Poverty and wealth create barriers in our collective community, both visible and unseen. A quality education, stable housing, access to healthcare and even the ability to leverage social capital are just a few areas of a person’s existence that are greatly impacted by where they fall on the socioeconomic spectrum.

In Indianapolis, studies show that about 1 in 4 residents is living in concentrated poverty. Additionally, 17.2 percent of residents and 24.5 percent of children live below the federal poverty line – a figure that outpaces the national average.

Our upcoming Poverty & Wealth series will bring together data experts, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, community organizers and those with lived experience to not only discuss the issues but also offer insight into ways civic leaders can become involved in creating more equity in our community.

Participants are not required to attend all 3 parts in the series, you can attend any or all of the sessions. For information on the other parts in this series and to register, click the links below.

Part 1: Outlook on Poverty in Indianapolis

• Current state of poverty in our city

• Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on issues of poverty and wealth

• Resources that exist to help those in need

Speakers: Unai Miguel Andres (SAVI), Lashauna Triplett (MLT Outreach), Tara Morse (Indiana 211)

Date: April 6, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Location: Virtual – After signing up for the session through Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link and other details for joining the discussion.

Part 2: Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

• Role of philanthropy in addressing issues of poverty

• Leveraging wealth to make an impact

• Entrepreneurship as a vehicle to foster transformative change

Speakers: Yecenia Tostado (Project Azul), Dr. Una Osili (IUPUI Lilly School of Philanthropy), Tom Hanley (Nine13 Sports)

Date: April 13, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Location: Virtual – After signing up for the session through Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link and other details for joining the discussion.

Part 3: Building Economic Equity

  • Role of community development organizations
  • Forecasting economic equity in neighborhoods
  • Fostering and sustaining community engagement

Speakers: Ashley Gurvitz (Alliance for Northeast Unification), Kelli Mirgeaux (Southeast Neighborhood Development), Robert Hawthorne (Westside CDC)

Date: April 20, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10

Location: Virtual – After signing up for the session through Eventbrite, you will receive a Zoom link and other details for joining the discussion.