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Kristin Kennedy is a lifelong Harrison County resident, growing up in Laconia and now residing in Corydon. She enjoys giving back to the county and its people, as well as sharing their stories.
Kristin graduated summa cum laude from Corydon Central High School in 2012 with a Core 40 Academic Honors Diploma, and she received a renewable Indiana University Southeast Scholarship from the Harrison County Community Foundation. She studied special education at IU Southeast for two years before switching her major to journalism.
While studying journalism, Kristin developed multimedia, social media and public relations skills. She worked with One Southern Indiana to help create a class project called Authentic Southern Indiana, which included infographics, photo/audio slideshows and videos highlighting businesses and events in southern Indiana.
At IU Southeast, Kristin was a member of The Horizon, the campus news organization. She became an experienced news, feature and opinion writer during her time with The Horizon. After serving as a reporter, Kristin ultimately served as a news editor and social media coordinator.
When she was a social media coordinator for The Horizon, Kristin managed the organization’s social media accounts, developed and executed strategies for those accounts, monitored post engagement and scheduled posts. As a news editor, Kristin managed news reporters by assigning stories, as well as editing and designing news stories for print and online.
As a journalism major and a member of The Horizon staff, Kristin earned several awards. She earned the Outstanding Journalism Student Award from IU Southeast in April 2016. In that same month, Kristin earned a second-place award for Best Multimedia Graphic for an interactive infographic in her story called “Horizon guide: Dress for success, and a third-place award for Best Breaking News Reporting for her story called “Snow days for IUS: Students and faculty weigh in.”
In June 2016, Kristin earned a second-place award for Best Multimedia Storytelling for an online multimedia package highlighting The Villages of Historic Silvercrest in New Albany, and a third-place award for Best Feature Writing for her story called “From cadet to officer.”
In addition to being involved with The Horizon, Kristin was a member of several organizations at IU Southeast, including the IU Southeast chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, where she held multiple officer positions. Kristin earned the National Engaged Leader Award in April 2014 for going above and beyond in the NSLS.
While enrolled at IU Southeast, Kristin was also committed to growing professionally. She interned as the writing assistant in the IU Southeast Office of Marketing and Communications. As the writing assistant, Kristin wrote stories and content for the summer/fall 2015 and 2016 issues of the IU Southeast alumni magazine; wrote stories for the IU Southeast 2015 annual report; and wrote and edited feature stories, news stories and press releases for the IU Southeast website.
Kristin frequently interviewed IU Southeast students, faculty, staff and alumni for her work. She also took some photos for the Office of Marketing and Communications, she helped manage IU Southeast’s Pinterest page, and she gained experience using Periscope, a livestream social media tool.
Kristin came to HCCF as the communications and administration intern in August 2015. During her internship, Kristin helped organize and maintain the engagement platform on HCCF’s website, organized and maintained the fund catalog and online lists of funds, created and maintained Fund Impact sections for funds on the HCCF website, designed ads for various publications, designed and edited brochures and other materials, worked on the 2015 annual report, took photos and helped update contact information in the Pearl database, along with other duties. Kristin also helped plan HCCF’s 20th anniversary celebration and helped at Harrison County Youth Philanthropy Council meetings.
In May 2016, Kristin graduated from IU Southeast with distinction and a 3.64 GPA, earning a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a concentration in education. Her marketing and communications work with HCCF led the Foundation to hire her full time. In June 2016, she became the Communications Associate.
Kristin’s biggest project at HCCF was managing the update of its website from fall 2018 through spring 2019. Kristin worked with Morweb, a Web design company based in Canada, to facilitate all aspects of the website redesign, including content, visuals and navigation.
Kristin helps with HCCF’s external communications efforts, and she leads HCCF’s social media activities. She takes photos, films video, designs ads and infographics, writes pieces for the monthly e-newsletter, continues to maintain and update HCCF’s website, writes fund information sheets and completes other tasks. Kristin values teamwork, and she completes projects with the other HCCF staff members.
While working at HCCF, Kristin is studying at IU Southeast to earn her Master of Interdisciplinary Studies with an Organizational Leadership & Communication concentration. She expects to graduate in May 2021.
Kristin is certified in Hootsuite, a social media managing tool. In October 2016, she completed the Building Dynamic Boards of Directors nonprofit board training program at HCCF. Through the foundation, Kristin is a member of Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.
Kristin served on Metro United Way’s Southern Indiana Advisory Council from 2017 through 2019, and she freelanced for IU Southeast’s alumni magazine in 2018. She is now on a team working to get the Harrison County Toastmasters Club up and running.
Kristin is proud to serve HCCF, and she is dedicated to building relationships in the community and telling stories relevant to HCCF and Harrison County residents.
HCCF uses unrestricted funds to meet various community needs. From grants to nonprofits for basic human services to large-scale programs such as preschool - these are made possible by using unrestricted funds. HCCF is participating in the Lilly Endowment Inc. GIFT VII Challenge in order to bring more unrestricted dollars into our community.
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