Cathy Brown


Catherine Brown, MA, APTD, CFRM

Cathy is Director of the Broward Center for Nonprofit Excellence at the Community Foundation of Broward, helping community nonprofits build capacity and strengthen their core mission work. She also does freelance nonprofit consulting. 

Cathy spent nearly a decade as Associate Director of Education at The Fund Raising School (TFRS), Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  In addition to serving as lead faculty for many of the face-to-face courses as well as the online courses, Cathy also spent time in curriculum design and faculty management.  She remains active on the faculty, teaching part time both in person and online.

Cathy previously served as Executive Director of Hendricks College Network, a small, grassroots education nonprofit in Central Indiana.  During her 10 year term, HCN went from start up to self-sustaining by diversifying funding streams, building partnerships, and serving identified needs.  As a result, HCN enrolled over 17,000 adults in college programs and business training, and worked closely with county government, local businesses, universities, and economic development organizations.  Cathy also has career experience in college admissions, grant proposal writing and grant management, solid waste and recycling program management, newspaper writing, and classroom instruction ranging from elementary school through college.     

Cathy has a Masters in Education from Indiana University and a Bachelors in Elementary

Education from Hanover College. She also completed the Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University in 2015 and certified as Associate Professional in Talent Development in 2019. She is a former classroom teacher, and is certified as a Training Consultant through Ball State University’s School of Extended Education, is a graduate of Ball State’s Indiana Economic Development Course, and has done additional coursework with the formerly named Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, and Ivy Tech Community College. She also served an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech Community College for many years. 

She currently serves on the board at Gilda’s Club of South Florida and on the education committee of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Broward Chapter.  She previously served on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northwest Florida and Impact 100 Pensacola, as well as being a past board member of Leadership Hendricks County, Plainfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Ball State University’s Advisory Board, and has participated in several other state, university, and local groups and organizations.  She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Talent Development (ATD), and also served on the Indiana Nonprofit Summit planning committee.