Holy CrossNeighborhood Foundation

About the Neighborhood Foundation

The purpose of the Holy Cross Foundation is to serve the good and quality of the Holy Cross Neighborhood. Projects have included the Traffic Signal Box (TSB) project in conjunction with Arsenal Tech HS and the City Arts Council, neighborhood signage for homes and IPL light poles throughout the area, park grills, tables, benches and beautification of the Sturm Esplanade and, currently funding the gateway sign on New York and Highland (in process). All neighbors are encouraged to suggest ideas for future enhancement.

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Foundation History

In 1991 the Arsenal Heights Civic League was formed to create a boundary in the southeast quadrant of what was just developing as the Holy Cross Neighborhood. The Civic League was established to included 501(c)(3) tax exempt status which allows charitable donations to be a tax write off, and tax exempt for purchase.

As the Holy Cross Neighborhood was progressing with active members, it eventually became clear that the two strengths of the areas should mesh. Arsenal Heights merged with Holy Cross in 2016. The inclusion of the two enhanced both areas. Volunteers were more abundant for neighborhood cleanups for the expanded area and the Arsenal Heights 501(c)(3) was shared with HCN. To lessen the confusion of the two groups that are now one for the same cause, the name of the 501(c)(3) was changed from Arsenal Heights to the Holy Cross Neighborhood Foundation.


Since the inclusion, the Foundation has flourished under the HCNA. Aside from pursuing local grants for funding specific projects, the Foundation also relies on fundraisers which include local businesses, gatherings formed by the HCNA and of course donations from friends and neighbors. Amazon Smile also contributes 5% of every purchase directed toward the Holy Cross Neighborhood Foundation.

Donations can be made payable to the HCNF and mailed to:
Duane Van Laningham,
464 N. Arsenal Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46201

Foundation Board of Directors

Of the six Foundation Board of Directors, two are appointed by the HCNA officers and four are voted by the general neighborhood population. Any Neighborhood member is free to run for appointment or election. Foundation Board members, once established, vote to appoint officers within.

Current Board members are:

Duane Van Laningham, president
Sinclair Williams, vice president
Renee O’Sullivan, secretary
Deana Perry, treasurer
Megan May
Thérèse Reckley