Dr. Ann Updegraff Spleth, D.Min, CFRE, has been in executive leadership in both the faith based and secular not-for-profit world for more than 20 years. She is the chief operating officer for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, which raises funds to support Kiwanis International’s mission to serve the children of the world. Ann provides strategic leadership and manages the Children’s Fund. She is responsible for fundraising for The Eliminate Project, a US$110 million effort between Kiwanis and UNICEF to wipe maternal and neonatal tetanus from the earth.

Ann has served as the vice president for external relations for Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. In her work, she oversaw all fundraising and communication actvities. 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 a B.A. degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky; a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School; and a 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 children: Andrew 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 at the 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.