Largest Grants Awarded

Since its establishment in 1986, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded more than $260 million in grants. Below you will find information on the Foundation’s largest single grants, largest cumulative grants and largest grant initiatives, reflecting historical as well as current funding priorities. Please note the Foundation’s current focus areas are Education, Health and the Vitality of Indianapolis.

You may access the database of all grants awarded by the Foundation since its establishment by visiting the Grants Awarded page.

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Rank Organization Project Description Grant Amount Year Awarded
1 Indiana University, The Trustees of Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI $20,000,000 2009
2 Butler University Expansion of Sciences Capital Project $13,000,000 2013 & 2019
3 Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art) Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park Operating Endowment $11,000,000 2006
4 Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art) Art and Infrastructure Improvements for Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park $10,000,000 2018
5 The Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities Population Based Longitudinal Health Studies $9,000,000 2005
6 Eskenazi Health Foundation New Eskenazi Hospital $6,000,000 2009
6 Indiana University School of Medicine Fairbanks Hall: IU/Clarian Education and Resource Center $6,000,000 2001
8 IU Health Foundation (formerly Methodist Health Foundation) Endowment Funding for the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics $5,400,000 2007
9 Butler University Fairbanks Scientific Infrastructure Fund at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences $5,300,000 2007
10 Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine Operating Gap Funding $5,000,000 2012
Rank Organization Grant Year Span Cumulative Amount
1 Indiana University 1994-2021 $35,403,151
2 Newfields (formerly Indianapolis Museum of Art) 2001-2028 $25,000,000
3 Butler University 1999-2027 $24,315,000
4 The Mind Trust 2007-2022 $17,219,019
5 Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Foundation 2003-2022 $16,707,252
6 Eskenazi Health Foundation 2000-2018 $13,466,463
7 Learning Well 2005-2013 $9,372,691
8 The Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities 2005-2014 $9,000,000
9 IU Health Foundation (formerly Methodist Health Foundation) 1993-2021 $8,813,670
10 Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana Campus 2003-2022 $8,114,558
Rank Grant Initiative Total Amount Awarded
1 Public Health Infrastructure $33,523,552
2 Health Care Safety Net System Infrastructure $22,505,670
3 Education Ecosystem Enablers $19,730,218
4 School Based Health $13,931,235
5 School Leader / Teacher Talent $13,711,845
6 Life Sciences $13,498,752
7 Prevention Matters $12,000,000
8 Small Grants / Charitable Grants $9,747,075
9 Healthcare Workforce $8,156,741
10 Education Systems Reform & Modern Youth Apprenticeships $6,044,443
11 K-12 e-Learning $1,000,000