Brian Payne, Vice Chair

President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation and The Indianapolis Foundation


Brian Payne is president and chief executive officer of the $600 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation’s annual grantmaking has doubled to almost $50 million.

Under his direction, the CICF staff and board redefined the foundation’s business model and created clarity and focus on how best to accomplish the foundation’s mission to inspire, support, and practice philanthropy, leadership, and service in central Indiana. The foundation focuses on developing, attracting, and retaining highly educated, creative, entrepreneurial, and community-minded people. This focus is supported by three major initiatives: Family Success, College Readiness and Success, and Inspiring Places.

Payne is the founder and leader of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick. The Cultural Trail is a $63 million dollar, eight-mile, beautifully designed and landscaped pedestrian and bicycle pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports, and entertainment venue in Indianapolis’s dynamic downtown.