Kevin Deary to join Community Foundation of Elkhart County

Starting in April 2023, Deary will be Director of Professional and Organizational Development

ELKHART — A seasoned nonprofit leader will be taking a new role at the Community Foundation of Elkhart County following his retirement from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Elkhart County.

Kevin Deary, who is retiring as president/CEO on December 31, 2022, will oversee training and development in the nonprofit sector in Elkhart County for the Community Foundation starting this spring.

Deary will oversee The Learning Center for nonprofits, an annual CEO Retreat, CEO Roundtables and be available as a coach and mentor. In addition to grants to organizations who serve Elkhart County, the Community Foundation supports their work with mentoring, training and growth opportunities.

“Kevin is a leader in our community who is often sought out by others for advice and counsel. His experience and wisdom is something that will benefit others as he works on the Community Foundation team,” said Pete McCown, Community Foundation president.

Deary came to Elkhart County in 1994 to lead the Goshen Boys & Girls Club. The Boston native made Elkhart County home and improved the lives of thousands of young people as he built the Boys & Girls Club into a nationally recognized center for youth improvement. During his time at that organization, it grew from having one site to operating four with multiple programs and a multi-million dollar budget. He is an experienced fundraiser, as well as growing an organization that now has more than 100 employees. He has been CEO for 28 years and his career of empowering children and young people has spanned 39 years.

“I’m thrilled to join the Community Foundation,” said Deary. “After making the decision to retire from the Boys & Girls Club, I knew that I still wanted to keep working in our community, but in a new and different way. Pete and I talked about possibilities and I’m thrilled for this opportunity emerging with the Community Foundation.”