The Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund is a unique fund that:

  • Supports nonprofit board members who are pursuing unique learning experiences
  • Encourages innovative thinking to develop "adaptive leadership" skills
  • Promotes exchanges about leadership styles and practices within nonprofit organizations

Board members may:

Apply for individual Funds

Board members may apply to attend conferences, workshops, webinars or other events, traditional or nontraditional, that specifically benefit their organizations.

Attend a Seminar

In addition to providing opportunities for individual experiences, the Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund will educate and inspire leaders through valuable leadership seminars.

Check back for information on our next training seminar.

Who is Barbara Burt?

Barbara A. Burt has demonstrated outstanding commitment to Allen County through leadership of several charitable and philanthropic organizations.

She led the Foellinger Foundation as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1995 to 2001. From 2001 to 2008, she served as Chairman of the Foundation's Board of Directors. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.

In addition to her professional roles, Barbara Burt volunteered her time and talent to community organizations, including Junior League, YWCA, Fort Wayne Quest Club and Indiana Grantmakers Alliance (now Indiana Philanthropy Alliance).

The Barbara Burt Innovative Leader Fund was established in 2016 to celebrate her ongoing legacy.

For information on the Foellinger Leadership Lab, click here.