National Community Foundation Boot Camp – Indiana Philanthropy Alliance

IPA is pleased to offer Community Foundation Boot Camp virtually, to foundations across the country. 

This training provides staff and board members with an overview of the structure and operations of a community foundation, covering nearly every aspect of this unique work.

“A great opportunity to learn a variety of tried and true strategies from colleagues in the field.”

Community Foundation of the Gunnison Valley, Colorado

Community foundations are complex organizations. For more than 25 years, IPA has housed a dedicated program that offers specialized assistance to over 90 community foundations in Indiana. These foundations have achieved impressive sustainability, play significant leadership roles in communities, and have grown their assets to almost $4 billion. IPA now offers its highly-regarded Community Foundation Boot Camp curriculum to audiences across the United States. 

This training has been presented by IPA to over a thousand participants in recent years in partnership with the United Philanthropy Forum, Southeast Council of Foundations, Iowa Council of Foundations, League of California Community Foundations, Philanthropy Colorado, North Carolina Network of Grantmakers, and the Florida Philanthropic Network. Go here to see more options for bringing a customized Boot Camp directly to your audiences.


  • History, purpose
  • Board governance
  • Gifts and funds
  • Asset development
  • Grantmaking
  • Community leadership
  • Finance and investments
  • Legal Issues
  • Operational sustainability
  • Lifecycles of community foundations

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Community Foundation Boot Camp is offered in six virtual sessions scheduled over three weeks. Session recordings will be available to registrants for two weeks after the completion of the program.

  • Tuesday, March 30 | 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PDT, 12:00 - 2:30 p.m. CT)
  • Thursday, April 1 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT)
  • Tuesday, April 6 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT)
  • Thursday, April 8 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT)
  • Tuesday, April 13 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT)
  • Thursday, April 15 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. CT)

Lead Trainers

CF Boot Camp is conducted by a team of expert trainers with support from other executives from the field—all of whom have experience leading successful community foundations.

staff photo - Rosemary Dorsa.jpgRosemary Dorsa

Rosemary Dorsa has spent her career in the philanthropic sector. From 2011 to 2020, she was IPA's vice president and director of the GIFT program, which provides board and staff training, consulting, and networking opportunities for over 90 community foundations in Indiana. Prior to joining IPA, Rosemary was with Central Indiana Community Foundation from 1993 to 2010, serving in various roles including chief operating officer and vice president for partnerships and community initiatives. She has also worked for the United Way of Central Indiana and Community Centers of Indianapolis. Rosemary has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including Indiana Humanities, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, TechPoint Foundation, and the Lacy Leadership Association.  

staff photo - Terri Johnson.jpgTerri Johnson 

Terri Johnson served as IPA's associate director of the GIFT program from 2013 to 2020. In that role, she provided training, technical assistance, and on-site consultation for the boards and staff of the over 90 community foundations in Indiana. From 2002 to 2012, Terri was executive director of Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) in Rochester, Indiana. Prior to this position, she was a board member of NICF for ten years while co-owner of her family business. Terri has served on several community nonprofit boards, including the Fulton Economic Development Corporation and the Fulton County Leadership Academy. 

How to Register

To register, log in and click the Register Now link above. If you do not have an account, you may create one here. For assistance, contact

Notice to IPA Members

This program is intended for community foundation audiences based outside of Indiana. Indiana community foundations can find GIFT-hosted Community Foundation Boot Camps here, which are deeply discounted thanks to the support of Lilly Endowment, Inc.