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Gene Glick and Marilyn Koffman

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HISTORY OF GENE. B GLICK COMPANY & GLICK PHILANTHROPIES

After World War II, Gene Glick worked as a loan officer for an Indianapolis bank. After assessing a construction site one day, he found himself inspired by the concept of building homes for fellow veterans and families. Together with then-fiancée, Marilyn Koffman, Gene began purchasing and remodeling homes on the far eastside of Indianapolis. Originally called Indianapolis Homes, the Gene B. Glick Company quickly grew to be Indiana’s largest single-family housing provider by the early 1960s. The company began building multifamily housing in 1962.

Our business was born out of a desire to help families achieve the American Dream – and that remains a key focus today.

Today, the Gene B. Glick Company is one of the largest privately held real estate management and development firms in the country, with more than 20,000 units across 13 states. The company’s philosophy, “Built to Be Home,” is reflected through its industry leadership in customer service, property management and quality construction of affordable and market-rate apartment units. The Gene B. Glick Company is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2022.

In addition to building housing communities, Gene and Marilyn built community by giving back. In 1982, they established the Glick Family Foundation. The impact of the foundation has been significant: the Glick Family Foundation is now one of the most active family foundations in the state of Indiana. To date, Glick Philanthropies has contributed nearly $200 million to charitable efforts in central Indiana.

In 2008, the Glick Family Foundation began a transition of leadership from Gene and Marilyn to the next generation of directors. During this process, they identified four philanthropic priorities:

1. Increasing educational opportunities
2. Promoting arts and creative expression
3. Supporting efforts toward self-sufficiency
4. Alleviating human suffering and helping those in need

Our Story

Gene Glick and Marilyn Koffman

1947

Gene Glick and Marilyn Koffman marry and form Indianapolis Homes Inc., a builder of single-family homes.

Gene Glick posing next to a celebratory message that reads "Gene B. Glick builds 500th house this year"

1960

Indianapolis Homes changes its name to the Gene B. Glick Company, Inc.

Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis in the 60s.

1962

The Gene B. Glick Company becomes the largest single-family home builder in Indiana.

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1962

The Company enters the multi-family housing market, building its first apartment community, Williamsburg East, in Indianapolis.

Gene Glick with members of the Pro-100 program

1981

Gene Glick founded Pro-100, a six-week summer youth employment program for economically-disadvantaged youth in Indianapolis. Pro-100 taught teens the importance of self-discipline, a hard day’s work and giving back to the community. Pro-100 has evolved into TeenWorks.

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1982

Gene and Marilyn Glick establish the Glick Family Foundation to support their charitable outreach.

The logos for Glick Fund (A CICF Fund) and Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis

1998

Gene and Marilyn Glick established the Glick Fund at the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis to support a variety of causes in Central Indiana.

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2005

Gene and Marilyn Glick established the Glick Housing Foundation – dedicated to the acquisition, development and preservation of quality and affordable housing for all.

Pedestrians on the Cultural Trail located in downtown Indianapolis

2006

The Glick Family Foundation and The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, announce a $18 million gift for the construction of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

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2007

The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Family Foundation announces a $30 million gift to the Indiana University School of Medicine for the new Glick Eye Institute in Indianapolis.

An apartment complex next to a pond with a water foundation spraying water upwards

2008

The Glick Housing Foundation acquires its first two properties, Loper Commons in Shelbyville, Indiana and Hampton Court in Indianapolis.

Gene and Marilyn Glick posing together

2012

Marilyn K. Glick passes away, 1922-2012.

The Indianapolis Star featuring Gene Glick on the front page announcing his passing

2013

Gene B. Glick passes away, 1921 – 2013.

An empty path on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

2013

After nearly 12 years of planning and construction, the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick officially opens as a completed project.

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2015

Glick Philanthropies was established to bring together Glick’s various philanthropic efforts including: affordable housing, community leadership and grantmaking.

The logo for the Far Eastside Success Initiative

2015

Creation of the Far Eastside Success Initiative – a long-term, comprehensive community investment strategy on the Far Eastside of Indianapolis, led by Glick Philanthropies.

Individuals visiting a variety of booths setup in a local park

2016

The Glick Family Foundation granted the Glick Housing Foundation $1 million to provide all foundation properties with a service coordinator to help residents fully leverage community services.

The front entrance of The Success Center at Carriage House East

2019

The Success Center at Carriage House East is opened to help residents achieve their goals.