WFYI Public Media was established in 1970 to provide a public forum for discussion of critical issues for communities in Central Indiana. As Indiana’s chief PBS and NPR member station, WFYI provides comprehensive radio, TV and digital reporting across health, education, government and policy, the economy, and arts and culture. WFYI’s nationally recognized community engagement work ensures its reporting is in direct response to the local community’s questions and input.

WFYI produces award-winning Side Effects Public Media, a regional public health media initiative that delivers in-depth health investigative reporting on community health issues, such as substance use disorder and tobacco use, and potential solutions. In 2021, WFYI expanded its education reporting bureau to increase coverage on issues related to disparities in academic achievement and education access, as well as the policies and procedures that address these issues.

Since 2016, the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation has awarded $2.7 million in grant funds to WFYI to support Side Effects and its expanded education reporting bureau.

Additional Posts

Introducing the Charitable Grants Program

Here’s how the new Charitable Grants program works. Each year, the Foundation identifies funding themes based on pressing needs in Indianapolis. These themes guide the selection of six Indianapolis organizations that are addressing these needs in our city. Organizations cannot apply to the Charitable Grants program, and the grants are awarded on a one-time basis.  

Fairbanks Foundation’s Commitment to Reducing the Rate of Opioid Use Disorder: A Review of Grantmaking Focused on the Opioid Epidemic From 2015 to 2019

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. In 2014, more than 1,100 Hoosiers died as a result of drug poisoning – greater than the number of fatalities from car accidents – with prescription opioid misuse and heroin use responsible for a majority of these deaths. In response to the […]

Are E-Cigarettes Helpful or Harmful?

Claire Fiddian-Green is the President & CEO of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation. E-cigarettes, which came onto the market about a decade ago, have been heralded as a means to assist adult smokers in their attempts to quit smoking. And some high-quality research supports this position: adult smokers who switch from cigarettes or cigars to […]