The Ross Foundation is a 501 (c)3 non profit organization in Indianapolis focused on improving the city's Far East side through youth programming, economic development, and community engagement. 


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The Indianapolis news media has captured many of our community efforts, over the years. In reflection, here are the highlights so far this year.

Far east side community rallies around vandalized grocery store

Feb 09, 2019


Restore A&I Variety Meats & Produce
Feb 09, 2019





From our Founder, Derris Ross:

I am extremely proud of the mothers in A Mother’s Cry, and a few of them are in this interview. A Mother’s Cry is a mother support group program under The Ross Foundation for mother’s that has lost a child to violence and has been in existence for 3 years. Why I am I so proud because over the last...


10 Major Events on the Far East Side of Indianapolis. Over 1000 individuals served on the Far East Side of Indianapolis

Here's a look at the community events we did in partnership with our many community partners in 2018. Great look at some of the impact we had in our community.

Far Eastside Community Clean Up Day

March 17, 2018 starting at 8925 E 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46226

Community effort to cleanup our far eastside community

5,000 Eggs...


The Indianapolis news media captured many of our community efforts in 2018 and early 2019. In reflection, here are some of the highlights (just the ones the news picked up). Stay tuned for a summary of ALL the community events we held in 2018.

Man hopes to change, improve east side neighborhood after recent crimes

Jan 23, 2018 


Community groups wo...


The Inspiring Places Award: This award is given to an institution, organization, or group of people that exemplify leadership, collaboration, and vision in their work to improve safety, housing, or beautification aspects of the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Previous awardees have included Fuller Legacy Build and its collaboration and work to revitalize the 1200 block of St. Paul Street, Ransom Place Neighborhood Association for envisioning a...


Community groups like the Ross Foundation have been working with the IMPD commander in the east district and the Indianapolis mayor's office to bring those numbers down in 2018... Derris Ross, who runs a nonprofit aimed at improving the quality of life on the east side, said he's seeing change."We had a community intervention with some of the young guys who are tied to some of the violence in our community," said Ross. "We had that talk where we worke...


READ THE FULL STORY HERE: https://100.uwci.org/100-heroes/2018/1/21/derris-ross 


The Ross Foundation would like to congratulate "Ace" and the Ace Project on winning the Rick Ross Changed Award at the 2017 TrailBlazer Awards! Read more here: http://www.wishtv.com/top-video/community-groups-work-to-reduce-east-side-crime/1096598004


On August 14th, Arborstone apartments was cut off from all water supply. Under pressure from community members and media outlets, management paid minimum amounts to restore Citizen Energy service. Ensuring that residents received necessary help, The Ross Foundation organized a community day to help residents in need of food, resources and a way out of what he and others have described as deplorable living conditions. The Christian Legal clinic provide...


Robinson currently runs All Uplifting Art. He says he only creates positive images. Little did Robinson know someone was watching. Derris Ross, founder of the Ross Foundation, spotted Robinson from a window. As he watched Robinson finish his creation, Ross had an idea. He wanted to take Robinson’s concept of murals and place them around challenged neighborhoods across the city.

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