#MeToo Tips and Tricks

Every woman I know has been raised with warnings about sexual violence and harassment. In fact, harassment has become so normalized for me that, before the trending #MeToo, I hardly ever thought to mention it anymore. While I may not have been raped (which is a product of luck more than anything else), I have…

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How Small Tweaks Lead to Big Outcomes

Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County saw a dramatic increase in their impact when they took the time to better understand their client’s need. By making minor tweaks to portions of their program offerings, HHMC not only better served their mission, but ensured the lives of those they served would be bettered for a lifetime.

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How to Listen: Responding and Adapting for Community Development

 Founded in 1964, Hope Southern Indiana, “HSI”,  provides an insightful perspective when it comes to community development.  Rather than seeing other local nonprofits as competitors for funding, HSI sees them as fellow collaborators working towards a better community. They understand that if their mission is to enhance their community, and these other organizations are working…

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How to Speak the Language of Business Leaders

 The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission, founded in 1903, is a faith-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, providing restorative care to men, women and children experiencing a homeless crisis. Our organization serves Fort Wayne, Allen County and its nine surrounding counties. The Mission is comprised of four ministries, or houses, that function as communities of compassion.

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Want to Empower the Needy? Collaborate With Them.

 Indian Creek Christian Church, shying away from the traditional food pantry models, employs a unique program model of collaboration between the program’s administration/volunteers and those they serve. This charitable model of serving helps to build self-worth and empowerment for its members.

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Innovation+Adaptation=Philanthropic Success

Living Well in Wabash County is a nonprofit that was nominated for its continually evolving programming. This article explores LWWC’s history and tracks it evolving vision for how to best help the residents of Wabash County.

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Your Needs are Another’s Resource: Organizational Partnership in Indiana

The Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington was nominated for its best practice of collaborative partnerships. In this space I explore with BGCB’s president Jeff Baldwin his beliefs regarding the importance of relational management and why he thinks more non-profits should learn to collaborate.

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Vince Bertram on STEM Education, Indiana, & Citizenship

This is an excerpt from an interview I conducted with Project Lead the Way‘s CEO and President Vince Bertram. We discussed his organization’s move from NY to IN, what the phrase “being a good citizen” means to him, and explored the roots of his passion for STEM education.

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Aster Bekele – Ethiopian Youth and Nurturing Confidence

This is an excerpt from an interview I conducted with Felege Hiywot Center‘s founder  Aster Bekele. The two of us sat down and chatted about her history in Ethiopia, her tenure as a scientist at the Eli Lilly Institute, and her passion for helping second generation Ethiopian youth discover their history.

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Nathan Hand-Philanthropic Extraordinnaire

This is an excerpt from an interview I conducted with The Oaks Academy director of advancement, Nathan Hand. The Oaks Academy is an Indianapolis school with a nationally unique model that is purposefully mixing race and class among its student body. Nathan and I spoke about the future of philanthropy, his passion for Indiana, and his hopes for the…

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