- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2018)
- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2013)
The Herbert Simon Family Foundation has generously supported the IU community. In 2012, the Foundation donated a critical gift to the Herron's Master of Art Therapy Program. This gift to Herron from the Herbert Simon Family Foundation demonstrated its commitment to and support of the Art Therapy program at a crucial time in its early development. The Foundation continues to donate to the IU community, notably with a 2014 grant to The Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy. The grant funded the Center to study the gap in civics education available to students in wealthy and poor neighborhoods. The foundation's philanthropy promotes social justice in the areas of arts and culture; basic human needs; education; the environment, including animal welfare; and healthy living.
As an example of the Simon Foundation work, in March 2016 the foundation and the Pacers Foundation joined ranks to fulfill the wish lists of educators across Indiana by paying for 824 classroom projects, including books, iPads, microscopes, headphones and field trips to the zoo. In 2017, the Simon foundation provided resource support for students at Christel House DORS, an adult high school for students working to complete a high school diploma.