The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1.3+ Million to Address Community Needs

The Board of Directors of The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, approved and awarded grants of $993,930 to not‐for‐profits serving Marion County residents at a board meeting held on September 9, 2014. The Foundation also approved an additional $400,000 investment for final construction of 37 Place: The Heartbeat of Martindale Brightwood Community Center.

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). The Foundation has awarded more than $5.23 million since January 2014.

“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 September 2014 Responsive Grants

Organization Project Awarded
Art With a Heart Art Rich Environment for School $17,000
Asante Children’s Theatre General Operating Support $15,000
Butler Tarkington Civic Theatre Storytime with Civic $12,500
Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts General Operating Support $15,000

Christian Theological Seminary

The Spiritual Trail at CTS Master Plan $25,000
College Mentors for Kids! Inc. Empowering Our Youth By Empowering Donors $25,000
Dove Recovery House for Women General Operating Support $40,000
Eskenazi Health Foundation Public Health Department-­‐ Smile Mobile $50,000
Flanner House Northwest Area Quality of Life $25,000
Immigrant Welcome Center Program Evaluation and Program Director $30,000
Indiana Repertory Theatre 2014-­‐15 Student Matinee program $50,000
Indianapolis Art Center ArtReach $15,000
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra ICO Partnership Schools Initiative $7,500
Indianapolis Children’s Choir Everyone COUNTS $10,000
Indianapolis Parks Foundation Afterschool Meals Program $20,000
Indianapolis Public Safety Foundation Community-­Based Violence Reduction mini-­grant program $50,000
Lydia Home Safe Families for Children $20,000
Peace Learning Center Peace Classrooms $25,000
Stopover General Operating Support $40,000
The Salvation Army Women and Children Center $30,000
United Way of Central Indiana Marion County Re­‐entry Coalition $40,000
Use What You’ve Got Ministry Capacity Building $10,000
Damien Center Capital Support $75,000
Library Fund High School Collection Development Grants $292,250
Young Audiences dba Arts for Learning Arts for Learning Partnership $50,000
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Early Literacy Training $4,680


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).

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 , contact Mike Knight at

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