Athenaeum Foundation president ending tenure to embark on global philanthropic voyage
Cassie Stockamp led organization and historic building to new heights; national search for replacement underway
The Athenaeum Foundation announced today that Cassie Stockamp will soon complete her term as president of the organization. Beginning in January 2019, Stockamp will channel her philanthropic passions and travel around the world.
Stockamp, a vibrant community leader for the past decade, successfully guided the Athenaeum to a lengthy list of accomplishments during a tenure spanning the leadership of three Indianapolis mayors. Her most notable achievements include a complete rebranding of the organization, stabilizing long-term finances, developing a successful fundraising program, creating the organization’s signature event, GermanFest, and increasing total building utilization by 155 percent.
“I want to say a special thank you to everyone who has supported this historic landmark as a gathering place for the Indianapolis community and who have invested in keeping the tradition alive for centuries to come,” said Stockamp. “The Athenaeum is a prized possession for the city of Indianapolis, and I look forward its continued evolution and success.”
The Athenaeum Foundation Board of Directors, working in tandem with Stockamp, have begun a national search for the organization’s next president. Stockamp will fully transition from her roles, both at the Athenaeum and on various Indianapolis boards, in the fall of this year.
“Cassie’s impact on the Athenaeum cannot be overstated,” said Athenaeum Foundation Board Chair Greg Henneke. “Her leadership guided the organization into a new chapter, marrying the building and foundation’s past mission into modern relevance. Cassie has been a transformational leader and has set the stage for continued success moving forward. We cannot thank her enough for her contributions.”
During Stockamp’s leadership tenure, the Athenaeum received significant local, regional and national recognition, culminating with the building’s designation as a National Historic Landmark in 2017. The Athenaeum is now part of an exclusive group of 40+ Indiana landmarks to receive the designation and one of approximately 2,500 landmarks nationally.
The Athenaeum, which is already listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance, began the process to become an officially designated National Historic Landmark in 2008, just one year after Stockamp began her role as president.
“The process was lengthy and required significant time and effort,” said Stockamp. “Accomplishing the goal was tremendously satisfying, and I consider it to be one of our most important achievements.”
Another recent triumph began in 2016 with a $1.2 million capital campaign to renovate and update several areas of the building. The campaign, titled “A Makeover on Mass Ave,” was a much needed effort to improve the quality of the historical structure.
The campaign was a tremendous success, leading to a completely renovated first floor that now houses the popular Coat Check Coffee and is a regular gathering place for downtown residents, professionals and visitors. The Athenaeum is now a national model for the repurposing of historical buildings around the country.
Stockamp plans to travel the globe, experiencing and contributing to other communities along the way.
“When I began my journey with the foundation, my goal was for the community to take pride and ownership of the building and program its spaces, and to also create a sustainable business model for this Indianapolis treasure,” said Stockamp. “Reflecting back on the past 11 years, it’s been amazing to see our community truly embrace the Athenaeum and everything it has to offer. The stage is set for the organization to reach even greater heights, and I look forward to helping select the person who will lead the way.”
About the Athenaeum
The Athenaeum, formerly known as the Das Deutsche Haus, preserves and enhances its historic German-American landmark to advance the “sound mind in a sound body” values of its founders through programming that lifts spirits and engages diverse communities. Built in 1894, it serves as a community center for many cultural, business and nonprofit groups, including the YMCA, Young Actors Theatre and The Rathskeller restaurant. The Athenaeum is listed three times in the National Registry of Historic Places for architecture and historical significance as part of the Massachusetts Avenue Commercial District and as being within the Lockerbie Square historic district.