Press Releases | August 3, 2021

The Mind Trust receives $200,000 from Glick Philanthropies to support continued growth of high-quality education opportunities for Indianapolis students

INDIANAPOLIS – August 3, 2021 – The Mind Trust, an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit, today announced it has received a $200,000 grant from Glick Philanthropies to support the advancement of educational equity in Indianapolis. Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity.

The Mind Trust recently launched Advancing Educational Equity, its six-year, equity focused strategic plan aimed at doubling the number of students within Indianapolis Public School boundaries who are academically proficient. Specifically, The Mind Trust will focus on improving outcomes for Black, Latino, and low-income students. The grant from Glick Philanthropies will be used to support the work of the plan, which includes growing high-quality public school options, increasing the number of effective, diverse teachers and school leaders, and engaging the community in issues that affect the quality of education for Indianapolis students.

“The Mind Trust is grateful to Glick Philanthropies for their continued support of our mission to ensure every Indianapolis student, without exception, can have access to a high-quality education,” said Brandon Brown, CEO of The Mind Trust. “The COVID-19 pandemic has widened existing gaps, and The Mind Trust is more determined than ever to work toward a day when race and income are no longer predictors of life outcomes.”

Since 2006, The Mind Trust has supported the launch of 41 public schools Indianapolis, 14 education nonprofit organizations, and has helped place more than 1,640 teachers and school leaders in Indianapolis classrooms. 

Including this grant, Glick Philanthropies announced over $2.1 million to organizations in central Indiana dedicated to helping those in need, supporting self-sufficiency, education and arts & creative expression.

“Providing access to basic necessities and empowering people in need are cornerstones for building strong, vibrant communities,” said David Barrett, president and CEO of the Glick Family Foundation. “Central Indiana organizations have touched countless lives through their impactful work in the arts, education and self-sufficiency. We’re proud to support their efforts by awarding over $2.1 million through the Glick Fund, and we look forward to seeing how they will continue building community and creating opportunity for years to come.”

About Glick Philanthropies 

Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, the Glick Housing Foundation, the Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, the Far Eastside Success Initiative and TeenWorks. Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $235 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. For more information, visit GlickPhilanthropies.org

About The Mind Trust

The Mind Trust is an Indianapolis-based education nonprofit that works to build a system of schools that gives every student in Indianapolis, no exceptions, access to a high-quality education. The Mind Trust does this by building a supportive environment for schools through policy and community engagement, empowering talented, diverse educators to launch new schools, and providing existing schools with the support they need to hire world-class talent and achieve excellence. Since 2006, The Mind Trust has supported the launch of 38 schools, 14 education nonprofit organizations, and has helped place more than 1,600 teachers and school leaders in Indianapolis classrooms.