Brian Payne, one of the most influential nonprofit leaders in the region, has announced his retirement. The president and CEO of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and president of the Indianapolis Foundation will end his term on June 30, 2023.
She began working for CICF in 2000 and has since overseen growth in a philanthropic partnership that includes CICF, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation, IMPACT Central Indiana, and the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana. During that time, lei’s assets reached more than $ 1 billion and annual grant awards of over $ 95 million.
Notably, the collaboration changed its mission in 2018 to commit to fairness and anti-racism. CICF became a founding member of Nexus for Equity + Opportunity Nationwide, which focuses on building economic and cultural mobility by removing structural and systemic racism.
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“Going on a racial equity learning journey with my local and national colleagues and the board of directors of our foundations was the most important opportunity of my career,” Payne said in a press release. “I want to especially thank my colleagues and BIPOC board members for their trust, friendship and mentoring as we have worked hand in hand in an effort to make our region and our country better and fairer for all individuals, regardless of location, race or identity. “
Nonprofit Commissions Seeking Substitutes for Brian Payne
The boards of each foundation are looking for two successors: a CEO for CICF and president for The Indianapolis Foundation. The research committee includes board members from both foundations and those who serve the Hamilton County Community Foundation. Executive research firm Koya Partners will conduct national research.
Previously, Payne, originally from California, ran a Shakespeare summer festival in Santa Cruz, California. He became CEO of the Indiana Repertory Theater in 1993, where he helped increase its endowment from $ 1 million to $ 11 million by 2000, according to the publication.
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Brian Payne’s legacy in Indianapolis
Payne’s initiatives have had a lot to do with putting art and culture at the fore in Indianapolis as well. He was founding artistic director of the eight-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail and is chairman of the board of directors of The District Theater on Mass Ave. His work on the latter maintained the historic theater’s primary presence there after the tenant of long-standing Theater on the Square has closed in the same space.
He is the chair of the advisory board of IUPUI and sits on the boards of Visit Indy, Indiana Repertory Theater and NBA All-Star Game 2024. Previously, he served on the boards of Indy Chamber, United Way of Central Indiana, TechPoint Foundation , TeenWorks, Key Bank Advisory Board, Downtown Indy, Jordan College of Fine Arts at Butler University, Brebeuf Preparatory School, Tourism Tomorrow and Leadership Indianapolis.
He also spoke nationally and internationally about dismantling systemic racism, neighborhood empowerment, disrupting gentrification and livability, among other topics. The Indiana Historical Society selected Payne as an Indiana Living Legend in 2016 and has also won awards and honors for public policy and civil rights.
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