Brad Ward

Lead Strategist, Community Philanthropy
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Brad Ward

Brad interacts with hundreds of community foundations and place-based institutions across the U.S. and with colleagues in North America regularly, as well as direct interaction with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations, a supporting org of the Council.   Previously, Brad served over two Indiana Community Foundations that he led to a successful merger. As a merged entity, the Foundation doubled its assets in just three years. Brad's specialty is engaging a variety of constituents in community philanthropy and navigating an innovative new era of community leadership and philanthropic engagement for the field.  

A graduate of DePauw University with a degree in Sociology and concentration in political science and conflict studies while at University College Cork, Ireland, Brad has contributed over 2,500 volunteer service hours across Europe, United States, and South America. Brad holds a certificate in Fund Raising Management with Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Brad has volunteered in places from inner city to rural schools and housing projects as far stretched as Indianapolis to Paraguay, Philadelphia to the Navajo Nation reservations, gaining perspective and appreciation for community development and pride from people of all walks of life.

Brad resides outside of Charleston, South Carolina with his wife, Cara, children Finley and Carter, and rescue dog named Quincy.

You should contact Brad if you are interested in learning more about how the Council is supporting and engaging community foundations, sharing stories about your work, or gaining connections to colleagues or resources that can help improve community philanthropy at your foundation.