Give now to help transform lives and communities like New Albany

For more than 20 years, Pam Peters has been researching Floyd County’s Underground Railroad and African-American history, driven by a personal interest and a desire to learn more about the area’s buried past. With the support of an Indiana Humanities grant in 1998 for $2,500, awarded via the Carnegie Center for Art and History, she was able to dig more deeply into historical records—and what she uncovered has transformed her community.

That $2,500 grant led to the publication of a book, which in turn led to a permanent exhibit at the Carnegie Center. In the 20 years that have followed, community interest—and pride—in Floyd County’s African-American history has surged. Most recently, the Friends of the Town Clock Church raised funds to replace the steeple of New Albany’s Second Baptist Church, more than 100 years after the steeple was struck by lightning. The church was a part of the Underground Railroad and served as a safe haven for runaway slaves, but its condition had been deteriorating until a renewed interest in its history brought it back to life.

Pam’s research has also led to local historical markers, the Carnegie Center receiving National Park Service designation as a Network to Freedom site, and another grant to the Friends of The Town Clock Church to tell Second Baptist’s history and celebrate New Albany’s African-American heritage. And much of it is the result of that $2,500 grant.

What if no one were here to help serve as the impetus behind this kind of humanities-based research and programming? What if curious citizens like Pam didn’t have resources to help tell their communities’ stories? What if New Albany’s buried past were lost to history?

Indiana Humanities is here to make sure that doesn’t happen. We’re here to help use the power of the humanities—which include history and our shared cultural heritage, but also literature, poetry, philosophy and more—to transform lives and communities, just as they’ve done for Pam and New Albany.

You can help us transform lives and communities by providing more places and more people with access to the humanities. Please give today.

When donors like you support the humanities, it makes us all stronger—just like in New Albany. Please help us provide more communities with grant funds, innovative program opportunities and catalytic conversations in 2018.

Patron Levels (Individuals)

Become an Indiana Humanities patron by giving $50 or more and you’ll receive the following benefits:

(IN): $50
  • Early access to programs
  • The Indiana Chant poster
  • Monthly e-newsletter
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(IN)spire: $100
  • Early access to programs
  • The Indiana Chant poster
  • Discount to Indiana Humanities events
  • Humanities magazine subscription (4 issues/year)
  • Monthly e-newsletter
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(IN)gage: $250
  • Early access to programs
  • The Indiana Chant poster
  • Discount to Indiana Humanities events
  • Autographed copy of Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest
  • Humanities magazine subscription (4 issues/year)
  • Monthly e-newsletter
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(IN)novate: $500
  • Early access to programs
  • The Indiana Chant poster
  • Discount to Indiana Humanities events
  • Autographed copy of Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest
  • Humanities magazine subscriptions(4 issues/year)
  • VIP reception access before Indiana Humanities programs
  • Monthly e-newsletter
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MEREDITH NICHOLSON SOCIETY: $1000
  • Early access to programs
  • The Indiana Chant poster
  • Discount to Indiana Humanities events
  • Autographed copy of Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest
  • Humanities magazine subscription (4 issues/year)
  • Monthly e-newsletter
  • Society member reception access before Indiana Humanities programs
  • Special monthly letter from the president and CEO
  • Annual society member event
  • Invitation to Meredith Nicholson Society gatherings
  • Recognition on Indiana Humanities website as a member of the Meredith Nicholson Society
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INDIANA HUMANITIES IMPACT

Indiana Humanities is uniquely situated to deliver programs that celebrate history, literature, world culture and civic education to Hoosiers across the state. By supporting Indiana Humanities you can ensure Hoosiers have access to free, public programs dedicated to encouraging critical thinking and discussion.

Here’s how your contribution can make a difference:

  • Your support will provide more books to schools and financial support to small museums and libraries.
  • Your support will connect more Hoosiers to our communities, our state and each other.
  • Your support will encourage Hoosiers to learn about our legacy and envision our future.

 

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CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

Is your company or organization looking for unique programming opportunities for employees or clients? Team up with Indiana Humanities as a corporate member. Corporate membership benefits includes tickets to events, VIP opportunities, Indiana Humanities-designed programs and more.

Planned Giving
At Indiana Humanities, we believe that the public humanities have the power to create a positive and sustainable impact on our communities. We consider the work we do to be an investment our state, and we invite you to join us by including us in your planned giving. When you designate Indiana Humanities as a beneficiary, you’ll help us to carry out our mission in the years to come, ensuring that future generations of Hoosiers continue to think, read and talk and that Indiana remains a vital and vibrant place to live.
 
You can choose to support Indiana Humanities through a number of planned-giving tools:
  • The most common form of planned giving is a charitable bequest, which is as simple as including the following language in your will: “I give, devise and bequeath ________________ [describe the dollar amount, property to be giving or proportion of your residuary estate] to the Indiana Humanities Council (dba Indiana Humanities), a nonprofit corporation located in Indiana.”
  • Another easy option is to name the Indiana Humanities Council (dba Indiana Humanities) as a beneficiary of your retirement fund or life insurance policy. Your broker or insurance agent can provide you with the necessary forms.
  • You can also make gifts through charitable gift annuitiescharitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts
We’re glad to explore with you the various options for including Indiana Humanities in your planned giving. To learn more, contact George Hanlin at 317.616.9784 or ghanlin@indianahumanities.org.
questions?

Questions? Contact Kristen Fuhs Wells, Vice President, at 317.616.9407 or kwells@indianahumanities.org.