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Marty Posch

Marty PoschWith a clean slate before him, Posch said he pinches himself when he realizes the exciting opportunities and challenges he faces.

Through his previous experiences as the community relations director for Indiana University-Purdue University, Posch was impacted by his involvement with philanthropic organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists, and the BackPack Attack, which provides school supplies for underprivileged children in Indianapolis.

In addition to his passion for helping children succeed, Posch said he is particularly motivated by the desire to get people engaged and involved in their own communities. “I wasn’t always involved in volunteerism or philanthropy,” he explains. As an event planner, Posch witnessed at the ground level how these organizations and the people they are helping greatly rely on volunteers to make those dreams a reality. “I am able to see every day how getting involved can change you as a person and change your life. It certainly changed my life.”

In 2008, he was a founding member of Giving Sum, a not-for-profit organization designed to encourage next-generation leaders to become involved in philanthropy and civic engagement in the Greater Indianapolis area. In three years, the organization infused more than $150,000 into the Indianapolis community and put hundreds of Indianapolis professionals on the path to being more involved in the community.

Through the Finish Line Youth Foundation, Posch now has the opportunity to help on a national level. His first goal is to take the organization from a $7 million–foundation to a $12–million foundation so it can become self-sustaining. “It’s a huge challenge, but definitely achievable,” he said.

Giving is a culture at the Finish Line organization, Posch said. “Even during these tough economic times, the company’s founders—all graduates of Indiana University—invested their money in the foundation to continue making an impact on children’s lives. They were thinking of the future, and so am I.”