• 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.

  • 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.


      Funds will support programs providing services for youth prevention and juvenile and adult offenders. INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 1, 2015) – In partnership with the City of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Foundation has announced that grant applications for Phase II of the 2015 Community Crime Prevention Grant Program are now available online here as of July… Continue reading.

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY: Indianapolis Foundation Releases Report To Improve Public Safety, Reduce Crime In Indianapolis image

      Report identifies key factors for improving public safety including job opportunities, educational attainment, data driven community-wide strategies INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 30, 2015) – The lack of a high school diploma, insufficient job opportunities and a need for data-driven public safety strategies are threats to public safety in Indianapolis according to The Importance of Community,… Continue reading.


      Nearly 1,700 area youth to benefit from summertime employment and public safety programming. INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 11, 2015) – The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, has awarded $153,000 in grants to 12 local not-for-profits serving Marion County youth during Phase I of the 2015 Marion County-City of Indianapolis Community Crime… Continue reading.

  • Legacy Fund Awards $134,500 in Grants to Hamilton County Not-For-Profits image

    Legacy Fund of Hamilton County, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, awarded a total of $134,500 in grants upon Legacy Fund’s board of directors’ approval at its May 12, 2015 meeting.

    Grants were allocated to 16 not-for-profit organizations that share Legacy Fund’s goal to transform and improve Hamilton County for its residents. The LINK Advisory Council, a youth-based philanthropic council created by Legacy Fund in 2002, also awarded $10,000 to four not-for-profits. Together, Legacy Fund and LINK awarded first-time grants to seven organizations that demonstrated a vision for the future of Hamilton County.

  • The Indianapolis Foundation Awards $2.3+ Million to Support Marion County Needs image

      The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors approved and awarded $2,392,396 in grants to 33 projects and not-for-profit organizations serving Marion County residents at its May 12, 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.

  • 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.