• Be IN: Gustave Efroymson image

      Be like Gustave. Be in. Because he was a modest man, it is not widely known that one of Central Indiana’s most brilliant businessmen and philanthropists was also a seasoned campaigner against injustice. Gustave Efroymson was a pillar of the Jewish community, the owner of two downtown department stores, and president of the Real… Continue reading.

  • The Indianapolis Foundation awards $1.86 million for 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program image

      Total of 61 not-for-profits receive grants to increase community safety and reduce violence The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), has awarded a total of $1.86 million in grants to 61 local not-for-profits through the Marion County-City of Indianapolis’ 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program. The Indianapolis Foundation also allocated an additional $86,300 from… Continue reading.

  • The Indianapolis Foundation awards $956,000 in grants benefiting Marion County image

      The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors approved and awarded $956,000 in grants to 16 projects and not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County residents at its September 8, 2015 board meeting. Grant requests were approved by The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors and made possible by generations of community donations to the Endowment for Indianapolis (an… Continue reading.

  • College Mentors for Kids image

    College Mentors for Kids hopes that by allowing the children, called “little buddies”, to spend two hours on a college campus with a mentor, it will increase the likelihood of his or her of obtaining a postsecondary education. Central Indiana Community Foundation has made college readiness and success a priority through its Community Leadership Initiatives and partners with organizations such as College Mentors for Kids that are united in their efforts to increase college persistence.

  • Equal Experience Matters image

      Nearly eight out of ten people with disabilities are unemployed. Eskenazi Health and Ball State University want to change that. Like most rising college seniors, Preston Radtke hoped to spend his summer working a career-focused internship to develop his public relations skills. He knew an internship would set him apart against other job-seeking graduates…. Continue reading.

  • College Readiness and Success Initiative image

      Promoting College persistence Now more than ever, a college education is crucial to a more successful career and life. Yet, with rising tuition costs, many young people don’t have the resources required to earn one. With more than 100 scholarship funds under management, CICF offers critical help. With awards ranging from $500 to full… Continue reading.

  • The Public Collection image

      Reading and art for all   In middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of books per child is 13-to-1. In low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is one age-appropriate book for 300 children. The Public Collection is a public art and literacy project developed by Rachel M. Simon to improve literacy, foster a deeper appreciation of the arts,… Continue reading.

  • Busted Knuckle image

      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.

  • The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund now accepting grant applications from eligible Marion County libraries image

      Funds will support Marion County high school, public, and select academic libraries. INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 4, 2015) – The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, announced that applications for library grants from The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund are now available online at here. Marion County libraries interested in applying are encouraged… Continue reading.

  • ArtMix – Throwing Away Labels image

      ArtMix uses art to resculpt lives of people with disabilities. Emily loves throwing clay. That is, the process of using a pottery wheel to form a ball of clay into beautiful pottery—and her pottery is beautiful. Bright colors and bowls of all sizes make her pottery memorable, but then, so is her story. Emily… Continue reading.

  • Be IN: George Kessler image

      Be like George. Be in. When architect Alexander Ralston designed the original mile square plat for Indianapolis, he neglected to include parks. As Indy’s population exploded in the late 19th century, the lack of parks became a glaring deficiency. So city officials embarked on a plan to implement a citywide park system, but politics… Continue reading.