Catching Up with The Indianapolis Foundation

The Indianapolis Foundation has spent this month sponsoring events like BUTTER, bringing on a new acting leader, and connecting our new president with the community. Continue reading to learn more.

Meet Terry Mazany

Terry Mazany

Terry Mazany

Terry is a philanthropist and administrator who served thirteen years as president and CEO of the Chicago Community Trust, one of the nation’s leading community foundations with assets, at the time, of more than $2.8 billion and grantmaking over $300 million annually.

He also served as interim CEO of Chicago Public Schools. He most recently served as chief collaboration officer with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation following a transitional leadership role as senior vice president of philanthropy for the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.

As acting chief operating officer for The Indianapolis Foundation, Terry will focus on the following key areas: leading the co-development of a strategic plan refresh, tracking key metrics for assessing the impact of the foundation’s strategy and leading the design and development of an innovation center focused on the dismantling of structural and systemic racism including programs designed to provide technical services, capacity building, and other resources to BIPOC communities and grassroots organizations.

Supporting Local Events

Indy Black Chamber of Commerce Award DinnerIndy Black Chamber Awards

Indy Black Chamber of Commerce (IBCC) hosted its awards dinner under the theme “Hope Drives Success.” IBCC’s mission is to serve as a comprehensive resource for developing Black and Minority-owned businesses through providing business education, financing, and access to capital opportunities to impact the economic enhancement of the Black community.

The Indianapolis Foundation supported this year’s event as a program sponsor. Learn more about IBBC.

BUTTER: A Fine Art FairBUTTER: A Fine Art Fair

Over Labor Day weekend was BUTTER, a multi-day fine art fair organized by GANGGANG, a cultural development and creative advocacy firm that works to center beauty, culture, and equity in systems and cities, testing new and more equitable models with experiments just like BUTTER. Anchored in Indianapolis, BUTTER honors and amplifies the value and worth of Black artists, serving as a new model for economic justice in the arts and a catalyst for career transformation.

It was an amazing event that many of The Indianapolis Foundation and Central Indiana Community Foundation staff attended. Want to learn more about BUTTER and GangGang, check out their website.

FIESTA IndianapolisLa Plaza's Fiesta Indianapolis

At the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, La Plaza hosted FIESTA Indianapolis. Since 1980, La Plaza’s FIESTA Indianapolis has been the premier Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Indiana, bringing together a vibrant and diverse community and enhancing the cultural fabric of Indianapolis. Thousands of Hoosiers joined FIESTA Indianapolis for a day of music, dancing, food, children’s activities, a health and wellness fair, and community service booths.

FIESTA Indianapolis celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month and the Latino community in Indiana. Learn more about FIESTA Indianapolis and the great work of La Plaza.

Connecting with the Community

Finally, The Indianapolis Foundation hosted a meet-and-greet event at Newfields, giving the community an opportunity to connect with Lorenzo Esters, president of The Indianapolis Foundation. The prevailing theme of the evening was love. So many great things came from that evening that will continue to come to fruition. As a sneak peek, check out some of the photos below.

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