We are working tirelessly to support our community, our children, families, teachers and staff in this unprecedented time.

Thank you for being a partner we can count on – especially on a day none of us could have planned. Your gift will make an immediate impact, and we are humbled by your generosity.

Why Choose

Early Childhood Education?


Women were unable to go to work because they lacked safe and affordable care for their children. But a group of women had a radical idea: to create what would become Indianapolis’s first child care center. They worked tirelessly, outfitting a one-room center near Monument Circle, charging families just five cents for care, and making it all possible with tireless fundraising.

Thanks to our founders and philanthropic citizens like you, Early Learning Indiana has grown significantly from these modest beginnings. Today, we operate nine early learning centers serving nearly 1,000 children each year, provide access for those least able to afford care, and advocate for high-quality early childhood education across Indiana.

The Challenge Today

Early childhood education occupies a unique place in our communities – it allows our children, families and economy to thrive. With 85% of a child’s capacity to learn is developed by the age of 5, early learning is linked to lower incidence of grade repetition, higher graduation rates and improved self-sufficiency, among other positive benefits.

Your gift helps our littlest learners get the most promising start while ensuring their families can work – making Indiana a stellar place to live and work.

Are you ready to make a your gift?

Where Your Dollars Go


Operate a network of community-based lab schools, advancing the science of early learning, training the next generation of teachers and instilling essential skills in young children.

Serve as an expert partner, enabling early learning providers to build capacity, transform operations and improve outcomes.

A leading voice in the conversation about the future of early learning and its role in helping to solve K-12 and workforce challenges.

Planned Gifts | The Next Century Society

Leave a lasting legacy by ensuring children will have access to the best early childhood education well into the future. Learn more about our Next Century Society.

Thank you for considering joining our lifetime giving society, the Next Century Society, with a planned gift to Early Learning Indiana. The Next Century Society recognizes and honors extraordinary individuals whose estate gifts will educate young Hoosier children for generations to come. You can become part of this visionary group simply by making a planned gift to Early Learning Indiana. Membership involves no dues or obligations of any kind, and membership information is never shared with other organizations. We periodically hold special events for the Next Century Society members. Members who have given their permission may be recognized from time to time in our publications.

What is a planned gift?

A planned gift is a gift that is planned now to be given at a later time. Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than disposable income.

How do I make a planned gift?
  • Most planned gifts are made in the form of a bequest in a will. Giving through your will or trust offers a way to support ELI’s mission for generations while meeting your current financial needs.
  • Income gifts allow you to make a gift and receive income back for you or a loved one. There are several ways to accomplish this tailored to your personal goals.
  • Other creative gift plans provide opportunities to transfer ownership of your home, farm or other treasured asset to ensure your dream of helping Indy youth is met.
What if I have already included Early Learning Indiana in your estate plans?

Please let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity, make sure the purpose of your gift is understood, and include you as a member of the Next Century Society. To join, please contact Heather Pease at 317-636-9197 x 340 or by email at heatherp@earlylearningindiana.org.

All planned gifts made to Early Learning Indiana will go into our endowment, which will allow your gift of education to grow and support ELI in perpetuity.  We encourage you to talk to your financial advisor about what is right for you. If you have any questions, please contact the advancement department at 317-636.9197 x 340.

Planned Gifts | Donor Advised Fund

What is a donor advised fund?

A donor advised fund is an increasingly popular giving program that allows you to combine favorable tax benefits with flexibility to easily support Early Learning Indiana.

Recommend a Gift to Early Learning Indiana

Recommend a gift to Early Learning Indiana through your donor advised fund using DAF Direct. Simply choose your DAF’s sponsoring organization, enter the amount you wish to donate from your fund, and click next to complete your recommendation.

If you have any questions about giving to Early Learning Indiana through your donor-advised fund, please reach out to Emily Nelson at emilyn@earlylearningindiana.org.

Other ways to give

Without spending an extra penny, you can make a difference and help Early Learning Indiana every time you shop on Amazon.

With every eligible purchase you make, the Amazon Smile program will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Early Learning Indiana. Search “Early Learning Indiana” on smile.amazon.com to select our organization as your nonprofit of choice.

Shop at Kroger and donate back to Early Learning Indiana! Just follow these quick steps:

  • Enroll your Kroger Plus Card or sign up for a new card online. (If you have a card but have never logged in online, you can attach your current Kroger Plus Card number to a new account.)
  • Search for Early Learning Indiana, and choose ‘enroll’ to attach it to your card.

ELI will earn rewards each time you shop with your Kroger Plus Card!