The Lushin Foundation was set up with a few specific objectives.
“We wanted to streamline our giving,” said Sarah Lushin, a foundation board member. “By streamlining we give donations that have more impact on the community, instead of sending out $200 here and $500 there in all these different areas.”
Lushin, a Carmel resident, said the Central Indiana Community Foundation helped the Lushin Foundation get off the ground three years ago.
“We went through a process of who are our beneficiaries going to be and why, and we chose two, law enforcement and senior citizens, or aging arena,” she said. “I’m at the age where I’m taking care of my mother and another board member, Jennifer Prickel’s mother, had passed away. So, our mothers were at the forefront of our thinking on this.”
The foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Noblesville-based Senior Citizens Organization, Inc.
Billie Caldwell, who retired as Noblesville town Trustee in 2014, serves as a board member at-large for the Senior Citizens Organization, a nonprofit with a mission to promote active, healthy lifestyles for seniors.
“We would like to use some of it for sprucing up the building so it will be more inviting, and we also need more tables and chairs,” Caldwell said. “We might also use it for more outdoor lighting and then other miscellaneous items that we haven’t been able to afford.”
Caldwell said other uses might include purchasing playing cards for euchre and bridge and for birthday dinners.
“They told us we are free to use it as needed,” Caldwell said.
The law enforcement portion was selected because Lushin’s husband, Paul Lushin, is a former police officer who is now a reserve officer for the Lawrence Police Dept.
“We are looking for people in those two areas that could use our support,” Sarah Lushin said. “Last year, we gave Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County $5,000.”
Paul Lushin is founder and CEO of Indianapolis-based Lushin Inc., a sales training and sales management company.
Amy Kavicky, Carmel, and Prickel, Indianapolis, are the other foundation’s board members. Kavicky’s husband, Brian Kavicky, and Prickel’s husband, Aaron Prickel, are principals at Lushin.
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