Established in 1991 to enable Hamilton County residents to create a living legacy through philanthropy, Legacy Fund is the community foundation of Hamilton County. Legacy Fund was formed from the assets of Carmel-Clay Community Foundation and Hamilton County Parks Foundation, which were receiving donations primarily in the form of bequests—gifts made at the time of one’s death. With the establishment of Legacy Fund, local philanthropists would have greater opportunity to make an impact during their lifetimes.
Several community leaders—including Alan Burns, George Burrell, Bob Campbell, Teri Hansen, Doug McDonald, Jane Merrill and George Sweet—worked with the former foundations to form Legacy Fund. Then, in 1997, Legacy Fund partnered with The Indianapolis Foundation to create the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).
Today, leaders of both organizations work to provide a broader level of charitable giving services and support to Central Indiana. While CICF is a strategic and synergistic partnership, The Indianapolis Foundation and Legacy Fund continue to serve the unique needs of their individual communities.
Legacy Fund’s board of directors work with staff to identify and seize opportunities to improve the quality of life in Hamilton County by taking on challenging issues, seeking and supporting innovative solutions and collaborating with community partners and donors on various projects and initiatives to transform our community for the better.