Foundation Support

Grants from a wide variety of private, public, family, corporate foundations, and other giving institutions is essential to the sustainability of WFYI Public Media. This strong tradition of philanthropic support is a clear indication of the community's passion for WFYI programs and services.

Some of our current foundation partners include:

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting              
  • State of Indiana                                                          
  • Christel DeHaan Family Foundation              
  • Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation        
  • Lilly Endowment, Inc.                                              
  • Albert G. and Sarah I. Reuben Memorial Fund
  • Central Indiana Community Foundation        
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust                      
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation                    
  • Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation                  
  • Arts Council of Indianapolis
  • Lumina Foundation for Education
  • PNC Foundation
  • Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation
  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation 
  • The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Indianapolis Foundation                  



Is WFYI a 501(c)3 non-profit organization?

Yes!  Our call letters are WFYI, but our legal name is Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Media, Inc, which is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our federal EIN is 35-1147600. We are an active participant in Guidestar (, and you can find more public information about WFYI—including our latest IRS Form 990 filings—on that site. You can also email the Office of Donor Engagement with any questions.

Can I restrict my grant to a specific WFYI project?

Yes, WFYI welcomes grant support for specific projects. Current examples of grant-funded projects include The American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen, a community engagement initiative, and Indiana Expeditions with Rick Crosslin, a WFYI Productions program focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education. Unrestricted support (or "operating support") grants are always appreciated, as WFYI can direct those funds where they are needed most.  We work closely with many partners who share our vision.  Please contact us to discuss current and future projects that may fit with your foundation’s mission and guidelines.

Can my organization/foundation grants be anonymous?

Yes, grant recognition for general operating support can be made anonymously if desired. Grants to support specific television and radio programs are subject to funding disclosure guidelines set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Public Broadcasting System (PBS), and National Public Radio (NPR).

Is WFYI interested in partnering with other non-profits on combined grant requests?

Absolutely! "Collective impact" is a key philosophy at WFYI, and we welcome opportunities to discuss ways we can better serve the community together.

Contact us to learn more, or call (317) 614-0475.