July 21, 2020
Lumina Foundation to devote $15M to dismantling systemic racism
by Mason King, IBJ News Editor/Multimedia Producer

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation plans to spend $15 million over the next three years to help fund programs and initiatives targeting systemic racism and how it affects access to post-secondary education.

Founded in 1991, the Lumina Foundation’s primary mission is to expand access to high-quality secondary education for all people. The new initiative is focused on racial justice and equity, and in particular structural barriers that impede people of color from continuing their education after high school.

The purpose of the $15 million commitment is “to help realize the American ideal of ‘a more perfect union,’ in which educational achievement and other measures of health and civic participation are no longer determined by an individual’s race or ethnicity,” said Danette Howard, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Lumina, in a media release.

The $15 million will replenish Lumina’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, which was created in 2017 to help colleges address issues related to race relations. The fund awarded $2.5 million in grants and other support.

That total included a $200,000 grant to the Faith in Action Project at the Indianapolis-based Christian Theological Seminary. The project brings together faith communities, not-for-profits and business and government leaders to address poverty in the city.

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How You Can Help Dismantle Systemic Racism in Our Community
by Pamela Ross, Vice President of Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF)

In the wake of globe demonstrations, many of our neighbors and community leaders have reached out to us asking how to be a partner in racial equity work, and we are grateful. The big question always seems to be, “What can I do?”

First, you must make this personal. This work is not limited to 9-to-5 timeframe. There are several books, articles, podcasts and documentaries that are great resources for this critical work.

Our website, CICF.org/accountability, has a list of resources that have guided us in our journey. Absorbing this information and becoming fully aware of the racial terror people of color have endured — and continue to endure daily — in communities throughout the United States is a necessary first step.

The bedrock of our nation is made up of systems designed to marginalize, stigmatize and blatantly mistreat people of color — specifically Black people. Our commitment to dismantle these historic systems of racism is a generational commitment. We also believe real change can begin today with full cooperation and strong community partners.

Making a commitment to equity

In 2018, Brian Payne, CICF president and CEO, created a new position for the organization’s executive team — vice president of opportunity, equity and inclusion. I transitioned into that role, after serving as community investment officer.

In this position, I am empowered to hold the organization accountable in its commitment to racial equity as well as identifying opportunities to embed this commitment into every aspect of our work — including but not limited to hiring, vendor selection and grantmaking. Every day, we are having hard conversations and re-examining how we support our community.

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The Salvation Army Indiana Division has named Major Marc Johnson its new Indiana divisional commander. Johnson previously served at The Salvation Army's College for Officer Training in Chicago. – Inside Indiana Business
Indiana University Center for Global Health and AMPATH has hired Stacy Robinson as director of partnerships. Robinson was previously the senior associate director for major gifts at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Morning Light, Inc., has promoted Penny Davis to provider relations manager. Davis, whose career has included positions in healthcare and leadership, was named a Health Care Hero by the Indianapolis Business Journal.
Aspire Indiana Health has hired Dr. Jonathan Butler as a medical director. Butler, who brings a deep background in healthcare administration and innovation, will oversee primary care operations.
The American Heart Association has named Kelli McCrary Go Red for Women director in Indianapolis. McCrary previously served as the association's community impact director.
Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has awarded a $100,000 grant to Family Promise of Hendricks County as an Impact 100 Change-Maker of 2020. Family Promise has a mission to help people avoid eviction and homelessness. See video

Schwab Charitable has announced that donations during the first half of 2020 surged by nearly 50 percent — to more than $1.7 billion, making it the most generous giving recorded in the history of the philanthropic fund. Read more

United Way of Central Indiana has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, an independent charity evaluator. The rating system reflects an organization’s commitment to transparency and accountability.

The Clowes Fund has announced it will double its grantmaking commitment in response to the crisis caused by COVID-19. The foundation’s executive director said an exceptional crisis requires an exceptional response. Read more

Downtown Indy, Inc., has formed a rebuilding and recovery committee to spur economic sustainability in the downtown area. It will address economic challenges caused by COVID-19, and social and racial inequity. Read more

The Federal Reserve has opened one its Main Street Lending Program to nonprofit groups, including hospitals, educational institutions, and social service organizations with at least 10 employees and endowments of less than $3 billion. Read more

COVID-19 awards

Lilly Endowment Inc. has launched the Youth Program Resilience Fund, making up to $20 million available to youth-serving organizations in Indiana. The fund is designed to help defray additional costs that organizations incur to effectively serve children and youth in accordance with COVID-19 public health guidance.  Learn more

Indiana Youth Institute is hosting a virtual information session about the Lilly Endowment's Youth Program Resilience Fund and workshops about helping non-profits in this time of COVID-19. Learn more
How to streamline the golf fundraiser and raise more dollars webinar on August 4 at 1 p.m. Provides tips on producing better outcomes for a golf fundraiser using technology and other resources. Cost: free. Register

Finding your social media sweet spot on July 22 at 11 a.m. Chad Barger, CFRE, hosts a workshop on utilizing social media to boost nonprofit fundraising. Cost: free. Register

What COVID-19 crisis means for philanthropy and nonprofits. This online eight-week course, from Oct. 23 through Dec. 18, is led by Amir Pasic, Ph.D. Cost: $1,400 for Indiana residents. Register ( Relief scholarship is also available). For questions and registration, contact Pamela Clark pamelac@iu.edu.

Feedback that works pre-recorded webinar. Learn how to effectively give feedback that results in positive outcomes using the Center for Creative Leadership model. Cost: $89 SHRM members, $99 non-members. Watch

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Self-insuring nonprofits are a step closer to getting a reprieve from unemployment benefits costs after Congress gave unanimous consent to legislation in the past week.
Nonprofits try new fundraising approach as walks and runs are cancelled. Managers of peer-to-peer fundraising endurance programs have scrambled to keep runners engaged and to continue generating donations.
Alerding CPA Group: Employee retention credit deadline July 31. The credit is worth 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by an employer. Learn more

VonLehman CPA & Advisors: Cincinnati 2020 Nonprofit compensation and benefits survey
Leadership Council for Nonprofits presented their annual compensation and benefits survey results. Watch the event recording.
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