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About Community Crime Prevention and Intervention

The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, was selected by the city of Indianapolis to administrate the 2013 Community Crime Prevention Grant (CCPG). The Indianapolis Foundation met with various community members and stakeholders learning about local community needs and how best to assist the city with providing resources to community-based organizations serving residents and contributing to reducing and/or preventing crime in our city. The following Community Crime Prevention grant priorities were developed as a result of our community conversations:

  • Violence Reduction: Efforts that seek to prevent or reduce violent crimes
  • Intervention: Efforts that assist youth and/or adults become productive citizens after previously interacting with the juvenile or criminal justice system
  • Prevention: Efforts that seek to serve youth and/or adults that have unique challenges and may be at a higher risk of not achieving productive citizenship if additional support is not provided.
  • Neighborhood-based Strategies: Resident led efforts that seek to reduce crime in specific neighborhoods with higher crime rates
  • Public Safety Partnerships: Community-based and public sector partnerships that seek to reduce cost and improve youth and adult outcomes associated with juvenile and adult criminal justice systems

The following overview, by the aforementioned priority area, provides donors with efforts to consider supporting with preventing and/or reducing crime in Indianapolis.


Prevent Violent Crimes among Residents

While crime over all is down by 10%, Indianapolis experienced a 50% spike in violent crime this summer. Often times victims of violent crimes can become perpetrators of violent crime - a vicious cycle to break. The Foundation seeks to support efforts that reduce the occurrence and/or reoccurrence of violence on youth or adults.

Consider Supporting:

Eskenazi Health Foundation (Youth and Adult): Prescription of Hope, a hospital-based violence intervention program focused on reducing the threat of violent personal injury and criminal activity by helping victims and their families make life changing/saving choices while admitted into trauma center and being treated for violent injury.

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Intervention services

Intervention services to youth and/or adults currently interacting with the juvenile or criminal justice system. Many youth and adults are currently involved in the justice system and need additional supportive services to decrease the likelihood of returning to detention or correctional facilities. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has indicated that many crimes are committed by a concentrated few residents. Therefore, efforts aimed at serving ex-offenders (those residents known to have already committed a crime) and reducing recidivism (being re-incarcerated as a result of committing a new crime or violating a court order) can significantly reduce crime rates and cost on our existing public systems. It is important to support efforts that help ex-offenders become engaged and productive citizens after committing a crime.

Consider Supporting:

Aftercare for Indiana through Mentoring, Inc. (Youth): Pre-release, juvenile re-entry mentoring program serving Marion County youth by providing counseling, education, employment training and job search assistance, and connecting youth to community-based supportive services.

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (Adult): A free civil legal aid and education service aimed at helping individuals with criminal history reintegrate into the community.

New Life Development Ministries, Inc. (Adult): New Life Development Ministries is a faith-based organization providing employment, paid construction trades and automotive repair training, and supportive services for those with a criminal history.

Southside Youth Council, (dba Reach for Youth) (Youth): Southside Youth Council is a youth development organization serving youth and their families through prevention, intervention and counseling. The Teen Court program, is one example of an alternative to juvenile detention, school expulsion, and suspension program that addresses juvenile offenses without removing them from the community, their families or school environments.

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Prevention services

Prevention services for adults or youth facing unique challenges: Many youth and adults are at an increased risk of engaging in criminal behavior because they face unique challenges, including: interacting with the child welfare system, participating in gangs and gang activity, poor school performance, behavior or attendance, suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, chronic homelessness, unemployment, or simply living in high poverty and/or crime areas.

Consider supporting: 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (Youth): Big Brothers Big Sisters provides meaningful one-on-one mentoring for youth ages 8 - 18 years of age. Expanding their evidenced-based mentoring model approach to at-risk, high risk and juvenile-justice-involved youth to achieve positive youth outcomes.

Forest Manor Multi-Service Center (Youth): Forest Manor Multi-Service Center is a community-based social service organization leading and convening a neighborhood-based youth development and community engagement crime prevention effort and mobilizing residents to help reduce youth violence.

Peace Learning Center (Youth): Peace Learning Center is a peace education and conflict resolution organization serving youth ages 6-18 to help educate youth about healthy ways to deal with conflict and encourages learning of peaceful principals.

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Neighborhood-based strategies

Neighborhood-based strategies are designed to prevent or reduce crime in a specific geographic area, as defined by a neighborhood and or community, by mobilizing resident-led efforts, building community partnerships with public systems, and/or improving physical assets in a neighborhood.

Consider supporting:

Indianapolis Housing Agency (Youth/Adult): The Indianapolis Housing Agency provides quality and affordable housing for families and aims to reduce crime by providing the Common Sense Parenting program. A parent education program targeting public housing and section 8 households with juvenile arrests.

Walk Urban Indy (Youth/Adult): Concerned and engaged residents from Mapleton-Fall Creek created walking groups in partnership with IMPD to improve neighborhood safety, social cohesion and increase environmental awareness.

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Public Safety Partnership

Public Safety Partnership seek to transform existing public systems (law enforcement, courts and jails/corrections) to better serve local residents by improving systems outcomes and/or reduce systems costs.

Consider supporting:

John P. Craine House, Inc. (Adult): John P. Craine House, Inc. is a residential work-release program for women with pre-school age children serving a court ordered sentence. 6130 Project Heart is a new vocational culinary program for women to gain new employable skills.

Marion County Superior Court (Adult): The Marion County Drug Treatment Court established a women's assistance program, in partnership with Volunteers of America, for women residents to receive holistic treatment services to help reduce recidivism.

Volunteers of America of Indiana (Adult): Volunteers of America of Indiana is a faith-based organization serving individuals transitioning from the correctional system. The Healing Families: Women's Re-entry program is a therapeutic residential program gender-specific for women currently involved in the criminal justice system.

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Ways to make your grant?

1) Log on to CICF Connect.

2) Download a Grant Suggestion Form.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your Personal Philanthropic Advisor at 317.634.2423.

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