Indiana Philanthropy Alliance names Amy Haacker vice president for community foundation programs. Replacing retiring IPA Vice President Rosemary Dorsa, Haacker will lead IPA’s Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative funded by Lilly Endowment Inc.
“When we set out to identify the next leader for this role, we were looking for someone to propel the next decade of community foundation growth across the state of Indiana,” said Claudia Cummings, IPA president and CEO. “Amy’s reputation, expertise and innovative mindset are all core attributes that fuel my excitement for her and for the future of IPA.”
For the past 8 years, Haacker served as executive director of Blue River Community Foundation based in Shelbyville, Indiana. In this role, Haacker built cross-sector partnerships for greater impact, transitioned the foundation to a catalytic model, improved operational efficiencies and nearly doubled the foundation’s assets.
“This is a time of transformation in philanthropy, and specifically for community foundations in Indiana,” said Haacker. “I’m excited to explore how we move into this next decade as a catalytic force across Indiana, beginning at home in each of our own communities to create real and lasting change.”
Prior to her work at the community foundation, Haacker had a successful career in community development. She was the redevelopment director for the City of Shelbyville and the executive director of Mainstreet Shelbyville. As redevelopment director, Haacker led collaborative plans for community and economic development efforts as a Stellar Communities program finalist. She also helped create a workforce development partnership with the City of Shelbyville and Rose Hulman Institute of Technology that provides local career pathways in engineering, science and technology.
Haacker earned her master’s degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and bachelor’s degree from Purdue University’s School of Agriculture. She completed Ball State University’s Building Better Communities Indiana Economic Development course, has a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from IU Lilly School of Philanthropy and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.