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At the Sagamore Institute we value innovative ideas, that are put into action, with lasting results. We are highlighting those Indiana citizens who have enriched our communities through their innovation, investment, and hard work. By sharing their stories, we aim to encourage all people of Indiana to put their gifts and talents into action as we each consider how we can make not only our local communities, but also our state, better. View All Citizen Profiles

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Mapping Indiana’s Compassion

The Indiana Compassion Map allows users to explore the richness and diversity of over 11,000 of the state’s community healing organizations, learning more about what they do and where they are located.
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Who We Are

Bright Ideas Indiana is a project of the Governor’s Management Performance Hub (MPH), the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration (FSSA), and the Indiana Office of Technology (IOT). It highlights promising practices by Indiana nonprofits to encourage peer-to-peer learning and innovation. The state agencies commissioned the Sagamore Institute for Policy Research (SIPR) to conduct research statewide to identify excellent social service nonprofit organizations.

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YWCA Northeast Indiana

YWCA Northeast Indiana


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For over 122 years, the YWCA of Northeast Indiana has focused on eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all human beings.  The YWCA of Northeast Indiana strives to provide safe places for women and girls, build strong women leaders, and advocate for women’s rights and civil rights in Congress. To the end, the YWCA Northeast Indiana has intentionally stuck to and honed in on

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Addressing Public Compassion

Defining a new relationship between public and private organizations

As a Bright Ideas Indiana partner, the Indiana Family and Social Service Agency (FSSA) is looking outward and seeking ways in which the state can more effectively collaborate with organizations that are serving Hoosiers. These series of public conversations are steered to engage service organizations in discussions about new resources available and gain feedback on how the State of Indiana can improve their services.

“As a state we can only provide the resources but it is the service and faith-based organizations that help restore hope and dignity to struggling individuals.”

– Ben Evans, Director of External Agency Affairs
Family & Social Services Administration