Legacy Foundation Receives Federal and State Awards: Lake County’s Community Foundation recognized for Neighborhood Spotlight Program


Legacy Foundation, Lake County’s community foundation, receives the Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnership at the 2014 Council on Foundations Conference on Wednesday, October 22.

The nationally recognized award emphasizes cross-sector partnerships between the philanthropic and public sectors. The goal is to recognize the partnership process and its impact as a community strategy to increase the quality of life for low and moderate-income residents across all American geographies — urban, suburban, and rural.

Legacy Foundation received the award for its partnership with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/U.S. Department of Transportation/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Communities Partnership (HUD/DOT/EPA); City of Gary; and Indiana Association for Community Economic Development (IACED).

Legacy Foundation, HUD/ DOT/ EPA’s Sustainable Communities Partnership, and the City of Gary have created a collaborative partnership to champion a multi-year funding strategy for collective impact that is led by local residents’ to affect positive change in their communities. The key elements to this initiative are Neighborhood Spotlight and the Gary Northside Redevelopment Project.

“These foundations understand that strong communities connect families with the promise of living the American dream,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Powerful outcomes occur when the philanthropic and public sectors come together to solve problems, enhance neighborhoods and expand opportunity for others. I commend these honorees for their deep commitment to serving the common good.”

Legacy Foundation’s Neighborhood Spotlight Program also received the Key Award for Services Program of the Year at the 2014 Statewide Conference for Housing and Community Economic Development. The conference is organized by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) and IACED.

The Key Award is an IACED award recognizing a leading program which brings the community together and provides a unique public service.

Neighborhood Spotlight invests in Lake County, Indiana, neighborhoods and creates access to knowledge and funding for projects that result in positive transformation. Neighborhood Spotlight seeks to revitalize the unique character and connectedness of local places as part of enhancing regional identity.

“It is my honor to congratulate the 2014 award winners and thank them for their work toward strengthening Indiana’s communities,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann, who chairs the IHCDA Board. “With such impressive programs and with so many dedicated groups coming together to share, plan and collaborate, Indiana can continue on the path to a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers.”