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Glick Philanthropies Awards $2.18 Million to Nonprofit Organizations Building Community & Creating Opportunity

Kids Dance Outreach

INDIANAPOLIS, June 27, 2023 – Glick Philanthropies – a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity – announced 114 grants totaling $2.18 million to organizations focused on increasing access to arts & creative expression, advancing equitable education, improving access to basic needs, expanding opportunities for economic mobility, and supporting a healthy democracy.

“Nonprofit organizations are uniquely positioned to understand community members’ needs, partner with them to provide support, and connect them to essential resources,” said Marianne Glick, chair of the Glick Family Foundation. “At Glick Philanthropies, our role is to walk alongside these nonprofit organizations to build community and create opportunity. We hope these grants empower our nonprofit partners to reach more people with thoughtful, innovative programs.”

Kids Dance Outreach (KDO), a multi-year partner of Glick Philanthropies, is one of six arts-focused nonprofits selected for Glick Philanthropies’ arts partner portfolio. Organizations were selected based on their ability to increase equitable opportunities for Indianapolis youth who may not otherwise have the chance to participate in transformative arts and creative expression experiences, and their commitment to advancing equity and community vitality. Grounded in the values of trust-based philanthropy, partner portfolio nonprofits will receive multi-year, unrestricted funding to empower innovation, emergent action, and sustainability.

“Glick Philanthropies is more than a grant-making organization; they’re a partner,” said Michael J. Johnson, Founding Artistic Director of KDO. “This grant will allow us to continue providing our high-quality programming at no cost to children and to increase the number of dancers we are able to serve. We are excited to continue exploring opportunities for expansion and partnership with other youth-focused organizations.”

During this cycle, Glick Philanthropies made grants to the following organizations.

Increasing Equitable Opportunities in the Arts and Creative Expression

  • ArtMix
  • Arts for Lawrence
  • Arts for Learning
  • Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis
  • Kids Dance Outreach (KDO)
  • React Kids

Closing Access and Achievement Gaps in Early Childhood, K-12, and Postsecondary Education

  • Brightlane Learning
  • Child Care Answers
  • Circle City Prep Academy
  • Fay Biccard Glick Neighborhood Center at Crooked Creek
  • MelanatED Leaders
  • Phalen Leadership Academies
  • Teach Plus
  • The Mind Trust
  • WFYI

Improving Connectivity to Essential Basic Needs and Opportunities for Economic Mobility

  • Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis
  • Foster Success
  • Gennesaret Free Clinics
  • Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana
  • Indiana Diaper Bank
  • Indiana Youth Group
  • Operation Job Ready Veterans
  • Pathway Resource Center
  • Pretty Passionate Hands
  • Servants At Work

Supporting a Healthy Democracy

  • Indiana Democracy Collaborative

Glick Philanthropies also announced grants totaling $500,000 to 87 organizations across nine states through the Glick Community Relief Fund. These grants focused on increasing food access, expanding accessible transportation, connecting community members to utility assistance, and prioritizing mental health support. This year marks the eighth year that Glick Philanthropies has administered its property-nominated grant program. Through this initiative, over $4 million has been awarded to 242 organizations in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located. 2023 Community Relief Fund grantees are listed here

“Glick Philanthropies is committed to offering support to nonprofit organizations that are providing essential basic needs to our most vulnerable communities,” said Ben Grande, Director of Philanthropy for Glick Philanthropies. “The efforts of these organizations are especially critical now as our communities continue to face high prices due to inflation. Our work with the Glick Community Relief Fund allows us to help 87 organizations that are making meaningful contributions to communities, families, and individuals across the country.”

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About Glick Philanthropies

Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives dedicated to building community and creating opportunity so every person can reach their full potential. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, Glick Housing Foundation, Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), and Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded more than $300 million to charitable causes in Central Indiana and communities where the Glick Company operates.