IACED receives $70,000 from the Legacy Foundation to design ‘Neighborhood Spotlight’ program in Lake County

The Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED) has received a $70,000 grant from the Knight Foundation Fund at Legacy Foundation to design a “Neighborhood Spotlight” program in Lake County.

Neighborhood Spotlight is a comprehensive community development initiative that brings together local leaders to foster positive community change and create stronger, vibrant and economically successful neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Spotlight is based on the “collective impact” model, where neighborhood stakeholders organize, build relationships, decide collectively on a vision, and act collectively. Efforts will be driven by five goals: common agenda, shared measurement, mutual reinforcement, continuous communication and a backbone of support.

“IACED’s sole goal is to help local leaders and residents build and revitalize communities across the state,” said Andy Fraizer, IACED executive director. “We are excited to work with our partners in Lake County to invest in another comprehensive community development strategy and is grateful to the Knight Foundation Fund at Legacy Foundation for this important investment.”

Over the next several years, IACED and the Legacy Foundation will work with community-based nonprofit organizations in Lake County, who will receive financial resources to build organizational capacity, build relationships, complete neighborhood collective impact plans, mobilize private and public capital, and achieve results for resilient families and communities.

“Our philanthropic goal is to demonstrate adaptive leadership and be a catalyst to meaningful, positive, and sustainable change, “ said Leigh Morris, interim president Legacy Foundation. “Legacy’s efforts through the Knight Foundation Fund reflect a belief that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Partnering with IACED is an investment to help neighborhoods develop social contracts which anchor democracy.”

Informational sessions will be held in Lake County on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Radisson Star Plaza for local organizations interested in partnering with Legacy Foundation on Neighborhood Spotlight.