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The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), awarded $1 million in surprise grants at a gala celebrating its centennial. The Foundation kicked off a new century of philanthropy by gifting 37 Indianapolis-based organizations and individuals awards ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

Six organizations that reflect the values, history and mission of The Indianapolis Foundation, as well as a commitment to the future of Indianapolis, received $100,000 Visionary Awards:

•           Nurse-Family Partnership at Goodwill Industries — Pairs first-time pregnant women with a registered nurse for ongoing home visits through the child’s second birthday.

•           Edna Martin Christian Center — Community center in Martindale-Brightwood with programs that increase self-sufficiency, educational achievement, career development and more

•           Asante Children’s Theatre — Youth organization that introduces acting, dancing, singing and storytelling to young artists in a safe, enriching environment

•           Trusted Mentors — Provides volunteer mentors to adults at risk of homelessness, or to those re-entering the community after time in prison

•           IMPD Cadet Program — A new pilot program that will educate, mentor and employ inner-city high school graduates that have an interest in public safety

•           Center for Leadership Development (CLD) — Organization that fosters the advancement of minority youth in central Indiana as highly-educated future leaders

The Indianapolis Foundation Fellows program, debuted during the gala celebration, creates a path for a diverse group of young leaders to infuse local boards with innovation, energy and creativity, by removing financial and other barriers. Working with Goodwill Industries, Indiana Sports Corp, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Visit Indy, the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Second Helpings, the Indy Chamber and CICF, The Foundation will place young leaders on prominent boards and, for three years, make $10,000 annually accessible for Fellows to activate as new board members. The Indianapolis Foundation Fellows are:

•           Sherron Rogers, associate vice president, IUPUI

•           Adrianne Slash, program and event manager, Leadership Indianapolis

•           Lily Smith, real estate agent, Warner Retail Group

•           Marshawn Wolley, director of community engagement and strategic initiatives, IUPUI

•           Terina Perry, project manager, Lucas Oil

•           Kiamesha-Sylvia G. Colom, partner, Benesch Attorneys at Law

•           Doran Moreland, executive director, statewide diversity and community outreach, Ivy Tech

•           Rebecca King, SKL program director, Leadership Indianapolis

•           Duane Ingram, chief operating officer, Mapleton-Fall Creek Development Corp.

•           Emily Masengale, principal, Christel House

Brian Payne, president and CEO of The Indianapolis Foundation and CICF, closed the evening by referencing the legacy this generation is leaving for the Indianapolis of the future. To mark its 100th anniversary, the Foundation has established two Ben Franklin Funds that will provide $200 million for the city’s not-for-profits in 2116. Anyone can contribute to the Ben Franklin Funds with a gift of $100 at bein2016.org/bff.

“It’s an act of awe and wonder. In a hundred years, people in Indianapolis — maybe your grandchildren or great-grandchildren — will be realizing the impact of a $200 million gift,” said Payne. “You are quite literally sending a gift into the future, trusting that it will be well spent.”

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