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Indiana Civics Coalition

Welcome from Indiana Bar Foundation President & CEO Charles Dunlap

Charles DunlapGreetings on behalf of the Indiana Bar Foundation! During the inaugural Indiana Civics Summit, the Foundation announced formation of the Indiana Civics Coalition. The Indiana Civics Coalition (Coalition) was created to be a conduit for civic organizations, colleagues, friends, and fellow citizens who want to be a part of improving our communities through civics and to advance the cause of civics in our state. The Coalition is committed to this cause through:

Awareness – The first principle is bringing more awareness of the organizations who are advancing civic health, education, advocacy, community, etc. in the state.  We can work to help make the Coalition organizations become more aware of each other as well as non-coalition organizations to become aware of the coalition.  This will allow for more voices in different areas, industries, geography, and more.

Collaboration – A second guiding principle is improving and increasing collaboration among the organizations and individuals in the Coalition.  Organizations and Individuals are often working independently of each other and potentially leaving out partnering and collaborating organizations, potentially limiting work and capacity.  Through the Coalition, we can open ways to collaborate with others to increase capacity with additional skill of other groups, thus bringing more good work to the people of Indiana.

Amplification – Finally, a third principle for the Coalition is amplification.  There can be more to showcase the work of the Coalition’s members so there is more public knowledge about all the good being done around civics in the state.  We can make a better infrastructure of communication, starting with traditional and social media methods, to help each other bolster and bring a spotlight on this work being accomplished by everyone.

Now is a great time to join the Coalition. Membership is open to groups and individuals with a commitment to civics, collaboration, and a desire to expand Indiana’s civic awareness. If you are interested in joining the Indiana Civics Coalition, please complete this form. If you have questions, please contact Director of Civic Education Tim Kalgreen. Groups or individuals wanting to sponsor the Indiana Civics Coalition are encouraged to contact Foundation Director of Development Kim Berry.

The Coalition needs diverse voices and experiences to create a more civic-minded state. Representatives of education, business, the legal community, government, and local communities are Coalition members. Please join us!

Next Meeting

Mark your calendars for the Second Annual Indiana Civics Summit, April 11, at the Indianapolis Ivy Tech Culinary and Conference Center. Details will be shared closer to the event date.

If you or your organization are interested in joining the Indiana Civics Coalition, please complete the Coalition membership form.

For more information and to register for the 2024 Indiana Civics Summit, please visit the event webpage.



Membership Organizations

Founding Member:

  • CivXNow
  • Church Church Hittle and Antrim
  • Indiana University Center for Representative Government

Contributing Member:

  • Indiana Citizen Education Foundation, Inc.

Member:

  • Business for America
  • Community-Engaged Alliance
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Krieg DeVault LLP

Indiana Civics Coalition Media

Indiana Government Book

Here is Your Indiana Government is a joint publication of the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the book is to encourage Hoosiers to better know their government and how to take part in public affairs. Additionally educators and students are encouraged to use this as a comprehensive resource to aid in the teaching and learning of state and local government. Readers will find specific icons throughout the publication indicating the topic’s connection to Indiana’s social studies academic standards.

Here is your Indiana Government Book – Free PDF Download!


Foundation Releases 2023 Indiana Civic Health Index Report

According to the 2023 Indiana Civic Health Index (INCHI), to increase the number of Hoosiers registering and voting, the state must invest in educating young people about the importance of voting and encourage eligible students to register. The report was released on January 24, and reviews 2022 midterm election data and documents Indiana’s place among states with the lowest voter registration and turnout rates.

The Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Civics Coalition curated the report, examining various factors, including voting and voter registration, social and community connectivity, and civic awareness and actions.

2023 Indiana Civic Health Index Report


2023 Indiana Civics Summit Keynote Speaker

Dr. Richard Haass joins the Indiana Bar Foundation and over 100 guests for lunch virtually at the 2023 Civics Summit.

Since 2003, Dr. Richard Haass is the president of the Council on Foreign Relations, an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and educational institution dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand the world and foreign policy.

 


Past Indiana Civics Coalition Meetings

Please visit the Indiana Bar Foundation YouTube Channel to watch recordings of the past Indiana Civics Coalition Meetings.

 

Media Coverage