First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grants to 36 Organizations from Across Indiana

First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grants to 36 Organizations from Across Indiana_3Indianapolis – First Lady Karen Pence hosted the sixth reception for grant recipients of the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation at the Governor’s Residence on Tuesday, where she awarded $32,000 to 36 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.”

First Lady Karen Pence Awards Grants to 36 Organizations from Across Indiana_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. Last 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. 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 sixth reception since her inaugural lunch in April 2014. The third annual First Lady’s Luncheon will be held March 8, 2016. 

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 Name Website County(s) Served
The Bloom Project Inc. Allen and Marion
The Crossing Educational Center Marion County
Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House Adams, Allen, Blackford, Cass, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Fulton, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Knox, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, Lenawee, Marshall, Miami, Noble, Orange, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Vigo, Wabash, Wells, Whitley
Move Leadership Academy Lake
Kids Dance Outreach Marion
Janus Developmental Services, Inc. Hamilton, Tipton
Fortune Academy Hamilton, Marion, Hancock, Johnson, Elkhart, Boone
Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. Marion
Lafayette Symphony, Inc. Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Newton, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Warren, and White
Fort Wayne Sexual Assault Treatment Center Allen, Adams, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley counties.
Like a Lion Marion
RESPECT360 Allen, Noble, Whitley and De Kalb
Teach Our Children Fund Inc., DBA Fort Wayne Center for Learning Primarily Allen County, also Huntington, Whitley, DeKalb and Noble counties
North Central Indiana Rural Crisis Center Jasper, Pulaski, and Newton
Shepherd Community Center Marion
Another Chance Outreach Center Lake
Assistance League of Indianapolis Marion
Auntie Mame’s Child Development Center N/A Marion
Community Justice & Mediation Center (CJAM) Monroe, Greene
Vanderburgh County CASA, Inc. Vanderburgh County
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Marion
TeenWorks N/A Marion and Delaware
General Van Rensselaer DAR Chapter Jasper and Newton
Sheltering Wings Hendricks and surrounding counties
Emma’s Art Cart N/A Marion and Johnson
Reach For Youth, Inc. Marion and Johnson
St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center, Inc All counties served
Arts for Learning Marion
Joseph Maley Foundation Marion, Hendricks, Boone and Hamilton
Art of the Soul Studio Marion, Hancock, Shelby, Hamilton, Madison, Boone, Hendricks, Johnson, Morgan
Camp Kesem Notre Dame Michiana
John P. Craine House Marion
Coburn Place Safe Haven Marion
Indiana Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs Adams, Allen, Bartholomew, Boone, Clark, Clinton, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Huntington, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lake, La Porte, Lawrence, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Porter, Rush, Shelby, Spencer, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vanderburgh, Vigo, Wayne and Wells
Lebanon Community of Shalom Boone
Orange County Rehabilitative and Developmental Services, Inc., dba, First Chance Center Orange

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