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2011 Forty Under 40: Martin Posch

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About me...
Martin Posch
Executive director
Finish Line Youth Foundation
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Web sites:
Social media:
On my hip:
iPhone
Most-used apps:
Kindle for iPad
Dragon Dictation
Keynote
Paper Toss!
Favorite stuff:
Books, including "Devil in the White City," by Erik Larson, "Born To Run," by Christopher McDougall, "In Pursuit of the Common Good," by Paul Newman; movies, including "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Departed" and "Stripes"
 

When he’s at work, Marty Posch spends his time trying to figure out the best way for Finish Line Youth Foundation to dole out hundreds of thousands of dollars to children’s charities across the country. When he’s not, you’ll find him running his own philanthropy, Giving Sum, or volunteering around town.

“I like to give back a lot,” he said.

Posch started his career at WTTS-FM 92.3 on the air and in promotions. During the latter part of his six years there (1994 to 2000), he put together the Toys for Tots Christmas concert and other events to help charities.

“That gave me a little taste of the power of engaging people to do something in the community,” he said.

Then he took on his first volunteer job—at Riley Hospital for Children, where he delivered toys to the children. “I realized how much it meant to the kids, how much it meant to Riley and just how volunteer-focused they are, and realized how I was being changed as a person through my experiences,” he said.

Posch’s career path took him to IUPUI, where he worked in community relations and earned his master’s degree. In 2008, he started Giving Sum, which donates $50,000 annually to a local charity, and in October last year he became the first executive director of the Finish Line Youth Foundation.

In May, Posch, who is single with no children, did something for himself: He ran his first mini-marathon. “I was very proud of that because I didn’t do much exercising in the 37 years before that.”

But mostly, he likes to do for others and tries to convince people to do the same.

“It’s not just you giving time or money,” he said. “You’re actually getting quite a bit out of it, too. The only way to experience that is to go out and do it.”•

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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

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