The Indianapolis Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to nonprofits that serve Marion County residents. Nearly 40 organizations are receiving funding including Best Buddies, Community Alliance of the Far Eastside and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.

March 26, 2015

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Indianapolis Foundation board of directors approved and awarded $1,761,000 in grants to 39 not-for-profits serving Marion County residents on March 10, 2015.

The grants were made possible by generations of community donations to the Endowment for Indianapolis (an unrestricted endowment). Supplemental funding for these grants came from two “field of interest funds” of The Indianapolis Foundation: Howard Intermill and Marion Intermill Fenstermaker Fund, and Clara Noyes Fund for Ballet.

“The innovative programs and projects receiving grants this month are in place to positively impact Central Indiana now and in the future, just as The Indianapolis Foundation was created to do nearly 100 years ago,” said Cindy Simon Skjodt, chair, The Indianapolis Foundation board of trustees. “The vision of these donors and the Foundation’s long-term commitment make these grants possible, and it is our privilege to fulfill our donors’ wishes and intent.”

ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION: Established in 1916, The Indianapolis Foundation was one of the first community foundations in America. The Foundation is a public charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), a collaborative effort between the community foundations serving Marion and Hamilton Counties. As Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation was created to ensure that the quality of life in Marion County continuously improves; to help where the needs are greatest and the benefits to the community are most extensive; and to provide donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now, and in the future as conditions in the community change.

It awards approximately $7 million annually to support current and future community needs, and is governed by a board of six publicly-appointed directors (Two are appointed by the Mayor of Indianapolis; two by the Marion County Circuit Court Judge; and two by the United States District Court presiding over Indianapolis).


Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $720 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, or contact Mike Knight at Organization, Purpose/Project, Award:

– Aftercare for Indiana through Mentoring- Youth development program support- $40,000

– Best Buddies- Program support for special needs children- $10,000

– Center for Victim and Human Rights,Corp.- Expanded Crime Victims' Rights Program- $15,000

– Colorado Nonprofit Development Center- Chalkbeat: news covering Indiana education- $25,000

– Community Alliance of the Far Eastside (CAFE)- Far Eastside Quality of Life Plan- $75,000

– Dance Kaleidoscope- Capacity building- $30,000

– Domestic Violence Network- General operating support- $50,000

– Earth Charter Indiana, Inc. Support the Youth Power Indiana Mini

Camp series $10,000

– Exodus Refugee/Immigration, Inc.- Extended services to refugees- $30,000

– Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis- General operating support- $18,000

– Fletcher Place Community Center- General operating support- $20,000

– Friends of Garfield Park, Inc.- Garfield Alive: community engagement

program $30,000

– Gennesaret Free Clinic- Expanding access to healthcare services- $30,000

– Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee- Three-year restructuring plan- $35,000

– Heartland Truly Moving Pictures- General operating support- $20,000

– Horizon House- Comprehensive Services for the Homeless- $50,000

– Indiana Ballet Conservatory- General operating support- $13,000

– Indiana Connected by 25- Healthy Connections Learning Laboratory- $30,000

– Indiana Landmarks- Thomas Taggart Memorial Restoration

Feasibility- $15,000

– Indianapolis Congregation Action Network- Opportunity for All Program- $50,000

– Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership- INHP Online Education Platform- $40,000

– Indianapolis School of Ballet Support- outreach and educational initiatives- $10,000

– IndyHub Foundation- IndyHub leadership programming- $30,000

– Jameson, Inc.- Youth Leadership program- $15,000

– La Plaza, Inc.- General operating support- $30,000

– Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation- Endowment building support- $75,000

– Progress House, Inc.- Technology and security improvements- $15,000

– Seeds of Hope, Inc.- Operating support- $25,000

– TeenWorks- Teen Works 360- $40,000

– The Cabaret- The Next Phase- $20,000

– VSA Indiana, Inc.- Community art classes at VSA Indiana- $40,000

– Coalition for Homelessness Intervention & Prevention- Annual Intermediary Support- $50,000

– Connect2Help- Annual Intermediary Support- $50,000

– Marion County Commission on Youth- Annual Intermediary Support- $50,000

– Eiteljorg Museum- Shade structure- $50,000

– Shepherd Community Center- Health and nutrition center- $50,000

– Leadership Indianapolis- General operating support- $75,000

– Indianapolis Parks Foundation- General operating support- $50,000

– United Way of Central Indiana Annual campaign $450,000

TOTAL AWARDED: $1,761,000

Source: Central Indiana Community Foundation

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