“As a local musician I know first-hand what a difference the Community Foundation is making for our creative community through initiatives such as the Artist Relief Fund, and I am also inspired by what the Women’s Fund is working towards accomplishing for our women and girls. I am thrilled to work with the YEP program, which is going to have such a positive impact for generations to come: for high school students, for nonprofit organizations, and for a new generation to see the value of philanthropy as they enter the workforce. I am happy I get to serve the community I call home and to help create the same great opportunities for others that our city has afforded me. ” – Cassie Beer, Women’s Fund Director
Cassie Beer, Women’s Director Fund, joined the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne in February 2021. Cassie is a part of the philanthropic services team. She focuses on providing exceptional service to donors by making connections between donors’ charitable interests and needs in the community. Her goal is to help donors expand their philanthropy and shape their current and legacy goals. Cassie also works with Kiley building the Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy program, Youth Empowered Philanthropy (YEP), a new initiative in 2020 to connect youth to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.
Cassie has her BS in General Studies and Communication from Purdue Fort Wayne (PFW) and is currently working on her master’s degree in Professional Communications at PFW. Cassie worked at home raising her three children for 10 years before starting work on her master’s degree at PFW. While working on her degree, Cassie also taught at PFW teaching undergrad communication classes. Cassie has spent a lot of time and hard work building her band, Rosalind & the Way, and plays around 30 shows a year while regularly releasing new original music. Cassie’s band, Rosalind & the Way, volunteers their time by playing for causes they care about such as ZooBrew, Vera Bradley’s Breast Cancer Foundation, and Lutheran Life Village’s Longest Day for Alzheimer’s Awareness. Rosalind & the Way has also created awareness videos for Changing the Face of Beauty (a campaign to include children with disabilities in advertising) and the City of Fort Wayne’s Defend the Fort campaign.
Cassie moved back to Fort Wayne after living in Atlanta and then in Chicago for a few years. She lives in Fort Wayne with her husband and their three children. Cassie loves to spend time with her family hiking at Franke Park, playing in Lakeside Park, and riding bikes on the River Greenway. She also enjoys playing shows and recording music with her band, Rosalind & the Way.