Jennifer “Jen” Pendleton is a self-described board governance “nerd” who believes sound leadership and strong organizational culture are keys to nonprofit success.
She’s also driven to help these leaders identify their nonprofits’ unique qualities and roles in the community, with the goal of making nonprofit magic happen and bringing vibrant visions to life.
At ASP, Jen anchors the Indianapolis office and has expanded the firm’s relationships with nonprofit leaders and community foundations around the state. She speaks at conferences and conducts board trainings across the Midwest as a leader of the firm’s education and outreach efforts.
Before coming to ASP, Jen served as president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Boone County (Indiana), where she led a campaign to raise $1 million in matching funds from the Lilly Endowment for the county’s Community Impact Fund.
Prior to Boone County, Jen served as executive director of Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation, a $30 million national education foundation in Indianapolis. There she worked with board and staff to successfully launch the organization’s first major campaign in decades. She spent 10 years at Riley Children’s Foundation, also in Indianapolis, in a variety of roles including major gift officer and director of the hospital’s telethon and events department.
Jen is an avid volunteer who shares her time and expertise freely with a variety of nonprofits. She currently serves as a board member for Exodus Refugee Immigration and is a past-president of the Foundation for Fraternal Excellence, both based in Indianapolis. She also serves on the advisory board of Kappa Alpha Theta’s Depauw Chapter in Greencastle, Indiana.
Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ball State University and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).