July 7, 2020
The Sacrosanct Endowment? Not Anymore for Some Arts Groups
By Graham Bowley and Julia Jacobs, New York Times

Some cultural organizations, staggered by the financial upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, are dipping heavily into their endowments. Others are thinking about it.

Endowments have long been viewed as the bedrock upon which the long-term financial health of arts organizations is built — money that was painstakingly accumulated and protected over decades to finance the future.

They are not rainy day funds, or pots of gold to be casually raided to cover some unforeseen expense. A manager who dipped into theirs excessively, taking out more than the widely embraced standard of 5 percent, could put themselves at risk of being cast as shortsighted, or worse, a spendthrift.

But the coronavirus pandemic has challenged that orthodoxy because so many largely dormant museums, orchestras and ballet troupes are facing unmatched financial problems.

So elite organizations like the Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Los Angeles Philharmonic — institutions with veteran leadership and a track record of solid financial management — now feel they have to blow past the stop signs.

The Lyric plans to spend $23 million from its $173 million endowment this year, almost triple what it typically takes. It canceled its season in March, furloughed staff and cut salaries, but is still facing a huge deficit.

“This is an unprecedented situation,” said Anthony Freud, the Lyric’s general director.

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SBA releases updates to clarify PPP loan forgiveness
By John Haggarty, vice president, Gail Bradley, vice president and Dave Voris, region manager, Horizon Bank

With questions still lingering about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Flexibility Act, the Small Business Administration (SBA) recently released revisions that clarify guidelines for loan forgiveness, payroll requirements, exemptions and other basic aspects of the program. For the record, this is the SBA’s 18th “interim final rules.”

Nonprofit organizations also should be aware that $129 billion of funds still remain available, although the deadline for the program was June 30. Legislators are expected to determine whether to extend the PPP application deadline as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but some lenders have closed their portals.

The updates for the PPP Flexibility Act include:

  • Extended period for loan forgiveness: The loan forgiveness covered period — the timeframe for which the borrower needed the PPP loan proceeds as they tried to continue operations, was originally set for eight weeks. However, the SBA has extended the allowable covered period time frame to 24 weeks. In other words, organizations now have the flexibility to use the PPP loan proceeds with a specific 24-week time frame instead of an 8-week time frame. 

Muncie Community Schools has hired Andy Klotz as chief communications officer. Klotz previously served as marketing and promotions director at WFYI Public Media in Indianapolis, following stints at Angie’s List and the Indiana State Fair Commission.
The Center for At-Risk Elders has named Leo Rafail as director of philanthropy. Rafail’s career has included positions in social services and fund development throughout the non-profit community.
Easterseals Arc of Northeast Indiana has promoted Thomas Summerville to chief operating officer. Summerville previously served as the organization’s vice president of Employment and Community Supports. – Inside Indiana Business
The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) has named Dana Stone as executive director. Since 2010, Stone was executive director of the Anderson Symphony Orchestra. -- Leadership search conducted by Charitable Advisors
Charitable Allies has hired Olivia Cloer as marketing and communications specialist and legal assistant. Cloer previously worked in marketing and development at the Indiana Center for Prevention of Youth Abuse.
Charitable Advisors has hired Shari Finnell as editor of the Not-for-profit News. Finnell, who has extensive experience in communications and digital marketing, also serves as Director of Communications for Eastern Star Church.
The new Martindale-Brightwood Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library (2434 N. Sherman Dr.), recently opened its doors to the public. The $5.9 million project on the city’s east side is part of a series of capital improvements identified in the library’s strategic plan.  Read more.

Indianapolis Business Journal is accepting nominations for the 2020 Michael A. Carroll Award in memory of the former deputy mayor and civic leader. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated determination, humility and devotion to the Indianapolis community. Submit nominations by Aug. 7.

Mishawaka-based Lighthouse Autism Center has announced the acquisition of Autism Therapy Services LLC, based in Indianapolis. Lighthouse operates nine facilities in Indiana after first opening in Mishawaka in 2012. Read more.

Families First has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor. The Indianapolis Star’s list is based solely on employee feedback through a third-party survey. Read more.

COVID- 19 grant awards

Central Indiana COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund (C-CERF) made a final round of unrestricted grants totaling more than $3.9 million to 48 community organizations in Marion County. This fund is governed by the C-CERF Task Force, which includes leaders from founding partners Lilly Endowment Inc. and Central Indiana Community Foundation (through the Glick Fund and The Indianapolis Foundation). See list C-CERF approved grants.
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A guide to fundraising in the new normal. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have shifted to a new normal. Review this “survival guide” for effective tips for engaging donors and hosting events online.
OneAmerica: A relationship-oriented provider of impactful retirement plan solutions, OneAmerica® acknowledged its third-place ranking in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Retirement Plan Participant Satisfaction Study, in the medium plan segment. The study, based on responses from more than 10,000 retirement plan participants, was conducted in February and March of this year.  Read more.
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