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June 16, 2015

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Nonprofit startups are just like their counterparts

By Sarah E. Needleman, reporter, The Wall Street Journal

What's different about building a successful for-profit and nonprofit startup?

Not much, according to Paul Graham, founder of Y Combinator, an elite accelerator program in Mountain View, Calif., that accepted a nonprofit for the first time this month, Watsi.org. "You could never tell there was a nonprofit mixed in," he said in a phone interview on Friday.

Watsi, a medical crowdfunding platform that launched in August, is among 47 startup businesses in the latest Y Combinator class. Past graduates of the competitive three-month program include DropBox, Reddit and Airbnb.

Mr. Graham began thinking about inviting nonprofits to join Y Combinator about a year ago. "I was talking to a friend who wanted to do a nonprofit project and I realized I was giving exactly the same advice I'd be giving to a startup," he said. Read more.

Collaborative disruption: nonprofit world

By Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO, First Book

Changing the world is a complicated business. You need a powerful mission that will inspire and motivate people; you need a problem that needs solving and an effective way to solve it.

But you also need funding. It's critical, but rarely the part that inspires people. The fundraising teams of most nonprofits work behind the scenes, searching (and competing) for donations and grants to fund the organization. That's the traditional approach, and while it has been effective in some cases, it's not the way forward.

Nonprofit social enterprises are flipping that model around using collaborative disruption -- they are putting the funding component front and center by making it an integral part of the core mission, and working with for-profits and other nontraditional partners to deliver on that mission.

These kinds of approaches take some people by surprise, particularly those used to a traditional charity model -- we give you some money, and you go off and do some good work with it. But it's challenging -- and ineffective -- to create real, lasting social change with the old model, because you're always working uphill against market forces instead of making them work for you.

The collaborative disruption model, where nonprofits invest in for-profits to drive mission-related advances, can be effective no matter the scale. Read more.

A social entrepreneur transforms nonprofit to profit-making

By Esha Chhabra, contributor, The New York Times

In 2013, The New York Times published a case study about a social entrepreneur, Saul Garlick, discussing what kind of legal structure would be best for his enterprise, ThinkImpact, which encourages entrepreneurship in third-world communities. He fundamentally had three options: continue as a nonprofit, go commercial, or find some sort of hybrid route.

The Times asked three experts which option would be best. Pamela Hartigan, director of the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford, who is constantly advising aspiring social entrepreneurs, suggested that Mr. Garlick hop off the "treadmill of donor dependency." Jonathan Lewis, a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, and a social entrepreneur himself, also suggested going commercial. Lastly, Shivani Siroya, an entrepreneur who runs InVenture, a hybrid organization, noted that it was possible to raise revenue even as a nonprofit and thus suggested that ThinkImpact should not dismiss a nonprofit model too quickly.

Many commenters agreed with Ms. Siroya, suggesting that Mr. Garlick use revenue streams as a nonprofit to raise money rather than going purely commercial. Others, however, noted that the nonprofit field is evolving and a profit-making enterprise can be driven by social impact and not the bottom line. Several readers pointed to new legal structures like a benefit corporation or L3C, which incorporate social impact into the core mission of a company. The Times contacted Mr. Garlick for a follow-up conversation, which has been condensed and edited, to see which option he chose. Read more.

Sponsor's insight

HR outsourcing: How can it work

By Jeremy York, HR field representative, The Synergy Companies

Human resource strategy, also referred to as people strategy, is just as important as an organization's financial, operational, and business development strategies, because a company needs people to achieve its business goals.

Human resources are an integral part of any business, but many times it is one function that falls by the wayside The problem in addressing an organization's human resource needs often lies in the lack of time, resources or expertise within a company. Many organizations do not have the resources to dedicate a staff member to the HR function, and require employees to assume the tasks. As an add-on, that limits time that can be spent focusing on HR.

Luckily there is a solution -- HR outsourcing. HR outsourcing can provide the human resources support and expertise that organizations need to help drive business.

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), companies outsource HR in order:

to save money -- realizing cost savings through efficiency
to focus on strategy -- aligning people with mission, vision, values,
to improve compliance -- reducing risks through expertise; and
because there is no in-house HR experience -- acquiring an expert to lead the way.

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People on the move

Fairbanks and Hope Academy has named Kent Brown as president and CEO. Brown was the former chief operating officer of Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio.

Conner Prairie President and CEO Ellen Rosenthal plans to retire from her position at the end of the year. She was named president and CEO in 2005 and has focused on experiential learning and guest immersion. Conner Prairie attracts more than 360,000 guests annually. Read more.

Janus Developmental Services welcomes Christy Campoll as director of transportation. She previously worked at a private motor coach company and Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA).

BKD LLP in Indianapolis has named Jason Myers and Mike Ososki partners. The firm has also promoted Lauren Schall to senior associate.


The Eskenazi Health Foundation announced that the Future Promises program has received a $125,000 grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The funds will allow Future Promises to re-establish its program to Arsenal Technical High School and Eskenazi Health. It is expected to serve between 25 to 30 students with numbers increasing the following year.

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis awarded a $100,000 grant to Indianapolis Parks Foundation to Indy Urban Acres (IUA) Flower Farm, an 8-acre organic farm, which provides fresh fruits and vegetables to 80,000 people on Indianapolis' Eastside. The group gives 100 percent of its produce away. The grant will expand its flower production to generate revenue for the farm.

The Hendricks County Community Foundation awarded the Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition a grant from the Deedee Daniel Opportunity Fund for $6,500 to purchase refrigerators and other supplies for member pantries.

Little Red Door Cancer Agency is a recipient of a grant from the Legacy Fund Community Foundation. The grant will provide $8,000 to be used for the HURU program, which will provide information about tobacco prevention and education to middle school students in Hamilton County.

The Angie's List Foundation is now accepting grant applications to fund projects focused on helping the disadvantaged and underserved on Indianapolis' Near Eastside. Applications are accepted through June 30 with grant awards of up to $2,500 announced in July. For application, click here. For more information, contact Ruth Purcell-Jones at ruthiepj@cicf.org or 317-634-2423 or alfoundation@cicf.org.

Early Learning Indiana is opening its 11th childcare center, which will be located at Eastern Star Church's main campus on East 30th Street. The center will serve primarily low-income families.

Professional development

Key performance indicators: How do you measure your success? CFO Nonprofit Peer Group on June 18 from 8:15 to 10:00 a.m. at Indiana CPA Society (8250 Woodfield Crossing Blvd.). Free. Learn more.

HR Nonprofit Peer Group on Thursday, July 16 from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (3000 N. Meridian St.) Telecommuting. Learn how to keep remote staff engaged in the workplace, tips on how to hold employees accountable and how to manage staff working outside the office. Join us as Laura Kragness, director of Tangram's human resources, facilitates the discussion. Attendees must register by July 9.

Courage to lead as evaluators on July 17 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Indiana Youth Institute (603 East Washington Street, 5th Floor.) Free for Indiana Evaluation Association members/ $15 nonmembers. For more information and to register, click here.

Building the board you need: Strategic solutions to five common issues on August 19 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at The Willows on Westfield (6729 Westfield Blvd). $30 AFP Members; $60 non-members. To register, click here.

Opportunity Indianapolis on August 27 and 28. Opportunity Indianapolis is perfect for your employees and colleagues who are new to the city, new to their jobs or looking to make valuable connections and help shape Indy's vibrant future. This two-day program offers a "backstage tour" of Indianapolis, providing participants the rare chance to explore the city behind-the-scenes, while learning about community issues in discussions with city leaders. To register, click here.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and Central Indiana Community Foundation are pleased to host an exciting training opportunity in Indianapolis on September 9 and 10. It will be facilitated by 21/64, a nonprofit consulting practice specializing in multi-generational engagement in philanthropy and family enterprise. Seating limited. For agenda and to register, contact Barbara Taylor at barbara@2164.net.

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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.

The Little Red Door's Big Red Bash Volunteer program needs volunteers in July at the Black Expo and in August at the State Fair to educate the community about cancer prevention. Next training sessions are June 24 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Contact Gerri at gpagach@littlereddoor.org or sign up here.

Camptown is looking for volunteers for its Natural Wonders day camps, designed for elementary age children to get a one-day camp experience consisting of canoeing, fishing, going on a nature hike, and playing games. For many this is their only outdoor-park experience. Volunteers will serve as station leaders, assistant station leaders and guides. No experience is necessary and training is provided. Volunteers needed on July 6, 7, 13, 14, 15, or 17. Shifts run from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Volunteer application.

Indianapolis Opera seeks volunteers for the 6th annual Lobster Palooza on July 18. The event provides support for the opera's education and community programs. Volunteers needed to set-up, work the event and clean-up needed July 17 to 19. For more information, email carolb@indyopera.org or call 317-283-3531.

Volunteers are the heart of the Ronald McDonald House and keep its house running smoothly so families can focus on their child's health. You can make a difference. Six-hour commitment per month. To learn more, please visit our website.

School on Wheels seeks to recruit, train and place new volunteers for the fall school semester to provide tutoring to youth living in Indianapolis homeless shelters. To become a School on Wheels tutor, you must be at least 11 years of age (ages 11-13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Tutors are asked to commit to one hour each week for a 15-17 week semester. For more information, contact Samantha Breeling at 317-202-9100 or at samantha@indysow.org.


NEED: Lambswear Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to clothing children in need. The nonprofit is looking for a donated warehouse space in Lawrence. Need a minimum 1,200 square feet but prefer more and space must be climate controlled, located on a ground floor, secure and include utilities. Contact Heidi Taylor at lambswear@att.net or 317-721-1664.

DONATE: Twelve complete office cubicles in good condition. Pick up on the city's Northwestside near 96th and Zionsville road. Please contact, Mark Amos 317-344-7332


National news

Finding the right board members for your nonprofit. Suggestions for the process of shaping your nonprofit's board into an effective force for good governance.

An engaging employee experience. Why employees and staff are leaving your nonprofit. How to create learning and development opportunities that increase engagement.

New study's focus is on how people with disabilities overcome barriers to work. 43 percent were currently working, nine percent were looking for work, and 17 percent had worked since the onset of their disability.

Why donor-advised funds can increase charitable giving. In the latest round of our DAF debate, a scholar argues that these funds are bringing more money to charity and with far lower overhead costs than the traditional foundation model.

Sponsors' insights

FTM, LLC. Nonprofit Financial Reporting and Information proposed changes-Request for your feedback during comment period. Read more.



Our sponsor marketplace serves to further connect our readers with our advertisers who are focused on serving nonprofits. Please keep in mind that you should always check references before hiring a consultant or vendor. Contact Bryan at Bryan@charitableadvisors.com or 317-752-7153 to learn how your business or organization can become a sponsor of the Not-for-Profit News.


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.

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law: Master of Jurisprudence graduate degree program prepares professionals with the legal knowledge to enhance, and potentially advance their careers.

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

Get that extra office space leased or that extra building sold by using the new NFP News real estate section to let people know you have extra space, an extra building or even residential property for sale. Photos and a web link may be included to give readers more information. To learn more, contact Julie at Julie@CharitableAdvisors.com

IUPUI campus office space

Available office space is located on the IUPUI campus, just off Indiana Avenue and West Street. A full-service commercial office building with approximately 9,400 rentable square feet located on the third floor. The space is two individual suites (one approximately 1,900 rentable square feet and the second 7,400 rentable square feet). Close to Indianapolis downtown retail and dining. Parking available near the offices. The space becomes available for tenant occupancy by late July. For more detailed information, please contact Thomas M. Popcheff, CAE at tomp@stti.org or 317-634-8171.


Affordable Near-Southside office space

DOWNTOWN 300 to 10,000 sq. ft. Great location at I-65 and South Keystone Avenue (3530). Five minutes from downtown with easy access to all Indianapolis. Free parking. Many restaurants nearby. Other nonprofits on site. Low rates: $10 to $12 per square foot depending on space size. Call Ron at: 317-702- 6079.



This week's jobs

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Executive Director - Eastside Community Center (Columbus, IN). The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer and is responsible for the overall administration and management of Eastside Community Center, including service programs, fundraising, and business operations...more


Administrative Coordinator - Reach For Youth, Inc. Reach For Youth, Inc. has part-time to full time opportunities for an Administrative Coordinator for our Greenwood, IN office. Ideal candidate will have a passion for serving youth along with the ability to multi-task in...more

Fund Development/Grant Writing/Events

Fund Development - Forest Manor Multi-Service Center. Forest Manor Multi-Service Center a leading Indiana non-profit organization seeks a well experienced Fund Development Leader to lead this long established organization's efforts to raise funds and community awareness...more

Grants Officer - Planned Parenthood of IN & KY (PPINK). We are a trusted healthcare provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive healthcare, sex...more

Advancement & Alumni Coordinator - Sycamore School. The Advancement & Alumni Coordinate works with and provides comprehensive administrative support to the Director of Advancement and the Marketing Coordinator. This position requires contact with donors and the...more

Special Events Manager - Methodist Health Foundation. Do you have a passion for enhancing health and well-being and inspiring generosity? In this expanded role on our growing team, you'd plan external and internal events to expand our donor base and grow revenue. The Special...more


Media and Communications Coordinator - Little Red Door Cancer Agency. The Media and Communications Coordinator is responsible for creating and executing strategies designed to 1)raise awareness of Little Red Door Cancer Agency 2) increase public awareness about cancer health, 3) encourage...more

Communications Officer - Riley Children's Foundation. Working as part of the Communications team and reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Communications, the Communications Officer creates, implements, sustains and measures the Foundation's earned...more


Intern - Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. Exodus is looking for interns to join us in welcoming refugee clients to Indianapolis. Semester-long internships are available for students interested in the following program areas: 1) Reception & Placement, 2) Intensive...more

Manager of Vocational Rehabilitation Services - New Hope of Indiana. The Manager of Vocational Rehabilitation Services is responsible for overseeing the coordination, supervision, and evaluation of the newly created Vocational Rehabilitation program. This includes but is not limited...more

Leadership Development Specialist - Kiwanis International. The Leadership Development team's core purpose and responsibility is to envision, develop, and implement cutting-edge leadership training and education for members and officers of Key Club International. This position...more

AmeriCorps Elementary Literacy Tutor, ReadUP Corps - United Way of Central Indiana. The AmeriCorps member position provides one-on-one tutoring to students in grades 1 and 2 who need help with the fundamentals of reading. The member will use prescribed literacy interventions and will conduct weekly...more

Health Care Data Specialist - Indiana Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA). IPHCA is a 501-c-3 membership association that provides technical assistance, training, support, and advocacy for community health centers that serve an under and uninsured patient population state wide. The...more


Accountant (part-time) - Athenaeum Foundation. (Contractor, Part time - 20 hours/week) The Athenaeum Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization located in the heart of the Mass Ave Arts and Entertainment district. Its mission is to preserve and enhance its historic German...more

Accounting Assistant - Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. The Accounting Assistant will fulfill coordination and clerical duties relating to business operations. This position reports to the Controller/Director of Business Operations and is part of the...more

Human Resources

Chief Human Resource Officer - Damar Services Inc. The CHRO is responsible for directing all aspects of Damar's human resources department. The position also provides direct support and leadership in HR for all of Damar's related organizations, including Damar Charter...more

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Last week's jobs


Executive Director - Hollis Adams Foundation. Hollis Adams Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization devoted to providing social and recreational programming for adults with developmental disabilities in the Indianapolis area, is seeking an Executive Director...more


Executive Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper - Charitable Allies. Charitable Allies is a 501(c)(3) charitable, public interest law firm. We serve the legal and administrative needs of our clients-charities and their constituents. We also work closely with partner agencies and affiliated...more

Fund Development/Grant Writing/Events

Development and Communications Manager - Jameson Camp. Jameson is an award-winning, year-round youth services organization located in Indianapolis on 100 acres of beautiful woods and meadows that offer summer camp, outdoor education, team-building, and a youth leadership...more

Special Events Manager, Walk MS - National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The Special Events Manager, Walk MS reports to the Director of Development and is responsible for the year-round planning, cultivation and implementation of all aspects of Walk MS: Indianapolis and additional smaller...more

Grant Writer - Indianapolis Museum of Art. The primary role of the Grant Writer is to research, develop, write, and submit proposals, letters, reports and other materials as necessary to secure grant support from foundation and government funding sources. Primary...more

Community Event Manager - WEDO Charity Auctions. An exciting opportunity to work with non-profits. As a Community Event Manager, you'll assume responsibility for building new long-term business relationships with a multitude of non-profits. The relationship...more

Development Associate - Indianapolis Art Center. Are looking for a fun and creative environment where you can do your best work every day? The Indianapolis Art Center, located in lively Broad Ripple, is looking for a motivated professional to work with our...more

Coordinator of Prospect Management & Advancement Research - Wabash College. The Coordinator of Prospect Management & Advancement Research leads the prospect identification, prospect management, and constituent research efforts for the College Advancement Office. This position manages...more


Specialist, Digital Marketing - United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI). Last year, United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) debuted the New U. It's a focus on specific, measurable community goals in each of our priority areas. In order to achieve these bold goals, it is imperative that all departments...more

Membership Development - Professional Insurance Agents of Indiana. Statewide professional trade association located on the northside with fun, highly collaborative team is seeking to fill a Membership Development position. This person would help grow membership, coordinate membership...more

Volunteer Coordinator - Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County. Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County is seeking a full time Volunteer Coordinator. This position will report to Lauren Perry, Vice President ...more


Coordinator, Community Impact - United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI). Provide primary administrative, project and service coordination support of approved projects for the Community Impact department. Ensure the timeliness and critical scheduling processes of each project from initiation...more

Youth Therapist (part-time) - Reach For Youth, Inc. Reach For Youth, Inc. is seeking a part-time Youth Therapist at our Indianapolis and Greenwood locations. Candidates must be licensed as a LCSW, LMFT or LMHC. Candidates must be experienced with providing brief...more

Exodus Case Manager - Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. is seeking a case manager to deliver support to refugees through our Reception and Placement Program. Exodus welcomes refugees here to Indiana and offers them a place to call...more

AmeriCorps Program Director - Family Engagement Specialist. Early Learning Indiana in Indianapolis is recruiting for an AmeriCorps Program Director, Family Engagement Specialist. This position will be housed within Child Care Answers, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. This position...more

Healthy Homes Coordinator - Improving Kids' Environment (IKE). Improving Kids' Environment (IKE) works to protect children from environmental health hazards through advocacy, education and initiatives that create environmentally healthy homes, schools and communities. The...more

Child Welfare Therapist: Home-Based (Indianapolis) - Adult and Child Center. Adult and Child Center provides therapeutic services to families involved with the Department of Child Services (DCS) and court-involved youth in central Indiana, helping to develop healthy homes where children...more

Child Welfare Therapist: Home-Based (Franklin) - Adult and Child Center. Adult and Child Center provides therapeutic services to families involved with the Department of Child Services (DCS) and court-involved youth in central Indiana, helping to develop healthy homes where children...more

Child Welfare Therapist: Home-Based (Columbus) - Adult and Child Center. Adult and Child Center provides therapeutic services to families involved with the Department of Child Services (DCS) and court-involved youth in central Indiana, helping to develop healthy homes where children...more


Vice President for Finance and Operations - International School of Indiana. ISI is seeking an outstanding accounting, finance and operations professional to lead ISI's finances and administrative functions. The Vice President for Finance and Operations is a member of the senior management...more


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