About Us

IPA is the largest network serving philanthropy in Indiana, working with members to lead change and increase impact in philanthropy.

Our mission is to champion, support, and connect members as they transform Indiana through effective philanthropy. 

IPA is a nonprofit membership association (also referred to as a philanthropy supporting organization, or PSO) of and for Indiana's grantmaking community. We represent philanthropic organizations, companies, and individuals from all 92 Indiana counties. Collectively, IPA membership holds over $18 billion in assets and awards more than $846 million in grants each year. IPA is not itself a grantmaker, but we partner with our members to help them be more effective philanthropists.

What We Do

CHAMPION  |  We offer guidance and opportunities to engage in policy and advocacy with a strong, unified voice at the state and federal level.

SUPPORT  |  Our members access training and resources to guide them in effective grantmaking practices.

CONNECT  |  Our networking events help members build relationships with Indiana's philanthropic and community leaders.

Our Vision

As a recognized leader, Indiana has a collaborative and effective philanthropic sector that makes a positive difference in the lives of people and their communities.

Our Values

Knowledgeable
Ethical
Responsive
Collaborative
Transparent

Watch our short video explaining who we are and what we do.

History

In November 1983, Lieutenant Governor John Mutz and Alan Shusterman, executive director of the Indiana Humanities Council, convened representatives from more than 70 foundations and corporate giving programs in Indianapolis to discuss the future of the state’s philanthropic sector. Based on the success of that first meeting, the planning committee agreed to continue holding the event and formed a steering committee to complete the task. That group called itself Indiana Donors Alliance (IDA). After several years of growing interest and participation in the collaborative conversations, IDA was incorporated in 1990. As we hired staff, elected trustees and recruited members, we grew into the full-service membership association now doing business as Indiana Philanthropy Alliance.

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance Foundation (IPAF)

IPAF is a Type I Supporting Organization to Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, organized and operated exclusively for the benefit of the Alliance, its goals and its functions. See a list of IPAF Board members.

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