Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in Lake County

As the community foundation for Lake County, Indiana, we are committed to seeing all residents lifted to their fullest potential. Our experience has shown us that when we work together, there is positive and meaningful and long-lasting change. At Legacy Foundation, we are committed to taking immediate and long-term action to uplift the voices, the needs, and the rights of every minority group. We call on you to join us in the work of advancing equity and justice.

View the full statement on our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access.

Internal Equity Assessments for Nonprofits

Legacy Foundation seeks to build organization leadership for inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) work in Lake County by providing training and organizational capacity building. Legacy Foundation is launching this new initiative to support IDEA in non-profit organizations serving Lake County, Indiana. We seek to support change at the organizational level and believe IDEA learning and growth is important for all types of organizations.

Along with Legacy Foundation, the following organizations are participating in a 10-month long cohort to develop strategies to implement IDEA practices into their internal policies and practices and in their programs and services.

Urban League of Northwest Indiana Partnership

Legacy Foundation is working with the Urban League of Northwest Indiana to provide a virtual Diversity and Inclusion seminar. In addition to the virtual course, we will provide scholarships to organizations that want to continue working 1-on-1 with Urban League.

Community Conversations on Equity

We want historically marginalized groups to feel seen and heard. An important part of advancing equity in our community is to bring the discussion to the public sphere. We have launched two exciting efforts to raise the voices of people of color.

Neighborhood Voice Radio Segment

Lake County is home to many minority entrepreneurs who strengthen the local small business community. Each week Neighborhood Voice brings you one of their stories. The show airs on Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM on Tuesdays at 7:23 AM, in the 11 O’CLOCK HOUR, and 4:21 PM.

Find all the recorded episodes at:




Conscious Conversations

There is power in stories. They can help us understand ourselves and the world around us. Through generations and across geographies, stories have roused our emotions, stoked our curiosity and sparked conversations. Join us each month for a series of Conscious Conversations around books, films, and podcasts. Our hope is that these stories will guide us toward a more equitable and inclusive Lake County, Indiana.

Find the story schedule at

Support Our Efforts to Advance Equity in Lake County

Donate to the IDEAL Initiative