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Transformative education. Rooted in equity.

The Mind Trust invests in public education to transform lives in neighborhoods across Indianapolis. We work with our community toward a day when race and income are no longer predictors of life outcomes.

Celebrating 16 years of impact in Indianapolis.

In 2006, former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson and David Harris founded The Mind Trust to help Indianapolis think bigger about education. Since then, The Mind Trust has:

  • Supported the launch of 45 public schools in Indianapolis through our School Fellowships and capacity-building awards
  • Built a comprehensive strategy of support for existing schools and educators
  • Deepened our community engagement efforts to work with families and neighborhoods to help them advocate for the change they want to see in our education system
  • Solidified our commitment to becoming an antiracist organization and invested in programs and initiatives to support our organization, Indianapolis schools, and nonprofits with this same goal

Our Current Initiatives

The Mind Trust works with educators, parents, students, and community members to transform education in Indianapolis. Our high-impact programs empower people and neighborhoods for lasting change.