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1704 Bellefontaine St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Our 5-Year Vision

Our Vision    |    Our Progress    |    Our Programs    |    Our Why

Our Vision

As an organization dedicated to advancing comprehensive community development, Intend Indiana has developed innovative financing and development solutions that:

Create and preserve affordable housing
Support neighborhood revitalization efforts
Foster small business development

Incorporated in 1987 to serve the near northside neighborhoods of Indianapolis, Intend has grown to provide community solutions across the state. As part of this growth, we are dedicated to being intentional and transparent with our goals and how they create opportunities for all.

Combined Philanthropy
$10 Million
$5 Million
Federal Grants
$20 Million
Leveraged Loans
$10 Million
Community Building and Engagement
Affordable Housing Development
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100 Outreach Events

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1000+ Hours of Capacity Building with Partners

25 New Partners

$25 Million Construction

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$20 Million Contracts with XBE’s

$10 Million Homebuyer Equity

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$15 Million Below-Market Rate Mortgages

$2 Million Loans to XBE Businesses

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5 Year Outcome
$50+ Million Direct Investment in Indianapolis Communities

Over the next five years, we want to invest $50 Million directly into Indianapolis communities by leveraging a mixture of philanthropic funds, Federal grants, and leveraged loans. The investment will directly support affordable housing development, below-market rate mortgages, and loans to XBE businesses.

In addition to supporting multiple homebuyers, small businesses, and contractors, we will engage even more deeply with the community through:

100 Outreach Events
1000+ Hours of Capacity Building with Partners
25 New Partnerships

Our Progress


in Philanthropic Funds ($)
in Federal Funds ($)
in Leveraged Loans ($)

Affordable Housing Development:

in Construction ($)
in Contracts with XBEs ($)
in Homebuyer Equity ($)

Community Building and Engagement:

Hours of Capacity Building Partners
Outreach Events
New Partnerships


in Below-Market Rate Mortgages ($)
in Loans to XBE Businesses ($)

Total Investment:

Direct Investment in Indianapolis Communities

Funding Milestones

  • March 2023: CDFI Fund awarded Build Fund a Federal grant of $510,000 for small business support and Edge Fund a Federal grant of $560,000 for affordable housing finance
  • March 2023: NeighborWorks awarded Intend $354,000 of nonrestricted funds for being an exemplary organization
  • TBD: PNC EQ2?

Our Programs

Small Business Lending

Build Fund, a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is a loan fund operated by Intend Indiana that connects small businesses to financing to create opportunities in the communities they serve.

Affordable Housing Lending

The Edge Fund, a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is a mission-driven lender that is focused on offering flexible financial products that create diverse and inclusive affordable housing opportunities across the housing spectrum.

Housing Development

The place you call home matters—where you live, how you live, in what you live. HomeMATTERs helps create opportunities to foster generational wealth by preserving and developing high-quality, affordable, and sustainable homes.

Renew Landbank
Vacant & Abandoned Properties

Renew Landbank returns vacant and blighted properties to productive use. The land bank is committed to helping people invest in revitalizing communities through an open, transparent, and straightforward process.

Our Partners


Our Why

Our mission is to advance comprehensive community development through innovative financing and development solutions that create and preserve affordable housing, support neighborhood revitalization efforts, and foster small business development. Intend Indiana envisions communities where quality of life, access to housing, and economic opportunities are not determined by race, socioeconomic background, or zip code. We envision communities that support impactful partnerships that increase access to opportunities in ways that are equitable and inclusive.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the foundations on which Intend Indiana is built. We commit to intentionally integrate these core values through our organizational culture as we define and implement internal and external strategic priorities. We will continue to develop and sustainably expand program services to underserved areas within and outside of Indianapolis. We will hold ourselves accountable by publicly sharing established metrics, maintaining a diverse and inclusive board and staff, and collaborating in meaningful partnerships.

Core Values


Openness, communication, and accountability


Honesty and strong adherence to our core values


Recognizing and acknowledging the experiences and viewpoints of others


Expanding access, especially for those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized


Developing creative approaches to how we address existing challenges

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