INDIANAPOLIS CULTURAL TRAIL: A LEGACY OF GENE AND MARILYN GLICK - An eight-mile pedestrian and bicycle urban trail that is the central hub and connector of over 40 miles of greenway trails in Central Indiana. Bigger, bolder, and more beautiful than any other urban trail in the world, it provides Indianapolis with a more multi-modal, healthy, and easily-navigated cultural lifestyle.
37 PLACE - A new community center concept with neighbor-led services in the historically-fractured Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood. The multi-generational programming at the Center will reach thousands ofresidents annually preparing children for school, creating an educated workforce, and stimulating a viable economyin this deserving area.
COXHALL GARDENS - A 125-acre “oasis in a sea of homes” with wide public access and a signature centerpiece of Hamilton County, preserving idyllic green space. The bell carillons, children’s garden, amphitheater, and recreation lake continue to expand and allow 100,000’s of people each year to enjoy the great outdoors. Legacy Fund for Hamilton County facilitated the original gift of land and a maintenance endowment for the Hamilton County Parks Department.
CENTERS FOR WORKING FAMILIES - Six community centers in Indianapolis deploy “wrap-around” services to disadvantaged, yet motivated, families to build their assets and help guide them on a path to economic self-sufficiency. This data-driven, comprehensive approach is a national model developed in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), and in the next three years will bring over 600 families out of generational poverty.
GRAMEEN INDIANAPOLIS - The famous and proven international microfinance model, which earned its founder Muhammad Yunus and his organization the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, arrived in Indianapolis in May 2011 – only the third city in North America to have a Grameen branch. In five years, an estimated 3,400 women and their families will be given the opportunity to create businesses and begin the ascent out of poverty with loans ranging between $800-1,500.
CEO’S FOR CITIES/LIVABILITY CHALLENGE - This “civic lab” works to advance great cities in America, asked CICF to host its national Livability Challenge. The three-day event brought 10 national urban planning experts to work with a local network of cultural entrepreneurs to identify concepts and projects that provide “access to art, nature, and beauty everyday for everybody.” The Monument Circle International Idea Competition and the potential for an International Cultural District at W. 38th/Lafayette Square were among the results.
TALENT DIVIDEND - Another theory of CEO’s for Cities being deployed in Central Indiana to increase the adult population with four-year college degrees from the current level of 32% to 33%. This modest 1% increase of highly educated citizens will provide a $1.3 billion annual economic dividend to the region.This is close to the annual payroll of Eli Lilly and Company’s Central Indiana operations. Attraction, retention and development of creative, educated human capital are key to our community’s viability.
21ST CENTURY SCHOLAR ENROLLMENT - The first step toward creating a college going culture among low-income families is to introduce them to this State “scholarship” program. Only 39% of Indianapolis Public Schools qualifying 8th graders were signing up for the 21st Century Scholarship program. Through a collaboration led by CICF, IPS teachers, counselors and principals increased the enrollment percentage to 60% in six weeks in 2010. Our ultimate goal is to reach a 90% enrollment rate.
COLLEGE SUCCESS IN DECATUR AND WARREN TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS - In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education, this pilot program brings proven approaches from not-for-profit organizations to the students in these two ambitious districts. CICF grants and convening will provide a unified, site-based delivery system of college mentoring, leadership development, SAT/ACT and FAFSA preparation and other established methods to prepare 500 students for college entry and success at achieving a post-secondary degree.
SNAP - Incubated by Legacy Fund for Hamilton County, this student, parent, school and police collaboration reduces adolescent alcohol and drug use and promotes the dangers of impaired driving. Community and school-based programs result in hundreds of Hamilton County teens signing pledges not to do drugs, drink alcohol or drive impaired via Carmel, Noblesville and Westfield schools SNAP clubs.