First Lady Karen Pence Awards $52,500 to 57 Organizations from Across Indiana

Indianapolis – First Lady Karen Pence hosted the seventh reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation at the Governor’s Residence on Tuesday, where she awarded $52,500 to 57 organizations and charities that serve Hoosier families and children across the state.

“When Mike was elected Governor, I was overwhelmed with requests from so many worthy organizations to get involved in their efforts,” said First Lady Karen Pence. “However, it quickly became clear that I couldn’t be at every event, nor could I champion every cause. That is why I, along with a team of dedicated board members, started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation as a way to shine a light on the organizations across Indiana who lift up our communities and make our state strong.”

Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation Reception_2First Lady Karen Pence started the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation in August of 2013 as a way to recognize organizations and charities across the state. At the inaugural First Lady’s Luncheon held in April 2014, the Foundation awarded its first major grant of $100,000 to the Art Therapy Program at Riley Hospital for Children. The following year’s luncheon recipient, Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, received a grant of $65,000, which supports food banks and food pantries in all 92 counties. Last year, $100,000 was awarded to the Indiana Bicentennial Commission for an interactive “Treasures of the Statehouse” display at the Indiana State Library. Throughout the year, the Foundation will award smaller grants to organizations across the state.

“Whether helping a child develop a love for reading or supporting families in need or encouraging a child to go further in the arts, these organizations are the backbone and the heart of our communities,” said First Lady Karen Pence. “They represent the very best of what it means to be a Hoosier, and we thank them for their service.”

Tuesday’s reception was the seventh reception since her inaugural lunch in April 2014.

First Lady Karen Pence presented a check to each organization ranging from $500 to $1,000 in grant money from the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation. Representatives from each of the following organizations were on hand to receive their award and recognition:

Applicant Website Counties Served
AFH Ministries, Inc. All of Indiana
Allen County Education Partnership DBA Project READS Allen County
Anderson Symphony Orchestra Association, LLC Madison, Hamilton, Marion, Delaware, Hancock
Artlink Allen County
Bolt for the Heart All central Indiana and statewide if funds are used for the Indiana State Police
Buttermilk Mountain, Inc. Marion, Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton, Boone, Greene, Sullivan and Monroe
Care For Kids Inc Jefferson, Clark, Floyd
Center for Leadership Development CLD participants reside in Marion county and the surrounding counties of Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Hancock, Madison, and Bartholomew.
Child And Parent Services Inc. Elkhart County
Christ Child Society of Fort Wayne Allen, DeKalb, Steuben
Corvilla St. Joseph County, Indiana
Crooked Creek Community Development Corporation Marion
Dream Center Evansville Vanderburgh County
FAITH CDC Lake County
FAME (Foundation for Art and Music in Education) Adams, Allen, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Whitley
Family Promise of Greater Indianapolis Marion and surrounding adjacent counties
Fort Wayne Civic Theatre Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, & Whitley
Fox Hill Dance Foundation, Inc. Marion
Freewheelin’ Community Bikes Marion County
Friends of Ward Township District No. 5 School, Randolph Co., Inc. N/A Randolph, Jay, Delaware, Wayne
Good Samaritan Food Pantry Jasper and a small part of Newton
Greenfield Central School Foundation Hancock County
Grouseland Foundation, Inc. All Indiana counties, Midwest region and Nation.
Half Way Home, Inc. N/A Montgomery, Boone, Warren, Fountain, Putnam, Parke, Tippecanoe, Hendricks–and potentially all other counties
Happy Hollow Children’s Camp Marion, Hendricks, Johnson, Hancock, Shelby, Boone, Hamilton, and Morgan counties.
Hendricks County Arts Council Hendricks County primarily but we market all over the State of Indiana.
Honor Flight of Southern Indiana Vanderburgh, Warrick, Gibson, Posey, Knox, Martin, Lawrence, Perry, Spencer, Dubois, Orange, Daviess, Crawford, Pike
Hoosier Burn Camp, Inc. All Indiana counties
Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry Indiana State wide, but funding can be designated to be used in specific county by grantor.
Hope Healthcare Services Hendricks (primarily), Boone, Morgan, Putnam, Montgomery
Indiana Music Education Association Foundation We serve all Indiana counties.
Indianapolis Public School No. 27 – Center for Inquiry Magnet Marion County
Jameson Camp All counties in Indiana.
Joe’s Kids 80% Kosciusko County and 20% surrounding counties
Lady’s n Charge Lake County
Lebanon High School in partnership with Camptown Boone County
Little Red Door Cancer Agency Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby
Matthew 25 Clinic Allen, Adams, Wells, Huntington, Wabash, Kosciusko, Whitley, Noble, LaGrange, Steuben and DeKalb, Williams, Defiance, Paulding and Van Wert.
McMillen Health and Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Noble, Randolph, Wells, Whitley
Mental Health America of Greater Indianapolis, Inc. Marion, Hendricks, Hancock, Hamilton, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby.
NeighborLink Fort Wayne Foundation Allen County
New Horizons Rehabilitation   Dearborn County and Ripley County
Noble, Inc. Marion, Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Hancock, Johnson
One Love Community Circle St. Joseph County, Elkart Country
Pathway to Recovery Marion County
Pink Ribbon Society Lake, Porter, Jasper and Newton counties in Northwest Indiana
Project Leadership Delaware and Grant
Purchased, Inc Marion, Hamilton, Hancock, Shelby, Johnson, Morgan, Hendricks, Boone
Reins of Life, Inc. St. Joseph, La Porte, Porter
Reins To Recovery, Inc. Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Decatur, Scott
Second Stories, Inc Jefferson, Switzerland, Scott and Ripley Counties
Summer Reading Camp 2016 90 at-risk students from all counties of Indiana may apply and are served at no cost to the students in a residential one-week reading intervention camp at any of 3 locations: Lutheran Hills in Brown County, Lake Luther in Steuben County and Lutherwald in LaGrange County.
Team First Book (serving Monroe County) Monroe County
The League of Terre Haute, Inc. Vigo County, Indiana
The Power House Alliance, Inc Allen County
Willson Family Literacy Preschool Montgomery County
Wilson Elementary School Clark County


The Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation is a 501 (c)(3). The First Lady receives no compensation. Donations are tax deductible. Learn more about how to make a donation or request a grant on the Foundation’s website at:

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