The Brave Heart Foundation is proud to have supported a number of Indianapolis and Indiana-based organizations working to impact the lives of community members. Learn more about recent projects we’ve helped fund and their outcomes.

The Milk Bank

Big Heart Grant $25,000 | 2022 Paperless Process Improvement

In 2022, The Milk Bank found themselves in need of a major technology overhaul to update processes that managed the milk donation process.

The Brave Heart Foundation was able to provide support to this important capacity building project. This grant directly went toward:

  • Digitizing donor information
  • Investing in equipment to manage milk donation and need processes

Horizon House

$25,000 Big Heart Grant | 2022 Housing Hub

In 2022 The Brave Heart Foundation supported Horizon House by providing assistance to create a Hub for homeless neighbors to access resources, services and daily needs.

  • Offering connections to housing is the heart of this hub

Exodus Refugee

$25,000 Big Heart Grant | 2019 Capacity Building

As a previous Brave Heart Foundation grant recipient, Exodus Refugee was invited to apply for the Big Heart grant program, providing $25,000 toward a larger capacity-building project.

Exodus utilized this funding to expand staff training, learning new skills and improving upon current skills in order to better serve their clients.

The Big Heart Grant directly supported 12 trainings covering key topics such as teaching English as a second language, case management, mental health and healthcare, and more. As a result:

  • Staff in various levels of the organization were able to fully engage in critical trainings that put them in a better position to execute their mission and create social change
  • Team member morale and confidence increased with better knowledge of new resources, trends, and connections
  • Leadership is better poised to direct organizational changes, including implementation of new technology and systems
In 2019, Exodus Refugee welcomed 394 refugees from 11 different countries.

Indianapolis Parks Foundation

$5000 Grant | 2019 Indy Urban Acres

Indy Urban Acres works to keep Indianapolis healthy by harvesting, on average, over 20,000 pounds of produce a year. Brave Heart’s support of the 2019 growing season contributed not only to the significant harvest, but to the program’s growing Veggie Boxes program. 

In 2019 they: 

  • Delivered 74 vegetable boxes (an increase from the previous year’s 50 boxes) throughout a 16 week delivery program
  • Welcomed over 692 youth to the farm to learn about farming and food production
  • Hosted 51 farm apprentices through Teen Works for a 6 week program working to plant, maintain, harvest, and deliver produce

Desert Rose

$5000 Grant | 2022 Sheltering their community against domestic violence

Desert Rose provides emergency shelter and transitional housing to survivors of domestic violence. As a 2022 funder, The Brave Heart Foundation was able to directly support this life-changing programming, including:

  • Programs and services provided at the shelter
Ascent 121 supports approximately 150 teen human trafficking survivors each year.

Children's TherAplay Foundation

$5000 Grant | 2023 Trauma Informed Care Program

Children’s TherAplay provides trauma support services for children. Brave Heart Foundation funding has directly supported their crucial services, including:

  • Programs focused on children with disabilities that experienced trauma during childhood

In addition to the above projects, The Brave Heart Foundation is proud to have awarded funding to the following organizations:

  • ArtMix
  • Assistance League of Indianapolis
  • Back on My Feet Indianapolis
  • Exodus Refugee
  • Brooke’s Place
  • Child Advocates
  • Children’s Bureau, Inc.
  • Coburn Place
  • CoCoDA
  • Community Health Foundation
  • Craine House
  • Dayspring Center, Inc.
  • Decatur County YMCA
  • Desert Rose Foundation
  • Flight1
  • Freewheelin’ Community Bikes
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis
  • Gleaners
  • Green Cross
  • Happy Hollow Children’s Camp, Inc.
  • Hope Academy
  • Hope Family Care Center, Inc.
  • Horizon House
  • Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault
  • Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation
  • Indianapolis Art Center
  • The Jackson Center for Conductive Education
  • LifeSmart Youth
  • Schools on Wheels
  • The Sharing Place
  • Sheltering Wings
  • Teen Works
  • The Julian Center
  • Wheeler Mission
  • And more!

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