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

OVERVIEW: The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation makes small but continuous long-term commitments to all kinds of humanitarian causes within Indiana. Its grantees include housing programs, food banks, health-care initiatives, and the arts.

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: Eugene and Marilyn Glick made a fortune in real estate, 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. Its arts funding includes a lengthy list of museums, film studios, art schools, and other cultural centers.

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation is one of the largest private foundations in Indiana, with an asset base that surpasses $142 million, and annual grant-giving that averages $9 million to $10 million a year. The foundation’s guiding principle seems to be improving human life. Its grants support improving education opportunities, providing food and health care to the poor, and supporting recreational opportunities for youth. The Glicks were steadfast benefactors of art schools, museums, film studios, and historical sites throughout their lives.

The Glicks were very Indiana-centric with their grantmaking,and Indianapolis in particular was a priority. Past grantees 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 received $4,100 over several years; and the Indianapolis Art Center, which received an exceptionally big $1.33 million from the Glicks.

Being in Indianapolis is not a prerequisite for Glick funding, though. This foundation supports the Art Education Association of Indiana, an arts nonprofit situated in the town of Crown Point; and the Arts Council of Indiana, whose home base is Evansville.

Most grants are small and once this foundation gives to an organization, it tends to keep on giving. It makes small but continuous financial “pledges.” Past grantees include a $1,000 pledge 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 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 making grants, but it only issues awards to organizations that are previous recipients. Simple inquiries are not out of the question, however. Grant seekers might consider sending a note to the funding team and hoping for a positive response.

The foundation does not have a website and provides no clear guidelines for grant seekers.

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CONTACT:

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