Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute

Learn From the Best & Elevate Your Leadership


Building Indiana’s talent pipeline of senior professionals and board members within foundations and corporate giving programs.

The John Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute identifies and develops transformational philanthropic leaders in Indiana. This cohort-based program provides a continuing education experience that prepares future leaders for board and executive roles at foundations and corporations serving communities across Indiana. With each Mutz Institute cohort, we aim to:

  1. Bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to the existing philanthropic community. 
  2. Support emerging philanthropic leaders through educational and professional development. 
  3. Elevate Indiana’s philanthropic field.
  4. Create a network representative of Indiana's diverse communities.

Highlights from Mutz Institute

  • Face time with some of the most influential people in the state and across the nation, including those in economic development, community development, business, higher education, nonprofits, and politics.
  • Real-talk on media pitches from Indianapolis Business Journal, IndyStar, Axios, Western Wayne News, Franklin College School of Journalism, and VOX Global.
  • Big idea talks with CivicLab, Mission Investment Exchange, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, AmPhil, Locust Lab, and Monitor Institute.
  • Experts shed light on systems change, trust-based philanthropy, being data informed, impact investing, corporate social responsibility, and environment, social, and governance (ESG).

Support Future Participants

Financial constraints should not be barriers for participants. In collaboration with The Putnam County Community Foundation, Mutz Alums established an endowment for future participants. Please contribute today to ensure equitable access for decades to come at


About John Mutz

The Mutz Institute is named after one of IPA's founding members, John M. Mutz, whose life exemplifies philanthropy, citizenship, and excellence. John Mutz has been president of Lilly Endowment Inc., Lt. Governor of Indiana, and a corporate CEO. Go here to learn more about this Indiana visionary.


Who Should Apply

Excellent candidates for the Mutz Institute are senior leaders and board members in philanthropy, as well as those seeking to hold executive roles in the future. This includes public sector officials and high-potential individuals at foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. 

The Mutz Institute seeks a diverse class of individuals with a wide range of experiences. Successful applicants will possess self-motivation and strong character. They will have achieved recognition for service in their community or performance in the field of philanthropy and will have shown a willingness to serve others. Successful candidates should demonstrate the potential for future success and service to their communities, as well as a willingness to translate the program's benefits into a greater level of participation in philanthropic organizations. 


Tuition cost is $1,000 for IPA members and $2,750 for non-members. Download the application below to see other participant responsibilities. 

Cost should never be a barrier. Those who bring a diversity of thought and experience bring different gifts. We will work with accepted applicants to eliminate the cost barrier.

Total Anticipated Cost Tuition Over-Night Expenses Dinner Table optional Foundations on the Hill trip to D.C.
IPA Member $1,000 $350 $1,000 *$1,500
Non-Member $2,750 $350 $1,000 *$1,500


How to Apply

Applications for the 2024 Mutz Institute cohort are due no later than 12:00 p.m. E.T. on Thursday, October 26, 2023. 

Download the application below for detailed instructions on how to apply and submission requirements. Please note that submitting your application does not guarantee placement. An IPA selection committee will evaluate all written applications, interview potential candidates, and select qualified applicants.

Please email or call (317) 519-5391 with any questions.


The fourth cohort of the Mutz Philanthropic Leadership Institute includes 22 individuals from thirteen Indiana counties. They represent a mix of foundations, corporations, and social impact organizations.


Those selected for the 2024 Mutz Institute class include:

  1. Alex Hall, Vice President of Programs, Kosciusko County Community Foundation
  2. Angela Brito de Rodriguez, Manager of Grantee Partner Support, Arthur Dean Family Foundation
  3. Bret Syrek, Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  4. Cassie Beer, Women's Fund Director, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
  5. Clarice Patterson, Executive Director of Genesis - Pathways to Success, Ripley County Community Foundation
  6. Dora Anim, President & CEO, Bethany Legacy Foundation
  7. Freedom Kolb, CEO, The Milk Bank
  8. Jacque Ryan, Director of Development, Northern Indiana Community Foundation (Starke County)
  9. Jacqueline Kronk, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County
  10. Jazmin Herrera, Program Director, Community Foundation of Noble County
  11. Jen Andres, Director of Community Impact Investment and Policy, IU Health
  12. Julie Reagan, CEO, Community Foundation of Boone County
  13. Katie Ottinger, Community Investment & Grants Officer, Community Foundation of Hancock County
  14. Lindsey Nell Rabinowitch, Director, Faith & Action Project, Christian Theological Seminary
  15. Marisol Gouveia, Director of Engagement, Indiana Humanities
  16. Michelle Hummel, Strategic Planning Consultant
  17. Rachel Weaver, Grants Administration Associate, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  18. Randy Rogers, President & CEO, United Way of South Central Indiana
  19. Shira Amos, Community Affairs Manager, OneAmerica
  20. Stacy Helmuth, Senior Director of Development, The Mind Trust
  21. Tanya Young, Executive Director, Community Foundation of DeKalb County
  22. Veronica Onofrey, Vice President of Development, HATCH, Inc


Past Participants

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