and the U.S. tries to return to normalcy in the wake of a devastating health and economic crisis, nonprofits continue to serve on the frontlines.

To learn what is happening on the frontlines, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy reached out to alumni working in nine charitable subsectors. Classified by the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Code: religion, health, education, human services, public society benefit, international affairs, foundations, animals and the environment, and arts, culture and the humanities, these graduates provided insight about how their organizations responded to COVID-19 and what they are learning.

In the religion subsector, Winterbourne Harrison-Jones serves as a senior pastor at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church on the city’s westside. He explained that the old models of worship have been challenged, and the church has had to find new ways to connect, show care and form community.

“We’ve had to create virtual spaces for spiritual development and social engagement. The coronavirus has challenged many congregations to think quickly and creatively to stay true to teachings of the church, while also navigating a new environment.”

Harrison-Jones shared videos of services, messages, and music on the church’s Facebook page in order to connect with church attendees.

The American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters has hired Lauren Carpenter as a development coordinator. Carpenter, a veteran fundraiser, previously worked at HVAF of Indiana.
The American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters has hired Zac Felty as development coordinator. Felty received his bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Valparaiso University.
Indianapolis Art Center has named Mark Williams executive director. Williams previously served as owner and chief creative officer for imagenation, a marketing firm. – Inside Indiana Business
Indiana Innovation Institute has named Micah Edmond chief growth officer. Edmond previously served as vice president of government relations at Battelle. — Inside Indiana Business
Indiana Humanities has promoted Bronwen Carlisle to programs and special projects manager. Carlisle’s previously was a Novel Conversations program associate. — Inside Indiana Business
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has hired Ann Daly as major gifts officer. Daly previously served as donor relations officer for the American Red Cross in Indiana. — Inside Indiana Business
The Indiana Philanthropy Alliance has launched the John M. Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute, a training program designed to build the pipeline of talented leaders and increase the bandwidth of philanthropists. Learn more.

New Hope of Indiana announced it has successfully raised more than $58,000 for its Third Annual Silver Cup Celebration. The funds will help Hoosiers with disabilities connect to meaningful activities during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more.

The Village of Merici Inc. announced it has acquired property on the historic Lawton Loop on the Fort Harrison campus. The property will be the future home of adults with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

Aspire Indiana Health has introduced Video in Person (ViP), the branded name for medical and behavioral health appointments that take place on computers, smartphones or other devices. Learn more.

Claude McNeal Productions needs an outdoor courtyard or space for musical rehearsals Mondays through Fridays, Aug. 31-Sept.18, 6-10 p.m. Contact Jeff Owen at 317-213-6046 or jowen@claudemcnealproductions.com.

The Governor’s Workforce Cabinet has temporarily expanded Indiana’s Next Level Jobs program by increasing eligibility, program offerings and funding caps through Dec. 30. Learn more.

COVID-19 awards

Grants of more than $150,000 have allowed IndyHumane to increase medical services for homeless animals and pets, including a $100,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust for general operating costs due to revenue shortfalls caused by COVID-19. Read more.
Senate bill seeks to expand charitable deduction. Six senators led by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced a bill that would expand the charitable deduction for non-itemizers in 2019 and 2020. The tax break is designed to encourage donations to nonprofits amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Strengthening women of color in fundraising and philanthropy. Yolanda Johnson, the first African-American president of Women in Development’s New York chapter, launched Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy (WOC) to ensure efforts in elevating diversity, equity, and inclusion extend for future generations.
Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs IUPUI:   Indiana Nonprofits and COVID-19: Impact on Services, Finances and Staffing examines the effects of the crisis on the state’s nonprofit sector. This joint effort of Indiana United Ways, The O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington and The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is based on a survey of 512 Indiana nonprofits. Learn more.

Charitable Allies: Advice for your nonprofit’s compliance and admin needs compiled in a beta subscription service. The discounted introductory offer includes executive summaries, tips, and up to 10 hours of legal support. Learn more.
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