Blog interview series: Eduardo Luna

Eduardo_(2).jpgBorn in Mexico, raised in the Midwest, Eduardo is passionate about bringing the two cultures together. He is a founding member of NOPAL Cultural, a Latino-American arts organization, and host of Espanglish Night and Radio Calaca music events. He also manages events and appearances of his friend El Camaron Electronico, a luchador whose mission is to bring culture to the community. He currently serves as a member of the Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps section of Americorps, serving as a Staff Artist at Big Car Collaborative. At Big Car he focuses on community outreach and programming that relates to immigrants in Central Indiana. He has a BA in Media Arts and Science from IUPUI. He loves living on the Near Westside with his wife, Emma.




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Blog Interview Series: Jillian Lain

Jillian Lain

Jillian grew up in Valparaiso and moved to Indianapolis to study at UIndy. After graduation she continued her studies of sociology at DePaul University.

Since her return to Indianapolis, she has focused on giving back to the community by volunteering with local nonprofit organization boards and committees, such as Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, Mighty Lotus, and Partners in Housing.

Her professional focus has been doing community outreach on various social and environmental issue campaigns, with a strong focus on serving youth. She was very excited to teach at her alma mater UIndy this past fall. In her free time, Jillian likes to spend time with her husband, Nick, and two dogs, Penny and Nickel.





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Blog interview series: Danicia Malone

DM1.jpgDanicia Malone is the Neighborhood Development Specialist & Communications Manager at the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center (INRC). Prior to coming to INRC Danicia worked at the United Way of Central Indiana as the Program Coordinator for the Youth as Resources program and served a two-year AmeriCorps stint with HarmonyCorps. Danicia holds a bachelor's degree in Urban Planning and Spanish from Ball State University and a master's degree in Nonprofit Management with a focus on global relations and sustainability from Indiana University. Her research is based around the context of Race & Space – Growing Critical Cultural Capacity. She was a fellow with 1828, co-chartered the local biking group Red Bike and Green and advocates for culturally competent spatial design.




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Blog Interview Series: Xander Gieryn

Xander1.jpgXander began his work in the labor movement working in solidarity with hotel and cafeteria service workers. He got his start after his family went bankrupt due to a change in state policy in Wisconsin that resulted in his father's employer, and every other employer in his field, cutting staff, including him. This suddenly changed his middle-class identity, as he was not able to afford university on his own despite having worked since he was 15. Thanks to working in community for human rights, he managed to find a career in Indianapolis and eventually a scholarship for his community organizing efforts. Through that scholarship, he’s been lucky to have the opportunity to help the Indianapolis Worker Justice Center get started, and he now serves on their board as they strive to support workers who have experienced wage theft to reclaim their just due.

He is a service worker and a concerned citizen, neighbor and student focused on building strong relationships in order to create a more sustainable way of living. He believes in bringing people together; creating spaces (virtual & physical) that are hubs for artists, social entrepreneurs and community-builders; and convening safe space for discourse and action against oppression and for justice through music, art, and food. 

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Blog Interview Series: Cheria Caldwell

BIS-CC-Oct2015.jpgCheria Caldwell is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana where she attended the Indianapolis Public School system. She later went to Indiana State University and obtained her Bachelors in criminology.

With the goal of working with communities to create positive changes in blighted neighborhoods, Cheria enrolled in graduate school at Ball State University to study urban and regional planning. Through her course studies, Cheria had the opportunity to gain extensive experience working with residents, community stakeholders, local government, non-profits and grassroots organizations.

Cheria is an avid bicyclist and led the local launch of Red Bike Green, a cycling organization that focuses on bicycle advocacy within the African American community. As the program manager for Love to Ride Indy, Cheria coordinates a four-week bike challenge sponsored by the Knozone initiative.

Cheria’s desire to evoke positive change through redevelopment and revitalization within communities has led her to Groundwork Indy!, where she is currently working alongside youth, residents and stakeholders in the city’s Northwest area.

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Hypotheses to Explore Before Changing Jobs

-- guest post by Jessica Journey, MPA, CFRE

thinker.jpegI recently made a series of difficult decisions and changed jobs.  I know many young nonprofit professionals who have experienced similar circumstances - weighing the pros and cons of staying versus leaving - and ultimately decided to transition to a different organization.

Hopefully this post will help you make the most of that decision to change job!  I will share with you how I formed and tested "hypotheses" during my job change, and I encourage you to do so too.

Before I changed jobs, I identified 3 big topics that I wanted to explore.  These became my hypotheses to test.  Then, I set up calendar reminders to reflect on my hypotheses 30, 60 and 90 days into the job transition.

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Blog Interview Series: Sarah Boutwell

SBoutwell1.jpgGrowing up in Indianapolis, Sarah Boutwell always felt like she had to move elsewhere to make things happen. After traveling for work in her early 20s, she realized Indy would always be home, and now she's raising her kids on the same street she grew up on. This has helped Sarah show them how to slow down and realize what is beautiful in our own backyard. So, after years of doing event photography, she decided to focus on nature. Once she started showing her nature photography at local coffee shops and galleries, she met many artists that shared the same dream: to be able to do what you love and inspire others. These experiences led her to start Re-Generation Indy, and to make that vision become a reality. It's been quite a journey so far, and the sky's the limit!

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Blog Interview Series: Shannon Priddy

Priddy_-_Indy_sign.jpgShannon Priddy is the Individual Giving and Annual Fund Manager at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. She graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, and is originally from northern Illinois. After college, she became a flight attendant for Delta Airlines in Boston, MA. She retired in 2005 and started graduate school at Harvard University while working in retail management, and in 2008, she left Boston to transition into the Peace Corps, where she served in Armenia from 2009-2011. Her first fundraising position was as the Development Coordinator for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, of which she is a member, in 2011. Shannon changed jobs to KIB in March of 2014, and thinks Indianapolis is a great town for nonprofits and she loves seeing change and growth in the city!

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Becoming a Nonprofit Manager

- guest blogger, Jessica Journey
management.jpgIf you aspire to be a manager in a nonprofit organization, now is the time to prepare:  build up your work relationships, your experience, and your portfolio. 
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Blog Interview Series: Robin Jackson


Robin Jackson earned a MA in philanthropic studies through the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, with a certificate in Nonprofit Management from SPEA — both through IUPUI.  The coursework she completed gave her a practical and philosophical insight to how and why people give. Through her personal experiences, undergraduate degree in sociology and minors in Africana studies & psychology, as well as the work she has done with AmeriCorps, Public Allies, the Journey Fellowship and other youth work opportunities, she has pursued and amassed great insight into urban communities.

She has chosen to follow this path to a doctoral degree program in urban education, which begins this fall, along with a graduate assistantship with the Great Lakes Equity Center at IUPUI. Her ultimate goal is to echo what has been done at the beginning of all revolutions: lift up the people who share her passions and concerns, and hopefully begin to help make the changes we have all been so desperately talking about.

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