Making boards in Indy more diverse

Mosaic Fellowship

The Mosaic Fellowship was established in partnership with The Indianapolis Foundation, an affiliate of Central Indiana Community Foundation, and Leadership Indianapolis to increase diversity on boards not just so that boards look differently, but so they work differently. By providing support to both individuals and organizations, Mosaic aims to shift power, elevate new voices and grow the perspectives included on not-for-profit boards throughout our community.

At its centennial gala on Aug. 27, 2016, The Indianapolis Foundation announced the launch of a new program designed to reinvigorate the community by diversifying its leadership. The Indianapolis Foundation Fellowship placed a diverse group of 10 young civic leaders on prominent local boards and provided them with funds to activate annually, for three years, during their terms. The program, announced in honor of the Indianapolis Foundation’s 100th anniversary, also provided ongoing enrichment and networking opportunities. We recognize there is still a dearth of diverse board leadership in Indianapolis organizations causing boards to remain overwhelmingly White and male. Even organizations that have mastered diversity often fail at true inclusion and power-sharing with women, young people, and the BIPOC and LGBTQ communities. And, as a result, we continue to witness public organizational failures. The new Mosaic Fellowship is an evolution of the original fellowship and is intended to help our community address these critical issues. There are many talented, capable, and qualified people who are eager to serve on not-for-profit boards but simply do not receive that invitation. For this reason, the Mosaic Fellowship is focused on individuals who have little or no previous board experience.

For more information on the Mosaic Fellowship, click here.

 

Upcoming Community Conversation:
From Optics to Action: Creating Space for Inclusive Conversations with Mary-Frances Winters
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2022 Fellows
  • LaKenya Chancey
    Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity
  • Iliana Enriquez
    Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center
  • Monika Mala
    Indy Arts Council
  • Christen Peterson
    React (formerly Young Actors Theatre)
  • Dr. Shanniese Rice
    Domestic Violence Network
  • Carlie Turner
    Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center

Community Conversation videos

Power, Money and Time: Defining Equity for Your Organization with Minal Bopiah

This session is designed to support your board and organization on its equity journey. Minal Bopaiah is the author of Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives, and a strategic consultant with nearly 20 years of professional experience. Her areas of expertise include human-centered design, behavior change psychology, and the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) as they relate to media, marketing and communications. Recorded June 15, 2022.

A Conversation with Funders: What Does Progress in Equity Look Like?

Join Pamela Ross, vice president of community leadership and equitable initiatives, The Indianapolis Foundation; Andrew Black, director of grantmaking and community impact, The Arthur Dean Foundation; and Kiera Amstutz, president and CEO, Indiana Humanities, as they discuss how funders are evaluating progress toward equity in grantseekers and how they are holding their own organizations

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The Truth About Board Diversity

We are thrilled to have Dr. Una Osili, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, lead this session and important conversation on the importance of diversity in leadership.

Hear updated and myth-busting findings on how building a diverse not-for-profit board can influence engagement, fundraising, philanthropy and more. As the U.S. population grows more diverse, not-for-profit boards have an opportunity to engage members that reflect this diversity in their work.

Based on research findings conducted in partnership with Board Source, diverse board members have the capacity to improve the organization’s philanthropic engagement through increased board member participation, fundraising and advocacy.

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