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
“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.”
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.