SAVI Conference


Host Partners

SAVI Community Information System
Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI)
Office of the Indiana Attorney General

Program Committee Members

Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP)
Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
The United Way of Central Indiana's Nonprofit Training Center


SAVI Community Information System

The SAVI Community Information System ( is the nation's largest spatially-enabled system of its type, providing local organizations, researchers, and involved citizens with the detailed, geographically precise information needed to make well-informed decisions. Created by The Polis Center at IUPUI, SAVI contains a wealth of free data about the social, physical, and economic conditions of Central Indiana communities from counties to neighborhoods and census tracts, as well as information on thousands of non-profit and community-based organizations and programs. SAVI is a donor-supported, Web-based, interactive system that allows users to create custom maps, graphs, charts, and data profiles of over 2,000 Central Indiana communities.

SAVI helps organizations and researchers make data-informed decisions by 1) providing reliable data about Central Indiana communities; 2) creating actionable information; 3) developing tools for data analysis; and 4) building capacity, especially for nonprofit and community-based organizations, to use data effectively. 

Here are a few examples of how SAVI can help your organization:  identifying community assets, assessing needs, planning and evaluating programs, identifying collaborators, supporting grant applications, strategic planning, understanding service areas, mapping members or clients, and visualizing patterns and trends.

For more information about SAVI, please contact Sharon Kandris at or (317) 278-2944.

Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI)


Indiana enjoys a rich tradition of Hoosiers working together to help themselves and their communities. In that spirit, the mission of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) is to advance service and volunteerism by informing, connecting, and promoting opportunities and resources that enrich the lives of Hoosiers.Governor Mike Pence has tasked the agency with the following responsibilities:

  • Connect faith and community groups, charitable organizations, private charities, voluntary associations, educational entities, and other nonprofit service organizations to promote volunteerism and community service;
  • Lift up the ongoing great works being done to assist with family resources – like housing, hunger, and health – related to economic development, disasters, education, veterans affairs, and public safety;
  • Promote innovative programs and initiatives and share best practices between state agencies and nongovernmental service providers; and
  • Provide technical assistance, education, information, and other support to such groups and organizations to improve and strengthen Indiana’s volunteerism and community service infrastructure.

OFBCI strives to be a statewide public champion for service, a strong local, regional and national partner, an efficient grant maker, and a broker of new and increased federal and state resources allocated towards service and volunteerism.

OFBCI’s programs include AmeriCorps, Mitch’s Kids, HoosierCorps, the Governor’s Conference on Service and Nonprofit Capacity Building, and the Governor’s Service AwardsFor more information, visit the OFBCI website.

Office of the Indiana Attorney General
The Office of the Indiana Attorney General (OAG) serves the state and its citizens in both a civil legal capacity and with some criminal law issues, including representing the state’s interests in appellate criminal matters. The office also deals with a variety of other issues, including administering Indiana’s Unclaimed Property Division, in which the OAG works to return abandoned property to its Hoosier owners. The OAG has a Consumer Protection Division, section which works to protect Hoosiers from unscrupulous business practices and scams. In the area of nonprofit corporations, the office oversees the filing of fundraising reports and also has jurisdiction to review the actions of nonprofits in instances in which legal guidelines may have been breached. The Attorney General serves Indiana in a myriad of ways and is the chief legal officer of the state, serving the state government, executive branch and Hoosier citizens. 


Indiana CTSI Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP)


The Community Health Engagement Program (CHEP) of the Indiana Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) recognizes that scientific pursuits without input from community experts cannot adequately address or solve pressing societal health issues. With the advice and participation of community leaders, CHEP seeks to provide better ways to conduct and disseminate research findings about health to Indiana's communities and citizens.

CHEP aims to link the experience and skills of community leaders, health professionals, and university researchers to improve the health of Indiana citizens. CHEP values academia and community working together as equal partners to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes. Fostering opportunities to build respect and trust is our goal.

The following are ways in which CHEP can help you:

  • Collaboration Opportunities - linkages to over 250 community and academia partners working in diverse populations to establish collaborations and partnerships
  • Consultation Resources - access to a structure for recruiting and conducting clinical studies (Service Core); technical assistance for strategic planning, shared governance, capacity building and data driven evaluation
  • Education & Training - creates a mechanism for disseminating results of community research studies to help education community and inform policy; hosts workshops and provides access to community based participatory research (CBPR) resources
  • Pilot Funding - provides community partners and researchers pilot funding for collaborative projects
  • Promotion of community and academia initiatives/events - assists community partners and researchers in promoting their program initiatives and opportunities

For more information about Indiana CTSI CHEP, please contact us at or 317-278-3361.  You can also visit our website at for more information.

Indiana Grantmakers Alliance

Indiana Grantmakers Alliance (IGA) is a nonprofit membership association serving the state's community, corporate, family, independent, operating, private and public foundations, as well as corporate giving programs. Our members hold 14.7 billion in assets and award 700 million in grants each year.
IGA itself does not make grants.

With a mission to advance philanthropy by promoting legal, ethical, effective and efficient grantmaking, IGA supports its members with four broad categories of service:

  • Advocacy: Promoting the work and interests of grantmakers at all levels of government
  • Education: Bringing best practices to Hoosier philantrhopists through conferences, workshops and distance learning
  • Information: Producing publications, tools and initiatives that put grantmakers in the know and on the cutting edge
  • Networking: Facilitating connections through affinity groups, listservs and personal contact

IGA's work is guided by a Strategic Framework, developed and approved by the Board of Directors.

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The School offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Learn more at

United Way of Central Indiana's Nonprofit Training Center
United Way of Central Indiana's Nonprofit Training Center (NTC) helps nonprofit organizations in Central Indiana increase their capacity to govern and manage themselves effectively. NTC services are available to any nonprofit organization in Central Indiana.

The NTC provides practical, affordable training and technical assistance through:

  • Public workshops on core competencies.
  • Customized workshops tailored to individual organization needs.
  • Short-term and long-term technical assistance consulting.
  • Referrals to reliable and ethical consultants.
  • Recommended articles, books, and Web sites.

For more information about NTC training and consulting programs, please contact Kim Donahue, Director of the Nonprofit Training Center, at 317.921.1212 or kimberly.donahue@uwci.orgThe NTC serves as the Central Region provider for the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network (INRN). Through the INRN, the Nonprofit Training Center provides training and technical assistance to nonprofits in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan and Shelby counties.

Questions? Contact The Polis Center (