July 27, 2021
What’s next?: As CDC moratorium nears expiration date, Indiana faces an increasingly complex mix of challenges
Threats of evictions, foreclosures and homelessness magnify the state’s shortage of affordable housing and adds pressure to frontline organizations
by Shari Finnell, editor/writer, Not-for-profit News

With renovations recently completed on a two-bedroom, 1-bathroom home in Martindale-Brightwood, a neighborhood on Indianapolis’ Eastside, another family has the opportunity to get closer to one of the most heralded symbols of the American Dream: home ownership.

The house located on Manlove Avenue was completely gutted before being furnished with quality finishes and appliances, said Steven Meyer, CEO of Renew Indianapolis, which rehabbed the house — one of 20 affordable housing projects it will rebuild or rehab near Douglass Park in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood during the next three years.

“Our philosophy around affordable housing is that you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between one of these houses or any other house,” Meyer said. “Whoever ends up in this home will not have to face constant problems with maintenance.”

The Manlove Avenue house also is symbolic of the massive challenges Indianapolis, like many other cities, is facing in producing enough affordable housing to accommodate increasing demand. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions expiring on Aug. 1, 2021, Meyer and other nonprofit leaders and city officials fear that Indianapolis will face a potential eviction crisis.

“One of the most difficult challenges facing frontline organizations is that the moratorium is lifting for everyone at the same time,” said Aaron Laramore, senior program officer for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Indianapolis, an organization that collaborates with residents, organizations, businesses and government officials to revitalize urban communities.

“It’s going to put a lot of pressure on affordable housing demand in Indianapolis,” Laramore added. “How many people are going to be evicted by their landlord once the moratorium is lifted? It will likely be a significant number, which will present a significant challenge for every frontline organization providing emergency needs for people. It may not happen immediately, but the process will start.”

Meyer also said that foreclosures and evictions could make hard hit neighborhoods more vulnerable, as they did with the Great Recession, “The need for affordable housing — affordable housing preservation — is at its highest level ever,” Meyer said. “During the great recession, we saw the neighborhoods hardest hit lose 20 percent of their homeowners. Currently, new affordable housing programs can’t keep up with demand.”

According to recent statistics:

  • Indiana is one of 10 states where more than 20% of renters are behind on their payments, according to the State of the Nation’s Housing 2021 report, recently released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. Also, 53 percent of renters reported losing income during the pandemic. Comparatively, 8.4 percent of Indiana homeowners were behind on their payments, and 36.2 percent reported losing income.
  • Rent for Indianapolis properties continues to rise. As of June 2021, the monthly average had climbed to $1,047 — up from $968 in January 2020, according to data compiled from Apartment List.

Could a merger actually help your nonprofit?: Debunking the “hostile takeover” myth
by Charitable Allies

In the for-profit world, the term “merger” has a negative connotation, conjuring up thoughts of hostile corporate takeovers and big layoffs, but in the nonprofit world, it’s a different story.

In the last year, we’ve seen nonprofits come together in ways that actually helped them better serve the community. In fact, a recent study that analyzed 25 nonprofit mergers found that 88% of nonprofits that merged felt they were better at achieving organizational goals and increasing their impact after the merger.

So how do you know if a merger might be a good step for your nonprofit? Let’s walk through a few scenarios that a merger could help bring positive change.

1. You’re ready to expand your expertise or service area, but also want to shrink administrative costs. 
Let’s say two nonprofits who were looking to merge served similar populations, but they had footholds in different counties. For them, merging would allow them to serve both service areas, while shrinking their administrative costs by having one set of administrative costs and staff instead of two. They can also save time and resources by completing one 990, one annual report, etc. instead of two. Merging back offices can allow you to shrink overhead, while still gaining the new insights, programs, or expertise of the other nonprofit. By bringing the programs and expertise of both nonprofits together, you get the best of both organizations.

2. A nonprofit is closing its doors but wants to provide property or assets to another nonprofit.
In some cases, it’s time to close a nonprofit’s doors for good. But merging with another nonprofit can ensure the assets and property of the dissolving organization can still be used for a great cause. Dissolving nonprofits provide their assets to another nonprofit, regardless of if they merge or not, but the merger context can allow them to transfer all assets and debts-- like a mortgage on a property-- so the remaining organization can use that for charitable purposes.

3. You have a smaller nonprofit that would greatly benefit from having the resources of a larger nonprofit OR You have a larger nonprofit that would benefit from a specialized program or expertise a smaller nonprofit has already.

When a smaller nonprofit is looking to merge with a larger organization, it can provide great value to both parties. One example would be a large youth-serving organization merging with a smaller youth-serving organization that provides a program the larger organization hasn’t offered previously.

The American Pianists Association has hired Peter Mraz as its president and CEO. Mraz previously was associate vice president of the Arts Consulting Group. — Inside Indiana Business
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has hired Travis Smith as director of development and gift planning. Smith has nonprofit experience as a director of development.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has hired Makenzie Healy as an opportunity, equity and inclusion coordinator. Healy is a recent graduate of Anderson University.
School on Wheels has promoted Fatima Johnson to community engagement & diversity strategist. Johnson previously served as volunteer & community engagement manager.
Survey: How’s your employee morale in 2021? Nonprofit organizations in Central Indiana are reporting a high rate of employee turnover. Charitable Advisors is polling nonprofit employees like you to find out how you’re doing in 2021. The survey only takes a few minutes, and responses are anonymous. We’ll publish the results in several weeks. Take the survey here.

The Indianapolis-based nonprofit PATTERN is launching a mobile pop-up shop thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than $31,000. PATTERN will use the funding to transform a decommissioned IndyGo bus into a space for local small businesses and artists. Read

The Indiana Arts Commission has awarded more than $3 million in grants to support art projects and organizations throughout Indiana. The Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support grant programs will help 390 nonprofit organizations. See recipients

United Way of Central Indiana has updated its website. Learn about the UWCI’s advocacy and public policy, hundreds of volunteer opportunities and Forever United Network and Giving Societies, as well as keep up with its latest news, research and initiatives. Visit

The Purdue Research Foundation, which focuses much of its effort on the advancement of technology, will also explore how tech impacts U.S. foreign policy. The foundation has launched the Center for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, which will merge engineering expertise with 21st Century diplomacy. Read

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has recently launched the Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program, a free, voluntary program for pregnant Medicaid members who use opioids or have used opioids in the past. Read

The Dove Recovery House for Women in Indianapolis is expanding with the addition of an outreach center to serve vulnerable women in need of life-saving addiction treatment programs and services. Read

Aspire Indiana Health has received a $1.5 million grant to expand and improve healthcare services under the American Rescue Plan Act passed earlier this year in response to the COVID pandemic. Read

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Indy Hunger Network is looking for remote volunteers for Community Compass, a free, multi-channel technology tool that helps users find free food resources near them. As Community Compass expands throughout Indiana, volunteers are needed to verify site data by calling food pantries and meal sites. Contact communitycompass@indyhunger.org

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is hosting its annual fundraising opportunity at the Brickyard on Aug. 14 and 15. Nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to raise funds in exchange for providing guest service volunteers during its major events. Donation rate is $100 per volunteer, per day. For more information, call 317-492-6684, email guestexperience@brickyard.com or visit the website

Concession volunteers needed at The Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Aug. 14-15. Volunteers receive a percentage of sales.  Learn more
The International Forum for Volunteering in Development found that the pandemic had spurred volunteer groups to offer more remote volunteering opportunities.
Originally called Hunger: Not Impossible, Bento is designed to fight hunger by connecting food-insecure people with donated restaurant meals.
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Space available for nonprofit in Fountain Square area

Rental spaces available for nonprofits in newly renovated 6,200-square-foot building at 2119 Prospect St. Available as a single space or two spaces with designated entrance and bathrooms, HVAC and common areas, with parking in an adjacent lot. Buildout to suit. Contact Harold Miller, 317-753-2034.
Office Space in Children’s Bureau, Near Northside of Indianapolis

More than 3,000 square feet of unfinished rental space available for a nonprofit. Build-out allowance based on lease terms. Rent includes utilities, cleaning, maintenance, building security, parking and access to common areas (including restroom, kitchen, and conference space). Less than ½ mile from several bus stops. Contact Lewis Rhone at (317) 264-2700.
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