Legacy Foundation Receives HUD/USDA Secretaries’ Award

legacy-foundation-logoAcross the nation, community foundations, private foundations, and corporate giving programs work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Council on Foundations announced the 2014 winners of the Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Among them is the Legacy Foundation for their work in Gary, Indiana.

Ten foundations earned the award for their outstanding partnership with the public sector. These foundations have made significant improvements in housing and neighborhoods, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development across all American geographies – urban, suburban and rural. The awards were presented at the Council on Foundations’ Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Cleveland. Watch a video message from HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

“These foundations understand that strong communities connect families with the promise of living the American dream,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Powerful outcomes occur when the philanthropic and public sectors come together to solve problems, enhance neighborhoods and expand opportunity for others. I commend these honorees for their deep commitment to serving the common good.”

“USDA is proud to partner with foundations on worthy development projects that are improving the quality of life for rural residents and providing them with new economic opportunities. The work that foundations undertake often complements the work that our employees are carrying out at the local level,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “Congratulations to the foundations that have been recognized for their exceptional efforts in 2014.”

“I’m proud to offer my congratulations to the winning foundations,” said Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “Their work serves as a model for others in the field. Philanthropy works across sectors to engage communities in meaningful development and productive action. I am grateful to Secretary Castro and Secretary Vilsack for their leadership in recognizing the impact of foundations across the country, I look forward to continuing our engagement with them in order to push for still greater collaboration.”

Antonio R. Riley, Regional Administrator of the HUD Midwest Regional Office indicated, “The Legacy Foundations’ Neighborhood Spotlight initiative empowers local residents to effectuate change within their communities in a multi-faceted approach with the support of numerous public-private partners. As a designated Strong City, Strong Community (SC2), with the support of the Legacy Foundation, Gary, Indiana builds upon the SC2 arsenal of resources to revitalize its neighborhoods in an economically sound and environmentally sustainable manner.”

Carolyn Saxton, President of the Legacy Foundation said, “Legacy Foundation, the community foundation of Lake County, Indiana, is building a culture of philanthropy, and creating regional, state and federal partnerships that will positively transform our county. One of those vital federal partnerships is with HUD and USDA. Together Legacy Foundation, HUD and the USDA are revitalizing our neighborhoods through motivated collective decision-making effecting a stronger and more vibrant Lake County. By creating opportunity, encouraging education and defining a sense of place, Legacy, HUD and USDA are improving the quality of life in Lake County, neighborhood by neighborhood.”

Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency. The winners are:

Barry Community Foundation
Barry County, MI
Barry County Holiday Inn Express

Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
New York, New York
NYC Housing and Neighborhood Recovery Donor Collaborative

Florida Blue Foundation
Embrace a Healthy Florida

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
Growing Home

Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Sarasota County, Florida
Campaign Against Summer Hunger

IBM Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs
Syracuse, NY
Smarter Cities Challenge

Legacy Foundation
Gary, Indiana
Neighborhood Spotlight

Raikes Foundation
King County, Washington
Prevent and End Youth and Young Adult Homelessness in King County

The Denver Foundation
Denver, Colorado
Mile High Connects/Denver Regional Transit-Oriented Development Fund

The San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco, California