Category Archives: General Information

Foundation Center’s Free “Ask a Librarian” Online Program

A great resource for nonprofits is the Foundation Center’s free “Ask a Librarian” online program, which answers questions about foundations, philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofits. Established in 1956 and today supported by close to 550 foundations, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Reference librarians are available to chat live online…

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The Collective Impact Approach for Social Change

Now a transformative movement in the social sector, a Stanford Social Innovation Review article first introduced the concept of “Collective Impact”. This is the idea that substantially greater progress could be made in alleviating many of our most serious and complex social problems if nonprofits, governments, businesses, and the public were brought together around a…

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Free Tool to Support Results for Kids and Families

  The Center for the Study of Social Policy has refreshed its PolicyforResults.org website, which provides a wealth of information including: Data & Trends: state-specific numbers, background information on contributing factors and guidance on setting projections and targets. Strategies: Tailored and research-informed public policy strategies with highlighted state examples. Implementation & Accountability: Ways to ensure…

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Transformational Organization: The Patachou Foundation

Today, we’re highlighting the work of a Transformational Organization: The Patachou Foundation. While those in Central Indiana may associate the name, Patachou, with the well-known and delicious Café Patachou restaurants, the company is using its food passion and talent to make an impact in the community. The Foundation uses the PATATRUCK mobile Patachou kitchen to take…

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Understanding Child Abuse & Neglect

In 1993, the National Research Council (NRC) issued the report, Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, which provided an overview of the research on child abuse and neglect. Twenty years later, this report has been updated to provide new recommendations to this public health challenge. With 6 million children involved in reports of child abuse and…

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Inaugural Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation Awards

Last month, Earl Martin Phalen and Tim Solso were honored as the inaugural recipients of the Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation awards. The Foundation will biennially make these awards to persons or organizations doing work that moves the state forward. The foundation was created in honor of former Governor Mitch Daniels, now president of Purdue University, to…

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The Status of Girls in Indiana

  Last month, St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame released a Report on the Status of Girls in Indiana 2013. This Report can provide valuable information to non-profits serving girls to help shape programming efforts to provide additional positive outcomes. The goal of this report is to highlight the status of girls between the ages…

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Four Steps to Create an Evaluation Plan for Your Organization

  What is your organization’s evaluation plan for validating the impact that you provide to the community? Nonprofits should have a “roadmap” to validate the impact of their work beyond “numbers served”. If you don’t have a plan or it is time to update the current plan, there are some simple steps that you can…

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2014 Journey Fellowship Recruitment

  The Journey, under the care of AYS Inc., is home to a variety of programs that seek to support the renewal and professionalization of current and prospective youth workers in Indiana and around the country. The Journey offers fellowships for those who have a passion for serving young people — both practicing professionals and…

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$100K Prize for Young Innovators in Social Justice

The 2014 Grinnell College Young Innovator for Social Justice Prize will award $100,000 to a person under 40 anywhere in the world who creates positive social change. Up to three awards of $100,000 will be presented, with half the prize money going to the individual(s) and half to social justice organization(s) selected by the winners.…

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