Indiana AFN is a regional chapter of grantmakers who invest in opportunities for low and middle income individuals and families to build economic well-being. Members include private, public, corporate, and community foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions who want to help Hoosiers secure economic stability, for now and for years to come. Indiana AFN connects funders and their peers in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Together they share promising programs and smart strategies, gather knowledge to make their grantmaking more effective, and work to increase investments in asset building.

Indiana AFN was launched in 2016 as a regional affiliate of national AFN by Central Indiana Community Foundation, the Clowes Fund, JP Morgan Chase & Co., and United Way Central Indiana.  Membership is open to funders who invest in a range of initiatives that build assets for Hoosiers, from early childhood education, college access, or workforce development to health, financial education, or micro-enterprise. Indiana AFN members meet regularly and host events to share ideas. Indiana grantmakers should contact Jobi Cates if interested in joining this chapter.

How We Work

  • Educate: Indiana AFN members learn from each other and others as they seek solutions to local challenges. The chapter regularly hosts funder forums. The latest one on two-generation asset building strategies brought local leaders and national experts together to share data and ideas.
  • Elevate: Indiana AFN highlights promising practices, key issues, and innovations in the field. This year, the chapter is partnering with Indiana Philanthropy Alliance on Workforce Ready programming with integrated asset building and expanding Indiana Promise Children’s Savings Accounts.
  • Influence: Indiana AFN engages key stakeholders in the benefits of expanding access to opportunities to build assets. AFN’s annual national conference, hosted in 2017 by Indiana, brought key local leaders together with national policymakers and leaders.
  • Grow: Indiana AFN works to increase the number of grantmakers and resources focused on economic well-being. Members leverage one another’s interests and investments and actively look for additional funders willing to invest in Indiana.

Grantmaking Members
Central Indiana Community Foundation
Clowes Fund
Glick Funds
Indiana Association of United Ways
Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
MacFarlane Family Foundation
Old National Bank
PNC Bank
Strada (formerly USA Funds)
United Way Central Indiana
Wabash County Community Foundation
Women’s Fund of Central Indiana

Indiana Department of Workforce Development
Indiana Philanthropy Alliance
LISC Indiana

Upcoming Events


Are you an Indiana grantmaker interested in joining this chapter? Contact us to learn more.


Jobi Cates,

Steering Committee

Marie Beason

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

Michelle Beer

United Way of Central Indiana

Andrew Black

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Ryan Brady

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Liz Tate

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Owen Washburn

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Jobi Cates

Midwest Program Officer & Website Content Strategist

AFN Staff