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July 28, 2015

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Changing languange of nonprofits

By Louise Lee, reporter, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

Terms like “data” and “framework” are commonly used by science and health organizations. Nonprofits tackling civil and social justice issues refer to “empowerment,” while more business-oriented nonprofits often use the terms “performance” and “impact.”

But new research by Stanford GSB professor Walter W. Powell shows that there is a fourth group that incorporates and recombines the languages of civil society, science, and management, creating a new discourse combining the language and thus the ideas of various kinds of entities. Read more.

Primer on nonprofit sector buzzwords and jargon

By Jodie Shupac, writer, Charity Village

Leveraging funds. Capacity-building. Community-driven action. Enabling populations. Collaboration. Participatory action. Anti-oppression.

Just some examples of a multitude of terms regularly thrown around by professionals in the nonprofit sector, these buzzwords can be reasonably categorized as industry speak, or just plain old jargon.

Nonprofit jargon, like the vernacular of any sector or workplace, can provide a sense of unity and belonging to individuals and organizations working within a particular framework, but language of this sort can also prove imprecise, clichéd or alienating.

So why has certain terminology become so prevalent in the nonprofit sphere, and what impact is it having on both those on the frontlines and the fringes of the sector? Read more.

Plain Writing Act prod federal agencies to keep it simple

By Lisa Rein, reporter, Washington Post

Federal agencies must report their progress this week in complying with the Plain Writing Act, a new decree that government officials communicate more conversationally with the public.

Speaking plainly, they ain’t there yet.

Which leaves, in the eyes of some, a basic and critical flaw in how the country runs. “Government is all about telling people what to do,” said Annetta Cheek, a retired federal worker from Falls Church and longtime evangelist for plain writing. “If you don’t write clearly, they’re not going to do it.”

But advocates such as Cheek estimate that federal officials have translated just 10 percent of their forms, letters, directives and other documents into “clear Government communication that the public can understand and use,” as the law requires. Read more.

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Prevention and planning: keys to avoiding and surviving a computer exploit

By Chip Heberden, owner and president, Netlink, Inc.

Understanding computer exploits like malware and viruses and how to prevent them, are basic business survival skills these days regardless of your organization’s size.

Just like other technologies, security compromises are getting more innovative. It pays to be aware of how to prevent infection and if compromised, lessen the risk of damage.

A computer exploit can involve any number of malicious codes that can be designed to capture personal information (name, address, passwords, even financial information), destroy data, or hold your data for ransom! Exploits such as viruses and malware may use a variety of delivery methods, and cause different types of damage. The malware designers take advantage of the same technology and processes that we use every day, stealthily working out ways to lure unsuspecting users into executing the code.

Here are two current trends using computer exploits.

People on the move

The Indianapolis Museum of Art named Christa Thacker affiliate gift officer. She previously served as manager of Leadership United for United Way of Central Indiana.

Beth Van Why has joined the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites as associate vice president of exhibitions. She served as the director of exhibition operations at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

The Ronald McDonald House has promoted Keri Brantley to director of development and Kelly Thien to director of marketing, a newly created position. Rachel Moehle has been hired as marketing associate and Lee Ann Devine as database coordinator.

The founder and artistic director of the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Henry Leck, will lead one final season and then retire next year. Assistant director Joshua Pedde will replace Leck and serve artistic director. Pedde has been a student of Leck’s for 15 years. -- The Indianapolis Star

Indiana University has named Teshome Alemneh associate vice president for international research and development. He previously served as program officer for the American Council on Education.

Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis has named Robert Saler research professor of Lutheran studies. He will continue to serve as executive director of the Center for Pastoral Excellence and the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs.

Stephen Wrinn has been named director of the University of Notre Dame Press. He has served as director of the University Press of Kentucky since 2002.

Indiana University in Bloomington has named Fred Cate vice president of research. He currently serves as director of the IU Center for Law, Ethics and Applied Research in Health Information and the Center for Information Privacy and Security.


The Indianapolis-based Glick Fund has awarded $125,000 to The Mind Trust to support one of its education incubators. The Mind Trust has three of these incubators, the first PLA@103 set to open on the city’s Eastside. The grant will help the organization partner with Indianapolis Public Schools and the city to launch Innovation Network Schools within the district. Please click here.

Jameson Camp has been awarded a $5,472 grant from Arthur Jordan Foundation to help replace or purchase additional maintenance equipment.

United Way of Central Indiana is seeking nominations by Aug. 10 to honor volunteers whose contributions to nonprofits in Central Indiana over the past year have advanced United Way’s community impact work in education, income, health, basic needs and diversity. To submit an online nomination, please click here.

Drug Free Marion County announces the availability of approximately $325,000 in grant dollars through the Marion County Drug-Free Community Fund, which is comprised of fees collected in Marion County from alcohol and other drug offenders. One-year grants are available for services and programs that address county problems related to alcohol and other drugs. A bidders' conference will be held on July 31 from 4 - 5 p.m. at the United Way of Central Indiana (3901 N. Meridian St., RCI Room) or for more information call, 317-254-2815.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra reported a 15 percent growth in ticket sales for its 2014-2015 indoor concert season from the previous season. Please click here.

Franklin College exceeded its fundraising goal for the school year and its enrollment goal for the upcoming fall semester. The school reported it raised more than $680,000 for the Franklin Fund for Scholarships and enrollment for the Class of 2019 is at nearly 330. Please click here.

Eskenazi Health Foundation received support from Lilly Endowment Inc. to help Eskenazi Health expand its pioneering internship program for students with physical disabilities.

Professional development

Come join the CFO Nonprofit Peer Group on Aug. 13 from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. for a discussion about using the cloud, why to use and how to make the switch at INCPAS Professional Development and Conference Center (8250 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. Suite #100). Free. To register, click here.

Organize cost-effective special events webinar on Aug. 13 at 2:00 p.m. Learn how to increase your revenue without breaking the budget. To register, click here.

Women Like Us Foundation symposium on Aug. 27 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Laurel Hall/Ruth Lilly Conference Center (5395 Emerson Way). Keynote speaker is Dr. Lisa Harris, Eskenazi Health's chief executive officer. To register, click here.

AFP monthly Indiana luncheon: Building the board you need. Strategic solutions to five common issues on Aug. 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m. at The Willows on Westfield (6729 E. Westfield Blvd.) The panel includes Betty Cockrum, Planned Parenthood CEO and Alan M. Spears, Cope Environmental Center board president, and is led by Wendy W. Boyle, CFRE, a fundraising consultant. This interactive program addresses challenges and offers solutions, and is designed for CEOs, CDOs and board members. To register, click here.

Reach new donors through LinkedIn webinar on Sept. 10 at 2:00 p.m. To register, click here.

Symposium for women in nonprofit leadership on Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Points Sheraton (West Lafayette). Break-out sessions include: communications and professionalism, fundraising, leadership and management and personal development. 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.

Indy Irish Fest is in need of volunteers to help with their 20th anniversary festival on Sept. 18 to 20 at Military Park. Shifts are available Friday evening, Saturday all day and Sunday. All volunteers receive a free ticket and T-shirt. For more information, please click here.

Art With a Heart’s (AWaH) Creative Kindergarten Connections Program is recruiting volunteers for fall program, Integrating Art with learning letters and numbers. Volunteers will work directly in kindergarten classrooms with teachers present. Commitment is two hours per week in the same classroom. No art experience needed. Training is provided in early September. For more information contact cgarciaharris@artwithaheart.us or fill out its online application.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) help abused or neglected children in Marion County by being a child’s voice in court. After completing training, time required is about six to eight hours per month, which is flexible. One-year commitment requested, which is the average case duration. For more information about volunteer service, click here.


None this week.


National news

Overcoming the fear factor in nonprofit decision-making. Nonprofits have the potential to achieve far more by decentralizing and clarifying power and decision-making within their organizations. Learn some ways to accomplish this.

How to end homelessness. The first-ever large-scale experiment to test effectiveness on homeless interventions finds that permanent, stable housing can be more cost-effective than shelters and offers clues to create meaningful change.

Find time for what matters. A nonprofit director wanted a four-day work week for her staff. A 21-day timehacker project matches readers with coaches who help them find time for their most important goals.

Why Directors and Officers (D&O) insurance is worth the cost. Does a nonprofit organization really need to purchase D&O liability insurance? The short answer is "yes, but learn more about how the insurance actually works."

Sponsors' insights

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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.

HR Partnerships, Inc.: HR Management firm that is dedicated to redefining the way organizations manage talent, resulting in a healthier company culture and increased profitability.

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 and Advisory Company:nonprofit focused CPA- and advisory-firm providing accounting, tax, business advisory and turnaround services.

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.


UIndy/MPH: Master's of Public Health is the newest graduate degree program at UIndy that prepares professionals to identify health disparities and develop community-based approaches.

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.

UIndy/MAAS: Master's of Arts in Applied Sociology is a graduate degree program that prepares students for today's ever-changing world. Emphasis is on the practical application of social science research to solve contemporary social problems and develop skills for a variety of careers. Provides a strong foundation for Ph.D. programs.

UIndy/International Relations: Master of Liberal Arts' students will develop advance research skills through a design and methodology course, study international conflicts and resolutions, learn how history still has an impact on the world today and have opportunities for real-world experiences.


Real estate

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This week's jobs

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Executive Director - Su Casa. Su Casa is seeking an Executive Director to build community engagement and improve the lives of Latinos of the Bartholomew County through education and resolution of integration issues and needs. This is an exciting...more


Legal Administrator-Paralegal - ACLU of Indiana. The ACLU of Indiana is seeking a full-time Legal Administrator-Paralegal who will be responsible for ensuring the smooth and orderly functioning of the legal side of the office. The ACLU of Indiana - a leading non-profit, civil rights...more

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist - Rock Steady Boxing, Inc. The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson's disease to fight back. The successful candidate will have a friendly, compassionate personality and attitude consistent with the encouraging...more

Administrative Assistant - Carmel Clay Public Library. CCPL is a thriving public library with over 569,000 visitors, 2.1 million checkouts, and 2,000 programs offered in 2014. We have just added a mobile library to enhance outreach and services to the residents of our...more

fund development

Stewardship Coordinator - Indianapolis Museum of Art. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is seeking a donor Stewardship Coordinator to serve as a valuable team member within their comprehensive fundraising program. The successful candidate will focus on meaningful...more

Director of Development - Food Finders Food Bank. The Director of Development has responsibility for planning, implementing and directing all aspects of fundraising activities of Food Finders Food Bank. This includes, but is not limited to, Corporate/Foundation Gifts...more

Director of Development, College of Sciences and Humanities - Ball State University Foundation. Professional position available immediately. Responsibilities: Identify, engage, and successfully solicit individuals for the purpose of securing major and annual gifts for Ball State University Foundation; plan, coordinate...more

Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving - Marian University. Marian University seeks qualified applicants for the position of Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving, reporting to the Director of Alumni and Donor Relations. This person is primarily responsible for execution...more


Program Communications & Events Assistant - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. The Program Communication & Events Assistant is instrumental to Big Brothers Big Sisters mission of providing professionally supported 1-to-1 youth mentoring relationships that result in impact and lasting change...more


Female Drop-In Center Coordinator for female clients - Outreach, Inc. Outreach, Inc. is searching for a Female Drop-In Center Coordinator (for female clients) who will offer the hospitality of Christ to all youth who attend a Drop-In Center program. In conjunction with the Male Drop-In Center...more

Licensed Professional Guidance Counselor - Center for Leadership Development, Inc. Licensed Professional Guidance Counselor for youth development organization whose mission is to foster the advancement of minority youth. Exciting and fulfilling opportunity for a licensed professional guidance counselor...more

Financial Coordinator – Health Care Education and Training, Inc. Responsible for maintaining assigned journals, ledgers and preparing specific periodic reports. Works under the supervision of the Business Operations Manager....more

Project Manager – Health Care Education and Training, Inc. Health Care Education and Trainings, Inc.'s (HCET) mission is to provide comprehensive program development, education, and training to improve reproductive and sexual health outcomes. The Project Manager...more

Director of Supported Living - Carey Services, Inc. Responsibilities include comprehensive management of person-centered community living and habilitation services for existing and expanding services including supported, semi-independent, and residential living...more

Parent Life – City Coordinator (part-time) - Youth for Christ. Part time (20-25 hours) Parent Life reaches expectant and parenting teens along with their children through intentional relationships with trained adults and community partnerships, empowering the teens to make good...more

Director, Health and Financial Capabilities Strategies - Indiana Connected by 25. This position supervises the implementation of the Financial Capabilities and Health strategies for the organization. This includes direct management of the Opportunity Passport and Healthy Connections Learning...more

Community Liaison for Region 11 - Serving Hancock and Madison Counties. The Community Partners for Child Safety Program is a free and voluntary program for families with minor children. The Community Partners program is a home based program that offers case management services by...more

Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional QIDP - Tangram. Tangram is currently seeking a QIDP for group and residential Supported Living Services. Our QIDP must have the drive to: Review and evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs...more

Director of Operations, Tangram. Tangram is a growing organization adding a dynamic person to our Group and Residential Supported Living Services operations team. This position is responsible for leading eight (8) Program Directors...more

Program Manager - Tangram(Indianapolis). Are you someone who enjoys seeing a person grow, and willing to help them accomplish their goals? Are you a people person? Tangram is currently seeking a Program Manager for Residential Supported Living Services...more


Controller - Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The Pension Fund of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) serves the financial needs of more than 12,800 ministers and lay employees of the Church through the Pension Plan, Tax Deferred Retirement Accounts...more

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Last week's jobs


Director/Communities That Care Coordinator - Morgan County Substance Abuse Council, Inc. The Morgan County Substance Abuse Council (MCSAC) has been a leader in the efforts to combat substance abuse in Morgan County for over 20 years. The Executive Director should be committed to this mission. The director...more


Coordinator, Investor Relations - United Way of Central Indiana. Provide administrative and project management support to the Investor Relations team. Increase efficiency and effectiveness of Investor Relations reporting. Administer excellent customer service to donors, prospects and...more

Fund Development

Director of Development, Major Gifts - Community Health Network Foundation. Community Health Network Foundation was created in 1976. We distribute more than $2 million to fund programs and services that deliver exceptional experience for patients and families, physicians and network employees...more

Campaign Manager for the Combined Federal Campaign (part-time) - Federated Campaign Stewards. Federated Campaign Stewards, a nonprofit organization, seeks a Campaign Manager for the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the workplace fundraising campaign to federal employees. The position is part time and...more

Development Director - Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis. Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (FPGI) is a non-profit organization serving homeless children and the families who care for them. Through a collaboration of houses of worship, volunteers and staff, FPGI provides...more

Director of Development - Indianapolis School of Ballet. Reporting to the Artistic Director, this position develops and manages all funding functions for student enrollment and acquisition, ISB performances and productions, the summer intensive program and the annual...more

Vice President of Development - The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis seeks an experienced executive to serve as its Vice President of Development, providing strategic and operational leadership for its philanthropic initiatives. The Vice President...more

Director of Corporate Sponsorship - Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The Director of Corporate Sponsorship is responsible for cultivating corporate donations and relationships for the Indiana State Museum...more


Manager of Membership & Chapter Services - Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. The MCS Manager is responsible for the management of chapter programs and shares responsibility with the Director of Membership & Chapter Services for the implementation of strategic membership goals of the Society...more

Director of Communication - Zeta Tau Alpha. The Director of Communication leads a creative team to tell the organization's story across a variety of platforms. The Director is the strategist and project manager who motivates the department to develop best-in-class...more

Outreach Assistant, School & Youth (Part-time, Temporary) - Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Outreach Assistant makes outbound phone calls and sends email communication to targeted contacts for our School & Youth campaigns. This role is responsible for creating a qualified pipeline of decision making contacts...more

Membership Manager and Membership Coordinator. Statewide professional trade association located on the northside with fun, highly collaborative team is seeking a Membership Manager and Membership Coordinator to help grow membership, coordinate membership...more


ECE Assistant Teacher - Christamore House. As a part of our Early Childhood Education Program staff, the Assistant Teacher will help the children learn through play and hands-on experiences. Christamore House provides a foundation for learning both socially and...more

Director of Youth Development - Christamore House. The Director of Youth Development at Christamore House will lead the out-of-school time youth programs to give youth in the Haughville area academic coaching, STEM activities, fun experiences, and post-secondary readiness...more

Associate Director - Youth Connections. Youth Connections is currently seeking an Associate Director...more

Programs Manager - Youth Connections. Youth Connections is currently seeking a Programs Manager...more

Leadership Specialist - Sigma Theta Tau International. Our purpose is to support learning and professional development of nursing professionals through knowledge dissemination. We have 130,000 active nurse members residing in countries across the globe who...more


Bookkeeper - Indiana Youth Services Association. Indiana Youth Services Association is currently seeking a full time Bookkeeper. Reports to the Executive Director of Mission Management...more


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