Central Indiana Youth Deserve Better.


We feel a responsibility to actively participate in our community
to enhance the lives of at-risk youth and their families.

  • Every Child
    Has a Dream

    The Arthur Dean Family Foundation opens doors to resources that make dreams attainable.

  • We Are Interested in Solutions

    Through involvement and accountability, we work alongside organizations  focused on making a real difference.

  • Success Starts with a Good Foundation

    We are committed to empowering youth to discover their potential and find the educational path of their choice.

  • The Past Does Not Dictate the Future

    It’s a big world out there, and we believe anyone can achieve great things regardless of their current situation.

The Mission To improve the lives of Central Indiana youth and their families through increased awareness, service and accountability.


The Vision To provide the foundational resources Central Indiana youth need for a lifetime of success.

We envision a society where we all do our part to educate and provide for those in who need it the most. Our efforts start with children of all ages, but we believe supporting the entire family is essential to making the most impact.

Our Core Values

Our core values are rooted in a deep desire to provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise realize their ability to make dreams a reality for both children and their families as well as entire communities.

Our values include the following:

  • Utilizing empathy, honesty and mutual respect among grantmakers and grantees

  • Demonstrating inclusiveness and equal opportunity in the communities we serve

  • Providing aid to programs that benefit children and their families in Central Indiana

  • Setting a standard for the responsible use of charitable assets so that we can be a resource to children and their families for generations to come

  • Believing in the value of high-quality education and supporting youth through the educational path of their choice

  • Opening our community’s eyes to the issues that our youth face in today’s world while taking an active role toward change

  • Showing at-risk youth that their dreams are worthy and attainable