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In October 1986, Richard M. (“Dick”) Fairbanks created his namesake foundation to enhance the vitality of his hometown of Indianapolis. Thirty-five years later, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation continues to focus our grantmaking, research and evaluation, and cross-sector collaborations and convenings in support of our mission to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people. Since its establishment, the Foundation has awarded more than $285 million in grants, and currently awards […]

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Optimistically, many of us believed in late March that a two-week shutdown of business and schools due to the COVID-19 virus would cause some disruption to our daily lives but would be a wise investment in stemming the impact of the first […]

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The horrific death of George Floyd and resulting protests in our city and across the nation have once again brought to the forefront longstanding and deeply troubling issues of racism and racial inequality. The personal stories we have heard from people who routinely face discrimination for no reason other than the color of their skin are […]