Symphony brings back former fundraiser as VP of development

June 7, 2013
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After a setback from the now-you-see-her/now-you-don't Suzanne Sweeney (who accepted the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's vice president of finance position only to step away when a coveted job opened at her former employer, the Indiana Repertory Theatre), the ISO has moved forward with filling out its new executive team by naming Holly C. Johnson as vice president of development, effective July 8.

Johnson comes to the job after serving as director of women's philanthropy for the Indiana University Foundation. This will not be her first position with the ISO, however. From 1999 through 2008, Johnson rose from associate director of corporate giving for the ISO to leading its corporate and foundations relations team. While there, she developed Forte, the ISO's young professionals organization.

As a member of the senior management team, Johnson will be responsible for the ISO’s overall fundraising initiatives, which include campaigns to increase annual fund giving, major and capital gifts, corporate and foundation sponsorships and revenue through special events.

Recently, for an event sponsored by the Indiana Humanities, I sat down with the ISO's new president and CEO Gary Ginstling to talk about the future of the organization. Listen in on our conversation here.

Ginstling's initial challenges included hiring a vice president of development, a vice president of finance, and a vice president operations/general manager. The latter two positions still need to be filled.

Your thoughts?

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  • They certainly need the help
    I am a development professional and an ISO donor. I constantly shake my head at the poor way the office has operated in the last few years. It's no wonder they've had financial trouble. I see them constantly missing opportunities to cultivate donors in meaningful ways. I have high hopes that Mr. Ginstling and Ms. Johnson can turn this ship around. The ISO is a jewel for Indianapolis and it deserves a first-class development office to support the work.

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