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November 3, 2015

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Donations with dividends, like cruises and puppies

By Deborah L. Jacobs, reporter, The New York Times

Concerned about how the deepening financial crisis would affect its Oct. 17 fund-raiser and auction, the Helen Hayes Awards, a nonprofit organization that supports Washington theater, sent a letter the week before the event to supporters who had not yet responded to the invitation. It urged recipients to engage in "wholesale therapy" at the auction by bidding on exotic vacations and experiences that would build lifelong memories for their children.

A Russian Dream package that included two business-class tickets to Moscow, an eight-day luxury cruise on the Volga River and three nights at a five-star hotel in St. Petersburg, valued at $20,568, went for $10,000 at the live auction. Read more.

Reliable online auction platforms geared toward nonprofit needs

Laura S. Quinn, executive director Idealware for Tech Soup

What tools can help you raise money and rally support for your cause through an online auction? We take a look at the software tools that are widely used in the nonprofit sector.

An online charity auction can be a good way to raise money, rally support for your cause, and hopefully, to have some fun. Like any special event, an online auction requires solid planning and a fair amount of staff time. What it won't require, however, is substantial technical expertise. Several good online platforms will host and help you manage your online auction.

What should you be thinking about as you consider an online auction? What tools might work well? We asked a number of nonprofit professionals with experience in auctions for their software recommendations and condensed their advice here. Read more.

Top auction software products

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Simplify every aspect of running your charitable event! Eliminate check-in / check-out lines, store credit cards, sell tickets, online, mobile and paper-based bidding options. Manage contacts, track donations, create auction bundles and printed material, write thank you letters and more. Simple, affordable and powerful event management software for any organization. Includes free technical support, free night of event support, video tutorials and more. Call us! 888-691-5993 x1 Read more.

Sponsor's insight

Who evaluates the evaluators?

By Amir Pasic, Ph.D., Eugene R. Tempel Dean, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

For generations, philanthropic foundations often have been regarded with near reverence by many in the nonprofit sector for the perceived change that they promote. Others have raised questions about the relative benefits the nation's 86,192 foundations provide to society.

Today, one of the most frequent questions in philanthropy remains: Can we measure the difference foundations make?

Kenneth Prewitt, former Rockefeller Foundation executive, foundation scholar and Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University is among those who argue that it is increasingly important for foundations to effectively track, measure and share whether the work they fund actually helps make a difference. Read more.

People on the move

Conner Prairie has named Katie Harvey director of individual giving. The Indianapolis native most recently served as associate director of development for Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. — Inside Indiana Business

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has named Steve Brady vice president for institutional advancement. He currently serves as senior director for major gifts and director of the Fueling Innovation fundraising campaign at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. — Inside Indiana Business

Walter Renderos has joined BKD LLP in Indianapolis as an associate. He previously worked for a Kansas City firm. — Inside Indiana Business

Pete Buck has been named controller at Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. He is a certified public accountant with nearly 15 years of experience in nonprofit accounting and financial affairs. Prior to this role, Buck held positions in suburban Washington, D.C.

The Indiana State University Foundation has promoted Phil Ness and Kim Kunz. Ness is now senior vice president of development, and Kunz serves as director of external relations.


NeighborLink Indianapolis has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Central Indiana Senior Fund to serve low-income senior homeowners in the Indianapolis community. Read more.

The Community Foundation of Morgan County is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Philanthropy Awards dedicated to those who do good in Morgan County. For the full list of nominees: click here.

Nominate a Bicentennial Torchbearer from the nonprofit sector. Indiana celebrates its 200th anniversary of statehood next year. The Bicentennial Torch Relay is scheduled to take place Sept. 9 to Oct. 15 and was created to honor Hoosiers who have demonstrated exceptional public service, achievement, acts of heroism and/or volunteer service in their neighborhood, community, region or state. For nomination forms, click here.

Indiana Youth Institute offers free proposal review. If you are a youth-serving organization and applying for a grant, submit your proposal and an IYI consultant will offer you free feedback to strengthen your submission. Read more.

True Vine Missionary Baptist Church (4050 Millersville Rd.) announces its second annual Meals From The Heart program that provides free meals to families on Thanksgiving Day. Families can order their meals and have them delivered to their home. Click here or 317.545-2946.

The Indianapolis Art Center and Robert H. McKinney family has named Kimberly Conrad as the 2016 Skip McKinney Faculty of the Year. The annual fellowship comes with a $20,000 award and a solo exhibition next summer. Conrad is a longtime instructor and heads the Art Center's jewelry and metal smith department.

Professional development

Charitable giving updates continuing education seminar on Nov. 6 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Child Center (901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St.). Philip Purcell, Ball State University Foundation vice president, and Ann O'Hara will discuss the latest charitable giving strategies and current updates on tax law changes affecting charitable giving. Three-hours CLE credit; one and a half hours ethics credit. Cost: $25. To register, contact Kimberly Underwood at kunderwood@smccindy.org or 317-361-4840.

Working with specialized groups on Nov. 12 at 8:00 a.m. at Indiana Landmarks Center (1201 Central Ave.). Learn techniques from AARP & HVAF representatives how to work with specialized groups, including tailoring recruitment appeals to use language they will respond to. $12 members/$17 non-members. Breakfast at 8 a.m. and program begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost: $12. To register: click here.

Building a collaborative board team webinar on Nov. 18 from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST.
BoardSource members $0; nonmembers $35. Learn more.

HR (& CFO) Nonprofit Peer Group: ACA 2016 compliance updates on Nov. 19 from 8:30 -10:00 a.m. at Indianapolis Zoo (Hulman Riverhouse, 1200 W. Washington St). Healthcare reform specialists will share what is new with the Affordable Care Act and reporting requirements. To register, click here.

Board members as storytellers: Ambassadorship in action webinar on Nov. 19 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (EST). BoardSource members $40/ non-members $75. To register: click here.

Fundamentals of proposal writing on Dec. 8 at 6:00 p.m. at East 38th Street Library (5420 E. 38th Street.) This session concentrates on the eight steps of proposal writing. Free. To register, contact Falicia Brewer at 317-275-4350 or fbrewer@fbaresource.com.

Innovation is inspiration on Dec. 10 at 1:00 p.m. The third webinar of a three-part series. Oftentimes innovation is thought of like big revolutions in technology. But realistically, innovation is about the small evolutions for each project. Don't let innovation be so intimidating. Receive all the recordings, if you cannot attend them all. For more information and registration, click here.

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Volunteer opportunities

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Indianapolis Museum of Art volunteer group interview is on Nov. 5. Share your time and skills, meet new friends and become part of a unique experience at the IMA. The museum's volunteer services department aspires to help volunteers find opportunities that excite and inspire them. 1-hour commitment. Learn more.


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National news

New IRS substantiation proposal: More paperwork. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has proposed new regulations that would modify its requirements that nonprofits obtain a "contemporaneous written acknowledgement" for contributions of $250 or more.

Behind the crowd on crowdfunding? Does it appear that everyone else has launched, is about to launch or is talking about launching a crowdfunding campaign? Should your nonprofit run to catch up? Learn the first step.

The nonprofit leadership development deficit. Succession planning is the No. 1 organizational concern of U.S. nonprofits. However, they are failing to develop their most promising pool of talent: homegrown leaders.

Fifteen lessons learned from 32 nonprofits about donating online. To celebrate @NonprofitOrgs reaching 800,000 followers on Twitter, Nonprofit Tech for Good donated $800 to each to test the ease and progress of this payment method.



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This week's jobs

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CEO/Executive Director

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Christamore House. The Christamore House is looking for a highly motivated person to serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Christamore House provides the very best child and youth services, senior programming, and lift skills training...more

Executive Director (part-time) - Paws and Think, Inc. Paws and Think, Inc. is seeking a passionate and mission-driven Executive Director (part-time) to lead our organization. We are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for the community...more

Chief Executive Officer - TeenWorks. TeenWorks is currently seeking an experienced nonprofit professional with a strategic and entrepreneurial approach to lead the organization as the Chief Executive Officer. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Chief...more

Coordinator of Northside Mission Ministries (part-time) - Second Presbyterian Church. The Coordinator of the Northside Mission Ministries will be responsible for overseeing the operation of our food pantry, working to assure the long term financial and operational sustainability of the pantry, and facilitating...more

Executive Assistant/Administration

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist - Indiana Sports Corp. The Administrative Assistant supports and serves the administrative needs of the Business Development Department; this high-performing department maintains stakeholder relationships, fundraises for events through...more


Marketing & Communications Coordinator - Arts Council of Indianapolis. Arts Council of Indianapolis seeks Marketing & Communications Coordinator to implement marketing strategies and tactics to increase awareness and visibility of the arts, market the work of the arts and cultural...more

Marketing Manager - Indiana Sports Corp. The Marketing Manager will direct planning and execution of event marketing activities for Indiana Sports Corp projects and events as well as assist with overall branding efforts. Marketing Manager will create and implement...more

Multimedia Coordinator (part-time) - Indiana Repertory Theatre. The Multimedia Coordinator is an integral part of moving the institution's digital initiatives forward to enhance the overall visitor experience and engagement both on site and online. The position supports the IRT's...more

Volunteer Mgmt

Volunteer Manager - Indiana Sports Corp. The Volunteer Manager will be responsible for overseeing the future direction of Indiana Sports Corp's volunteer program. Through the recruiting of new volunteers while maintaining strong relationships with current...more

Business Development/Sales

Business Development Manager - Indiana Sports Corp. The Business Development Manager is an important revenue-generating and relationship manager position for Indiana Sports Corp. This staff member is responsible for generating revenue/sales and participating...more

Fund Development

Vice President, Investor Relations - United Way of Central Indiana. Develop and lead United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) Investor Relations Team to execute strategies to grow the giving and engagement of leadership donors and members of donor affinity groups. Responsible for achieving...more

Special Events Assistant (part-time) - Jackson Center for Conductive Education. The Jackson Center is a program for children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders. Conductive education is a rehabilitation program developed in Hungary. There are only approximately thirty conductive education...more

Director of Development. The Director of Development is a newly created position for a values-driven Indianapolis organization on the North side. This is an exciting opportunity for a creative and experienced Director of Development to design, coordinate...more

Director of Development - Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice is searching for a fundraising professional to join the development team to raise funds and promote the mission and work of the...more

Grants Services & Arts Education Coordinator - Arts Council of Indianapolis. Arts Council of Indianapolis seeks a coordinator to assist the Director of Grants Services & Arts Education with the management of the Arts Council of Indianapolis' grant and fellowship programs, arts education initiatives...more


Therapist - Region 11 (part-time) - Children's Bureau. The Children's Bureau Noblesville office is seeking an individual to add to our team to provide therapy services to families in the office and the local schools for a temporary position that will end June 30, 2016. This...more

Manager of Support Services - Partners In Housing. Partners In Housing Development Corporation (Partners In Housing) seeks a qualified individual to join its team as the Property Development Manager. Partners In Housing is a not for profit developer and manager of...more

Supervisor of Clinical Services - Legacy House. The Supervisor of Clinical Services will be responsible for supervising trauma counselors and clinical interns, providing training and education to staff and community partners, identifying and implementing best practices...more

Employment Initiatives Manager - Tangram. The Employment Initiatives Manager exists to assist with building business relationships in the community for the Business Resourcing service line and lead job coaches providing services to individuals searching for meaningful...more

Program Manager - Tangram. Program Manager exists to manage services provided to individuals with disabilities living in the community and ensuring a culture among the staff that leads to providing a meaningful life and outcomes for those...more

Mission Manager - Susan G. Komen Central Indiana. The Mission Manager is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Komen Central Indiana's community health programming, including grant making, community outreach, education programs and public policy initiatives...more


Finance Director - MIBOR REALTOR Association. Manages the finances of MIBOR REALTOR Association and its three related organizations, including the accounting, reporting, and investing functions along. MIBOR is a professional trade association in central Indiana...more

Director of Finance & Operations - Alpha Gamma Delta. The director will serve as the operational leader of the organization, providing management to ensure the planning, execution and administration of all accounting, finance, and operations services and systems. S/he will...more

Trust Account Manager - The Arc of Indiana. The Arc of Indiana is a state-wide, not-for-profit association that advocates for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc of Indiana is successful because of the teamwork of all employees working...more

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CEO/Executive Director

Executive Director - Indiana Natural Resources Foundation. For 25 years the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation (INRF) has promoted and supported the Indiana Department of Natural Resources in the stewardship of our natural, cultural, and recreational...more

Executive Assistant/Administration

Trust Administrative Assistant - Arc of Indiana. The Arc of Indiana is a state-wide, not-for-profit association that advocates for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Trust Administrative Assistant position reports to the Trust Director and is responsible...more

Administrative Assistant- Bilingual Preferred - Children's Bureau. Career Opportunity Where You Can Make a True Difference. Do you have a heart for abused and neglected children, and a passion for helping strengthen families? Are you known for your organizational skills and attention...more

Executive Assistant / Coordinator of Membership Services - Advocates for Athletic Equity (AAE). This position will work with the CEO on a daily basis to manage the affairs of the organization. Additionally, will provide support to the membership on...more

Communications/Events/Special Projects

Communications Associate - Alpha Epsilon Pi International Fraternity. Alpha Epsilon Pi International Headquarters is seeking a full time Communications Associate. The Communications Associate will provide communications/public relations, marketing, and web/graphic design support...more

Bicentennial Projects - Indiana Association of United Ways (Part-time, Temporary). Part-time, temporary starting November 2015 and running through spring or summer 2016. Indiana Association of United Ways has three projects to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial in 2016, which requires...more

Membership Sales

Director of Membership Sales - Indy Chamber. We are looking for a dynamic, innovative, and strategic-minded individual to serve as director of membership sales with a goal of continually growing Indy Chamber membership. The director works with the COO...more

Business Development Manager (Membership Sales) - Indy Chamber. The business development manager is responsible for selling Indy Chamber memberships to businesses in Indianapolis and surrounding counties. This is accomplished by helping businesses realize the benefits of being...more

Fund Development

Annual Giving and Alumnae/i Relations Manager - Sisters of Providence(Indpls). The annual giving and alumnae/i relations manager is a full-time position responsible for increasing annual donor support primarily for unrestricted use by the Sisters of Providence. The manager has an in-depth understanding...more

Director of Development - FACE Low Cost Animal Clinic. The Director of Development (DoD) has primary responsibility for the planning, execution, and evaluation of all organizational fundraising revenue, including individual, corporate, and foundation prospect identification, cultivation...more

Assistant Director of Annual Giving - Delta Sigma Phi. The Assistant Director of Annual Giving is a full-time position responsible for the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive communications and marketing program, including the coordination and oversight...more

Major Gift Officer - IMA. The IMA Major Gift Officer will build strong, meaningful and successful relationships with current and prospect major and planned gift donors to the IMA, leading to a substantive increase in philanthropic support...more

Donor Society Gift Officer - IMA. The Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) is seeking a Donor Society Gift Officer to build meaningful and successful relationships with members of IMA's higher level donor societies which includes the Second Century...more

Grant Writer - IMA. 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


Courage Center Program Director - Children's Bureau. Career Opportunity Where You Can Strategically Make a Difference. Do you have a heart for abused and neglected children, and a passion for helping strengthen families? Are you a goal-oriented leader who is known...more

Therapist - Children's Bureau. Career Opportunity Where You Can Make a True Difference. Do you enjoy working independently to achieve results that improve others' quality of life? Are you known for your ability to juggle priorities in a fast-paced environment...more

Community Liaison/Home Based services - Children's Bureau. The Community Partners for Child Safety Program is a free and voluntary program for families with minor children. The Community Partners program is a home based program that offers case management services by...more

Site Director - Art With a Heart(Part-time). The Site Director is a part-time position requiring approximately 15-30 hours per week. This role acts as a Liaison between AWaH and participating Kindergarten classrooms, coordinates volunteers at the school site, manages...more

Program Coordinator - Brightwood Community Center (part-time, 9 month grant). Seeking an experienced Program Coordinator for a new part-time role. Volunteer management experience with proven results is required. The Coordinator will provide oversight for the following programs: after school...more

Coordinator of Children's Education - Second Presbyterian Church. It is our hope that the families at Second Presbyterian Church find a welcoming, nurturing environment to be embraced by the community, transformed by God's grace and empowered for a life of discipleship. The Children...more


Operations & Stewardship Manager - Community Foundation of Morgan County. CFMC is searching for a high energy, detail-oriented team player who is well versed in financial services, technically competent, values efficiency and enjoys interacting with a diverse group...more

Staff Accountant - Wheeler Mission Ministries. Wheeler Mission Ministries is current looking for a Servant Leader to fill the position of Staff Accountant. This is a great opportunity for a dynamic Christian leader who wants to combine their business accounting experience...more

Staff Accountant - Herron High School. Herron High School is seeking a Staff Accountant to lead the effort to bring all accounting operations in house from an outsourced bookkeeping service.

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