Our mission is to champion, support and connect our members as they transform Indiana through effective philanthropy.
We are a nonprofit membership association (also referred to as a philanthropy serving organization, or PSO) of and for the state’s grantmaking community. We represent grantmaking entities as well as individual associate members from all 92 Indiana counties. Collectively, our membership holds about $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 grantmakers.
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.
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.
Watch our short video explaining who we are and what we do.
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.