Vice President for Development & Philanthropic Services, CAP®
I'm Rob MacPherson and feel privileged to help people organize and feel the impact of their charitable giving. I believe we add tremendous value to our community by bringing decades of experience, broad and deep expertise, and the most knowledgeable and thoughtful staff to your philanthropic intentions. When I'm not at work I enjoy cooking and attending many arts events in the area.
Rob serves as Vice President for Development & Philanthropic Services with the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF). He directs the Foundation’s asset development strategies and donor services activities. In addition to working with prospective donors to promote the ease and advantages of partnering with the community foundation to fulfill charitable wishes, Rob works closely with CICF’s current donors to keep them engaged with the Foundation’s work in the community and informed on current trends in central Indiana and with charitable giving.
Prior to joining CICF, Rob was on staff at the Arts Council of Indianapolis as Director of Special Projects. He led a citywide arts education study, as well as the agency’s strategic planning efforts and development activities. Additionally, as part of the Mayor’s Cultural Tourism Initiative, he coordinated the beginning of a public art master planning process. From 1994-2001 Rob served the Indiana Repertory Theatre (IRT) as Director of Development. He was the senior staff member responsible for managing the annual operating fundraising strategies and directing a $16.5 million capital and endowment campaign, which successfully exceeded its goal. Rob also co-authored two, five-year strategic plans for the Theatre and participated in four years of historic renovation projects, led staff development, and created major programmatic initiatives through successful grant proposals at the IRT. Previous career experience at WFYI, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the Oakland Museum of California and as a consultant and advisor to many not-for-profits around the state and country serve as a strong foundation for Rob’s development responsibilities at CICF.
An active member of the community, Rob serves or has served as a board member of the Lacy Leadership Association, Indiana Civil Liberties Union Foundation, VSA Arts of Indiana, Eastside Community Investments, and Dance Kaleidoscope. He is also one of the founders and the executive producer for Spotlight, an annual citywide performing arts benefit for the Indiana AIDS Fund raising over $3 million in 15 years. He has volunteered in many capacities at Trinity Episcopal Church as a vestry member and in adult, youth, and fine arts programs.
Rob received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Central Michigan University. He earned his Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) designation from The American College in 2010 and has completed ongoing education at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy in Indianapolis. Rob was a proud member of Class XXIV of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Series and continues on the SKL Advisory Committee. For seven years, Rob taught an arts administration course, “Securing Your Organization’s Future”, focused on capital campaigns, strategic planning and organizational development as an adjunct professor at Butler University.