Susan Ingmire | President of Philanthropic Services
Susan brings 35 years of experience in her role as President of Philanthropic Services, where she provides counsel and strategic support to foundations, families, non-profits and corporations. Susan has facilitated tens of millions of dollars in grants to local, state and national non-profit organizations on behalf of Ignite Philanthropy’s generous clients.
In 2006, Susan was part of the executive team that started InterAct for Change, a subsidiary of Interact for Health. Susan ultimately formed Ignite Philanthropy Advisors LLC in 2009 and successfully ushered the merger between Lewis & Clark Co. and Ignite Philanthropy Advisors LLC in 2016, resulting in Ignite Philanthropy. Susan moved to Cincinnati in 1991 as Vice President, Foundation and Endowment Services for Fifth Third Bank, where she led the integration of endowment and planned giving clients into one team to better serve non-profit organizations. Under her leadership, non-profit assets under management and under care grew from $1 billion to $4 billion. Susan’s career also has included serving as the first planned giving officer for ArtsWave and as program officer for the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Foundation of Columbus, Indiana.
Susan has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Indiana University-Bloomington. She was a Rotary International Fellow at Guy’s Hospital Medical Center, University of London, where she pursued a Master’s degree in Human Communication. Among her community awards, Susan was a 2013 finalist for Cincinnati USA’s WE Celebrate Woman of the Year – Entrepreneur; a LEAD Cincinnati Woman of Influence, Class of 2013; and she received the Ethelrie Harper Award from the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission in 2002 for promoting racial justice.
Known for her strengths as a strategist, a builder and a connector, Susan also is a founding partner of Social Venture Partners Cincinnati (SVP), an international collective giving circle that supports non-profits through an engaged philanthropy model. She served as the initial staff to SVP in 2006-2008 as an executive on loan from InterAct for Change. Since then, she has chaired the Nonprofit Investment Committee, served twice as a member of the SVP Board and in many other roles. Susan is an elder at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, a passionate patron of the arts, and a dedicated mentor. She currently serves on the board of Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub, is a member of Leadership Cincinnati’s Alumni Association, and is a former YWCA board member, where she was the first co-chair of the Racial Justice Committee.