John Ferguson

TPF Fellow 2020/21

John Ferguson joined the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance as Director of Member Programs in January 2022. In his role, John develops, directs, and implements a comprehensive offering of IPA's philanthropy education, networking, and collaboration programming, including a biennial conference, regional forums, peer communities, skill-building workshops and webinars, and cross-sector issue collaboratives.

Prior to joining IPA, John was a Fellow at The Patterson Foundation (TPF) based in Sarasota, FL. His dynamic fellowship consisted of collaborating within and/or managing multiple special projects across different initiatives to provide strategic value and further innovation. His primary roles included serving as manager of the Digital Access for All initiative and intimate involvement with creating multiple offerings within TPF's Nonprofit Thrivability initiative.

Previously, he spent three years with Indiana United Ways in a variety of roles dedicated to supporting all local United Ways throughout Indiana. Prior to that, John was in hospitality for more than 18 years in a myriad of roles, including trainer and manager. He is passionate about helping people and organizations thrive.

John received his degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the world's first school dedicated solely to the study and teaching of philanthropy. He was named Chancellor's Scholar for his graduating class and proudly serves as chair of the Alumni Association board of directors for the school.

John is a huge Chicago Cubs fan and avid concert-goer. He enjoys connecting with friends and family, fantasy football, and discovering new music in his free time.

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