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October 13, 2015

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Local nonprofit "incubators"

By Lynn Sygiel, editor, Charitable Advisors

Business incubators have been around since the late 1950s. Their goal: to lend a helping hand to start-up companies through a variety of services that may include a working space, seed money, management assistance and networking capability. Incubators were especially busy in the past decade due to resurgence in the tech industry in Boston and the Silicon Valley in California.

With the downturn of the tech economy, there has been a rise in non-tech incubators and an adapted model for nonprofits. Unlike most for-profit incubators or accelerators, which exchange space and services for equity share in their clients' companies, most nonprofits are charged fees.

While there are several business incubators in the Indianapolis area, this year two sites emerged that are primarily focused on nonprofits and social entrepreneurs.

The Hub for Innovation, Vision and Entrepreneurship (HIVE) opened in January at Christian Theological Seminary on the Northwestside. Launch Cause was announced by Bloomerang this year and will occupy 6,800 square feet of the company's new building near Fort Harrison State Park in early 2016. Read more.

Nonprofit incubators: guidance and support

By Tracy Kaufman, engagement specialist, Foundation Center

If you're in the early stages of forming a nonprofit and struggling to find your footing, you may be in search of people or organizations to help you along the way. One option that some new nonprofits pursue is the assistance of a nonprofit incubator, which helps to guide you at the time when you need support most.

What is a nonprofit incubator? A nonprofit incubator is an organization that helps to nurture and facilitate the development of a young nonprofit through the provision of resources, services, and seed funding.

The use of an incubator improves the chances that a new organization will be able to remain sustainable over time, and also provides strong opportunities to build relationships with other organizations in the sector. Read more.

Nurturing a nonprofit through infancy

Video by Foundation Center

Is your emerging nonprofit organization facing management hurdles it cannot yet handle? A nonprofit incubator could offer your group assistance with getting off the ground and tackling necessary financial and administrative tasks while you're focusing on key programmatic work.

During this Foundation Center seminar, panelists from a variety of organizations that provide incubation services explain the resources they provide. Robert Acton, the executive director of NYC Taproot Foundation moderates the discussion between our panelists who include: Matthew Klein, the executive director of Blue Ridge Foundation New York; Mary McCormick, the president of Fund for the City of New York; Cynthia Rivera Weissblum, the president and CEO of Edwin Gould Foundation; and Rhea Wong, the executive director of Breakthrough New York. They discuss the details of seed funding, financial services, insurance coverage, and more, along with information on how you can obtain the help of an incubator for your nonprofit group. Read more.

Sponsor's insight

Busting the "best practices" myth

By Zachary Kester, executive director, Charitable Allies

Many leading nonprofit organizations and experts laud "best practices" to set the bar high in terms of transparent, prudent and ethical operations across many areas.

These go beyond the minimum legal and accounting requirements and purport to set a strong foundation of compliance with laws and regulations related to fundraising, licensing, financial accountability, human resources, lobbying and political activity. If the nonprofit sector is to continue to succeed, it will require broad public support and confidence, which these practices are designed to build.

While best practices, such as those recommended by the Minnesota Council for Nonprofits "place a high priority on exercising fair and equitable practices that attract, retain and actively engage qualified employees," are laudable, they can be difficult to implement. Read more.

People on the move

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired Nathan Dynak as director of corporate sponsorships. He previously served as an account executive to area arts, events and nonprofit organizations at NUVO Newsweekly.

Indianapolis-based USA Funds has appointed Shital Patel as chief information officer and senior vice president of operational support. She most recently managed enterprise sales for Microsoft in Indiana.


The International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) has received a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the 10th Quadrennial competition. The funds will support events and activities that take place leading up to and during the Competition itself, which will be held in September 2018.

Cathedral High School announced at its annual Cathedral fund dinner its record-setting, year-to-date donations. Since July 1, the beginning of the school's fiscal year, Cathedral has raised $742,822.00 in new donations and pledges. The majority of the donations are directed toward the school's scholarship granting organization.

Seven youth graduates of UWCI's Youth Leadership United (YLU), a volunteer program that prepares high school students to serve on nonprofit boards and committees, were invited to Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Sponsored by United Way of Central Indiana, they participated in a discussion presented by the U.S. Department of Education and the Peace Corps about global citizenship designed to help youth become better global citizens and advocates for education in their communities.

Indianapolis Bar Foundation awarded a $35,000 Impact Fund grant to Peace Learning Center. Through the grant, PLC will train peer mediators in Peers Making Peace, a nationally recognized evidence-based program, and implement restorative justice practices as effective alternatives to suspensions and expulsions at IPS elementary schools in the city's high crime areas. To learn more click here.

Indiana Humanities has awarded grants up to $2,000 to 14 nonprofit organizations for projects that seek to engage the public in humanities-based activities. These grants will fund programs across the state from Valparaiso to Evansville. Projects include bicentennial-themed media productions, community oral history research and exhibitions and public lectures and conversations. To learn more about these projects, click here.

The Matthew Broderick Diabetes Awareness Fund, a fund of the Hendricks County Community Foundation, granted $7,500 to support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the world's largest nonprofit supporter of Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. The donation will support research to create a world without T1D.

The American Heart Association (AHA) is seeking nominations for its third annual "Real Women. Real Change." Program, which is presented by United Healthcare. Nominations can be made here.

Leadership Johnson County will host All Aboard to help connect people looking to increase their civic nonprofit engagement in Johnson County. Read more.

The University of Indianapolis has launched the public phase of a $50 million fundraising campaign. At the launch event, the school also announced a major gift from Gene and Mary Ann Zink to establish an interdisciplinary institute to study poverty. Read more.

WellSpring Center in Martinsville, a center designed to support families encountering homelessness, received $5,000 from the SCI Membership Community Fund of REMC toward technology upgrades. Read more.

Drug Free Marion County invites those who have lost a loved one to drugs or alcohol to the second annual Celebration of Lives Lost event on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Indianapolis Colts Complex (7001 W. 56th St.). For more information, click here.

Professional development

CFO Peer Group: Balancing resources between mission and operations on Oct. 15 from 8:30 -10:00 a.m. at the INCPAS Professional Development and Conference Center (8250 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Suite #100.). To register, click here.

Rethinking strategic planning on Oct. 29 starting at 2:00 p.m. The webinar will introduce a positive paradigm and outline what you need to succeed in combining strategic thinking and practical planning in a purposeful and useful way. Learn more.

Ten blogging best practices for NGOs on Oct, 20 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, click here.

CASE Indiana fall conference on Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Butler University. Dive into higher education and independent schools topics, specific to development, marketing and alumni relations. Cost is $75 for CASE members/$85 for nonmembers. Learn more.

How to win grants from private foundations webinar on Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m. For more information and to register, click here.

Philanthropy University offers free courses. Beginning in September, seven free online courses are available from people like Paul Brest, the former head of the Hewlett Foundation and a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. 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 Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) is seeking volunteers for its Because Kids Count conference on Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. For more information about volunteer opportunities and to register click here.

Starfish Initiative is looking for female and male mentors. The nonprofit matches students and mentors 1-to-1 to focus on helping high school students pursue their dream of being first-generation college graduates. Click here to see where scholars live.

STRIVE Indy, an adult re-entry program, is seeking volunteers for group mentoring. Starting in November, the groups will be weekly one-hour sessions, but you can commit to help with as many or as few as you'd like! Volunteers will help conduct and participate in small group discussions on topics like goal-setting, problem-solving, forgiveness, relationships, and stress management. Please contact Kirsten at kibush@voain.org for more information.

The Humane Society of Indianapolis is looking for at least two volunteers to assist the development department with data entry and other general office work. Applicants must be at least 21 years old, able to pass a background check, comfortable working with Microsoft Office and web-based software, and able to commit to a regular schedule of 4-6 hours per week. Interested individuals or questions, email Tara Dustrude: tdustrude@indyhumane.org


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National news

Top ways to engage non-development board members in development. While many board members embrace the prospect of helping with fundraising, others run in the opposite direction. Learn ways to engage them.

Nonprofits must adapt or end up in 'ash heap.' As Aviv prepares to leave Independent Sector after leading for 12 years, she calls on nonprofits to collaborate with each other, businesses and others to survive the challenges they face.

The double bottom line of skills-based volunteering. While it uncomfortably discounts the joy and value to volunteers, there's a volunteer-to-fundraising intuitive calculus -- people who volunteer for an organization are more likely to donate to it.

Transformational philanthropy: The value of a corporate culture of service that is driven by the expectation that leaders and employees are dedicated to more than the bottom line means making business decisions based on more just than the numbers.

Sponsors' insights

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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.

Marketing/digital fundraising

Balance Marketing: specializes in maximizing nonprofit's ability to connect, engage and inspire investment in its cause through digital and interaction communication practices.

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.


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: Our programs are the first in the nation to focus on philanthropy's history, culture and values. Through traditional or online master's degree programs, gain the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue further graduate study or to enter the field as a nonprofit professional.

Leadership Development

Radiancy Coaching Partners: Leadership coaching and personal development for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members to help get the right projects done with heart.


Leading Change for Good Consulting: helps Indianapolis-area nonprofits strengthen their operations and efficiency using proven process-improvement tools.


Real estate

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Executive Director - Family Development Services. Family Development Services, the grantee for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Marion and Hamilton Counties, is seeking applications as we plan for the retirement transition of our Executive Director. Family...more

Executive Assistant/Administration

Client Administrative Assistant - Raybourn Group International. The Client Administrative Assistant will handle all of the daily administrative tasks for various associations managed by Raybourn...more

Scheduling Assistant (part-time) - Second Helpings. The Scheduling Assistant will support the activities of the Manager of Volunteer Services via scheduling and database...more

Administrative Assistant - Joy's House. Joy's House is currently seeking an Administrative Assistant to be responsible for supporting the President & CEO daily at Joy's...more


Brand Ambassador - American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. As a result of our centennial strategic plan and to better position our organization, the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters is seeking a full time Brand Ambassador to be part of a dynamic communications...more

Communications Coordinator - American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters is seeking a full time Communications Coordinator to be part of a dynamic communications team positively focused on telling the ALA story of who we are, what we do...more

Vice President of Community Outreach - Joy's House. Joy's House is currently seeking a Vice President of Community Outreach to oversee all PR and media relations, and ensure effective operations of all marketing...more

Graphic Design and Website Coordinator - Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT). The IACT Graphic Design and Website Coordinator is an ideal position for someone who is interested in and understands the critical role visual communication plays in any organization, understands the importance of excellent...more

Fund Development/Systems

Executive Director of Advancement Services and Information Technology - Ball State University Foundation. The 60-year-old, $230 million, 65-employee Ball State University Foundation is entering a new era - one with no barriers between advancement, alumni relations and stewardship. On the eve of our university's centennial...more

Director of Development - Indiana Repertory Theatre. The Indiana Repertory Theatre has an exciting career advancement opportunity for an experienced development professional. We are a financially stable theatre embarking on a large major gifts campaign. All the...more

Senior Community Director; Fundraiser Specialist - March of Dimes. This position will implement, coordinate and manage cost effective fundraising activities to attain its financial goals. This is a sales position where the majority of the performance review is based upon achieving aggressive...more

Senior Development Officer - Methodist Health Foundation. Do you have a passion for enhancing health and well-being and inspiring generosity? In this new role on our growing team, you'd play a vital role in developing philanthropic relationships to expand our donor base and grow...more

Annual Giving and Alumnae/i Relations Manager (Cincinnati) - Sisters of Providence. 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, Advancement Information Services - Office of University Advancement, Butler University. The Director of Advancement Information Services is responsible for management and leadership of day-to-day operational efforts surrounding Advancement data management. Specifically, but not limited to, working closely...more


Neighborhood Projects Coordinator - Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI). The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI) seeks a full-time Neighborhood Projects Coordinator. Responsibilities include investigation of systemic discrimination in lending, sales, and zoning in violation of fair...more

Community Impact Operations Manager - United Way of Central Indiana. At United Way of Central Indiana, we recognize that the key to success is a strong and cohesive team that works through shared values to achieve our mission. The Community Impact Operations Manager is a part of the...more

Protective Order Advocate - Prevail, Inc. Prevail, Inc. provides crisis intervention and restorative support services for adult, adolescent and child survivors of crime and abuse to residents of Hamilton and surrounding counties. Prevail is seeking a full-time...more

Child Forensic Interviewer - Susie's Place Child Advocacy Center. Susie's Place Child Advocacy Centers is hiring two Full-Time Child Forensic Interviewers to be located in our Avon and Bloomington child advocacy centers. This is a professional position charged with interviewing child victims...more

Child & Family Advocate (Part-Time) - Susie's Place Child Advocacy Center. Susie's Place Child Advocacy Center is seeking a part-time Child & Family Advocate for our Bloomington child advocacy center. The Child & Family Advocate position provides advocacy and support services to meet the...more

Program Specialist (Teen Services/FT) - Indianapolis Public Library. The Indianapolis Public Library is currently seeking a Program Specialist to play vital role in the Library's initiatives in the development of services targeting pre-teens and teenagers throughout the communities we serve...more

Program Coordinator - American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation. American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation is one of the country's premier privately-funded and conducted immersive learning experiences held in Washington, D.C. for select high school girls from across the country...more


CPA (part-time) - Foster Results, Inc. Do shorter days or a 4-day work week interest you? Foster Results, Inc. has an immediate opening for an experienced NFP CPA with an active license. This is a part-time position with 32-35 hours/week. This position...more


Facilities Technician - Kiwanis International. Responsible for building and grounds, maintenance, repairs and upgrades; repair and maintenance of office furniture and equipment; management of custodial care, security and safety. Includes management of vendors...more

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Executive Director - accessABILITY. accessABILITY, a 501 c 3 organization committed to helping individuals make the most out of life and the least out of disability is in search of a dynamic, high-functioning, strategic thinker with exceptional fundraising...more

Executive Director - Horizons at St. RichardÂ’s. Horizons at St. Richard's is seeking a passionate leader who believes in the relationship between education and opportunity. Horizons is closing the achievement gap in Indianapolis by providing underserved children access...more

Executive Assistant/Administration

Senior Executive Assistant - Noble. Noble is seeking a highly energetic and goal-oriented candidate to fill the role of Senior Executive Assistant for our non-profit organization dedicated to serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities...more

Fund Development/Alumni

Resource Development Program Director - Indiana Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA). The Resource Development Program Director reports to the CEO. The Director monitors the grant procurement environment for funding opportunities within the scope of IPHCA's mission and strategic plan. This...more

Donor Engagement Officer - Planned Parenthood of IN & KY. Do you want to make a huge difference in the lives of women and men who have need of high-quality health care? Do you want to be part of educating people of all ages about healthy relationships? If the answer is yes...more

Director of Development - Alpha Sigma Tau. Founded in 1899, Alpha Sigma Tau (Sorority) is a national Sorority focused on promoting the ethical, cultural and social development of women through the development of academic, leadership, social service, and...more

Director of Annual Giving & Communications - Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. The Director of Annual Giving & Communications is a full-time position responsible for the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive communications/marketing program, including the coordination...more

Director of Advancement Services - Phi Kappa Psi Foundation. The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation is a growing organization and is currently seeking a talented and motivated Director of Advancement. The Director is a full-time position responsible for several functions within the advancement...more

Development Director - Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (FPGI). Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis (FPGI) is a non-profit organization serving homeless children and the families who care for them. Through a collaboration of houses of worship, volunteers and staff, FPGI provides...more

Director of Alumni Programs - Indiana University Alumni Association. This position will manage, develop, implement, and maintain the alumni programs of various schools based on the IUPUI campus including Law, Nursing, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and others as assigned. Develop...more


Community Engagement Coordinator - Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. The primary objectives of this position is to strategically develop and grow the Community engagement program to increase revenue and visibility of mission awareness of Gleaners' role in all 21 counties of their service...more

Communications Coordinator - Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Delta Sigma Phi is a general men's fraternity founded in 1899 at the City College of New York whose mission is to Build Better Men. The organization seeks a dynamic, innovative, results-oriented individual to serve as its Communications...more

Writing, Communications and Social Media Specialist - Conner Prairie. The Writing, Communications and Social Media Specialist will help implement Conner Prairie's overall communications strategy, with a focus on creating original, innovative and interesting content on a daily basis...more

Director of Advocacy and Public Relations - Indiana Youth Services Association. This position acts on behalf of member agencies and serves as the primary legislative advocate for issues affecting young people across the State. Directs all marketing and public relations activities related to IYSA and its...more

Seniors Outreach Coordinator - Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. The Senior Outreach Coordinator is responsible for coordinating Gleaners' Senior Outreach Program. Primary focus will be developing and implementing senior outreach capacity in Marion County, while continuing to further...more


Compliance Coordinator - Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. Delta Sigma Phi is a general men's fraternity founded in 1899 at the City College of New York whose mission is to Build Better Men. The Compliance Coordinator will support the administration of our risk management initiatives...more

TOTS teacher (part-time) - St. Paul's Episcopal Church. TOTS (Time Out to Socialize) parents' group is looking for three daycare workers for our little ones. This group meets twice monthly at St. Paul's Church near Kessler Blvd and North Meridian Street. Hours are...more

Vice President, Workforce and Organization Development - Early Learning Indiana. Early Learning Indiana has become a leading voice for innovative solutions in early childhood learning. Recent and anticipated growth provides increasing opportunity and capacity to have greater impact in the community...more

Full-time 3rd Shift Advocate - Sheltering Wings. The Advocates supervise the nightly operations and overall structure of the residential component of the shelter within these major components: interaction with the women and children and documentation of such...more

Program Manager - Conference & Trainings - Indiana Youth Institute. Make a difference in the lives of kids by delivering continuing education to youth-serving professionals. The Indiana Youth Institute, a growing and dynamic statewide nonprofit, hosts a premier annual conference, numerous...more

Program Director - Indiana Youth Institute. A dynamic statewide nonprofit is looking for a new leader for its leading-edge college and career counseling initiative. The right person for this role will be a strong and collaborative leader and manager with experience...more

Case Manager (part-time) - Family Promise of Hendricks County. Family Promise of Hendricks County, an emergency program for homeless children and families, is seeking a part-time Case Manager to help our families accomplish employment, transportation and housing goals. The ideal candidate...more

Family Support Specialist - HealthNet/Healthy Families. Healthy Families strives to promote child well-being and prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children through home visiting services by valuing children, strengthening families, and engaging communities...more


Bookkeeper-Operations Assistant - Horizon House, Inc. We seek a bookkeeper with training and/or experience with Peachtree, Sage, and/or Quickbooks accounting systems. The candidate should also be proficient with Excel. (Part-Time or Full-Time...more

Vice President - Finance & Operations - Indiana Youth Institute. A dynamic, statewide nonprofit seeks an experienced CPA who will serve as chief financial officer while overseeing internal operations. Significant experience with nonprofit accounting, government grants and public...more

Director of Finance and Administration/CFO - Indiana Repertory Theatre. The IRT is searching for a CFO to run the finance operations of the Theatre, including human resources and office administration. This position serves on the senior staff of the IRT and reports to the Managing Director...more

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