Tom Kilian Jr. Named Legacy Fund President

Former IVY Tech Community College Foundation Executive Director to helm the Hamilton County community foundation

Legacy Fund, the Hamilton County community foundation and a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate, has selected Tom Kilian Jr., as its next president. In his new role, Kilian will lead efforts to encourage major gifts and contributions for Hamilton County and spearhead the foundation’s community leadership. He replaces Terry Anker, who stepped down from his position as Legacy Fund president, after a six-year tenure, to return to the private sector.

Kilian has a diverse, 18-year background in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, with the last 10 years focused on higher education fundraising and philanthropy. Previously, Kilian served as the executive director of the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation in Central Indiana where he secured the largest individual gift commitment ($5 million) in Ivy Tech history.

Kilian holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University, a master’s degree from Indiana University and an executive certificate from the University of Notre Dame. He is involved in the Council for Advancement, Support of Education and American Society for Quality, and serves on the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis board of directors.

“We are pleased to have Tom lead Legacy Fund. With his background and skills in the development arena, we believe Tom will grow Legacy Fund and create innovative ways for Legacy Fund to continue its work serving the Hamilton County community.”

–Ann O’Hara, Legacy Fund board chair
and of counsel, Ice Miller

Shanna Young will also join Legacy Fund as its new coordinator and assistant to Kilian. Both Young and Kilian will start their new roles on April 13.

Last month, Legacy Fund announced a new community leadership that focuses on Hamilton County seniors in need. The foundation is partnering with Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County to launch a new program called Reaching Resources. The program, which is being piloted in Sheridan, will make it easier for low-income seniors to connect with the right services with one call to one place.

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