June 16, 2020
COVID-19’s impact on nonprofits’ revenues, digitization and mergers
By David La Piana , Stanford Social Innovation Review

The impact of COVID-19 on life around the globe is extraordinary, and nonprofits are no exception to the disruption. In a recent survey by LaPiana Consulting, 73 percent of the organizations reported a drop in revenue. That may be an unsurprising consequence of the COVID-19 crisis, but the scope of it is nonetheless shocking.

However, the survey’s results weren't entirely bad: 26 percent of social service organizations reported revenue increases during this period, possibly reflecting rising demand and timely governmental or philanthropic response. One respondent described the funding outlook in these terms: “It’s really rough. It’s scary. We don’t know if we’ll survive through the shutdown and even if we do, we don’t have high hopes that the economy will return to normal any time soon, so revenue will continue to be difficult to raise or secure.”

Using interactive charts, it provides a snapshot of the digital transformation of nonprofits and their perspectives on mergers.

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In today’s environment is strategic planning still valid?
By Jan Breiner Frazer, managing member, Planningplus, LLC

In this country, we have experienced a number of events during the last two decades that resulted in immediate impact on business and industry, beginning with 9/11, followed by the 2008 recession and the far-reaching Affordable Care Act.

But in those cases, we could somewhat foresee the horizon and plan accordingly – we had end goals in sight. But in this world of the global pandemic with various levels of quarantine, shifting guidelines and re-opening dates, and bombardment of news (often conflicting), we are not sure we can even plan on next month.

While strategic planning is still valid, it is not as we’ve always known it. Planning Plus’ expertise has long been in designing and facilitating strategic planning, generally for three-year periods. However, we are revising our methodology during this extraordinary time to remain flexible and adaptable.

Rock Steady Boxing has named Keri Eisenberg as president. Eisenberg previously served as senior director of fund development at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. – Leadership search conducted by Charitable Advisors
Pathfinder Services, Inc. announced Danielle Tips as its president and CEO. Tips has spent the last 12 years at Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana, serving the past three years as vice president of Health and Residential Supports. – Leadership search conducted by Charitable Advisors
Pass the Torch for Women has hired Melissa Perry as the community relations manager. Perry most recently worked for StayAlfred as city hospitality/operations manager.
The Indiana Innovation Institute has added Christopher Bencal as executive vice president for business development. Bencal previously worked in business development executive roles at Battelle Memorial Institute and Raytheon. – Inside Indiana Business
The Indiana Innovation Institute has hired Rodney Miller as chief technologist for hypersonics. Miller most recently served as special advisor for National Security Initiatives for Purdue University Discovery Park. – Inside Indiana Business
The International Center is now accepting nominations for the Global Impression Award, which celebrates emerging Indiana leaders whose work directly impacts the state on a global scale. Nominations will be accepted through July 15. Learn more about previous recipients and nominate an individual here.

Indianapolis Rotary Foundation community grants are now being accepted. The foundation intends to award two $25,000 community grants and one $10,000 to organizations significantly impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Applicants must be nonprofits that serve Central Indiana and are due by midnight on June 22. Read more.

WRTV is teaming up with Kroger and Second Helpings to get meals into the hands of locals struggling to put food on the table. From June 15 to June 21, shoppers at select central Indiana Kroger stores can donate at the checkout. Proceeds go directly to Second Helpings’s Transforming Lives through the Power of Food and WRTV and the Scripps Howard Foundation will match up to $12,000 of donations made.

Kids' Voice of Indiana will host an online Summer Law Camp for kids, ages 10 and up. Join each day from June 22 - June 26 at 11:00 a.m. on Facebook. Johnny Magic will perform an online magic show to end the week. No charge or registration. Learn more.

Wabash-based White's Residential & Family Services established its Workforce Development Advisory Team to continue to build on its Growing Teens for Life program that prepares teens for both the workforce and adulthood. The advisory team is comprised of business leaders, educational professionals and community advocates. Learn more.

Early Learning Indiana announced its first and second rounds of Come Back Stronger Fund recipients that was funded by a $15 million grant from Lilly Endowment. The recipients include 340 early child care and education providers across Indiana and totals over $4.8 million. For a complete list of recipients, click here.

Ball Brothers Foundation announced its spring round of grants totaling $1.7 million. Funding provides support for local efforts in arts, culture, and humanities; education; environment; human services; and public society benefit. Learn more.

The Olin B. and Desta Schwab Foundation in Fort Wayne is investing more than $2 million to launch an initiative to help northeast Indiana students identify their strengths and talents and develop them into careers. The foundation is partnering with Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Region 8 Education Service Center. Read more.

Passing: Indianapolis businesswoman, philanthropist Christel DeHaan has passed away at the age of 77. DeHaan used the fortune she made in business to establish nonprofit Christel House International in 1998.  Read more.

Stan Soderstrom, executive director of Kiwanis International, has been appointed Indiana’s civilian aide to the secretary of the Army. Civilian aides to the secretary of the Army, or CASAs, promote good relations between the Army and the public. Learn more.

COVID-19 awards

With financial support from the Indianapolis Foundation and Regions Bank, LISC Indianapolis has awarded the first round of $5,000 grants from the Indianapolis Small Business Recovery Grants to 25 minority, immigrant and women-owned businesses. Read more.
The COVID-19 fundraising template kit for nonprofits. Kit contains email and social media templates to help you raise money and engage donors during these challenging times while following social distancing guidelines that keep your entire community safe.
New online portal: Talking About Race. is a new online portal from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The National Museum of African American History and Culture designed this website to provides tools and guidance to empower the journey and inspire conversation.
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Executive Director - Pillar (Formerly Apple Patch) 

Executive Director - Blue River Community Foundation

President - Community Foundation of Morgan County

Chief Executive Officer - Indiana Afterschool Network (IAN)

Executive Director - Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc.


Major Gifts Manager - Tocqueville Society - United Way of Central Indiana

Director of Development - Andrean High School


Administrative Assistant - Child Advocates

Executive Assistant - United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI)

Operations Manager - Renew Indianapolis, Inc.

Director of Education - Society of Professional Journalists

Marketing /Communications/Events


Bookkeeper (Part-time) - Orchard Park Presbyterian Church

Accounting Manager - Children’s TherAplay Foundation

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VP of Human Resources - One Mission Society


Senior Research Analyst - United Way of Central Indiana


Chief Programs Officer - Community Alliance of the Far Eastside, Inc. (CAFE)

Programs Director - Martin Luther King Community Center

VISTA Coordinator (part-time) - Indy Hunger Network

SNAP Outreach Specialist (Part-time) - Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana

Director, Health and Wellness - Indianapolis Urban League


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