Recent national discussions and protests have highlighted the unresolved racial issues that continue to divide our country. Corporations and local and state government, including police departments, have stepped forward to make changes that demonstrate that the status quo should not stand when it comes to racism.
Heritage Fund's leadership is adding its full support to the call for change. We are proud to join and acknowledge the many other organizations in Bartholomew County that also have efforts underway to study, understand and take actions to create a more equitable community.
In August 2020, the HFBC Board unanimously approved a motion to "spend the next 24 months studying and reflecting on the issues of racial equality and equity and determining how HFBC can make a positive impact on the community".
The board will spend the next two years reviewing materials and exploring ways to eliminate prejudice, discrimination and systemic barriers in Bartholomew County. In order for Bartholomew County to become the welcoming community it is striving for, the entire community must be proactive in addressing racism and equity. It is important to first learn, then reflect, then act.
HFBC has a long history of investing in the growth and well-being of our community. Through this initiative, we are seeking to help catalyze courageous conversations within our board and the larger community to recognize and address racial inequities.
Heritage Fund Racial Equity Committee Members
Tom Harmon, Chair, Heritage Fund Board member
Tracy Souza, Heritage Fund
Lori Thompson, Heritage Fund Board member
Jarvis Cooper, Heritage Fund Board member
Felipe Martinez, Heritage Fund Board member
Tom Vujovich, Heritage Fund Past Board member
Kelly Benjamin, Heritage Fund Board member
Laura Leonard, Heritage Fund Past Board member
Mark Stewart, Heritage Fund Board member
John Burnett, Heritage Fund Board member
Matt Kirr, Heritage Fund Board member
Alice Johnson, Heritage Fund Board member
Kyle Hendricks, Heritage Fund staff support
Heritage Fund's Racial Equity Committee has developed a working list of resources for community members interested in further developing their understanding of systemic racism and its effects on American life. We will continue to add resources to this list through the next two years to share our learning with the community.
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? By Beverly Daniel Tatum
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
The New Jim Crow by Michele Alexander
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Me and White Supremacy by Layla Saad
I am Not Your Negro
Teach Us All