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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.

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.

$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.

The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $1.5 Million to Address Marion County Needs

  Grants support refugee resettlement, access to healthcare, education and economic development In its first competitive grant round of 2017, The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, allocated $1,517,100 to 29 not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County and its residents. The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors approved the grants March 21. Funding during… Continue reading.

Legacy Fund Awards $117,000 to Address Hamilton County Needs

  Education, mental health, leadership training and art among the programs receiving grants. Legacy Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate serving Hamilton County, announced that $117,000 in grants will be awarded to 10 not-for-profits in the county. Legacy Fund’s board of directors voted to approve this first round of competitive grants on March… Continue reading.