To raise, manage, and distribute funds in support of charitable endeavors serving Indianapolis community needs with preference to the Mapleton-Fall Creek neighborhood.
TCSI was created as a tool to ensure that critical opportunities are not missed due to lack of human or financial resources. As a 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(3) exempt organization, TCSI was established in 2003 to push forward important community initiatives including but not exclusively to Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. Utilizing capacity and connections to raise over two million dollars in the last eight years, TCSI representatives back community initiatives by helping nonprofits with fund development and project management services.
Our History, Our Future
Just north of Downtown Indianapolis sits an uncommon sight: an NFL-caliber athletic field abutting a modified fifteenth century Gothic-style church. Here, a well-worn path leads inner-city youth to a safe, fun space to let off steam. The grounds of Tabernacle Presbyterian Church (Tab) have joyfully engaged and served those that share its urban "backyard" for nearly 100 years. Through its recreation and sports ministry, Tab Recreation has served as fertile soil for over 100,000 future business, political, and community leaders as well as a launching pad for future collegiate and professional athletes. For 92 years, youth have met up with friends, teammates, coaches, mentors, and volunteers on the court, track, and field to learn life and sport fundamentals.
Considered among many as a model of modern urban youth programming, Tab Recreation has a merited reputation of inclusivity in terms of gender, race, income, and faith. Unique among faith-based youth programs, Tab Recreation intentionally blends its service to the youth of the Church with the youth of the surrounding community. For these two groups who might otherwise not interact, the program provides a safe space to play, socialize, and build empathy for each other's experiences. Sustained by the church, led by full-time staff, and fueled by community and member volunteers, six co-ed team sports are offered annually including basketball, track and field, wrestling, cheerleading, football, and soccer.
Tab's Backyard: Community Demographics
Families come from the neighborhood and all over the city to play on Tab's field and in the gym. In addition to Tab Recreation programming, the field is a community field and is heavily utilized by local schools and organizations. As youth violence increases in neighborhoods abutting Tab, youth find a safe haven here. As George Hill, former Indiana Pacer and Tab Rec alumni, describes it, Tab is a refuge "where they don't have to worry about what's going on in the outside world or the violence." Tab's geography in the heart of the city is no accident. The church recommitted fifty-one years ago to stay at 34th and Central to serve the heart of the city and this mission-driven legacy survives today in Tab's community programs. And Tab's not done. A vision is unfolding where even more of our kids can bloom where they are planted. We encourage you to click the button below to learn more.