The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network is set for success

Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) is pleased to announce an award of $50,000 from The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) affiliate, to support the Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network. (Indiana A&O Network) The Indiana A&O Network is a statewide coalition co-led by IACED, the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF), and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The Indiana A&O Network aims to increase asset acquisition for low-wealth Hoosiers and to strengthen local economies through policy advocacy and capacity building, in partnership with local organizations and coalitions.

This investment of resources from The Indianapolis Foundation will help the Indiana A&O Network maintain a full-time Manager who will continue to identify and implement program capacity building strategies that help coalitions and agencies increase asset-building efforts, facilitate advocacy outreach efforts on key policy priorities, and develop membership and steering committee engagement strategies.

“Acquiring assets –a family’s most important safety net –is crucial to the economic security of all Hoosiers. It is important that we support programs that help families reach economic self-sufficiency and understand the needs of our community members. There is a lot of great work happening throughout the state, and my hope is that this coalition can unite existing efforts to harness the collective impact of us all,” said Kelsey Clayton, Indiana A&O Network Manager.

This funding is being utilized in conjunction with $30,000 received from the Glick Fund, part of CICF, in October 2014. That funding was awarded to support research and policy analysis from IIWF and support LISC’s efforts to relaunch a local alliance, the Indianapolis Asset Building Coalition.

The Indiana A&O Network has a dedicated steering committee of thought leaders from across the state to direct the coalition toward opportunities and relationships that support positive collaboration and help move the needle on issues facing the working poor.

To join the Indiana A&O Network, sign-up for Earn, Save, Invest a monthly e-newsletter here; and for more information on initiatives, visit indianaopportunity.net.

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ABOUT THE INDIANA ASSETS & OPPORTUNITY NETWORK:

The Indiana Assets & Opportunity Network aims to increase asset acquisition for low-wealth Hoosiers and to strengthen local economies through policy advocacy and capacity building, in partnership with local organizations and coalitions. It is co-led by the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED), which is a member organization skilled at coalition building and connected to local Indiana communities; Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development corporation with expertise in program design and support for frontline staff engaged in asset-building work; and the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF), skilled in research, policy analysis, and advocacy. The Indiana A&O Network is the state lead for Washington D.C.-based Corporation for Enterprise Development's (CFED) Assets and Opportunity Network.

ABOUT THE INDIANAPOLIS FOUNDATION:

Established in 1916, The Indianapolis Foundation was one of the first community trusts in America. The Foundation is a public charity and an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), a collaborative effort between the community foundations serving Marion and Hamilton Counties.

ABOUT CENTRAL INDIANA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION:

Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) is a $700+ million public foundation transforming the lives of central Indiana residents in three ways: consulting donors, family foundations and their professional advisors on charitable giving; awarding grants to effective not-for-profit organizations; and providing leadership to seize opportunities and address community needs. CICF was established in 1997 as a partnership between The Indianapolis Foundation, serving Marion County since 1916, and Legacy Fund, serving Hamilton County since 1991.