Connolly leaves Red Cross, joins Horizon Education Alliance

Horizon is planning new outreach efforts.

Posted on July 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 20, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

ELKHART — Frank Connolly recently stepped down from his position as executive director of the Elkhart County Red Cross to work with Horizon Education Alliance.

As of Monday, July 15, Connolly is director of development for Horizon, a local nonprofit that formed in 2012. He will be working primarily on marketing and fundraising efforts for the organization. He will also be developing the website.

“My personal mission in life is to ... help people into a better place, and this is my best opportunity to do that locally,” Connolly said Friday, July 19.

He continued, “Horizon has been an extremely exciting initiative here. What they are doing in terms of making sure every child, and every parent, has tools to be successful ... is incredible.”

Brian Wiebe, executive director for Horizon, said Friday that Connolly is filling a new position at the organization.

“We hadn’t yet chosen to move in the direction of marketing and fundraising,” Wiebe said. “But it is now time for that since we will have some programming that is going to take some dollars.”

He added, “Frank brings a lot of actual skills in the world of marketing, branding, and fundraising, and he also knows the community well, having lived and worked in this area.”

Wiebe said that Horizon will be testing some new ideas in a small way in the next few months and building on them if they are successful.

“We’ve been doing certain small things and that is just going to grow over time,” Wiebe said. “The vision is that Elkhart County would be a world-class place for people to live, learn, work and play. We want to provide opportunities for people to be successful, and education is an important part of that.”

He added, “For the past four months, approximately 60 leaders from education, business, not-for-profits and health care have been working on crafting objectives that support (Horizon’s) high-level strategic goals across the human lifespan. I’m so grateful for the volunteer time that all of these folks have invested. This next year should be very exciting as we begin to track results.”

Horizon Education Alliance has 15 staff members — six full-time and nine part-time.

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