Community Foundation installs Little as CEO



Indiana native Brad Little became president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, effective Jan. 8.

The board of directors selected Little after a national search after Executive Director David Bennett announced that he would retire in December after 22 years of service.

Little most recently served as the president and CEO of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, a private foundation located in southeast Iowa. There, he worked to build coalitions to address the region’s needs. Prior to that, Little served as the president of the Legacy Fund, an affiliate of the Central Indiana Community Foundation which serves Hamilton County.

“Brad was selected from an extremely talented pool of candidates because of his significant experience with community leadership, strategic planning and collective impact models,” said Shannon Hardiek, board president for the Community Foundation. “He is a creative problem-solver and a respected leader who we are confident will move the community foundation toward continued growth.”

“I look forward to meeting the Fort Wayne community, listening and learning a lot,” Little said. He pledged to listen to donors, community leaders, board and staff to understand what the greatest needs are in the community. “Through listening, convening and collaborating, we will not only continue the great work accomplished under David Bennett’s leadership, but also use that as a springboard. There’s a significant opportunity to grow the community foundation’s role as a philanthropic leader. I want to elevate our ability to address community needs and work collectively to create even greater positive impact.”

Little is a graduate of Ball State University and earned his MBA from Butler University. Little’s career experience includes a variety of nonprofit and for-profit endeavors including private foundations, community foundations and corporate environments.

Established in 1922, the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne is a public, charitable foundation serving Allen County. The foundation had assets of approximately $142 million at Dec. 31, 2016, and awarded more than $10.2 million in charitable grants and scholarships in that year. Visit for more information.