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Business 101 | Linda Speed

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-54-39-amLinda Speed

President & CEO

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana


“I would like to see this area align all its resources to reach our potential for being one of the best places in America to live, work and play.”


Boards, volunteer or community work:    

I serve on the boards of the Center for NonProfit Excellence and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (vice-chair). I am past president of the Southern Indiana Estate Planning Council, the Charitable Gift Planners of Kentuckiana, and the Fundraising Executives of Metro Louisville.


In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?  

In 10 years, I would like to see this area align all its resources to reach our potential for being one of the best places in America to live, work and play. When we maximize our quality of place, we improve our lives, keep our families and businesses here, and we attract new companies because this is a place where workers have the skills and education to meet the demands of employers and where people want to live and raise their families.


Who or what motivates you?      

First and foremost, my family motivates me every day. But, a close second is the work I do at the Community Foundation. At the foundation, I’m able to come in each day and work to make this a stronger, better community. I get to work with individuals and businesses that give back in ways that matter to them and make a real difference in the lives of the residents of Clark and Floyd counties. Not only is that a great motivator but incredibly rewarding.


What habits/routines have helped with your success?     

I’m a big fan of continuous learning and improvement, so I try to attend seminars and read as much as I can on a lot of different topics, but especially those that affect the charitable industry. I work out several times a week, and I make it a point to meet with friends outside of work often to recharge and stay in touch, all of which make it easier to focus on work when I’m there.


What pushes you through your most difficult times?

The knowledge that “this too shall pass” usually helps. I rely on faith, prayer and my family to support and guide me when times are tough.


What are you most proud of professionally? 

There are a lot of things that got me to where I am now professionally, beginning with graduating from Vanderbilt School of Law and then moving from the private practice of law into the nonprofit and foundation sector, which have led to the work I do now with the Community Foundation. I’ve been working a long time, so I have different things to be proud of from different periods in my career, but right now I’d have to say that leading the Community Foundation since 2010 as our assets have grown to over $115 million – which gives us so much more opportunity to support the community – is something that I am very proud of because it exhibits the generosity of this community and the faith they have in the Community Foundation as a partner in their philanthropy.


Community Foundation Announces Scholarships

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTHERN INDIANA has awarded more than 100 scholarships totaling more than $450,000 in support for Southern Indiana students this academic year. The scholarships include $302,000 from funds held at the Community Foundation and awards for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.

Linda Speed, president and CEO of the Community Foundation said, “We’re fortunate to live in a community that believes in educating our future generations and couldn’t be more thankful to our donors, fund holders, and the Lilly Endowment for their generosity and support of our region’s students. With the increasing cost of education, these scholarships provide invaluable resources to help students pursue their goals.”

The Community Foundation allows individuals, businesses and families to create scholarships and establish their own, unique criteria. Scholarship applications from students throughout the community are reviewed and scored by independent committees of volunteers who assess applicants anonymously.

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program will provide scholarships for otherwise unreimbursed full tuition, required fees, and a special allocation of up to $900 per year for required books and required equipment for four years of undergraduate study on a full-time basis, leading to a baccalaureate degree at any Indiana public or private nonprofit college or university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

To learn more about the Community Foundation and its scholarship program please visit cfsouthernindiana.com.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-2-02-16-am



screen-shot-2018-06-05-at-12-05-48-pmThe Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI) has made a meaningful difference in the community since 1991 and 2017 was no different.

The vision of CFSI is to be the partner and trusted resource for philanthropy in the community, providing stewardship of charitable intent so the impact of generosity will last for generations. By focusing on three core areas – community leadership, grants and scholarships and personal philanthropy – the organization is able to address needs and make lasting impacts.

Among the highlights over the past year: CFSI fundholders granted more than $4.4 million last year; that funding to area nonprofits helped those organizations serve 72,000 people in Clark and Floyd Counties. In 2017, CFSI distributed 133 scholarship awards with a combined value of over $600,000.

To learn more about Community Foundation of Southern Indiana – including how you can help – please visit cfsouthernindiana.com.

Board of Directors

The members of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana assure the Foundation’s resources are used efficiently and effectively to accomplish their vision and mission.

Chair: Phillip Beaman

Vice Chair: Bill White

Treasurer: Adam Naville

Secretary: David Hussung

Immediate Past Chair: Gary Banet

4108 Charlestown Road, New Albany | 812.948.4662 | CfSouthernIndiana.com


Bette Bennett Hammond Memorial Scholarship Recipient and Fulbright Research Grant recipient studying in Geneva, Switzerland.lab-photo