ï Eli Lilly"s 20 percent profit drop will have a major impact on the Lilly Endowment"s ability to provide funds to a wide array of local nonprofit institutions and organizations in areas including the arts and museums, schools and neighborhood development. This year the Endowment has distributed $600 million, most of it in Indiana. Next year, this amount is likely to be cut by as much as $200 million. Among the Endowment"s grants approved in 2001 were $5 million for the Cultural Tourism initiative, $15 million to the Children"s Museum for development of its "Dinosphere," $4 million to the Eiteljorg"s Western art program, over $5 million to the Indianapolis neighborhood Housing Partnership, over $25 million to the public library and over $7 million to the Indiana Association of United Ways. The endowment provided $75,000 or more in general operating support to 25 Indianapolis nonprofits during 2002, including the zoo, Indianapolis Art Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, International Center, Madame Walker Center, Heartland Film Festival, Coalition for Homeless Intervention, American Cabaret Theatre, the Arts Council, Hudson Institute, Indiana Association for Community and Economic Development, Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Symphony Society and Indiana Grantmakers Alliance. ï From state public welfare programs, $60 million is expected to be cut. This means that thousands of men, women and children in Indiana will see reductions in such crucial services as child care, health services and job training. These cuts come at a moment when welfare rolls are rising after seeing a steady drop between 1995 and 1999. Cuts to job training programs mean that unemployed Hoosiers will have a harder time getting back to work. Cuts to child care will mean parents will have to either quit their jobs or leave their kids in unsafe conditions.
ï Recreational fees in state parks have been raised three times in 15 months by the state Natural Resources Commission. The increases will raise approximately $3 million a year, which is good since the state has contracted with a private vendor to pay $2 million for a cool new computerized campsite reservation system, which will enable campers to reserve sites by phone or Internet.
ï State health officials have now confirmed 12 birds in six counties as positive for West Nile virus since it was first detected this year in Indiana on June 18. No human cases have occurred in the state.
The other 10 birds that tested positive for West Nile virus this year are
... three dead crows and one dead bluejay found in Allen County,
... one dead crow found in Bartholomew County,
... one dead crow found in Marion County,
... two dead bluejays found in Monroe County,
... one dead crow found in Porter County and
... one dead crow found in St. Joseph County.
West Nile encephalitis virus is transmitted only by mosquitoes. Health officials say the mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are nighttime biting mosquitoes, and warn Hoosiers that nighttime exposure to mosquitoes increases a person"s risk of being infected by the virus. For more information on West Nile virus, go to the State Department of Health"s Web site at http://www.IN.gov/isdh
ï Fauna versus flora. The Indiana Wildlife Federation came out against a lawsuit filed last week by the Indiana Forest Alliance. The lawsuit seeks to stop timber auction sales in Indiana forests. The Wildlife Federation claims this lawsuit will harm wildlife and wildlife habitat by not allowing the forest to be properly managed.
ï Indiana University School of Medicine"s pioneering partnership with Moi University College of Health Sciences in Eldoret, Kenya ("Dying Right in Our Hands," NUVO, May 31, 2001) received one of 12 international grants announced by a coalition of foundations who have banded together to confront mother-to-child HIV transmission in the developing world. The MTCT-Plus grant will provide for HIV care and treatment - including desperately needed antiretroviral therapy - for mothers, children and other family members, and includes a commitment to lifetime treatment of enrolled clients. "It is a wonderful next step, and the implications for HIV care and treatment in the developing world are great. The grant gives us more enthusiasm for our efforts to foster a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS challenge," says Dr. Bob Einterz, the Indianapolis-based director of the program, who notes that a fund-raising effort is ongoing to build an HIV care building to house the effort. To contribute to or learn more about the IU School of Medicine"s Kenya program, contact Joyce Dobson, program manager, at 630-8695 or firstname.lastname@example.org