The Indianapolis Rotary Foundation

The Indianapolis Rotary Foundation is a private, stand-alone corporation that serves as the primary community charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Annual contributions to the Foundation are added to an eternal endowment fund and allocated income from that fund is utilized to support grants for charitable and educational purposes, primarily in the Indianapolis and Central Indiana areas.

The Foundation is governed by a group of nine active Rotarians who have been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis, plus the four Officers of the Club and the immediate past president of the Club who serve as ex-officio members of the Foundation Board. The club Sgt. at Arms does not serve on the Foundation Board.


Donate to the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation
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If you wish to make your contribution by check, please make your check payable to the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation and mail to the Rotary Club of Indianapolis, 650 North Meridian Street, Suite 1A, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

Thank you for your support of the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation.

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Community Grant
Download the official Indianapolis Rotary Foundation Grant Application Cover Form
Download and read about the 2017 Indianapolis Rotary Foundation Grant Guidelines

Additional Documents

Download the 2016-17 Annual Report
Download the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation Constitution and By-laws
Download the Articles of Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary Club of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation

Foundation Civic Entrepreneurship Grant
Civic Entrepreneurship grants are specifically designed to fulfill a stated purpose of the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation, Inc. That purpose is to stimulate the desire of each member of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis to be of service to others and to society in general.

Download the guidelines.
Download a REAL example of a Civic Grant application.

Foundation History
The Foundation was authorized by the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under the laws of the State of Indiana on April 15th, 1947. A Club document that was published at that time stated that the intention of this organization is that “this agency of Rotary is to be a means to promote the well known philosophy of SERVICE ABOVE SELF and, at the same time, stimulate the desire of every Rotarian to be of service to his fellow men and to society in general.” The development of the Foundation was catalyzed by the widow of Isaac R. Holycross, a Rotarian, who offered to donate $25,000 to the Club to “promote charitable purposes under the direction of Rotary”. At this time, the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club accepted her generous offer and established the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation to serve as the charitable arm of the Club.

Since that time, annual fund drives have been held by the Foundation and a number of Rotarians have made significant bequests to the Foundation.

Thanks to the generosity of the Indianapolis Rotarians and their families, the level of the endowment fund of The Indianapolis Rotary Foundation now stands at nearly six million dollars, making it one of the largest Rotary Foundations in the United States.

Foundation Support
The activities of the Indianapolis Rotary Foundation are directed primarily to “Service Above Self” in the Indianapolis and Central Indiana area. In contract, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, also supported by Indianapolis Rotarians, supports internationally oriented projects, such as scholarship programs, group study exchange programs, health-hunger-humanity grant related projects such as “Polio Plus” to eradicate the threat of polio around the Earth, global literacy projects, etc. The Paul Harris Fellow program is an important element of the fund-raising program of the Rotary International Foundation.

The two foundations, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International and The Indianapolis Rotary Foundation, are complementary, one to the other, and both are worthy of support by all Indianapolis Rotarians.

2017-18 Officers and Directors
Foundation Officers:
Bill Bubenzer- President
Matt Burnett- Vice President
Matt Will- Treasurer/Secretary

Foundation Directors:
Kathy Cookerly
Eric Johnson
Jeff Lake
Benton Marks
Lesley Stoeffler
Ralph Taylor

Ex Officio Directors:
Sheila Carlson- Immediate Past Club President
Ramona Adams- Club President
John Mainella-Club President Elect
Michael Schiele-Club Vice President
Nick Reich-Club Secretary
Larry Brodnik- Club Treasurer

Club Executive Director
Kelly Tingle