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Heintz named ISU Foundation's senior vice president for development

March 13, 2013

The Indiana State University Foundation announced that John Heintz has been named the senior vice president of development. Heintz has been a member of the Foundation's fundraising team for 11 years and served in a variety of capacities, including interim vice president of development for the past four months.

While serving in the interim role, Heintz assisted with the alignment of staff, including the addition of three new development officers, and with strategic university initiatives and foundation priorities. He has also worked to identify and introduce new processes within the advancement area of the organization to cultivate donors more effectively and encourage a higher level of philanthropic support for Indiana State.

"The foundation's advancement efforts have been strengthened through the John's work," Catherine Saunders, executive vice president of advancement said. "Through his leadership we now have the framework, from annual giving to major giving, to be very successful."

As the senior vice president for development, John leads the development team, which includes annual giving, planned giving and major giving. He will also continue to maintain a prospect portfolio and work with university leaders assisting with their development needs.

"I look forward to increasing the resources available to our university and our students. Private philanthropy is responsible for enhancing educational opportunities and programs so our students can achieve success at ISU and make a positive impact around the world," Heintz said.

Heintz has shown tremendous leadership throughout the past decade with the Foundation, Saunders said. He has built numerous relationships with ISU faculty, staff, alumni, and donors as he has been involved with development work for the Scott College of Business, former College of Nursing and former College of Health and Human Performance, she noted. Heintz also played a significant role in the fundraising efforts of the MARCH ON! Campaign, specifically with the Federal Hall and Student Recreation Center capital projects.

He is a member of regional and national fundraising organizations, including the immediate past president of the Indiana Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and holds a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certificate. "My many experiences help me view fundraising through different perspectives," Heintz said. "I understand that technology is playing a greater function in philanthropy and yet developing personal relationships is more important than ever. I am excited to work with our energetic team to synthesize these trends."

Photo: - John Heintz

Photo: - John Heintz (left), senior vice president for development with the Indiana State University Foundation, poses for a photo with Mike Blackwell, ISU alumnus and donor to the Federal Hall renovatin project, and Catherine Saunders, executive vice president of advancement. (ISU/Tony Campbell) 

Contact: Kim Bloch, communications director, Indiana State University Foundation, 812-514-8486 or