Tom Kilian takes over as Legacy Fund president


Tom Kilian with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters Samantha and Ellison. (Submitted photo)

By Desiree Williams

Tom Kilian Jr. has been selected as the next president of Legacy Fund, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate serving Hamilton County. Legacy Fund collaborates with nonprofits and other organizations on initiatives to improve the quality of life in the community.


“I’m honored to get to serve in this capacity, to be able to be a part of this organization and to help lead it into the future,” said Kilian, who started in his new role April 13.

Kilian was born in Chicago, but he grew up in Carmel with his parents and older sister. He graduated from Indiana State University in 1999. He studied sports management. He received his master’s degree in higher education administration from Indiana University and received an executive certificate from the University of Notre Dame.

“That’s really what started my path into higher education and the nonprofit world,” Kilian said. “From there, I transitioned into a lot of development-related work.”

Kilian served as the executive director of resource development for the Ivy Tech Community College Foundation for five years. He raised the largest individual gift in Ivy Tech history to help build an automotive training center.

He and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Carmel with their two daughters, 10-year-old Samantha and 6-year-old Ellison.

“The opportunity to be in this position and raise my family here in this community is powerful,” Kilian said. “It’s certainly something I’ve always dreamt of coming back to do.”

As the president of Legacy Fund, Kilian will be in charge of fundraising efforts and leading community initiatives.  For the first 90 days, his goal is to learn the culture of the organization, come up with a bold vision and start living it out.

“The simple part of it is we’re here to change and save lives,” he said. “We have the opportunity to do that by partnering with community members who are interested in assisting these organizations and others.”

Kilian replaces Terry Anker, who returned to the private sector after six years as president of Legacy Fund.

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