Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Hendricks County is one of the few counties in the State expected to grow over the next 20-30 years (estimated 30% increase). Though the issue “Diversity, equity and inclusion [DEI] is overlooked or ignored” ranked 11th in the 2019 Community Needs Assessment, we also failed to meet the proportion of the number of nonwhite respondents in our assessment despite specific efforts to engage that population.
HCCF is dedicated to nurturing a diverse, inclusive, and accessible community. We will encourage peaceful and productive dialogue, authenticity, and the celebration of cultures. Our vision is that Hendricks County is a place where all feel welcome and confident in their ability to belong, connect and grow. We will demonstrate what is possible when community members come together.
Read our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Policy.
In August 2021, the Community Foundation launched its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force to review its activities, policies, and programs and promote inclusion and non-discrimination for all who live, work, and visit Hendricks County. The Task Force is charged with making recommendations to the Board of Directors for any changes in policies, programs, or procedures based on HCCF's DEI Policy. The Task Force will also promote training and events to bring awareness of DEI matters to Community Foundation volunteers, staff, and the broader community. The first task for the group was to define its terms.
Community Unity Grants
Organizations interested in improving or expanding their diversity, equity & inclusivity efforts may apply for funding through our Community Unity Grant Program.
Hendricks County International Festival
We're excited to be the lead sponsor for the Hendricks County International Festival. Join us on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Talon Stream Park in Plainfield (just north of the Richard A. Carlucci Recreation and Aquatic Center on Vestal Road) as we celebrate the diversity in Hendricks County and Central Indiana!