A critical thinker, Kara assesses all aspects of a scenario and visualizes possible outcomes before setting an end goal. It’s a method that has suited her well both in her role as a consultant at Hedges and previously as the Community Investment and Grants Officer at the Hancock County Community Foundation where she managed the grantmaking and nonprofit capacity building services of the foundation. With nonprofit leadership and funder experience, she comes to Hedges with a broad and balanced outlook.

“I am inspired by people who selflessly, consistently and happily invest in people, organizations, and the community with their time and talent and expect no recognition.”

A native of New Palestine, Kara remains involved in her community by serving as Board Member for Leadership Hancock County and is an active member of the Indiana philanthropic sorority, Tri Kappa.  One of her primary aims is to create connections between nonprofit organizations and funders, particularly on the issue of organizational health. Coming from both the direct service and nonprofit leadership world and the funder world, Kara is able to relate to her clients while also considering best practices on how to run efficient and effective organizations. “Nonprofits are the avenue for investing in people and our community. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”

In her free time, Kara and her husband make it a priority to introduce their children to new activities, people, and places, with the goal of instilling a sense of understanding and respect for the community.