• Arts enriched programming aims to reduce summer learning loss image

    By the end of 5th grade, children living in low-resource communities are two years behind their middle-class peers in verbal achievement. Summer learning loss accounts for 66 percent of that gap. In 2014 Central Indiana Community Foundation, Summer Advantage USA, and Arts for Learning launched a pilot program, Inspiring Scholars, to not just reduce learning loss, but to also accelerate learning over the summer.


    The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has been selected by the City-County Council of Indianapolis and Marion County to be the fiscal agent and grant manager for the City of Indianapolis 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program.

  • Legacy Fund Announces Funding for Sheridan Youth Assistance Program image

    Will partner with Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program to support Sheridan-based at-risk youth programming with a focus on educational attainment, career opportunities Indianapolis, IN (April 13, 2015) – Legacy Fund Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has awarded $12,500 to the Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program in order to expand its… Continue reading.

  • Historic Building Gets Chance at New Life image

    A sneak peek at Old City Hall Plans In its day, Indianapolis City Hall was a model of City Beautiful Classicism meant to symbolize the City’s stability and achievements. Located on Alabama Street and completed in 1910, the four-story building featured an Indiana limestone exterior, majestic columns and a grand rotunda topped with a stained… Continue reading.

  • Helping Central Indiana Achieve Self-Sufficiency image

                 CICF’s Family Success Initiative Investment Plan Launched in 2004 by CICF and its affiliates, Family Success addresses deep-rooted problems facing Central Indiana communities: major gaps in assets and income, low educational attainment and dangerous behaviors. Many families afflicted by these problems lack the means—economically and otherwise—to properly address them. And… Continue reading.

  • A Garden In a Desert image

    Center For Working Families helps woman declare self-sufficiency. Avia Boss felt hurt, scared and overwhelmed—she thought she didn’t want to live anymore. A single mom of four, Boss had lost her own mother and two jobs in the space of just six months. Boss says God’s blessings and Center For Working Families at Edna Martin Christian… Continue reading.

  • 5 Corporate Giving Tips From Corporate Givers! image

    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.

  • Who Helps Hamilton County’s Uninsured? image

    Trinity Free Clinic Provides No-Cost Medical Clinics to Residents Divorced, uninsured woman in need of emergency eye surgery; laid off asthmatic unable to afford medication; uninsured mom with severe dental problems; factory worker with debilitating back pain; immigrant children in need of immunizations. The list of Hamilton County’s Trinity Free Clinic patients is diverse and… Continue reading.

  • Big Impact From Big Businesses image

    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.

  • Sky Blue Window Writers Earn Three Society of Professional Journalists Awards image

    Three contributors to Sky Blue Window received Society of Professional Journalists awards on Friday, April 24th during the Society’s Best In Indiana Journalism awards banquet at the Indianapolis Marriott North.

  • Central Indiana Community Foundation Announces Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients image

    Thirteen students from Marion and Hamilton counties have been named recipients of four-year, full-tuition scholarships as the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars. A total of 91 Central Indiana students were interviewed for the scholarships, which stipulated that recipients must: be a resident of Hamilton or Marion County; plan to pursue… Continue reading.

  • 50,000 Marion County Youth to Benefit From More Than $2.4 Million in Grants image

    The Summer Youth Program Fund, a funding collaborative of 10 local and national partners, will provide $2,402,659 in grants to support programs at 165 organizations in Marion County. The grants will fund 194 low- or no-cost summertime programs, activities and experiences for 50,000 area children between the ages of four and 19 years old, and… Continue reading.