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Strategic Growth and Expansion

June 13, 2022

The Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation has embarked on a strategic planning effort, in parallel to the strategic planning underway at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI), to identify ways to support the long-term direction of ISBVI while also identifying other educational and enrichment opportunities for visually impaired students across the state.

IBCF has engaged MAPT Solutions, an Indianapolis-based strategic initiatives firm, to help us create the foundation's next strategic plan. MAPT Solutions is working alongside the Board and staff to examine the current philanthropic landscape and consider the range of options that exist for our strategy and growth moving forward. This process will take place in three phases: a landscape review and current-state analysis, strategic visioning and road-mapping, and finally a first-year execution plan. These efforts will culminate into a 3-5 year plan by September 2022 which will be shared publicly with IBCF supporters later this fall.

In late March, Governor Holcomb announced the co-location of ISBVI and the Indiana School for the Deaf on the ISBVI campus at 75th and College Ave. We are excited to welcome the Deaf School staff, students, and their families. The co-location of both schools will be a top conversation priority during this strategic planning process and beyond. Current conversations with ISBVI leadership suggest the co-location of both schools will take 5-7 years to complete. The schools will operate separately on the campus, sharing a few common spaces such as the pool and track. IBCF is dedicated to providing communication regarding this process and will be sharing more information in the coming months to keep everyone informed of the timeline and progress. Feel free to send questions regarding the co-location of schools to IBCF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..