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 meet and host events to share ideas. Indiana grantmakers should contact Tyrone Spann if interested in joining this chapter.

How We Work

  • Inform: Indiana AFN members learn from one another and other stakeholders as they seek solutions to local challenges. The chapter hosts issue-based programming and calls-to-action that reflect research and philanthropic thought leadership that highlights actionable roles for philanthropy. While focusing on a variety of topics, the chapter gathers local leaders and national experts together to share data and ideas, promote innovative approaches, and help establish common language to build collaboration.
  • Connect: Indiana AFN members support peer-to-peer learning and cross-sector collaboration. Members identify and leverage replicable and scalable high-impact strategies and innovative approaches to connect and inform influential funders of actionable investments. Members provide an insightful voice to inform both regional and national conversations.
  • Influence: Indiana AFN engages key stakeholders to grow their knowledge and support. This includes efforts to raise the visibility of asset-building within the broader community of foundations, public-sector funders, and financial institutions.
  • Build: Indiana AFN seeks 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 the Indiana region.


Upcoming Events


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


Tyrone Spann,

Steering Committee

Taryn MacFarlane

MacFarlane Family Foundation

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Pamela Ross

Central Indiana Community Foundation

Sara VanSlambrook

United Way Central Indiana

Tyrone Spann

Indiana Program Officer

AFN Staff

Chapter Highlights

 $6 million awarded to 22 Community-Based Organizations

In September 2020, the United Way of Central Indiana selected 22 community-based organizations to receive grants totaling $6 million from its Family Opportunity Fund, one of three initiatives designed to reduce generational poverty in Central Indiana. United Way’s Family Opportunity initiative is based on the practice of the Two-Generation Approach (2Gen) – combining programs and services in education, workforce development, and mental and physical health to create positive outcomes for children and the adults in their lives together. With this investment, United Way estimates that more than 2,500 families will benefit from integrated services to help them reach their full potential, especially now as the health and economic effects of the pandemic linger.

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Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund

In June 2020, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Eli Lilly and Company, and Lumina Foundation created the Central Indiana Racial Equity Fund to advance effective solutions to racial inequality in Indianapolis and its surrounding counties. The fund will work with organizations to support efforts to improve interactions between the Black community and local police in Indianapolis, address the disproportionate number of Black youth in the juvenile and criminal justice system by providing positive alternatives for education and employment, and increase employment and wealth opportunities for communities of color. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CENTRAL INDIANA RACIAL EQUITY FUND

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