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Philanthropy Collections at IUPUI Shine Light on the Life Cycle of Social Enterprise


April 10, 2012

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On Wednesday (April 11, 2012) the IUPUI University Library Philanthropy Collections will host “Dollars to Deeds: the Lifecycle of Social Enterprise,” a 90-minute forum looking at social change. The event features speakers from three outstanding organizations at different points in the social enterprise life cycle—start up, sustainability and long-term impact.

The forum takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium on the lower level of the IUPUI University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. A public reception will follow the event. Guests can also visit the Philanthropy Archives from 2 to 3 p.m.

“Dollars to Deeds” special guests include:

Barbara Kerkhoff, a self-described orchestrator and co-facilitator for Indiana Voices of Women, an Indianapolis-based group that facilitates programs for women to share their stories and gain leadership skills. Barbara will be discussing her partnership with the 2010-2011 Capstone class of the IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Capstone students were tasked with creating a plan for the Indiana-based women’s group to help raise financial support for Blue Mango, an international group that helps women who are disabled, deserted, widowed or living with AIDS in India.

Ted Levinson, director of lending at the San Francisco-based RSF Social Finance. For more than 25 years, RSF has been expanding the definition of social finance by providing loans, gifts, and investments that foster social and spiritual renewal. RSF is working to transform the way the world works with money, providing capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of food and agriculture, education and the arts, and ecological stewardship, both in the U.S. and abroad.

•John Hunting, founder of the Beldon Fund—a national foundation established in 1982 to promote sound environmental policies. Driven by a philosophy that today’s money should be used to solve today’s problems, Hunting set the foundation on a new philanthropic course by deciding to spend all of its $100 million endowment in only 10 years, with the goal of building a national consensus to achieve and sustain a healthy planet. The Beldon Fund is credited with increasing the policy impact of environmental advocates in five states – Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wisconsin states – as well as fostering powerful voices promoting policies that address environmental risks to people’s health.

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About the Philanthropy Collections

The Philanthropy Collections are signature collections of IUPUI’s University Library, Central Indiana’s only public academic library. The collections include the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library and the Philanthropy Archives.

The Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library provides a wide range of materials that inform the study and practice of philanthropy. It supports the work of researchers, students, and nonprofit professionals internationally through in-person consultations and a variety of online tools.

The Philanthropy Archives contains primary, original source materials that document the world’s philanthropic tradition, preserving papers of pivotal entities like Independent Sector, several of the country’s leading fund raising firms and foundations, and the records of the National FFA Organization. In addition, the archives document the rich legacy of philanthropy in Indianapolis through the Indianapolis Foundation, Flanner House, the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, and many others.

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