Morgan County Selects New Foundation Director

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The Community Foundation of Morgan County has named Edward Kominowski executive director. He previously served as director of development at the I.U. Foundation. October 1, 2014

News Release

MORGAN COUNTY, Ind. -- The Community Foundation of Morgan County has announced that Edward Kominowski will succeed retiring Tom Zoss as its new executive director. Zoss will retire after the Oct. 13 board meeting. The CFMC also does the administration work for the Kendrick Foundation, a private foundation based in Mooresville that funds healthcare grants and scholarships.

With more than twenty years of executive management, non-profit and fundraising experience, Kominowski is passionate about philanthropy and community building. After nearly 10 years at the I.U. Foundation, he spent the past decade working as a Director of Development holding leadership positions with three state universities in Florida, and most recently at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation in Ft. Myers, Fla.

"Edward has a passion for community development and brings experience in major gifts to us, along with work at a larger community foundation.," said Patty Wood, CFMC President. "Our board of directors and staff are excited to have him join the team of people who have built the community foundation into the service organization we have become."

A native of Morgan County, Kominowski has a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from Indiana University in Bloomington, as well as a master's degree from the I.U. School of Education. Since 1997, Edward has worked in capital campaign planning, community giving programs, volunteer recruitment and marketing. While at I.U. Ed began working in fundraising through the I.U. Student Foundation, working there full time from 1991 to 2003 with several assignments, including Assistant to the Director for the $500 million endowment campaign, serving as the Foundation's liaison with the President's office, and then serving as Director of Development for the I.U. South Bend Campus.

While at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Ed was responsible for developing and growing relationships in order to increase the $60 million assets of the foundation. He also managing the planned giving program and worked closely with professional financial advisors.

"I am excited to be joining the Community Foundation of Morgan County as Executive Director," Kominowski said. "The board, staff, and Morgan County community have come together to create a strong organization that has already offered many years of service to the community I am proud to call home. I am excited to have this opportunity to lead the CFMC, and to be moving back to the area."

Open House

A gala open house is planned to extend a warm welcome to the new executive director, and bid farewell to the retiring executive director, Tom Zoss. On Thursday, October 23rd from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. members of the public are invited to attend an open house and reception at the Community Foundation of Morgan County's main office in Martinsville, located on the historic town square at 56 North Main Street. Everyone is invited to join the foundation's board of directors and staff for some refreshments and to meet and connect with other community members who are passionate about Morgan County.

Zoss announced his retirement in June after serving more than seven years as the executive director of the Community Foundation of Morgan County. Zoss is an attorney with prior experience at the I.U. Foundation. Before that he taught business law, marketing, and public relations subjects at I.U. South Bend and management at Notre Dame. Previously he was an executive who worked in industries such as newspaper publishing, rubber goods manufacturing, electronics, and band instruments.

During his tenure here the foundation more than doubled the assets under management, and also acquired a new home office on the courthouse square in Martinsville, and now operates offices in Mooresville and Martinsville.

The Community Foundation of Morgan County

Founded in 2000, through the merging of the Mooresville Community Foundation and the Morgan County Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Morgan County is a public tax-exempt non-profit foundation.

With the CFMC and Kendrick operations, plus two important scholarships from the Lilly Endowment, the staff of five helps to distribute approximately $1 million in grants each year, with nearly $1 million in additional scholarship distributions each year. Management and investment of funds is a key function of the community foundation and the public records show the CFMC investments, after fees, grew by more than 20% last year.

It is the goal of the Community Foundation of Morgan County to enable people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support the issues they care about. Donors can establish charitable funds through the foundation and support major initiatives which improve the Morgan County community. The CFMC currently manages 180 funds. For more information, visit yourCFMC.org or call the foundation toll-free at (855) 280-3095.

Source: Morgan County Community Foundation