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 than $3.7 million since 1991.

Frances T. Brown

Frances T. Brown generously supported annual operations of The Children’s Museum during her lifetime and, through her estate, continued to provide generous gifts in support of the museum’s endowment and capital priorities from 1991 through 2009.

Central Indiana Community Foundation

The Central Indiana Community Foundation and its affiliate, the Indianapolis Foundation, along with the many funds and foundations it manages, has generously supported The Children’s Museum with grants to both annual and capital projects, ranging from the museum’s first-ever campaign, The Challenge Campaign in 1973–74, to StarPoint Summer Youth Camp, to The Power of Children exhibit.

Allen Whitehill Clowes and The Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Both during his lifetime and through his namesake foundation after he passed, Allen Whitehill Clowes has generously supported the museum since 1980 with gifts and grants totaling over $2 million in support of projects ranging from the You Can Build a Mind Campaign (1986), to the CineDome (1995), to an Environmental Sustainability Initiative in 2009.

JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.

With gifts and grants to The Children’s Museum dating back to 1978 totaling nearly $1.1 million, Chase has supported various museum initiatives over the years, including most recently The Power of Children, Jolly Days seasonal programming, and the museum’s neighborhood initiatives in partnership with the Local Initiative Support Corporation and the Summer Youth Program Fund.

Lew and LuAnn Derrickson

Lew and LuAnn Derrickson generously supported the CineDome initiative at The Children’s Museum through a $1 million pledge in support of the creation of that new space in 1996.

W. K. Kellogg Foundation

With grant support totaling in excess of $1.3 million since 1986, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has been instrumental in the success of various initiatives at The Children’s Museum. The most significant among those initiatives was the creation of infoZone (initially called Rex’s Lending Center), the only public library housed in a museum in the United States.

Krannert Charitable Trust

The Krannert Charitable Trust was an active and generous supporter of The Children’s Museum through the 1970s and 1980s, contributing $2.65 million to various projects, including the construction of the 1976 building at the corner of 30th and Meridian streets, the Passport to the World and Mysteries in History exhibits, and the “You Can Build a Mind” Campaign.

The Kresge Foundation

The Kresge Foundation’s initial grant to The Children’s Museum was in the amount of $450,000 to the You Can Build a Mind Campaign in 1989. More recently, the Kresge Foundation provided a $1.5 million challenge grant to assist the museum in successfully completing the Power of Children Campaign, the largest such grant ever awarded by Kresge to an Indiana nonprofit.

National Science Foundation

As its name would suggest, the National Science Foundation’s support of The Children’s Museum has centered on science-related exhibits, with grants totaling $1.9 million in support of the museum’s creation of the ScienceWorks in 1995 and the Bones: An Exhibit Inside You in 2001.

Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation

The Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation boasts a long and generous history of grant support to The Children’s Museum, with grants totaling just under $2 million since 1973 in support of projects ranging from the construction of the CineDome to the creation of infoZone, the only public library inside a museum in the United States.

Simon Property Group, Inc.

The Simon Property Group has generously supported The Children’s Museum for over 30 years with gifts totaling nearly $1.4 million in support of the Secret Lives of Teddies exhibit (about Teddy Bears) (1983), The Art of the Muppets (1986), and SpaceQuest® Planetarium

William R. Spurlock

William Spurlock generously supported The Children’s Museum over a period of 15 years in the 1980s and 1990s, contributing a total of $2.35 million in support of the “You Can Build a Mind” Campaign and to an endowment for the ScienceWorks gallery.

U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services

The primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums, the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services has generously provided grant support totaling approximately $2 million since 1978 in support of a variety of capital and exhibit priorities.