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An Open Letter from John Mutz

John Mutz, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 1957 and 1958, served as lieutenant governor of Indiana, Republican candidate for governor of Indiana, president of Lilly Endowment Inc. and president of PSI Energy.

November 29, 2021

Dear Fellow Supporter:

As you may know, Carolyn and I have spent 60 years deeply involved in the civic life of Indiana. And frankly, we’re disappointed – and extremely concerned – when we read about recent studies that show our beloved state ranked at the bottom for voter registration, civic literacy, and election turnout. At the same time, Indiana is experiencing the shrinking of trusted information sources plaguing the country.

That’s what motivated us to endow the John M. Mutz Chair in Local News at my alma mater, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  In September, the IBJ published an excellent story which summarized those efforts.

And that is also why we support the Indiana Citizen Education Foundation (ICEF) and this opportunity to double your Giving Tuesday gift.

ICEF has a goal of raising $10,000 to provide information on Indiana’s new district boundaries and complete, unbiased profiles of the candidates that are running in them in 2022. Your one-time gift to ICEF or your new monthly donation made 12 times – up to $1,000 – will be matched by NewsMatch, a national grassroots campaign to support fact-based and nonpartisan journalism in the U.S.

ICEF can have a tremendous impact on Indiana’s civic health by providing a non-partisan, nonprofit platform that is dedicated to increasing the number of informed, engaged citizens.   Thanks to ICEF, all Hoosiers have extensive, accessible, impartial information in one place for free.  But making such high-quality information free to everyone isn’t inexpensive, so I hope you will join this group of civic philanthropists by sending a donation today.

Thank you for your considering a gift to ICEF. Carolyn and I hope you have a joyous holiday season.


John Mutz