Community Creates Change
Liz Tate, Class of 2002
Central Indiana Community Foundation
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead said that. And Hamilton County—its history, present and future--proves the cultural anthropologist right.
I have been thinking about community a lot this year, as Legacy Fund has celebrated 25 years as the official community foundation of Hamilton County, working with donors, not-for-profits, and civic, business and government leaders on projects designed to make our community a beautiful place to live, work and play.
I have, for nearly 20 years, been a part of the Hamilton County community. My first interaction with HCLA was through my position at Legacy Fund. Back then Hamilton County looked different than it does today. The one thing that is not different is how one person can make a difference here. Here is…Noblesville, Cicero, Fishers. Really anywhere in Hamilton County. I have seen the power of community.
It is no surprise that so many Hamilton County towns and cities have been recognized as some of the nation’s best places to live. All of us, together, did that. We made Hamilton County what it is today—a place not without problems, for certain, but a place with an unmistakably bright future.
We need leaders in boardrooms, in the fields of science and technology, in national halls of power and other places. But community leadership is the bedrock of our society. Its impact is profound and transformative. Look around you—at this place we call home. It is the proof.