Thank you Midwest!

Our Midwest regional gathering in Indianapolis June 30-July 1 was held at Indiana University-Indianapolis hosted by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we were able to grant to the following local nonprofits.   Youth selected the following grantees and amounts.  Thank you to all of our wonderful grant applicants.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support!





Speaker Biographies
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Samantha Alarie-Leca, Program Officer, The West Foundation

Samantha Alarie-Leca is the inaugural program officer at the West Foundation based in Indianapolis, IN. Some of her other life adventures include a solo-drive from California to Rhode Island, living in the Redwood Forest, teaching English in France and completing two years of National Service with AmeriCorps. Samantha is an alumna of Exponent Philanthropy’s Next Gen Fellows program and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.She also holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, she served as a Lipman Prize Fellow and researched social change organizations in consideration for a prestigious $125,000 cash prize. One element of this research included field visits to rural Nepal where she visited READ Global’s community library and resource centers. She believes that it is never too early or too late to discover your philanthropic passion.

Katerina Beggs, Blooming Kids for Kindness

Katerina is a 3rd grader in Bloomington, IN who loves school, seahorses, soccer and show choir. (All things S!) She has been a part of Blooming Kids for Kindness since she was born, but only remember the last 6 years. Through this philanthropy group made up of about 10 families, she and her friends had a bounce-a-thon to raise money to build a library in Zambia, held a food drive to stock shelves of the local food pantry, assisted Habitat for Humanity Women Build efforts, and squeezed a thousand lemons over the years and sold as many cups of lemonade to support efforts to end homelessness, improve literacy and more.

Sara Beggs, Senior Program Director, Exponent Philanthropy

Sara Beggs is a Senior Program Director at Exponent Philanthropy (formerly the Association of Small Foundations), an organization empowering philanthropists to leverage their resources and amplify their impact. Since joining the organization in 2000, she has held a range of senior positions and has authored several publications including The Foundation Guidebook, The Trustee Handbook, and multiple legal primers. Currently, she focuses her energy on helping funders achieve impact and engage in evaluation. Through trainings, small group learning, and one-on-one consultations, Sara helps funders define a clear focus, and a manageable and meaningful strategy that is grounded in a deep knowledge of the field. Sara also works closely with boards using Exponent Philanthropy’s board self-assessment survey, ultimately helping boards to identify their strengths, areas for improvement, and potential next steps for becoming more effective. Sara’s prior work was in the field of economic development, after receiving her B. S. in economics from Boston College. Her greatest philanthropic joy is found working with ten families on local and international volunteer activities all with the goal of encouraging their kids to care about their communities and instilling the belief that they can make a difference no matter how small they are.

Wesley Boone, Founder, Gear Going Global, and Student, IU Lilly School of Philanthropy

LEAD360 Health & Wellness winner Wesley Boone, is an 18-year-old star soccer player from Indiana. In 2013, after watching the PBS documentary “Power to the People,” Wesley realized too many kids have nothing to play with. He became aware of how fortunate he was and felt inspired to make a change. He started Gear Going Global. Wesley’s BIG IDEA is to collect new and used athletic equipment for the millions of children in the United States and around the world who have none. Together, we will make Wes’s dream come true. As the winning Health & Wellness project, the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Wes are asking the country to collect new and used sports equipment providing kids all over the world with the gear they need to play. Wesley is studying Philanthropic Studies at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

Angela Carr Klitzsch, Vice President for Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Angela Carr Klitzsch is a Vice President for Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., responsible for leading the firm’s philanthropy in Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia. JPMorgan Chase and its corporate foundation invest more than $200 million in communities across the globe focused on community development, financial capability, economic growth and workforce readiness. Angela joined JPMorgan Chase with more than a decade of experience in working to build nonprofit capacity and coordinate systems and processes focused on workforce readiness and asset development. Prior to her role at the firm, she was the Director of Community Impact at the Central Indiana Community Foundation where she led a $20 million, multi-year collaborative effort to increase the earnings and assets of working families. Angela is an alumna of The University of Notre Dame where she received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history. She studied abroad at the American University of Cairo and joined the Peace Corps where she served as a health education volunteer in the Republic of Moldova. Upon returning to the United States, Angela earned a master’s degree in nonprofit management and a master’s degree in philanthropic studies at Indiana University. She serves as adjunct faculty and is a current PhD candidate at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Angela recently served on the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) National Funders Network Steering Committee and the United Way of Central Indiana’s Human Service Committee. She is a mentor to graduate students at The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, a founding member of the Indiana chapter of Emerging Practioners in Philanthhropy and is on the boards of the Greater Louisville Project, RecycleForce, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance, and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum Guild. She serves on Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ Distinguished Alumni Council (DAC), the Indiana Career Council’s Sector Strategies and Pathways Taskforce, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Taskforce, the advisory board of Joy’s House and the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) steering committee. Angela resides in Indianapolis with her husband and their two sons.

Pamela Clark, Director of Student Services and Admissions, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Pamela Clark is currently serving as the Director of Student Services and Admissions for the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  She has been in this role since January of 2013, but has worked at IUPUI for thirteen years in various roles. She was the Assistant Director of Admissions with the School of Dentistry, Program Coordinator for the IUPUI/Butler University Engineering Dual Degree Program for Engineering and Technology, an advisor at University College and an Assistant Director of Admissions for the IUPUI Office of Admissions.  She also worked in admissions at Ivy Tech State College before coming to IUPUI.  She enjoys working with students and supporting them in achieving their academic goals.  While working at University College she developed the first online learning communities designed for freshmen students and specifically for adult learners.  While at the School of Dentistry, she worked to develop programs to recruit rural applicants to the field of dentistry.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Evansville and a master’s degree in adult education from Indiana University.

Delia Coleman, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Donors Forum

Delia identifies and qualifies opportunities for our Strategic Initiatives, as well as directing our policy research and communications. Delia joined Donors Forum in 2010 as Manager, Public Policy Communications and Outreach, was promoted to Director in 2011, and took on strategic initiatives in October 2014. Previously, Delia was Government Relations Officer at YWCA Metropolitan Chicago. She has been a Board Member of Chicago Lights and an Advocacy Council member of Women Employed. She is currently Board Co-Chair of the Chicago Abortion Fund. Before entering the nonprofit sector, Delia worked for several years in the corporate world, including at Gagen MacDonald (formerly Matha MacDonald), Starpoint Solutions, and Deloitte Consulting. She is a skilled speechwriter, public speaker, researcher, and advocate for social justice and women’s issues. An avid watcher of PBS Masterpiece Mystery episodes, Delia earned a BA in English Literature from UCLA, and an MA in English Literature from the University of Michigan.

Darby FitzSimmons, Blooming Kids for Kindness

Darby FitzSimmons (age 12) is a founding member of “Blooming Kids for Kindness” (BK4K),  a children’s philanthropy group begun in 2007 by like-minded mothers who wished their children could understand they could make a difference, no matter how small they were. Darby took this concept to heart, working through BK4K to, for example, raise funds for a library in Zambia, aid to Haiti and “Habitat for Humanity, learning about and trying to tackle issues of illiteracy, hunger and homeless, and more. She also began researching environmental concerns and their early markers, such as the Chytrid fungus that has decimated frogs, then educated family and friends about the issues and asked for donations to support scientific research into solutions, rather than gifts for birthdays since she was six years old. Darby is now thrilled she is at an age when she can volunteer in her community on her own for non-profits she believes in.

Mike Goorhouse, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ)

Mike Goorhouse is President/CEO of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ). Mike’s involvement with CFHZ goes back 13 years when he joined the Youth Advisory Committee. He has since spent his entire career in philanthropy including working with Private Foundations, Community Foundations and Youth Grantmakers while at the Council of Michigan Foundations, before joining the CFHZ staff in 2012. Mike has been named one of Grand Rapids Business Journal’s top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 and one of the nation’s top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30 by the National Conference on Citizenship. Mike holds a Masters of Public Administration – Nonprofit Management from GVSU as well as a Bachelors degree in Secondary Education from Calvin College. He is a Certified Gift Planning Associate and a Certified Fund Raising Manager. Mike has served on numerous nonprofit boards including Kids Food Basket, Learning to Give and the Association for a More Just Society.

Jill Gordon, Program Director, Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII)

Jill Gordon has served as the Program Director and primary contact for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) since August, 2011. Locally based in Indianapolis, Indiana and nationally connected, YPII is a signature program of the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance. The mission of this unique statewide collaborative is to grow lifelong philanthropist who share of their time, talent, and treasure for the common good. YPII encourages foundations and youth-serving organizations to engage youth in four pillars of philanthropy: serving, giving, leading, and engaging within their communities. As Program Director, Jill oversees YPII’s role in providing trainings, resources, technical assistance and best practices to nonprofits and foundations promoting and supporting youth philanthropy efforts. Jill brings 15 years of experience in the nonprofit arena, with a strong focus on program and curriculum development, training and evaluation, grant writing, and nonprofit management.

Jenny Harms, Member Relations Director for the Midwest, Council on Foundations

As Member Relations Director for the Midwest, Jenny builds stronger connections between Council members, peer organizations, and other philanthropic, public, and private sector organizations. She works to better understand regional dynamics so the Council can be a more effective, collaborative network node; and facilitate more open, direct communication between the Council and its members. Prior to joining the Council, Jenny worked at The Hitachi Foundation as a Senior Program Officer. Jenny also worked for Boys & Girls Clubs of Petaluma overseeing six local clubhouses and the organization’s fundraising efforts. She is a proud AmeriCorps alumna having served New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity as volunteer coordinator. Jenny graduated from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with an MBA and concentration in Social Entrepreneurship. She also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and Women’s Studies Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In her spare time, Jenny enjoys biking, sells handmade knits on Etsy, writes a movie blog, and works to perfect the homemade marshmallow.

Julie Hatcher, Executive Director, Center for Service and Learning,  Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Dr. Julie A. Hatcher is Executive Director of the Center for Service and Learning and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Her current responsibilities include leading the work of the Center to support a culture of engagement among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Her scholarship and research relates to community engagement in higher education and she has responsibilities for leading this work of CSL as a campus Signature Center. At the campus level, Julie is a member of the Community Engagement Leadership Team within the Division of Community Engagement and Regional Economic Development. She also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement.

Julie served as the initial Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the first degree program of its kind in the nation. Her research and scholarship focuses on civic learning outcomes in higher education, philanthropic motivations of professionals, the philosophy of John Dewey, and the role of higher education in civil society. She has published significantly throughout her career. She collaborates on national projects such as the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (e.g., Bridging Theory to Practice, rubric development team for Civic Engagement). Julie routinely consults with faculty and academic leaders on designing philanthropic studies curriculum and integrating service into academic study. She enjoys collaborating on local and international projects (e.g., Kenya, South Africa) to advance the public purposes of higher education.

Jared Heddinger, Committee Member, Council of Michigan Foundations Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee

Jared is currently a second year member on the MCFYP committee and a first year member on Youth Philanthropy connect. He loves empowering youth in an effort to make an impact on someone’s life, just like what happened with him.

Annie Hernandez, Executive Director, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation and Youth Philanthropy Connect

Annie Hernandez, Ph.D. joined the staff of the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation in November 2012 to lead its special project, Youth Philanthropy Connect, which connects youth ages 8-21 involved in philanthropy through their families or a foundation with their peers, and provides educations programs that advance youth involvement in philanthropy and the professional skills of the next generation of philanthropic leaders. Annie continues to lead this effort as well as serves as the Executive Director for the Los Angeles based foundation.

Previously, Annie led the next generation efforts and developed the Good Works Connect network of nonprofits in downstate Illinois for The Lumpkin Family Foundation. Annie is committed to capacity building for the sector. Her other experience includes service in a variety of roles in public and nonprofit organizations, including a management support organization, the State of Indiana’s Rural Affairs, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership at the University of Georgia where she was faculty with the Community Leadership Association, and Fiesta Indianapolis, Inc. where she was its first Executive Director.

Annie serves on the national board for Learning to Give as well as a number of family philanthropy-related committees. She received the inaugural Young and Emerging Capacity Builder Award from the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and was Indiana’s delegate to their Nonprofit Congress. Along with being a 21/64 trainer, Annie earned her MS in Agricultural, Environmental Communication and Education at the University of Illinois, and her BS from Texas A&M University. She recently completed her Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University with her dissertation focused on effective networked nonprofits.

A Texas native, Annie now lives in Goleta, California, with her partner, George, and their Australian Shepherd, Ellie. You can find her on the beach or hiking in the sunshine or online at @anniehernandez or on

Caitlyn Hicks, Administrative Assistant & Grants Administrator, The Siragusa Foundation

Caitlyn Hicks is a fourth generation family member and the administrative assistant/grants administrator of The Siragusa Foundation in Chicago, IL. Caitlyn manages the grant process and executes many aspects of the foundation’s operations. She is also responsible for facilitating the foundation’s next generation initiatives to deepen the involvement of her brothers and cousins. Caitlyn is an alumnus of Exponent Philanthropy’s Next Gen Fellowship’s inaugural class. She sits on the steering committee for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s Chicago chapter and is involved with Chicago Women in Philanthropy’s annual luncheon committee. She was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal about involving youth in family philanthropy and was a presenter on next generation engagement as part of The Chicago Community Trust’s “On the Table” discussions. Her philanthropic interests are in mental health and social-emotional learning.

Sammie Holzwarth, Product Implementation Engineer, Foundant Technologies

Sammie Holzwarth has been with Foundant for three years. Starting as an intern, she moved to the Client Success Manager (CSM) role after college. She has loved building relationships with clients, hearing about all of the great things the different foundations are doing, and the changing work from one client to another.

After implementing more than 100 clients in Foundant GLM, Sammie has taken her product expertise to the sales side of the company. She supports the sales team, keeping them up to date on new functionality in GLM, as well as doing the “heavy lifting” during the more technical demos. The Foundant sales team knows the product, but Sammie is able to bring her day-to-day experience from more than two years of client training to the table.

Nina Kaushikkar, Allowance for Good

Nina Kaushikkar is a 15-year-old freshman at Evanston Township High School. Prior to working with Allowance for Good, she has worked with Pratham, India’s largest NGO in the field of education, participating in a read-a-thon in the 5th grade in which she raised $2,000, as well as working with Kiva and Pennies for Peace in the 3rd grade, leading a fundraiser for the latter. In the summer after 6th grade, she became involved with Allowance for Good, participating in their 1st Global Philanthropy Summit. Since then, she has gone on to partake in both of the inaugural levels of their Emerging Leaders in Philanthropy program, the 2nd and 3rd Global Philanthropy Summits, and, most recently, their first Global Engagement Expeditions (GEE) venture to Nicaragua in August of 2014. She looks forward to taking part in their second GEE to Mexico this summer, and continuing to work with and support AfG as it continues to grow. Outside of her participation with AfG, she enjoys studying Latin, mathematics, the humanities, and science; some of her extracurricular activities include being on my school’s debate, scholastic bowl, and Model UN teams.

Lilly School of Philanthropy

The School of Philanthropy is the largest, most comprehensive, and world-renowned academic center focused solely on philanthropy and nonprofit management in the world. The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s degree programs bring together an understanding of how philanthropy works with why people give. The School emphasizes a comprehensive approach to the study of philanthropy in society that gives you the knowledge and understanding to be active in the nonprofit field. This broad approach gives you more choices throughout your life to pursue your passions and improve your community locally or globally.

Danielle LaJoie, Co-Chair, Council of Michigan Foundations Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee

Danielle LaJoie is a freshman at the University of Michigan studying Public Policy and the current co-chair of the Council of Michigan Foundations Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee. She began to work in philanthropy at age 14 when she joined the Youth Alliance Committee in her hometown, Battle Creek Michigan. She later interned at the Battle Creek Community Foundation before serving on the MCFYP committee. She is now interning at the National Center for Family Philanthropy. This is her first year working with the Youth Philanthropy Connect Leadership Team.

Mark Larimer, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing & Client Services, Foundant Technologies

Mark is a Co-Founder of Foundant Technologies acting as the Vice President of Marketing & Client Services. He has worked in the high tech field his entire career as a sales, marketing and operations professional. Mark helped grow his last company RightNow Technologies by opening most of their global sales offices in Europe and Australia and lived abroad for two years. He left RightNow Technologies in 2002 to pursue time with his family and in 2005 helped found Foundant Technologies. Foundant provides the online grant management system used by many of the partner foundations of the Youth Philanthropy Connect project. Foundant has supported Youth Philanthropy Connect since its inception and has returned this year with a generous sponsorship to support the YPC Giving Circle.

Grace Maraugha, Committee Member, Council of Michigan Foundations Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee

Grace Maraugha graduated from Bedford Senior High school in June, and plans to study Nursing at Huntington University in the fall. She swam competitively for ten years and was on the varsity swim team for three years. Grace also played lacrosse all four years of high school. She is a member of the National Honor society and was in student council while at BHS. She is completing her sixth year on her local Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) and her second year on the MCFYP committee. She loves giving back to the Community in any way that she can.

Alexis Marion, Program Officer, Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation

Alexis met the Fox family when she was 12 years old as a foster youth. She has been around the foundation since its inception and its work has influenced her path. Alexis is the Program Officer for the Foundation, supporting grantees and serving as the advisor for the Foundation’s Junior Board. She studied Political Science, specifically the intersection between family and government, and graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University. Her life’s work has centered around foster care advocacy and working with foster teens in their successful transition to adulthood. Most recently, she work at the Al Wooten, Jr. Heritage Center in their college readiness program. She is an avid volunteer and reader residing in Studio City, California.

Kari McCann, Director of Nonprofit Partnerships & Grantmaking, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Kari McCann is the Director of Nonprofit Partnerships & Grantmaking at the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. In this role, Kari works directly with the foundation’s 200 endowed nonprofit partners, facilitates trainings and workshops through the McCarthy Center for Nonprofits, and oversees the Women’s Giving Circle and YAPPERS, the foundation’s youth philanthropy initiative. Kari started her career in philanthropy in eight-grade as a youth grantmaker. She earned her B.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 and completed her M.A. in Philanthropic Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in May 2013. She is the Education Chair and board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Tri-States Chapter Board of Directors and is a member of the Women’s Giving Circle, the Young Professionals Days of Caring Committee and supports youth philanthropy nationally.

Elizabeth Newton, Founder & Executive Director, Allowance for Good

Elizabeth Newton is Founder and Executive Director of Allowance for Good. Elizabeth has worked in various capacities with the Center for Global Business and the Economy and the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Elizabeth has also worked with Net Impact as an AmeriCorps VISTA and the Institute for International Education, and she previously volunteered with Global Glimpse. Elizabeth is the recipient of the 2012 Hilton U. Brown Alumni Achievement Award from Butler University and was highlighted alongside 100 global leaders in Steelcase’s 100 Dreams. 100 Minds. 100 Years. celebration.

Luana Nissan, Founder & Strategist, Catalysts for Good, and Educational Consultant, Learning to Give

Luana recently founded Catalysts for Good that assists schools with vision and strategic groundwork for holistic youth engagement. She spent sixteen years as a researcher, writer and program director in the youth philanthropy and service field and five years as a director of the Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. She has worked extensively with Learning to Give in development of resources for educators and has worked for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Erin Nylen-Wysocki, Special Projects Associate, Foundation Center

Erin is a special projects associate at Foundation Center where she supports several programs in the strategic philanthropy department, and helps to develop and curate knowledge services for funders. Prior to joining the Center, Erin received a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, and worked for Bideawee, an animal welfare organization.

Phish, The Dekko Foundation

phish is the Dekko Foundation’s youth philanthropy leadership team. Comprised of members from four states, phish provides training and inspiration to youth philanthropists in their home communities.

Mackenzie Price, Executive Director, the Huron County Community Foundation, Director of Regional Partnerships for Huron, Sanilac, and St. Clair County Community Foundations

Mackenzie is a 2014 graduate of Hillsdale College and has been actively involved in the field of community foundations since 2004 when she joined the Hillsdale County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Committee. Her past experience also includes serving as the Mawby Intern at the Council of Michigan Foundations in 2013 and serving three years on the Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Project (MCFYP). Now, Mackenzie resides in the Thumb of Michigan and is the Executive Director of the Huron County Community Foundation and the director of regional partnerships for Huron, Sanilac, and St. Clair County Community Foundations.

Marty Posch, President, Finish Line Youth Foundation

With a clean slate before him, Posch said he pinches himself when he realizes the exciting opportunities and challenges he faces.

Through his previous experiences as the community relations director for Indiana University-Purdue University, Posch was impacted by his involvement with philanthropic organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, and the BackPack Attack, which provides school supplies for underprivileged children in Indianapolis.

In addition to his passion for helping children succeed, Posch said he is particularly motivated by the desire to get people engaged and involved in their own communities. “I wasn’t always involved in volunteerism or philanthropy,” he explains. As an event planner, Posch witnessed at the ground level how these organizations and the people they are helping greatly rely on volunteers to make those dreams a reality. “I am able to see every day how getting involved can change you as a person and change your life. It certainly changed my life.”

Posch had an interesting path to get to where he is now. Starting off after graduating from Indiana University in radio. Posch was a DJ and worked promotions for 92.3 WTTS in Indianapolis for 7 years before the non-profit bug bit him.

In 2008, he was a founding member of Giving Sum, a not-for-profit organization designed to encourage next-generation leaders to become involved in philanthropy and civic engagement in the Greater Indianapolis area. In three years, the organization infused more than $200,000 into the Indianapolis community and put hundreds of Indianapolis professionals on the path to being more involved in the community.

Through the Finish Line Youth Foundation, Posch now has the opportunity to help on a national level. In his 4 years at the foundation, Posch has doubled funding, developed a national partnership with Special Olympics., and created a nation-wide volunteer program. Under Posch’s leadership volunteer hours have gone from 0 in 2010 to over 10,000 in 2014. “It is such a wonderful experience partnering with the Special Olympics “Posch said “This is a great way for us to get our over 650 stores and 13,000 employees around the country volunteering and sharing experiences” Giving is a culture at the Finish Line organization, Posch said. “Even during these tough economic times, the company invested their money in the foundation to continue making an impact on children’s lives. They were thinking of the future, and so am I.”

In his just announced role of President of the foundation, Posch will not only be leading the philanthropic efforts of Finish Line through the Finish Line Youth Foundation, but also creating strategies through Finish Line’s partnership in over 400 Macy’s stores, as well as over 75 running stores through Finish Line’s Running Specialty Group.

Posch has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Public Affairs with a focus on non- profit management from Indiana University

Patrick Rooney: Speaking in Place of Patrick Rooney are:

Melanie McKitrick started her career at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2008 as a graduate assistant in the research department. Since 2011, she has been the Managing Editor of Giving USA. In addition to producing Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy and a number of Giving USA Spotlight research reports, Melanie has managed and produced the 2012 Bank of America study on High Net Worth Philanthropy, Connected to Give: Faith Communities, the 2013 Congregational Economic Impact Study, The Philanthropy Outlook 2015 & 2016, and several other reports.

Jacqueline Ackerman has been with the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy since 2012 as a project coordinator in the research department. Jacqueline has focused her efforts on the Million Dollar List, a database of million-dollar-and-up gifts from U.S. donors. She has also managed a diverse set of projects including a project a report on million-dollar giving to colleges and universities, an annual report on international million-dollar philanthropy, and research on women’s philanthropy. Jacqueline received her MPA from the Indiana University—Bloomington School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2012.

Karin Scott, Program Director, Allowance for Good

As Allowance for Good’s program director, Karin oversees the AfG youth program portfolio, helps to develop the strategic direction, and manages AfG fellows and volunteers. Karin graduated cum laude from Northwestern University where she studied History and Urban Studies. Her vast interest in global philanthropy flourished due to her extensive involvement in the Global Engagement Summit, a five-day training conference for young social entrepreneurs from across the world. Karin’s interest in philanthropy emerged from a Northwestern class where her and her classmates were given $100,000 to grant to nonprofit organizations. This was Karin’s first experience with the grantmaking process and she was inspired by it’s lessons, challenges, and teamwork. Karin enjoys cooking, reading, volunteering, and exploring Chicago with her free time.

Katherine Scott, Director of Youth Philanthropy, Youth Philanthropy Connect

Katherine joined the Frieda C. Fox Family Foundation from the Boston Foundation, where she managed an online platform profiling best practices of nearly a thousand nonprofits, serving as a tool for donors and local university philanthropy courses, and building the capacity of nonprofit leaders engaged in the work. Previously, she has worked at other foundations in organizational effectiveness, training nonprofit leaders, donor services, scholarship and other awards to individuals, and recruiter to private and independent schools. Katherine is excited to have her career come full circle as she began her experience in philanthropy in high school as a Youth Advisory Council member and leader for In Youth We Trust at the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. She holds a BA from Wittenberg University and an MA in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and MPA in Nonprofit Management from SPEA from Indiana University, Indianapolis. A native of Illinois, Katherine now lives in Boston with her husband Michael and can be found volunteering locally including cuddling babies at a local hospital or on Linkedin

Tim Seiler, Director of The Fund Raising School, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Tim Seiler is Director of The Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is also assistant professor of philanthropic studies in the graduate program. Dr. Seiler is an alumnus of The Fund Raising School and has been a faculty member since 1986 and the director since 1994.

Formerly vice president of the Indiana University Foundation, Dr. Seiler was a major gifts officer for university development. As director of the foundation’s Indianapolis office, he coordinated the constituency development program for the schools and programs on the Indianapolis campus. He also led the comprehensive fundraising program for the Indianapolis campus, which included staff for corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, planned giving, annual fund, prospect research, donor relations, and stewardship.

Dr. Seiler teaches core curriculum courses and customized contract programs for The Fund Raising School and regularly makes conference and seminar presentations nationally and internationally. He is an author and editor of fundraising publications and was editor-in-chief of the Excellence in Fundraising Workbook Series, author of the workbook Developing Your Case for Support, and co-editor of Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, Third Edition. Dr. Seiler also teaches in the graduate program in philanthropic studies, and has been voted outstanding part-time graduate instructor.

Dr. Seiler serves the nonprofit sector not only as a fundraiser, author, and teacher, but also as a board member and campaign committee member for several nonprofits and serves as a mentor to young professional fundraisers. He earned a B.A. degree in English from Saint Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Indiana, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from Indiana University. He also holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive professional designation.

Karyn Nishimura Sneath, CEO, Npower

Karyn Nishimura (nee-shee-murr-ah) Sneath owns the consultancy Npower. She likes to describe herself as a Flexible (and fun) Facilitator, a Smart Strategic Planner, and Creative Consultant. Npower comes from two elements:   N – for Nishimura and Power  from her passion for empowerment – giving away power to strengthen and transform individuals and organizations.

Over the last 28 years Karyn has been a consultant, author, association senior-staff member, and higher education administrator.  She tends to talk quickly and loudly – a habit from her teen years as a lifeguard and from teaching swim lessons in a noisy indoor pool. Karyn has worked in higher education at the home of the Fighting Leathernecks (Western Illinois University) in the office of student activities and at the home of the Shockers (Wichita State University, Kansas) in student involvement and leadership.  She also fell serendipitously into association management as the first female fraternity-life professional with the North-American Interfraternity Conference and then as a senior staff member with LEADERSHIP USA – a program of the National Association for Community Leadership.

Through Npower she has the best of both introversion and extroversion worlds, quietly working alone in her Carmel, IN office and partnering on occasion with her renowned “A-team” comprised of several partnered facilitators, strategists, consultants, and speakers. Volunteering professionally and personally is important to her.  Professionally, she serves the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  She also spent three years with the great colleagues in the ASAE Professional Development Council (2009-2012).

Personally, she cares a lot about empowering women and girls world-wide through education and has served as a founding Trustee of the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation from 2010-2014.  Advancers of this cause want to lift women and girls out of poverty through education and financial empowerment.   She continues to raise funds and awareness to this important organization. To complement that work, she’s also a troop leader to a fun, rowdy, and inquisitive Girl Scout troop of 11-year-old future world leaders.

She celebrates 22 years with her Kansas Jayhawk husband, Steve, and both are thankful they bonded at Wichita State University in the early 90s playing together on a recreation league softball team.

Colton C. Strawser, Principal, Colton Strawser Consulting

Colton C. Strawser, a former youth philanthropist, is the Principal of Colton Strawser Consulting, a nonprofit and communications consulting firm located in Indianapolis. Strawser is a former youth philanthropy member of the Dekko Foundation’s phish program, and serves as a Program Consultant for the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. Strawser received his B.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Mike Tracy, Program Fellow, Youth Philanthropy Connect

Mike is a Program Fellow with Youth Philanthropy Connect.  He is also a youth committee member of the Tracy Family Foundation, where he helps to assist in the foundation’s work with youth leadership in the region that they serve. Mike also served as a member of the YPC Leadership Team during the 2013-2014 year.  Mike is a sophomore at DePauw University where he studies Spanish and Economics, and is originally from St. Louis.

Kevin Wanzer, Speaker and Author, Choose to Love

Since 1983, Kevin has spoken in front of well over 3,000 audiences all over the world including 49 states,* Canada, China, Europe and Singapore. He has been noted nationally as one of the most effective and entertaining speakers for corporations, organizations, schools, colleges and to audiences of adults who work with and empower the lives of youth. His program encourages audiences to discover their hidden passions, embrace diversity and celebrate the laughter in us all. While a high school student, Kevin Wanzer helped host first lady Nancy Reagan’s visit to Indianapolis in conjunction with the international Just Say No to Drugs program. In 1984, as a result of Kevin’s meeting and working with Mrs. Reagan, President Ronald Reagan appointed Kevin to serve as a delegate to the White House Conference for a Drug Free America. To this day, Kevin is still the youngest presidential appointee in American history. Kevin also testified in front of the United Nations on the importance of young people serving as mentors in their community.

Kevin is the author of Choose to Love. He is also a contributing author to Go M.A.D.: Make a Difference (2003), Teen Power: A Treasury of Solid Gold Advice for Today’s Teens (1990) ; Teen EmPower: Solid Gold Advice for Those Who Teach , Lead and Guide Today’s Teens(1997); Lead Now – Or Step Aside!(2000) and PreTeen Power (1997).

Gregory R. Witkowski, Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Gregory R. Witkowski is the Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies. He received his Ph.D. in history from SUNY Buffalo and held posts in history for eight years until joining the Center on Philanthropy in 2011. His main research interests are the relationships between philanthropic aid, civil society, and democracy. He focuses his study on Germany, concentrating especially on the unique attributes of giving in former Communist East Germany. His work shows how Germans used international philanthropic aid to create an identity of themselves distinct from their past. He has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and other agencies. He has published broadly in academic journals and books and is a contributing editor to the listserv H-German. Greg was chosen by the American Swiss Foundation as a Young Leader in 2010.

Hailing from New Jersey, Greg’s studies and career have allowed him to live in diverse places in New York, Iowa, and Germany. He has called Indianapolis home since 2007.

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