United Way Scores Glick Grants

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Indianapolis-based The Glick Fund has awarded nearly $650,000 to United Way of Central Indiana. The grants will be used to support pre-school, elementary and working family center programming. December 16, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) will use three grants totaling $642,896 from The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation, to develop a new Center for Working Families model at a Far Eastside community center and continue preschool and elementary programs also for Far Eastside families.

The combined education and income-focused programs seek to improve the financial stability of Far Eastside families today and reduce poverty long-term by improving school success, according to United Way.

"I am so pleased that we are able to continue the legacy of my parents by focusing these funds and efforts on the Far Eastside community - the place where my parents' business first began and where the need today is great," said Marianne Glick, owner, GlickArt.com

A grant of $75,250 will help the Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAF?), a United Way agency, join a citywide effort launched by The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, to help families improve their financial stability.

Called the Center for Working Families, the model will help transition the agency from using one-time crisis interventions to an integrated approach that addresses needs in employment, financial education and access to income supports so people can achieve income stability.

The investment is part of United Way's new community impact strategy for income stability to ensure people have the tools and support they need to create financial stability.

A higher poverty rate than Marion County as a whole combined with the highest concentration of youth in the county make investment in the Far Eastside a United Way a focus.

The remaining two grants will continue United Way education strategies to help students succeed. A $289,110 grant will provide scholarships for high quality preschool at St. Mary's Child Development Center. And, a grant for $278,509 will provide comprehensive literacy programs and an array of supportive in-school and afterschool services and school-based health services at three Indianapolis Public Schools on the Far Eastside.

The elementary school programs fund three community school coordinators whose job it is to increase parent and community involvement in the schools; tutoring of third and fourth graders who struggle with reading; literacy coaches; full-time AmeriCorps tutoring for first and second graders; Learning Well health clinics for preventive and primary care services; and, transportation to afterschool programs at Boys and Girls Clubs.

"We are grateful to the Glick Fund for renewing their generous support of these proven programs to help people learn more, and begin an important transition to a new way of approaching income stability efforts that will give greater hope to our Far Eastside neighbors," said Ann D. Murtlow, president and CEO of UWCI.

United Way of Central Indiana helps people learn more, earn more and lead safe and healthy lives. United Way gets things done by mobilizing people and community partners in six Central Indiana counties to identify, advance and advocate the best solutions. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to be part of the change. Visit uwci.org to learn more.

ABOUT THE GLICK FUND

The Glick Fund is a donor-advised fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. It was established by Eugene and Marilyn Glick in 1998 to support a variety of causes. Grants are awarded by invitation only, with no unsolicited grant applications accepted.

The Glick Fund also strives to align with CICF’s three broader community leadership initiatives of: Family Success & Making Connections; Inspiring Places; and College Readiness & Success – initiatives aimed at making central Indiana one of the best places in the nation to live, work and raise a family.

To date, The Glick Fund has awarded over $49 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations. Recent grant recipients include the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, the Glick Center for Glass at Ball State University, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, Providence Cristo Rey High School and United Way of Central Indiana, among many other organizations. For more information, please visit cicf.org.

ABOUT CENTRAL INDIANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $610 million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to seize opportunities and address community needs. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between the Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991. For more information about CICF, visit cicf.org .

Source: Central Indiana Community Foundation