June 30, 2020
Nonprofit start-ups give former inmates new options
By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors

Last year, nearly 10,500 adults were released from Indiana Department of Correction’s custody. In Marion County alone, 2,485 adults, of which 203 were females, rejoined the community.

While some find programs that help with their re-entry, other former inmates struggle. According to research, however, adults who find immediate, comprehensive support that focuses on transitioning ex-offenders back into society, have dramatic reduced rates of recidivism.

In Marion County, the Re-entry Coalition run by Community Solutions provides a connection and network for county re-entry programs. Lena Hackett, president and founder of Community Solutions, a community development consulting firm, has worked with well-established nonprofits that do this type of work, but has seen start-ups get in the game in the past several years. The coalition convenes monthly working groups and a two-part, large-group quarterly meeting that opens with work groups sharing results, and then sharing information and providing education.

“I know that there are people who have different beliefs or different values, but we’re still all working, using our resources, our networks, to say, ‘How do we make this change?’ It’s pretty exciting,” said Elizabeth (Liz) Wallin, founder of Project Lia, which supports women exiting the correctional system.

Wallin is one of several founders of start-up efforts. Ericka Sanders works with dads inside Putnamville Correctional Facility and founded YouYesYou! to keep dads and daughters connected. Nick Greven is interim director of FOCUS Initiatives, which began as a correspondence project in Bloomington and is just getting started in Indianapolis.

NEW Covid-19 resources
Nonprofit organizations in Marion County are eligible for an up-to-$5,000 grant to help offset the costs of personal protective equipment. Indianapolis is partnering with the United Way of Central Indiana through the Nonprofit Restart Program. Read more.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis announced a $10.2 million Lilly Endowment grant that will help Marion County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations reopen and reimagine their mission delivery in a world informed by the new realities of COVID-19. The Indy Arts & Culture Restart & Resilience Fund will provide one-time grants from $5,000 to $500,000 for capital and operating expenses associated with reopening strategies. Read more.

Indiana announced two CARES Act Covid-19 rental assistance program -- $25 million for up to 12,000 Hoosiers who live in rental properties outside of Marion County and $15 million Marion County residents. Read more.
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Five behaviors to drive your leadership in times of crisis
By Sara Johnson, director, IU Executive Education, O’Neill School

Unprecedented times. It’s the phrase we keep hearing over and over from leaders around the world to describe the major shifts we’re seeing across all sectors due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

And in these unprecedented times, we must provide unprecedented leadership.

IU Executive Education at the O’Neill School’s faculty -- including Mary Anna Weber, Tom DeCoster and myself -- have led teams through crises before. Our experiences can help leaders learn to do the same, starting with five key concepts to form the foundation.

University High School of Indiana has named its second head of school, Alicia M. LaMagdeleine. She has served as the school’s assistant head of school since 2012.
University High School of Indiana has promoted Stacey Summitt-Mann to assistant head of school. Summitt-Mann has recently served as director of campus and community in addition to her role as a science instructor and joined the faculty in 2009.
University High School of Indiana has promoted Adrianne Glidewell Smith to director of advancement. Prior to this, Smith has served as the school's director of annual fund and alumni relations since 2011.
JCC Indianapolis has hired Drew Alexander as director of member engagement. Alexander previously worked at the Fishers YMCA as a membership specialist and supervisor of a 40-person membership team.
Michelle Ferguson joined JCC Indianapolis as the CEO’s executive assistant. She previously worked at the University of Indianapolis, where she also received an MBA, as an administrative assistant and later as an enrollment counselor.
JCC Indianapolis has promoted Renae Schuldt to assistant director of aquatics. In her five years working at the JCC, she has been a lifeguard, swim instructor, head lifeguard, lead swim instructor, swim team coach, and interim director of aquatics.
Simon Youth Foundation has awarded $1 million in post-secondary scholarships to 283 students nationwide for the 2020-2021 academic year. Read more.

New Hope of Indiana has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2020 honor. The Indianapolis Star’s list is based on employee feedback through third-party survey.  The nonprofit also was singled out for a special award in the Training category for providing employees with requested formal training.

Martin University is launching a Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion. The university says its purpose is to assist leaders and organizations in their efforts to strengthen diversity, equity and inclusion, which it will do with workshops, lectures, seminars and initiatives. Activities will be open to the community.  Read more.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is launching an initiative to promote interest in science, technology, engineering and math among girls and young women. The Lilly Girls and Young Women in STEM initiative is funded by a gift from the Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. Foundation. Read more.

Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, IndyHumane has increased its medical service offerings to help local homeless animals and pets in the Indianapolis community due to six recent grants totaling over $150,000. Read more.

CareSource, a leading multi-state managed care plan, donated $180,000 to the Ready to Restart Program, administered by the Indy Chamber through its Business Ownership Initiative (BOI). Ready to Restart will help entrepreneurs and small business owners purchase necessary PPE and other health and safety-related items or services.
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