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|
ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION:
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).
ABOUT CENTRAL INDIANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:
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 cicf.org, or contact Tamara Winfrey-Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.