“I enjoy the variety of work and knowing that we are making a difference in the community. I truly appreciate getting to know donors, nonprofits, community leaders, and people who have a passion for this community and want to make it a better place. It’s inspiring seeing the positivity in this community and getting to share in it.” – Brad Little, President and CEO
Brad Little, President and CEO, joined the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne in January 2018. As CEO, Brad is responsible for setting the strategy to achieve the organizational vision as set by the Board of Directors through a formal Strategic Plan. He is also responsible for shaping the Foundation’s role as a civic leader, grantmaker and philanthropic partner. And in a more “boots on the ground” role, he is responsible for the management and oversight of the Foundation’s operations and staff. He also serves as the chief spokesperson for the Foundation.
Brad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Ball State University and a Master of Business Administration from Butler University. Brad has experience in both for-profit and nonprofit worlds which ultimately led him to CFGFW. Brad spent 8 years working for his fraternity – Lambda Chi Alpha – where he became the Chief Operating Officer. He then went to the Carmel Dads Club where he was the first full-time Executive Director. After five years with the Carmel Dads Club, Brad went on to become the President of the Legacy Fund of Hamilton County. His work at the Legacy Fund of Hamilton County led to an opportunity to be a part of a foundation start up in Ottumwa, Iowa where he was the inaugural President and CEO of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation for 7 years. In addition to being the President and CEO of The Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Brad serves on the Greater Fort Wayne Inc. board of directors and is an active member of the downtown Fort Wayne Rotary Club.
Brad currently lives in Fort Wayne with his wife, Melissa, of 19 years. They have five children, one of which lives in Knoxville Tennessee, three are in high school, and one is in middle school. If Brad isn’t keeping up with his five children, you can find him spending time with his family on their boat. Brad also likes to collect manual typewriters. He currently has 5 in his collection along with an electric IBM Selectric I. If you visit the Community Foundation on a quiet day you can hear Brad typing away on his Underwood 319 typewriter.