After the financial crisis of 2008, foundations in Indiana and across the country set up special relief funds for their communities. Ongoing support for the one formed in Indianapolis is just one sign of how the poor economy is still influencing grant-makers’ decisions.
Controversy has swirled around a piece of art commissioned for the Cultural Trail’s $2 million public art program. What ultimately happens to Fred Wilson’s “E Pluribus Unum” sculpture of a freed slave could alienate local African-Americans who oppose it or draw the scorn of national art critics.
Two years after Indianapolis Public Schools closed School 37, a multimillion-dollar redevelopment project is set to breath
new life into a building that served the Martindale-Brightwood community for 81 years.
Former Junior Achievement CEO Jeff Miller says Mayor Greg Ballard was about to hire him as a senior policy adviser, but comments
by Central Indiana Community Foundation President Brian Payne and current CEO Jennifer Burk ruined the offer.
The Central Indiana Community Foundation has stopped payment on a $3 million grant to Junior Achievement because of accounting
Observers offer various explanations for the lack of mergers, including that staff and budget cuts have left many not-for-profits
without the manpower or time for due diligence.
The civic festival Spirit and Place, which runs Nov. 5-16, has been a fixture of the fall season since 1996, but organizers
are still trying to explain to Indianapolis residents what it’s all about.
Some major foundations in central Indiana are narrowing grantmaking criteria so they can funnel their reduced asset streams
toward pressing needs brought on by the recession.