Our mission:

to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make this a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.

A Catalyst for Change

As the steward of over $1 billion in charitable assets, we connect fundholders and donors with causes they care about, serving as a catalyst for community change. We also make smart, strategic investments in Central Indiana by granting funds to the area’s most effective not-for-profits.

Additionally, we provide leadership by convening strategic partners and investing in important causes and initiatives in both Marion and Hamilton counties.

Marion County: family stabilization, economic mobility, criminal justice reform, neighborhood empowerment and placemaking, and dismantling systemic racism.

Hamilton County: mental health, family and youth empowerment, and inclusive economic growth.

Through these initiatives and various partnerships, we are helping to make Central Indiana a place where all individuals can reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.


When The Indianapolis Foundation was founded in 1916 as one of the first community foundations in the country, its purpose was to improve the quality of life in Marion County by providing help where the needs were the greatest and the benefits were most extensive. Today, it continues that work as one of two affiliates of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF).

CICF was formed in 1997 when The Indianapolis Foundation partnered with Hamilton County Community Foundation—then known as Legacy Fund. While each foundation still supports its own communities, each one also benefits from the strategic partnerships and resources that come with being part of a regional foundation.

Today, CICF stands as Central Indiana’s premier provider of philanthropic services to local philanthropists. And it is primed to make a major impact in Central Indiana in the 21st century and beyond.