Investing in impact

The Mind Trust launched our $18 million Grow What Works campaign in May 2011 to grow to critical mass the network of education talent and innovation we have built in Indianapolis since 2006. In October 2012, we exceeded the campaign goal more than a year ahead of schedule, having raised $19.2 million.

Through Grow What Works, The Mind Trust invested in the six initiatives we recruited or helped to launch in Indianapolis that are making the biggest difference in changing education in our city: Teach For America, The New Teacher Project, College Summit, Stand for Children, Summer Advantage USA and Teach Plus. The Grow What Works campaign also supported our Charter School Incubator and Education Entrepreneur Fellowship.

These investments have equipped schools with more excellent teachers and school leaders, paved the way for more low-income kids to go to college, helped students to advance during the summer months and given parents, students and teachers a powerful voice in education. The Mind Trust also increased the number of excellent schools and built upon Indianapolis' status as the best place nationally to launch innovative new schools and transformative education initiatives.

The Grow What Works campaign was made possible by generous community support from individuals, foundations and corporations. Eli Lilly and Company Foundation played a leading role to launch the campaign with an investment of $2.5 million, the company's largest ever education-focused grant. Learn more about the campaign's impact in our Grow What Works report.
 

The (Mind Trust's Grow What Works) initiative is one of the most important the city has seen. After all, the education groups are already doing wonderful work, but if they are given adequate resources to take their efforts to scale, they'll have a dramatic and transformative impact on the city's education landscape.

-Columnist Matthew Tully in The Indianapolis Star on our Grow What Works campaign, Sept. 9, 2011