June 2, 2020
By Tony Mason, president and CEO, Indianapolis Urban League

Many are familiar with a famous observation by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “… a riot is the language of the unheard.”

What people seldom remember is his observation afterward that is just as salient and relevant today: “And what is it that America has failed to hear? It has failed to hear that the promises of freedom and justice have not been met. And it has failed to hear that large segments of white society are more concerned about tranquility and the status quo than about justice and humanity.”

This quote, from Dr. Kings’ 1967 “The Other America” speech given at Stanford University, crystallizes what lies at the heart of the frustrations that have been aired both verbally and physically this past weekend in Indianapolis and across our nation.

By Ann Murtlow, president/CEO, United Way of Central Indiana

We know the protests this weekend in Indianapolis are in specific response to the senseless death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. But broadly, we know our community at large is protesting – again – the systemic racism that continues to haunt, kill and oppress African Americans in our country. We know, and we hear you.

We understand that the outpouring of emotion from the thousands gathering in protest was reflective of an unwillingness of many black Americans to trust law enforcement. Our communities of color are tired of being asked to participate in dialogue without seeing change. They are begging, pleading and fighting for solutions. We understand, and we hear you.

By Michael Huber, president/CEO, IndyChamber

“The opportunity to succeed is central to the growth of Indianapolis, and significant barriers including systemic racism threaten this opportunity. We recognize the longstanding anger and frustration that has been building in our city and our nation in response to violent acts against communities of color, and we support peaceful protests that address this injustice and call for change.

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Employee retention credit could help your organization
Employee retention credit could help your organization
Editor’s note: The following details are based on current legislation in place.

By Alerding CPA Group

Nonprofit organizations that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a new, refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage organizations to keep employees on their payrolls and is worth 50 percent of qualifying wages up to $10,000 that are paid by an eligible employer.

If your organization did not receive a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan and meets other requirements, the Employee Retention Credit could help you sustain your operations. Also, a new bill was introduced in the Senate late last month (S. 3793) which would amend the CARES Act and significantly expand the existing Employee Retention Tax Credit to include wages, benefits and 401(k) contributions.

To learn if your nonprofit qualifies for the Employee Retention Credit, read more here.
Philanthropy’s role in reopening your doors after COVID-19
Philanthropy’s role in reopening your doors after COVID-19
By Andy Canada, senior consultant and director of data analytics, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates

What role will philanthropy play as your organization prepares to welcome students back to campus, host performances, open the doors to your museum or resume in-person gatherings at your place of worship?

If you have ventured out of the house, you have seen the modifications that businesses are making to welcome customers back – plexiglass at checkout counters and drive-through windows, signage to accommodate social distancing in lines and many other modifications.

Each of you needs to develop and implement plans to help protect your stakeholders as you re-open your doors.  Read more.
Foellinger Foundation has selected Ed Kominowski to succeed Cheryl Taylor as the Foundation’s president. For the last six years, Kominowski has been the President of Community Foundation of Morgan County and has provided leadership of Morgan County’s $30M private Kendrick Foundation.  – Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI) has named Jodie Ferise its vice president and general counsel. She most recently served as associate provost for international engagement and chief international officer at the University of Indianapolis.
Christel House has selected Sarah Weimer as executive director of the Christel House Schools network in Indianapolis. Weimer has been with Christel House for nearly 10 years after joining as principal of Christel House Academy South.  – Inside Indiana Business
Ball State University named Jean Crosby the next president of the Ball State University Foundation and vice president of university advancement. Before working for the foundation, she was development officer at the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County. – Inside Indiana Business
Scott Feller has been elected by the Wabash College Board of Trustees to serve as the school's 17th president. Feller has served as dean of the college at Wabash since 2014 and as a professor of chemistry since 1998. – Inside Indiana Business
The Center for At-Risk Elders (CARE), a team of advocates guarding Indiana’s neglected, abused and exploited elders since 2013, has achieved a milestone by serving as legal guardian for over 500 vulnerable men and women. For a previous Charitable Advisors’ story to learn more about the organization.

Foster Success is now taking applications for a second round of emergency funding to help older foster youth coping with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The new round of funding is possible, in part, due to a donation from Anthem of gift cards and 155 Chromebooks to be distributed across the state to older foster youth to help with remote school and work. Apply here.

The Christian Theological Seminary’s Faith & Action Project opened grant applications for its next cohort of poverty-fighting innovators. To learn more about the program, click here. Grant applications are available here and due July 3.

The Polis Center at IUPUI released its latest local data and research on COVID-19 cases, risk and impact. The Inequalities Behind COVID-19 Disparities for African Americans in Indianapolis and the senior social isolation index.

The American Cancer Society in Indiana has launched an initiative designed to sustain women-led cancer research. The organization says ResearcHERS: Women Fighting Cancer also aims to bolster the careers of female researchers and support a more robust pipeline of women in cancer research leadership roles. Learn more.

The Mind Trust announced five recipients of Talent Innovation Fund awards, investing $109,000 in projects that will implement locally-driven, creative approaches to help solve an education talent challenge in Indianapolis. Learn more and view recipients.

The Indiana Philanthropy Alliance has released a summary, Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on 2020 Census Funders & Grantees May 2020 Survey Results. Learn more.

COVID-19 funds awarded

The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. awarded $217,716 to 11 nonprofit organizations. Quarterly Competitive Grants are awarded to fund projects for which there is a demonstrable community benefit in one of the following areas of interest: arts and culture, human services, economic development, education, and community betterment. Learn more and see recipients.

Glick Philanthropies has announced grants of $821,600 to 107 organizations, which include many in Central Indiana. These organizations are supporting residents and neighbors of Glick communities in 11 states. Read more and see all recipients.

The Indianapolis Foundation announced $1,173,799 in grants to Marion County not-for-profit organizations. These grants are part of a four-pronged approach to the pandemic that has shaped community need in 2020 and were funded through the Endowment for Indianapolis and the newly created Neighbor Relief Fund for Marion County (NRF). Read more and see recipients.

The Junior League of Indianapolis (JLI) awarded nearly $30,000 to local nonprofit organizations that serve children with physical or developmental disabilities. Given the current environment and the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits, it awarded at least $1,000 to each organization. Read more.
New. Not normal: Artists, the creative sector and innovation after the pandemic virtual symposium from the Arts, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Lab (AEI) at O’Neill School at IUPUI on June 8 from 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Explore new ideas about both the challenges and opportunities for arts workers and the creative sector, how the creative landscape has already changed and will continue to change in the future. Cost: free. Learn more and register.

How your nonprofit can recruit and retain digital sponsors webinar on June 9 at 1:00 p.m. (10 a.m. PDT). Topics include brainstorming a list of potential corporate partners, how to pitch and price your digital sponsorships for online events and campaigns and how to tap into the power of livestreaming to raise funds through sponsorship. Cost: free. Register.

Nonprofit Hub: Fostering a growth mindset in difficult times webinar on June 10 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. In this session, review Dr. Carol Dweck's research on mindset, translate how a growth mindset can help build a more effective team and provide real-world examples of how mindset can help you not only survive, but thrive in spite of our current environment. Cost: free. Register.

How to shift to virtual work (and build team culture doing it) webinar on June 11 at 1:00 p.m. informative session covering must-have tools, simple weekly ceremonies and creative ideas to help you and your team stay motivated and connected. You'll have an opportunity to learn from virtual work experts and share strategies with other nonprofits that are shifting to remote work through live Q&A and community chat. Cost: free. Register.
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