Little Red Door names new leader

August 11, 2009

The Little Red Door cancer agency has hired Fred Duncan, the chief fund-raiser at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, as its new executive director, the not-for-profit announced today.

Duncan will be Little Red Door’s third executive director in the last 12 months. John Aleshire left the organization last year to lead the Humane Society of Indianapolis. Local not-for-profit consultant Mary Beth Tuohy stepped in as interim director and later accepted a permanent position, but then resigned in March.

Duncan has extensive fund-raising experience with two major arts organizations, the IMA and Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Duncan said he wanted an executive director’s job, and he has a strong personal connection to Little Red Door’s mission of supporting cancer patients. Duncan lost a sister and grandmother to breast cancer.

“I understand pretty well what the client is going through,” Duncan said this morning. “The Little Red Door’s a really exceptional organization, doing some profound and important work.”

Duncan said the IMA plans to fill the vacancy in fund-raising, but donor relations manager Kathy Nagler will serve as development director in the interim.

Little Red Door will pay Duncan $90,000 a year. He said that’s actually a pay reduction, but he didn’t want to see the organization change its budget just to match his IMA salary.

Duncan has also served as director of development for the Indiana Repertory Theatre. Before holding that position, he was manager of donor and member relations for the IMA.

He holds a master of arts in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy.


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