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Fairbanks Foundation’s Commitment to Strengthening the Indianapolis Economy: A Review of Grantmaking within our Vitality of Indianapolis Focus Area from 2015 to 2019

Fairbanks Foundation’s Commitment to Strengthening the Indianapolis Economy: A Review of Grantmaking within our Vitality of Indianapolis Focus Area from 2015 to 2019

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. The life sciences sector is a major driver of Central Indiana’s economy and a key contributing factor to the vitality of Indianapolis. While Indiana’s life sciences sector is robust – wages for the sector have grown to $5.8 billion in 2018, and venture capital investments over the last four years totaled $360 million – competition is intensifying as other markets also compete to attract the inves…
Vitality of Indianapolis
Indiana’s NAEP scores fell in 2019. What does that mean for Hoosier students?

Indiana’s NAEP scores fell in 2019. What does that mean for Hoosier students?

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released the latest scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card.” Indiana’s scores are disappointing and mirror the state’s recently released ILEARN results. In 2019, only 37 percent of Indiana 8th graders demonstrated proficiency in reading and math on NAEP. In 4th grade, 37 pe…
Education
Lessons from Switzerland: Could Youth Apprenticeship be the Answer to Indiana’s Workforce Woes?

Lessons from Switzerland: Could Youth Apprenticeship be the Answer to Indiana’s Workforce Woes?

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. By 2025, 60 percent of jobs will require some type of high-quality degree or credential beyond high school. Currently only 43.4 percent of Hoosiers attain a postsecondary credential or degree, meaning nearly six out of every ten Indiana workers are not prepared to take on the majority of jobs that will be available in just five years. Additionally, Indiana employers continue to report challenges in filli…
Education
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