Heritage Fund unveils new mission, priorities

Heritage Fund: The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, is unveiling a new direction and new branding.

The not-for-profit organization is adopting a new mission to inspire generosity, to gather and grow community leaders and to act with impact. That comes after the first Community Leadership Convening  held earlier this month, which gathered 80 community leaders to discuss the direction of the organization.

Heritage Fund says that the “Act with Impact” mission will focus on three areas: downtown vibrancy, encouraging and protecting art, culture and architecture and youth development.

Under the downtown and art/culture/architecture impact areas, the organization will focus on the stewardship of architectural treasures, increase downtown programming, encourage festivals and other programs and seek to bring in more art and music to enhance the downtown area.

Toward the youth impact area, Heritage fund will seek to bring affordable, high quality childcare options, to support children with mental health challenges, to increase space and activity for children and families and to enhance support for diverse children, including making sure they are represented by teachers, mentors, books and curriculum.

Heritage Fund was formed in 1976 to create a legacy of giving by providing an organization where residents could make donations to establish charitable funds to benefit the local community.

A new logo was designed by Anna Mort, a Chicago graphic designer, and incorporates a stylized view of the Bartholomew County Courthouse.