Sophisticated Giving Charity Register Indianapolis 2021

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It’s an understatement to say that the past year has been challenging for charities. The Covid-19 pandemic increased the demand for nonprofits’ services, while decimating their finances and staff. At a time when they are facing unprecedented challenges, charities are being asked to do even more with less money and fewer people. Now in its seventh year, the Sophisticated Giving Charity Register highlights many of the amazing nonprofit organizations that strengthen and sustain our community through their efforts to feed the hungry, educate children, house the homeless, care for the sick, support the arts, and much more. The National Bank of Indianapolis and Jennifer Simon have been our partners in this guide for many years. Because of their generosity, we’re able to publish this book and help facilitate a legacy of giving back and creating opportunities for those in need in our community. We hope that through this guide, you will find one or more initiatives that speak to your heart and win your support. And regardless of whether you choose one of the charities highlighted in this guide, we encourage you to give whatever you can in both time and money, for, as recent events have shown us, our greatest strength lies in helping one another. I’ll close with a couple of my favorite quotes: Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. – Desmond Tutu There could be no definition of a successful life that does not include service to others. – President George H. W. Bush Remember, every little bit makes a difference, and together, we can change the world.

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Welcome to the 2021 issue of Sophisticated Giving Charity Register. Through our unmatched community involvement and trusted legacy of service, The National Bank of Indianapolis is committed to advancing opportunities for all who call greater Indianapolis home. And so, we are pleased to continue our partnership with the publishers of this charity giving guide. Our shared goal with this publication is to increase awareness of the many charitable organizations that support our community. As I compose this letter, we continue to experience life in a global pandemic. While many of us have learned to live with relatively minor adjustments, life has changed abruptly for many of our neighbors. Sadly, the pandemic continues to underscore areas of great need within our community. The encouraging news is that greater Indianapolis is home to many nonprofit organizations which, while facing significant pandemic-related challenges themselves, have expertly delivered critical services to meet the increased needs. Now more than ever, these organizations need our financial support and our volunteer time to continue delivering their much-needed services. Each year, I invite our readers to learn more about these organizations and consider how they will share their personal resources. Today, I’m asking you to “double down” in support of our community. The need is greater than ever and I am confident that our generosity will be, as well!

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times, allows them to have an experience that was not otherwise possible, gives them feelings of hope, help them feel less isolated and feel greater acceptance by others. Adventures are local experiences, every month, engaging families by giving them a break from the mental and emotional rollercoaster they face every day.

Who we are: The mission of A Kid Again is to foster hope, happiness and healing for families raising a child facing a life-threatening condition by providing year-round, costfree, group activities designed to take their minds off their daily challenges while creating happy memories. What we do: A Kid Again provides Adventures, cost-free and care-free opportunities for families to take a break from illness, make a memory together, and connect with other families, creating a network of support. A Kid Again is unique because enrolled families are raising kids with a diverse background of diagnoses – cancer, rare disease, type 1 diabetes, muscular dystrophy, and more.

How you can help: A Kid Again has 3 big needs: 1. Raising Awareness – there are more than 10,000 families in Indiana that qualify for A Kid Again. Do you know a family that would qualify, or do you have a connection in the community that can help? 2. Leadership – A Kid Again is looking for great leaders who want to make a difference, have a passion for the mission, and want to help the organization grow. 3. Support – Consider making a donation to support a family or introduce A Kid Again to a possible community partner.

Why we’re important: Being a kid means waking up to endless possibilities outside your door. But when a child gets sick, childhood itself just stops. This is the very reason A Kid Again was created. Adventures include the entire family because oftentimes siblings can feel left out or forgotten. Adventures are also group-based, so families can connect with other families facing a similar situation and they are hosted every month so there is always something fun to anticipate.

A Kid Again 8275 Allison Pointe Trail, Suite 220, Indianapolis, IN 46250 317.295.3178 Facebook: AKidAgainIndiana Instagram address: @a_kid_again Twitter address: @akidagain

How we affect the community: A Kid Again families have said Adventures strengthens their family during difficult


ABBIE HUNT BRYCE HOME Who We Are: Central Indiana is becoming a resource hub for hospice services, thanks to Morning Light’s award winning Abbie Hunt Bryce Home. The Home is a recognized national leader in providing free living accommodations for hospice patients who have nowhere else to live in their final stages of life. In November 2018, the Home was recognized as the winner of a national Serious Illness Management Innovation award given by Boston University. The work of Morning Light’s leadership team also has been acknowledged as staff in 2019 received the Michael Carroll Award from Prosperity Indiana; a Health Care Hero Award given by the Indianapolis Business Journal; and the Storyteller of the Year award from OneCause software, for Morning Light’s coordinated messaging detailing the lifechanging care provided at the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home. As 2020 began, the Home became a certified state Medicaid waiver provider, which creates new opportunities to serve the community and could provide a model for Morning Light to develop other free residential hospice care homes.

How We Affect The Community: As of 2021, the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home has served over 670 residents since its 2004 opening. We have continued to set records, in 2020 serving 37 residents in the face of a global pandemic, with zero COVID-19 cases thanks to the diligence and safety measures of our staff. The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home’s unique mission is much appreciated by the medical community; this allows the Home to focus on those with limited means and to simultaneously work with several hospice and medical providers on individual plans of care. How You Can Help: The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home is a program of Morning Light, a non-profit that also operates Pennwood Place, a residential apartment complex for low income seniors. Many Abbie Hunt Bryce Home supporters have utilized our Facebook fundraising feature as a simple way to not only support us, but to spread awareness for our mission. Additionally, a large portion of our supporters have chosen to join the Commitment Circle At The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home, for individual donors who annually contribute $1,000 or more, an amount which has traditionally represented one day of operating costs. One can also make an online or recurring monthly donation, see upcoming fundraising events, and get additional information on how we impact the community on our website: Many groups also collect items from the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home “Wish List,” found on our website, to support a resident’s stay. Supporters can lend a hand from the comfort of their couch as well when they use AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon – but with a charitable twist: they will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Morning Light. Start your next Amazon shopping trip at and choose to support Morning Light, Inc. Looking to support us by being an extra set of helping hands? Please call 317.218.7554 or email to find out how you or your group can be involved in this unique award-winning Home!

What we do: The Abbie Hunt Bryce Home and its staff become the “family” and support system for hospice patients and others who have no appropriate place to live or to receive care. Residents have limited financial means, but thanks to the Home, they have their own room, meals, and around-the-clock comfort. All this is provided free of charge due to community support. Most residents are enrolled in a certified hospice program, meaning that they have six months or less to live. We accept referrals from hospitals, charitable organizations, physicians, hospice programs, faith-based organizations, and self or family members. There is no charge for hospice patients to live at the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home for those who qualify through their terminal diagnosis and lack of adequate living arrangements. We also can make accommodations under special arrangements with health care providers to provide temporary living accommodations for pre-or post-op patients who need the support of our home-like atmosphere to achieve desired medical outcomes.

Abbie Hunt Bryce Home 4760 Pennwood Dr.,Indianapolis IN 46205 317.860.0484 Facebook: @morninglightorg Instagram: @morninglightinc

Why We’re Important: This residence is a “home” in every sense of the word, from individual apartments, to homecooked meals, to common living rooms, and even the Rotary Club of Indianapolis Memorial Garden, which contains bricks with the names of those who have lived their final hours here. We hire a committed staff of CNA-certified caregivers who have that extra bit of compassion and experience to truly make a difference for our residents. Since Morning Light does not receive direct insurance or federal funding for care, the Home’s residents are supported by donors, volunteers and general community support.

Madison Gonzalez, Morning Light Executive Director, 317.218.7554, Rachael Winbush, Abbie Hunt Bryce Home Operations Manager 317.860.0484,


THE ACLU OF INDIANA The ACLU of Indiana performs a substantial amount of work through the judicious use of our limited resources. Every month we receive hundreds of requests for assistance. Because we cannot take every case, we select cases that will have the greatest impact by establishing new legal precedents and protections, or ones that will ultimately represent a wide class of people. Through these tactics, a victory on behalf of one plaintiff affirms or expands the rights and liberties for thousands of individuals. In recent years we have: • Successfully advocated to expand vote-by-mail during the COVID-19 pandemic. • Launched a statewide “Yes! You Can Vote!” education campaign informing traditionally disenfranchised communities of their voting rights, including previously incarcerated people, trans individuals, and naturalized citizens. • Published a comprehensive Smart Justice Blueprint detailing the drivers of mass incarceration and how Indiana can reduce incarceration for nonviolent or innocent defendants, keep families whole, and reduce suffering while saving taxpayer money.

Who we are: The American Civil Liberties Union is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country. The ACLU of Indiana, headquartered in Indianapolis, is the independent statewide affiliate of the ACLU. A nonprofit membership organization, we do not receive public funds, tax dollars or government support. Our strength comes from more than 8,000 supporters in Indiana whose tax-deductible donations fund our free legal services, educational initiatives, and outreach. What we do: Through our 501(c)(3) work, including litigation, education, and outreach, the ACLU and ACLU of Indiana holds local, state, and national government to the promises and responsibilities of the U.S. and state Constitutions. Whether it’s winning marriage equality for Indiana, protecting families of refugees fleeing war and violence, or establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, the ACLU of Indiana takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

How you can help: Everyday across the state and nation, the ACLU is called on to defend all the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Our work is fueled by our dues-paying members, and our corps of volunteers are vital to our legal, advocacy, and education work. You can learn more about how you can get involved at

How we affect the community: Freedom can’t protect itself, and victories rarely stay won. That is why there will always be a need for thoughtful and informed citizens and for the ACLU of Indiana. We help lift the voices of those often silenced by society, including children, immigrants, and those living in poverty. We act on behalf of those without a friend, including prisoners and those who hold unpopular or inconvenient beliefs. Our clients include individuals, families, and classes of people who are marginalized or who do not have the ability to stand up for themselves; the ACLU of Indiana stands up for them. We are often the only organization willing and able to do so. And both in Indiana and nationwide, the ACLU is the primary defender of the legal rights of the LGBT community.

ACLU of Indiana 1031 East Washington Street. Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.759.6421 Website: Facebook: ACLUindiana Instagram: @acluindiana Twitter: Neil Hudelson, Director of Philanthropy, 317.635.4059 ext. 108,


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ANNA’S CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOUNDATION Who we are: Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation was founded in 2005 to provide life-enhancing gifts to Indiana children with special needs. Young Anna Molloy inspired the establishment of Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation with a mission to ensure kids like her had the necessary devices and tools to enhance their lives. Her parents often recall the first time that Anna received her wheelchair, giving her the freedom and independence necessary to celebrate her “specialness.” The smile on her face was matched only by the joy and comfort they had, knowing she could now experience life like so many other kids that were blessed to live without tubes or tanks. Anna succumbed to her ongoing battle on July 31, 2008 at the age of 12. She lived her life with a giant and courageous spirit and an amazing sense of humor that kept everyone she knew on their toes. Anna impacted the lives of so many while she was with us and continues to do so today. Her smile and presence are missed by all who knew her. Her spirit lives on in all of us as we continue her mission, to ensure that all children with special needs are afforded the joy of celebrating their own specialness.

That’s a staggering number of families that often have years of struggle and frustration while trying to care for their loved ones and provide them with the best quality of life available. Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation steps in to help provide a better quality of life for the child when the parents aren’t afforded the opportunity to do so. Insurance and Medicaid are usually there to help with medically-necessary equipment and devices, but there are few resources available that will help provide special learning software and technology so that a child can learn on their terms. There are few resources available that will provide a custom trike or specialty equipment like a waterproof prosthetic limb so that a child can play and be active like all children should. Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation is that resource! How we affect the community: Simply stated, we transform lives. When we give specialized software and technologies to a child, we are helping change (improve) how a child learns, interacts and communicates. When we provide mobility devices, we are providing possibilities. When we pour a wheelchair-accessible ramp or pad a child’s room from floor to ceiling, we are providing convenience and safety. Through the generous and growing support of fellow Hoosier individuals and companies, Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation works diligently to provide lifeenhancing gifts to 100 Hoosier children annually. That’s a 400% increase since 2012 and all thanks to the generous individual and corporate donations we depend on each year.

What we do: Since our beginning in 2005, Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation has gifted life-enhancing devices to deserving children throughout Indiana as well as enhancing several educational institutions that serve a special needs population. Some of these gifts, ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars have included: • Adaptive Trikes & Tandem Bikes • Automatic Door Openers • Therapy Suits & Multi-Sensory Body Socks • Adaptive Printer & Scanner for Sight Impaired • Canine Assistants • Therapy Blankets & Vests • Hearing Aids & Glasses • Security Systems & Smoke Detectors (for the hearing or vision impaired) • Wheelchair Ramps (portable & permanent) • Stair Lifts & Indoor Therapy Swings • Therapy Tubs & Safety Bath Chairs • Safety Corner Chairs & Stability Chairs • SMART Technology Systems & SMART Tables • Residential Remodeling for Handicap Accessibility • Light Aid Machines (vision impaired) • Specialty Beds & Adjustable Therapy Benches • Tracking Watches & Communication Devices • Adaptive Strollers & Gait Trainers • Therapy Balls & Soundproof Headphones • iPad technology and special apps • Scholarship assistance for special needs camps • Natural Reader Programs

How you can help: We stay focused on our mission to provide life-enhancing gifts to Indiana children with special needs; therefore, our priorities include raising funds to secure the requested life-enhancing gifts and to find more Indiana children with special needs who could benefit from a life-enhancing gift. A financial gift at ANY level will positively impact the life of an Indiana child with special needs. Any donation made online or by mail can be restricted for use towards a specific gift or child in need. We’ve had great success with child referrals from doctors, therapists, social workers, and educators, but much of our success in finding these children has been by word of mouth….. families and friends reaching out to each other to share our mission. Companies and organizations can also get involved by sponsoring a specific gift request or by supporting one of our many events that bring together those who share our passion. Anna’s Celebration of Life Foundation P.O. Box 17730, Indianapolis, IN 46217 317.524.1300 317.524.1300 Website: Facebook: @AnnasCelebrationOfLifeFoundation

Why we’re important: Today, there are nearly 150,000 Indiana children with disabilities and nearly 20% of all Indiana students are enrolled in special education classes or programs at school.

Brad Haberman, Director Pete Molloy, Board President



than 1.5 million students, educators, administrators and family members every year nationwide. We are expanding our anti-hate work to college and university campuses through our Hate/Uncycled program. ADL is the leading non-government trainer of law enforcement in the country, reaching 15,000 officers per year across the country. In 2020, ADL responded to more than 580 hate-based incidents across the Midwest. These included vandalism or attacks on houses of worship, student-on-student aggression in schools, race-based acts of intimidation, online threats and more. We are on pace to set another record this year.

Who we are: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. What we do: ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, our timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. ADL's Midwest Region covers northern Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota.

How you can help : Suggest schools or community organizations at which ADL can present to raise awareness and/or conduct anti-bias trainings. Tap into our educational resources at Stay informed by following us on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to the national ADL blog at Make a gift at

Why we’re important: ADL matters now more than ever. Acts of antisemitic harassment, vandalism and violence are up 59% nationally, and 84% in the Midwest, since 2016. Alarmingly, antisemitic activity in K-12 schools is up 19% nationally, and 55% in the Midwest, since 2018. Hate crimes were up 6% nationally, and 53% in the Midwest, from 2019 to 2020. And white supremacist propaganda distribution has risen by 88% nationally, and 299% in the Midwest, since 2018. This cannot stand.

Anti-Defamation League 120 South LaSalle Street Chicago, IL 60603 312.533.3939 Facebook: @ADLMidwest Twitter: @ADLMidwest

How we affect the community: Through our A World of Difference® Institute and No Place for Hate program®, ADL provides award-winning anti-bias training to more

Ellen Shevitz, ADL Indiana Representative,


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ARTS COUNCIL OF INDIANAPOLIS performance, a school program, a play, a fashion show, or an outdoor mural. We hope that they discover new experiences, meet people, and make meaningful connections, and are inspired to follow their own creative dreams. We were honored to be part of several community partnerships this past year that included Swish, which engaged 650+ visual artists and performers to welcome college basketball fans in March; the new Marshall “Major” Taylor mural to kick off the City of Indianapolis Bicentennial Legends series; the evolving Murals for Racial Justice project, which began in the summer of 2020 when artists of color turned downtown’s boarded-up storefronts into conversations about racial justice; and Art & Seek, where artists created moments of surprise and delight throughout Indianapolis neighborhoods.

Who we are: The Arts Council of Indianapolis is a nonprofit advocacy and services agency established in 1987. Our mission is to nurture a culture where artists and arts organizations can thrive. Our vision is to achieve “A Full Creative Life for All.” What we do: We strive to equitably and inclusively serve independent artists, arts and culture organizations, students, educators, and general audiences through many different programs: grantmaking, public art, arts education, career development, and exhibitions such as the popular TINY show at the Arts Council’s Gallery 924 and events including the annual Art & Soul festival at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, a venue that we operate. We also administer the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program that provides funding to more than 70 nonprofit arts and culture organizations that serve 8 million visitors and residents annually. Our annual fundraiser, Start with Art, held in August, brings together more than 700 people to enjoy performances, stories, and speakers to kick off the fall arts season.

How you can help: Please help support Indy’s “Creative Comeback” campaign! While we are looking forward to an amazing fall and winter arts season, we still need the community’s help as we navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. You can donate by visiting

Why we’re important: The Arts Council helps connect residents to the talented creatives and incredible experiences that make up our vibrant arts and culture community. We firmly believe in paying artists for their valuable skills. And we relentlessly advocate for the need for broad, and equitable, community funding for the arts. Since March 2020, we’ve been entrusted to administer nearly $14 million in COVID relief funding to help 80 organizations to recover financially and reopen in ways that help audiences feel safe. We’ve given more than 1,500 grants to independent artists to help them “restart’ their careers or to support their mental health and wellness. We are able to celebrate Indy’s “Creative Comeback” this fall thanks to the vision and support of these community funders, and to the resilience and innovation of artists, arts organizations, and cultural entrepreneurs. How we affect the community: We encourage all central Indiana residents to experience the arts, whether they visit a museum, a neighborhood art fair, a dance or musical

Arts Council of Indianapolis 924 North Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis IN 46204 317.631.3301 Website: Facebook: @artscouncilindy Instagram: @artscouncilindy Twitter:@artscouncilindy Julie Goodman, President & CEO: or 317.631.3301, ext. 222 Ernest Disney-Britton, Vice President of Community Impact & Investment, or 317.631.3301, ext. 235 Amanda Kingsbury, Director of Marketing & Communications, or 317.258.3649


ASSISTANCE LEAGUE OF INDIANAPOLIS The goal of ALI Friends is to nurture a relationship with seniors and people with disabilities by providing companionship and activities.

Who we are: Assistance League® of Indianapolis is a non-profit, non-sectarian, member-volunteer organization; there is no paid staff. The 200 members are a diverse group of passionate and dedicated individuals. The collection of members’ life experiences creates a rich resource of talent to manage the organization effectively and efficiently. We are transforming lives and strengthening our community.

How we affect the community: We are your friends • We are your neighbors • We focus on local needs first • Our member-volunteers realize their vision for our community where all funds raised stay in the Indianapolis metro area. Our philanthropic programs rely on hands-on involvement by our member-volunteers and spring from their generous hearts and minds. We aspire to achieve true transformation in our community and help make a better world possible. We have continued to serve our community while following all COVID restrictions and guidelines.

What we do: • Operation School Bell® -Thousands of underserved children in Indianapolis do not have adequate school clothing or shoes. This often adversely affects their performance and reduces attendance in school. Operation School Bell offers three distinct divisions: Apparel, Shoes and Beyond the Bell. The three divisions provide new clothing, supplies and athletic shoes to economically challenged students, helping them to arrive at school ready to learn. School personnel from the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Metropolitan School Districts of Lawrence, Pike, Warren, Washington, and Wayne Townships identify and refer the K - 5 students served. • Assault Survivor Kits® provide warm, comfortable, new clothing for victims of assault to wear when their attire is retained as evidence. • ALI Bears give comfort to ill, traumatized, or grieving individuals. • ALI Friends offer companionship and caring to enhance and improve the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities.

How you can help: Membership in Assistance League is open to anyone who has the spirit to get the job done! Our members are incredibly generous and imaginative. Each is highly motivated to effect change in our community. Membership Information: Contributions from individuals, businesses and grant awards financially support our charitable effort. To donate visit: Since 1984, our innovative philanthropic programs have provided… • Operation School Bell has provided over 68,500 underserved students with apparel and supplies and over 50,000 with new athletic shoes. In addition, the Beyond the Bell division provides extra clothing items for 57 elementary schools. • More than 16,700 kits and 15,500 undergarments have been delivered to 13 agencies in central Indiana to victims of assault. • 25,000 ALI Bears filled empty arms with a friend to hug, care, and love. • Seniors and disabled adults enjoyed playing bingo and celebrating birthdays and holidays with our ALI Friends.

Why we’re important: Families of the children we serve through Operation School Bell report that money they save on school items allows them to direct their limited funds toward essentials such as housing, utilities, and food. We conduct our program through a “Pack & Deliver” method. To obtain students’ sizes, families complete a sizing form which they return to our leadership team via school personnel. Each child receives a duffel bag, winter coat, hat, gloves, six pairs of socks, six pairs of underwear, two polo shirts, one belt, two navy or khaki pants, skorts, jumpers, or jeans, hygiene items and two books. The apparel provided is often the first new clothing the students have owned. Think about wearing shoes that are too small or stuffing newspaper in the toes to be able walk. Athletic shoes are sized properly by shoe store personnel. Besides meeting a fundamental need, the items given to children raise their self-esteem, enabling them to be more successful in the classroom. Imagine as a victim of assault relinquishing personal clothing for evidence. Our Assault Survivor Kits contains a sweat suit, socks, and briefs for individuals. Knowing that someone cares enough to meet their immediate needs gives victims the courage to take the next steps toward recovery. Remember when you were a child and had a special toy or stuffed animal that always made you feel better? Teddy bears provided by the ALI Bears program, comfort children in hospitals, hospice patients & those grieving a loss.

Assistance League® of Indianapolis 1475 West 86th Street, Suite E, Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.872.1010 Website Facebook: @assistanceleagueofindianapolis Instagram: alofindy Twitter: @ALofindy Trish Severns – President Sharon Gleason – President- Elect Sherri Torres – VP Resource Development Kathy Kerr Wylam – VP Marketing



We also provide training and leadership opportunities to our participants with and without IDD, helping them to advocate for themselves and the disability community and become advocates for positive change in their schools and local communities. We believe that our program participants can lead the effort within their community and beyond to build a more inclusive world for people with IDD.

What we do: Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Why we’re important: Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

How you can help: 1. Sign up to volunteer online at 2. Contact us to start a Best Buddies chapter at your school or to hire a Best Buddies Jobs participant at 3. Donate to support our programs at or attend one of our fundraising events

How we affect the community: In Indiana, Best Buddies has more than 100 active school chapters at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and colleges around the state, including many in central Indiana. These volunteer-led chapters create one-to-one friendships between people with IDD and their peers without IDD, helping to end the social isolation of Hoosiers with IDD. The Best Buddies Jobs program in Indianapolis provides supported employment services to adults with IDD in the community. The Jobs program places focus beyond the typical jobs in which a person with IDD might be placed. Nationally, more than 81% of people with IDD do not have a paid job in the community. Best Buddies Jobs provides a direct solution to this issue in the Indy area.

Best Buddies Indiana 8604 Allisonville Road, Suite 165 Indianapolis, IN 46250 317.436.8440 Website: Facebook: bestbuddiesin Instagram: bestbuddiesin Twitter: bestbuddiesin State Director: Natalie Seibert 317.436.8440 ext. 41


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BREBEUF JESUIT PREPARATORY SCHOOL Brebeuf ’s service program, charity drives are held each month where the community comes together and collects items to be donated to those in need. For example, the Brebeuf Jesuit community annually hosts a food drive to benefit St. Vincent de Paul. Brebeuf Jesuit also works with adults and alumni in the community through spiritual outreach and formation programs. Lastly, Brebeuf Jesuit holds community events where the community is invited to hear from speakers and authors regarding vital and engaging cultural and diversity issues. Brebeuf Jesuit is proud to be a member of such a strong and passionate community; Brebeuf ’s history and activism demonstrate the school community’s commitment to helping in any way it can to assist in the growth of our citizens and the greater Indianapolis population.

Who we are: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School is a Catholic and Jesuit high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, that provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming student leaders into men and women for others. What we do: Brebeuf Jesuit educates young men and women through the assistance of a caring faculty to become intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious, and committed to promoting justice – the five hallmarks of Jesuit education. Brebeuf Jesuit’s education of the whole person allows students to engage in co-curricular activities such as community service and athletics that help them develop and gain confidence in their leadership skills while cultivating the fullness of their God-given talents.

How you can help: Brebeuf Jesuit is blessed to have a generous society of donors to fund the school’s financial aid program and many other student enrichment opportunities through The Brebeuf Fund, Brebeuf Jesuit’s annual giving program. Donations to the Brebeuf Fund allow the continuation of Brebeuf ’s tradition of academic excellence and ability to recruit and retain the most qualified students — regardless of their financial circumstance. To achieve this standard and ensure a Jesuit education remains achievable to all deserving students, external support is of critical importance. Help can also be provided via Planned Giving opportunities and annual fundraising events. Brebeuf ’s largest fundraising event, Brebeuf Bistro, is one such event that includes live and silent auctions where attendees enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship while giving back. For more information on supporting Brebeuf, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 317.524.7046.

Why we’re important: Brebeuf Jesuit is a transformative and welcoming Catholic and Jesuit school that provides students a well-rounded education for the future. The Brebeuf community embraces the fullness and diversity of every individual, and the entire community fosters a culture of understanding by seeking and welcoming students from diverse religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Approximately 50% of Brebeuf Jesuit’s students are non-Catholic and ascribe to a variety of faith traditions, including denominations of Protestantism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam. In addition to the importance of maintaining a caring and diverse community, Brebeuf Jesuit delivers a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum to its students, offering 17 honors, 26 AP, and four collegeaccredited courses. With over 50 co-curricular activities and 38 athletic opportunities, Brebeuf Jesuit allows students to not only earn an excellent education, but also encourages them to explore and engage in the world around them.

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School 2801 West 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317.524.7050 Website: Facebook: brebeufjesuitpreparatoryschool Instagram: @Brebeuf Jesuit

How we affect the community: In an effort to develop the students at Brebeuf Jesuit into leaders, community service plays a vital role in our school’s daily life. As part of the education of the whole person, service allows students to learn about different cultures and reflect on the diversity of human experience through direct interactions with a variety of populations. Community service starts early, as freshmen participate in Freshman Service Days. Besides volunteering locally, students also have the chance to go on cultural immersion trips to El Salvador, Belize, New Orleans, Detroit, Chicago, and South Dakota. In addition to

Fr. Bill Verbryke, S.J., President Mr. Greg VanSlambrook, Principal Jamie Elkins, Executive Vice President


Generously donated by Jennifer and Jeffrey ('79) Cohen

BROOKE’S PLACE How we affect the community: Since 1999, Brooke’s Place has provided support groups to more than 10,000 individuals! During the process of healing their broken hearts, our children, teens and young adults also develop essential life skills. • Brooke’s Place helps decrease feelings of isolation in children: Before attending Brooke’s Place, 40% of children indicated feeling understood by those around them compared to 78% who indicated this after attending Brooke’s Place. • Brooke’s Place helps children develop healthy coping skills: Before attending Brooke’s Place, 37% of children indicated the ability to express feelings in healthy ways about their loved one who died. After attending Brooke’s Place, 72% indicated the ability to do so. • Brooke’s Place helps children cope with anxiety: Before attending Brooke’s Place, 38% of children indicated the ability to express their fears and worries in healthy ways. After attending Brooke’s Place, 80% indicated the ability to do so.

Who we are: Brooke's Place provides support groups, therapy services, and community education to empower children, teens, young adults, and their families to thrive in the midst of grief. The death of a loved one can be one of the most difficult experiences of a young person’s life. When a child experiences the death of someone significant, his or her feelings and thoughts may become confusing and overwhelming. Brooke’s Place provides an environment where children and their families have the opportunity to share their stories and begin to heal. What we do: Children learn to honor and cherish the loved ones they carry in their hearts. At Brooke’s Place, children find that they are not alone and learn to recognize, express and embrace their thoughts, questions, and feelings about grief and loss. Our services include: • Ongoing peer support groups • BP8, community-based short-term support groups • Therapy services for individual or family counseling • Camp Healing Tree, a weekend grief support camp • Community Education

How you can help: We have many ways in which individuals and groups can assist us in supporting grieving children. • Become a support group facilitator or buddy • Become an office or event volunteer • Become a donor • Sponsor one of our events • Refer families to us • Become a Camp Healing Tree volunteer • Provide meals or sweet treats on a program night • Make comfort blankets for our families • Host a donation drive • Do you have an idea? Just call us -- we would love to hear your thoughts!

Children, teens, young adults, and their families find friends at Brooke's Place who share their pain, friends they can lean on, and friends they can trust with their most personal feelings. It is truly a place where kids help kids! Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People was founded on the belief that every young person deserves the opportunity to grieve in a supportive, understanding and nurturing environment. Why we’re important: Brooke’s Place volunteers and staff have worked tirelessly toward our vision that children, teens, young adults, and their families living with grief feel supported and understood. Approximately 73,000 central Indiana youth between the ages of 3 and 21 will experience the death of a significant loved one and would greatly benefit from our services. The effects of childhood unresolved grief are considerable; children who experience trauma, including the death of a loved one, are 15 times more likely to die by suicide, four times more likely to inject drugs, and three times more likely to suffer from depression. Brooke’s Place is here to support these children and families and provide them a place in which to heal.

Brooke’s Place 8935 North Meridian Street, Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.705.9650 Facebook: @brookesplace Instagram:@brookes_place Twitter: @BrookesPlace Theresa Brun, executive director, 317.705.9650,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

CANDLES HOLOCAUST MUSEUM communities. The lessons embedded in Eva’s story have great impact on groups and individuals, because they teach a lifechanging fact: every single person has the power to heal and the human right to be free. Even after her passing, Eva’s message has touched the lives of victims of abuse and neglect, as well as those who struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. It helps children who have been bullied or feel out of place in their world and gives courage to those who face grave illness. For over 40 years, Eva shared her story with victims, students, teachers, medical professionals, senators, administrators, historians, university groups, graduating classes, and civic groups, both nationally and internationally.

Who we are: CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1995 by Holocaust survivor Eva Kor. Our mission is to contribute to the empowerment of the world through hope, healing, respect, and responsibility by shining a light on the story of the Holocaust, Eva Kor, the Mengele twins, and other survivors. What we do: As a Holocaust museum, we provide a safe space for difficult conversations on topics such as refugees, human rights, social justice, freedom, inclusion, and racism. CANDLES offers exhibits, educational workshops, and public programs to address relevant issues in our world today. We educate people in our community and around the world through the first¬hand accounts and experiences of Holocaust survivors, both in the museum and through programs such as our annual trip to Auschwitz.

How you can help: CANDLES is embarking on many projects to ensure that the museum's mission and Eva Kor's legacy continue to help educate and heal people and communities for many years to come. One such initiative is partnering with the Indiana Historical Society to bring Dimensions in Testimony TM, an innovative technology used to preserve and share Holocaust survivor testimony using 3D interactive imaging, to the citizens of Indiana. Another is the award-winning “Be the Change” film and speaker series, which brings Holocaust survivors and human rights leaders to central Indiana to share their stories. CANDLES also offers scholarships to educators and students who wish to participate in our annual trip to Auschwitz. You can help by supporting programs like these through individual and corporate donations or by becoming a partner organization. We always welcome volunteers to assist with programs, events, and museum projects.

Why we're important: CANDLES is the only Holocaust museum in Indiana and the only Holocaust museum in the world dedicated to the Mengele twins. Originally devoted to finding surviving Mengele twins around the world, CANDLES has grown into a worldwide movement that seeks to preserve survivor testimony for future generations, foster conversation about important local and global topics, and engage students in the museum’s mission. CANDLES is also a unique organization, because not only do we bear witness to what happens when we remain silent to atrocities, but we also empower people to heal themselves and their communities through the lessons of the Holocaust and the life of Eva Kor.

CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center 1532 South Third Street, Terre Haute, IN 47802 812.234.7881 Website: Facebook: @candlesmuseum Twitter: @candlesmuseum Instagram: @candlesmuseum

How we affect the community: While the Holocaust is an increasingly distant historical event, its lessons have crucial relevance in our community today, such as understanding the consequences of discrimination; learning the importance of standing up for those groups who cannot speak for themselves; appreciating that diversity in our community is a strength, not a liability; understanding that by learning about one another, we reduce the risk of dehumanization, alienation, and violence; and recognizing that our democratic institutions will languish without active participation by informed citizens. In addition to those lessons, we teach self-healing, self-liberation, and self-empowerment through Eva’s life lessons as a path to creating positive change in our

Troy Fears, CANDLES executive director, 812.234.7881, Emily Thurston, CANDLES communications coordinator, 812.234.7881,



For the 2021-2022 season, the Center launched NEW WORKS: An Arts Commission Project, which will award financial and technical support to three Central Indiana performing artists or groups to participate in a public premiere event in June 2022. The project is designed to promote and sustain the area’s working artists and artistic communities in an inclusive way by supporting the creation of new works across all performing arts disciplines, including, but not limited to, music, dance and theater.

Who we are: The Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization responsible for the operation and programming of a multidisciplinary performing arts campus in Carmel, Indiana. The facilities include the Palladium, a state-of-the-art 1,600-seat concert hall; the Tarkington, a 500-seat proscenium theater; and the Studio Theater, a versatile black box with a seated capacity of 200. The Center presents scores of events each year and provides space and support services for six resident companies: Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Central Indiana Dance Ensemble, Civic Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre and Indiana Wind Symphony. The Center is permanently affiliated, and collaborates extensively, with the Great American Songbook Foundation, a distinct nonprofit organization that has offices and an exhibit gallery in the Palladium. The Foundation works to advance the legacy of classic music from the worlds of jazz, pop, Broadway and Hollywood.

Why we’re important: In an era of pervasive digital media and declining resources for arts education, the Center provides a welcoming environment where the public can engage in real time with live performing arts experiences. We bring the world to central Indiana in ways that build community, inspire creativity and ultimately enrich and transform lives. How we affect the community: Along with providing a unifying experience of beauty and entertainment for local residents, the Center serves as an anchor for an arts-based economic development strategy that has helped to lift the Carmel community to the top of numerous national qualityof-life rankings.

What we do: The mission of the Center for the Performing Arts is to engage and inspire the central Indiana community through enriching arts experiences. Since opening in 2011, the Center has been a leader in the arts community, hosting more than 2,700 performances and welcoming over 1.1 million patrons representing all 92 Indiana counties, all 50 states and 31 nations. Each season of Center Presents events features top performers in classical, jazz, pop, rock, country, Great American Songbook, comedy, and international music and dance. The Center's education and outreach initiatives include many programs for children and families, such as concerts and musical activities for toddlers and preschoolers, the Palladium PALS reading club, educational video conferences for students around the state, and the Student Discount Ticket program, enabling students to attend performances for just $15. Programs for adults include military/firstresponder discounts, the Palladium Bookies reading club, the Luminaries speaker series, and classes in vocal performance, dance, stand-up comedy and ukulele. When the pandemic limited on-site gatherings and concert touring, the Center adapted many programs to online delivery and invested in video and streaming technology that are enabling it to reach new and broader audiences. The new Live at the Center concert livestream series has brought the original music of Indiana artists to thousands of viewers across the nation.

How you can help: Join us today as a partner, and your investment will underwrite community engagement with the arts through a tax-deductible individual donation, corporate sponsorship, foundation grant or planned gift, each with customizable recognition and benefits. And mark your calendar for our 2022 gala on September 17. Learn more at or call 317.819.3520. The Center for the Performing Arts 1 Carter Green, Carmel, IN 46032 317.660.3373 (Main Office) 317.843.3800 (Box Office) Email: Facebook: @CPApresents Instagram: @CPApresents Twitter: @CPApresents Jeffrey C. McDermott, President/CEO Michael Feinstein, Artistic Director


CENTRAL INDIANA POLICE FOUNDATION • K9 Division We provide money to assist in the acquisition of new K9s, and training and care of the animals.

Who we are: The Central Indiana Police Foundation is a (501) (c) (3) that was created from a vision of the staff at the FOP 86. We are an agency that focuses on supporting all Law Enforcement branches and their officers both personally and professionally. Our current territory is Marion County and all contiguous counties. The Pacers Sports and Entertainment Group, along with the Indianapolis Colts, are our founding sponsors.

Why we’re important: We try to fill the gaps when it comes to helping to fully support our officers. Budgets are tight and when new needs arise for our law enforcement it takes time to refocus budgets to provide those needs. We also feel officers need the extra support personally. When injured or killed, their families need extra financial help. We are there to assist them in getting their needs met.

What we do: We have four programs that represent our areas of focus: • Code One Fund This fund helps provide resources and funds for officers injured or killed in the line of duty and their families. Our goal is to demonstrate to officers that there is indeed a community standing behind them in support. Following our most recent line-of-duty death, we raised money to provide for all of the needs of the officer’s three year-old son and supported her parents so they could focus on healing. • InVEST in Blue We provide resources to assist officers in their personal safety and to aid them in doing their jobs better. We are known for providing the Trauma Kit to more than 4,000 officers to date. We provided IMPD Trauma Kits and training to every officer initially. These kits are used to save lives of officers and community members in accidents, gunshot wounds, etc. Hundreds of lives have been saved due to the use of these kits. CIPF’s goal is to provide every officer in our territory with one of these kits, along with the training needed to use them properly. We also provide grants for departments to purchase the rifle plates for bulletproof vests. These plates are able to withstand gunfire from an automatic and semi-automatic weapon. • Behind the Line We support activities that aid officers in creating better relationships with our community. This can be money to help officers provide food and clothing to those they meet on the job or help support a community meal where officers eat with the people in their service area. We have partnered with the Pacers Foundation to distribute funding designed to build stronger relationships between our youth and officers.

How we affect the community: Our officers leave their families every day to protect ours. Doing all we can to support them and create a better community-police relationship builds a better community overall. Our resources also provide tools to officers that literally save lives. These lives belong to our community members and our law enforcement officers. How you can help: We need volunteers to assist us in various projects throughout the year. We need volunteers for our annual fundraising event that happens the Friday prior to Thanksgiving. We also need administrative help during the year. We are looking to raise funds in 2022 of an additional $150,000 so we can begin creating an endowment for sustainability. Visit our website to purchase items that raise funds, or make a donation to us on the site. The Central Indiana Police Foundation 1525 South Shelby Street Indianapolis, IN 46203 317.536.1402 Facebook: @CentralINPoliceFoundation Instagram: @CIPFIN Twitter: @CentralINPolice Lisa Rollings, Executive Director, Kierstin Carnahan, Marketing,



What we do: Our mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families.

• We provide a safe, clean, friendly, fun, efficient and engaging visitor experience that is affordable and accessible. • We offer free and reduced admission for our community as well as community programs.

Why we’re important: We believe in preserving the legacy of the museum by/through: Promoting family learning, providing value to our community, state, nation and the world, as well as valuing people and pursuing excellence always.

How you can help: You can help by donating to the museum. Your support helps us live out our mission every day by creating extraordinary experiences for all. Donate today by visiting Gifts over $285 can include a membership.

How we affect the community: • We are a catalyst for neighborhood revitalizations, stability and community engagement. • We seek and collaborate with other institutions and organizations locally, regionally, nationally, and globally to create dynamic partnerships which leverage the positive impact of our museum.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis 3000 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.334.4000 Facebook: childrensmuseum Instagram: @childrensmuseum Twitter: @TCMIndy

Who we are: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis



Gala and The Christamore House Guild’s Book and Author Benefit Luncheon. The proceeds from these events support The Christamore House Guild’s Scholarship Fund. Our scholarships are designed to offer supplemental college aid to students from the Haughville area. The financial contributions made by the Christamore House Guild are the largest source of private support available to Christamore House.

Who we are: The Christamore House Guild, founded in 1908 by Martha Stewart Carey, is a nonprofit organization that raises money for the Christamore House through various fundraising efforts. What we do: We are dedicated to providing volunteer services and financial support for the activities and programs of the historic Christamore House Family and Community Center. The Christamore House provides the very best in child and youth educational services, senior programming and life-skills training for residents of Haughville and the near-westside of Indianapolis. Its many programs include an early childhood education center, afterschool STEM, PREP and LEAP programs, a department to strengthen families, a senior citizen program and Indianapolis Police Athletic League/Christamore House Boxing.

How you can help: Here are some ways you can help support the Christamore House Guild: • We are always looking for new members to volunteer their time and resources. • We also appreciate corporate and individual sponsorships for our Book and Author Benefit Luncheon and donated auction items for our Fall Gala.

Why we’re important: Through the years, the Guild has grown from a small group of women working with immigrants settling in the Haughville area to a thriving service organization of more than 300 active and associate members. Guild members volunteer in many ways at the House, including directly with children in the preschool or afterschool programs, with senior citizens at the Senior Center, or with neighborhood families at the Family Unity Nights. The Guild supports the Christamore House motto of “helping people to help themselves.”

Christamore House Guild 502 North Tremont Street, Indianapolis, IN 46222 317.635.7211 Website: Facebook: Christamore House Guild Instagram: @christamore_house_guild Twitter: @chguild

How we affect the community: The Guild sponsors two major annual fundraisers: The Christamore House Fall

President-Elect: Kate Olivier / 317.445.4218

President: Jennifer Carman / 317.946.2751



6,000 students, including students in our College & Careers program, 99% of our students pass graduation exams and 88% of our graduates continue studies or are gainfully employed.

Who we are: Christel House is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization for assisting impoverished children. What we do: Christel House is more than a school – it’s the lifeline to success. Christel House helps children from underresourced communities around the world realize their full potential. Education is the core around which Christel House is built. This is complemented by comprehensive services which include character development, nutrition, health care, social services and career planning. But our holistic model of support doesn’t end with high school graduation. For five years post-graduation, the Christel House College & Careers program provides financial, academic and career-oriented assistance as students transition to college, apprenticeships and work. Our students receive care and support for 18 years.

How you can help: Make a gift at 100% of all donations support programs and services for students. Overhead and fundraising costs are provided by the organization's founder, Christel DeHaan. Christel House International 10 West Market St., Suite 1990, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2973 317.464.2030 Website: Facebook: @christelhouse Instagram: @christelhouse Twitter: @christelhouse

Why we’re important: Children don't choose to live in poverty. Christel House offers a pathway for students away from multi-generational poverty. Christel House has schools around the world—two schools in India, one in Mexico, one in South Africa and four charter schools in Indianapolis, including an adult high school. Our ninth school, Christel House Jamaica, opened in October 2020.

Bart Peterson, President and CEO, 317.464.2320, Barbara (Bobbi) Bosch, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development, 317.464.2086, Kate Hayward, Major Gifts Officer, 317.464.2698,

How we affect the community: Christel House has a remarkable record of success: Currently serving nearly


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

COLLEGE MENTORS FOR KIDS The impact of College Mentors for Kids is significant. After a year in our program, we asked little buddies and their mentors and parents/guardians for changes in their attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Here is a sampling of results: • 86% agreed with the statement, “Since becoming a little buddy, I see more things about myself that are good.” • 90% are confident in their ability to resist peer pressure

Who we are: Mentoring transforms lives; we connect kids to college students through weekly on-campus activities that inspire growth, confidence, and brighter futures. What we do: At College Mentors, we set out each day to transform the lives of children and college students through mentoring. We pair children one-on-one with a mentor and engage them in on-campus, or virtual activities if COVID restrictions are in place, where they discover the joy of learning and the power of mentoring.

Parents and guardians shared that they saw improvements in their child: • Increased ability to express future hopes and dreams (73%) • Increased frequency of voluntarily behaving in a positive or helpful manner (73%)

Why we’re important: According to the 2020 Indiana KIDS COUNT Data Book Snapshot produced by Indiana Youth Institute, 18% of Indiana children (17 and younger) live in poverty. During the ’19-’20 program year, 74% of the little buddies we served lived in poverty. Childhood poverty and the correlated characteristics of single-parent homes and low levels of parent educational attainment have serious implications for kids’ futures. These gaps have deepened over the past year due to the pandemic. Dr. Jean Rhodes, leading expert on youth mentoring research recently reported that “marginalized youth are likely to bear the heaviest burdens of trauma and economic fallout” from COVID-19. The virus has disrupted several support systems that help children succeed: consistent academic engagement inside a classroom, strong and supportive relationships with caring adults outside their home, and supportive home environments. College Mentors for Kids fills an established gap for youth from vulnerable backgrounds, including children from low-income households, single parent households, potential firstgeneration college students, and/or children who are need of a mentor due to other factors such as bullying, low self-esteem, and lack of educational encouragement and educational role models at home. College Mentors will help level the disparities accentuated by COVID-19 as youth recover from the past year of learning loss and decreased social connection by providing a mentor to support their little buddy each week during the program year. College Mentors has proven that our mission is possible despite challenging conditions. We have expanded our program delivery options to complement the unique circumstances of each community and chapter during the pandemic. In some communities, we are delivering our traditional program on college campuses (with appropriate safety procedures in place). Where we are not on campus because of environmental challenges, we are delivering our virtual program, College Mentors at Home, or college students are traveling to mentor at our partner elementary schools.

One parent shared, “The whole program was great [especially] during the pandemic. My son started managing his stress since he started his weekly meetings with his mentor. He was home for months without any social interaction. The day he restarted college mentor meets he stopped biting his lips.” As a dual-impact program, our college students are developing professional skills while managing their campus program and mentoring their little buddies. How we affect the community: In 2015, we worked with an independent market research firm to survey our little buddies who had graduated from high school and beyond. Data from this study indicated that: • 75% followed the path to post-secondary education. • 80% graduated from high school. • 95% avoided the justice system. How you can help: You can support College Mentors for Kids by investing in our mission as we inspire brighter futures for more youth as they continue to recover from the effects of the pandemic. College students are encouraged to sign up to become a mentor at one of our 32 university chapters across nine states. College Mentors for Kids 212 West 10th Street, Suite B260, Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.921.1798 Facebook: CollegeMentorsforKidsNationalOffice Instagram: @college_mentors Shelley M. Hunter, CEO, 317.921.1798



Why we are important: We are important because of the rising numbers of people being diagnosed at very young ages, and the CCA fights every day to promote awareness for early detection and funds for more research to fight this dreadful disease. We serve as allies to everyone touched by the disease, with a national network of survivors and advocates ready to help others navigate their cancer journey. When detected early, colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer, yet a third of at-risk adults have not taken steps to make sure their cancer is caught before it can advance.

Who we are: We are the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, the nation's largest organization dedicated to raising awareness for screenings and funds for research to end colon cancer in our lifetime. Colon Cancer is affecting younger and younger people every day, and is projected to be the number one killer of all cancers for those under 50 by the year 2030. The minimum age for screening was recently lowered to 45, but it needs to be much lower. What we do: The CCA provides support to colon cancer patients through certified patient and family support navigators with everything from emotional support to access to financial aid. There is a 24-hour online chat room where you can connect with patients, survivors and caregivers across the globe, and a buddy program for oneon-one support with someone who's been through it. On October 9, we hosted the Blue Hope Bash, which was emceed by Fox59 morning anchor Lindy Thackston. Lindy was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer in March 2020 at age 39 and is still battling today. Blue Hope Bash Indy was a sold-out event attended by 250 people and raised over $270,000, which was truly amazing! Individuals are still able to submit donations to CCA through their website, but you can also help simply by encouraging family and friends to get screened. Colon Cancer is preventable if caught early, so remember, Tomorrow Can't Wait!

Colorectal Cancer Alliance CEO Michael Sapienza 202.207.0244 Malki Karkowsky, Senior Director of Individual Giving 202.207.0244 1025 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 1066 Washington, DC 20005 Facebook: Colorectal Cancer Alliance Instagram: @Colorectal Cancer Alliance Twitter: @CCAlliance


DAMIEN CENTER insecurity, and other risks to their security. Damien Center is there to support and empower them and to help end the HIV epidemic.

Who we are: Damien Center is one home for HIV wellness. It is the largest and oldest AIDS service organization in Indiana, working since 1987 to empower communities and persons affected by HIV/AIDS by being a leading resource, provider, and advocate for comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, prevention, education, and related services.

How we affect the community: Now more than ever, people living with HIV need a conduit that ensures they have access to the resources they need. Damien Center serves more than 4,000 individuals and families annually, and 95% of clients report that they are satisfied with their care. Ultimately, providing for clients’ needs and keeping them engaged helps them achieve an undetectable viral load, which means they can live a healthy life and cannot transmit the virus.

What we do: Damien Center offers a one-stop shop for all the services that people affected by HIV may need. Services include: • Medical Services. Damien Cares medical clinic provides premier, high-quality in-person and virtual healthcare to improve patients’ overall health and decrease the community’s HIV viral load. • Damien Pharmacy. An onsite pharmacy means that patients have immediate, low-cost access to their prescriptions and do not have to risk delays or long rides on public transportation. • Counseling Services. Dedicated and trained counselors provide mental health, substance use, and group counseling in person and virtually. • Testing and Prevention. A free and confidential HIV and STI testing center open to everyone in the community. We also offer PrEP and PEP, HIV prevention medications. • Food Pantry. Convenient, pre-packaged, and nutritional foods are provided to help maintain a healthy diet. • Housing Services. Safe, stable, and affordable housing gives clients the best chance to adhere to treatments and enhance their quality of life. Damien Center helps connect clients to short-term and long-term housing options. • Care Coordination. Free, comprehensive, specialized case management helps patients with medical referrals, transportation, health insurance, financial assistance, and other needs. • Employment Services. Workshops, referrals, and other employment resources empower clients with the tools they need to succeed in the workforce. • And much more! Damien Center provides youth and family services, legal assistance, support groups, and many other services based upon the needs of clients.

How you can help: Damien Center relies on support from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies to meet the needs of our community. Your help allows Damien Center to continue delivering premium services and also enable us to expand services for a future where HIV no longer exists in our community. • Donate. All financial and in-kind gifts support vital preventive and medical services to those at risk of and living with HIV. To contribute, please visit • Volunteer. Hundreds of individual and group volunteers help Damien Center meet its mission each year. Learn more at • Participate. Join us at an event like Dining Out For Life or Grande Masquerade. More info is at The Damien Center 26 North Arsenal Avenue Indianapolis, IN 46201 317.632.0123 Facebook: @thedamiencenter Twitter: @damiencenter Instagram: @damiencenter Alan Witchey, President and CEO, 317.632.0123, ext. 266,

Why we’re important: Particularly during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, people living with HIV are more likely to experience health complications, economic

Stephen McCoy, Vice President of Donor Relations, 317.632.0123, ext. 269,


EXODUS REFUGEE IMMIGRATION How we affect the community: Exodus engages the central Indiana community in the global humanitarian work of offering protection and opportunity to refugees. Despite the adversity they have experienced, most refugees who make their home in Indianapolis are eager to engage the challenges and opportunities that the United States offers in order to make a better life for themselves and their families. Exodus provides for refugees’ basic needs when they first arrive in the United States, and provides or connects them to a full array of social and medical services, English language training, cultural orientation, and employment services to help them build successful new lives in our community. Refugees enrich our community as homeowners, employees, business owners and civic leaders. We are proud to be a part of creating a welcoming, inclusive and diverse Indiana in partnership with our fellow Hoosiers.

Who we are: Every day, millions of courageous persons flee their homelands due to unimaginable persecution. They seek refuge and human rights in other places around the world, including Indianapolis. Since 1981, Exodus Refugee Immigration has welcomed refugees to Indianapolis and offered them a place to call home. As an independent, non-sectarian, 501(c)(3), and nonprofit agency, Exodus is part of a network that works with Church World Service in the resettlement of refugees. Our board of directors, staff and volunteers are passionate about securing the dignity and human rights of people around the globe. What we do: Exodus provides a wide range of services and programs to meet the needs of refugee newcomers. We arrange for basic needs such as housing, food and clothing, and case management, as well as English classes, employment services, a mental wellness program, a women’s program, a youth program, immigration legal services, and more. Our primary goal is to provide refugees with the skills, information, and support they need to be successful in their new lives in the United States. In fiscal year 2020, we served a total of 939 people, including 175 newly-arrived refugees from Burma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Syria.

How you can help: There are so many ways you can help welcome refugees to Indiana! Consider making a financial donation to support vital services such as our women’s program, mental wellness program, youth program or legal services program. Exodus also accepts donations of new or gently used household items for refugee families. There are also many opportunities to volunteer with Exodus. You can mentor a newly-arrived family, work as a conversation partner to help someone practice their English skills, or engage your faith organization, company, or civic group to serve as a Welcome Team together. Welcome Teams provide support and friendship to newly arrived families during their first 90 days. Visit the “Get Involved” page on our website to learn more about giving and engagement opportunities.

Why we’re important: There are more refugees in the world today than at any point since WWII, and more than half of all refugees are children. It is the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 79 million people are displaced around the world and approximately 26 million meet the United Nations’ definition of a refugee: “a refugee is a person who, owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion, is outside the country of his nationality, and is unable to or, owing to such fear, is unwilling, to avail himself of the protection of that country.” The U.S. refugee resettlement program reflects the United States' highest values and aspirations of compassion, generosity and leadership. Since 1975, Americans have welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world. Refugees have built new lives, homes and communities in towns and cities in all 50 states. Exodus is the largest refugee resettlement organization in Indiana. Starting over in a new country can be difficult, but Exodus gives refugees the opportunity to build new lives here in our community.

Exodus Refugee Immigration 2457 East Washington St., Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46201 317.921.0836 Facebook address: @ExodusRefugee Instagram:@exodus_refugee Twitter: @Exodus_Refugee Cole Varga, Executive Director, Cassandra Sanborn, Director of Development, csanborn@ Afshan Paarlberg, Board President


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

FACE LOW-COST ANIMAL CLINIC Who we are: FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic (FACE) exists to provide affordable spay/neuter, vaccination and wellness services for the Indianapolis community to prevent the unnecessary euthanasia of dogs and cats.

Why we’re important: The clinic’s programs are designed to keep dogs and cats out of area shelters by reducing pet overpopulation and keeping treasured pets with the people who love them.

What we do: FACE addresses the root causes of pet overpopulation and surrender by providing affordable spay/neuter services, vaccinations and wellness care to dogs and cats. Clinic programs include: 1. Affordable spay/neuter services to reduce pet overpopulation. 2. Affordable vaccinations to keep the pet population healthy. 3. Low-cost wellness care to serve as a safety net and reduce the number of pets surrendered at area shelters. 4. Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for outside cats to reduce the number of stray and feral cats in the community.

How we affect the community: Since opening in 1999, FACE has performed more than 300,000 spay/neuter surgeries, which has contributed to a 90% reduction of euthanasia in our community. In 2020, our team performed 6,825 spay/neuter surgeries, managed 11,812 visits to the medical and vaccination clinic, and served 1,310 cats through the TrapNeuter-Return program for community cats. How you can help: You can help by making a financial contribution, volunteering in the clinic, or lending your expertise to special projects or committees. Save the date for the 6th Annual Mutt Cup cocktail competition in April 2022 at Tinker House Events. With your generous support, we can continue to provide these much-needed services to our community.

Our guiding principles inform our work and programs: • We believe animals enrich our lives and all people deserve the opportunity to experience that joy. • We need to provide affordable resources for low- and moderate-income residents. • We believe establishing services for companion animals and their families is vital to becoming a no-kill community, which will make Indianapolis a happier, healthier city for all residents. • We believe that Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is the only humane way to manage stray and feral cats, and will result in reduced shelter intake and euthanasia.

FACE Low-Cost Animal Clinic 1505 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46201 317.638.3223 Facebook: @faceanimalclinic Instagram: @ faceanimalclinic Jen Hancock, Executive Director, 317.939.3223,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

FLIGHT1, INC. • “Thank you for making this possible. They are both so proud of what they have done. We just want you to know that we are grateful.” • ”She has gotten to enjoy a very special experience and it's given her a confidence she didn’t exhibit before.” • “You guys treated us in a way that made me look at myself differently. Thanks for the elevation, it has helped me to see the world and my situation in a much different perspective. You literally gave me a new perspective of life.” • “He has become increasingly more confident. It seems as if he has developed a different perspective of the world since flying a plane. He divulges with much enthusiasm when he gets the opportunity to tell others about flying a plane. He expresses the desire to fly professionally in the future, and I couldn’t be prouder of him to possess such a dream.”

Who we are: Flight1, founded in 2011, builds confidence in kids affected by health challenges using the joy of flight. What we do: The Courageous Flier Program, the core program at Flight1, uses the joy of flight as a medium to build confidence in children facing health challenges. We understand that when one family member is affected by a health concern, it impacts all the children in the family. Therefore, siblings are allowed to participate in the program as well, and each event is tailored specifically for the participating family. The typical participant completes three simulator experiences and three flights, alternating between the two events. The first step takes place in an advanced full-motion flight simulator followed by time in a real single-engine aircraft. From the very beginning the child is in control. Alongside a certified flight instructor, the child participates in a pre-flight inspection before entering the aircraft and deciding where they want to fly. Each child typically completes a day flight (after completing that sim), followed by a night flight (once again after completing a night flight sim) and then a third sim followed by an actual cross-country flight. As the children work the controls, it becomes clear what is possible and what they can do. It can be an amazingly powerful moment in a child’s life when a hesitant “Can I?” becomes a confidence “I can!”

Testimonials like these from participants are the driving force behind what we do. Many children are so impacted by the sense of confidence and control they experience in the cockpit that they consider future careers in aviation, something they never knew was an option. How you can help: You can help by financially supporting and sharing our mission with others in the community. The need for financial support is great. Our program is free for all participating children and their families. Therefore, we rely on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to carry out our mission. Gifts can be made at

Why we’re important: As adults, we know that kids who feel good about themselves have the confidence to try new things. Self-esteem helps kids cope with mistakes and helps them try again, even when they fail at first. As a result, confidence and high self-esteem helps kids do better at home, with friends and in life. For kids affected by health challenges, confidence can be hard to maintain. Adults can reason with health challenges, but a child can get rolled up in the idea that life is unfair, and they have no control over their circumstances. That’s where we step in.

Flight1, Inc. P.O. Box 33515, Indianapolis, IN 46203 317.643.1020 Facebook: flight1org Instagram: @flight1org

How we affect the community: As children engage in this program, there are notable changes in terms of confidence, comfort being around adults, optimism for the future, and resiliency. Testimonials from some of our parents can help tell the story of the profound impact that Flight1 can have on a child’s life:

Sandy Strawhorn, Program Director, 317.353.0264, Bruce Kidd, Board Chair, 317.379.8565,


GENNESARET FREE CLINICS an opportunity for patients to heal at our three health recovery homes.

Who we are: Gennesaret Free Clinics provides quality, accessible, and compassionate patient-centered healthcare for persons experiencing homelessness or lacking established healthcare. Seeking to serve, we are a dedicated team of healthcare professionals, staff, and volunteers who treat all persons with dignity and respect.

How we affect the community: Gennesaret believes all persons in Indianapolis should have access to quality, patient-centered healthcare regardless of their insurance coverage or ability to pay. Further, Gennesaret views healthcare as not only a social issue but also a civil rights issue. Gennesaret strives to serve the most underserved individuals in our community, who are disproportionately BIPOC and/or Latino. Healthcare provided by Gennesaret improves individual health outcomes and reduces healthcare costs by preventing emergency room visits and hospital stays. Through providing each person with highquality healthcare, we not only empower each patient to become stronger and more vibrant, but also build a stronger and more vibrant Indianapolis community.

What we do: Since 1988, Gennesaret has annually served thousands of the most vulnerable individuals in the Indianapolis community, including those experiencing homelessness and living in poverty. Gennesaret brings compassionate and patient-centered healthcare directly to those who need it the most at no cost. Our main services include: • 7 medical clinic sites • 1 mobile medical clinic • 1 dental clinic • 3 health recovery homes for men and women experiencing homelessness • Telehealth services offered in English and Spanish • Women’s wellness exams and health screenings and diagnostics for breast and cervical cancer

How you can help: You can help by supporting Gennesaret through continued financial support, volunteering in our medical clinics, or joining our Board of Directors or Board Committee. Additionally, Gennesaret accepts donations in-kind to support our clinics and programs; a great resource is our Amazon Charity Wish List (

Why we’re important: To demonstrate the importance of Gennesaret, read a patient testimonial from a woman named Sonya. “I’ve been to Gennesaret Free Clinics twice and was greeted with care. I love that they have this clinic for people who can’t afford the doctor or medicine, because you have to pick food over medicine when you can’t afford both.” As Sonya mentioned in her testimonial, life is full of difficult choices for Gennesaret’s patients. They often have to pick basic necessities over accessing healthcare. In supporting Gennesaret, you help make both choices possible for Indianapolis' most vulnerable community members. You provide life-saving and compassionate care at our medical clinics, dental clinic, and women’s health services. Further, you provide safety and stability, nourishing food and shelter, and

Gennesaret Free Clinics 615 N. Alabama St., Suite 136, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1431 Phone: 317.639.5645 Website: Facebook: @gennesaretfreeclinics Instagram: @gennesaretfreeclinics LinkedIn: Gennesaret Free Clinics Theresa Patterson, Executive Director, 317.639.5645 ext. 201 | Zachary Alexander, Director of Development, 317.639.5645 ext. 204 |


GIRLS INC. OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS graduate from high school and have a plan for post-secondary training and/or education, and they set and achieve goals. Girls Inc. girls are bold; they nurture healthy relationships, they have sound body image, they are resilient, and they use their own voice and advocate for others. Outcomes for Girls Inc. girls nationwide collected by the Girls Incorporated organization indicate the incredible impact of the Girls Inc. experience: • 90% of Girls Inc. girls are planning to go to college. • 94% of Girls Inc. teens understand that pregnancy would interfere with their schoolwork. • 90% of Girls Inc. girls believe they can make a positive difference in their communities. • 90% of girls believe they can use what they know to solve real-life problems.

Who we are: Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis’ mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold. We accomplish this mission by delivering engaging, empowering programs to nearly 2,000 girls annually at over 60 outreach locations. Girls Inc. Indy was established in 1969 after three local mothers identified the need for a safe, healthy environment where their daughters could learn, grow and develop. We are a proud affiliate of the national Girls Incorporated organization which serves girls by advocating for their rights, offering research-based programming through affiliates in 75+ locations around the U.S. and Canada, and preparing girls to navigate gender, economic and social barriers so they can grow up healthy, educated and independent. What we do: Girls Inc. provides programs that address challenges girls face today, like bullying and low self-esteem, which limit their personal potential and restrict their ability to achieve future self-sufficiency. We divide our programs into three separate categories based on our mission statement: Strong Healthy Relationships, Smart College and Career Planning, and Bold Empowered Girls. We serve girls through our Strong, Smart, and Bold programming by partnering with schools to provide programming on-site at their location. In addition, we host a four-week annual summer camp, Eureka!, a five-year STEM intensive program, and Young Women in Leadership (YWIL), which focuses on college and career preparedness and leadership development for high school girls.

Our programs empower girls to focus on their education, to do well in school and to develop positive relationships with their peers and teachers. How you can help: The need for volunteers and for financial support is great. Our programs are free or provided at a very low cost to participate. Therefore, Girls Inc. Indy relies on the generosity of the community through grants, individual contributions and sponsorships. Financial support directly provides our programs for Indy-area girls. Additionally, we have a waiting list of schools that would like to host our programs, so we have a persistent need for volunteers. More information about making a contribution and signing up to volunteer can be found on our website at

Why we’re important: The Girls Inc. experience equips girls to navigate economic, gender and social barriers, and to grow into healthy, educated and independent women. Our strength is in our pro-girl, girls-only environment, which is designed to create a safe space for girls to explore challenging topics and to support one another as mentors. Furthermore, the majority of the girls we serve are from under-resourced communities; they are girls who need our services the most.

Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis 3935 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.283.0086 Website: Facebook: @girlsincindy Instagram: @girlsincindy Twitter: @girlsincindy

How we affect the community: Girls Inc. girls are strong ; they make healthy choices and manage their reproductive health. Girls Inc. girls are smart; they are motivated to achieve,

Mackenzie Pickerrell, Vice President, 317.522.2605,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK FOUNDATION • Perfect Harmony is a music resource that helps care partners identify appropriate generational music and activities to engage older adults in a shared music experience.

Who we are: Founded in 2007 by five-time Grammy Award nominee Michael Feinstein, the Great American Songbook Foundation is affiliated with the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, and is headquartered at the Center’s flagship venue, the Palladium concert hall. The Foundation’s mission is to inspire and educate by celebrating the Great American Songbook – the timeless musical standards of pop, jazz, Broadway, and Hollywood. The Foundation is a Cultural Affiliate of the Los Angelesbased Grammy Museum®, one of only eight institutions worldwide to share that distinction. The affiliates collaborate on exhibitions, educational initiatives, research programs, internship opportunities, technical support and more.

Why we’re important: The Songbook Library & Archives attracts scholars and musicians from around the world to view historic sheet music, arrangements, and other materials. Because many of these items are one-of-a-kind artifacts in fragile condition, the Foundation has begun the process of digitally preserving its collections and making them available online. The Foundation’s programming enables people of all ages to hear and learn about classic popular music and its cultural importance.

What we do: The Foundation works to preserve and advance America’s richmusical legacythrough arange of initiatives,including: • The Songbook Library & Archives contains more than 4,000 linear feet of documents, images, recordings, and other artifacts representing some of the greatest songwriters, arrangers and performers of the 20th century. Highlights include collections from composer-playwright Meredith Willson (The Music Man), the Andrews Sisters and songwriters Johnny Burke (“Swinging on a Star”), Gus Kahn (“It Had to Be You”) and Hy Zaret (“Unchained Melody”). • The Songbook Exhibit Gallery at the Palladium presents rotating interactive exhibits that share the music, history and culture of the Songbook with thousands of visitors each year. • The Songbook Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Great American Songbook, with a new class inducted each year. Inductees have included songwriters Cole Porter, Jimmy Webb and George and Ira Gershwin, along with performers such as Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli and Rita Moreno. • The Songbook Academy® summer intensive is a national performing arts program for high school vocalists and the only one of its kind dedicated to the music of the Great American Songbook. Each year, 40 young people selected from across the country experience a life-changing week of mentoring from Broadway stars and other performing arts professionals.

How we affect the community: The Foundation introduces the history and the joy of classic popular music to young people by hosting student field trips and providing multidisciplinary curricula for classroom use. Thousands of students and music lovers visit the Songbook Exhibit Gallery each year, and traveling versions of the gallery installations are available for use by schools and community groups. How you can help : You can become a Friend of the Foundation through tax-deductible individual donations, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants and plannedgiving arrangements, each with customizable recognition and benefits. For more information on these opportunities, please visit and click “Support,” or contact our Office of Development at 317.819.3520. The Great American Songbook Foundation 1 Carter Green, Carmel, IN 46032 317.844.2251 Email: Facebook: @SongbookFoundation Twitter: @SongbookFdn Instagram: @SongbookFoundation Christopher Lewis, Executive Director


HEAR INDIANA technology such as digital hearing aids or cochlear implants. To be successful, children also need to receive specialized speech therapy from a young age. The results of these early interventions are dramatic: studies consistently demonstrate that most children with hearing loss can develop speaking, listening and reading skills equal to or better than their hearing peers by the time they start first grade.

Who we are: Hear Indiana creates equal opportunities for children with hearing loss through Listening and Spoken Language. We envision a day when deaf and hard of hearing children will achieve their aspirations and thrive in their communities. Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” The children Hear Indiana serves will have no limits on what they can accomplish!

How we affect the community: Assistive technology and therapy not only open up a whole new world of possibilities for children with hearing loss -- they are also very wise investments. Untreated hearing loss costs Indiana taxpayers $1 million per child over the course of that individual’s life. Your contribution will pay dividends and create endless possibilities for a child with hearing loss. With your help, Hear Indiana will amplify the voices of thousands of Hoosier children who want–and deserve– the same opportunities afforded to their peers: • Language for connection • Language for learning • Language for work • Language for independence

What we do: In partnership with Easterseals Crossroads, Hear Indiana operates the Speech & Hearing Resource Center in Indianapolis, a one-stop shop for children with hearing loss and their families. We provide pediatric audiology, spoken language therapy, special education advocacy, provider training, parent support and a summer camp for deaf and hard of hearing children. Hundreds of families rely on these services, and we work to ensure that children from all walks of life have access to these life-changing programs. Through a network of integrated support at Hear Indiana, a child with hearing loss can begin his or her path to success. Hear Indiana provides: • Intervention at the earliest possible moment • Therapy to improve listening and speaking skills • Up-to-date, high-quality technology • Advocacy for an appropriate school setting and special education services • Social and emotional support for children and parents • Ongoing professional development and educational workshops for teachers, providers and parents

To truly create equal opportunities, we must reimagine what is possible for today’s deaf and hard of hearing children. With the ability to listen and speak, the sky’s the limit! How you can help: Please consider making an investment in our cause, which will allow Hear Indiana to provide these vital services for families. Together, we can give every Hoosier child with hearing loss the best possible chance. Join us. You can change the trajectory for countless children with hearing loss. Your support will not only transform these children’s lives, but our community as a whole.

Why we’re important: Every 36 hours a baby in Indiana is diagnosed with hearing loss. Progressive hearing loss is significantly more common (one in five teenagers will fail a hearing screening). At Hear Indiana, we believe that even one child without language (whether visual or spoken), is one child too many. Hearing loss is a neuro-developmental emergency. Without access to sound or a visual language at the earliest possible moment, a child with hearing loss will quickly fall behind his/her hearing peers. With today’s technology, deaf and hard of hearing children can learn to listen and speak. At least 75% of the families impacted by this diagnosis choose to communicate with their children via Listening and Spoken Language. However, Listening and Spoken Language therapy is only effective when the brain can easily access sound through

Hear Indiana 4740 Kingsway Drive, Suite 33, Indianapolis, IN 46205 317.828.0211 Facebook: @hearindiana Twitter: @hearindiana Instagram: @hearindiana Naomi Horton, MS, CCC-SLP, Executive Director,


HELENE G. SIMON HILLEL CENTER AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY IU community to build understanding and educate the campus on the importance of diversity. Hillel was a founding member of Bloomington United, a grassroots community organization dedicated to fighting against hate and promoting understanding.

Who we are: The Helene G. Simon Hillel Center at Indiana University is the “Jewish home away from home” on the IU campus. Hillel creates a strong and vibrant Jewish community on campus that consists of approximately 4,500 Jewish students. This is more than 12 percent of the total students on campus. There are eight full-time staff members who are always available to help students navigate their Jewish journeys. We reach at least 1,000-1,500 different students each month at our programs and initiatives, with many of these students attending multiple programs. Hillel is essential to Indiana University and to the growth of the school as a whole.

How we affect the community : Each year, Hillel at Indiana University develops an exemplary group of Jewish students, preparing them to lead the Jewish community. As these students are learning and preparing to start their post-collegiate lives, we instill in them integrity, responsibility and respect, positioning them to thrive as successful members of the community.

What we do: Indiana Hillel strives to create a warm, welcoming, caring Jewish community that celebrates Judaism and Jewish life. We support and honor the diversity of the Jewish student community at IU, and are committed to its growth and continuity. Hillel assures that Jewish college students have opportunities to recognize and develop their leadership potential and to express their Jewish identity in many traditional and creative ways. We offer 18-20 student-led clubs and groups that offer students the opportunity to connect with the Jewish community through their interests, hobbies and passions. In addition to these club programs, IU Hillel offers over 100 programs throughout the year that are planned and implemented by students (in partnership with the IU Hillel staff ) that seek to empower our student leaders and provide them with Jewish leadership skills and knowledge. IU Hillel is also known as a leading advocate for diversity and diversity education on campus. We strive to promote pluralism and understanding among all.

How you can help: Celebrating its 18th year, Campus Super Star is a statewide talent competition open to all students enrolled in any Indiana college or university. Soloists from many backgrounds, representing a full spectrum of musical genres, compete in three rounds of competition for a $5,000 grand prize. It is the largest annual fundraiser for Hillel at IU. This year, the Campus Super Star Final Performance will be held in-person in Indianapolis, IN and will be streamed virtually. You can support this event by attending or becoming a sponsor at Sponsorships range from $360 to $15,000 and include tickets to the event as well as an invitation to the Campus Super Star reception to thank all those who generously support IU Hillel. Helene G. Simon Hillel Center 730 East Third Street Bloomington, IN 47401 812.336.3824 Facebook: @IUHillel Instagram: @iuhillel

Why we’re important: Hillel provides religious, cultural and social programming opportunities to assist in the creation of a Jewish community on the IU campus. We work tirelessly to infuse high-quality and meaningful opportunities for Jewish life while empowering and working with students to offer creative, meaningful and enriching Jewish experiences. We work with the

Rabbi Sue Silberberg, Executive Director, 812.336.3824,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

HORIZON HOUSE If you would like to learn more about our programs and services or take a tour of our facility, please email us at development@ or call 317.396.6349, ext. 349.

Who we are: Horizon House is a full-service agency that connects individuals and families experiencing homelessness with integrated, comprehensive services. We provide a safe place for our “neighbors,” serving them with hospitality, dignity and respect as they take steps towards a more stable life. Our service delivery model includes three pillars: • Providing help. Meeting neighbors where they are and inviting them to engage in services. • Inspiring hope. Offering integrated, comprehensive services to restore hope and reduce or eliminate barriers for neighbors. • Finding home. Facilitating access to affordable housing and supporting housing stability.

Why we’re important: Our service delivery model allows us to offer a wide array of services under one roof, helping neighbors achieve self-sufficiency more effectively. We work alongside our neighbors to help them find long-term solutions that lead toward better health, self-sufficiency, productivity and ultimately, finding home. How we affect the community: We are excited to announce that our 36-unit Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) development, Compass On Washington has a green light. This project is a partnership with Horizon House, Englewood Community Development Corporation (ECDC), Gratus Development, and architect One 10 Studio. The construction is expected to begin as early as the third quarter of 2021.

What we do: Horizon House is the only day shelter offering comprehensive services onsite exclusively to those experiencing homelessness in Marion County. As a secular agency, we welcome all experiencing homelessness and impact approximately 250275 individuals per day, ranging in age from days old to 85 years old. Horizon House operates five days per week and is located within walking distance of downtown Indianapolis and most overnight shelters. Our on-site services include: • Basic and Engagement Services. Day shelter, restrooms, showers, laundry, clothing, hygiene items, access to phones, mail delivery and storage help maintain dignity while meeting immediate needs. • Case Management Services. Assessment, referral, goal planning, support and accountability services help overcome barriers to stable income and housing through access to employment readiness, job training, financial literacy, civil legal education, physical and mental health care, and substance use treatment. • Employment Services. Assessment, job readiness training, job search assistance, computer lab, email/voice mail access, vocational case management, referral to training/certification programs, job retention and employment workshops for neighbors who are job seeking. • Housing Relocation, Stabilization and Support Services. Locate and secure safe, affordable housing and assist with application processes, understanding and signing a lease, utility arrangements, securing furnishings, budgeting, and building connections in the community. • Street Outreach Services. Engages individuals living on the streets or in encampments by building trusting relationships, providing life-sustaining supplies, addressing urgent needs, and offering assessment and case management to link them to treatment and housing services. • Co-located Partner Services. Comprehensive medical and mental health care provided by Eskenazi Health Pedigo Health Center; monitoring provided by Marion County Probation; connection to veterans outreach provided by the Veterans Administration and HVAF and civil legal education and consultation provided by Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic (NCLC).

How you can help: Services are offered completely free of charge, so we rely on support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government agencies to continue to meet an increasing need for services. • Give. Your financial gift ensures that our programs are available to help our neighbors on the path to finding home. Make your gift at • Donate. We gratefully accept in-kind donations at our service center. Items of most frequent need include new men’s underwear and jeans. Visit to learn more. • Volunteer. Our volunteer program educates and engages individuals to help them become lifelong community advocates for our homeless neighbors. Learn more at • Advocate. Use your voice to advocate for our city’s most vulnerable citizens. Connect with Horizon House on social media and help build awareness. Horizon House 1033 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.423.8909 Facebook: @horizonhouseindy Instagram: @horizonhouseindy Twitter: @HorizonHouseIN LinkedIn: Horizon House. Teresa Wessel, Executive Director,, 317.396.6344 Marcie Luhigo, Director of Development & Communications,, 317.396.6349 Leslie Kelly, Director of Programs,, 317.396.6357


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

INDIANA CHILDREN’S WISH FUND Who we are: Indiana Wish is an Indiana-focused, wishgranting organization. Since 1984, we’ve granted more than 3,400 wishes to Indiana children, ages 3-18, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness. By granting wishes, we give these brave children— and their families—something to look forward to and hope for the future. As a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, Indiana Wish relies on the support of corporate and individual donations and in-kind gifts, legacy gifts, and fundraising events to raise the funds that help us grant wishes and, more importantly, create lasting memories for children and their families.

We know that not every child receives a cure. Some lose their fight. However, we find peace in the knowledge that we provided heartwarming, meaningful memories for them and their families, giving them moments that will last forever in their hearts.

What we do: We help Indiana children diagnosed with lifethreatening illnesses create a lifetime of memories when that lifetime is uncertain. For nearly four decades, Indiana Wish has supported the dreams of Hoosier children—blanketing the entire state of Indiana with hope. Wishes are as diverse as the children we serve, though our most requested wishes are trips to Disney World for the whole family, celebrity meet-and-greets, shopping sprees and family vacations. Some of our unique wishes have been to meet former presidents and the Pope, working with Mother Theresa, and bringing a grandmother to the United States from Ethiopia to visit her grandchild. We have even had a wish child who ended up being an extra on the set of a Tom Cruise movie!

How you can help: When you get involved with Indiana Wish, you become part of the hope and healing we’re working toward—one wish at a time. The average cost of a wish is $10,000, when you consider all travel and medicalrelated expenses for a family. Therefore, every donation matters. There are several ways you can help: • Make a gift • Sponsor an event, fundraiser or specific wish • Become a corporate partner • Attend an upcoming event • Shop our Amazon wish list • Add Indiana Wish as the charitable recipient for Amazon Smiles or Kroger • Volunteer

Why we’re important: At Indiana Wish, we create hope and happiness in the midst of hardness. Those are powerful forces in the health and healing of these children. Research studies have shown that children who have received wishes have: • Less distress • Fewer episodes of depression • Reduced anxiety

Indiana Wish 6081 East 82nd Street, Suite 120, Indianapolis, IN 46250 317.913.WISH (9474) Facebook: @indianachildrenswishfund Instagram: @indy_wish_ Twitter: @indywish

And all this, in turn, can improve quality of life, foster hope and resilience, and potentially lead to better health outcomes.

J’Lynn Cooper, Executive Director,, 317.913.9474

How we affect the community: We’ve granted 3,400 since 1984. With wishes granted in 88 out of 92 Indiana counties, we’ve practically blanketed the entire state. Yet, there are so many more kids with life-threatening health issues. While we’re grateful for the thousands we’ve been able to serve, we want to reach the many who are still in the midst of their struggle.


INDIANA PARKINSON FOUNDATION important information, but also get to enjoy a meal and get together with others on the Parkinson’s journey. Each year we hold our annual Choose To Move Race to beat Parkinson’s Disease. The race is held at Witten Park in Fishers and continues to be our biggest fundraiser and awareness builder of the year. Hundreds of people with Parkinson’s, friends, families and neighbors come out to support our cause. Four legged friends are also welcome to attend on a leash. Our 2022 event is scheduled for Saturday, April 23. We look forward to seeing many returning participants we know and also others there to participate and support what we do! There are many ways for people to get involved with IPF. We are always looking for amazing volunteers, interns or even talented community members interested in serving on our committees, in our classes or even as a part of our board of directors.. Currently there is no cure for Parkisnon’s, but until there is, we will be here to help. Every nine minutes someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Without the right resources to assist them, they are likely to be defeated by this diagnosis and give in to isolation and depression. If you know someone living with Parkinson’s Disease that we can help support, please have them contact us today.

The Indiana Parkinson Foundation (IPF) is a local 501(c)3 that comes alongside those with Parkinson’s Disease and their families to provide the programs and services needed when living with this disease. IPF was created when a Hamilton County farmer was diagnosed with PD. He and his family were blindsided and had no idea what was next. Through their strong faith they were led to be an answer to so many others facing this same diagnosis. In 2009, IPF was founded and became a blessing to so many living this PD journey. IPF has helped hundreds of Hoosiers through The CLIMB exercise program, support groups, educational events, and resources. Our CLIMB exercise program is available in locations around the state and offers a movement-based class to help fight the rigidity, slow and small movements, balance, coordination and more. Coming together to exercise not only helps those with Parkinson’s move but also allows them to connect and develop relationships with others on this same journey. This year we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary for The CLIMB which is now in 10 locations. We are continually growing our CLIMB program into areas of need. If you have a need for The CLIMB program in your area, please reach out. We would love to help get a CLIMB in your area. The support systems we provide are groups offered both live and virtually. Meetings are held monthly and allow those with Parkinson’s and their caregivers to meet others and discuss issues and needed assistance with one another. This is an important outlet that reduces depression, isolation and other non-motor symptoms associated with PD. Educational events are also offered in multiple locations throughout the year to bring important information to those with PD and their families. These events are free and include lunch along with speakers, such as neurologists, patient advocates, and other important resources in the community. Attendees not only get

Indiana Parkinson Foundation 14350 Mundy Drive, Suite 800 #181 Noblesville, IN 46060 317.550.5648 Facebook: @indianaparkinson Twitter: IN_Parkinson Kim Williams, Executive Director, Addie Cunningham, Program Director,


THE INDIANA UNIVERSITY MELVIN AND BREN SIMON COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER • thoracic cancer • thymoma and thymic carcinoma • tumors associated with neurofibromatosis type 1, primarily in children • umbilical stem cell transplantation

Who we are: The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center serves as the hub for all cancer research and education activities for medical oncologists across Indiana University. We are Indiana’s only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute, the nation’s top cancer agency, and one of only 51 in the nation to hold that status. The prestigious designation recognizes our excellence in basic, clinical, and population research, our outstanding educational activities, and effective community outreach program across the state. The center’s mission is to eliminate cancer’s burden in Indiana and beyond.

How we affect the community: Our researchers partner with organizations to improve the health of all Hoosiers. Our collaborative work focuses on reducing the number of new cancer cases and the number of deaths caused by the disease. This also includes initiatives to increase HPV vaccination rates as well as developing, testing and disseminating interventions to increase breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening, especially in racially diverse and rural populations in Indiana.

What we do: The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center is home to more than 250 scientists who conduct research focused on better understanding how we can prevent, detect and treat cancer. The discoveries made in our labs are translated into patient care to improve lives. The center’s researchers also train the next generation of cancer experts. As educators, they teach nearly 2,000 students, residents and medical fellows each year. The center’s educational opportunities range from those geared toward teenagers exploring career choices to supporting the ongoing work of tenured faculty.

How you can help: Our goal is to advance research discoveries in cancer treatment to benefit patients locally and worldwide. Philanthropic gifts make this possible. Your support advances research at Indiana University that has regional, national and global impact. Learn how you can help by visiting Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center 535 Barnhill Drive, Indianapolis IN 46202 317.278.0070 Facebook: iusimoncancercenter Twitter: @IUCancerCenter

Why we’re important: Home to the cure of testicular cancer, the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center has benefitted countless patients around the globe by altering or defining treatment standards for: • breast cancer • gastrointestinal cancer, including pancreatic and colon cancers • genitourinary cancer, such as testis, bladder and prostate cancers • hematologic disorders, including multiple myeloma and leukemia

Kelvin Lee, M.D., Director Amber Kleopfer Senseny, Director of Development,, 317.278.4510


INDIANAPOLIS ART CENTER teaching artists bring high-quality art education to 25 afterschool programs for youth, as well as three senior-serving organizations. Additional outreach programming is offered through the Teen Art Council, the SMART mentoring program with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana and Starfish Initiative, the ArtBus public arts program, the ArtTroop year-long course for our creative veterans, and other art-based projects that address current social issues in our community. Through these program offerings, approximately 2,500 students are served annually through on-site education classes, and nearly 1,300 are served beyond our walls through outreach programming.

Who we are: Each year, the Indianapolis Art Center offers hundreds of art classes, over a dozen exhibitions in six galleries, the OneAmerica Broad Ripple Art Fair, and an outreach program that takes art to almost 1,000 children in underserved communities. Founded in 1934 as a Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression, the center has evolved and now inhabits one of Indianapolis' two Michael Graves-designed buildings, which sits on a 9.5-acre stretch along the banks of the White River in Broad Ripple. What we do: The mission of the Indianapolis Art Center is to inspire creative expression in all people.

How you can help: Your contribution to the Art Center is a commitment to the transformation of our community through creativity. From the outside, our work might look like glass blowing or shaping clay, but the real outcome happens in forging pride, friendships, growth and hope. A donation to the Art Center helps ensure that we can honor our 80+ year history while carrying on our mission for 80 more.

Why we’re important: In its most meaningful moments, art transforms all of us. For adults, hands-on creative learning provides the opportunity to express emotions, build connections to others and hone new creative skills. For youth and teens, arts education creates pathways to academic achievement, career goals and civic engagement. And, it's fun and rewarding.

Indianapolis Art Center 820 East 67th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220 317.255.2464 Facebook: @indplsartcenter Twitter: @indplsartcenter Instagram: @indplsartcenter

How we impact the community: The Indianapolis Art Center provides on- and off-site art education, exposure to contemporary artists, and access to events aimed at building community through creativity. We offer more than 500 classes each year for anyone with a desire to connect in a creatively and socially-engaged space. Our nationally recognized exhibitions, which are free and open to the public, provide an opportunity for the community to interact with works from local, regional and national artists. Through outreach and community programs, our

Mark Williams, President and Executive Director Jerry Wiley, Board Chair


INDIANAPOLIS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA How we affect the community: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra engages the Indianapolis region through musical programming , educational programming , collaborative partnerships, ticket pricing , and direct engagement efforts. Concert tickets are priced to be affordable to a diverse population and include a significantly reduced student ticket price, and group discounts. ICO education programs are particularly directed to meeting the needs of students and have been reimagined to involve a three-concert virtual education module with curriculum enhancement guides available to schools for free throughout central Indiana.

Who we are: Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra (ICO) is the professional orchestra-in-residence at the Schrott Center for the Arts, Butler Arts & Events Center. Operating as a nonprofit organization, ICO is committed to advancing and promoting music composed for the small orchestra through concerts, education, and community engagement. Maestro Matthew Kraemer begins his seventh year as music director and principal conductor, leading the ICO’s dedication to artistic excellence and innovative programming. What we do: The Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra performs a seven-concert masterworks series that fully encompasses the breadth of classical masterpieces, undiscovered works, and innovative contemporary music for chamber orchestra. ICO delivers on its brand promise of Intimate. Classic. Original concert experiences. ICO concerts can be likened to a musical conversation, as each instrumental voice is often distinct without multiple instrumentalists playing the same musical part. Whether classical or contemporary, the repertoire is not simply a scaled-down version of the large symphonic works, but is a uniquely defined body of music with a distinct sound and structure. ICO also serves as an accompanying orchestra for other Indianapolis institutions: Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, American Pianists Awards, and Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival.

How you can help: Join us today; your investment will enhance the cultural fabric of Indianapolis by supporting our community engagement series and educational programs. Individual tax-deductible donations, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants, program advertisements, and planned gifts ensure that the ICO maintains a strong financial base to support community initiatives. Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra 4603 Clarendon Road, Suite 036, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.940.9607 Facebook: @indianapolischamberorchestra Instagram@indychamberorch

Why we’re important: The musical literature for chamber orchestra spans four centuries and is older than the symphony orchestra. ICO performs works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern/Contemporary periods. ICO is equally committed to the creation of new works for chamber orchestra, gaining national recognition for performances of new chamber works and commissions by living composers, including an Emmy© for the documentary regarding commissioned work, Peacemakers by James Aikman, in 2016.

Dana Stone, Executive Director Matthew Kraemer, Music Director & Conductor Amylou Porter, Orchestra Operations Manager,


INDIANAPOLIS CHILDREN'S CHOIR World Swimming Championships, the NCAA Women’s Final Four Championship Game, US Grand Prix/Formula One, the Solheim Cup international tournament, Super Bowl XLVI, and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. The ICC has also shared the stage with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, The Chieftains, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Judy Collins, Celine Dion, Sandi Patty, Angela Brown, Marvin Hamlisch, Barry Manilow, and many more. The ICC continues its notable recording legacy after producing 15 acclaimed CDs. The ICC is now featured on iTunes/Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Amazon Music. Numerous artists from all over the globe collaborate with the ICC for various recordings. From representing Indianapolis on the world stage, to community outreach, to the finest quality in music education and personal growth, the ICC is more than just a choir.

Who we are: In our 36th season and under the leadership of Artistic Director Joshua Pedde, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) is one of the most established, comprehensive, and respected artistic and music education programs in the world, engaging 2,500 central Indiana young people. What we do: The ICC offers quality programs for children and youth of all ages and abilities. Music At Play is the ICC’s new early childhood program that offers children 18 months to 5 years of age a fun and engaging space to begin their musical journey. Kindergarteners join Foundations Choir where they learn how to participate in a choir for the very first time. Preparatory Choir offers children in grades one through three a non-auditioned experience that allows them to explore their interest in choral singing. Seven performing choirs rehearse at Butler and include singers from grades four through 12 in choirs ranging from beginning to intermediate to advanced. The Jubilate Choir for singers with special needs offers children a unique opportunity to explore their musical interests in a choral setting. These programs are held on the campus of Butler University and several regional locations around central Indiana. ICC’s regional choirs are in Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson counties. The Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir features three choirs for students in grades one through nine. The Anderson Area Children’s Choir features three choirs for students in grades two through 12.

How you can help: • Support: You can make an impact by giving the gift of music. Individual charitable gifts, corporate sponsorships, and grants help the ICC to provide high quality music and arts education experiences for children and youth of all ages and ability levels and make a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people in our community. For more information on these opportunities, please visit: and click “Support” or contact the Development Office at 317.940.8072. • Participate: The ICC is much more than just singing. Choral music teaches and encourages singers to make new friends, to appreciate and understand people who are different than them, to be responsible and professional, to participate as a member of a team, and to share their personal talents in ways that will make a difference in the world. Come Sing With the ICC! To learn more about our choirs and programs, contact us at 317.940.9640.

Why we’re important: The ICC is a leader in the children’s choral music community, sharing resources with teachers around the globe, taking initiative in curriculum development, and making many contributions to the body of children’s choral music through our compositions. For singers, the ICC provides unique opportunities to achieve artistic excellence and represent central Indiana throughout the world.

Indianapolis Children’s Choir 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.940.9640 YouTube:

How we affect the community: The ICC is an integral part of the central Indiana cultural landscape, presenting a concert season of 11 performances and regularly collaborating with orchestras, professional artists, and ensembles of the highest caliber. The ICC concert season includes public performances attended by more than 10,000 people each year and offers inspiring music for audiences that also provide ICC singers with the satisfaction of achieving their artistic goals and the experience of performing before a live audience. The Angels Sing holiday concert is broadcast each year by 13 WTHR and has received Emmy nominations. The ICC receives requests to sing at nearly 100 public and private events each year. ICC singers have performed for Indiana gubernatorial and mayoral inaugurations and at sporting events including the 10th Pan-Am Games, FINA

Joshua Pedde, Artistic Director, 317.940.9640, Janet Bishop, Director of Finance & Operations, 317.940.9640, Misty Wick Johnston, Director of Development & Marketing, 317.940.9640,


INDIANAPOLIS OPERA retirement homes, libraries, family centers, and other public spaces to serve people of all age groups, creeds, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. In 2020 and 2021, the IO quickly pivoted and provided our performances, education, and outreach materials virtually to schools, community centers, libraries, etc. and were able to still reach over 26,000 youth and adults. These digital programs allowed us to expand our offerings to the community regardless of physical location. Additionally, with our recent purchase of the Basile Opera Center at 40th and Pennsylvania, our Center will become a hub of activity in the heart of Midtown Indy. It will bring under one roof flexible rehearsal, performance, and event spaces, alongside classroom, studio, and administrative facilities. Beyond serving as the permanent home of the Indianapolis Opera, the Basile Opera Center will welcome partners, collaborators, and other cultural and community organizations to make use of the Center’s resources and to contribute to its vibrant and inviting atmosphere.

Who we are: The Indianapolis Opera (IO) is the only professional opera company in the state, and therefore an impactful cultural resource for the diverse people of Indiana. The Hoosier community benefits artistically and historically from IO’s mission of education, inspiration, and entertainment through the creation and presentation of musical storytelling. Founded in 1975, the Indianapolis Opera is proud to celebrate its 47th season of drama, passion, and art that moves the soul. What we do: In addition to IO’s mainstage productions of operas and classical musicals, Indianapolis Opera connects to our diverse community through educational afterschool workshops for students and community outreach performances. The Resident Artist Program refines young artists and provides them with professional development opportunities to grow their skills and perform in a variety of environments. Why we’re important: As the only professional opera company in the state, IO is a vital component of maintaining the rich history and artistic practice of opera alive in the Midwest. Through all our community engagement and educational programming, Indianapolis Opera fosters learning in music, visual arts, language arts, and history. Beyond music skills, opera teaches valuable lessons in critical thinking, communication, and creativity. This impact on the arts and culture of Indiana will only grow in the years to come.

How you can help: Life is better with music. Art’s unique ability to express oneself and connect with others drastically changes and even saves innumerable lives. Your support has an irreplaceable impact on our potential to share music with the world. Whether through corporate partnerships, individual tax-deductible gifts, foundations, or donations (cash or in-kind), we appreciate all contributions to our vision. Gifts made to the Resident Artist Scholarship Initiative provide educational programming to students of all ages throughout the state of Indiana.

How we affect the community: Through our various workshops, ma insta g e pro ductions, e vents, and community engagement programs, IO expects to reach 30,000-40,000 diverse patrons in our next season. We serve students from preschool to college across 18 counties through our after-school programs, summer camps, workshops and Master Classes, free preview performances of every show, and in-school performances. The Indianapolis resident artists frequently sing at

Indianapolis Opera Basile Opera Center 4011 North Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205 317.283.3531 Facebook and Instagram: @indyopera David Craig Starkey, General Director



for solutions, we are doing our part to create experiences and places where all feel welcome.

Who we are: The mission of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company is to share the joy of live professional theatre in ways that appeal to diverse audiences. Our goal is to be the intersection between community and theatre by collaborating with community stakeholders and professional artists.

How you can help: 1. Give so that others can see Shakespeare for FREE: We are able to provide professional theatre for free to audiences every year because of the generous support of foundations and individuals. As we all know, free Shakespeare isn’t really free, which is why we count on monetary support year-round. Can we count you in? 2. Become a Partner: Do you work with an organization or company that might be a logical partner for Indy Shakes activities? Consider partnering with us. Together, our combined resources and expertise can really make a difference. 3. Join Our Board or Volunteer: We are always looking for board members, associate board members, and volunteers. Help us navigate organizational growth during an exciting time in Indy Shakes history.

What we do: We produce professional theatre for the community for FREE. In addition to an annual MainStage production at the Taggart Memorial Amphitheatre in Riverside Park, our Traveling Troupe offers one-hour Shakespeare productions in local schools and parks. We also offer summer camp classes, workshops, and other programs for the community. Why we’re important: We strongly believe that participation in the arts develops empathy and understanding. Theatre is a communal activity where audience members of all ages and backgrounds may laugh, cry, and applaud together. Our Shakespeare productions are performed with a modern flare that reflects today’s experience.

Indianapolis Shakespeare Company 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.612.4317 Facebook: Instagram: @indyshakespeare

How we affect the community: Indy Shakes seeks to continue partnering with and serving our neighbors by putting an emphasis on community engagement. We currently attend community meetings, volunteer at neighborhood events, and use our platform to elevate other non-profits, businesses, and community members of Near Northwest Indianapolis where we are currently focusing our efforts. We’ve discovered that working together truly works. By listening to neighbor concerns, desires, needs and working together as neighbors to strive

Diane Timmerman, Executive Artistic Director, Ben Tebbe, Board President,


INDY YOGA MOVEMENT • A gift of $100 pays for a semester of yoga for five students (bi-weekly). • A gift of $200 pays for a year of yoga for five students (bi-weekly). • A gift of $300 pays for an entire day of yoga at a school. • A gift of $500 pays for 10 yoga classes. • A gift of $1000 pays for 100 yoga mats. • A gift of $2500 pays for a semester of yoga at an all-day bi-weekly program. • A gift of $5000 pays for a semester of yoga at an all-day weekly program. • A gift of $5000 pays for an entire school year of yoga at an all-day bi-weekly program. • A gift of $10,000 pays for an entire school year of yoga at an all-day weekly program.

Who we are: Indy Yoga Movement What we do: Empower youth through the development of life skills by offering yoga and mindfulness in schools. Why we’re important: OUR IMPACT: • Improved Grit • Improved Strength • Improved Calmness • Improved Self Ecacy • Increased Coping Skills • Increased Academic Confidence • Improved Social Emotional Learning OUR REACH: • 40+ schools • 4,400+ classes taught • 30,000+ students served

Indy Yoga Movement 12115 Durbin Drive. Carmel, IN 46032 317.440.5634 Facebook: IndyYogaMovement Instagram: indyyoga Twitter:indyyogamove

How we affect the community: We are proud to serve the Indianapolis community. IYM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings yoga and mindfulness programs to Central Indiana schools and organizations. Students are led through a flow by IYM 200+hr certified yoga instructors with breathing, strength, stretching and relaxation exercises.

Suzy Bindley, Co-Founder, President 317. 440.5624

How you can help: We run on donations, sponsorships, and volunteers. Your contributions allow us to continue to give yoga and mindfulness to Indianapolis area youth. All donations are tax deductible. The Impact of Your Gift: • A gift of $5 pays for a day of yoga for one student. • A gift of $10 pays for one yoga mat. • A gift of $20 pays for a semester of yoga for one student (bi-weekly). • A gift of $40 pays for a year of yoga for one student (bi-weekly). • A gift of $50 pays for one entire yoga class.

Michael Goldenberg, Treasurer, 317.439.5407 Matt Brooks, Secretary 317.626.2872 Melissa Okeley, Communications 317.796.9228 Jordan Campi, Program Director 317.430.3161


INDYHUMANE cost clinics. We also prevent thousands of accidental litters every year through low-cost spay/neuter surgeries for owned animals, other rescues, and community cats.

Who we are: IndyHumane is Indianapolis-based, independent, and donor-funded. Most think of IndyHumane as an animal shelter, but we offer many more services with the goal of creating a more humane society throughout central Indiana.

How we affect the community: IndyHumane’s multi-faceted approach to animal welfare has prevented thousands of accidental litters through low-cost spay/neuter, reunited hundreds of lost pets with their families through lost and found services and microchipping, and facilitated thousands of lifelong matches through adoption.

What we do: IndyHumane provides direct services for cats and dogs, including adoption, foster home placement, medical treatment and positive reinforcement behavior training for adoptable animals, and affordable spay/neuter and low-cost vaccination services to the public. There are no residency requirements for any of our services; we serve people and pets throughout central Indiana and beyond. We take in as many animals as we can save every day. We do not euthanize animals for length of stay, kennel space, or cost of care. Our model for care is centered around ensuring the Five Freedoms (freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury, or disease, and freedom to express normal behavior) for all our shelter animals. IndyHumane’s life saving rate (96%) is calculated by comparing the number of animals we take in to the number we adopt out. This rate is especially impressive considering we take in animals not only from other shelters and rescues throughout central Indiana, but also stray animals and pets surrendered by their owners. These animals received a second chance to find a loving home, when time and/or resources had run out at their original shelters. IndyHumane gives cats and dogs the time and care they need to find a loving home. Every pet who comes through our doors is fully evaluated by our team of veterinarians, rehabilitated by canine or feline behavior specialists, and socialized and exercised by volunteers before they are adopted into loving homes. We also provide low-cost vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries, microchipping, and other preventative care at our two clinic locations, on Michigan Road and at our Downtown Clinic.

How you can help: Philanthropy is crucial to our mission. We receive no government contributions, tax dollars, or funding from national groups such as the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States. We rely on individual donations to continue saving lives through medical and behavioral care, adoptions, and interventions which help keep pets in loving homes. Donations of any size can be securely made through or by mail. This year we are thrilled to re-introduce the 1905 Society. Named for the year we were founded, this philanthropic membership group is for IndyHumane’s most generous donors. Your annual gift of $2,500 or more not only helps the dogs and cats who find themselves at IndyHumane, but gives members exclusive benefits. Members will receive branded gifts, recognition in our annual report, invitations to special events, and more. Learn more at IndyHumane 7929 North Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317.872.5650 Facebook: indyhumane Instagram and Twitter: @indyhumane David Horth, Chief Executive Officer:

Why we’re important: IndyHumane directly saves the lives of thousands of cats and dogs every year through adoption services. We also serve thousands of additional animals (and humans!) through a variety of programs which keep pets happy, healthy, and in loving homes. We offer low-cost vaccines, preventative care, and microchipping at two low-

Amy Tobias, Chief Development Officer: Jennifer Tiplick, Chief Financial Officer:



International Music Competitions, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and remains the only violin competition of its stature in the United States. This is due to the trademark aspects of the Competition, which include a jury of distinguished concert violinists, extraordinary Indiana hospitality from host families, superlative young talent and a distinguished roster of 60 Laureates representing 23 countries. These Laureates have gone on to successful careers as concert violinists, recording artists, concertmasters and chamber musicians.

Who We Are: Often referred to as the Western Hemisphere’s “Olympics of the Violin,” the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (IVCI) is a unique showcase for the world’s most gifted young violinists and a demonstration of Hoosier hospitality and American volunteerism. The mission of The Indianapolis, as it is simply referred to around the world, is to recognize, reward and promote the world’s finest young classical violinists, and encourage understanding, appreciation and support of the violin repertoire by a large and diverse audience. The Indianapolis is proud to utilize its world prominence to bring international attention to Indianapolis.

How we affect the community: As Indianapolis continually strives to be a more global city, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis is proud to be able to attract the international cultural spotlight to our city and state every four years. Online audiences from over 100 countries as well as significant national and international media coverage strengthen the community economically, not only by direct attendance from Indiana residents and those who travel to Indianapolis from outof-state, but by further branding the region as a center for culture.

What we do: For 17 days every four years, up to 40 of the world’s brightest talents come to Indianapolis to vie for the coveted Gold Medal and the opportunity to launch an international career. The 11th Quadrennial Competition will be held September 9-25, 2022. The Competition itself, however, is only one part of the extensive year-round programming. Since its inception, the overall vision of the Quadrennial IVCI has been to achieve the highest artistic standards, provide innovative educational outreach programs and deliver unparalleled mentoring/career development for its Laureates (Competition Finalists). This has resulted in The Indianapolis becoming a role model and industry leader worldwide. Annual programming includes a concert series, which brings former Laureates and guests to Indianapolis in multigenre concerts from classical to jazz to bluegrass. While in town, the artists participate in educational outreach programs in schools for children K-12 and masterclasses for college music majors. The IVCI also sponsors the Juried Exhibition of Student Art ( JESA) - one of the most far-reaching multidisciplinary art projects for grades one through 12 in the state of Indiana. Held in conjunction with each Quadrennial Competition, this multidisciplinary educational program integrates the performing, literary and visual arts. Career management for the Laureates following each Competition is a hallmark of The Indianapolis. This comprehensive four-year mentorship provides both musical and non-musical guidance including concert management, instrument loan, marketing assistance, and financial counsel.

How you can help: With only four paid staff members, community involvement is essential to the success of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Hundreds of volunteers are responsible for the planning and execution of all aspects of the Competition. From providing staff support for the office and ushering for 17 days of performance, to hosting participants, to planning and executing special events, to overseeing the statewide Juried Exhibition of Student Art program, community involvement is the key to our success. Volunteers also support the Competition through personal contributions to the annual fund, and by assisting in non-Competition years with our concerts, special projects and fundraisers. International Violin Competition of Indianapolis 32 East Washington Street, Suite 1320, Indianapolis, IN 46204 317.637.4574 Facebook @ViolinCompIndy Instagram @violincompindy Twitter @ViolinCompIndy

Why we’re important: Under the artistic guidance of the legendary Josef Gingold, distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Indiana University School of Music and world-renowned violinist, and now led by acclaimed violinist Jaime Laredo, the IVCI has been hailed by musicians, media, and critics alike as one of the world’s finest and most important competitions for launching a career. It is a member of the World Federation of

Executive Director: Glen Kwok, Director of Development: Mary Jane Sorbera, Board President: Donna L. Reynolds


INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The fund supports three key areas of need: • Rapid Response: Direct support for urgent needs of students and school communities. • e-Learning: Ongoing integration of technology to close the opportunity gap caused by the digital divide. • Recovery and Return: Support the physical and mental wellness of students and staff after months of remote learning.

Who we are: For over 35 years, the Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) has been partnering with the Indianapolis Public School (IPS) District to ensure that IPS students have the resources and support they need to pursue their dreams with purpose. IPSF is proud of its legacy. What started as an annual teacher grant program has evolved into a coordinated philanthropy approach in true partnership with district administration. We support IPS leadership to define priorities for private investment and work closely with community leaders and philanthropic champions to raise mission-critical funding that enables IPS to accelerate progress.

How we affect the community: IPSF supports the largest public school district in the state. IPS serves more than 30,000 students across over 80 schools and programs. Since launching the Education Equity Fund IPSF has awarded over $700,000 to the District. This included $120,000 in microgrants to teachers and school leaders, over 1,500 Wi-Fi devices to students, and professional development to support teachers with the integration of technology for eLearning.

What we do: As the district’s fundraising partner, IPSF plays a unique role in the education landscape – we identify and fund priorities in partnership with the District Leadership that will make the greatest impact for children attending IPS. To achieve this, we: • Work in close collaboration with district leadership to ensure funding priorities will result in student success • Partner with community leaders, business, and philanthropists who invest in the district’s priorities • Monitor implementation of funded priorities and ensure that all donated funds are managed with integrity

How you can help: Join the IPS family and support our efforts to expand the capacity of IPS to meet the urgent needs of students, staff, and families. Make a one-time or monthly gift at If your business is interested in becoming an Education Equity Fund Partner, contact our Director of Development, Kelly Karbowicz Riley at

Why we’re important: While IPS is making great strides to better serve the students enrolled, traditional funding streams simply do not provide enough resources to ensure equitable access to high quality education. Add on a global pandemic to stagnant funding streams, and the District needs additional philanthropic support to provide critical funding to create a catalyst for change and innovation.

Indianapolis Public Schools Foundation 120 E. Walnut Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 317.226.3706 Facebook: Instagram: @ips_fund Twitter: @IPSFund

In response to this need, IPSF established the IPS Education Equity Fund to complement local COVID19 relief efforts and expand the capacity of IPS to meet the needs of our students, staff, and families who are

Stephannie Bailey, Chief Executive Officer Shaneka Pedersen, President, Board of Directors


INDIANAPOLIS JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATIONS COUNCIL communities, educators, civic leaders, and elected officials. We are proud to work with our multi-faith and multi-ethnic partners on issues of shared concern, united by our common pursuit of a just society, and our commitment to standing together in the face of those issues that could divide us, including antisemitism, systemic racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, homophobia, and political & religious extremism.

Who we are: JCRC is the go-to public affairs and intergroup relations organization for the greater Indianapolis Jewish community, serving as a trusted resource for public officials, civic leaders, educators, the media, and other faith & ethnic communities. As convener and advocate, JCRC cultivates the Jewish community’s commitment to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), providing opportunities for activism, advocacy, and coalition building for the causes in which we believe.

How we affect the community : JCRC helped lead the statewide effort to pass a Bias Crimes bill in the Indiana legislature, building the coalition from six organizations in 2015 to over 700 in 2019. • JCRC facilitated community solidarity gatherings in 2018 that brought over 3,000 people together inside local synagogues after the vandalization of Carmel’s Congregation Shaarey Tefilla and the deadly massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. • Our “Stand Up! Speak Out!” initiative involves several proactive programs that help Jewish youth learn how to confront antisemitism, bring Jewish teens into high school classrooms without a Jewish presence to talk about what it’s like to be Jewish today (Student to Student), and help 7th-12th grade teachers teach accurately about Jews, Judaism, Jewish history, and Israel.

What we do: • Combat Antisemitism: Established by the Indiana Jewish community while the Holocaust was unfolding in Europe, the core of JCRC’s mission is to safeguard Jews here in the U.S., in Israel, and around the world, by combatting antisemitism through relationship-building and education. With antisemitic incidents increasing in frequency and violence, JCRC launched a series of proactive programs under the title “Stand Up! Speak Out!” to help Jewish families, educators, and allies recognize and effectively confront 21st century antisemitism in all its forms. • Pursue a Just Society: JCRC promotes an American society that is just, democratic, and pluralistic, understanding that Jews are safest in societies that protect civil rights and celebrate diversity. We envision a society that is safe and prosperous for all, and therefore advocate for equitable opportunities for those most in need with respect to education, housing, and health care. JCRC builds bridges wherever possible, acting in coalition with groups that fight discrimination and systemic racism, and advocate for human & civil rights and social & economic justice. We help members of the Jewish community become stronger allies to members of marginalized groups and movements. • Israel: JCRC promotes a secure and vibrant Israel as the Jewish and democratic state and homeland of the Jewish people. We support “shared society” initiatives that bring together Israel’s diverse communities and Palestinians to build a peaceful and prosperous future. JCRC engages with people from diverse backgrounds to maintain support for a strong U.S.–Israel relationship and to build greater economic ties between Israel and Indiana. We educate the community about the complexity of the conflict, and model respectful discourse through our speakers and discussions. • Media: JCRC is the official media relations arm of the greater Indianapolis Jewish community, serving as the primary resource for print, broadcast, and online outlets on topics relating to the local Jewish community, Israel, Judaism, and antisemitism.

How you can help: • Stand up and speak out EVERY TIME you encounter an act or expression of bigotry or racism. • Contact us if you experience or witness an act of antisemitism. • Invite “Student to Student” into your classroom or youth group. • Encourage educators to use accurate curricular materials when teaching about Jews, Judaism, Jewish history, or Israel. • Visit our website to learn more, and make a financial contribution! Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council 6705 North Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46240 317.926.2935 Facebook: Instagram: @indy_jcrc Twitter: @indy_jcrc Lindsey Mintz, Executive Director, Aaron Welcher, Communications & Advocacy Associate,

Why we’re important: For over 75 years, JCRC has been fighting prejudice and bigotry by building relationships with other


THE JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER INDIANAPOLIS Who we are: The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis ( JFGI) is the central philanthropic, planning, community engagement and unifying partner for the 23,500* individuals in the greater Indianapolis Jewish community. Since 1905, JFGI and its agencies -- the Jewish Community Center ( JCC), the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Jewish Family Services ( JFS), Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis (HHAI), and Hooverwood Living, have played a vital role in providing programs and services to support roughly 2,750 individuals in central Indiana every day— Jewish as well as non-Jewish. With an annual campaign of $4.2 million and endowment funds of approximately $85 million, JFGI resides on and manages a 40-acre campus, but its impact enriches the lives of Jews locally, in Israel, and around the world.

• Leadership development and capacity building –- we ensure a strong Jewish community by addressing individuals’ and organizations’ leadership and professional development needs How we affect the community: Along with several other programs and initiatives, JFGI and its agencies offer the following: • We engage, equip, and empower our youth through our YoPhI (Youth Philanthropy Indy) Teen Board grantmaking initiative and JCRC’s “Stand Up! Speak Out! Combating Anti-Semitism” programming slate • The JCC and JCRC connect with other minority communities through the Unity Project (an initiative to build respect and understanding through dialogue and the arts), the BlackJewish Partnership, and the Muslim-Jewish Women’s Alliance • Through the KAVOD program, JFS supports around 90 local Holocaust survivors • Our LIFE & LEGACY program, which brings local Jewish organizations together to seek permanent legacy gifts, helps sustain a vibrant Jewish community now and in the future

What we do: To fulfill our vision of a vibrant, engaged, inclusive and sustainable Jewish community, we: • Collaborate with agencies, synagogues and other organizations dedicated to the Jewish community • Encourage and support innovative programs and affiliations to address our community’s needs • Promote and support our local Jewish community • Continue our commitment to Jewish communities in Israel and around the world • Thanks to our donors’ generosity, we can: • Help a hungry family get the food they need from Popsie’s Pantry or help an elderly neighbor live independently at home through JFS • Provide care for community members at Hooverwood • Provide Holocaust education and training to teachers statewide • Provide Jewish summer camp and Israel experiences for area youth • Ensure a vibrant JCC with health and wellness programs for people of all ages and backgrounds • Aid the JCRC in safeguarding the rights of Jews and other partner groups while promoting a just and democratic society

How you can help: Volunteer with us. Volunteers help raise funds, participate in our allocations and planning process, and serve on our boards. To help community members find their passion within our network of Jewish organizations, JFGI provides leadership development opportunities including local programs, national conferences, and international travel. Make a donation or create a legacy gift. The Annual Campaign, our Planned Giving and Endowment program, and the LIFE & LEGACYTM program provide resources that allow our donors to impact our Jewish community. Thanks to past leadership insight, 94% of each Annual Campaign dollar goes directly to programs. Partner with us. We welcome partnership opportunities through our corporate sponsorship program. The Federation and its agencies work together with other organizations to create dynamic programming for the entire community.

Why we’re important: JFGI prioritizes: • Engagement and community building -- we promote a diverse, inclusive Jewish community • Jewish learning and experience -- we provide meaningful, multigenerational, formal and informal Jewish education • Collaboration and communication -- we build relationships with community groups for maximum • impact in the Jewish community • Support for needs locally, in Israel, and in Jewish communities around the world –- we build relationships, financially respond to needs, and respond to international emergencies as appropriate • Resource development and financial sustainability –- we raise, distribute (nearly $12 million), and steward funds for JFGI initiatives and partners’ needs

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis 6705 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.726.5450 Facebook: @JFGIndy Twitter: @JFGIndy Instagram: @JFGIndy Leslie Rubin, President, Michael Skolnick, Senior Director of Development, 317.715.9274, Erica Crowell, Chief Financial Officer, 317.475.4272,


THE JULIAN CENTER How we affect the community: On any given day, a member of our team is out in the community discussing our work. Through our community education, audiences learn how to spot someone who may need assistance, recognize the signs of abuse in their own lives and advocate for someone who needs help. Our community partners include law enforcement agencies, other social service agencies and anyone interested in helping end the generational cycle of domestic and sexual violence. With the help of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, we have established one of the largest domestic violence intervention initiatives in the nation. Working hand-in-hand with IMPD, we attempt to identify early signs of domestic disturbances that might escalate to a domestic violence situation at a later time.

Who we are: The Julian Center is Indiana’s largest and most comprehensive provider of services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence. We provide a multitude of residential and non-residential services for survivors of every age, gender, race, ethnic background, faith and socioeconomic circumstance. Our mission is to empower survivors of domestic and sexual violence and end the generational cycle of violence. Our vision is to create a community where every individual is safe and respected. What we do: Although our emergency shelter is the heart of our services, our work reaches beyond the walls of our shelter and deep into our community to transform the lives of survivors and their families. Through individualized plans, we help survivors recognize their strengths and gain the skills and confidence they need to change the context of their lives. Our services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, community education and outreach, individual and family counseling, art and play therapy, and assistance with legal service resources. The Julian Center also offers employment readiness, and economic empowerment programs, law enforcement agency partnerships, the Thrifty Threads community thrift shop, and a food pantry. Between 3,000 and 4,000 people receive direct services each year and an additional 3,000 people receive information offering services through outreach efforts.

How you can help: The Julian Center is a community agency which is able to work best when the community works with us. It costs $12,000 each day to operate The Julian Center shelter and our additional services and programs. Financial contributions fuel our ability to provide direct benefit to those who need it most. In addition, we welcome donations of clothing, household items, furniture, toiletries and other items that can be used by survivors or sold in our Thrifty Threads thrift store. Proceeds from sales directly support the operation of our emergency shelter. We also accept donations of serviceable, low-maintenance vehicles that we give directly and without charge to survivors who need them. We’re eager to help individuals learn more about our work through volunteer opportunities at our shelter or at Thrifty Threads. The Julian Center can also provide a speaker for your group or organization to help educate the community about the prevalence of domestic and sexual violence. Together we can create a stronger community.

Why we’re important: Domestic and sexual violence is present in every community. Abuse can be verbal, mental, economic, emotional, sexual and physical and happens in households of every race, religion or socio-economic level. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in three women and one in four men have been or will be victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. Half of our Julian Center shelter residents are children, and 50% of those children are under the age of five. More than 87% of those we serve fall below the federal poverty guidelines. For survivors who are able to remove themselves from immediate danger and don’t require the services of our emergency shelter, we provide empowerment and advocacy to help them break free from their abusers. With the financial support of our donors, The Julian Center provides assistance to all of those who need it. And all of The Julian Center’s services are provided at no cost to those we serve.

The Julian Center 2011 North Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.941.2200 317.920.9320 (24-hour crisis line) Facebook: @TheJulianCenter Twitter: @juliancenter Instagram: @juliancenter Kathleen St. Louis, Chair of the Board


THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF INDIANAPOLIS Membership is open to all women in central Indiana who are at least 22 years old. We have recruitment events year-round and new member classes in July and January of each year. Donations are welcome for any purpose, including honors and memorials. JLI maintains several trusts, including the Junior League Trust Fund, the Anne Collett Hensley Memorial Fund, and the Emily Kathryn Gilroy Memorial Fund. To honor 100 years of service to central Indiana, JLI created the Centennial Fund to honor its past, celebrate the present, and secure its future. In addition to the Centennial Fund, JLI will host several events throughout the next year to celebrate its centennial, including the Scarlet Run 5K in October, and a Day at the Statehouse in January 2022. Also, we would love to see you as a guest at our annual Holiday Mart fundraiser held each year in mid-November.

Who we are: The Junior League of Indianapolis ( JLI) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. In 2022, the Junior League of Indianapolis will celebrate 100 years of service to central Indiana communities. In 1922, founding member and first president, Charlotte Scott Moxley, had a goal to equip and maintain the Occupational Therapy Department at Riley Hospital. That project remained one of the League’s major endeavors for nearly 20 years and resulted in nationwide recognition. JLI continues that mission of serving the community 100 years later. What we do: The JLI is a membership and training organization focused on creating women leaders through effective community action. The JLI looks to partner with organizations whose purpose and/or initiative complement the JLI’s mission and strategic focus. Our current community impact focus is preparing students for academic success. Community organizations can partner with JLI in three ways: community projects, volunteer assistance, and grants. Through our community projects and assistance grants we aim to affect Indianapolis and the surrounding communities for generations to come. We are passionate about improving the lives of children through highquality educational programming.

Junior League of Indianapolis 8425 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Ste. 150, Indianapolis, IN 46240 317.925.4600 Website: Facebook: juniorleagueofindianapolis Instagram: jlindianapolis Stephanie Flittner, President Community Council Vice President: Kim Bugg, Community@Jlindy.Org

Why we’re important: JLI supports community organizations in need of trained volunteers and/or financial support for existing or planned programming. Since 2000, the Junior League of Indianapolis has given more than $4.9 million to nonprofits in Indianapolis and surrounding areas. In its 100-year history, JLI has given more than $10 million to civic and nonprofit organization project support through volunteering, partnerships, grants and resources. This year, we are working with the Patachou Foundation to provide direct help to families, students and other organizations through our community impact projects.

Grants Council Vice President: Cat Paterson, Grants@Jlindy.Org Membership Council Vice President: Madison Weintraut, Membership@Jlindy.Org Training Council Vice President: Samantha Burke, Trainingandcivicvp@Jlindy.Org Marketing Council Vice President: LaurenNottoli, Marketing@Jlindy.Org

How we affect the community: JLI plays an important role in our community through our programs and training. Our members are prepared to enact change in an impactful way. Many of our members serve on a variety of non-profit boards, work in volunteer and event management, support some of the largest fundraisers in the city, and in general make their neighborhoods a better place.

Fund Development Vice President: Mollie Ta vel Kaback, Developmentvp@Jlindy.Org Centennial Committee: Maddie Kellner & Joslyn McGriff, Holiday Mart Vice President: Kayla Arnold,

How you can help: The JLI is active and involved in the Indianapolis community with many volunteer opportunities.


kNOT TODAY in Fairmount, Fishers, Westfield, Carmel, and Indianapolis to spread awareness and educate the public on this epidemic. • We are providing resources to vetted service providers in Indiana to ensure the proper care for victims. • Additionally, kNot Today is partnering with law enforcement and providing resources, such as Electronic Detection K-9s, to assist in warrants and track devices containing sensitive materials. Through these efforts, we are helping make our communities safer for children and prosecuting offenders who seek to harm them. When the children of our communities feel safe, valued, and protected, we all benefit from their brighter, healthier future. It is our duty to protect the most vulnerable.

Who we are: Founded by Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Frank Reich and his wife Linda, kNot Today exists to generate awareness, initiate prevention strategies, and assist in the development of innovative healing programs for sexually abused, exploited, and trafficked children. While living and engaging in communities from coast to coast, they have learned all too well how big the problem is and how close it can hit to home. As parents and grandparents, they were compelled to make an impact on behalf of children everywhere and thus, kNot Today was founded in October 2019. What we do: kNot Today concentrates on three strategic areas to reduce cases of child sexual abuse, exploitation, and trafficking and restore victims. First, we create public awareness of the prevalence of child sexual abuse and exploitation in our society through local and national community engagement campaigns, public service announcements, and partnerships with community leaders, business partners, like-minded organizations, and other high-profile individuals who are able to capture the attention of a country and awaken hearts and minds to the gravity of this issue. Second, we are engaging business, government, and community leaders to develop technology, pass legislation, and provide educational materials that will stop child predators and teach people how to protect the most vulnerable. Lastly, we support service providers to develop and implement best practices in restorative care that include a continuum of care approach to address the practical and transitional needs of these trauma-exposed children into happy, healthy adulthood.

How you can help: Every nine minutes, a child is sexually assaulted in America. As technology advances, predators find new ways of exploiting children online. Time is of the essence. Join our team and help us fight this issue! • Learn the facts and protect the children in your life. When we become aware of this issue and learn prevention strategies to implement in our own families, we make great strides in protecting children. Learn more at • Contribute financially. Your generous support helps us further our mission of protecting the beauty and innocence of childhood by funding community awareness campaigns, distributing vital educational materials across the state, and assisting us in supporting direct service providers who help survivors on their journey to healing. • Partner with us. If you or your business are interested in partnership or sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to us so we can join forces to end this tragedy. Email us at • Volunteer. Our volunteers are passionate and supportive. Their willingness to give their time and talent is so humbling and we are forever grateful for them! For volunteer opportunities, visit our website at

Why we’re important: 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. This is an issue that spans socioeconomic, racial, and geographical lines, which means it could happen to ANY child. Childhood sexual abuse is associated with higher rates of negative emotional, physical, and mental health consequences into adulthood. kNot Today strives to protect the beauty and innocence of childhood through our awareness, prevention, and restoration initiatives throughout Indiana and the United States to mitigate these outcomes.

kNot Today 147 Washington Pointe Drive, Suite A, Indianapolis, IN 46229 317.755.3914 Website: Facebook: @knottodayfdn

How we impact the community: kNot Today believes in engaging the community with a boots-on-the-ground strategy. Since its inception, kNot Today has had a community presence

Alyssa Van Vactor, Executive Director,


THE KURT VONNEGUT MUSEUM AND LIBRARY Who we are: The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library honors the wit and wisdom of renowned author, Kurt Vonnegut.

In 2022, KVML will celebrate Vonnegut’s centennial with special programming and events.

What we do: Kurt Vonnegut was a soldier, writer, artist, humorist, teacher, jazz enthusiast, and Indianapolis native. KVML champions the literary, artistic, and cultural contributions of Vonnegut to improve the individual lives of students, veterans, readers, and our community through its cultural and educational experiences.

How you can help: Every gift to the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is significant. Your support puts books in the hands of students, valuable curriculum in the hands of teachers, new writing skills and hope into the hands of veterans. Your support keeps the lights on in a museum, library, and community gathering space enjoyed by local residents and international visitors. You can support KVML by: • Donating and becoming a member of our karass. Visit their website to learn how to donate and become a member. Sign up for KVML’s newsletter to keep updated on all KVML events and programs while you’re there! • Volunteer at KVML. Email for more information. • Attend our annual Night of Vonnegut event that kicks off our year-long celebration of Vonnegut’s centennial.

Why we’re important: KVML continues Vonnegut’s fight against censorship and supports language and visual arts education through programs and educational engagements for people of all ages. KVML promotes civic and social justice, as well as addressing the needs of those struggling with mental health issues. Kurt Vonnegut’s military experience and honest portrayal of war is honored by serving veterans through writing workshops, panels, veteran’s art exhibits, and more. KVML is also an inspiring and relaxing place to spend an afternoon or an upbeat place to spend an evening with its jazz programming, lectures and panels, book release parties, and more.

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library 543 Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.423.0391 Facebook: VonnegutLibrary Instagram: @vonnegut_library Twitter: VonnegutLibrary

How we affect the community: KVML champions social justice and common decency while highlighting the arts and artists of all types (literary, performing, visual, etc). In 2020, KVML started its Youth Writing Program that seeks to empower, inspire, and engage young Indiana students with the written word. In the continued fight against censorship, KVML educates people about free speech while providing a venue for dialogue. Kurt Vonnegut loved knowledge-sharing. KVML uses its space to engage the community through arts programming and discussion but is also available to rent for your corporate event, wedding, baby shower, and more.

Julia Whitehead, CEO, Beth Ann Broadhurt, Operations Coordinator,



to children and families who need it most by helping families with finances for activities. As we continue to grow, we will continue to do more for those in need.

Who we are: The Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane Memorial Fund, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit that was established after the Crane family suffered an unimaginable loss on December 12, 2011 when the two family members were murdered together in the family home. Kyleigh was home sick from school that Monday, and her uncle Jeremy Crane had offered to watch her since he had the day off. They were surprised when a visit from a family friend included an unknown intruder who would take the lives of Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane that day. Kyleigh was seven years old, and Jeremy was 21. Two young lives stolen, countless others affected in multiple ways, and an entire community changed forever.

How you can help: The Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane Memorial Fund, Inc. invites you to join us in our efforts to continue serving our communities by donating and funds, goods, or services you may see fit to help us raise funds for our communities. We also welcome you to join and/ or sponsor future annual memorial rides and contribute donations for raffles. The Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane Memorial Fund, Inc. 1843 Dogwood Lake Way, Indianapolis, IN 46239 317.989.2798 Facebook: @KyleighandJeremyCrane

What we do: We aim to help keep the underprivileged youth of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas involved in extra-curricular activities, special needs interventions, and educational programs. Why we’re important: Both Kyleigh and Jeremy were involved in competitive sports, so we understand how hard it can be to keep up with the expenses of such activities. We also understand the importance of getting and staying involved with our communities and our children.

President, Cathy Crane, 317.989.2798,

How we affect the community: The Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane Memorial Fund, Inc. has been able to bring smiles

Secretary, Allyson Crane 317.696.8713,

Vice President, David Crane, 317.989.2788,


LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY, INDIANA CHAPTER How you can help: Have you ever wondered “What can I do to help?” upon learning that a friend, family member, colleague or neighbor has been diagnosed with cancer? You are not alone. This is the most common question we hear. As a nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations. So, how can you help? Do you have a group of friends and family who would join you in walking for the LLS mission? Form a Light The Night team and fundraise for one of our Indiana Walks. Learn more at Is running a half marathon or marathon, or completing a triathlon or 100-mile bike ride on your bucket list? Learn how you can combine your personal athletic goals with fundraising for a cure as part of a Team In Training at www. Are you someone who is enthusiastic, competitive, and has a track record of success in business and the community? Learn more about becoming a candidate for Man & Woman of the Year, a ten-week fundraising competition at www. Are you a high school student or do you know an extraordinary student looking for a leadership development opportunity? Learn more about how to stand out among your peers by becoming a candidate for Students of the Year, a seven-week fundraising competition at www. Don’t see what interests you on our list, have another idea in mind or need help brainstorming? That’s okay! We can help you help us!

Who we are: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is a global leader in the fight against cancer. We exist to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancers. What we do: The LLS mission: to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free education, support and resources, both nationally and locally, to patients, caregivers, families and healthcare professionals. We advocate for policies that give a voice to all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. Why we’re important: The need is critical. Nearly 1.4 million people in North America are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma. Approximately every three minutes, someone new is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Approximately every nine minutes , someone dies. Thanks to research, survival rates for patients with many blood cancers have doubled, tripled and even quadrupled since the early 1960s. Despite these advances, about one third of patients with a blood cancer still do not survive even five years after their diagnosis, which is why more funding is needed to continue to bring better therapies to patients. How we affect the community: Early research funded by LLS played a role in advances such as the discovery and development of chemotherapy and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation. More recent research has resulted in new, targeted oral therapies and immunotherapies. From 2000 through 2019, more than 40 percent of new anti-cancer drugs were FDA approved for blood cancer patients -- more first-ever approvals than for any other group of cancers -- and many of these were advanced with funding from LLS. Some therapies are even helping patients with other cancers and other serious, nonmalignant diseases.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Indiana Chapter 11550 North Meridian Street, Suite 115 Carmel, IN 46032 317.860.3840 Lori Morrison, Interim Executive Director


LIFESMART YOUTH health education program in the state. We partner with parents, educators, school administrators, and other trusted adults to ensure youth receive the vital health and social education they need to navigate an increasingly complex social landscape.

Who we are: What does it mean to be a LifeSmart Youth? Being a kid has never been easy. With so many factors -- both internal and external -- affecting a child’s well-being, growing up can be a confusing, tumultuous time. LifeSmart Youth™ gives young people the inner resources they need to make good choices in life. We teach valuable whole-life skills such as building healthy peer and teen dating relationships and understanding their growing bodies and reproductive health. We give them the answers they need to live their best lives ow and into adulthood. At LifeSmart Youth, we believe the world needs kids who aren’t just book smart or street smart, but life smart. Since 1943, we have empowered Indiana youth to make healthy and safe decisions…for life.

How we affect the community: Our Health Educators currently deliver more than 43,000 educational hours of programming to 14,000+ youth (grades K–10) in 78 schools and summer camps across 10 Indiana counties. These students often represent Indiana’s most vulnerable youth based on their geographic location, socio-economic level, ethnicity, and/ or other health risk factors. Our programs provide medically accurate information about health, and we increase our impact by teaching critical whole-life skills and social wellness. In addition, we have formed the TEACH Alliance, which consists of organizations and individuals who are invested in ensuring racially equitable health care in our community—especially as it pertains to adolescent reproductive health. All TEACH Alliance activities and strategic planning are guided by expert consultants and aim to engage health care systems, health organizations, nonprofits, education institutions, and media organizations. If you’re interested in joining, please email

What we do: We offer five school-based health education programs to provide relevant, age-appropriate health information for Indiana students. Each program supports our mission to empower youth to make responsible choices and adopt healthy behaviors, thus enabling them to stay in school, excel in their studies, and strive for their future goals. • HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Teaches students how to care for and respect their changing bodies during puberty • RIGHTS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY® (3Rs) Provides middle school students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to avoid teen pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), while stressing the importance of respect for self and others • CARE™ (Communicating with And Respecting Each other) Addresses consent, sexual harassment, teen dating violence prevention and focuses on all dating relationships, whether they are impacted by violence or not • LIFESKILLS® TRAINING Teaches high school students personal self-management, interpersonal communication, and drug resistance skills • STEP UP FOR KINDNESS!™ Teaches kindness, empathy, compassion, and the skills to be an upstanding citizen who prevents bullying

How you can help: Your support is greatly needed as today’s youth experience levels of anxiety, depression, social conflict, and abuse higher than previous generations. Being informed and prepared to make healthy and safe choices is in high demand by youth, parents, and schools, and LifeSmart Youth can meet this need in partnership with you. YOU can help Indiana kids live healthy and safe lives! • Become a LifeSmart Youth sponsor by contacting info@ • Join LifeSmart Youth as a TEACH Alliance member, committee member, or express interest in board leadership by contacting • Make a tax-deductible donation at • Be a LifeSmart Youth advocate by following us and sharing our message on Facebook and LinkedIn @LifeSmartYouth

Why we’re important: The prevalence of technology and social media in today’s society exposes Indiana youth to serious social issues. School safety, bullying, cyber safety, dating violence, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, stress, depression, suicide, and intense peer pressure are all major parts of children’s daily lives, and the effects are showing. These can be difficult issues to talk about, and there’s only so much parents, schools, and other trusted adults can do to make sure youth are getting accurate, research-based answers. LifeSmart Youth is Indiana schools’ health educator of choice and is the best trained and most experienced school

LifeSmart Youth, Inc. 615 North Alabama St., Ste. 228, Indianapolis, IN 46204 317.638.3628 Facebook and LinkedIn: @LifeSmartYouth Tammie Carter, CEO, 317.667.0341,



loving community. We’re proud to have enriched the lives of the families who have adopted, to provide a fun and active place for community volunteers to gather and to educate future veterinary professionals who will continue to provide services to the community for years to come.

Who we are : The LOVE Pet Proje ct (Learning , Outreach and Veterinary Efforts) was founded with a mission to help animals in need of medical attention while also teaching veterinary and veterinary technician students pertinent clinical skills. With the help of our donors, adopters, employees and volunteers, we helped over 600 animals in 2020 find their forever families.

How you can help: We’re a new organization and we are still growing. We are currently self-funded through our generous adopters, but hope to receive outside donations to improve our medical capabilities and help even more animals in need. Donations can be made through our website: or mailed to the address listed below. We also welcome fosters and volunteers!

What we do: The LOVE Pet Project is dedicated to helping as many animals as possible find their forever homes, especially animals with medical needs. By utilizing our robust veterinary team, we’re able to give hope to pets with even the most complicated of medical issues. The variety of medical issues we address aid in the training of our up-and-coming veterinarians and veterinary technicians. The LOVE Pet Project strives to not only heal pets, but also to match them to forever homes where they can enrich the lives of a loving family.

The LOVE Pet Project/The Rescue Boutique 15 East Oak Street, Zionsville, IN 46077 317.316.9895

Why we are important: We provide hundreds of pets the opportunity to live, be healthy and find their forever homes. We focus on what would previously be the discarded pet population and give them hope of being a loved family member. Additionally, we invest in teaching the next generation of veterinary professionals clinical and surgical skills to help ensure access to care for all communities in the future.

Denise Katz, DVM, Founder/President, denise@ Dawn Contos, Adoptions Coordinator, adoptions@ Jacee Robb, Shelter Manager, adoptions@

How we affect the community: At The LOVE Pet Project, we are grateful to be a part of a warm, vibrant and pet-


MEDI TEDDY INC. • “It made me feel like I had a friend by my side.” • “It was a talking point among staff, it hid the medicine, it made her smile and relax, it gave the sterile room some fun.” • “Medi Teddy is a lot nicer for her to look at than the plastic feeding bag.” • “Our medical teddy goes with us to every hospital stay! Can't' be without him.” • “I'm a pediatrician and manage my own pediatrics and endocrinology clinic.My patients and their parents love your Teddy Bear so much!” • “Thank you for coming up with a beautiful idea to help ease infusion worries for both myself and my child. :) xo.”

Who we are: Medi Teddy Inc. is a 501(c)3 Non Profit. Our mission is to improve outcomes and reduce pain by lowering anxiety and increasing the emotional well-being of pediatric patients during infusions, transfusion, and tube feedings. What we do: We give Medi Teddy ® IV Covers to hospitals and to children who receive infusions. A Medi Teddy is an adorably designed teddy bear cover that hangs on an IV pole and hides unsightly intravenous fluid, blood product, or feeding from the child with a smiling face. Medi Teddys ® come in both a plastic, reusable or plush, single user version. The fully open rear allows for easy access and visibility by caregivers. This US patent pending product was designed by 15-year-old Ella Casano who received IV infusions for a platelet disorder for seven years.

How you can help: We are always in need of donations which allow us to continue to produce, pack and ship Medi Teddys to children around the world as daily requests come in! We accept donations directly via our website. We have also worked with family foundations and charities who wish to direct bulk orders to specific hospitals and can even do branding on very large orders. We would love to talk with you about how your gift can help change the face of the pediatric infusion experience for children. As seen on: CNN, ABC, TODAY, Good Morning America, O Magazine March 2019 print edition, NBC, MSN, Fox, Scholastic Kids, National Geographic Kids UK, Red Tricycle, BuzzFeed, Unilad, Parents, and dozens more.

Why we’re important: Reducing fear and anxiety during hospitalizations can improve outcomes and reduce pain. In a recent survey 95% of respondents reported Medi Teddy improved their child’s emotional well-being during infusions, and 45% reported a reduction in physical pain. Medi Teddy also provides privacy for infusions on-the-go and can reduce the stress for family or caregivers visiting in the hospital. Parents already have so many medical bills and expenses related to care, it’s important to us that Medi Teddys are given to children at no cost and that parents of sick children know they are being supported by their community. How we affect the community: With the help of purchases, donations and directed donations, more than 8000 Medi Teddys have been sent to 23 countries on 5 continents. The feedback and photos we have received has been incredible. Here are some things parents have said: • “The Medi Teddy is a great distraction for young children. It’s literally making the best of a terrible situation any child should never have to endure.”

Medi Teddy Inc. P.O Box 731 Fairfield, CT 06824 917.549.7552 Instagram: @medi_teddy #medi_teddy #mediteddy President, Meg Casano BSN MA


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NAMI INDIANA criminal justice, human services, education and housing agencies. We provide continuing education, training, and policy analysis for those serving persons living with serious mental illnesses and their families.

Who we are: NAMI Indiana is the state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are a grassroots public charity helping people living with serious mental illnesses and serving the families, friends, and communities who support them.

How you can help: NAMI Indiana relies on volunteers to lead support groups and education courses for families and people living with mental illnesses, as well as decrease stigma. Public Policy committee volunteers work to advocate for legal and system changes. As our programs are peer-led, we rely on volunteers to facilitate our peerto-peer, family-to-family, and other support groups. In Our Own Voice volunteers share their story of living in recovery, talking to various groups and helping end the stigma associated with mental illnesses. Like all charities, we rely on financial contributions to support our mission. When you give to NAMI Indiana, your donation achieves statewide impact. It allows us to train new program leaders across the state: teachers, support group facilitators, In Our Own Voice presenters, and criminal justice professionals. It also increases the impact of our advocacy initiatives at the Indiana State House and in partnership with state agencies like the Department of Mental Health and Addiction.

What we do: NAMI Indiana provides support, education, legislative advocacy and training programs for people and groups across Indiana. We support local NAMI affiliates, train volunteer leaders, provide continuing education for professionals and partner for systems change at the state level. Why we’re important: The problem: research indicates that as many as one in 17 people -- or more than 380,000 Hoosier -- is living with a serious mental illness like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These brain disorders can be debilitating and substantially affect the lives of individuals, families, and our communities. The g ood news : Serious mental illnesses are biological and treatable, and medication and psychosocial therapy often work. Recovery is possible; however, there are major gaps in treatment and support in Indiana and across the nation. Community mental health centers and state facilities treat more than 100,000 people annually in our state. Private hospitals and other providers treat more, but private insurance very often falls far short in coverage for treatment and support. There are more people treated for serious mental illnesses in our state correctional facilities than in our state hospitals. Indicators are that only about half of those in Indiana who need treatment are getting it; we must do better. We can do better.

NAMI Indiana 921 East 86th Street, Suite 130, Indianapolis, IN 46240 317.925.9399, 800.677.6442 Website: Facebook: @namiindiana Twitter: @namiindiana Instagram: @namiindiana Barbara Thompson, Executive Director, 317.925.9399,

How we affect the community: NAMI Indiana facilitates education, support, and advocacy programs through a network of 13 local affiliates across the state. We are also a leading partner for government and nonprofit health,

Linh Preston, Board of Directors President, 317.925.9399,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon


Lastly, our organization supports legislation that protects women’s rights.

Who we are: The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW ) Boutique at Thrifty Threads. NCJW is a volunteer organization inspired by Jewish values, which works through a program of research, education, advocacy and community service to improve the quality of life for women, children and families, and strives to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all.

How you can help: Please “tidy up” your homes and donate. When you drop off your donations at Thrifty Threads, please specify they are for the NCJW. We accept clothing, shoes, handbags, furniture, household items and much more. Please call with questions.

What we do: NCJW Boutique at Thrifty Threads works in conjunction with local organizations, including The Julian Center, Jewish Family Services and Popsies Pantry.

NCJW Boutique at Thrifty Threads 1501 West 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46260

Why we’re important: Domestic abuse greatly affects our local community. Our work directly with victims allows us to help improve their quality of life.

Jennifer Cohen, Donations Coordinator,, 317.654.4193 Joan Leibman, Director, 317.253.3728

How we affect the community: 50% of NCJW’s sales at Thrifty Threads go directly to The Julian Center to support victims of domestic abuse. We also provide college scholarships in several types: New American Scholarship, Single Parent Scholarship and Jewish Student Scholarship. We also work directly with Jewish Family Services through a voucher program that allows families in need to shop for their essentials.

Lori Popp Moss, Scholarship Chair, 317.259.6824 Rebecca Geyer, Treasurer


NOBLE How we affect the community: Every day, you decide how to live your life, pursue your career, plan your weekend and enjoy your hobbies, all without needing anyone’s permission. Unfortunately, many individuals with disabilities do not have the opportunity to make important life decisions. That’s why we will not rest until we achieve our vision: A world in which children and adults of all abilities live out their dreams in a community that embraces their contributions and recognizes them as fully participating members of our society. To realize this vision, we offer individualized services shaped by the dreams and needs of each person we serve, and encourage our community to embrace their contributions.

Who we are: Noble is a dynamic community organization driven to help individuals with disabilities live a life defined by their dreams. Founded by families in 1953, these pioneering parents sought to provide their children with what society would not: an education. Always evolving to meet the changing needs of the individuals and families who rely on us, we remain true to our mission: to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities and their families through individualized services. What we do: Throughout central and eastern Indiana, Noble provides an array of services to children and adults with disabilities like Down syndrome and autism. Over 93% of our services are provided in our community within the homes, schools and businesses where the people and families we serve live their lives and dream their dreams. Our services range from First Steps early intervention therapies for babies and toddlers to employment services for adults. We also support families through Respite, educational forums and advocacy at all levels of government. Today, we impact the lives of over 3,300 children, adults and families each year.

How you can help: Government reimbursement for our services covers only 73% of our operating expenses. We work hard to stretch every dollar, but each year Noble faces the challenge of providing high quality support and services that children and adults with disabilities need and deserve. Your generous support helps close this funding gap, strengthening our ability to ser ve the community. By investing in Noble, you help Noble fulfill our commitment to build sustainable futures for people of all abilities through quality, innovation and transformation. Your support also lays the groundwork for services that enable people with disabilities to live their best life in the community we share. On behalf of everyone at Noble, please accept our deepest appreciation for your support.

Why we’re important: At Noble, “Dream it. Live it.” isn’t just our tagline. It is how we support the children, adults and families who rely on us each year. Like you, the people we serve have dreams that they cherish deep in their hearts. They’re what get us going in the morning and motivate us to work hard. And like you, they often include landing the right job, living independently, making friends and living a full life.Imagine as a parent, your tiny newborn was born with a disability. Your love doesn’t change; it’s still strong and protective. However, you may worry about how you will care for this new baby. Will she struggle in school? Will he have friends and be happy? What happens after school? Will she work and become an independent young adult? Parents of a child with disabilities often feel that their dreams for that child are now unrealistic. Our goal is to help them understand that those dreams that their child will live a full, happy life; work in a rewarding career; and enjoy everything that life has to offer are still very real. We are here to help the people we serve live out their dreams in a community that embraces their contributions.

Noble 7701 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219 317.375.2700 Website: Facebook: MyNobleLife’ Instagram: MyNobleLife LinkedIn: MyNobleLife Julia Huffman, President and CEO, 317.375.2708, William Wales, Chairman of the Board,


THE ORCHARD SCHOOL are passionate, bright, curious and ready to make a positive impact on Indianapolis and the world. Speaking of our world, Orchard was proud to welcome five cultural exchange students to our campus in the fall of 2019. These five middle school students, all from Guatemala, were part of the Jump the World Program. The experience proved to be beneficial for both the exchange students and our own students. The Orchard School is an inclusive community deliberately rich with diversity. We believe that experiencing and learning about diversity helps people relate to each other and to the world with greater respect, understanding and kindness.

Who we are: The Orchard School is a progressive, nonsectarian, independent school founded in 1922. For nearly 100 years, we have been the leader in progressive education in central Indiana. Utilizing our 43-acre wooded campus, our nationally- recognized programs are designed to develop and educate the whole child. What we do: We provide a transformative and foundational education for students in preschool through eighth grade. We believe in engaging the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered and experiential learning environment. By providing a well-rounded education that includes core academics, visual/performing arts, physical education, outdoor education, service learning and extracurricular activities, we produce students who are confident self-advocates.

How you can help: The Orchard School is committed to socioeconomic diversity and many of our students are provided with financial assistance each year. You can help give the gift of an Orchard education by supporting the Owl Fund (Orchard’s annual giving ), planned giving, annual events, and through corporate partnerships. For more information, contact our development office at 317.713.5731 or visit You can also support Orchard by spreading the word about our exceptional hands-on learning pedagogy and commitment to developing the whole child. Please don’t hesitate to visit our campus to find out about all of the exciting learning that’s happening at our school, and how you can be a part of an Orchard student’s incredible journey.

Why we’re important: Orchard commits to advance each student’s academic success, self-confidence, openmindedness, ethical character, leadership and love of learning. Students love Orchard because their individuality is honored, and the academics are challenging, yet fun, creating a love of learning that is fostered by teachers who know them well. Our small student-to-teacher ratio affords dedicated teachers the emotional space to create meaningful relationships, building an inclusive and accepting community. All this takes place in a warm, nurturing community where diversity is evident, recognized and celebrated. How we affect the community: Character development and behavioral excellence are at the heart of our philosophy. One way we accomplish this mission is by integrating community service learning into our curriculum. Our commitment to service and civic responsibility is evident in a myriad of school-wide philanthropic endeavors. Our middle school students participate in Days of Service. These efforts, like many others at The Orchard School, are integrated into the curriculum. This is why Orchard graduates are known as thoughtful, compassionate citizens who advocate for themselves and for others. Our graduates

The Orchard School Foundation 615 West 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.251.9253 Instagram: @theorchardschool Facebook: @TheOrchardSchool YouTube: Twitter: @OrchardOwl Dr. Sherri Helvie, Head of School, 317.713.5709


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OUTREACH Who we are: Outreach exists to provide hope to hundreds of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. Often impacted by traumatic life experiences, homeless youth are looking for support, connection, and a place to call home. At Outreach, each person coming into the ministry is encouraged, coached, and shown love through a supportive network of caring individuals. The devoted staff and volunteers provide care, guidance and access to basic life necessities, which helps to build a restored sense of hope for a sustainable and brighter future for those we serve. Intentional engagement with our youth and young adults in a nonthreatening, supportive environment, helps them to deal with their past and the significant trauma and rejection that they have faced. Outreach journeys through life alongside the youth and young adults we serve, equipping and empowering them to achieve stability and life transformation.

Similar to the Program Centers, the ARCH Program provides services to homeless youth attending high school in the Indianapolis area. The ARCH Program focuses on assisting and supporting homeless youth and young adults to remain in school through high school graduation and to go on to post high school education or to secure employment. The goal of ARCH is that the youth position themselves for a self- sustainable life as they transition to adulthood. Outreach exists to equip and empower homeless teens and young adults to achieve stability and life transformation so that they can be healthy, independent members of society.

What we do: Outreach, Inc. equips and empowers homeless teens and young adults to achieve stability and life transformation through our program centers and ARCH Program. Our program centers provide space for homeless youth to meet their personal needs and to spend time in the community working towards social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual health. During drop-in hours youth have access to laundry facilities, computer labs, clothing, hygiene supplies, a food pantry, shower facilities, transportation, bus passes, and family-style warm meals. Outreach’s program centers are a resource hub for homeless youth where they can access other service providers on-site. At Outreach, we instill hope through our relational-driven programs, which are designed to effectively create and sustain stability and independence. The Outreach program centers, located on the near eastside of Indianapolis and on the Old Southside, provide a safe refuge from the unrelenting pressures of homelessness. Our youth are supported on their journey by Youth and Young Adult Coaches (YYA) who dedicate themselves to helping each of our youth navigate a path to sustainable independence and growth. YYA Coaches walk with the youth and provide assistance in a variety of ways such as obtaining identification documents essential to securing employment and housing. YYA coaches connect youth with essential training, accompany them on doctors’ visits, and remain a loving vigorous advocate for them. In short, Outreach provides a safe environment for homeless youth ages 14-24 to foster positive relationships, to access basic necessities, and to gain assistance in securing employment. Our staff help youth navigate resources, opportunities and barriers in their communities, and learn to interact appropriately with others and deal with conflict.

How we affect the community: In 2020, Outreach provided more than 10,000 hours of service to approximately 500 young people experiencing homelessness.

Why we are important: There are over 2,000 homeless young people in the city of Indianapolis. Outreach is a place where these young people can find hope, safety, care, love and direction.

How you can help: Homelessness is not simply “fixed” by providing housing or shelter. There is no simple cure or “silver bullet” for homelessness, as it is nuanced and challenging. At Outreach, we believe that the answer lies in building a loving, supportive community of individuals that come alongside the youth and provide an environment where they can grow and prosper. We invite you to join that community. • Give a financial gift • Tour the program center • Volunteer • Donate in-kind items • Follow us on social media or subscribe to our monthly newsletter Outreach 2416 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 317.951.8886 Facebook: @OutreachIndiana Twitter: @Outreach_Indy Instagram: @outreach_indy Jason Chenoweth, CEO, Kathleen Bloxsome, Director of Donor Relations,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

OUTRUN THE SUN curriculum used at youth camps across America. OTS developed the first-ever “Sun Safety Patch” in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Today, the patch is being introduced to scouts in 30 states. Working with the IU School of Medicine, OTS supported an expanded dermatologic curriculum for all medical students (not only those studying dermatology). Students are trained to detect early stage skin cancer, leading to better patient prognosis. Partnering with the IU Fairbanks School of Public Health, OTS established the Outrun the Sun Scholarship, which will exist in perpetuity. This supports students who study epidemiology with an interest in melanoma/skin cancer. Teaming with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, OTS supports the largest one-day sun-safety initiative ever established in the United States. Fans receive sunscreen and UV wristbands at the Indianapolis 500. IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden is the program spokesperson. More than 300,000 fans hear and see sun-safety messages. The Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma takes place annually in Indianapolis. The race allows melanoma survivors, their families, sponsors, and donors to gather and stand strong against melanoma. Survivors strike a gong at the race finish line, which resonates throughout the venue, signaling that people are surviving this disease. The festival atmosphere, complete with live music, refreshments, and kids’ races, is an inviting, family-friendly event for all to enjoy.

Who we are: Outrun the Sun (OTS) was founded as Indiana’s ONLY nonprofit organization supporting skin cancer education and melanoma research. OTS represents Indiana as a member of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention (NCSCP) and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association SunUcate Coalition. Outrun the Sun has been recognized by the American Academy of Dermatology, the Indiana Cancer Consortium with the Outstanding Contributions to Cancer Control Award, and IUPUI with a Spirit of Philanthropy Award. What we do: Nearly 4 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States annually, making it the most prevalent cancer in America. This year it is estimated that more than $8.6 billion will be spent to treat skin cancers. The real cost of this disease, however, isn’t calculated in dollars. The true impact is measured in the number of lives lost and the number of families affected. One American dies of melanoma every hour. Outrun the Sun addresses this public health concern by engaging people in sun-safe programs and by supporting melanoma research. Why we’re important: People living with melanoma have come to rely on Outrun the Sun for support and understanding. Outrun the Sun is combatting skin cancer from every angle: medical research, education and community engagement. Outrun the Sun shares this important message: Protect your skin. Protect yourself. Protect your life.

How you can help: Melanoma is an aggressive disease. Progress in education and research must be equally aggressive. People affected by skin cancer, their loved ones and others with an interest in eliminating melanoma must be inspired to act now. Please make your commitment today to support skin cancer education and melanoma research through a gift of time, treasure or talent. Each day you hesitate, 24 more Americans die of melanoma. Waiting is not an option.

How we affect the community: OTS has supported 26 researchers nationwide who actively seek a cure for melanoma. They represent top medical facilities, including Harvard Institutes of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, NYU, UC-Irvine, Kimmel Cancer Center, MD Anderson, St. John’s University, University of Chicago, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Wake Forest Medical Center, UC-San Francisco and Indiana University. OTS is a member of the Indiana Cancer Consortium (ICC), which creates the Indiana Cancer Control Plan. This includes actions that guide cancer control efforts and promote collaboration among organizations and the citizens of Indiana. Outrun the Sun helped author the Skin Cancer/Melanoma section of “Indiana Cancer Facts and Figures,” the state’s sourcebook for planning and implementing programs for cancer prevention and control, created and published by the ICC. Outrun the Sun provided the Indiana Department of Education with the first-ever sun-safety curriculum for Indiana students in Pre-K through grade 12. A homeschool program is also available. OTS offers a sun-safety camp

Outrun the Sun 8435 Keystone Crossing, # 175 Indianapolis, IN 46240 317.253.2121 Facebook: @outrunthesuninc Twitter: @outrunthesuninc Anita J. Day, Co-founder/Executive Director,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

OUTSIDE THE BOX the time of inception in 2008, community members were desperate for meaningful, post-secondary learning opportunities for themselves and their loved ones after aging out of high school. Outside the Box was created to meet this need, with a strengths-based approach. The focus on individualized supports, successful day programming , employment supports and studio art programming has continued to expand, bringing current programming offerings to capacity. As the needs of the community change, so too does the direction for supports available through Outside the Box. Because of the need for support designed to help individuals obtain meaningful employment, develop successful peer relationships and have opportunities to work in settings that are inclusive and supportive of their needs, Outside the Box plans to expand its current program offerings with a tri-fold approach.

Who we are: Outside the Box supports more than 300 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The outcome for all people, whether employees or participants, is that we are immersed in the opportunity for individualized growth. Whether it be in the curriculumbased day program, the creative arts experience of Studio OTB, or our customized Employment Services, we want all people to be the best they can be. What we do : As adults, you and I choose how we spend our days and with whom we spend our time. For individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, days are often spent at local day centers—on activities that may not be engaging or inspiring. Time is spent in large groups with other individuals, and even staff, who likely do not intimately “know” them. At OTB, days are truly customized. Instead of pushing people toward generic programming options, we strive to meet the individual where they are, focusing on their capabilities, not their disabilities. We do this throug h thre e programmatic avenues: Curriculum-based day program, Employment Supports, and Studio Art experience.

How you can help: Wondering how you can help? We want your talents, treasures and strengths, whatever they are! We believe that every volunteer should be valued, supported and appreciated. We depend on our volunteers to enhance our services and provide a way for us to reach the broader community. Our volunteers and donors (hopefully soon, you!) make a huge difference at OTB.

Why we’re important: OTB’s programs are incredibly unique, as we are one of the only providers in Indiana that matches participants in small groups sharing a bond of age, personality, interests and personal goals, making it possible to assess and to meet the individual needs of participants. OTB is focused on empowering people toward their best lives for our participants, ensuring that participants have the ongoing support and resources to make their own goals and dreams a reality.

Outside the Box 3940 East 56tth Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 317.253.6658 Facebook: @outsidetheboxinc Twitter: @OTBIndy

How we affect the community: Outside the Box’s unique history was shaped by the needs of its community. At

Matt Fultz, Executive Director, 317.253.6658


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

OVERDOSE LIFELINE, INC. legislation, we are quickly becoming a leading voice for Indiana families, individuals and communities affected by addiction. Overdose Lifeline developed the highly rated “This is (Not) About Drugs” educational program (overdose-lifeline. org/ education), free to Indiana schools. This prevention program has reached more than 30,000 Indiana youth, helping raise awareness about the risks of misusing prescription opioids and explaining that misuse of prescription opioids can lead to addiction, heroin use and overdose. In addition, we accomplish the following: • Provide over 2,000 free overdose reversal kits to individuals and families annually • Create online self-directed learning programs to ensure that evidence-based approaches are used across communities to address substance misuse and opioid overdose. Courses have continuing education accreditation. • Work with the faith community across the state to create communities that understand substance misuse. • Support families affected by overdose lifeline through a monthly support group (Lifeline for Loss), the only group of its kind, and Indiana Overdose Awareness Day, a gathering at the State Museum to honor our lost loved ones (August 30, 2020)

Who we are: Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is an Indiana nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to addressing the current opioid public health crisis. Overdose Lifeline, Inc. is the only nonprofit organization in Indiana dedicated to addressing this opioid epidemic. Since 1999 overdose deaths have increased 570% in our state. However, new data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) show a significant decrease in overdose deaths in Indiana from 2017-2018. This is good news, but a 4% decrease is still not enough. Until we have zero overdose deaths, we cannot give up this fight. Each day, Overdose Lifeline learns of yet another life lost or another life saved because of the work we do to distribute the overdose reversal drug naloxone. Overdose Lifeline also supports individuals, families and communities affected by the chronic disease of addiction. Our programs and initiatives focus on reducing the opioid (prescription pain pill and heroin) epidemic through education, advocacy and support. Justin Phillips, MA, founded the organization in 2014 after losing her middle son, Aaron, to a heroin overdose. Justin is an advocate and a visionary, and has become a national leader and champion in the effort to fight the opioid epidemic. She has been invited to speak at national, regional and local meetings on the topic of prescription pain medicine misuse and heroin use, and was appointed a 2016 Champion of Change by the White House.

How you can help: Overdose Lifeline has much more work to do through our current harm-reduction, prevention and education programs to reach more individuals and counties in need. We have a specific to-do list that addresses initiatives critical to reducing and managing this epidemic and helping those impacted. This list needs to apply some of the proven best practices learned from our colleagues in other states. Through donations, sponsorships and event participation, you can help allow us to increase our capacity and reach across the state. Overdose Lifeline, and those we help, rely on the assistance of caring and hard-working volunteers. There are many ways to contribute to Overdose Lifeline's mission to support individuals and families affected by the disease of addiction, and to reduce the stigma associated with this chronic disease. For more information, visit Join us for our annual Golf Outing May 14, 2020 at Pete Dye’s Walk, Indiana Overdose Awareness Day August 20, 2020, or Run for the Cause in the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon in November and choose Overdose Lifeline as your cause…ODL can provide you a discount code to register for the Marathon. Sign up for our newsletter at

What we do: Overdose Lifeline is the only nonprofit in Indiana addressing the opioid epidemic statewide. The organization has rapidly amassed a long list of accomplishments via program development and grassroots efforts, thanks to our work with communities, government and law enforcement to advance the laws and resources available; prevention tools and education; and First Responder Naloxone overdose reversal kits and training. We also offer Naloxone distribution and training for individuals and families, services to support treatment and recovery, and a support group for those who have experienced a loss. Why we’re important: The US is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic that impacts every American state, county, socioeconomic demographic and ethnic group. Opioid addiction and overdose do not discriminate; they affect everyone from youth to senior citizens in Indiana cities, suburbs and rural communities. Drug overdoses are the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, with prescription opioids such as Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin accounting for nearly half of all overdose deaths. Each day, 185 Americans die from drug overdose, and more than 1,000 are treated in emergency rooms for prescription opioid misuse. The opioid public health crisis is preventable through education and prevention programs and initiatives such as those Overdose Lifeline delivers.

Overdose Lifeline, Inc. 7331 Lakeside Drive Indianapolis, IN 46278 844.554.3354 Facebook: @overdoselifeline Twitter: @overdoselifelin

How we affect the community: In an extremely short period of time, Overdose Lifeline has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people. Through statewide programming and

Justin Phillips, Founder and Executive Director,


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

PARK TUDOR Who we are: Park Tudor is an independent day school for students from age three through grade 12. With a history that dates back to 1902, Park Tudor offers a personalized education tailored to meet the needs of each student. Here, small class sizes and experienced educators prepare students for what’s next.

spearhead fundraising efforts and coordinate and manage volunteer shifts to help ensure the completion of the house. Across the school, we have forged a partnership with Westminster Neighborhood Services. Our students frequently volunteer at Westminster, working in their food bank and tutoring their peers who are Westminster clients. Each year, we hold a campus-wide food drive to collect donations to help Westminster assemble Thanksgiving food baskets for their constituents. Our Upper School Advanced Photography students forged an even deeper relationship with Westminster families, providing portraits as part of a “Faces of Westminster” art exhibit. Beyond these efforts, Park Tudor students are eager to connect with the community. From internships at research labs to community service projects to blood drives and efforts to assist with recovery after natural disasters across the globe, our students strive to be responsible and engaged citizens.

What we do: We provide an inspiring college-preparatory learning environment, with exceptional educators and extraordinary opportunities, that prepares and motivates students to become balanced, confident, and resourceful lifelong learners. With a rigorous academic program combined with extracurricular and co-curricular activities including fine arts, athletics, community-engaged learning opportunities and a variety of clubs, Park Tudor provides a well-rounded education with opportunities to explore areas of passion. Why we’re important: Our students bring strong character, bright minds, big hearts and the drive to succeed. They leave armed with the knowledge and courage to succeed in college and beyond. Park Tudor students come from all over the Indianapolis metropolitan area, but they venture far and wide. We have alumni living - and making an impact - all across the globe, from central Indiana to nearly every state in the U.S. and myriad countries around the world. With community ser vice, community-engaged learning, and foreign travel opportunities, our students learn to become citizens of the world, embodying our core values of integrity, intellectual engagement, resourcefulness, respect and responsibility.

How you can help: Park Tudor is committed to serving a diverse student body, including socioeconomic diversity. In 2020-21, Park Tudor awarded more than $4.1 million in financial aid and merit awards to 35% of our student population. The average amount of a financial aid award was $12,900. You can help by supporting our Annual Fund, planned giving opportunities and sponsoring annual events. For more information, contact our Development Office at 317.415.2700 or visit In addition, we invite you to visit Park Tudor to learn more about our school; we are always interested in exploring partnerships with other organizations and businesses in the community. For more information about admissions, campus tours and other events for prospective students and parents, visit

How we affect the community: Park Tudor’s commitment to community-engaged learning connects with our curriculum to provide rich experiences that benefit both our students and the world beyond our campus. Every year, our Middle School students participate in Water Week, an initiative to raise awareness of the importance of access to clean water. Through a Water Walk and other fundraising efforts, Park Tudor students have funded several wells in underdeveloped countries. In addition, Park Tudor Upper School students have sponsored–and participated in–multiple Habitat for Humanity builds. As part of those efforts, students

Park Tudor School 7200 North College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46240 317.415.2700 Facebook: @parktudorschool Twitter: @parktudor Instagram: @parktudor Gareth Vaughan, Head of School, 317.415.2903


Generously donated by Jennifer and Jeffrey Cohen

PARTNERS IN NUTRITION INDIANA/ MEALS ON WHEELS OF CENTRAL INDIANA How you can help: Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana is privately funded. We rely on the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations and grants for the majority of funds that make our mission possible. In fact, 88 cents of every dollar go to our clients through our Virginia Wesley Financial Assistance Fund, which means your donations will have an immediate impact on those we serve. We also have a community of individual and corporate volunteer delivery drivers who are the backbone of our organization. Your time is as valuable as your treasure, and we welcome both! Donations are accepted online via our website or through traditional mail. We also encourage you to sign up for our newsletter to learn more about our program and special initiatives.

What we do: Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana is more than a home meal delivery service. Meals on Wheels is the only provider of medically-tailored meals to the state’s homebound and chronically-ill community. These meals are prepared by central Indiana’s world-class healthcare institutions and delivered each weekday by our volunteers. Why we’re important: At the core of our work is our belief that food is medicine. Malnutrition is costly for the healthcare system and studies show that access to nutritious meals improves health outcomes, lowers healthcare costs, and improves the quality of patient care. Simply put, medically-tailored, home-delivered meals are a high-impact, low-cost option for our homebound and chronically-ill neighbors in our state.

Partners in Nutrition Indiana/ Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana 708 East Michigan Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.252.5558 Website: Instagram: @mow_indiana Twitter: @MOWIndiana

How we affect the community: Meals on Wheels clients receive meals that are prescribed by their physician, eliminating the guesswork when trying to meet their dietary needs. Most special diets can be accommodated (i.e., heart healthy, diabetic, low sodium, renal, etc.) We work to ensure that no one faces the dual crisis of malnutrition and hunger. In 2021, we celebrate 50 years of service with a renewed commitment to strengthen services to critically and chronically ill individuals in all of Indiana.

Jamie Johnson, interim COO,, 317.252.5558 Barb Renshaw, Director of Outreach,, 317.252.5558


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

PLANNED PARENTHOOD GREAT NORTHWEST, HAWAII, ALASKA, INDIANA, KENTUCKY access, including people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and people with low incomes. Without our health centers, countless patients would have nowhere to go for reproductive health services. In addition to providing high-quality care, PPGNHAIK is a leader in education for the communities we serve.

Who we are: Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky (PPGNHAIK) provides high-quality health care to more than 122,185 individuals each year at our 45 health centers across six states. Our doors are open to all who need care, and we provide our services in a confidential, compassionate and non-judgmental manner.

How you can help: Individuals have depended upon Planned Parenthood for their reproductive health needs for over 85 years. These individuals often have no other place to turn and—if not for the generosity of our supporters—will go without such vital services as Pap tests, breast exams, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. With the continued commitment and generosity of our supporters we will remain a leading provider of reproductive health services in Washington, Idaho, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, and Kentucky. We are a daily voice that is imperative in the fight for reproductive freedom. When you give, you provide real services, and we thank you. Learn about ways to give at plannedparenthood. org/planned-parenthood- great-northwest-hawaiialaska-indiana-kentuck/get-involved/ways-give

What we do: Our centers are staffed by skilled clinicians and highly trained health care professionals. We are proud to provide a broad spectrum of reproductive health care, including Pap tests, breast cancer screenings, birth control, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, gender affirming hormone care, and abortion care. Why we’re important: Our mission is to serve people in Washington, Idaho, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, and Kentucky—without bias or judgment, without fear, without fail—by providing access to high-quality health care confidentially and compassionately; by reducing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases through ageappropriate and accurate sexual health education; and by advocating for freedom of individual choice in all matters of sexual health and reproductive justice.

Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Hawaii, Alaska, Indiana, Kentucky 200 S. Meridian St., Ste. 400, Indianapolis, In 46225 800.430.4907 Facebook: @ppgnhaik Instagram: @ ppgnhaik Twitter: @ppgnhaik

How we affect the community: PPGNHAIK brings more than 85 years of history providing reproductive health care and information. No one does more to prevent unintended pregnancies. Our health centers provide care for patients with and without insurance, Medicaid patients and people who have no other primary care provider. Many of our patients are from communities that face barriers to health-care

Chris Charbonneau, President and CEO


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon

PURDUE FOR LIFE FOUNDATION Who we are: The Purdue for Life Foundation combines engagement and fundraising into one organization that supports Purdue University and its educational, research, and outreach mission. The name “Purdue for Life” reflects our charge to deliver the benefits of Purdue University—including education, enrichment activities, travel, and on-campus residential opportunities—to alumni and friends throughout their lifetime, while also working to garner support for the University. Through Purdue for Life, the Purdue experience becomes a lifelong connection for all Boilermakers. That includes the John Purdue Club, the President’s Council, and the Purdue Alumni Association, as well as our industry and foundation partners. If you’re a graduate, friend, student, or simply a fan of Purdue University, congratulations! You’re part of the Purdue for Life Foundation!

top 10 most innovative universities in the country. Private support has enabled Purdue to freeze tuition and most fees for the 10th straight year, making Purdue the most affordable school in the Big Ten and helping to extend the University’s land-grant promise of accessibility to thousands of bright young minds each year.

What we do: The Purdue for Life Foundation helps the people who love Purdue stay connected, get involved, and give back. We improve engagement and communication by aligning fundraising and stewardship activities across campus and with alumni and friends. As we streamline our communications and coordinate our resources, we are creating new and exciting ways to partner with Purdue across a lifetime, whether by supporting causes most important to you—through leadership gifts, annual giving, or Purdue Day of Giving—or by providing opportunities for you to engage with us through events, lifelong learning programs, volunteer opportunities, customized travel experiences, or the professional mentoring of young Boilermakers.

How you can help: We’re not just Purdue fans; we’re Purdue family. One voice. One Purdue. Purdue for Life. And we could not continue our success without you. Take your next giant leap as a Boilermaker by visiting and finding out more about how to stay connected, get involved, and give back. To make a gift to Purdue University, visit connect. or visit ways-to-give to explore other options that best fit your needs.

How we affect the community : Supporting Purdue University means supporting a remarkable institution of higher education whose people—students, faculty, and alumni—are in persistent pursuit of the next giant leap: the next educational innovation or research breakthrough that moves our world forward. Every scholarship that an alumni club or private individual establishes, every student or new graduate mentored by a fellow Boilermaker, every academic program bolstered by a named professorship benefits the Purdue community and the broader society we serve.

Purdue for Life Foundation Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center 403 West Wood Street West Lafayette, IN 47907-2007 800.319.2199 Facebook: @purdueforlife Instagram: @purdueforlifefoundation Twitter: @purdueforlife YouTube:

Why we’re important: The Purdue for Life Foundation is your connection for demonstrating your love for Purdue University and your support of its mission. As our alumni engagement initiatives expand, offering you more ways to get involved hands-on, our fundraising efforts secure crucial financial support for a university the Wall Street Journal has ranked in the top 10 of public universities in the country and U.S. News and World Report has ranked among the

Matt Folk, President and CEO, 765.496.3528


PURDUE POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOLS graduating class—110 students at the PPHS Schweitzer Center at Englewood—40 enrolled at Purdue for the Fall 2021 semester, half of whom are underrepresented minority students.

Who we are: Purdue Polytechnic High Schools are free, public charter schools open to all Indiana high school students, with a special emphasis on granting opportunity to underrepresented minority students. At our three campuses, we prepare students to succeed in technical, STEM-related programs. Through a partnership between Purdue University and the City of Indianapolis, we opened our first school— PPHS Schweitzer Center at Englewood (Indianapolis)—in 2017 and our second school in North Indianapolis in 2019. Our South Bend campus opened in 2020.

How we affect the community : True to its land-grant mission, Purdue University is opening access to higher education to traditionally underserved communities— access that is proving life-changing as many of these Purdue Polytechnic High School graduates enroll at Purdue. Greater academic achievement by Indiana high school students, and the economic and societal benefits that follow, increases quality of life and prosperity across the state.

What we do: We are transforming the educational experience from preparing students for the Industrial Age to preparing students for the Information Age. Our approach creates new K-12 pathways to college by combining the following features to build a culture of collaboration and innovation and a positive environment: • STEM focus: Our students learn core academic principles and skills needed in the 21st-century economy through an immersive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experience. Our students graduate with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed to succeed in college and the workforce. • Hands-on and project-based learning: A learning method called the PPHS Design Process is at the heart of everything we do. Students collaborate to successfully complete projects, diving deep into research, determining commercial viability, gathering data and brainstorming solutions, conducting trials, and building prototypes. • Industry partnerships: Our industry partners—from Eli Lilly and Company to Citizens Energy Group and more—serve as our guides. They partner with our teachers to design projects and curriculum and mentor and support our students, teaching them about career opportunities in the Indianapolis market and opening their workplaces for student tours and internships. • Flexible and personalized learning environment: Every student has a personalized learning coach (the PPHS term for “teacher”) and is assigned to an advisory group of 15 to 17 students with whom they start and end each day. Students work with their coaches and fellow students to set goals, review progress, discuss current events, and plan their learning activities.

How you can help: Put bright minds on course for their next giant leap! Visit, and you’ll have the opportunity to support the Purdue Polytechnic High School system and/or the Purdue Polytechnic High School Scholarship Fund, which helps PPHS graduates afford a Purdue University education. Make your gift today! Purdue Polytechnic High Schools PPHS Schweitzer Center at Englewood 3029 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46201 317.832.1200 PPHS North 1405 Broad Ripple Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46220 317.832.4800 PPHS South Bend 635 South Lafayette Boulevard, South Bend, IN 46601 574.213.4952 PPHS Schweitzer Center at Englewood (Indianapolis) Principal Shatoya Ward 317.832.1200 PPHS North (Indianapolis) Principal Ronni Moore 317.832.4800

Why we’re important: Purdue Polytechnic High Schools build new pathways that lead to Purdue University, especially for Hoosier students who are underserved by traditional high schools and underrepresented in higher education. Graduates who achieve Purdue’s admission requirements are assured admission to one of Purdue’s more than 200 majors. Of our first

PPHS South Bend Principal Lacey Beatty 574.213.4952


RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES OF CENTRAL INDIANA needs are met. In 2020, we saved families more than $1.3 million in out-of-pocket lodging and meal expenses.

Who we are: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana provides a home away from home for families of children receiving medical care at central Indiana hospitals. We had the privilege of being able to say “welcome home” to more than 2,000 families in 2020, helping them concentrate on what matters most – the recovery and well-being of their child. Ours is a home that helps families embrace life and healing with a sense of hope, enthusiasm, courage and joy.

How you can help: Donations of time, talent and treasure are all welcomed. Our House has an ongoing need for volunteers, with commitments as short as a four-hour shift every other week. On our website, you will find a regularly updated “wish list” for the House including food and cleaning supplies, as well as resources to help you, your family, church, school or company get involved. Most importantly, Ronald McDonald House needs generous financial support from individuals and companies wishing to make life a little better for families in crisis. It costs more than $100 to operate one of the House’s 51 overnight rooms for one night, and while families are invited to contribute up to $15 a night if they are able, no family is ever turned away for their inability to pay.

Why we’re important: The American Pediatric Association confirms that when parents are on location with their hospitalized child, the duration of stay is shorter, their compliance with treatment programs is better and the child has less need for pain medication, and families report improved emotional well-being. By providing a stable home away from home, the Ronald McDonald House keeps families where they need to be – close to their child.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana 435 Limestone Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.267.0605 Website: Facebook: rmhccin Instagram: mhccin Twitter: rmhccin

How we affect the community: With a staff of 20, and a volunteer base of more than 300, the Ronald McDonald House provides all the comforts and necessities of home for guests. Meals are regularly provided via Meals that Heal, a House program led by a professional chef and supported by community donations, grants, and corporate meal sponsorships. We offer access to a fully stocked pantry, laundry facilities with complimentary supplies, comfortable sleeping rooms and shared social spaces including a game and activities room for young guests, as well as any other items a family may need. It is often the case that families arrive with little more than the clothes on their backs and the change in their pockets – we work to make sure their most essential

Karin Ogden, Chief Executive Officer,, 317.267.0605 ext. 211 Stacy Clark, Director of Development,, 317.267.0605 ext. 207


SIMON YOUTH FOUNDATION SYF is facing record demand to enroll more students in Simon Youth Academies. In fact, during the 2020-2021 academic year, Simon Youth Academies served 32% more students than the year prior. Through providing students with the tools they need to earn their high school diploma and attend college and career training programs, SYF sees students for who they truly are: graduates.

Who we are: Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) is a national nonprofit, headquartered in Indianapolis, committed to helping students reach graduation day. SYF was founded by Simon Property Group employees in 1998 to give back to local communities and reverse the high school dropout crisis. Since then, SYF has launched 44 Simon Youth Academies in 16 states in partnership with 29 public school districts, resulting in more than 24,000 graduates. SYF has also awarded $22 million in post-secondary scholarships to help graduating seniors pursue their dreams through education.

How we affect the community: High school dropouts are also more likely to be unemployed, to live in poverty, to have poor health outcomes, and to be incarcerated. In addition, each year’s class of high school dropouts costs the U.S. over $200 billion in lost earning and unrealized tax revenue. SYF not only gives youth across the country hope for a bright future; we reverse these outcomes through our work to combat the national dropout crisis – making a significant economic impact in Indiana and across the country.

What we do: SYF’s mission focuses on two programs: Simon Youth Academies and Simon Youth Scholarships. Simon Youth Academies are public high school programs – often located in Simon malls – that give students the same education they would receive in a traditional classroom, but in a flexible environment that emphasizes one-on-one instruction. Each Simon Youth Academy represents a partnership with a local public school district. As such, Simon Youth Academy graduates receive accredited high school diplomas. Students come to Simon Youth Academies for different reasons that prevent them from succeeding in a traditional classroom; as teenagers, many are the economic engine for their entire family, others suffer from trauma and mental health issues, some face chronic illness. Yet, these students still want to earn their diplomas. SYF believes that cost alone should not prevent students from furthering their education. Simon Youth Scholarships further SYF’s mission by extending post-secondary education and career opportunities to young people nationwide. SYF awards scholarships to high school seniors in communities that are home to a Simon property and to Simon Youth Academy graduates.

How you can help: SYF’s important work would not be possible without our generous supporters. Every $1,000 raised enables SYF to graduate one student. You can support SYF in many ways: • Make a one-time or recurring donation: • Support or attend an event benefiting SYF, such as the annual Masquerade Gala or Founders Celebration. • Donate the balance of your Simon Giftcard to SYF: donateyourbalance • Purchase an SYF Visa Simon Giftcard at your local Simon mall - SYF receives $1 from every gift card sold to help a student graduate! • Become a corporate or national sponsor. Simon Youth Foundation 225 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 800.509.3676 Website: Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn: simonyouthfoundation Twitter: @simon_youth #SYFmeansGraduation #WeSeeAGraduate

Why we’re important: SYF has remained committed to ending the dropout crisis since our inception. Today, our mission has never been more relevant. Though 65% of jobs in the U.S. require post-secondary education, more than 1 million students drop out of high school each year. As a result, they are 72% more likely to face a lifetime of poverty, earning at least $500,000 less in their lifetime than if they had a high school degree. Further compounding this critical problem, the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank has estimated that educational disruptions during COVID-19 may increase the number of high school dropouts over 10 years by 3.8% while also reducing the number of college-educated workers in the labor force. They estimate this will shrink the incomes of Americans for 70 years until the last of today’s students leave the workforce.

Brandi Young, Vice President of Advancement, or 317.701.7447 Jon Shapiro, Director of Programs, or 317.832.9490 Lauren B. Rapp, Strategy and Special Projects, or 317.319.0271


ST. JOSEPH INSTITUTE FOR THE DEAF becoming the first female commercial pilot with cochlear implants or becoming a world-renowned veterinarian. With our listeners, anything is possible!

Who we are: St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (SJI) provides Listening and Spoken Language services and education from highly trained professionals to children through the use of advanced technology including cochlear implants and sophisticated hearing aids. Over 300 babies are born deaf or hard-of-hearing in the state of Indiana every year, and our staff is ready to help young children and their families after a diagnosis of hearing loss.

How we affect the community: St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf wants to make sure that every deaf or hard of hearing child can receive access to sound. More than 50% of the families we serve are low-income households. Our role as the only full-time school in the state of Indiana that teaches Listening and Spoken Language education is vital in the community. For parents who want to help their hearingimpaired child learn to listen and speak, SJI can have a profound effect on lifelong success in both language and personal independence.

What we do: SJI offers a variety of Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) services. We provide a continuum of support beginning with our Early Intervention (birth to age three) program. Through our Early Intervention program, St. Joseph Institute is Indiana’s only First Steps provider for LSL services. SJI also has the only full-time preschool and primary school in the state of Indiana that prepares children to transition back into their local, community schools right on par with all their hearing peers. Once our students are ready to transition into their community schools, SJI provides ongoing mainstream support for the child, parents, and professional staff. For the families who are unable to receive direct services from a SJI staff member in person, we provide internetbased teletherapy that allows a child access to real-time educational sessions anywhere in the state from the comfort of their home. Ongoing consultation, audiological services, and comprehensive educational training opportunities for families and professionals are also provided by SJI.

How you can help: It is rooted in our mission to never turn away a child or family that is in need of our services. While SJI receives some support from the state of Indiana, the gap between the cost of providing services and funds received is dramatic. There are several ways you can make a difference in the lives of our children. You can give a monthly donation to one of our programs to help offset our operating expenses, designate SJI as a recipient of your corporate giftmatching program, sponsor or attend fundraising events hosted by SJI, or consider a planned gift. We also welcome volunteers to help in assisting our classrooms or serving on a committee. All tax-deductible donations may be made by mail or online at

Why we’re important: Without St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, hundreds of children would go without quality Listening and Spoken Language Services. Our mission is to create equal opportunities for all children with hearing loss throughout the state of Indiana. Over 85% of deaf or hard of hearing children and students that receive services from SJI leave our programs with language levels at or above their hearing peers. Many have come through our programs and have gone on to achieve great things. Our oldest alumni are beginning to start college with some amazing dreams like

St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf 9192 Waldemar Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317.741.8560 Website: Facebook: @SJI.Indy Lindy Powell, M.Ed., LSLS Cert. AVEd. Executive Director, Indianapolis Campus,


ST. MARY’S EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER must help the children to dampen their response to trauma and adversity by self-regulating and making connections with others. These abilities are a precondition for learning.

Who we are: Founded in 1961, St. Mary's Early Childhood Center’s mission is to impact preschool children, who come from poverty, with high quality learning experiences that will transition into a foundation for lifelong success. The Early Childhood Program offers two initiatives for this purpose: The Preschool Program and Educational Outreach Program. The Preschool Program serves up to 192 three to five-year-old children in our classrooms at 3 sites in Indianapolis. 93% of the children live in poverty. The Educational Outreach Program provides professional development activities for community educators to allow them to provide high-quality early learning experiences to ensure the success of children served at their schools.

How we affect the community: St. Mary’s impacts the community through mitigating the effects of poverty. Our programming provides a high-quality early education to the children needing it most. While one in five Hoosier children live in families at or below the federal poverty line, one in three Indianapolis kids do. In addition to living in poverty, many of the children we serve have experienced neglect and abuse. Studies reveal that children who do not reach minimal social competence by age six are likely to have difficulties in school and throughout life. Because quality early education increases a child’s likelihood to do well in school, graduate high school, and attend college or job training, quality early education can increase a child’s potential earnings as an adult by up to 60 percent. It is estimated that for every $1 spent on high-quality early education there is a return of up to $12 in reduced spending and higher lifetime earnings to the community.

What we do: St. Mary’s addresses the problem of school readiness. Poor children are less likely to be ready for school and developmentally enter school with the skills of a threeyear-old. Research indicates that children who have been read to an average of 1400 hours will be successful in first grade. However, poor children are read to an average of 25 hours in the first six years of their lives. The Preschool Program provides the highest quality early childhood. Our program is state-licensed, nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Level 4 (the highest level) on Indiana’s quality rating scale. We have built in support through our social services, food services, and public-school therapies. We provide a low adult to child ratio (1:7) to ensure that we can focus on the social and emotional, as well as cognitive and physical, development of the children.

How you can help: Above all, St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center could use your financial support. As we provide full scholarships to over 56% of our children, community support is crucial. A full scholarship is $10,000 per year and we ask families to pay $10 per week. The difference is paid through scholarships funded through donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. St. Mary’s also invites volunteers to interact with the children in the classrooms and spend time in their environments through landscaping projects. We have several event planning committees in which we invite volunteers to participate.

Why we’re important: Young children who grow up in poverty are likely to enter school two years behind more advantaged peers and the achievement gap continues to widen during their school experience. However, research indicates that the involvement of a child in a high-quality early childhood program results in significant lifelong positive outcomes including higher IQ scores, achievement levels, graduation rates, and reduced crime rates. We utilize the Reggio Emilia teaching philosophy in our classrooms which offers a curriculum rich in the arts and allows for opportunities beyond the typical scope of a preschool classroom. This philosophy is based on the premise that all children are capable, competent, and powerful learners. Children learn math, literacy, science, social studies, and other concepts through in-depth studies, commonly referred to as projects. St. Mar y’s Early Childhood Center fosters the child’s mental and behavioral health through our work in educational neuroscience and brain-informed discipline. We

St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center 901 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St., Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.635.1491 Facebook: stmarysecc Instagram: @stmarys_early_childhood_center/ Twitter: @StMarysECC Kristin Cavolick, Executive Director, 317.361.4868, Nancy Needham, Chief Operations Office, 317.361.4890, Shannon Mason, Chief Development Director, 317.361.4882,


SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE FOUNDATION believes that by helping heal the physical wounds, victims’ emotional healing can begin. The physical scars of abuse and violence can become daily reminders of trauma that prevent a peaceful recovery. Healing treatments can make a difference in how quickly the person recovers, then regains strength and self-esteem.

Who we are: Established in 2002, the Sur vivors of Violence Foundation provides hope and compassionate healing to survivors of violence. We offer reconstructive treatment that provides physical, mental and emotional healing for those with painful physical injuries or disfig urements caused by violence or abuse. The foundation’s work alleviates suffering and improves the quality of life for survivors with the greatest financial and health care needs.

How we affect the community: To bring healing to the lives of as many of these survivors as we can is a privilege for us. We are very excited about the potential of helping people uncover their inner strength and beauty, and we look forward to expanding treatments throughout the community. The treatments Dr. Chernoff provides require not only his time and expertise, but also surgery center time, supplies and aftercare. Improving scars and nonhealing wounds requires multiple treatment sessions and multiple treatment methods. The funds raised through the foundation help cover the cost of these treatments. All requests for services are given careful consideration by the foundation’s allocation committee. For more information about the application process, visit

What we do : Dr. Gregor y Chernoff uses cosmetic reconstructive surgery, laser and scar therapy to help heal the physical signs of injury and disfigurement. “ We have the privilege of helping men, women and children who have injuries, physical scars or non-healing wounds as a result of violent acts, abuse, injury or illness. Our foundation treats people referred to us from other non-profit organizations, medical professionals and law enforcement agencies,” Dr. Chernoff said. (Org anizations contact Dr. Chernoff directly if emergency surgery is required.) Dr. Chernoff has extensive experience and expertise treating non-healing wounds, injuries, fractured facial bones and scars of all levels of severity using a series of therapies. These therapies range from minimally to moderately invasive lasers, injectable cellular therapy, stem cell therapy and reconstructive surgical or surgical revision.

How you can help: Attend or sponsor an event. Volunteer your time, give a financial gift or provide an in-kind donation for an event or for a survivor of violence. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated. A special “thank you” to all our supporters! Survivors of Violence Foundation 9002 North Meridian Street, Ste. 205 Indianapolis, IN 46260 317.573.8899

Why we’re important: Dr. Chernoff has witnessed firsthand the physical and psychological damage caused by violence, abuse, injury, illness and disfigurement. As a result of this experience, he connects with victims and has made it his personal mission to help heal their physical wounds. He


UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL INDIANA How we affect the community: Today, more than 220,000 households in Central Indiana are living in or are one step away from poverty, and that number continues to grow as a result of COVID-19. United Way is uniquely positioned to mobilize community-based organizations, government, corporations and individuals around specific strategies and public policies designed to move generations of Hoosiers to a better life.

Who we are : United Way of Central Indiana is a community of donors, advocates and volunteers who partner to design, support and grow systems that accelerate financial stability and upward mobility for individuals and families living in or near poverty and striving for a brighter future. What began as a citywide campaign to raise funds for relief agencies in 1918 has transformed into the ambitious community impact organization that creates, manages and invests in resources for sustainable solutions to our neighbors’ most stubborn barriers to overcoming generational poverty and achieving their full potential.

How you can help: United Way invites all members of our community to join us by giving, advocating and volunteering to improve lives in central Indiana. When you give to United Way of Central Indiana, you’re not just writing a check. You’re making an investment. And you see the return on that investment every time you step out your front door by way of safer streets; healthy, aspiring children; self-sustaining families; and an enhanced quality of life for everyone. Every gift makes an impact on our community. Your gift of time is also welcome. United Way makes volunteering fun, easy and meaningful for all individuals and groups.

What we do: United Way of Central Indiana matches the significant needs of our community to the goals, interests and passions of Central Indiana donors. United Way’s community impact work is focused on making high-quality education accessible to children, helping low-income families become financially stable, creating healthy environments for all residents, and supporting the basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.

United Way of Central Indiana 2955 North Meridian St., Ste. 300, Indianapolis, IN 46208 317.923.1466 Facebook: @uwci Twitter: @uwci Instagram: @uwci

Why we’re important: The concept of intergenerational social mobility (climbing out of poverty) lies at the heart of the American dream. Our national identity is based on a sense that the family into which one is born should not determine one’s prospects for the future, and, by climbing ladders of opportunity, each generation that follows can do better than the last. United Way’s work is focused on struggling households and how we can bring together community-based organizations to address the needs a family might be facing–access to a quality education, better employment opportunities, and basic needs in times of crisis.

Ann D. Murtlow, President and CEO Tanya Hand, Vice President of Major and Transformational Giving,



presume competence in the individual’s ability to live independently with appropriate support as needed. By partnering with affordable housing agencies and providing integrated services in the community, we help adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live their best lives.

Who we are: The Village of Merici provides independent, residential housing and direct support services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We create an environment that offers a solid foundation on which to grow as individuals promoting a strong sense of community. What we do: Individuals supported by the Village of Merici receive direct help in the areas most needed to establish a foundation for living on one’s own. Support services are geared uniquely to each person’s needs with most services falling under the following categories: • Housing • Direct support services for independent living • Employment and skills training • Transportation • Health and enrichment programs • Community inclusion and self-advocacy

How you can help: Get to know us: Schedule a tour to learn more. We are located on the beautiful, historic military loop in Fort Harrison on the northeast side of Indianapolis. Volunteer: There are many ways to help with varying time commitments. You could work one-on-one as a mentor, provide transportation, teach a class, or help in the office. Volunteers are always appreciated. Donate: Help us give the gift of independence through your financial support.

Why we’re important: The Village of Merici recognizes the potential in each person, building-up and empowering those with disabilities to achieve independence through self-directed lives.

Village of Merici 5707 Lawton Loop East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46216 317.292.9408 Website: Facebook: @villageofmerici Twitter: @villageofmerici

How we affect the community: With two new housing facilities underway, the Village of Merici continues to grow! With a unique model for independent living, we believe all people can live in a home they choose and control, on their own or with others they select. We focus on a person’s abilities rather than skill deficits and

Colleen Renie, Executive Director, Karyl Davis, Director of Development,



Wheeler Mission 205 East New York Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 317.635.3575 Facebook: WheelerMission Instagram: @WheelerMission Twitter: @WheelerMission

What we do, who we are: Wheeler Mission helps the homeless in Indiana. Wheeler is a non-denominational, Christian, social services organization, which provides critically needed goods and services to the homeless, poor, and needy of central Indiana without regard to race, color, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, or religion. In 2020, Wheeler provided • 331,010 meals • 252,329 nights of safe shelter • 10,070 men, women, and children helped

Leadership Contacts:

How you can help: Wheeler Mission mainly relies on donations from individuals in order to provide these services. To donate, please visit


Generously donated by Jennifer Simon


over $155,000 in grants to 20 programs. While our 2021 prom was virtual due to COVID-19, we had 89 in-patient families participate.

Who we are: Women for Riley is a philanthropic group within Riley Children’s Foundation. This organization is made up of women who are committed to making a difference in the lives of Riley Children’s Health patients and families by making annual gifts and volunteering their talents.

How you can help: If you are interested in applying for membership or want to learn more about our organization, please reach out to

What we do: We look for opportunities to directly impact Riley patients and their families, endorsing the philosophy of family-centered care championed at Riley Hospital.

Women for Riley 30 South Meridian Street, Suite 200 317.634.4474 Website Facebook: WomenForRiley Instagram: WomenForRiley

Why we’re important: Women for Riley works to provide for the health and well-being of children through support of the Riley Children’s Foundation and the work of Riley Children’s Health.

Alison Zink, President

How we affect the community: We help raise awareness of Riley Children’s Health and increase philanthropic support of its programs and services through our extensive grants process and our marquee event, the annual Riley Prom each May. Currently, Women for Riley has 115 active members. To date, we have awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to Riley over the last decade. In 2021 alone, we awarded

Pamela Fairchild-Clark, Senior Major Gift Officer, Brenda Ewigleben, Riley Society Gift Officer,


WORLD CHANGERS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS How we affect the community: World Changers impacts Indianapolis youth through various programs and events. Our Achiever’s Ball provides parents, teachers/administrators and or community leaders the opportunity to nominate students who are excelling in the areas of academics, conduct/ integrity and community service. We also offer the World Changers Summer Arts program, which allows youth ages 11-15 exposure and experience to a variety of arts-related programs. In addition, the B-Lit Book Club & Creative Writing program promotes reading, critical thinking and encouraging young people to become published authors. We have published two books, penned by program participants, World Changers Superheroes (2015) and And Then There Was Covid (2020).

Who we are: World Changers School of the Arts, Inc. (WCSA) is a nonprofit (501c3), accredited private school which assists students, grades 6-8, in excelling academically while exploring various art forms. Our goal is to impact the world of education by igniting in our students a passion that will promote their abilities and develop skills that will catapult them into a prosperous life. At WCSA, our reduced class sizes allow us the opportunity to focus on each student’s individual needs. Our model is one where all students who have a desire to, can accomplish their goals, dreams, and aspirations regardless of age, race, social class, or background. What we do: WCSA operates a three-tier educational model focused on Academics, Visual and Performing Arts and Entrepreneurship. • Educate/Academics: We help our students achieve academic excellence by developing individualized learning plans for each student and hiring qualified, innovative teachers, who are dedicated to the success of the students in which they serve. (Promotes critical thinking) • Inspire/Visual & Performing Arts: We help our students (and teachers) to reach their full potential; cultivating their natural gifts and talents by supporting and encouraging them to try new things, take risks and be accountable for their desired results. (Promotes creativity) • Build/Entrepreneurship: We prepare our students for real life by replacing traditional methods of learning with innovative, ground-breaking , life changing solutions that open a whole new world of learning. (Promote collaboration)

How you can help: WCSA is not only a school for those who have a desire to excel in academics, arts, and/ or entrepreneurship, but it is a place that serves its community. We partner with local organizations who offer programs that will assist in making our families and communities stronger. At WCSA, we teach the art of giving. Teachers and students have an opportunity to create and participate in community service projects. We will be a safe haven for the community we serve by providing after-school programs for area residents. These programs allow students who would not normally have the opportunity, whether due to a lack of resources, transportation, etc., the chance to participate in quality arts, entrepreneurial, and mentoring activities after school. We are currently seeking partners to help WCSA change the futures of our youth. Whether volunteering, sharing your gifts/talents or making a financial contribution, you are needed. Will you partner with us?

Why we’re important: Studies have shown youth who participate in the arts are less likely to exhibit delinquent and/or violent behavior (Respress & Lufti, 2006). The arts provide an avenue for self-expression, build confidence, and give the youth a sense of belonging. Our programs give students a positive, productive outlet to express themselves. Having this outlet assists them in developing character, confidence, and team building skills, which are all necessary in becoming a successful adult.

World Changers School of the Arts, Inc. 4084 Pendleton Way, Suite 286, Indianapolis, IN. 46226 317.716.2105 Trease Sears, founder


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November 2021 1–12/31 Operation School Bell® Direct Mail Campaign - Please donate today and help fill a duffel bag for a local child in need ©2021 The National Bank of Indianapolis Member FDIC 5 Taste – Indianapolis, IN – Details TBA at 5-7 Indianapolis Opera’s production of Don Giovanni: The Tarkington. Carmel. 12 A Night of Miracles, Ritz Charles, 12156 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032 A Night of Miracles - St. Mary's Early Childhood Center ( 13 Raising the Stakes for Noble, The Crane Bay Event Center, 551 W. Merrill Street, Indianapolis. Sponsorships, tickets and tables at (click on Fundraising Events) 13 Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala, Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indianapolis, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST: Be The Change Lecture Series: The Survival of the Spektor Sisters: 14 A Testament to the Righteous by Cantor Michael Zoosman, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Terre Haute, Indiana, 9th annual Legacy of Hope breakfast, 502 East Event Centre, Carmel, 18 50th Annual Holiday Mart, Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, 19-21 Indianapolis, 7:30 PM - Celebrating Mother Earth, Schrott Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN 20 Wheeler Mission Drumstick Dash, Presented by Huntington Bank, 25 Broad Ripple Village, Indianapolis, Giving Tuesday – virtual, 30 December 2021 Holiday Event - Ritz Charles, Carmel – lunch with vendors and style show. 2 TINY X Gallery 924 at the Arts Council of Indianapolis, 924 North Pennsylvania St. – 3-1/7 Small art is a very big deal at this popular annual show, which opens Dec. 3 with a First Friday reception. TINY X will feature original art by central Indiana artists, featuring all media and all styles- and all pieces are 6” x 6” x 6” or smaller. Most sell for $100 or less, so it’s a great place to shop for holiday gifts or add to your own art. More info: Rock the Night for Special Needs, The Atrium, Indianapolis, 4 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EST: Be the Change Lecture Series: Nobody Wants Us by Laura Seltzer-Duny, 5 CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Terre Haute, Indiana, Christmas in the Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis go to: 9 3:00PM - A Baroque Christmas, Indiana Landmarks, Indianapolis, IN 12 World Changers School of Arts: Open Enrollment 15–2/28 Angels Sing: Comfort and Joy, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, 17 Celebrate the Season: Comfort and Joy, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, 18 Angels Sing: Comfort and Joy, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, 18 Sounds of the Season: Comfort and Joy, Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis, 19 January 2022 Vonnegut and Banned Stories: Civil War, 20 7:30 - Prism aux Étoiles, Schrott Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN 29 February 2022 Taste of the Indianapolis Opera at Union 50. Indianapolis. 8


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February 2022 continued 26 Boilermaker Ball, The Westin Indianapolis, Indianapolis, 26 Brebeuf Bistro – Roof Ballroom – Indianapolis, IN – ©2021 The National Bank of Indianapolis Member FDIC March 2022 11 7 - 11 pm, Noble Evening in the Garden, (Preview Gala to the Indiana Flower and Patio Show), Indiana State Fairgrounds—Expo Hall and West Pavilion, Sponsorships and tickets available at (click on Fundraising Events) 13 Of Kings and Queens, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Opera’s production of Brundibar & Vedem: The Toby at Newfields. 18-20 Indianapolis. 7:30 – Metropolis – Silent Film with Orchestra, Schrott Center for the Arts, 19 Indianapolis, IN Vonnegut and Banned Stories: Eugene V. Debs, World War I Protester, 24 April 2022 10 22 22 22 23 23 28 28 29 29-1

Literary Landmark and Night of Vonnegut, Christamore House - Annual Book & Author Luncheon Spring Soiree, Bitwell Event Center, 950 South White River Parkway West Dr.; Indianapolis, IN 46202; Spring Soiree - St. Mary's Early Childhood Center ( Best Buddies Friendship Walk, Celebration Plaza @ White River State Park, Indianapolis, 7:30 – Sterling Elliott Plays Haydn - Schrott Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN Choose to Move Race to Beat Parkinson’s Disease, Witten Park, 13256 Saxony Boulevard, Fishers, IN 46037. For more information or to register for the event please visit: 41st Annual President’s Dinner – Conrad Hotel – Indianapolis, IN – Inspire Celebration - For more information, please visit - Vonnegut and Banned Stories: Korea and the Cold War, Indianapolis Opera’s production of Carousel. Under the Bicentennial Pavilion at the Indianapolis Zoo. Indianapolis.

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Women for Riley Prom Dear Ol’ Mom: A Look at Edith Lieber Vonnegut, Mission Possible - Embassy Suites Conference Center, Hamilton Town Center, Noblesville - Midnight Mile, Roncalli High School, Indianapolis, Sing a Song, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Cornerstone Lutheran Church-Carmel, Carmel, 8:00, May 22 at 2:30 – Music Moves with Dance Kaleidoscope, Schrott Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN

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St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center Annual Golf Outing, Prairie View Golf Course, 7000 Longest Drive, Carmel, IN 46033; Golf Outing - St. Mary's Early Childhood Center ( Noble Golf Classic, Sagamore Golf Club, 10900 Golden Bear Way, Noblesville Sponsorships and foursomes available at (click on Fundraising Events)









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June 2022 continued 9 Vonnegut and Banned Stories: Afghanistan, 9 Choral Fest: SOAR, Location TBD, ©2021 The National Bank of Indianapolis Member FDIC 11 Pulling for Kids Sporting Clay Shoot, Indiana Gun Club, Fortville, 11 Centennial Celebration, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, 12 Achiever’s Ball, Indianapolis, IN. 20-15 World Changers Summer Arts Program 23 Nashville Comes to Noblesville – Mustard Seed Gardens in Noblesville, IN. July 2022 Indianapolis Opera’s summer event, LobsterPalooza. Daniel’s Vineyard. 17 McCordsville. Hip Hop Shakespeare MainStage Production - Dates and Show Title Announcement Coming Soon! TBD August 2022 Anna’s 18-Hole Challenge, Country Club of Indianapolis, 18 Vonnegut and Banned Stories: Vietnam, 18 September 2022 Dear Woofie: Kurt and Jane Vonnegut, 1 AECOM Hunt Charity Golf Outing at Eagle Creek Golf Club, Indianapolis 8 11th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Glick Indiana History Center, 9-25 Schrott Center for the Arts and Hilbert Circle Theatre Indianapolis, Anna’s Ride & Celebration, Indianapolis Southside Harley Davidson, Indianapolis, 10 10th Kyleigh and Jeremy Crane Memorial Ride, 17 2022 Gala presented by Krieg DeVault, The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts, 17 1 Carter Green, Carmel, IN 46032, Banned Books Week, 25 St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center Annual Raffle, Rick’s Café Boatyard, 4050 Dandy Trail; 29 Indianapolis, IN 46254; Annual Raffle - St. Mary's Early Childhood Center ( October 2022 Grande Masquerade, JW Marriott, Indianapolis, 22 November 2022 Raising the Stakes for Noble, The Crane Bay Event Center, 551 W. Merrill Street, Indianapolis, 4 Sponsorships, tickets and tables at (click on Fundraising Events) VonnegutFest, 11 Vonnegut’s Black Tie Birthday Party, 12 Best Buddies Champion of the Year Gala, Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indianapolis, 12 December 2022 1922 New Year’s Eve Party, 31


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