Legislative Lunches

Friday, April 20, 2018

Advocacy helps the philanthropic sector advance its mission, increase its funding sources, and solve community and societal problems. That is why advocacy is a key component of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s mission.

We believe that developing relationships and effective collaborations with policymakers will help us all work together to build a better quality of life for individuals and families across Indiana.

2018 Recap

In 2018 we convened nine legislative lunches across the state. Over 150 foundation and community leaders came to hear from 49 state legislators, congressional staff, and each other. Our goals were simple:

  • To further our members’  relationships with their elected officials
  • To  educate our elected officials about what foundations do and how we can work together to create long lasting change in our communities
  • To identify key issues in our communities, and begin talking about ways to move them forward

While all communities in our state are unique, it came as no surprise that all regions are dealing with similar priorities and that these issues are connected to the overall health of communities and their residents:

  • Education: particularly the funding of Pre-K
  • Workforce Development: Connecting classrooms with careers that don’t require college; increasing STEM education, mentoring, and reaching students early abut career planning
  • Substance Abuse/Health Issues: Addressing the opioid crisis, the stigma of addiction, and the availability of treatment
  • Community Development: Increasing gap between income levels; rural vs. urban issues
  • Quality of Place: Attracting and retaining talent

As IPA develops advocacy programming and learning opportunities, we, along with input from our Public Policy Committee and Board of Directors, will integrate these community issues into what information and opportunities we provide to our members in 2019 and in our strategic planning process. 

A more detailed summary of these lunches will be available in January. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Becky Honeywell, Director of Member and External Relations, at 317.630.5200, X. 111 or bhoneywell@inphilanthropy.org.

2018 Locations

Northwest Region | July 24

  • Location: ArcelorMittal Global Research Center,  3001 E Columbus Dr, East Chicago, IN 46312
  • Counties: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Starke

West Central RegionAugust 15

  • Location: Wabash Valley Community Foundation, 200 S 8th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807 
  • Counties: Benton, Clay, Fountain, Greene, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren, White 

East Central Region | August 22

  • Location: First Merchants Bank, 200 E. Jackson Street, Community Room, Muncie, IN 47305
  • Counties: Blackford, Carrol, Clinton, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Howard, Jay, Madison, Rush, Randolph, Tipton, Union, Wayne 

Central RegionAugust 30

  • Location: Lumina Foundation, 30 S. Meridian Street, Convening Center 7th Floor, Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Counties: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, Shelby 

Northeast Region | September 11

  • Location: Ft. Wayne Country Club, 5221 Covington Rd, Ft. Wayne, IN 46804
  • Counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lagrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley 

North Central RegionSeptember 20

  • Location: Ignition Park/Catalyst One, 460 Stull St, Champion Room, South Bend, IN 46601
  • Counties: Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Miami, St. Joseph 

South Central | September 26

  • Location: Community Foundation of Jackson County, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN  47274
  • Counties: Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Ripley 

Southwest (SING) Region | October 15

  • Location: Old National Bank, Blue and Gold Room, One Main Street, Evansville, IN  47708
  • Counties: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick, Spencer 

Southeast RegionOctober 26

  • Location: Ivy Tech Community College, 8204 CR 311, Sellersburg, IN 47172
  • Counties: Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Floyd, Harrison, Jefferson, Ohio, Orange, Scott, Switzerland, Washington 
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