The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

KEY INFO: Eugene and Marilyn Glick made a fortune in real estate throughout their lives, and in 1982, they co-launched a foundation to channel some of that wealth back to the greater community. From that year forward, the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation has made small but continuous long-term commitments to all kinds of humanitarian causes within Indiana. Its grantees include housing programs, food banks, and health-care initiatives. They also include a lengthy list of museums, film studios, art schools, and other cultural centers.

IP TAKE: The Glick Foundation appears to offer modest grants to a wide range of organizations, primarily, but not exclusively, in the Indianapolis area. The foundation has no web presence, but arts organizations may find it worthwhile to reach out to the foundation's board.

PROFILE: When World War II drew to a close, GI Eugene Glick returned to his home state of Indiana, where he soon met his future wife and lifelong business partner, Marilyn Koffman. Together, the two co-founded the hugely successful home-construction firm Glick B. Company in 1947 and, in 1982, they established a philanthropic company offshoot that would carry both their names: the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation.

With the Glicks’ home-construction company providing the majority of its financing, the foundation grew into one of the largest private foundations in the state, with an asset base that now surpassed $142 million, and annual grant-giving that averaged $9 million to $10 million a year in recent years. Improving human life, in general, seems to have been this foundation’s guiding principle. Improving education opportunities, providing food and health care to the poor, and supporting recreational opportunities for youth are all causes that its grants have supported. Community cultural venues claimed an especially large share, however: The Glicks were steadfast benefactors of art schools, museums, film studios, and historical sites throughout their lives.

Neither is with us any longer. Marilyn Glick died in 2012, and her husband joined her a year later. And the foundation appears to have gone into a transitional phase with their passing, as its grant-giving underwent a freeze that remains in place to this day. The foundation is not currently accepting grant proposals at all, solicited or unsolicited, as such. But this is likely to change sooner or later. So we will keep an eye on this one.

The Glicks were very Indiana-centric with their giving, but grant seekers in Indianapolis in particular got the lion’s share of awards. They include the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, which once got a $3,000 award from the Glicks; the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which won $4,100 over several years; and the Indianapolis Art Center, which won an exceptionally big $1.33 million from the Glicks.

Music and movies also mattered to the Glicks. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra received $20,000 in funding over a two-year period; and Heartland Truly Moving Pictures Inc., a producer of film screenings and festivals, won a grant of $5,000.

Being in Indianapolis has not been a prerequisite for Glick funding, though. This foundation also once wrote a $1,000 check to the Art Education Association of Indiana, an arts nonprofit situated in the town of Crown Point; and it gave $500 to the Arts Council of Indiana, whose home base is Evansville.

You may have noticed that most of these grants are small. There’s an upside, however, and it’s that that once this foundation gives to an organization, it tends to keep on giving. It’s got a habit of making small but continuous financial “pledges.”A few examples: It has annually pledged $1,000 to the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana; $2,000 to the Indiana State Museum Foundation; another $2,000 yearly to the Indiana University Herron School of Art; and it made annual pledges of $500 apiece to the Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis and the Festival Music Society. And it has also supported organizations as far away as Southern California and Florida.

The Glick Fund is currently giving, but it only issues awards to organizations that it had previously invited to apply. Simple inquiries are not out of the question, however. You might consider sending a note to the funding team and hoping for a positive response.

KEY PEOPLE:

  • David O. Barrett, President, CEO and Vice Chair
  • Marianne Glick, Vice Chair and Director
  • Anita S. Smith, CFO, Treasurer and Director
  • James T. Bisesi, Secretary
  • Thomas J. Grande, CIO

CONTACT:

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Foundation Corporation
P.O. Box 40177
Indianapolis, IN 46240-0177
Telephone: (317) 469-5877