The Stanley K. Lacy (SKL) Series is a leadership development program that educates and motivates participants for community service. It was named in memory of Stanley K. (Lucky) Lacy, banker, emerging community leader, and active participant in numerous civic projects in Indianapolis, who died in an automobile accident in 1973 at the age of 27. 

The Lacy Foundation, established in December 1973, by Lacy’s mother, Edna Balz Lacy, channels funds through the Indianapolis Chamber Of Commerce Foundation to underwrite the series. An anonymous selection committee, composed of SKL program graduates and community leaders, designates 25 participants annually.

From September through June, participants become acquainted with local current issues through seminars, study groups, tours, special projects, and interaction with community leaders. Topics of interest include local government, education, health care, social services, criminal justice, economic development, the arts, and the future, as well as basic information about the community.

As of 2020, there were more than 1,000 graduates of the program. SKL graduates were responsible for initiating Circle Fest, Volunteers for Youth (now Partners for Youth), and the Indianapolis Race Relations History Project.

Revised June 2021

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