About Us

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (IPA) is a nonprofit membership association of and for the state’s philanthropic grantmaking community. Our members include public and private foundations, corporate giving programs, governmental grantmakers, regranting organizations, philanthropic advisors and other qualified individuals. Collectively, our membership holds about $18 billion in assets and awards more than $846 million in grants each year. IPA itself does not make grants.

Our Mission

Our mission is to champion, support and connect our members as they transform Indiana through effective philanthropy. We do this by:

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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.