Spalding University has named Caroline Roberts Heine, an experienced leader in project management, fundraising, and marketing and communications for nonprofit organizations, as its next Chief Advancement Officer. Heine, who started officially on Nov. 1, will oversee all fundraising operations for Spalding as well as alumni relations and grant-seeking.
Since 2016, Heine has been an independent consultant working extensively with foundations and nonprofits in Louisville, including Metro United Way, 55,000 Degrees, the Community Foundation of Louisville and the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation.
From 2011-2016, Heine co-founded and directed the nonprofit Seed Capital Kentucky, which was the organizational backbone for the West Louisville FoodPort project. Heine envisioned and implemented all aspects of that public-private-nonprofit venture, which sought to invest $35 million to redevelop a 24-acre property in West Louisville into a state-of-the-art landmark that would spur economic activity in the area. That property is now the focus of the Louisville Urban League’s effort to develop a Sports and Learning Complex.
At Spalding, Heine will direct an Office of Advancement team focused on building greater alumni engagement, deepening existing and developing new community partnerships, and increasing philanthropic support for all of the university’s initiatives.
“I am thrilled to join the Spalding community as Chief Advancement Officer and to lead the Advancement team’s efforts to bolster awareness of and support for this diverse community of learners,” Heine said. “Spalding is an incredible asset to Louisville and our region more broadly, and it is an honor to promote the great work that is happening here. The campus community has been enormously welcoming. I’m proud to be a Golden Eagle!”
Among Heine’s many community engagement activities, she is the current treasurer and a member of the board of directors for Coalition of the Homeless and is a founding and current board member of the Louisville Chapter of the Awesome Foundation. She also serves on the advisory committee for the Peterson Dumesnil House 150th Anniversary Advisory Council. Previously, she served for eight years as a policy board member for the Greater Louisville Project.
Heine earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Butler University in Indianapolis and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“I am extremely excited to welcome Caroline Heine to Spalding as our new Chief Advancement Officer,” Spalding President Tori Murden McClure said. “She has had a distinguished career devoted to advancing causes and projects that promote social justice, and that’s what we strive to do every day at Spalding. Her executive experience in a range of settings, including her extensive work with nonprofits and education-related organizations, will be a tremendous asset. Caroline seems to be such a perfect fit for Spalding that it feels almost like a surprise that she hasn’t worked here already. We are thrilled to have her.”