Donor Story

A Philanthropic Inheritance

The death of a parent can be devastating for a family, but Alice and Kirk McKinney had a plan for their estate—a plan that had been sketched out during their lifetimes, but left flexible enough to enable their children and grandchildren to create their legacies.

The Impact of Supporting Artists

In 2009, Anila was the recipient of the prestigious Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship. This fellowship program provides $25,000 unrestricted awards to five Midwest contemporary visual artists annually. Since then Anila’s story and award-winning work has been featured around the world.

The Sheehan Foundation

The Thomas P. and Sondra D. Sheehan Charitable Foundation is a supporting organization of Legacy Fund, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation. Tom and Soni Sheehan focus on improving the lives of children facing debilitating medical challenges.

Cherishing Charitable Children: Philanthropy with the Zipes Family

Joan and Doug Zipes, married 54 years, know a thing or two about family and philanthropy. Both Joan and Doug grew up watching their parents give back in whatever way they could. For Doug, who grew up less fortunate than his wife, that meant his parents opening their home to family of friends and providing meals, even when they barely had enough themselves.

Busted Knuckle

  Turning Wrenches, Busting Knuckles, Giving Back Auto mechanic graduate creates scholarship for future students Busted knuckles, greasy hands, oil under fingernails: just a few “perks” for graduates of Ivy Tech’s two-year General Motors Automotive Service Education Program (GM ASEP). Nathan Smith graduated from GM ASEP in 2014 at 28 years old, but not before… Continue reading.

5 Corporate Giving Tips From Corporate Givers!

A common theme among successful companies is their philanthropic contributions as a corporation, but many corporations, large or small, don’t know where to start. Tim DeFrench, The RND Group; John Dietz, OrthoIndy and Indiana Orthopedic Hospital; and Brian Acton, BMW Constructors offer unique insight about what they learned in creating a corporate fund at CICF. 5…. Continue reading.

Big Impact From Big Businesses

The expectation that companies give back has become the standard among many job seekers, the Millenial generation (those born between 1980 and the mid-2000s) in particular. Companies giving priority to philanthropic efforts reap plenty of benefits—employee attraction and retention, tax breaks, positive community perception and employee development among them. Where do you start? Take a look at how three Central Indiana businesses are doing it.

Dance of the Philanthropist

A retired ballet dancer creates a new source of funding for choice organizations. Act One: A Classic Ballet Don Steffy and his wife, Marylou Hume, flawlessly performed a pas de deux across national and international stages for 20 years as the result of a pact made when they wed at just 20 years old. They… Continue reading.

A Legacy of Animal Advocacy

Carmel family honors their late son’s love for animals through a Personal Foundation. Facing the loss of a child is every parent’s worst nightmare; Don and Polly Trainor know this reality all too well. On March 21, 2010, their son, Patrick Trainor, drowned after driving his car into a retention pond. He was just 19…. Continue reading.

A Family’s Legacy of Philanthropy: The Meyers

For the Meyers, preservation and people are family passions. Through the Robert R. and Gayle T. Meyer Family Fund, they devote their philanthropic energy and funds to advancing childhood education, ending domestic violence and ensuring the environment’s future. Last fall, the Meyers supported the Central Indiana Land Trust’s purchase of 69 acres of land off… Continue reading.