Statement issued Wednesday:
The Northeast Indiana Foundation announces a name change to Northeast Indiana Fund and also introduces an updated logo to reflect the new identity for the nonprofit organization.
The name change and brand update will allow the Northeast Indiana Fund (Fund) to better represent its work in support of economic development in Northeast Indiana. While the Fund is not a grant-making organization as the foundation name suggested, Northeast Indiana Fund uses its resources to back projects which strengthen Northeast Indiana’s economic vitality.
“Though we are taking on a new identity as the Northeast Indiana Fund, our core programs and activities will not change,” Mark Becker, executive director of the Northeast Indiana Fund, said. “If anything, our work will only get stronger as we align our name with our actions and raise our profile as a vehicle for philanthropic support to economic development initiatives in Northeast Indiana.”
The Northeast Indiana Fund was created in 2006 as the Northeast Indiana Foundation. Its mission is to support the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and its 10 member counties through the funding and coordination of charitable activities which directly contribute to increasing the region’s capacity to support new business investment and the creation of high-quality jobs for the region.
Recent Fund activities directly supporting the goals of the Partnership include NE Insider, a regional business retention and expansion program; Certified Site Ready, a site certification program for development-ready business sites; Vision 2020, a visioning process for Northeast Indiana; program management for the Talent Initiative; research support and target industry studies.
“Our programs directly aid economic development in Northeast Indiana,” Mac Parker, secretary of the board of the Northeast Indiana Fund, said. “While the Partnership does the hands-on work required to market our region to the world, the Fund works to ensure public and private regional leaders are equipped to aid our team in generating economic growth and make certain regional businesses can offer their employees a high quality of life.”
The Northeast Indiana Fund is generously supported by Northeast Indiana Corporate Council, Cole Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Dekko Foundation, English Bonter Mitchell Foundation, Robert Goldstine Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lincoln Financial Foundation, NiSource Foundation and Steel Dynamics Fund.