The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $800,000+ to Support Marion County Needs

The Board of Directors of The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), approved and awarded $829,722 of grants to not-for-profits serving Marion County residents on November 11 and December 9, 2014.

The Indianapolis Foundation awarded grants to 16 Marion County not-for-profit organizations demonstrating a commitment to improving the community. Grant allocations support specific projects, programs or operation costs that align with The Indianapolis Foundation’s goal of addressing diverse needs in Marion County.

Indianapolis Foundatiion Grants Nov Dec 2014

Grant requests were approved by The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Directors and made possible by community donations to the Endowment for Indianapolis (an unrestricted endowment). Supplemental funding for these grants came from five Field of Interest Funds of The Indianapolis Fund, including: The James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women, The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund, Christmas Fund, Bertha P. Hartup Trust Fund, and the Fay McBride Fund.

“Marion County is a diverse community with diverse needs,” said Milton O. Thompson, Chair, The Indianapolis Foundation Board of Directors. “For nearly 100 years, generous donors have ensured that The Indianapolis Foundation can provide essential support to organizations that improve our community and address those needs.”

The Indianapolis Foundation November and December 2014 Grant Awards

Organization Purpose Amount
Christamore House Transportation $30,000
CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions Lifelong Living Communities $60,000
Indianapolis International Film Festival General Operating Support $20,000
Joy’s House Caregiver Support and Education Programs $65,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Rides of Hope Program $40,000
RecycleForce Work Court Program $100,000
United Way of Central Indiana Winter Assistance Program $18,000
Westminster Neighborhood Services General Operating Support $45,000
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School Library Library Technology Enhancements $48,700
Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet HS Library Computer Replacements $51,639
IUPUI University Library Digitization of the history of the Indianapolis 500 Festival $27,538
Marian University Marian University Archival Initiative $130,827
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Big Read Program $10,000
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Teen Tech Lounge $8,350
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Streaming Video $85,000
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Young Hoosier Book Award Program $20,800
The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation On the Road to Reading Program $35,000
The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund Minde Browning Memorial Fund
(Professional Development Support)
The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund Strategic Planning Session for 2015 $5,000
Indianapolis Public Safety Foundation Holiday Program $4,310
Riley Children’s Foundation NICF Child Life Program $2,694
Total Awards $829,722

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 about CICF, visit, or contact Mike Knight at


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