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June 9, 2015

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Giving Sum: Participatory philanthropy

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors

Marty Posch didn't set out to start a nonprofit. Eight years ago, he and friends Darrin Brooks and Ryan Brady were just informally and independently connecting friends to volunteer opportunities in the city.

What they quickly realized was that by working together, they could have a collective impact. The trio, together with Lindsay Doucette, began meeting weekly, and the nonprofit Giving Sum was launched. Their idea, a giving circle for 100-plus young professionals, would pool members' resources — time, talent, and finances. The result would be to multiply the effect on the community and on each other.

Five-year member and this year's Giving Sum president, Christina Lear has witnessed the power.

"It's very rare that people get to marry their philanthropy giving and volunteer hours. Often you're doing one or the other," said Lear. "We make one-time grants and are not really strong at filling in a nonprofit's operating budget. We're only going to be with the organization for a year. So what we do is give a nonprofit this surge of money and excitement and energy, and then it can start something big that can last beyond our time."

That surge from this local all-volunteer organization can be up to $50,000. Last year, 42 nonprofits applied for the grant and for members' volunteer efforts. Besides sharing what the money will be used for, each application must explain how volunteers would be used during the grant's duration. Read more.

Giving circles and the classroom

Compiled by Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors

Emily Denton is a teacher, an original Giving Sum member and board member. What she values most about her experience with the giving circle is the exposure to many exemplary nonprofits in Indianapolis. Those connections have made a different in her classroom.

After meeting with VSA Indiana staff on a site visit, she continued the connection. That connection led to her St. Thomas students volunteering for the Arts-for-All event that was held on the lawn of the governor's residence, a short walk from school. Her students worked side-by-side with VAS teaching artists to support children with disabilities, and met the state's first lady Karen Pence.

Based on her experiences, she saw the value in replicating what young professionals were doing with her eighth-grade English students. Four years ago, she used the activity as a motivating end-of-the-year project. Read more.

Engaging a city, building a community

By Efrem Bycer for The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee

Indianapolis has the potential to become one of the most civically engaged cities in America. Currently, Indianapolis ranks 16th, placing it behind many of its peer metros, including Charlotte, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nashville and St. Louis. To break into the top 10, Indianapolis may seek to apply successful practices in these cities.

This report aims to identify those replicable practices and provide recommendations for short-term and long-term strategies to improve volunteerism, especially among young professionals.

Young professionals, or Millennials, are a focus of this report because of the key role this generation plays in supplying talent to the region's leading companies. Read more.

Sponsor's insight

Proposed changes to nonprofit
financial reporting

By Chris Mennel, audit manager, Alerding CPA Group

A new proposed accounting standard could dramatically impact the current financial reporting methods for the more than 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States. Financial reporting in nonprofits was largely affected in 1993 by the issuance of Financial Accounting Standard No. 116 and Standard No. 117 — two standards that accountants and bookkeepers have come to know very well.

These standards created the three classes of net assets that are used today (unrestricted, temporarily restricted and permanently restricted) as well as many other financial statement components that small to large nonprofit organizations deal with on a regular basis.

Although these changes have been in place for over 20 years, many non-accountant board members and others continue to struggle with the concepts behind nonprofit financial statements. In an effort to improve the usability of these documents, the newly proposed accounting standard would:

  • Create two classes of net assets (unrestricted and restricted) instead of the current three;
  • Require the Statement of Cash Flows to be prepared under the direct method of cash flows instead of the indirect method;
  • Require all nonprofits to report expenses by nature and function. Currently, only voluntary health and welfare organizations are required to present a statement of functional expenses;
  • Require certain reclassifications within the Statement of Activities in order to present new operating measures; and
  • Provide additional changes to the current presentation of financial statements.

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People on the move

The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis has named Chris Butler executive director of the CityWay YMCA in downtown Indianapolis. Butler most recently led the Fishers YMCA and served as vice president of operations for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis. — The Indianapolis Star

The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art has named Paula Katz executive director. She had been serving as interim executive director and previously was director and curator of the Herron Galleries at Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. — Inside Indiana Business


The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, has awarded a $50,000 grant to Christel House Academy to support Christel House DORS West, which gives adults a second chance to earn a high school diploma.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence presented Sidney and Lois Eskenazi with Sagamores of the Wabash, one of the state's highest recognitions.

Hollis Adams Foundation has been awarded a $5,000 Quality of Life Grant from the MDRT Foundation to support their mission of providing social, recreational, educational and community activities for adults with developmental disabilities. Read more.

Partners in Housing has received a $5,000 grant from PNC Foundation to support the resident community life programs, which helps its previous homeless and low-income residents reach self-sufficiency.

Little Red Door Cancer Agency is proud to be a 2015 recipient of a grant from the Braveheart Foundation. The grant will provide $5,000 to be used for the Rides of Hope Program, which will provide 100-plus patient rides to radiation and chemotherapy. Read more.

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Professional development

How to attract giving circle dollars webinar on June 25 at 2 p.m. Attract new donors -- and build ties that last -- with giving circles. To register, click here.

The fundamentals of strategic planning on June 9 from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at East 38th Street Library (5420 East 38th St.). This session focuses on understanding the six steps utilized in strategic planning process, types of models, readiness required, who should participate, creating an action plan and how to execute it to achieve the organization's goals. Free, but space is limited. To register call, 317-275-4350.

Using data visualization to inspire donors to give and get involved on June 11 at 2 p.m. To register, click here.

Join Renew Indianapolis for its year-in-review, which will highlight its work to date and plans. June 11 at 11 a.m. at The Platform at City Market. To RSVP, email Katy Brett at kbrett@renewindianapolis.org.

Grantwriting for beginners on June 16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at United Way of Central Indiana (3901 N. Meridian St.). To register: click here.

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

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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 City of Noblesville's July 4th Festival at 6:00 p.m. is looking for "sparkling" personalities!" A two-hour commitment helping with kids' games can make a HUGE difference for this popular event. Read more.

Volunteers needed to assist with the Indian Market & Festival at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art on June 27 and June 28. Please contact Deborah Kish, volunteer manager @ dkish@eiteljorg.com for more info.

Starfish will add 115 high school freshmen into its college-focused mentoring program this summer and needs 50 adult volunteers to serve as 1-on-1 mentors. Consider changing a life. For more information, click here.


National news

The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 1.5 percent and online giving increased 12.6 percent for the three months ending in April as compared to the same period in 2014.

One good way to land the nonprofit job of your dreams. One way is through empowered volunteering!

Good governance policies for nonprofits. It is hard to know what 'good governance' is. You recognize it when everything goes smoothly and you also feel the lack of it when times are rocky.

Successful successions: Executive transitions that worked. Succession from one generation of leadership to the next is a period of opportunity and risk.

Sponsors' insights

McKinney Law School Let charitable directors direct: Why trust law should not curb board discretion over a charitable corporation's mission and unrestricted assets. This article addresses difficult unanswered legal questions facing the modern nonprofit. Read more.

UIndy Community Health Network and the University of Indianapolis are joining forces to establish a clinical facility on campus where students and faculty will work alongside health and wellness professionals to serve patients and clients, transforming the educational experience and bringing important resources to an underserved part of the city. Read more.

FirstPerson Bryan Brenner has been elected to the Butler University Board of Trustees for a three-year term. Brenner is founder and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based FirstPerson.



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: 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

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 - 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 Assistant - The Hoosier School Benefit Trust. The Hoosier School Benefit Trust is a non-profit organization of schools and organizations supporting schools who work together to cover their employees and their families with health insurance, dental insurance and other...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

Community Builder, Martindale-Brightwood - Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC). The Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC) was established as the East Side Christian Center in 1941. In 1946 the Center became a home mission of the American Baptist Churches, USA. As a result of this affiliation, the services...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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Last week's jobs


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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