July 28, 2020
Local nonprofits implement different strategies for annual fundraisers in wake of COVID-19
by Shari L. Finnell, editor/writer, Charitable Advisors

For School on Wheels, an Indianapolis nonprofit that provides tutoring for children facing homelessness, the potential loss of funds from its annual fundraiser in 2020 would have been devastating — a significant blow to its ability to carry out its mission in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Education Celebration generates 25 percent of School on Wheel’s annual budget, according to Amber Ewing Kostoff, CFRE, vice president of development. In 2019, it brought in more than $270,000 from sponsorships, live and silent auctions, ticket sales and a matching gift opportunity for about 400 attendees.

“It’s a big deal for us,” Ewing Kostoff said.

When Indiana started reporting its first cases of COVID19, School on Wheels event organizers immediately started considering alternative options for their 2020 Education Celebration. It was originally slated for April, just weeks after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb started issuing statewide restrictions, including a shelter in place order, effective March 25.

“When all the news about the pandemic and the restrictions coming to fruition, we didn’t feel comfortable about having an event with more than 400 people in a room,” Ewing Kostoff said. At the time, we weren’t sure how things were going to look like going forward.”

As with hundreds of other nonprofits in Indiana, School on Wheels had invested a significant amount of time and resources into event planning because of multiple benefits. A successful fundraiser not only provides an avenue for generating funds, it gives nonprofits the opportunity to meet donors and volunteers face to face, showcase the mission, and recognize sponsors, volunteers and supporters.

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When is it time to close our doors?
3 reasons to consider closing your nonprofit

By Zachary S. Kester, Executive Director and Robert Miller, Program Officer, Charitable Allies

Has COVID-19 dramatically impacted your nonprofit’s ability to achieve its mission? Has revenue dried up during the pandemic?

Unfortunately, many nonprofits are feeling the impact of these unprecedented times and are unsure of what to do next. Making the decision to close a nonprofit can be difficult, but in some cases, it's the right choice to ensure that your mission is preserved and your legacy remains positive. There is more than one way to close a nonprofit, and more than one way to determine if it is time to close a nonprofit.

Our staff has compiled several reasons to close your organization while ensuring it leaves behind a wonderful legacy.

TechPoint Foundation for Youth has promoted George Giltner to president and CEO. Giltner previously served as the foundation’s vice president of STEM education.
Purdue Extension-Marion County has named Laura Dodds as county extension director for Marion County. Dodds previously served as executive director of Techpoint Foundation for Youth.
Midwest Academy has hired Lindsay Walls as the director of advancement. Walls previously served as executive director of the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation.
The Mind Trust has promoted Patrick Jones to senior vice president of leadership and equity. Jones most recently served as senior director of school incubation. – Inside Indiana Business
Indiana Donor Network has promoted David Roe to chief medical officer. Roe previously served as associate medical director and as a medical director of IU Health. -- Inside Indiana Business
The Indiana Arts Commission has approved $2.8 million in funding for 382 Arts Organization Support and Arts Project Support grants, which will be used to back community-based arts providers in Indiana.

The Kendrick Foundation has awarded 22 students up to $15,000 each for the 2020-21 academic year. For the 17th consecutive year, the foundation has provided financial support to Morgan County residents pursuing careers in healthcare.  See recipients

John M. Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute is accepting applications. The cohort-style training program is designed to develop talented individuals for future leadership. Applications are due Oct. 30. Learn more

Joshua’s Hand, based in Fort Wayne, has announced the development of Joshua Works, a new workforce development initiative designed to recruit and train a viable workforce for the construction trade. Learn more

Indianapolis Business Journal is now accepting nominations for its Women of Influence recognition, which honors women who have demonstrated excellence in their careers and community service. Nominations close Aug. 21. Submit nomination

COVID-19 awards

The city of Indianapolis has allocated $125,000 for the Music Cities Strategy Recovery Program, which is designed to help independent venues in Marion County address hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds can be used for overhead costs, including rent, mortgage, and utility payments. Learn more

Bosma Enterprises has received $13,091.50 from United Way through its Tech Fund. The proceeds will be used to support mental and emotional health support hotlines, technology assistance, and e-Learning.
The Junior League of Indianapolis virtual community open house on July 29 from noon to 1:00 p.m. and on Aug. 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Learn more about grant funding, community impact projects and more. The grant process will open at the end of July. Register

Indiana Black Expo virtual job fair on July 30 from noon to 4:00 p.m. IBE is partnering with WRTV for the Hiring Hoosiers Employment Opportunity Fair, three virtual events throughout 2020. Cost: free Register

Young Nonprofit Professional Network 2020 virtual conference: Reimagining the nonprofit sector on Aug. 1, starting at 10:30 a.m. Sessions focus on confronting the ways the nonprofit sector perpetuates systemic inequities. Cost: $20. Register

Indiana Youth Institute’s Learning through change: Indiana's back to school summit on Aug. 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Topics include remote learning strategies, managing change, and elevating equity and inclusion. Register

How to run effective Facebook fundraisers webinar on Aug. 13 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Learn different tactics for using Facebook for fundraisers, campaign planning tips and messaging, and best practices. Cost: free. Register

(All events are listed in EST, unless otherwise noted).
Independent Sector, in partnership with Do Good Institute, has announced that the new value of volunteer time is $27.20 an hour.
As nonprofits increasingly undertake advocacy campaigns, it is important to recognize ways that they can be combined with fundraising strategies. Review tips to further the nonprofit mission, engage supporters and acquire new donors.
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