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Grant Awards 2019

Congratulations to 2019 Change-Maker Kennedy King Memorial Initiative!!! 

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated and riots erupted in nearly every major city in the United States. Indianapolis, however, was spared from the violence. Many say it was due to the words and compassion shared by Robert F. Kennedy when he paused his campaign event to inform the crowd gathered at the park that Dr. King had been assassinated. In his speech, he said, “What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred;…, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country…” Hundreds of lives were changed that night. And the goal of the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative is to ensure Kennedy’s speech continues to reverberate across the city, working its way deep into the hearts of many.

Words have power – then and now. The Kennedy King Memorial Initiative has been working for many years to honor Kennedy’s message and the legacy of Dr. King. With help from numerous community partners, including the Lilly Endowment, Indy Parks, the Pacers Foundation, and now Impact 100, KKMI will open a Visitor’s Center to bring history to life and draw visitors from within the community and around the world to learn more about this night and its message.

In addition to the $100,000 grant awarded to Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, the other four finalists each received a grant for $23,712! That’s the impact of Women Giving as One!! These four finalists are:

  • Education Focus Area Committee: Elevate Indianapolis
    Elevate Indy is expanding to the Westside to address the critically low graduation rate of 55% through providing life-changing relationships and opportunities for over 450 low-income Indianapolis Public School students annually by 2021. Grant money would provide start-up funding (classroom expenses, passenger van purchase and Teacher-Mentor staffing) to introduce our 24/7 mentoring, post-secondary preparation, accredited classes and adventure programs to 4th – 12th graders on the Westside.
  • Environment & Animal Welfare Focus Area Committee: Paws & Think
    Paws & Think’s Pawsitive Impact Program provides opportunities for Warren Central High School and Hamilton County Youth-Assistance Program youth and adults with Down Syndrome to learn how to nurture, understand, motivate, and reward shelter dogs by teaching them basic obedience skills. Program graduates will then educate the community on dog ownership through community education sessions, where they will share their knowledge and skills with dog owners. Shelter dogs and at-risk youth/adults with disabilities have stress and uncertainty in common. Bringing them together in a professionally led, goal-oriented training program provides each with a positive, rewarding, life-changing experience.
  • Family Focus Area Committee: Family Promise of Hendricks County
    Family Promise transforms the lives of families experiencing homelessness and poverty in Hendricks County, and wants to expand capacity to meet the growing need to end and prevent family homelessness. The community has been held back by four barriers that create and perpetuate the struggle – affordable housing, accessible childcare, living wage jobs and transportation. Hendricks County has joined together to form the Family Promise Stability Builders Network to break through these long-standing barriers with customized solutions. Struggling families have the opportunity to build a life of sustainable stability with the resources and care of a community committed to their success.
  • Health and Wellness Focus Area Committee: NeuroHope of Indiana, Inc.
    NeuroHope provides long-term rehabilitation for people recovering from stroke or traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries. The clinic will complete a needed continuum of care for those living with paralysis by launching a comprehensive wellness program, including specialized fitness plans, social support and educational sessions to improve quality of life after injury.

Press coverage of this year’s winners has been good:

Grant Awards 2018

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis is proud to announce two 2018 Change-Makers, each receiving $100,000 grants: Brookside Community Development Corporation and Trinity Episcopal Church Trinity Haven.

Brookside Community Development Corporation will use its funding to expand its after school program offerings, creating the Brookside Community Play Education and Employment Academy. The academy will serve at-risk middle and high school students from the Near Eastside of Indianapolis, instilling hope through education and employability. The program will help students discover passion areas, improve socio-emotional development, build character and leadership skills, provide adult mentor relationships, boost academic performance, and equip students with employment opportunities.

Trinity Episcopal Church will use their grant to launch Trinity Haven, a welcoming transitional home for LGBTQ youth. Currently, there is not a single residential program specifically for LGBTQ youth in the entire state of Indiana. Trinity Haven will use the Impact 100 funds in partnership with Indiana Youth Group (IYG) to offer acceptance, support, and evidence-based programming that help its residents develop skills needed to thrive in the world.

2018 marked the 13th anniversary of Impact 100 in Indianapolis. The winners were announced following finalist presentations and a vote by Impact 100 members at the Annual Awards Celebration on June 12. To date, the organization had awarded over $2.1 million to more than 50 local nonprofits. You can learn more about previous winners in our Giving Report.

In addition to the two $100,000 grants, three additional finalists each received grants of $5000:

  • Earth Charter Indiana: In 2017, Earth Charter Indiana’s Youth Power Indiana program was integral in the adoption of climate recovery resolutions in three Indiana cities, making Indiana a national leader in youth-led climate and civic action. They strive to build on their unique model to inspire more Central Indiana cities, and propose a series of Youth Summits to build community and collaboration between participants. Outcomes include increased youth leadership skills and civic engagement along with safer, cleaner communities.
  • Kennedy King Memorial Initiative: The legacies of two fallen human rights leaders, MLK and RFK, require us to push for candid conversations to address issues of division and injustice in our society. The Kennedy-King Memorial Initiative will create a Visitor’s Center on the hallowed Dr. MLK Park Campus to unite stakeholders in bold dialogue and purposeful action.
  • NeuroHope: NeuroHope is an outpatient physical therapy clinic providing longer-term therapy and wellness programs at affordable rates for individuals recovering from neurologic injury after insurance has expired (spinal cord, brain injury, stroke). Their goal is to launch an Occupational Therapy program to provide affordable access to activities of daily living and quality of life goals to better complete the continuum of care for patients in need following hospital discharge.

Grant Award 2017

Volunteers of America of Indiana received the $100,000 2017 Change-Maker Grant at the June 9, 2017 meeting held at Ritz Charles. VOA is using the $100,000 grant to expand VOA’s Fresh Start Recovery Center, a unique residential addiction treatment center focusing on helping mothers involved with the Department of Child Services recover from addiction and have healthy children. The VOA program is unique because it provides residential beds for children under 5, thus allowing mothers and children to remain together while mother receives residential treatment.

They have received news from a major funding source that our grant, along with others, is being matched TWO TO ONE!!! This makes our $100,000 worth $300,000 towards VOA’s work fighting the opioid crisis. 

The other four finalists, who each received residual grants of $15,000, shared updates on their activities since June:

  • Big Car Collaborative (Arts & Culture FAC) got a match for $10,000 of Impact 100 $15,000 residual grant. This funder continues to match donations given through Patronicity. Click HERE to go directly to Big Car’s Patronicity donation page so your donation can be matched, too. Donations support their program bringing artists and neighbors together to bring a city block back from half vacant to vibrant through creative placemaking and equitable cultural community development.
  • DirectEmployers Institute (Education FAC) is moving forward with their plans to include hands-on labs in two Indianapolis high shools, allowing students to learn more than theory about health care and manufacturing careers.
  • Marian University (Environment FAC) has applied for further funds to see their dream of additional funding for their environmental education lab for younger students.
  • Children’s Bureau (Health & Wellness FAC) participated in the panel discussion at the September 17 membership kick-off at the Glendale Library (see our blog on the evening here).

Grant Award 2016

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis awarded a $100,000 grant to the IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls, a collaboration between Ascent 121 and Lutheran Child & Family Services, at their annual dinner June 7, 2016, at The Willows on Westfield in Indianapolis. The 2016 Change-Maker was announced following presentations by each finalist and a live vote by Impact 100 members.

The IMPACT Program which serves teen survivors of human trafficking. They increased capacity to help more survivors by hiring additional therapists and provided expert training for their clinical staff. Additionally, they want to make their residential unit feel like home for the girls. The grant provided fresh paint, colorful carpeting and some additional furniture in order to make their surroundings more conducive to recovery. Lastly, the program engaged the community by hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Summit, bringing together thought leaders and experts to offer keynote addresses and workshops to better understand the issue.

The other finalists each received residual grants in the amount of $18,333: IndyFringe, Art With a Heart, and Dove Recovery House.

Grant Award 2015

Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis awarded $100,000 2015 Change-Maker Grant to Indianapolis Parks Foundation during the June 9, 2015 annual dinner. Indianapolis Parks Foundation used the $100,000 grant to expand the Indy Urban Acres (IUA) Flower Farm. 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 enabled the Indianapolis Parks Foundation to expand IUA’s revenue-generating Flower Farm and increase farm food output by 30%—to 40,000 pounds per year. The income from the Flower Farm has exceeded expectations and Indy Urban Acres continues to grow.

The other 2015 finalists were WFYI and Ted Green Films for Attucks: A School that Opened a City, OASIS Indianapolis for Hi-Impact Tutoring, Lutheran Child and Family Services for The IMPACT Program to Curb Runaway and Human Trafficking of Young Girls, and Gennesaret Free Clinic for the Health Recovery Program for Homeless Women.

Grant Award 2014

Social Health Association of Indiana has received Impact 100’s $100,000 Change-Maker Grant for 2014 for its program, Step Up for Kindness. The Step Up for Kindness Initiative uses the most complete evidence-based, age-specific curriculum available to educate 31,800 students ages 5-14 in 100 schools and community locations throughout Marion County. Customized to meet schools’ specific cultural needs, students complete four sessions annually, totaling 5,100 hours of education. Through long-term, sequential instruction, students are empowered to exact behavior change, leading to measurable decreases in bullying incidents and increased safety in school communities. Bully Free Indy’s website portal provides free, online educational resources to an even larger audience.

The four remaining finalists each received unrestricted grants in the amount $4,250 were Big Car Collaborative for their DoSeum Launch, Lutheran Child & Family Services for their YouthBuild Indy Bridge Project, Indianapolis Parks Foundation for Indy Urban Acres, and John P. Craine House for their Backyard and Park Project.

Grant Award 2013

Tindley Collegiate Academy – Girls Middle School was the 2013 Impact 100 $100,000 Change-Maker Grant award recipient! Tindley Collegiate Academy is the first all-girls middle school in Indiana, serving a majority African American population in the Meadows, one of the most challenged neighborhoods in the city. The Impact 100 grant equiped the Tindley STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) lab with computers, CAD software, drills, 3D modeling printers, and tools of all types. Girls use the tools to put scientific theories to real world use. To find out more, visit

The remaining four finalists received residual grants of $5,250 each: Ruth Lilly Health Education Center, Reach for Youth, People for Urban Progress, and The Oaks Academy.

Grant Award 2012

On June 19, 2012 the members of Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis awarded a Change-Maker Grant of $100,000 to Jameson Camp, a fully accredited residential summer camp for youth ages 7-17. Jameson Camp also provides outdoor educational programs, Youth Leadership programs and a Challenge Course for all ages. This $100,000 grant allowed Jameson Camp to expand their outdoor educational areas, double the number of children served and establish permanent staff positions.

The remaining four finalists – Earth House Collective, Challenge Foundation Academy, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and Dove Recovery House – each received $10,000 in unrestricted grants in recognition of their finalist status.

Grant Award 2011

June 9, 2011, Outside the Box was awarded the 2011 Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis $100,000 Change-Maker Grant. Outside the Box began in June 2008 and has in three years grown to 95 clients and 27 employees–maxing out its current space. Impact 100 funds were used to expand their services, facilities and spread the word of the good work they do for primarily young adult clients, without access to special education programs in schools. OTB is the only provider in Indiana that matches students in small groups sharing a bond of age, personality, interests and personal goals. Time at OTB is focused on skills and education in the areas of daily living, self-advocacy, community involvement and creative exploration in OTB’s art therapy program.

The following four finalists each received unrestricted grants of $11,250: Arts Council of Indianapolis; Indianapolis Parks Foundation; Brook’s Place; Morning Dove Therapeutic Riding Center.

Grant Award 2010

On June 10, 2010 Rock Steady Boxing received the 2010 Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis $100,000 Change-Maker Grant, and has used the funds to expand its services and facilities for its Parkinson’s disease physical therapy program, as well as to expand its outreach to ensure growth outside of Central Indiana. The first program of its kind, Rock Steady Boxing is revolutionizing the treatment and outcomes for people with PD. Participants train their muscles to remain vital – starting with posture, balance, voice, strength, and mobility. The rigorous non-contact boxing program eases PD’s debilitating symptoms, reduces the depression that often accompanies the disease, while fostering a community of support and infectious optimism. Perhaps most importantly, RSB provides the self-assurance needed to resume former activities that once brought participants joy and satisfaction. People at various stages of the disease are seeing dramatic improvement.

While Rock Steady Boxing received the $100,000 grant, the following finalists each received unrestricted grants of $16,250: Harrison Center for the Arts, Christamore House, Indianapolis Parks Foundation and the Business Ownership Initiative.

Note: We are thrilled to announce that Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis was the recipient of the 2015 Spotlight Award from The Women’s Collective Giving Grantmakers Network (WCGN), recognizing the impact of our $100,000 grant to Rock Steady Boxing (RSB) in 2010. WCGN created the Spotlight Award to recognize women’s giving organizations who practice impactful, transformational grantmaking. The criteria for the award is that a grant must be transformational to the grantmaking organization, the recipient’s organization, and/or the community.

Grant Award 2009

On June 11, 2009 Impact members attended the Annual Awards Celebration to hear presentations and to vote to determine the recipient of their $100,000 Change-Maker Grant – Outreach, Inc. In 2003, the Indiana Department of Education approached Outreach, Inc. about starting a program to work with the homeless student population in the Indianapolis Public School system. These youth were moving from house to house, or on the streets with no stability and little or no parental involvement. They were youth who, without an outside support system, were dropping out of high school at an alarming rate. Project G.O.A.L. (graduation, occupation, address, lifestyle) was created. The G.O.A.L. program is designed to meet the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter of unaccompanied youth enrolled in local high schools; to provide job skills training; to provide post-secondary educational opportunities; and to provide meaningful mentoring relationships.

Working together with school counselors, and administrators Outreach has increased the graduation rate of homeless students who become involved in the G.O.A.L. program from 25% to well over 65%, and of those graduates an average 50% continue on to college, or vocational school. The Impact 100 grant allowed Outreach to double program enrollment, added staff members and helped expand the mentor corps and its costs.

The four other nonprofit finalists each received $16,000 in unrestricted funds. These finalists were Indianapolis Opera, Fathers and Families, Improving Kids Environment, Inc., and Trusted Mentors.

Grant Award 2008

On Thursday, June 12, 2008 Impact members attended the Annual Awards Celebration to hear presentations and to vote to determine the two recipients of their $104,000 Change-Maker Grants. Each of the two finalists received $104,000 supporting their proposed programs highlighted below:

Herron High School – Arts Equipment for Education Excellence
Herron High School is a public Charter School located in downtown Indianapolis providing a classical liberal arts, college preparatory education that integrates the arts into their entire curriculum. Herron High School students had the highest Language Arts scores in Marion County on this year’s ISTEP+ test. The proposed new project request for arts equipment (performing as well as visual) enabled Herron HS to foster student’s latent academic potential and cultivate their passion for the arts; thus, setting groundwork for the next generation of civic leaders.

Horizon House – Engagement Team Project
Horizon House serves as Indianapolis’ only multi-service day center serving the homeless of Central Indiana by providing comprehensive services to homeless individuals, including: day shelter, mail-pick-up, showers, laundry, long-term storage, employment training, case management, mental health and addictions counseling, medical care, legal counseling and referrals to local partnering agencies. Horizon House’s program is designed to restructure their operations to implement a new Engagement Team approach to serve the homeless more effectively and to better align their services with the Indianapolis Blueprint to End Homelessness. The Engagement Team Project would utilize a collaborative, specialized team approach that would give the homeless access to a greater number of services in a more timely manner, thus reducing the length of time they are homeless and increasing their chances for long term success.

Our Committees celebrated the accomplishment of the following other 2008 finalists: Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (iMOCA) – Connecting Everyday + Art, Hoosier Heartland Resource Conservation & Development Council, Inc. – Every Tree Counts, and Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic – Helping Hoosier Homeowners.

Grant Award 2007

On Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Impact members attended the Annual meeting to hear presentations and vote to determine the two recipients of their $102,500 Change-Maker Grants. Each of the two finalists received $102,500 supporting their proposed programs highlighted below:

Indy Reads – Volunteer Tutor Training Program Expansion
Indy Reads, the only provider of free basic literacy tutoring to adults in Indianapolis, seeks to expand current volunteer training for tutors to reach more students. The proposal requests funds for the program manager position, for contracted certified trainers, to print tutoring materials, to underwrite pro-rated office expenses to Indianapolis Marion County Public Library, to fund travel to a ProLiteracy Conference, and to purchase training software. Indy Reads is currently undergoing a significant organizational change, operating as an independent nonprofit for the first time in its twenty-two year history.

John P. Craine House / Fairbanks Collaboration – The Next Generation at Risk
This new and innovative partnership between Craine House and Fairbanks, “Parenting Education and Interventions for Substance Impacted Mothers and their Children” addressed substance abuse issues of incarcerated women and their children. They were successful in reaching their ultimate goal in preparing the families for success–both in the present and the future– while breaking the cycle of substance abuse and incarceration that plagues too many Indianapolis families.

Grant Award 2006

On June 27, 2006 Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis had the opportunity to put their “one woman one vote” philosophy into practice for the first time. After months of studying 123 central Indiana nonprofits’ grant requests Wishard Memorial Foundation (now Eskenaziwas selected as the group’s 2006 Change-Maker Grant recipient.

A check totaling $152,000 was awarded to fund the Pecar Health Center Pharmacy. The Center is one of nine community-based clinics operated by Wishard Health Services and IU Medical Group-Primary Care that provides a variety of health-related services to predominantly underserved residents in the northwest side of Indianapolis. Last year the facility served over 10,000 patients and has an expected growth of 20 percent in 2006. The goal is for Pecar to be a “medical home” by providing a full array of services, including primary and preventative care, disease screening and control, dental care and mental health services.

Missing from the medical home model was a full-service, on-site outpatient pharmacy. The Impact 100 Greater Indianapolis grant provided the funding to complete construction of the 2,000 square foot facility at Pecar which opened June 30, 2007. The Pecar Pharmacy has the potential to dispense 100,000 prescriptions on site per year. Many of the patients do not have prescription drug coverage and use Wishard Advantage (Wishard Health Services’ managed care program). This type of community based care provides the highest quality and lowest cost care for patients and makes it less likely patients use the county’s emergency rooms for routine care.