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Elements Cares Committee Announces Annual Grants to Local Community

Elements Financial is committed to giving a portion of our annual net income back to nonprofit organizations that serve the Central Indiana community. Each year, our Elements Cares Committee reviews grant submissions through a partnership with the Central Indiana Community Foundation to select charities that align with our company values.  

Once all the potential charities are selected, the members of Elements Cares host an event called “Pitch Fest,” where representatives from each organization are invited to give 10-minute presentations “pitching” a specific project that needs funding.

At the end of the 2023 Pitchfest, the committee gifted 7 organizations a total of $60,000.

At Elements, it’s important for us to give back to the community where we live and work.

- Matthew Snively, chair of the Elements Cares Committee

Congratulations to the following 2023 grant recipients!

$20,000 | Pretty Passionate Hands 

Pretty Passionate Hands supports teen mothers and fathers with little to no adult supervision or support. This donation helps to provide education, medical services, housing, employment, legal advice, mental health counseling, healthy relationship counseling, and access to daily essential needs through mentorship and guidance. 

$10,000 | The Chris Center

The Chris Center’s mission is to improve mental wellness for Indianapolis teens and pre-teens through guided education and experiences. This donation will aid in their innovative nature-based and animal-assisted experiences that empower young people to manage their own mental wellness.  

$10,000 | Jameson Camp 

The Jameson Camp is dedicated to empowering young people and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to become successful leaders. This donation will aid in their year-round, onsite activities that build up the future leaders’ hands-on experience, problem-solving skills, and self-confidence.  

$5,000 | Ian Smith Foundation 

The Ian Smith Foundation works to inspire underserved youth in Indiana to pursue a path toward higher education. This donation will aid in addressing Black and Hispanic underrepresentation in the Agriculture and STEM industries through creating awareness, bridging gaps, and inspiring youth to pursue higher education and careers in those fields. 

$5,000 | Growing Places Indy 

Growing Places Indy empowers people to cultivate individual, family, and community wellness through agriculture, access to fresh local foods, and mind-body education. This donation will aid in maintaining their micro-farm sites that provide local farmers markets with produce, the Eat Well Program that triples EBT food stamp value, free yoga classes with donations that go to the EBT tripling, free cooking classes, and other free or value experiences for our community. 

$5,000 | Brightlane Learning

Brightlane Learning works to end cycles of poverty by providing academic intervention programs to bridge the gap between unhoused students and their stably-housed peers. This donation will aid in implementation of curriculum, activities, and in-person training for volunteers, all in the effort to improve the quality of service they provide to families and students. 

$5,000 | Linwood Christian Food Pantry 

The Linwood Christian Food Pantry serves 50-75 people each week who live between Washington Street and 21st Street and Rural to Emerson Avenue. This donation will aid in providing food and basic health hygiene items. 

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