Sixth Issue 2012
President's Message

Dear Indiana Readers,

Welcome to this fall issue of Connections 2012.

We have finished the second round of grantmaking for 2012. The Trust has awarded $2,140,300 to 24 nonprofits serving Indiana. The Trust is making several large grants to help unemployed people become more self-sufficient in the waning days of the current recession when many people are still in great need. Other grants aim to improve the cultural life of Indiana, protect some of Indiana's most environmentally sensitive lands, and help the community in many other ways.

The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $270,000, are in the Trust's three priority areas: Helping People in Need, Protecting Animals and Nature, and Enriching Community Life. Here is a sampling of the grants:

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana received $250,000 to provide 10,000 elementary school children with nutritious weekend meals as part of the Child Hunger Initiative.

Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center received $270,000 to provide workforce coaching and training to an estimated 275 low-income people over the next three years.

Dress for Success Indianapolis received $100,000 to assist an additional 100 clients who need clothes and job placement help.

In the area of animal welfare, FACE (Foundation Against Companion Animal Euthanasia) received a grant of $170,300 to double its capacity to spay and neuter at least 6,000 cats per year. The money will also facilitate a merger between FACE and IndyFeral to decrease the growth of the feral cat population in Indianapolis neighborhoods.

Now the news regarding our leadership and staff.

Three Trustees govern the Trust. With the retirement last December of founding Trustee Chair Frank E. Russell, Trustees recently chose Carol Peden Schilling as his successor.

Mrs. Schilling, a resident of Scottsdale, Arizona, and a regular visitor to Indiana, was also a founding Trustee and Nina Mason Pulliam's niece and late-life companion.

The other two Trustees, both of whom joined the board at the beginning of the year, succeeding Frank and Nancy Russell, are Kent E. Agness of Indianapolis and Lisa Shover Kackley of Scottsdale and Parks, Arizona.


2012 Second Round Indiana Grantees

The Trust's second round of 2012 grant awards in Indiana totals $2,140,300 and represents every area of the Trust's mission. For more detailed information on the grants, please go to project descriptions.

The break down by program category is:
- Helping People in Need - 18 organizations - $1,548,000
- Protecting Animals and Nature - 4 organizations - $505,300
- Enriching Community Life - 2 organizations - $87,000

Helping People in Need
Bethlehem House Residence $75,000
Children's Bureau, Inc. $50,000
Connect2Help $30,000
Dress for Success Indianapolis $100,000
Easter Seals Crossroads $40,000
Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. $65,000
Girls Incorporated of Indianapolis, Inc. $150,000
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. $250,000
Indiana Canine Assistant Network, Inc. $63,000
Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Inc. $50,000
Indy Reads $75,000
Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis $25,000
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, Inc. $100,000
Pathway to Recovery, Inc. $50,000
Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center $270,000
The Salvation Army Social Service Center $25,000
Shepherd Community, Inc. $100,000
Southeast Community Services $30,000
Protecting Animal and Nature
*Amos W. Butler Audubon Society, Inc. $35,000
FACE - Foundation Against Companion Animal Euthanasia, Inc. $170,300
Indiana Recycling Coalition, Inc. $75,000
Land Trust Alliance, Inc. $225,000
Enriching Community LIfe
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art $57,000
Storytelling Arts of Indiana $30,000
Total Indiana Grants - 24 Organizations $2,140,300
*Denotes first-time grant recipient

The Trust also welcomes Maureen West to the Trust's staff in Phoenix to handle Trust communications and create an evaluation program. Maureen, the director of communications and evaluation, wrote for The Chronicle of Philanthropy for the past three years, where she developed an expertise in nonprofit issues.

Maureen previously worked for The Arizona Republic as a reporter, editor and manager. She holds a master's degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University and studied evaluation at Claremont Graduate University in California.

As many American foundations have been developing more and more tools to measure the outcomes of their grants, the addition of Ms. West will give us, too, new ways to make our dollars serve our community more effectively.

As always, we appreciate your comments and question at any time.

Our next proposal deadline is February 4, 2013.
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Applications for the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) are due at noon on Friday, December 7. Details at the SYPF website

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