The Damar Foundation has announced the addition of Steve Helmich as its new executive vice president. Helmich recently resigned his position as president of Cathedral High School after serving for 16 years. During his time there, Helmich helped raise over $75 million through four capital campaigns, annual fund appeals and additional gifts. During his tenure, enrollment increased by 200 students; the budget was balanced; technology improved; and new buildings were added.
“We are thrilled to have a leader of Steve’s caliber join us as a staff member to help serve the needs of Damar’s clients,” said Ken File, president of the Damar Foundation. “The importance of private philanthropy to Damar has never been greater, and Steve’s knowledge and skill will help in so many ways.”
Helmich previously served as president of the Community Education Coalition, which established community learning systems in south central Indiana. Previously, he was active in chamber of commerce leadership, with his first chamber assignment being with the Richmond-Wayne County (IN) Chamber of Commerce. He served as president of the Columbus (IN) Area Chamber of Commerce from 1991-1998.
Damar Foundation raises funds to support INARF institutional member Damar Services, which for nearly 50 years has served children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Helmich served on the Damar Foundation board of directors before joining the staff.