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Meet Kamala Spencer

Kamala Spencer joined the CICF family seven months ago as the development director for Women’s Fund. In this month’s staff blog, Kamala talks about her jump from corporate sales to not-for-profit fundraising, and offers advice for those wanting to become more philanthropic. It’s not hard to see Kamala’s passion for community and why she’s inspired by her work.

Ten Sheridan High School Seniors Receive Scholarships

The Sheridan Community School Scholarship Foundation Fund recently awarded 10 Sheridan High School seniors scholarships totaling $28,000 for the 2017-2018 school year. Just two years prior, the committee researched ways to ensure the scholarship fund would continue its original mission for generations to come—to provide scholarships to graduates from Sheridan High School.

Charitable Strategies to Help Your Clients

CICF recently launched a new type of fund specifically for charitable gifts of IRA rollovers. If you have clients who are at least 70½, they are eligible to transfer up to $100,000, or up to $200,000 for a married couple, of their IRA assets directly to a qualified public charity.

Team Up with CICF

Utilize CICF’s expertise without giving up management of your client’s charitable assets. A 2015 Bank of America study found that 89 percent of professional advisors discuss philanthropy with clients and 71 percent make it their regular practice to ask clients about their interest in charitable giving. Chances are, you are one of those advisors!

A Park’s Purpose

In 2012, a master plan was adopted to completely renovate and redesign Tarkington Park, a feat estimated to cost $12 million in total, and phase 1, the most recently competed phase, costing $6 million. Included in Phase 1 is the play area built into the landscape, a spray plaza, comfort stations, basketball courts and, eventually, a performance stage and a local vendor to operate the café.

The Indianapolis Foundation Announces Recipients of $400,000 Community Crime Prevention Grants

The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, announced the 10 Marion County not-for-profit organizations receiving a grant in phase I of the Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The foundation manages the grant program on behalf of the Indianapolis City-County Council, who voted in March to approve a new, expedited grant round focused on organizations preventing or reducing crime.

CICF Angel Investors Talk Mobility

On Wednesday, April 19, CICF convened its angel investors to talk about a bold new approach to personal mobility in Indianapolis. Panelists at the event included some of the city’s best connectors: Bryan Luellen, director of public affairs for IndyGo; Andre T. Denman, principal park and greenways planner for City of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation; and Irena Goloschokin, CICF personal mobility consultant and former vice president of research and development of T2 Systems.

Staff Blog: Sarah Weaver

  Sarah Weaver is a senior gift planning advisor at Central Indiana Community Foundation As senior gift planning advisor, Sarah works to develop and maintain relationships with financial and legal advisors and to support and advise donors on gift planning options. Major milestones like birthdays or anniversaries often leave us contemplating big questions: What have… Continue reading.

$2.6 Million Awarded in Marion County for Summer Youth Programs

  Grants from funding collaborative, Summer Youth Program Fund, will serve 58,212 local youth The Summer Youth Program Fund, a collaborative of 11 local and national partners, will provide $2,629,279 in grants to support youth summer programs at 172 not-for-profit organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund 204 summertime programs, activities and experiences for… Continue reading.

Tom Kilian Jr. Named Legacy Fund President

Legacy Fund, the Hamilton County community foundation and a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate, has selected Tom Kilian Jr., as its next president. In his new role, Kilian will lead efforts to encourage major gifts and contributions for Hamilton County and spearhead the foundation’s community leadership.

Legacy Fund, Shepherd’s Center Announce Program to Streamline Senior-Focused Services in Hamilton County

Hamilton County has the highest per capita income ($84,449) in Indiana, yet 30 percent of its citizens 65 years of age and older live on less than $15,000 annually. There is no shortage of organizations to assist Hamilton County seniors living in poverty, but it is frequently challenging for elders to identify their most pressing needs and which organization to call to meet them.