Peer Communities

 

IPA Peer Communities offer our members ongoing opportunities to connect and learn with their peers with similar job responsibilities either regionally or statewide. Members are connected through listserv discussions, regular round-robin calls, and an in-person convenings.

Each IPA Peer Community has two volunteer co-chairs. Working with IPA staff, co-chairs gather input from their group to determine discussion topics. They also identify resources and advocate for participation from members of the peer community.

Interested in joining or starting a Peer Community? Contact IPA Director of Learning Jill Gordon.

View Upcoming Peer Community Meetings.

 


    Communications 

    The Communications Peer Community is a network for those with a communications role looking to build networks and share knowledge. This community is open to all members looking to connect and explore topics such newsletter, social media strategy, website and other content curation, writing op-eds, and more. 

    Email the Listserv - for group members only

    Co-Chairs:

    • Erica Fizer, Director of Communications and Marketing at Legacy Foundation, Inc.
    • Jodi Spataro, Chief Advancement Officer, Community Foundation of Elkhart County

    Development

    The Development Peer Community is a statewide network for IPA members who serve in development and donor relations roles.  This group is open to all members that want to connect and explore topics such as donor relations, planned gifts, stewardship, developing a planned giving program, and more.

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    Co-Chairs:

    • Alison Gerardot, CFRM, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne
    • Meagan Niese, CFRE, Development Director, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County

    Finance

    The Finance Peer Community is a statewide network for IPA members who serve in finance and/or administration roles.  This community is open to all members that want to connect and explore topics such as financial policies and procedures, accounting software, and more. Register to attend this first virtual meeting.

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    Co-Chairs:

    • Brittani Bentley, Associate Director, Community Foundation of Morgan County
    • Sherri Rush, Chief Financial Officer, Community Foundation of Grant County

    Program Officers (Central)

    Formerly known as the Greater Indianapolis Program Officers (GIPO), the Program Officer CENTRAL Peer Community is a network of program officers and staff working within central Indiana and looking to build networks and share knowledge. This community is open to all members looking to connect and explore topics such as but not limited to grants management, scholarship funds, donor advised funds, funder programming, and more.

    Email the Listserv - for group members only

    Co-Chairs:

    • Brittani Bentley, Associate Director, Community Foundation of Morgan County
    • Carly Acree-King, Program Officer, Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc.

    Program Officers (North)

    The Program Officer NORTH Peer Community is a network of program officers and staff working within northern Indiana and looking to build networks and share knowledge. This community is open to all members looking to connect and explore topics such as but not limited to grants management, scholarship funds, donor advised funds, funder programming, and more.

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    Co-Chairs:

    • Dawn Martz, Director of Programs, Foellinger Foundation 
    • Amanda Jamison, Senior Program Officer at Community Foundation of Elkhart County

    Program Officers (South)

    The Program Officer SOUTH Peer Community is a network of program officers and staff working within southern Indiana and looking to build networks and share knowledge. This community is open to all members looking to connect and explore topics such as but not limited to grants management, scholarship funds, donor advised funds, funder programming, and more.

    Email the Listserv for group members only

    Co-Chairs:

    • Kyle Hendricks, Manager of Community Impact at Heritage Fund, The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County
    • Lyndsey Wade-Swift, Program Officer, Washington County Community Foundation

    Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy (IBIP)

    IPA provides administrative support for IBIP, which seeks to educate, empower, strengthen, and support the development of Blacks in Indiana's communities through philanthropy. 

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    President:

    • Erica Fizer, Director of Communications and Marketing at Legacy Foundation, Inc.

    Young Leaders in Philanthropy (YLP)

    Young Leaders in Philanthropy is a Peer Community for emerging grantmakers across greater Indianapolis and Central Indiana. This learning and networking series welcomes local philanthropic professionals between the ages of 21 – 40 (give or take a few years).  Register to attend our next virtual meeting.

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    Co-Chairs:

    • Anna Tragesser, Artist and Community Services Manager, Indiana Arts Commission        
    • Dakota Pawlicki, Lumina Foundation, Strategy Officer for Community Mobilization

    Youth Philanthropy Partner Network

    A network for grantmakers and community organizations that seek to promote and raise awareness of youth philanthropy. You do not need to be an IPA member to join. Learn more about the Youth Philanthropy Partner Network. 

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