Legacy Fund Awards $134,500 in Grants to Hamilton County Not-For-Profits


LegacyFund_ShakespeareinPark_300x300Grants provide support to organizations transforming Hamilton County

CARMEL, IN (June 3, 2015) — Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded a total of $134,500 in grants upon Legacy Fund’s board of directors’ approval at its May 12, 2015 meeting.

Grants were allocated to 16 not-for-profit organizations that share Legacy Fund’s goal to transform and improve Hamilton County for its residents. The LINK Advisory Council, a youth-based philanthropic council created by Legacy Fund in 2002, also awarded $10,000 to four not-for-profits. Together, Legacy Fund and LINK awarded first-time grants to seven organizations that demonstrated a vision for the future of Hamilton County.

“The fact that we are awarding grants to seven organizations for the first time illustrates a growing need in Hamilton County, but an even greater response from organizations addressing those needs,” says Mike Daugherty, chair, Legacy Fund board of directors. “We are watching our community change for the better because of passionate donors who care about Hamilton County.”

All grants are made possible by Legacy Fund’s Community Endowment Fund, an unrestricted fund created by donors interested in Hamilton County, Donald Johnson Fund for Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, a “Field of Interest Fund” (endowed funds with a specific area of interest) and also The Sheridan Fund and the City of Noblesville Fund, which awarded city-specific grants that may be leveraged with grants from Legacy Fund’s Community Endowment Fund.

Legacy Fund Allocations

Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County No More Domestic Violence $15,000
Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre Storytime with Civic (pre-school theatre engagement program) $5,000
Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries Academic Remediation Training Center for Hamilton County $8,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Mobile Pantry $15,000
Grace Church Care Center $10,000
Habitat for Humanity Hamilton County Cherry Street Redevelopment & Revitalization Project $10,000
Little Red Door Cancer Agency HURU- Who are You?(Tobacco prevention program) $8,000
M.A.M.A.’s Cupboard Back to School $6,000
Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County Volunteer recruitment and engagement $10,000
Murphy Mentoring Group I Count (youth mental health mentor program) $5,000
Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission Shakespeare in the Park $3,000
Open Doors of Washington Township Thanksgiving Meals $4,500
Options in Education Foundation High school course credit recovery online program $10,000
Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County Johnson Legacy 2015 $7,500
Social Health Association of Indiana Empowering Youth for Healthy Choices in Hamilton County $7,500
Society of St. Vincent de Paul- Our Lady of Grace Conference Food Pantry 2015 $10,000
 TOTAL: $134,500

LINK Advisory Council Allocations

Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank Freezer installation and fresh meat at partnering pantries $2,573
Janus Developmental Services Art therapy program $1,867
Sparrow Clubs Sponsorship to school-based Sparrow Club that supports a student with medical need through community volunteerism $3,060
Youth Philanthropy Connect Midwest Youth Philanthropy Connect Conference in Indianapolis $2,500
 TOTAL: $10,000



Legacy Fund, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), is a $53 million public foundation that serves Hamilton County by administering charitable funds, foundations and organizational endowments for individuals, families and not-for-profit entities. Established in 1991, Legacy Fund’s goal is to inspire philanthropy as it helps people enhance their family and charitable legacies in tax-smart ways. Legacy Fund has three main priorities: consult with donors, family foundations and professional advisors on charitable giving; award grants; and provide leadership to address community needs.



Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $720 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 address community needs and seize opportunities. 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 cicf.org, or contact Tamara Winfrey-Harris at tamarawh@cicf.org.

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