We are thrilled to announce that Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis has awarded $100,000 to Indianapolis Parks Foundation at our annual dinner held tonight at The Willows on Westfield. The winner was announced following presentations by each of the five finalists and a live vote by Impact 100 members.
Indianapolis Parks Foundation will use the $100,000 grant to expand the Indy Urban Acres (IUA) Flower Farm. Sustaining Indy Urban Acres’ operations is critical to change the face of hunger in our city. The mission-driven eight-acre organic farm provides fresh fruits and vegetables to 80,000 people on Indianapolis’s east side who use food pantries to help feed their families. The Impact 100 grant enables the Indianapolis Parks Foundation to expand IUA’s revenue-generating Flower Farm to two acres, and increase farm food output by 30%—to 40,000 pounds per year.
This year marks our 10th anniversary, and to date, we have awarded over $1.6 million to local nonprofits. Organizations submitted grant applications in January 2015. Five focus area committees vetted one finalist in each focus area.Indianapolis Parks Foundation, the finalist in the Environment focus area, was one of five organizations to make a formal presentation to the Impact 100 membership at their annual dinner. The other finalists included: Arts and Culture:WFYI and Ted Green Films to produce “Attucks: The School that Opened a City,”Education: OASIS Indianapolis for Hi-Impact Tutoring, Family: Lutheran Child and Family Services of Indiana for The IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls and Health and Wellness: Gennesaret Free Clinic for The Health Recovery Program for Homeless Women – An Urban Oasis for Healing and Health. The four remaining finalists each received grants in the amount of $21,000.
Previous grantees include: Social Health Association of Indiana (2014); Tindley Collegiate (2013); Jameson Camp, Inc. (2012); Outside the Box, Inc. (2011); Rock Steady Boxing (2010); Outreach, Inc. (2009); Herron High School and Horizon House (2008); Indy Reads and Craine House/Fairbanks (2007) and Wishard (2006).
If you’re not already a member, we would love to have you join us! You can become a member by making an individual membership donation of $1,000. Shared memberships are also available for small groups of women who wish to pool their money together for the $1,000 donation. These funds are used exclusively for the purpose of grant making in one of five focus areas: arts & culture, education, environment, family, and health & wellness.
Congratulations again to Indy Parks Foundation!