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This holiday season, we are especially grateful to the Foundation's grantees and other community partners who work tirelessly year-round to make Indianapolis a stronger, more vibrant city. From the entire Fairbanks Foundation team, happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 

GRANTEE SPOTLIGHTS
AXIS Mentoring Program to Help Develop Indiana's Life Sciences Economy

The newly launched Accelerating Innovation IN Science (AXIS) program will pair highly experienced mentors with promising entrepreneurs to further develop and enhance Indiana’s thriving life sciences economy. This program is based on a unique and proven mentoring model from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Mentoring Service (MIT VMS) and brings together Indiana’s leading entrepreneurs and innovators—including BioCrossroads and 16 Tech.

BioCrossroads is actively recruiting mentors with industry and academic experience along with innovators and entrepreneurs—find additional details here

The Mind Trust Now Accepting Applications to Join Relay National Principals Academy Fellowship

The Mind Trust is currently accepting applications from Indianapolis school leaders to participate in the Relay Graduation School of Education's National Principals Academy Fellowship, a nationally recognized program that provides school leaders with powerful instructional and cultural professional development. 

The Mind Trust will receive $990,000 over three years from the Fairbanks Foundation to support Indianapolis school leader participation in the fellowship, bringing the Foundation's total grant funding for the Relay program to $1,756,000.

You can find more details on the Fellowship and the application process here. 

Let's Build Bridges With People Who Don't Think Like Us
Claire Fiddian-Green in the IBJ's Forefront

A new national survey finds widening political polarization in the United States. 

As a nation, as a state, and in our towns and cities, we are stronger when we come together and tackle complex issues with a solutions-oriented mindset. But doing so requires looking beyond our differences and finding common ground.

This holiday season, let’s take a step toward healing our fractured nation by building bridges with people who don’t think like us. This can start at the holiday dinner table and extend from there.

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