New 2021 board members and events announced for Hamilton County Community Foundation  

Hamilton County Community Foundation elected new members and leadership for its board of directors. All changes are effective immediately.

In May 2021, the Collaboration Hub will be opening for small and personal group meetings by scheduling with the Collaboration Hub and Hamilton County Community Foundation.

The foundation’s annual event, Celebration of Philanthropy and Not-for-Profit Showcase, will be reimagined to align with the Collaboration Hub grand opening in Aug. 2021. More details will be released soon.


Hamilton County Community Foundation will continue to be led by chair, Jay Merrell, executive vice president of IDI Composites International; vice chair, Lisa Allen, not-for-profit consultant; secretary, Eddie Rivers, Chief Development Officer at Kids’ Voice of Indiana; treasurer, Gina Giacone, partner at Ice Miller, LLP; and past chair, Ann O’Hara, Law Offices of Ann M. O’Hara, P.C. The foundation welcomes four new board of directors who will each serve a 3-year term: David Norris, president of Hylant Group Inc.; Dana Pittard, vice president, Defense Programs, at Allison Transmission; and Nicole Lorch, executive vice president and chief operating officer at First Internet Bank of Indiana. The foundation is also proud to announce the return of Corby Thompson, owner at Boomerang Development, LLC, to its board of directors.

The following individuals have rolled off their term on the board: Steve Holt, partner at Holt Legal Group; Craig Crosser, co-owner of Nova 29 Property Management LLC;  Barney Quinn, retired from Simon Property Group; and Darren Peterson, owner of Peterson Architecture. A full list of the current Hamilton County Community Foundation board of directors is available at


A not-for-profit gathering space for Central Indiana, the Collaboration Hub is opening for private and personal meetings at a limited capacity that abides by state and city COVID-19 protocols. The Collaboration Hub’s home, Hamilton County Community Foundation, is now scheduling meeting room rental appointments, including training sessions and programming for later this year.

All interested not-for-profits can learn more by emailing

Foundation staff and leadership have carefully reviewed procedures and are taking extra safety precautions while maintaining the commitment to our community as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. The Collaboration Hub is opening for meeting room rentals beginning in May. All Hub spaces will be socially-distanced, have limited capacities and an enforced mask policy to protect guests and staff. Please note this is open for small group meeting rentals and not for memberships at this time.

Hub Hours are the Collaboration Hub’s not-for-profit training programs. During a Hub Hour, foundation staff and regional not-for-profit leaders will gather to exchange ideas and best practices in the field. Hub Hour training topics might include:

  • Social Enterprise
  • Finance for Not-for-Profits
  • Social Media for Not-for-Profits
  • Retirement Plans
  • Human Resources
  • Equity
  • Grantwriting

To get more details on rules and rates (a temporary reopening rate of $10/hour for all meeting rooms) email Collaboration More details to come on upcoming Hub Hours events.

Interested in Collaboration Hub sponsorships? You can sponsor a space at the Hub with your business and Hamilton County Community Foundation will recognize your commitment to  the growth of our community. Email us at Collaboration for questions or to set up a sponsorship opportunity today!

Thank you for your support, and remember that your health matters most.


Last evening, the foundation’s board of directors challenged staff to redesign and implement a new plan for Celebration of Philanthropy and its popular Not-for-Profit Showcase. It was decided that the event’s outcomes would be realigned with community needs while introducing our new regional not-for-profit community space, the Collaboration Hub.

The Showcase and grand opening will occur on the same day and be held in Aug. 2021. The event will feature our region’s not-for-profit work as well as the Hub’s space, uses, and dedication to our community’s needs. Food and beverages will be provided to rejoice in all our future collaborations. Stay tuned for more details on the celebratory event.

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