About the Foundation

Mitch Daniels’ tenure as governor was marked by impressive achievements. Each was significant for its contribution to moving Indiana forward; all together, they signaled that Indiana is a state whose people are ambitious to be the best.

The Mitch Daniels Leadership Foundation was created to encourage and instill leadership that lifts the arc of progress in Indiana as was done by Indiana’s 49th governor. The purpose of the Foundation is to build a network of innovators and leaders who refuse to accept the status quo as good enough, constantly aim higher, and execute courageously.

Events and programs

Daniels Leadership Prize

The Daniels Leadership Prize is awarded bi-annually to an Indiana citizen who embodies the values of Mitch Daniels and has used his or her talents to drive impact and grow leaders in the state.

Bi-annual event

The Foundation hosts an bi-annual soiree to celebrate leaders who have lifted the arc of progress in Indiana and to inspire future generations of leaders in the state.

Fellows Program

The MDLF Fellows Program, launched in 2016, seeks to bridge the experience gap between established leaders and future leaders to accelerate progress on Indiana's key growth initiatives.

Daniels Legacy Project

The Daniels Legacy Project is a digital mindshare and database of files that have contributed to the legacy of Mitch Daniels, before and after his two terms as Governor of Indiana.

“A new mentality has taken root, a new boldness born of risks successfully run and change successfully delivered.” - Mitch Daniels, Second Inaugural Address