Press Releases | June 13, 2023

The Mind Trust awards $325,000 in School-Community Partnership Investments to 25 Indianapolis organizations 

The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, today announced $325,000 in School-Community Partnership Investments (SCPI) to 25 Indianapolis nonprofit or community-based organizations. Of the $325,000 awarded in this round, $292,500 went to nonprofits and $32,500 went to community-based organizations. These funds help local organizations provide high-quality programming to students and families at public charter and innovation schools in Indianapolis. 

“I’m thrilled that our SCPI awards are back and supporting an even larger set of community and youth-focused organizations,” said Lauren I. Peterson, Vice President of Community Engagement at The Mind Trust. “Indianapolis is home to amazing initiatives that deserve to reach as many youth and families as possible. I am eager to see the widespread impact these 25 awards will create for students in our city.”

The Mind Trust’s SCPI awards empower community organizations and schools to partner in creating programs that expand educational opportunities for Indianapolis students and families. Funding is often a key factor in the development and maintenance of strategic community partnerships. SCPI funds ensure schools and community organizations can keep working together on behalf of Indianapolis students. 

With this year’s awards, The Mind Trust’s SCPIs have now distributed over $675,000 over the past four years in funding to local organizations, the majority of which are led by people of color. 

“I am excited by the diversity of programs this year’s SCPIs will support. The programming that these awards support touch on academics, leadership and character development, arts, literacy, cultural celebrations, social-emotional skills, and so much more,” said Shannon Williams, The Mind Trust’s Executive Vice President. “It is crucial to create opportunities that amplify the power of families and neighborhoods most impacted by education change. Nowhere is that lived out more fully than through our SCPIs.”  

“We know students thrive when community organizations wrap around the great things happening in our city’s classrooms,” noted Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust. “We are thrilled to increase this year’s awards both in monetary value and number of recipients. Each of the 25 programs supported this year will move our city closer to a day when every Indianapolis student receives an excellent education.”

This year’s 25 recipients, who are grouped by the type of programming this funding will support, include:

Community Empowerment and Health

  • Bethel Cathedral African Methodist Episcopal Church of Indianapolis – $4,000
  • Immigrant Welcome Center – $25,000
  • TFT Design, LLC / Time for Them Magazine – $10,000
  • The City League – $10,000
  • Urban Initiative – $2,500

Cultural Celebrations and Events

  • Asian American Alliance – $10,000
  • International Marketplace Coalition – $10,000
  • Island Mid Fest LLP – $10,000
  • Lillian Davis Foundation, Inc. – $3,000
  • SHE. Event Indy Co – $2,500

Student Success Programming

  • Aspire Higher Foundation – $30,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis – $30,000
  • Crossroads of America Council, Boy Scouts of America – $15,000
  • Fight for Life Foundation Inc. – $10,000
  • Girls IN STEM Academy, in partnership with Paramount Schools, Purdue Polytechnic High Schools, Every Girl CAN STEM, and Girl Scouts of Central Indiana – $50,000
  • La Plaza, Inc. – $30,000
  • Ladies Under Construction, Inc. – $5,000
  • Latinas Welding Guild, Inc. – $5,000
  • Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana – $2,500
  • Marian University Latino Leadership Initiative – $2,500
  • Marlin Jackson – $10,000
  • Re-Generation Indy – $10,000
  • Recorder Women’s Auxiliary – $15,000
  • Starfish Initiative – $20,000
  • Witherspoon Presbyterian Church, Legacy Trunk Program – $3,000

To learn more about each recipients’ funded initiative and to see past awardees, visit