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The impact of giving together

By IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, research study report

Giving circles are made up of individuals who pool their resources and then decide together where these resources should be distributed. They also include social, educational, and engagement aspects that seem to engage participants in their communities and increase their understanding of philanthropy and community issues.

This research report presents data from a study to understand the impacts of participating in giving circles on members' philanthropic and civic behavior, knowledge, and attitudes. Philanthropy is defined here as giving money and other resources, including time, to aid individuals, causes, and organizations. Civic describes areas related to government's roles and responsibilities, political and social values, and engagement in the community and political process. Beyond exploratory research to understand the overall giving circle landscape and motivations of members, and a number of case studies on specific types of giving circles, insufficient research has been done to understand giving circles' impacts on members. Read more.

Giving circles' influence

By Dr. Angela Eikenberry and Jessica Bearman, the Center of Philanthropy, University of Nebraska

Ever since giving circles ? groups of individual donors who pool their money and other resources and decide together where these should be distributed ? emerged as a philanthropic trend, we have speculated about their impact.

Do donors give more or give differently because they are involved in a giving circle? Do they become more engaged and active in their communities? Are they more politically active? Until now, the evidence of giving circles' impact on donors was mainly qualitative. This study examines, in a more comprehensive and quantitative manner, the impact of giving circles on their members' giving and civic engagement.

Members of giving circles give more, on average, than donors who are not in giving circles. Although this finding is tempered when income is taken into consideration, giving circle member self-reports and interviews suggest that giving circles cause members to increase their giving.

Different activities within the circle also influence giving. For example, donors involved in a circle's grantmaking decision process give the most overall. When donors are more engaged in a giving circle, are in a giving circle longer, or are in multiple giving circles, their giving is higher. Read more.

Giving circles: more impact to go around

By Kerry Hannon, columnist, The New York Times

Inside the red-brick St. Michael's Lutheran Church in North Philadelphia, more than a century old, the walls, lined with stained glass windows, reverberate with the haunting strains of a chorus of middle schoolers singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." It's a soaring rendition of a ubiquitous song. The simple repetition of the word is comforting, mesmerizing and uplifting. And as the voices of the eight vocalists merge while they gather around the piano and their vocal coach, it is easy to forget for a minute that this is not a troupe of professionals.

The students are part of Rock to the Future, a nonprofit after-school music program for underprivileged children who receive individual music lessons, learn to read sheet music, compose their own songs, play a range of instruments like drums, guitar and keyboards - and form their own rock bands. "We focus on contemporary music and instruments to get students engaged and motivated," said Jessica Craft, 28, the program's founder and executive director.

It received start-up financing of $15,000 in 2010 from Women for Social Innovation, a nonprofit philanthropic "giving circle" with a membership of around 20 women, providing seed money to social innovators seeking to help women, girls and families in the Greater Philadelphia area. Read more.

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Nonprofits need knowledge of law

By Rebecca Trimpe, writer and editor, Office of External Affairs and Alumni Relations at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law educates most of the state's lawyers, and many of our alumni are in positions of leadership in the public and private sectors throughout Indiana and across the nation. McKinney alumni hold leadership positions in a variety of nonprofit organizations, including the Center for Leadership Development, USA Funds, Lilly Endowment, Inc., the NAACP, the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Outrun the Sun.

It makes sense that lawyers are in leadership positions in these organizations, according to IU McKinney Professor Robert Katz.

"The legal system informs almost every aspect of the nonprofit sector," Katz said. He serves as the school's expert on nonprofit organization law. Read more.

People on the move

The Indiana CPA Society has hired Jenna Whalen as a member services associate.

David Hummels has been named dean of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management. He has been serving in the position on an interim basis since September and has been with the school since 2000. ? Inside Indiana Business

Mitch Isaacs has been named executive director of Muncie-based Shafer Leadership Academy. He has 16 years of college leadership experience and most recently served as a retention and graduation specialist for first-time freshmen at Ball State University. ? Inside Indiana Business

Indianapolis-based CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions has made the following promotions: Dan Amonett, director of Safe at Home; Paul Watkins, business development officer; and Susan Starwalt, director of Way2Go Transportation services. ? Inside Indiana Business


Stand for Children Leadership Center Indiana has received a $50,000 grant totaling from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust to fund the nonprofit organization's family engagement program, Stand University for Parents (Stand UP). Kate Shepherd 317-759-2632, kshepherd@stand.org.

Arts for Learning received an Arts Council Award for $46,000 for annual operating support to help assist in providing quality arts education programming to the state of Indiana.

The International Center has received a $35,000 grant from the Indianapolis Foundation to support The Center's Festival Fund grant program, which helps fund international festivals. Read more.

Cancer Support Community Central Indiana (CSC) is pleased to announce that it has received a $25,000 grant from The Indianapolis Foundation to expand CSC's array of services into the Eskenazi Health hospital system. Read more.

Christel House International received a $10,000 grant from the Coach Foundation. The one-year grant will help fund a new fitness trail, accessible to Christel House students, for physical education, recess and after-school use. The grant nomination was submitted by a Coach employee.

HVAF of Indiana has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) to provide food for homeless veterans in the Residential, Employment, Substance Abuse Treatment (REST) program as well as funding for transport. Read more.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis received Boys & Girls Clubs of America's prestigious Marketing and Communications (MAC) Award. It was selected from hundreds of local Clubs across the country, and won the top honor (gold award) for implementing the best marketing strategy.

The Indianapolis Bar Foundation (IBF) is now accepting applications through July 8, for its Impact Fund Grant of up to $35,000. The grant will be awarded to a nonprofit organization or government entity that present an initiative, which will advance the administration of justice and an understanding of the law through philanthropy, education and service, and be awarded by Oct. 9. For more information and the application, click here.

Professional development

The Nonprofit Forum on June 16 from 8:00 -11:45 a.m. at Indiana Wesleyan North (3777 Priority Way S. Dr.). Create a more diverse and inclusive board. For more information and registration, click here.

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) announced it is currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 class. The 10-month academy begins in August and runs through June 2016. Applications are due June 30, and the application may be found online.

Outcome metrics: Measuring what matters in the nonprofit world webinar. Amid increasing demand for transparency and accountability, today's nonprofits are seeking ways to both produce and to demonstrate successful outcomes. For more information and to download the pre-recorded webinar, click here.

Diversity in giving: The changing landscape of American philanthropy webinar. As a nation becomes more ethnically and racially diverse, it is more important than ever to consider whether the fundraising playbook is due for an overhaul. For more information and to download the pre-recorded webinar, 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.

Race Away from Domestic Violence needs enthusiastic volunteers on June 6 from 7 to 10 a.m. at Victory Field. Duties might include registration, course direction, water stops and finish-line activities. Three-hour commitment. Proceeds benefit the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. For more information, click here.

Animal Outreach of Shelby County needs volunteers. If you enjoy helping homeless cats and can use the phone, we need your help! We are looking for a volunteer to return phone calls within 48 hours to individuals requesting help. We have a Google number so your personal number will not be displayed. Approximately a one- to two-hour weekly commitment, typically three to four calls. Contact Kerry Ann May at kmay@shelbypets.com or 317-364-4227.

The Eiteljorg Museum needs volunteers for the Indian Market & Festival on June 27 and 28 at Military Park (500 W. Washington St.). Shift times are 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; noon to 2:30 p.m.; or 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. Volunteers help with artist hospitality, assist food vendors, family activity area, admissions, etc. New volunteers must complete an application and background check form before June 15. Contact Deborah Kish at dkish@eiteljorg.com.


DONATE: Indy BackPack Attack's annual kickoff event on Monday, June 22 from 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Indianapolis Zoo's parking lot (1200 West Washington St.). Participating businesses and organizations can pick up collection drive supplies for this year's School Supply Drive. For more information, click here.

DONATE: Retired attorney has desk and credenza (in very good condition) to donate to nonprofit organization. Please contact Brenda.Roach@faegrebd.com or 317-237-1109 for more information.


National news

Social media for nonprofits. The how and why of social media for nonprofits. Download the presentation.

Why donor-advised funds can increase charitable giving. A scholar argues that these funds are bringing more money to charity and with far lower overhead costs.

Volunteer management: once more with meaning. Many nonprofits have their priorities dead wrong when dealing with volunteers.

Beyond financial oversight: expanding the board's role in the pursuit of sustainability. If Board finance committees are not considering those financial results in light of the organization's programming mix and its results, then their efforts are very unlikely to contribute to sustainability.

Sponsors' insights

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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.

Professional Development

Accent On Business: Develops public speaking and presentation skills, executive presence, and message delivery skills for nonprofit leaders and their teams.

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: The nation's first school of philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change.

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

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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.



Featured internship positions

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AmeriCorps VISTA - Starfish Initiative. Starfish serves its students through a 1-on-1 mentoring program. All mentors are volunteers and make a two year commitment. While our outcomes numbers are high, our program could benefit from an AmeriCorps...more

AmeriCorps VISTA (3 Positions) - Jameson Camp. Jameson Camp is seeking to fill three full-time AmeriCorps VISTA positions for digital media marketing, donor relations, and volunteer relations. VISTA is a great opportunity for recent college grads and young professionals...more

This week's jobs

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CEO - Hendricks Power Cooperative. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is responsible for working with the board of directors to set the vision and lead Hendricks Power Cooperative. The CEO is responsible for ensuring the cooperative delivers high quality service...more

Administrative/Database/Customer Service

Patron Services Representative (part-time) - The Center for the Performing Arts. Part-time position with a customer service oriented team. Varying work schedule includes evenings/weekends. Excellent communication skills required. Experience with Tessitura a plus. Sales experience...more

Pledge Processing - Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW). The Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW) is a nonprofit membership association that provides pledge processing services for more than 40 United Ways. To meet a growing number of clients we are adding a pledge...more

Information & Referral (I&R) Specialists (either full- or part-time) - Connect2Help211. Join the largest 2-1-1 in the state of Indiana (and the 5th largest in the country) connecting those in our communities who need help with the organizations that provide it. We are hiring more Information & Referral...more

Fund Development

Donor Relations Specialist - Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana. The Alzheimer's Association of Greater Indiana is seeking a Donor Relations Specialist. Duties include data entry, responding to donor inquiries and report preparation. This position involves all aspects of communication...more

Major Gift Officer - Riley Children's Foundation. Working as part of the Development team and reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Planned Giving and Major Gifts, the Major Gift Officer creates and implements strategies to meet major gift solicitation goals and builds...more

Regional Associate - United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF). The UMDF is seeking a Regional Associate for its Great Lakes Region. The Regional Associate is a remote staff member of UMDF and is responsible for representing and implementing UMDF policy and mission in the Great...more

Regional Director of Development & Community Engagement - College Mentors for Kids. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to serve as a direct link to supporters in communities where we have a chapter of College Mentors for Kids. The Regional Director of Development & Community Engagement...more

Director of External Grant Development - DePauw University. The Director of External Grant Development will work to grow DePauw University's capacity to obtain extramural funding for faculty scholarly and creative activities and University initiatives by advancing knowledge...more

Fund Development Officer - Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. (ILI). The purpose of the Fund Development Officer position is to increase donor support for unrestricted and restricted programming through foundation support. The incumbent will do this by supporting the President...more


Deputy Director for Marketing & External Affairs - Indianapolis Museum of Art. The IMA is searching for a dynamic individual to lead a talented team of marketing and external affairs staff. The Deputy Director will also oversee the IMA's Guest Services, Retail, Food Service and Event Services Divisions...more

Office and Communication Coordinator (OCC) - Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA). The Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA), a membership association representing over 400 nonpublic schools, serving members through advocacy, professional development and consultation. The OCC position...more

Southeast Indiana Outreach Manager - Indiana Youth Institute. A dynamic, statewide nonprofit is recruiting a strong communicator with exceptional people skills to represent our organization in a region that reaches from Columbus to New Albany...more

Marketing and Communications Director - Alpha Chi Omega. Develop, implement and manage the marketing affairs for the Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Alpha Chi Omega Foundation and Alpha Chi Omega National Housing Corporation. Analyze data and provide input for short- and...more


Manager of Procurement - EmployIndy. The Manager of Procurement will be responsible for the development, deployment, maintenance and compliance management of procurement policies, systems, processes and tools. The position is responsible for the...more


Program Development Coordinator - Transition Resources Corporation. Transition Resources Corporation (TRC) seeks experienced Program Development Coordinator to join its leadership team. The successful candidate will have the ability to develop program/project concepts to complement...more

Health Educator (part-time) - Social Health Association of Indiana, Inc. Social Health Association of Indiana, Inc. is the trusted health education partner for school districts across the state, providing the most age-appropriate, medically accurate information to help students lead happy, healthy...more

ECE Infant Teacher - JCC Indianapolis. The JCC is committed to providing a warm, nurturing, stimulating and safe environment for the children in our licensed Early Childhood Education Center. We are seeking a full-time Infant Teacher responsible for providing...more

Pre K Family Engagement AmeriCorps Member - Early Learning Indiana. Early Learning Indiana is seeking AmeriCorps members who want to work with families of young children in high-quality, pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) programs in one of three urban locations in Indiana-Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne...more

Courage Center Program Director - Children's Bureau. As our successful Courage Center Program Director you would provide program leadership and oversight to ensure positive client outcomes and effective fiscal performance. This Program Director will also be responsible...more

VISTA position, Nutrition Programs - Indy Hunger Network. VISTA members placed at IHN work directly with the Board President and will develop partnerships with non-profit and government entities to expand access to healthy food. Members are integral to the entire project...more


Accounts Payable Clerk - Indianapolis Museum of Art. To assure business transactions are recorded, classified and summarized in an accurate and timely manner according to generally accepted accounting principles...more

Bookkeeper/Accountant - Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW). The Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW) is a nonprofit membership association that provides general ledger bookkeeping/accounting for more than 40 United Ways. To meet a growing number of clients we are adding...more

Coordinator, Accounts Receivable - United Way of Central Indiana. In order to achieve the New U goals set forth in May of 2014, it is imperative that all departments of UWCI work together for optimal efficiency and effectiveness. The Coordinator, Accounts Receivable will focus on creating...more

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Last week's jobs


Regional CEO - Indiana Region - American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. It does this through services that...more


Receptionist - Indy Chamber. The Receptionist contributes to Chamber goals of membership, community, revenue, and relationship growth by providing a welcoming and professional experience for individuals who make contact with the Chamber...more

Fund Development

Grants and Stewardship Manager - Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences. Arts for Learning is seeking a motivated professional to join our development team with the experience and skills necessary to meet aggressive...more

Community Manager, Relay for Life - American Cancer Society. As the largest voluntary health organization, the American Cancer Society is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. We are working to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays - a world where...more


Director of Marketing and Communications - Indianapolis Ballet, Inc. Reporting to the Artistic Director, this position develops and manages all marketing and communications functions for student enrollment and acquisition, ISB performances and productions, the summer intensive program...more

Volunteer Management

Director, Volunteer Center - United Way of Central Indiana. Lead United Way of Central Indiana's (UWCI) volunteer engagement team, strategies, programs and partnerships. Promote and execute volunteer and leadership programs (for both individuals and corporations...more

Volunteer Coordinator - Westminster Neighborhood Services. This position will help recruit, retain, and recognize volunteers in the Westminster Early Childhood and Youth programs as well as the Family and Adult Services...more


Bilingual Family Engagement Specialist - Early Head Start. Early Learning Indiana is seeking a Bilingual Family Engagement Specialist to be a family advocate, ensure attendance and continued enrollment of children and build community partnerships. The position will specifically...more

Center Director - Day Early Learning Centers. Day Early Learning in Indianapolis is recruiting for a Center Director. Under the supervision of the Vice President for Day Early Learning (DEL) Centers, The Center Director will be responsible for administering the program...more

ESG Program Coordinator - Indiana Homeless Community Development Authority (IHCDA). The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program Coordinator contributes to fulfilling the IHCDA mission and meeting strategic IHCDA operational and program goals by providing assistance to emergency shelters and helping...more

AfterCare Case Manager - Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis. We currently have a full-time opportunity for an Aftercare Case Manager. This position helps recently homeless families who have found permanent housing to navigate the many obstacles that low income families...more

Literacy Instructor (Grades 1 to 3) - First Samuel Enrichment Summer Camp. First Samuel Church (W)holistic Ministries is seeking a part-time Literacy Instructor for the summer camp program. The goal of the First Samuel Summer Enrichment camp is to engage children in FUN recreational and...more

Creative Community Developer - Riley Area Development Corporation. The Creative Community Developer will lead the implementation of the high quality economic development programming and community outreach for the partnership of the RUCKUS Makerspace. The primary focus of the...more


Membership & Accounting Coordinator - Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity. Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity is currently looking for a Membership & Accounting Coordinator. The mission of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity (ZBT) is to foster and develop in its membership the tenets of its Credo: Intellectual Awareness...more


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