Prosperity Indiana partner InsightFormation is hosting a free, 3-part webinar series on battling opioid abuse, a growing problem in Indiana. Part 1 was held in February, and Part 2 will be held at 11 am (EDT) on March 14.
Over 100 people attended Part 1, Developing and Implementing a Comprehensive Strategy, of The NOpioid Series. If you missed it, you can access it on-demand here. (Hover over the bottom of the screen to access the link for the recording.)
To participate in the second webinar, Using New Technologies, register here. This session features two leading technologies that can streamline and accelerate teamwork and information sharing across a large coalition.
The approach and tools provided through The NOpioid Series are meant to present high-impact ways to address both the urgency and complexity of the issue. Two recent editorials in the Indiana Economic Digest underscore concerns around this community issue:
Indiana needs to get serious about opioids
Attacking opioid epidemic a complex task
Indiana needs to get serious about opioids
Attacking opioid epidemic a complex task
More on Part 2 of The NOpioid Series - In this LIVE 60-minute session, you'll learn:
1. Specific ways your community can build on a shared strategy framework to dramatically improve collaboration and proactively address many facets of the opioid/heroin crisis
2. How InsightVision, an online strategy management platform, can align, monitor, and manage cross-sector, multi-stakeholder teamwork across the three key components of addressing the opioid/heroin crisis--prevention, treatment, and recovery
3. How XCare Community streamlines and enhances care coordination to support a community wide effort to engage community resources to work with individuals at risk, dealing with prevention, addiction, or in recovery
Prosperity Indiana member Harrison Center for the Arts is now one of four Indiana groups to meet a crowdfunding goal that earns them matching funds from the state's CreatINg Places program.
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) launched its crowdgranting program utilizing the civic crowdfunding platform, Patronicity, to host the projects online. Up to $1 million will be awarded by IHCDA through the CreatINg Places initiative, by investing in projects ranging in cost from $10,000 to $100,000.
For more on the Harrison Center's Pre-Enactment Theater project, which will receive $50,000 from IHCDA, read this blog. To see the status of other Indiana projects on Patronity, check this page. To learn more about the CreatINg Places program through a webinar Prosperity Indiana hosted with Patronicity, go to Learn on our website, click "Webinars" and log-in for member-only access.
The Indiana Economic Digest article on this topic is here.
Community Leadership is essential to the work of Community Foundations. But what core skills, basic strategies, and critical tools are needed to maximize the potential of place and catalyze resources for your community?
Community Foundation members & partners: Reserve a limited seat at the Council’s Community and Economic Development for Community Foundations in Indianapolis on April 6, 2017. Or forward to a staff or board member this unique training!
Co-hosted by the Council on Foundations and the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Speakers and participants will include experts from the Council on Foundations, the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and several philanthropic and economic development institutions. Our very own Andy Fraizer, Executive Director of Prosperity Indiana, will be presenting in two of the sessions to share how comprehensive community development is really the work of collective impact and the role of adaptive leadership.
Do you see complexity in your work and seek strategies to adapt yourself, organization and community for the difficult work of social change?
Attend this workshop to voice your assumptions, create energy for the important work you do with your colleagues, and explore practical tools for mobilizing people, clarifying what matters most, and creating impact.
Learn more online and Register Today.
The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (FHCCI), a member of Prosperity Indiana, recently announced that it has been awarded a $125,000 “Communities Against Hate” rapid-response grant by the Open Society Foundations. This funding initiative was a national competition awarding a total of $3 million in funds nationwide.
“Although we are disheartened at the escalation of hate directed at Hoosiers in recent months, we are incredibly appreciative that the Open Society Foundations offered this opportunity and chose the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana for receipt of funds to attempt to confront this hate,” stated Amy Nelson, Executive Director of the FHCCI. “We look forward to using these needed funds to help those in our community take a stand against hate and provide needed resources and training.”
The Communities Against Hate rapid-response initiative aims to respond to what communities believe is of greatest value to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric. The grants are awarded to organizations that are well positioned to provide an array of responses to acts of hate.
Click here to read the full press release and learn more about FHCCI's plans.
Today, the Senate voted to advance another critical Prosperity Indiana proposal, SB 154, a bill that address asset limits for SNAP benefits. While the bill was amended to increase the asset limit from it's current level of $2,250 to $10,000, instead of eliminated the test altogether, this still represents a significant improvement to help vulnerable Hoosiers in need of food assistance attain economic sufficiency. For more details on the bill, click here to read our blog coverage.
Today, the Senate approved SB 227, a bill Prosperity Indiana worked to introduce and shepherd to extend foreclosure counseling resources in the form of the foreclosure filing fee by a vote of 39-10. For details on the legislation and our advocacy, click here to read our blog post.
Today, the Senate voted to approve Prosperity Indiana's top legislative priority this session, SB 559, a bill to clarify charitable purpose to ensure non-profits providing affordable housing for low-income clients receive property tax exemption approval by a vote of 47-3. For more details on the bill and our advocacy, click here to read this blog post.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Wells Fargo (WFC) recently announced the launch of the Resilient Communities grant program. Through a commitment from Wells Fargo of $10 million over the next four years, this new program will improve natural resources and enhance local capacity to help communities prepare for expected impacts associated with water quantity and quality issues, forest conservation challenges, and sea-level rise.
“We are pleased to be working with the experts at NFWF on this important, multi-year community resiliency program,” said Mary Wenzel, Director of Environmental Affairs at Wells Fargo. “Focusing on resiliency through conservation and capacity building helps communities minimize climate- and extreme-weather-related impacts while simultaneously improving community well-being and prospects for economic development.”
By enhancing and restoring wetlands, resilient shorelines, urban tree canopies, natural forests and healthy upstream watersheds, communities across the country can improve their residents’ quality of life, increase resilience, and support wildlife populations. The program places special emphasis on helping low- and moderate-income communities build capacity for resilience planning.
“Wells Fargo’s dedication to conservation and the long-term environmental health of local communities serves as the cornerstone of this public-private partnership designed to improve natural habitats and community resilience throughout the United States,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF.
Resilient Communities will accept applications and award five to 10 grants per year supporting the goals of the program. Proposals will be evaluated by their effectiveness in accomplishing regional goals and engaging low- and moderate-income communities. Applicants may submit a proposal through NFWF’s online system by March 30; awards for this program will be announced in fall 2017. For the 2017 round of applications, Resilient Communities grants will emphasize the interconnectedness of natural systems and community well-being by:
Using wetlands, coastal habitats and other ecosystems to alleviate future floods, storm events and sea level-rise in Eastern states
Sustaining water quantity and quality through enhanced natural infrastructure in the Central United States
Conserving healthy forests, managing wildfire fuels and restoring habitats for healthy forest ecosystems in Western states.
More information on the Resilient Communities program and partnership is available at www.nfwf.org/resilientcommunities.
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.8 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,800 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 269,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.
About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores our nation’s wildlife and habitats. Chartered by Congress in 1984, NFWF directs public conservation dollars to the most pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions. NFWF works with government, nonprofit and corporate partners to find solutions for the most intractable conservation challenges. Over the last three decades, NFWF has funded more than 4,500 organizations and committed more than $3.5 billion to conservation projects. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.
Always seeking new ways to meet the needs of members and the community economic development field at large, Prosperity Indiana commissioned a theme song, Home, by Roustabout and launched a new podcast called Ways and Means. Already this year, we have released the following four podcasts:
Listen to the podcasts online at Libsyn. We also produced videos on the Carson hearing and Statehouse Day as well. The Carson video provides expanded content beyond what is included in the podcast. Subscribe to one or both to never miss an episode again.
The podcast is available on iTunes or Google Play. The videos are posted to our YouTube channel.
This evening, SB 309, a bill that would end net metering and benefits for solar energy investment in the state unfortunately passed third reading in the Senate by a vote of 39-9. For coverage on our testimony in opposition to this measure, please read our blog coverage here.