Indy Racial Equity Pledge

United Way of Central Indiana

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OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY

United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) is united with our community in opposing racism. We acknowledge that racism, both implicit and explicit, exists in our community and presents significant barriers to the achievement of economic well-being and quality of life for many in the communities we serve. UWCI is committed to listening, learning, and amplifying the voices of our Black neighbors. We will do so in a manner that demonstrates respect for all. We will bring our resources, influence, and convening leverage to the table to address systemic racism that limits opportunities for a disproportionate and growing number of people in Central Indiana. While we cannot promise perfection, we are committed to accelerating progress toward racial equity as individuals, as an organization, and as an active community leader. This racial equity pledge is part of our broader commitment opposing all forms of racism and discrimination affecting members of our community.

PLEDGE 1

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Organizational

Focus Area: Workplace

UWCI will enhance our efforts to promote racial equity in our people practices (including hiring, training & development, and promotions), diversity in procurement, marketing & branding, and in the celebration of philanthropy.

PLEDGE 2

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Data and Research

Focus Areas: Prosperity

UWCI will use data on poverty and ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) populations to drive improvements in human services that support the Black households disproportionately represented therein. UWCI will also use this information to update members of our community on racial disparities.

PLEDGE 3

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Grantmaking & Community Investments

Focus Areas: Prosperity

UWCI will strive to invest at least $5M annually in human service organizations primarily serving Black clients through our portfolio of grantmaking.

PLEDGE 4

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Advocacy & Public Policy

Focus Areas: Education, Prosperity

UWCI will explicitly integrate the elimination of systemic racism in its annual public policy agenda which is designed to remove barriers to economic success.

PLEDGE 5

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Thought Leadership & Convening

Focus Areas: Education, Health, Prosperity

UWCI commits to convene and educate community members about the local history of systemic racism and the current realities of racial disparities to empower them to make a positive change in the community. These forums will address Health, Housing, Food Insecurity, Transportation, Education, and Financial Stability.

Join us in the important work of creating racial equity in Central Indiana.

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