Symphony brings back former fundraiser as VP of development

June 7, 2013
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

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?

ADVERTISEMENT
  • 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.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. I think the poster was being sarcastic and only posting or making fun of what is usually posted on here about anything being built in BR or d'town for that matter.

  2. Great news IRL fans: TURBO the IMS sanctioned movie about slugs running the Indy 500 has caught the Securities and Exchange Commission because Dreamworks had to take a $132MILLION write down...because the movie was such a flop. See, the Indy/IMS magic soiled another pair of drawers. Bwahahahahahaha! How's CARTOWN doing? HAHAHAHA...Indy is for losers.

  3. So disappointed in WIBC. This is the last straw to lose a good local morning program. I used to be able to rely on WIBC to give me good local information, news, weather and traffic on my 45 minute commute.Two incidents when I needed local, accurate information regarding severe weather were the first signs I could not now rely on WIBC. I work weekend 12 hour nights for a downtown hospital. This past winter when we had the worst snowfall in my 50 years of life, I came home on a Sunday morning, went to sleep (because I was to go back in Sunday night for another 12 hour shift), and woke up around 1 p.m. to a house with no electricity. I keep an old battery powered radio around and turned on WIBC to see what was going on with the winter storm and the roads and the power outage. Sigh. Only policital stuff. Not even a break in to update on the winter storm warning. The second weather incident occurred when I was driving home during a severe thunderstorm a few months ago. I had already gotten a call from my husband that a tornado warning was just southwest of where I had been. I turned to WIBC to find out what direction the storm was headed so I could figure out a route home, only to find Rush on the air, and again, no breaking away from this stupidity to give me information. Thank God for my phone, which gave me the warning that I was driving in an area where a tornado was seen. Thanks for nothing WIBC. Good luck to you, Steve! We need more of you and not the politics of hatred that WIBC wants to shove at us. Good thing I have Satellite radio.

  4. I read the retail roundup article and tried Burritos and Beers tonight. I'm glad I did, for the food was great. Fresh authentic Mexican food. Great seasoning on the carne asada. A must try!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

ADVERTISEMENT