Franklin College Appoints New Director of Development

By Aspire Economic Development + Chamber Alliance | | 4.17.23

Franklin College has announced the appointment of Taylor Ogden as the new director of development.

Ogden has more than eight years of experience in the field of institutional advancement with five of those years in fundraising. Most recently, she served at The Orchard School in Indianapolis as the director of development.

In her eight-plus years of development experience she has solicited more than 45 six-figure planned and major gifts; implemented and managed comprehensive annual giving programs, giving societies, giving circles, giving days, alumni and parent giving and participation; and established hundreds of relationships across Indiana and the east coast.

“We are so fortunate to have Taylor officially on board at Franklin College,” said Dana Cummings, vice president for institutional advancement. “Her strong history of success as a fundraising and advancement professional makes her a perfect fit for the role, and her commitment to community and relationship-building will position her very well for success. I look forward to working alongside Taylor for the benefit of the college and our students well into the future.”

Ogden earned her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and philanthropic studies and her master of public affairs in nonprofit management at IUPUI. Previous work experience includes serving as the assistant director of development and the leadership annual giving officer at Butler University and the advancement and alumni coordinator at Sycamore School in Indianapolis.

“After living on the southside of Indianapolis for 30 years, it has been an incredible opportunity to now work and live within the same community, Ogden said. “The City of Franklin has always boasted a special charm thanks to local restaurants, vendors and community members, but with Franklin College being at the heart of the city, there are even more opportunities to bring alumni and donors back to this wonderful place to support students. I look forward to meeting all the generous families and community members that have made Franklin College bold, active and full of life.”

Ogden began working at the college on March 6.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential liberal arts and sciences institution located 20 minutes south of Indianapolis. Franklin offers a wide array of undergraduate majors as well as master’s degree programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Athletic Training. The unique curriculum merges classroom instruction with immersive experiences, research opportunities and study away programs. Students participate in 21 NCAA Division III sports, esports, Greek life, musical and theatre productions and more than 40 student organizations. As the first college in Indiana to become coeducational with the admission of women, Franklin welcomes diversity of thought, belief and person into a community that values equity and inclusion. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.