Nancy Irsay was profiled by Indianapolis Woman Magazine in 2000 for a story on philanthropic women in the community. In that story Nancy Irsay credited her late husband, Robert Irsay for being a major force in her involvement with Indianapolis charities."That's the reason I renamed the pavilion at my home ...in his honor," she said. "Bob loved Indianapolis ."
For the Indianapolis Department Horse Patrol Association, Inc., Nancy personally raised $150,000 to build a downtown stabling facility from corporate sponsorship.
Nancy Irsay does many things to help her community. Blessed with a boundless supply of determination and creative vision, as well as an innate desire to help people, Nancy Irsay is a woman with a mission. A nationally known philanthropist, fundraiser and activist on behalf of children, health, education, the arts and community issues, she has nurtured a life-long passion for horses and all things equestrian. She also has extensive experience in corporate business, fundraising and community affairs.
Nancy Irsay is motivated to support those causes with which she can identify or which strike and emotional chord. "I tend to become involved in something I can have an emotional involvement with... You want to help the things you care about."
Nancy Irsay suggests other women focus their philanthropic activities on a few charities that are important to them. "Help the things you care about and try to be as focused as possible about the things you are involved in. Give a lot of attention and as much money as you can to those organizations."
Nancy Irsay looks forward to other opportunities where she can use her acquired business acumen and philanthropic experience to continue her mission - making her community a better place to live.