Donors

Ann and Lyman H. Bond

The museum’s Carousel and its care are dedicated to the memory of Ann Bond. Lyman and Ann Bond’s long and supportive relationship with The Children’s Museum began with Ann’s selection as a member of the Children’s Museum Guild in the...

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Frank and Theresa Caplan

In 1985, Frank and Theresa Caplan, owners of the toy company Creative Playthings, gave The Children’s Museum their collection of over 50,000 toys collected over a period of 20 years from all over the world, establishing the Caplan Collection of...

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The Children’s Museum Guild

In 2013 The Children’s Museum Guild celebrates its 50 th Anniversary Haunted House. Established in 1933, the Children’s Museum Guild has supported The Children’s Museum for 80 years with extraordinary volunteer and fund development efforts. The Guild’s most significant initiative...

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Dow AgroSciences

Dow AgroSciences and its parent company, Dow Chemical Company, have generously supported the museum since 1991, with a recent emphasis on extraordinary support of the museum’s science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) initiatives. Through a $500,000 endowment gift...

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Efroymson Family Fund

The Efroymson Family has given generously to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, including support for the Ruby Bridges history path in The Power of Children exhibit. The Efroymson family has generously supported The Children’s Museum since 1983, with gifts designated...

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Enid Goodrich

Perhaps it was the nurse in her that made Enid (Smith) Goodrich (1903–1996) such a generous spirit. An Indianapolis native, Enid Smith received a resident nursing degree from the city’s St. Vincent Hospital, as well as a bachelor’s degree from...

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Polly Horton Hix

Volunteers from the Museum Apprentice Program work on a fossil in the Polly H. Hix Paleo Prep Lab. A generous supporter of The Children’s Museum since 1983, Polly Horton Hix has made an indelible difference in the life of the...

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Scott A. Jones

Scott Jones is one of today’s most compelling technology entrepreneurs, having cofounded his first company, Boston Technology, at age 25 where he served as chairman and chief scientist. He owns patents for technologies that enable telephone companies worldwide to offer...

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Eli Lilly and Company

Among its many generous gifts to the museum, Eli Lilly and Company supported the creation of National Geographic Treasures of the Earth , which opened in 2011. A fixture in the Indianapolis corporate philanthropic community, Eli Lilly and Company has...

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Eli and Ruth Lilly

The Children’s Museum was fortunate to count among its early benefactors Eli Lilly (1885–1977). Named for his grandfather, Colonel Eli Lilly, founder of the pharmaceutical manufacturing firm Eli Lilly and Company, Inc., Lilly was a trained pharmacist who used what...

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Miss Ruth Lilly

Ruth Lilly made many generous gifts to The Children’s Museum, including support fpr the Take Me There gallery, which is home to series of exhibits focused on daily life in a foreign country. Pictures here is the Coffee House from...

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Lilly Endowment Inc.

Lilly Endowment, Inc. has been an extraordinary supporter of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, including a $15 million gift for construction of Dinosphere®: Now You’re in Their World. Josiah “J. K.” Lilly Sr. and his sons J. K. Lilly Jr...

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The Marmon Family

Stephen and Jane Marmon have continued Margo Marmon’s support of the museum, contributing to the creation of experiences like Take Me There: Egypt . The Marmon family’s gifts in support of The Children’s Museum run both long and deep. Margaret...

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Yvonne Shaheen

Yvonne Shaheen is an extraordinarily generous philanthropist to The Children’s Museum and a variety of other arts, educational, and other nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis. There are few, if any, major nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis that she has not served in...

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Bren and Melvin Simon

A gift of Bren and Mel Simon in memory of their son, the Max Simon Comic Book Collection was the basis for the 2008 exhibit Comic Book Heroes . Bren and Mel Simon’s support of The Children’s Museum centered primarily...

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Deborah J. Simon

Since 2004, Deborah Simon’s support of The Power of Children Awards has enabled the museum to identify and honor middle- and high-school youths who make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities. As of 2012, 38...

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Richard D. and Billie Lou Wood

Fireworks of Glass was made possible, in part, through the generosity of Richard and Billie Lou Wood. Richard (“Dick”) and Billie Lou Wood have generously supported The Children’s Museum with both their time and treasure for more than 40 years...

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More Transformational Donors

Arts Council of Indianapolis As the organization that administers and distributes arts funding from the City of Indianapolis and the Capital Improvement Board, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has generously supported The Children’s Museum with annual arts-related grants totaling more...

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