CICF's For Good

“Essentially if you’re born poor in Indianapolis the chances of you remaining poor are highly likely. We’ve got to do better about how we intervene in that and provide more intentional opportunities, to skill these very specific populations up.”

—Andrew Black, director of community leadership at CICF

In this special episode of For Good, Andrew Black talks about economic mobility—one of five of CICF’s leadership initiatives for Marion County—and how it is impacting our community. This episode is part of a special series introducing CICF’s strategic plan for Marion County. Listen to the other four episodes to learn more about how CICF is working to help create a more equitable Central Indiana.

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Transcription of episode available below.


* Andrew Black – director of community leadership at CICF


* The Equality of Opportunity Project – a focused study led by Harvard researcher, Raj Chetty

* The Brookings Institute – multiple graphs illustrating race gaps within the American middle class

* CICF’s strategic plan for Marion County

* Family Stabilization – a For Good episode with Diana Schussel, CICF senior community leadership officer

* Criminal Justice Reform – a For Good episode with Alicia Collins, CICF community leadership director

* Neighborhood Empowerment & Placemaking – a For Good episode with Pamela Ross, CICF vice president of opportunity, equity and inclusion

* Dismantling Systemic Racism – a For Good episode with Brian Payne, CICF president and CEO

You’re listening to For Good, Central Indiana Community Foundation’s podcast highlighting stories about passion, purpose, and progress in Central Indiana.

At CICF, we believe in creating a community where everyone can reach their full potential, no matter place, race, or identity.

In this episode, you’ll learn about one of the initiatives included in CICF’s five year strategic plan for Marion County from experts on our staff.

This is our community. And these are your stories.

ANDREW: Hi. I’m Drew Black, director of community leadership at the Central Indiana Community Foundation. CICF has a mission to mobilize people, ideas, and investment to make this a community where everyone has equitable opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter their place, race, or identity. And we have five initiatives in Marion County that will help us execute that mission.

One initiative is economic mobility. For CICF, economic mobility is really what we’re referring to when we think about a person’s ability to attain the necessary educational credentials or employment training opportunities to advance their economic situation and overall quality of life.

What’s most alarming to me I think is that, based on Raj Chetty’s Equality of Opportunity Project, Indianapolis ranked 47th out of our 50 largest c...

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