This story was created in partnership with Silver in the City.
Most longtime Indianapolis residents can agree that the city has changed drastically in the past few decades. While Indy had been evolving for years when it hosted the Super Bowl in 2012, the city came alive — Georgia Street transformed into Super Bowl Village, the JW Marriott was built, and the related funding left a lasting impact on the cityscape. Since then, Indianapolis continued to develop — in sports with the establishment of Indy Eleven, Indy Fuel, and hosting of the 2020 NCAA Basketball Championships; in excursions with the opening of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and Pacers Bikeshare system; in gastronomy with the explosion of many new, now nationally and internationally renowned restaurants; and in arts and culture with a variety of galleries and exhibits dedicated to showcasing both traditional and emergent artwork.
In recent years—especially in 2020 and 2021, we’ve seen an increased focus on corporate-social responsibility on both the local and national level, with organizations advocating for important changes around issues like racial justice, environmental sustainability, and accessible education and healthcare. Still, while the city has become more progressive and many businesses have spoken out regarding important causes, there is an organization that has advocated for causes it believes in since its founding in 2000—a time when few companies had corporate-social responsibility as a true cornerstone of their business strategy. This organization is Silver in the City, one of Indianapolis’ most beloved boutiques.
This brief timeline outlines Silver in the City’s unwavering commitment to the values it has had since its establishment over 20 years ago. This dedication to social justice, beginning as a mission to “make everyone feel welcome,” led to the creation of the Silver Linings Fund, which supports grant applicants in pursuits of social justice.
Throughout its history, Silver in the City has maintained its commitment to standing up for causes it believes in and will continue to do so by empowering others in pursuit of a shared mission. As noted in the timeline, this central dedication to social justice has developed into the organization’s introduction of its “Silver Linings Fund,” Applicants can apply for funding that addresses issues of social inequity in Indianapolis. Applications for the second round of grants are open until October 31, with funds being distributed to winners in early December.