Vice President of Philanthropic Services
“I love the possibility of the impact that can be made through a community foundation – whether that’s through individuals, the Community Foundation’s own grantmaking or through convening and studying issues in the community that need solving. There are so many things that a community foundation can do to help a community and its people.” – Alison Gerardot, CFRM, Director of Philanthropic Services
Alison Gerardot, Vice President of Philanthropic Services, joined the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne in February 2017. She is responsible for collaborating with individuals on their personal philanthropy, developing and implementing strategies for growth and helping elevate philanthropy throughout the community.
Alison has her BA in English from IPFW and her Certificate in Fundraising Management from the IU School of Philanthropy. Alison has an extensive nonprofit background, through social work, arts nonprofit administration and education and came to the Community Foundation after serving as the Director of Programming and Events for Riverfront Fort Wayne. Through her work at Riverfront, she had the honor of producing community impacting events such as the “Faces of the Fort” community art project and Middle Waves Music Festival. In 2016, she was honored as a Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly “Forty Under 40” recipient. Alison currently volunteers on the board of Project Ballet, on the Program Committee for Fort Wayne United and is assisting her children’s school, Saint John the Baptist Fort Wayne, in their strategic planning efforts.
Alison currently lives in Fort Wayne with her wonderful husband, two kids, and adorable dog Marley! She runs a professional dance company in Fort Wayne, dAnce.Kontemporary, where she choreographs for performances around the community. She loves visiting the farmer’s market on Saturday morning during the summers and spending the rest of her free time with friends and family.