The Indianapolis Foundation Awards More Than $2.2 Million to Support Community Needs.

The Board of Directors of The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, approved and awarded more than $2.2 million of grants to not-for-profits serving Marion County resident at a board meeting held on May 14, 2014. The grants included: responsive awards (requests for funding made by not-for-profits); support for The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation (which helps fund The Indianapolis Public Library) and investments into CICF’s Community Leadership Initiatives (Family Success, Inspiring Places and College Readiness and Success).

Grants were made possible by donations made to the Foundation’s Endowment for Indianapolis fund (an unrestricted fund whose grant allocations are recommended by CICF staff and approved by The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Directors). Community Leadership Initiatives support included $365,000 for The College Readiness and Success Investment Plan. The College Readiness and Success Initiative was created to increase educational attainment in Central Indiana.

An additional $100,000 was awarded in support of the Inspiring Scholars Summer Learning Project, a pilot program designed to counteract summer vacation learning loss and instead accelerates learning during summer vacation. A grant of $500,000 was awarded for The Family Success Initiative Investment Plan. The Family Success Initiative was created to increase self-sufficiency in Central Indiana families and individuals.

“These grants represent The Indianapolis Foundation’s mission to ensure that life in Marion County continuously improves for everyone,” said Milton O. Thompson, Chair, The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Directors. “They also represent the wishes of generations of donors and the love for the community we all share.”

The Indianapolis Foundation May 2014 Responsive Grants
Organization Project Awarded
Center Township Re-Entry Program Operation Fresh Start $20,000
Child Advocates Inc. Youth Advocacy Project $25,000
Edna Martin Christian Center Organizational Capacity Building $35,000
Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries Englishton Park Academic Remediation Training Center $25,000
Forest Manor Organizational Capacity Building and Operating Support $40,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. BackSacks – Weekend Food for Kids Program $60,000
Improving Kids’ Environment Indiana Healthy Homes Alliance $20,000
Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Remote Indy Jazz Fest Delivery $8,000
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. General Operating Support $35,000
Noble of Indiana Noble Commercial Contract Services $75,000
PACE, Inc. Transitional Services and Employment Programs $25,000
People for Urban Progress Fabric and Resource Bank $30,000
Riley Area Redevelopment Corporation Retail Incubator Pilot Project on Massachusetts Ave $16,000
School on Wheels Operating Support $25,000
Second Helpings Operating Support $60,000
St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf – Indianapolis Early Intervention Program $18,000
Teach Plus Incorporated Teach Plus Indianapolis $30,000
The International Center The Festival Fund $28,000
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Marketing Infrastructure $43,000
Responsive Grants TOTAL: $575,000

ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION: Established in 1916, The Indianapolis Foundation was one of the first community trusts in America. The Foundation is a public charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), a collaborative effort between the community foundations serving Marion and Hamilton Counties. As Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation was created to ensure that the quality of life in Marion County continuously improves; to help where the needs are greatest and the benefits to the community are most extensive; and to provide donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now, and in the future as conditions in the community change. It awards approximately $7 million annually to support current and future community needs, and is governed by a board of six publicly-appointed trustees (Two are appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis; two by the Marion County Circuit Court Judge; and two by the United States District Court presiding over Indianapolis).

ABOUT CENTRAL INDIANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $700+ million public foundation transforming the lives of Central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to seize opportunities and address community needs. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about CICF, visit, or contact Mike Knight at

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