ANN UPDEGRAFF SPLETH
KIWANIS CLUB OF INDIANAPOLIS
KIWANIS CHILDREN’S FUND
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER


When Ann Updegraff Spleth was five years old, her father, a pastor in Florida, stood her on a table so that she could reach the microphone to make the first pledge for the church’s capital campaign. “I pledge 25 cents a week to build God’s church,” she said. Thus began a remarkable career of executive leadership in both the faith based and secular not-for-profit world.

She is currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the Kiwanis Children's Fund. The Children's Fund raises funds to support Kiwanis International’s mission to serve the children of the world. Ann provides strategic leadership and manages the Foundation. She has just concluded oversight of the successful $110 million campaign, The Eliminate Project, a partnership between Kiwanis and UNICEF to wipe maternal and neonatal tetanus from the earth. She has worked to transform the foundation’s mission and effectiveness, bringing the Charity Navigator rating from 0 to the coveted 4-star rating in a little more than four years.

Ann has served as the Vice President for External Relations for Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to joining Christian Theological Seminary, she was Director of Major Gift Planning for Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana. As a consultant with The Columbia Partnership, a faith-based consulting firm, Ann provided assistance to congregations and organizations in planning, fundraising, and organizational assessments.

Ann has lived in Indianapolis since 1985. She served for many years as President of the Division of Homeland Ministries, the domestic mission arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She holds the B.A. degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, the Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and the Doctor of Ministry from The School of Theology in Claremont, California. Ann is married to the Reverend Randall Spleth, Senior Minister of Geist Christian Church in Indianapolis and Fishers, Indiana. They have two young adult children: Andrew (married to Chelsey) and Claire.

Ann is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and has completed the Certificate in Fund Raising Management. She is an adjunct faculty member of The Fund Raising School and the Lake Institute for Faith and Giving at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. She is a recognized expert and has taught extensively on strategic planning, planning for fundraising, board development, communications and crisis management. She was named as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2015 Women of Influence in recognition of her years of effective leadership.