CICF Partners with Forty Under 40 to Award $40,000

Honorees selected for Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 are known for being powerful leaders in their profession, community and now, as a result of their partnership with Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), they can add philanthropist to their resume. Two not-for-profit organizations received $20,000 grants from the 2018 class of IBJ’s Forty Under 40: GroundWork Indy and ProAct.

The 2018 class awarded funding to these organizations based on their mission statement, developed in a Wise Giving Workshop, conducted by CICF staff:

We are concerned about the general environment in which our children will grow up. Mental health, physical well-being and opportunities for creative learning at an early age are critical components to childhood development. We value innovative and evidence-based programs that promote personal responsibility and expand opportunities for healthy and educational programming for children and their families.

GroundWork Indy engages youth, ages 14-24, in community-based projects that equitably enhance environmental, economic and social well-being. The youth are paid for their work which build skills and competencies while transforming the environment. Funding from the Forty Under 40 group will support costs associated with expanding the program to more youth.

ProAct works with marginalized youth experiencing academic struggles, low self-esteem and behavioral issues. Through service projects and mentorships with local business leaders, youth at ProAct learn volunteerism, build character and improve quality of life in Indianapolis. The Forty Under 40 grant will support the expansion of the program into new schools and to add new service projects.

If you are interested in learning more about these organizations or are interested in working with CICF to develop your philanthropic mission statement, contact Rob MacPherson, vice president of development and philanthropic services, at

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