Issue Collaboratives

IPA members value opportunities to come together with outside stakeholders to explore ways to collaborate on issues of importance to communities in Indiana. To support this effort, IPA has formed Issue Collaboratives that convene funders with public officials, business, researchers, and additional stakeholders. Current IPA Issue Collaboratives focus on addressing outcomes and issues related to workforce development and health. Learn more about each of these collaboratives below.


IPA Issue Collaboratives are open to IPA members holding senior leadership positions within grantmaking organizations, as well as select cross-sector partners. To facilitate the progress of the group, consistent participation is required and seats are limited. Contact IPA Vice President of External Relations Maddison Miller for more information on the requested collaborative.


Workforce Development Collaborative

The purpose of the IPA Workforce Development Collaborative is to convene funders with public officials, business, researchers, and additional stakeholders interested in addressing outcomes and issues related to workforce in communities across Indiana.

The collaborative, co-chaired by Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Chris Lowery and Megan Reilly, Executive Director of the Clowes Fund,  and meets quarterly.

"Higher education can be the connective tissue between the economic and education space," said Lowery. "I look forward to further developing the connection between supply and demand with education beyond high school, ensuring employers have access to talented Hoosiers today and tomorrow."



Health Disparity Collaborative

The purpose of the IPA Health Collaborative is to convene funders with public officials, business, researchers, and additional stakeholders interested in addressing health outcomes, health disparities, and behavioral health issues in communities across Indiana through a disparity lens. 

The collaborative is co-chaired by Margaret Distler, executive director of St. Joseph Community Health Foundation; and Paul Halverson, DrPH, FACHE, professor and founding dean of Indiana University’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The collaborative launched in June 2021, and meets quarterly.