Funds & Foundations

The elderly make up the fastest growing population in the United States – and Indiana, too. The Central Indiana Senior Fund (formerly the Indianapolis Retirement Home Fund) is the only major funder in Indiana dedicated to the well-being of seniors. It has awarded over $5.4 million dollars to senior-serving organizations since its inception.

Indianapolis Retirement Home was once a small not-for-profit nursing home located at 1731 North Capitol Avenue. But an aging building, declining census, and reductions in Medicaid reimbursements led to its closure in 2003. In 2004, the $10 million endowment held by the Home was placed at CICF where it became a fund whose mission is to “Financially support programs and services that promote quality living for older adults in central Indiana.”

Besides its responsive grantmaking support to senior-serving organizations, the Central Indiana Senior Fund is also strategic and proactive in its funding to identify and address the unique needs of, and opportunities for seniors. In 2009, the advisors for the Central Indiana Senior Fund committed $500,000 over three years for the Elders at the Table (EAT) Initiative to improve the food provision system for seniors in central Indiana and impact senior access to nutritious food.

Your contribution will make a big difference to elderly people, today and in the future. For more information about the Central Indiana Senior Fund and the needs of seniors, contact Ruthie Purcell-Jones, Director of Philanthropic Services.

Central Indiana Senior Fund Advisors

Patricia B. Prosser

H. Ken Bennett
Susan J. Guyett
Kim Jacobs
Karen King
James Leich
Jane Malkoff
Ellen Miller, PhD
Pam Velo
Anne Emison Wishard