January 25, 2022
Looking back to move forward in 2022
With an unprecedented demand for services, the Urban League and Coburn Place outline plans to support critical community needs, employees and partnerships
by Shari Finnell, editor/writer, Not-for-profit News

“Unprecedented.” That’s the word that immediately comes to mind for many Central Indiana nonprofit leaders in addressing the new challenges in carrying out their mission in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
And many of those experiences are now critical in shaping how nonprofits are shaping plans to operate in 2022, including new ways to approach donors, addressing employee burnout and collaborating with other nonprofits, according to two local nonprofit CEOs.
The Urban League of Indianapolis, which promotes economic empowerment among underserved communities through education, job training and workforce development, unexpectedly entered into new terrain during the pandemic, according to Tony Mason, CEO and president. 
“At the onset of the pandemic, we started receiving calls from the senior living communities who were concerned about how their residents were going to get food,” Mason recalled.
After connecting some of the senior living communities to Gleaners, Second Helpings and other food banks, Mason assumed that request had been fulfilled. The team continued to focus on how to shift its operations to a virtual format. 
“But the calls kept coming in,” Mason said. “And they were coming from citizens. We had to do something.”
As a result, the Mason conferred with the rest of the Urban League team about launching a plan to operate as a drive-through food and resource distribution center. Assuming that the drive-through operations would only last a couple of months, the team decided it would serve as a good opportunity to engage and connect with the community while meeting an urgent need, Mason recalled. 
However, by the end of 2021, the Urban League had continued to provide the service for more than 80 consecutive weeks, at times distributing food to up to 900 households each week, Mason said.
For Rachel Scott, president and CEO of Coburn Place, those challenges included serving an increasing number of victims of domestic violence, a trend that was reflected nationally and globally in response to lockdowns.
“We were inundated with new clients due to an unprecedented increase in domestic violence,” Scott said. “This meant not only hiring and training new staff, but redefining how we serve survivors. We were already set up for mobile advocacy, but suddenly that was all we had. Our staff had to be creative. They did intakes by phone with abusers in the next room because meeting at a coffee shop wasn’t an option.”

Moving forward with nonprofit mergers, reorganizations and closures
The Broad Ripple Village Association has named Jordan Dillon executive director. Dillon most recently held the role of vice president of marketing for Sahm’s Hospitality Group. — Inside Indiana Business
The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis has named Tracy Butler as postsecondary readiness coordinator. Butler previously was director of college and career connections for the Indiana Youth Institute.
The Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning at the University of Indianapolis has named Steve Combs as senior coordinator. Combs previously served in secondary education for the Vincennes Community School Corporation.
STEM Teach Indiana has named Sarah Canada as project coordinator. Canada previously served in the nonprofit sector with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
Kappa Delta Pi has hired Jerome Goff as online community manager. Goff previously was an art educator at SENSE charter school.
Kappa Delta Pi has named Heather Lloyd as celebration of teaching manager. Lloyd has previously taught K-12 for public and charter schools.
Kappa Delta Pi has promoted Samantha Tarlton Procento to chief advancement and partnerships officer. Tarlton Procento previously was director of advancement.
The Indianapolis Art Center has named Alli Badgero as vice president of development. Badgero most recently served as senior development officer at Marian University.
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership® has awarded seven grants totaling $900,000 to support the operating costs of eight Marion County organizations. The funds will help the grant recipients’ work on affordable housing preservation and development in Indianapolis. See recipients

United Way of Central Indiana has launched Indy Free Tax Prep, a tax preparation program for individuals and families with a combined household income of $66,000 or less. The program will run through May 3 for households in Boone, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

The Indiana Donor Network has announced it has transplanted more organs and tissue in 2021 than any other year in its 34-year history. The Indianapolis-based organization transplanted 949 organs, a 43 percent increase since 2019. The transplants have been credited for saving the lives of more than 800 recipients. Read

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Website and email marketing best practices for nonprofits webinar on Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. Topics include include reviewing current trends in nonprofit website design; launching and maintaining an email marketing strategy that engages donors; and integrating social media into website and email communications. Presented by Nonprofit Tech for Good. Cost: $30. Register

4 nonprofit trends to watch in 2022 webinar on Jan. 27 at noon. Topics include understanding diversity, equity, and inclusion; changes in nonprofit fundraising and marketing; and an evolving workforce. Presented by Salesforce. Cost: Free. Register

Equitable data storytelling webinar on Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. Learn how to best use data to advance equity. Presented by Indiana Evaluation Association. Cost: $20 nonmember/ Free members. Register

Analyzing power for equity: Part 1 webinar on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m.-noon. This session will identify and define power and oppression, and analyze how it is used in a variety of contexts. Presented by the Peace Learning Center. Cost: $25. Register

How to build, scale & manage programs to reach your goals webinar on Feb. 9 and 16 from 1-3 p.m. This workshop will explore three important elements in program expansion, including how to scale programs, who to involve and which methods to implement to ensure program quality. Presented by Nonprofit Learning Lab. Cost: Varies. Register

Annual Women in Leadership workshop on Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Johnson County Armory, 325 Minuteman Way, Franklin, Ind. The workshop's theme is "Leading With Happiness." Hosted by Leadership Johnson County. Cost: $119 for general public/$99 for LJC and Franklin College alumni and Franklin, Aspire and Indy Chamber members. Register
A Kid Again Indiana is looking for volunteers interested in planning events that directly impact kids with life-threatening conditions and their families. Learn more

Hamilton Southeastern Schools is seeking dedicated volunteers who are available to assist with 5th grade tours of the Maker Playground once a week from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. through April 18. Tours will not occur during school breaks. Submit interest or questions to Amy Crell
Nonprofit employment increased by nearly 10,000 jobs in December 2021, with the sector having recovered about 72 percent of positions estimated to have been lost since the start of the pandemic.
As more people become fully vaccinated and masks and other COVID-19 restrictions recede, many nonprofit leaders are wondering whether — and how — to bring employees back to the office.
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