Empowering residents is a key sustainability factor for long-term neighborhood transformation. Cultivating strong connections with residents involves establishing trust, creating inclusive and welcoming environments, valuing and respecting culture, listening, listening, listening and having hard conversations through processes of goal-setting, strategy development and implementation. All of this takes time… and patience!Read More.
This month, Bellfound Farm, a new not-for-profit organization, will begin service on the Southside of Indianapolis. The 17-acre residential urban farm will offer holistic support to justice-involved women, ages 18-24, helping them move from a place of vulnerability to long-term economic security. Read More.
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) announced Armon Curd as its new director of information technology effective immediately. He is responsible for planning, directing and managing the foundation’s information technology systems to ensure they are secure, cost-effective and efficient. Prior to joining CICF, Curd was the eCommerce manager for Citizens Energy Group in the corporate affairs […]Read More.
A recent article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review entitled “Philanthropy’s Missing Trillions” caught our attention. Its authors, Jennifer Xia and Patrick Schmitt, found that while 90 percent of American adults make a charitable gift each year, fewer than six percent include a charitable bequest in their will or estate plan. Read More.
“Before you have grass, you have roots. Before you have roots, you have seeds. You need to understand what that seed needs to grow. You can’t go in and give it something if you don’t understand what it needs,” Beatrice Beverly, CICF ambassador for Martindale Brightwood, explained to CICF Angel Investors at an event on May 31.
The philosophy Beatrice spoke of—truly, deeply understanding a need before declaring a solution—is the foundation of CICF’s ambassador program. CICF is …Read More.
Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and its affiliates, The Indianapolis Foundation and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County, awarded 156 scholarships totaling over $1.2 million for the 2018-2019 academic year. Recipients received up to $40,000 and were chosen by multiple committees comprised of donors and community volunteers. A total of 39 scholarship funds created by donors at CICF and its affiliates made awards.Read More.