Mental health has been a topic dominating the headlines throughout this pandemic. From stigma to access, this conversation with Tashi Copeland and Beatrice Beverly, board president of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Indianapolis and CICF community ambassador, on her perspective of mental health in our society.Read More.
Most of my friends have a small Midwest town they’re connected to. There’s usually a Main Street, where buildings don’t go over two stories tall, and yourlast name says a lot about you. I have one of these towns—Lake Mills, Iowa—home of Gordon and Joyce Kilen, my grandparents. But when I walk into my grandpa’s favorite diner, I don’t feel like one of the beloved Kilen’s granddaughters. Foremost, I feel like the first Asian most of the people staring at me have ever seen in rea…Read More.
An Indianapolis neighborhood will soon have access to fresh food with a new grocery store, brought to life through a truly unique neighborhood, corporate and not-for-profit collaboration. The Indy Fresh Market promises to be a full-service grocery store in what is currently a food desert in Northeast Indy, a neighborhood with some of the highest levels of unemployment and poverty in the state.Read More.
If we’ve learned anything over the past year, it’s the power of sharing data and information. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the rate at which new research and data from all over the world is shared to inform international and national responses to the pandemic and speed up the development of diagnostic tools, drug treatments and vaccines. Now a group of nine community foundations is taking a similar approach to closing the opportunity gap regarding systemic racism. Read More.
from Brian Payne, Tom Kilian and Jennifer Pope Baker In April 2019, CICF and its affiliates, The Indianapolis Foundation and Hamilton County Community Foundation, and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana made a public commitment to dismantle systemic racism in Central Indiana. Our shared goal is to interrupt racism in our public and private systems, our […]Read More.
2020 was a year filled with unique challenges, some that were incredibly unexpected and others that were previously ignored by too many for too long. Within these challenges is profound tragedy and loss. There also lies an incredible opportunity to collectively learn how we as a community—and as a foundation—can do better. This year has proven that our commitment to equity and reconciliation is in direct alignment with what is needed to make our community in Central Indiana a place where …Read More.