Skip Navigation
Print Share

AFP-IC Luncheon Program

April 18, 2018

"Demystifying Foundations:  Forces and Influences Affecting Their Strategic Direction"

Speakers:  Brian Payne, Central Indiana Community Foundation; Jud Fisher, Ball Brothers; Julie Del Genio, Cummins and Cummins Foundation

Time: 11:30 a.m. Registration and Lunch Buffet; 12 - 1:15 p.m. Program

Location:  The Willows on Westfield, 6729 Westfield Blvd, Indianapolis

Cost:  $30 AFP members/ $60 nonmembers

Register Online


What leads a foundation to shift or enhance its focus?  Is it cataclysmic events that direct their attention to urgent societal or environmental needs?

How do foundations approach strategy design for their own organizations?  Is theirs a slow simmering process that yields a richly layered solution?  Or, perhaps an Aha! moment when a pattern emerges from grantee requests?

We've invited the executives of three leading Indiana foundations to participate in a high-level discussion of the challenges they face as their organizations strive to develop policies and practices that result in meaningful solutions and results for their grantees, communities and beyond.  Our distinguished panelists are:

  • Jud Fisher, President and CEO, Ball Brothers Foundation
  • Brian Payne, President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation
  • Julie Del Genio, Director of Corporate Responsibility for North America and Community Relations for Cummins in Southern Indiana, and Secretary of the Cummins Foundation

This session will especially give mid- and senior-level professionals insights into the strategic issues representative of family, community, and corporate foundations.  Attendees will also gain knowledge of common interests and the forces (e.g., tax laws, economy, environment) that influence each foundation's funding interests and potential future direction.  AFP-IC board member Wendy Boyle, CFRE will facilitate this timely discussion.


Jud Fisher, Ball Brothers Foundation
A Michigan native, Jud Fisher is a graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  He joined Ball Brothers Foundation in 2003 after working in administration for Old National Bancorp.  In addition to his duties as president and chief operating officer of BBF, he serves on the boards of several regional and statewide organizations including the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Delaware Advancement Corporation, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, Methodist Health Foundation, Edmund F. & Virginia B. Ball Foundation, Indiana Trust Company, Muncie Aviation Company, Old National Bank Regional Advisory Council, Owl Academic & Athletic Boosters, Red-tail Land Conservancy, YMCA Camp Crosley Board of Managers and IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy Board of Visitors.  He is the grandson of John W. Fisher and Janice Ball Fisher (1916-2010), the youngest daughter of BBF founder E.B. Ball.




Brian Payne, Central Indiana Community Foundation
Brian Payne is president and CEO of the $725 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and president of The Indianapolis Foundation.  Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the foundation's annual grantmaking has doubled to over $50 million.  Under his direction, the foundation has a major focus in equity in opportunity and developing, attracting highly-educated, creative, entrepreneurial and community-minded people.

Brian is the founder of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail:  A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick.  He is a much sought-after speaker in Indiana, nationally, and internationally.

He is the recipient of many awards, including the Indianapolis Business Journal's Michael A. Carroll Leadership Award, Visit Indy's prestigious Bill McGowan Leadership Award, Downtown Indy's Champion Award and the Indiana University Public Policy Institutue's John Krauss Award for innovation in public policy.  He has also been honored as the Indiana Citizen Planner of the Year, and has been recognized as one of the Indiana Citizen Planner of the Year, and has been recognized as one of the world's most powerful Hoosiers.  In 2016, Brian was recognized as an Indiana Living Legend by the Indiana Historical Society.

Julie Del Genio, Cummins and Cummins Foundation
As Director of Corporate Responsibility for North America and Community Relations in Southern Indiana, Julie has significant responsibilities to understand stakeholders' needs and to identify areas of alignment with the company's priority areas.  Julie also supports engagement between Cummins and local government in Columbus.  In addition, Julie serves as Secretary of the Cummins Foundation.  Prior to joining Cummins in 2011, Julie worked in wealth management for ten years with Irwin Management Company.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa.  She volunteers with nonprofits in the Greater Columbus area.