First 180-Day Report from the President of the Indianapolis Foundation

First 180-Day Report from the President of the Indianapolis Foundation

Dr. Lorenzo L. Esters, President, The Indianapolis Foundation

Dr. Lorenzo L. Esters

It is an honor and my pleasure to share the reflections and insights I gathered during the past six months as President of the Indianapolis Foundation. This report is a culmination of an extensive listening tour during which I had the invaluable opportunity to connect with many of you and understand your needs, aspirations, and concerns.

I have identified key priorities within our community through large group events, intimate focus groups, one-on-one conversations, and surveys.

Our community is rich in strengths, such as a strong sense of civic engagement and a vibrant cultural scene. However, challenges, such as disparities in access to resources and opportunities, require our attention and collaborative efforts. The need to stay the course towards achieving racial and economic equity emerged as a recurrent theme.

In response to these findings, The Indianapolis Foundation will embark on a strategic planning process this spring. Our goal is to ensure that our organization’s support directly contributes to community growth and that upcoming initiatives align with the expressed needs of our community. Building and strengthening alliances with local organizations, businesses, and government entities will be integral to our strategy. By fostering such partnerships, we can amplify the impact of our collective efforts. A commitment to incorporating diverse perspectives in our decision-making processes and ensuring equitable representation and participation will remains a cornerstone of our future initiatives to advance our community’s health and well-being.

As we move forward together, your input remains critical. I invite continued engagement and collaboration as we work to shape the future of our community, building a more resilient, inclusive, and thriving Indianapolis for all. I will continue reaching out and will be present within our community.

I am excited about the journey ahead and express my sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in these first, formative steps in charting our course for the future together. I am confident that, with your continued support, we will achieve remarkable outcomes for communities across Indianapolis.

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