Research, Data, & Reports

2019 Legislative Meetings Recap

Publication date: 
December, 2019

Advocacy helps the philanthropic sector advance its mission, increase its funding sources, and solve both community and societal problems. That is why advocacy is a key component of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance’s (IPA) mission. We believe developing relationships and effective collaborations with policymakers will help all sectors work together to build a better quality of life for individuals and families across Indiana and beyond.

To that end, in 2019, IPA convened nine legislative lunches across the state. These events brought together 187 community leaders, including 153 staff representing 87 IPA member organizations, 21 state legislators, and 13 congressional staff. 

Our Goals Were Simple

  • Further our members’ relationships with their elected officials.
  • Educate our elected officials about what foundations do and how we can work together to create long-lasting change in our communities.
  • Identify key issues in our communities, and begin talking about ways to move them forward.

Shared Priorities

While each community in Indiana is unique, it came as no surprise that all regions are dealing with similar challenges, and that these concerns  are connected to the overall health of communities and their residents:

  1. Education: Particularly the funding of pre-K.
  2. Workforce Development: Connecting classrooms with careers that do not require college, increasing STEM education, mentoring, and reaching students early about career planning.
  3. Substance Abuse/Health Issues: Addressing the opioid crisis, the stigma of addiction, and the availability of treatment programs.
  4. Community Development: Addressing the  increasing gap between income levels, as well as rural vs. urban issues.
  5. Quality of Place: Attracting and retaining talent.

Read the Full Report

Go here to view our full report of these events, including a summary of top issues discussed in each region of the state and recommendations from lawmakers for philanthropy.