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May 12, 2015

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Putting overhead under scrutiny

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors

So you donate money to your favorite charity, and you find out later that the money went to buy a new roof. Or new computers. Or to replace the muffler on the company van that shuttles needy clients around the city. Was this a good use of your money?

For many people, any conversation about money is difficult.

But when the conversation is about overhead or unrestricted dollars, and it's between a nonprofit and a donor, it can be even more difficult.

Six years ago, in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Ann Goggins Gregory and Don Howard wrote about what they called the nonprofit starvation cycle and challenged foundations to start an open conversation about overhead and analyze the true cost of running a nonprofit. They cited statistics from a five-year study by IU's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Urban Institute's National Center for Charitable Statistics, which reviewed more than 220,000 IRS Form 990s and surveyed more than 1,500 organizations with revenues over $100,000. Read more.

Dear Charity Navigator, please move forward thoughtfully

Last November, Charity Navigator's board approved a plan to scale up operations, planning to double the number of charities it rates by the end of 2016.

In April, when its CEO Ken Berger suddenly resigned, the California Association of Nonprofits - an organization of 9,400 member nonprofits -- thought it time to send a letter to John Dugan, Charity Navigator's board chair. Their letter urging the board to be thoughtful about its leader selection, future financial metrics and offering recommendations and Dugan's response are here:

Letter to Charity Navigator | Dugan's response

The human factor

What's the best way to solicit donations for a charity? New research suggests that telling donors that none of their money will go toward overhead may be very effective at raising money. But it also comes with a few potential pitfalls.

In a study published in Science on Thursday (10/30/2014), a team of researchers showed that giving people the opportunity to donate directly to a charity program — with a promise that the money wouldn't go to overhead — was far more effective than either matching donations or letting donors know about existing seed money. Read more.

Sponsor's insight

Key to employee engagement

By Deb Hunter, advisor, FirstPerson

Employee engagement is top-of-mind for many business executives. Studies are showing that organizations that invest in their people to create an engaging workplace outperform other organizations, leading to greater profitability.

What exactly does employee engagement mean?

We can define it by the behaviors of actively engaged employees. For example, an engaged employee works with passion and energy and typically feels connected to the outcome of their work. They try to solve problems and initiate improvements. They work with their head, their hands, and their hearts. Sounds like the type of people I want to work with. Read more.

People on the move

Midwest Academy has named Lori Dearing director of external affairs. She is the former fund development manager of the Indiana Youth Institute and was an independent fundraising consultant for many years.


Christel House International received an anonymous $210,000 donation. The gift will create an endowment to provide stipends for Christel House India-Bangalore female graduates while they are pursuing college and careers. The fund has been named vidya maanini-kannada for 'young girl full of knowledge.'

The Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation, the supporting foundation for Bosma Enterprises, reached its $1 million goal from a matching gift from Dean and Barbara White Foundation.

The Indy Food Council, launched in 2014, announced its third round of annual food fund grants, which totaled $15,000, to five organizations doing transformative food projects in Indianapolis neighborhoods. For a list of recipients and funded projects, click here.

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center received this year's IUPUI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement for its collaboration at George Washington Community High School to support students, families and the school community. Read more.

The Heroes Foundation and IndyCar driver JR Hildebrand delivered LEGOs to children fighting cancer at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital.

RFP for presenters for IEA fall conference — October 9 in Downtown Indianapolis. Evaluation professionals, educators, nonprofit leaders, evaluation consultants, and others are encouraged to submit presentation proposals for the fall Indiana Evaluation Association conference. Submit completed proposals by June 12 to IndianaEvaluation@gmail.com. Click here for the form.

Milana Riggs was named the 2015 Caregiver of the Year at the sixth annual CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions' Signature Breakfast for modeling courage, sacrifice, strength and creativity while caring for another.

Bloomerang, LLC, a software firm that serves nonprofit organizations, will break ground on a new 20,000 square-foot facility facility at Lawrence Village at the Fort, a mixed-use complex near East 56th Street and North Post Road.

This year, SmallBox is broadening its 24-hour web project challenge. Nonprofits can still apply for a website, if that's what they need, but alternatively, they can apply for a re-brand or any other creative challenge that needs solving. Learn more.

Professional development

Volunteer management two-part workshop on May 19 and May 20 from 9 a.m. to noon at United Way of Central Indiana (3901 N. Meridian St.). To register, click here.

The power of innovation leadership symposium on May 20 at 8:00 a.m. at Franklin College (101 Branigin Blvd.). Join industry-leading experts to discuss the shift from executive to collaborative leadership. Sessions will focus on best practices for identifying areas of change within your professional and personal life and implementing a plan for change. Cost is $149. For more information and to register: Tandy Shuck at tshuck@franklincollege.edu or 317-738-8264.

HR outsourcing: How it can work for you on May 21 from 8:30 -10:00 a.m. at Ball State Indianapolis Center (50 S. Meridian St.) for the HR Nonprofit Peer Group meeting. Join Jeremy York, lead consultant and president of InvigorateHR and human resources field representative for Synergy PEO. He will guide the group through a strategies discussion to maximize the HR function impact. Whether yours is a large HR staff, or just you, it is critical to develop a team of resources and vendors that you can count on. Learn more.

BootCamp for new nonprofit CEOs on Aug 5 to 7 in Chicago at North Park University. For new nonprofit executive directors and CEOs with three or fewer years of experience in their role. For more information, 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.

Freewheelin' Community Bikes needs volunteers for all types of duties Indy Crit. Shifts are available at various times throughout the day on July 11 and race day, July 12. Three-hour time commitment. Details here.

The American Diabetes Association needs volunteers of groups and individuals for the Tour de Cure on June 19-20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Duties include: Helping to energize the crowd, setting up, tearing down, working the hospitality tent, manning a rest stop and more. Various shifts. For more information contact Brooke Erwin at berwin@diabetes.org.


DONATE: Freestanding, vintage, electric bread slicer. Blades need sharpening, some wear and tear, but operates. Email sarah.smith@wholefoods.com to coordinate pick up in Carmel.

DONATE: Five black desk chairs on wheels. Contact Andrea at andrea@thewebguys.net.


National news

Housing, youth development, job needs outpace services, survey finds. According to the 2015 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey, 76 percent of the 5,400 nonprofits surveyed reported an increase in demand for their services, while 52 percent said they couldn't meet the demand - the third consecutive year in which that figure was more than 50 percent.

Preparing an organization to sustain capable leadership. Leadership change means a change in perception and practice. To download white papers, click the headline.

Fundraising isn't about money...neither is giving (part 1) Fundraising helps people follow their own interests, express their values and advance their own aspirations.

The Blackbaud Index reported that overall charitable giving to nonprofits increased 1.7 percent and online giving increased 9.9 percent for the three months ending March as compared to the same period in 2014.

Sponsors' insights

UIndy School of Sociology A $5 million endowment given on behalf of local civic leader and philanthropist Yvonne Shaheen will fuel innovation in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Indianapolis, creating a pivotal opportunity to cultivate the liberal arts as the foundation for students' professional and personal development. The college will be named the Riad and Yvonne Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences, honoring both her and her late husband.

Netlink, Inc. What TechSoup offers foundations. 501(c)(3) foundations may be eligible for software donations and discounts that include Microsoft, Intuit, Symantec and Adobe. It also offers high-quality new and refurbished laptops, desktops and tablets. Read more.

IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's Learning by Giving class has awarded a $5,000 grant to the in-school Teen Court program of the local nonprofit Reach for Youth. The award will help expand the program that addresses underlying behaviors. Currently 12 Central Indiana schools have adopted the program, which provides an alternative to suspension and expulsion. Read more.



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.

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

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 Bryan at Bryan@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.



Featured internship positions

Don't miss the window to recruit interns for spring and summer positions: This February and March, the Indianapolis Not-for-profit News is offering nonprofits an easy way connect with students, recent graduates and career changers to fill upcoming internship positions. For a special rate of $77, beginning Jan. 28, you can post your position for 30 days in this special-intern jobs section of the newsletter and on the jobs board. The special rate also applies to AmeriCorps positions posted in February and March. Submit your intern postings to ads@notforprofitnews.com.

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

Intern, ReStore - Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County. The role of ReStore Associate is to aid ReStore manager, staff and other volunteers in maintaining and operating the ReStore in a variety of tasks and...more

Intern, Indiana Patient Safety Center - Indiana Hospital Association. The Indiana Hospital Association is seeking an intern for the Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC) who will support IHA's patient safety and quality initiatives. The position will support and assist the clinical director and...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

Intern, Advancement, Summer 2015 - Sycamore School. Assist the Advancement and Alumni Coordinator with many aspects of outreach and fundraising for the summer. An ideal candidate is friendly, and a "people person." Candidates should also be comfortable making...more

Intern, Video & Digital Content - Sycamore School. August 2015 through May 2016. Part Time: 12 hours per week. Join the Marketing and Advancement team at Sycamore School as our Video and Digital Content Intern. Sycamore School exists so that academically gifted...more

This week's jobs

To view all jobs, visit the Not-for-profit News jobs' board.

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Vice President, Program and Operations - Madame Walker Theatre Center. This dual function leadership position exists to execute the mission of the Madame Walker Theatre Center through executing a comprehensive multi-level season of performances and to ensure...more


Executive Assistant to the President - Providence Cristo Rey High School. About Providence Cristo Rey: Located minutes from downtown Indianapolis, Providence Cristo Rey is a private, college-preparatory high school for students from families with limited financial means. Like all Cristo...more

Administrative Assistant - Indiana Arts Commission. The Indiana Arts Commission seeks applicants for the position of agency administrative assistant. The administrative assistant serves as lead administrative support for the agency, but primarily the...more

Fund Development/Grant Writing

Program Associate for Resource Development - Global Ministries. Global Ministries, the shared mission witness of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ seeks a Program Associate of Resource Development. The position calls for abilities as: develop...more

Membership and Annual Giving Manager - Indiana Landmarks. Our statewide historic preservation organization is seeking a detail-oriented, personable candidate to be our new Membership and Annual Giving Manager. This person will play a key role in developing our member and donor...more

Corporate Partnership Manager - The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Do you have a knack for networking? Do you love developing and cultivating partnerships? We're looking for an outgoing self-starter with sales and fundraising experience to help develop relationships with local and national...more

Major Gift Officer - Ronald McDonald House of Indiana, Inc. (RMHI). The Major Gift Officer [MGO] will identify, qualify, engage, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective individual and corporate donors capable of gifts in excess of $5000. In doing so, the MGO will collaborate...more

Annual Fund Manager - The Oaks Academy. Help lead a strong, philanthropic community to the next level to support The Oaks Academy as we grow to serve more children. This new role will design and implement a new direction for annual giving...more


Missions Director - Tabernacle Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. Tabernacle Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis is seeking a full-time Missions Director to focus on our outreach and involvement in the Mapleton/Fall Creek neighborhood, as well as with national and international...more

Assistant Manager (part-time) - Global Gifts. Join the fair trade movement! Global Gifts is seeking a part-time Assistant Manager for our store in Nora Plaza. The ideal candidate will have retail sales experience, supervisory experience, excellent organizational skills, an...more

Marketing & Communications Coordinator - Indianapolis Synagogue. This full-time position at a north side Indianapolis Synagogue will be responsible for: 1) overseeing the creative and editorial direction, development, production and execution of all congregant and public communication...more

Volunteer Coordinator & Marketing Asst - Food Finders Food Bank. The Volunteer Coordinator and Marketing Assistant must be enthusiastic about the work of the food bank and passionate about feeding the hungry. This is a demanding professional position that recruits, schedules and...more


Coordinator of Transitional Housing Services - Catholic Charities Indianapolis/Holy Family Shelter. Catholic Charities Indianapolis/Holy Family Shelter, an emergency residential shelter for homeless families, is seeking a Coordinator of Transitional Housing Services. This full-time position's primary responsibilities are...more

Contract Compliance Analyst, Sponsored Projects Administration - Ball State University. Professional position available immediately. Responsibilities: provide administrative guidance with respect to contracts and grant agreements, proposal solicitations and submissions for sponsored projects; and, along with...more

Educational Program Coordinator (part-time) - Community Foundation of Boone County. (Part-time, 20 hours per week) The Community Foundation of Boone County unites people organizations and philanthropy to create a thriving community for all and seeks an educational program coordinator to develop and...more

Habitat Programs Coordinator - Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF). The Indiana Wildlife Federation (IWF) is looking for skilled candidates for a full-time - 6 month contract - Habitat Programs Coordinator position. The position will work with IWF Habitat Programs including the Landscaping...more

Public Allies Outreach and Operations Manager - Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. This position serves as the lead for the outreach and operations of the Public Allies Indianapolis program; including recruitment of program participants, and alumni, as well as for the advancement of Public Allies in the Indianapolis...more

Nurse Practitioner, Family Health Services - TRI-CAP. Provides primary care to clients in the Health Services Program, practicing within the framework of guidelines reflecting routine and accepted patterns of treatment, maintaining client dignity...more

Director of College Counseling - University High School of Indiana. University High School of Indiana seeks qualified applicants for a Director of College Counseling position to help provide a personalized program through which students identify the college or university that is the best...more


Senior Accountant - Alpha Chi Omega. Support the CFO in strategic planning efforts and as needed for all three Alpha Chi Omega corporations (the Enterprise). Oversee and support the finances of Alpha Chi Omega with an emphasis on the Foundation, including...more


Weekend Maintenance and Security Part-Time) - Catholic Charities Indianapolis/Holy Family Shelter. Catholic Charities Indianapolis/Holy Family Shelter, an emergency residential shelter for homeless families, is seeking part-time hourly Maintenance and Security position for its evening shift. Candidate will be responsible...more

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Last week's jobs


Acting Director - Martin Luther King Community Center. Be at the heart of the renewal of the Martin Luther King Community Center! Critical needs include implementing operational plans; promoting and providing critical programs with a focus on youth, seniors, and...more

Fund Development/Grant Writing

Corporate Gift Officer, Central/Northern - Riley Children's Foundation. The Corporate Gift Officer plays a critical role in developing and executing strategies to build and expand our corporate fundraising program, including those organizations affiliated with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals...more

Campaign Specialist - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The Campaign Specialist will manage and implement many aspects of the Light the Night Walk and Team in Training programs. Also provide input into the development of a strategic plan for the fundraising campaigns...more

Capital Campaign Manager (Contract Position). Growing animal welfare organization seeks a development professional to raise capital funds for a building expansion. We are looking for a dynamic individual with strong campaign skills to assist us during a 6 - 7 month...more

Grants Manager - Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis. The Grants Manager is responsible for raising funds for Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis through foundation, corporate/organization, and government grant support, and for developing effective relationships in support of the...more

Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager - Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager will create, implement, and steward corporate and foundation relationships for the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. This position is responsible for developing...more

Development Operations Director (part-time) - Hoosier Environmental Council. After a successful reshaping of HEC's individual fundraising program by a consultant, HEC seeks to hire a part-time Development Operations Director to sustain this new fundraising program, which would involve motivating...more

Music Ministry

Director of Music Ministry - St. Simon the Apostle Church. St. Simon the Apostle Church, a vibrant Catholic Community in the Geist area of Indianapolis, is seeking a Director of Music Ministry. Successful candidates should possess a degree in music or the equivalent of successful...more


Electric Consumer Communications Specialist - Indiana Electric Cooperatives. Does your next career move place you in a team-oriented, fast-paced and rewarding environment? If so, Indiana Electric Cooperatives' magazine, Electric Consumer, may be the place for you. Electric Consumer is a print...more

Chapter Development Specialist - Sigma Theta Tau International. Our purpose is to support learning and professional development of nursing professionals through knowledge dissemination. Our 130,000 active nurse members reside in countries across the globe and are recognized...more

Marketing and Design Coordinator (part-time) - Global Gifts. Global Gifts is seeking a marketing and design coordinator. Design and promotional work will be in areas including, social media, website design, customer emails, print advertising and in-store signage. This position...more

Volunteer and Resource Coordinator - Coburn Place Safe Haven. More than a job opportunity - it is a calling! Looking for more out of life? Searching for a position where you can provide volunteer opportunities for others who are also looking for more out of life? Coburn Place Safe Haven...more


Family Planning Program Coordinator - Indiana Family Health Council, Inc. Indiana Family Health Council (IFHC), a private nonprofit organization, is seeking qualified candidates for a Family Planning Program Coordinator. As a member of the IFHC team, this person is responsible for coordinating...more

Bilingual Extended Support Advocate (part-time) - The Julian Center. (Part-Time, 28-hours/week) The Julian Center, a domestic violence shelter and Family Justice Center, is seeking a part-time Bilingual Extended Support Advocate (ESA) to be responsible for providing supportive case...more

Case Manager - Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. Exodus Refugee Immigration Inc. is seeking a case manager to deliver supportive services to refugees through our Reception and Placement Program. The case manager would work closely with newly arrived refugees...more

Enrollment & Matching Specialist (part-time) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. (Part Time up to 20 hours per week) The Enrollment & Matching Specialist is instrumental to Big Brothers Big Sisters mission of providing professionally supported 1-to-1 youth mentoring relationships that result in impact...more

Patient Safety

Patient Safety Support Specialist - Indiana Hospital Association. The Indiana Hospital Association is seeking a patient safety support specialist for the Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC) who provides support and assist the clinical director and the administrative director of the Indiana...more

Patient Safety & Quality Advisor, Indiana Patient Safety Center - Indiana Hospital Association. The Indiana Hospital Association is seeking a Patient Safety & Quality Advisor for the Indiana Patient Safety Center (IPSC) who provides support to hospitals and regional patient safety coalitions by advising on evidence-based...more

Information Technology/Resources

Information Resources Coordinator - Indiana Hospital Association. The Indiana Hospital Association is seeking an information resources coordinator. Duties include, but are not limited to, managing project materials and timelines with outside firms, preparing meeting materials and minutes...more

Director, Advancement Technology, Information and Support Services - Ball State University. Professional position available immediately in Advancement Services. Ball State University is a state-assisted institution enrolling over 22,000 undergraduate and...more


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