Cathy (Bastin) Brown

Associate Director, The Fund Raising School

The Fund Raising School
Cathy (Bastin) Brown
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard


  • Master of Science in Education—Indiana University
  • Graduate Certificate in Philanthropic Studies—IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Bachelor of Arts—Hanover College
  • Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana Economic Development Certificate, Community Development Certificate, Certified Training Consultant


Cathy is Associate Director of Education at The Fund Raising School (TFRS), Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, serving as lead faculty for many of the face-to-face courses as well as the online. She previously worked with TFRS in a similar role with a focus on curriculum and faculty development, and joined IU in January, 2013. Previously she served as the executive director of Hendricks College Network, a 501(c)3 learning network in Hendricks County. 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.

She is a graduate and past board member of Leadership Hendricks County, and currently serves on the development committee. Cathy also served on the 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. Cathy has been active with American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, United Way, and Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma. She is a member of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, Association of Talent Development, and also served on the Indiana Nonprofit Summit planning committee.

Courses Taught

The Fund Raising School

  • Principles and Techniques of Fundraising
  • Developing Major Gifts
  • Developing Annual Sustainability
  • Managing the Capital Campaign
  • Fundraising for Small Nonprofits
  • Interpersonal Communications

Ivy Tech Community College

  • IVY 101 First Year Seminar
  • IVY 120 New Student Seminar

Purdue University

  • Beginners Guide to Grant Writing