The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $2.3+ Million to Support Marion County Needs


The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors approved and awarded $2,392,396 in grants to 33 projects and not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County residents at its May 12, 2015 board meeting.

Grant requests were approved by The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors and made possible by generations of community donations to the Endowment for Indianapolis (an unrestricted endowment). Supplemental funding for these grants came from multiple “Field of Interest Funds” of The Indianapolis Foundation: Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund; Bertha P. Hartup Trust Fund for Handicapped and Diseased Children; Fay McBride Endowment Fund; James E. Roberts Fund; John Harrison Brown and Robert Burse Fund; Pauline K. Stein Fund; James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women; and The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund.

Consideration for grants includes a project or organization’s commitment to quality of life, education, vitality of the community, connectivity of neighborhoods, and/or community assets. Recipients of these May grants promise to address these themes and effectively move Central Indiana to become a more livable community.

“The compassion exemplified by the organizations awarded funding from The Indianapolis Foundation demonstrate the community’s unified desire to transform Central Indiana,” said Cindy Simon Skjodt, chair, The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors. “It’s an honor to connect those organizations with resources entrusted to our foundation by donors nearly 100 years ago.”

Projects & Awards

Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. Equine-Facilitated Learning program (JAMS Ready) $4,766
Assistance League of Indianapolis Operation School Bell $10,000
Cancer Support Community – Central Indiana Cancer Support at Eskenazi Health $25,000
Christel House Academy Second Chance Navigator $50,000
Concord Neighborhood Center Let’s Get Gritty youth program $40,000
Department of Public Words General operating support $40,000
Edna Martin Christian Center Martindale-Brightwood Community Builder $35,000
Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries, Inc. Academic Remediation Training Center for Marion County students $25,000
Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. Center for Working Families $32,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. BackSacks: Weekend Food for Kids $50,000
Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee H.O.M.E. (Helping Our Military Families) Project $30,000
Hawthorne Community Center Hawthorne Employment Program $40,000
Hoosier Environmental Council General operating support $30,000
Hoosier Salon Patrons Association General operating support/leadership transition $25,000
Indiana Black Expo, Inc. Your Life Matters $53,000
Indiana University Foundation Spirit & Place Festival 2015 $25,000
Indianapolis Museum of Art IMA Teen Arts Council $30,000
Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art General operating support $25,000
Indianapolis Opera General operating support $10,000
John P. Craine House, Inc. Residential Program $50,000
Second Helpings, Inc. Hunger relief programs for seniors $50,000
Social Health Association of Indiana, Inc. Capacity building initiative $25,000
Teach For America – Indianapolis General operating support $50,000
The Conservation Law Center Support development staff position $50,000
The International Center The Festival Fund $35,000
United Way of Central Indiana Marion County Re-entry Coalition and 2015 conference $45,000
WFYI Public Media WFYI Education Champions Campaign $25,000
Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Marion County Internet Library $604,130
The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund Minde Browning Memorial Fund: $28,000
Inspiring Scholars Arts enriched academic summer program in Decatur Township $100,000
Indianapolis Foundation Community Scholarship Fund 2015 Indianapolis Foundation Community Scholarship Program $104,000
College Readiness and Success Initiative 2014-2015 Investment Plan $150,000
Family Success Initiative 2014-2015 Investment Plan $496,500
Total: $2,392,396



Established in 1916, The Indianapolis Foundation was one of the first community foundations 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 directors (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 $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 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 Tamara Winfrey-Harris at

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