Margaret Maxwell

Maxwell Associates Inc

Affiliated with Boardsource since 2018

About Margaret

Marnie Maxwell works with nonprofit organizations (both board and management staff) throughout the country in these key areas:

  • Strategic planning
  • Effective governance
  • Business plan development 

She also has been a faculty member of The Fund Raising School, a program of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, since 1990, and is a BoardSource Certified Governance Consultant. Marnie’s consulting work is focused on arts programs, education, youth development programs, foundations, libraries, and other cultural organizations.

Prior to her work as a consultant, she was Vice President for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, one of the nation’s premier cultural institutions. Her museum experience includes leadership roles in strategic planning, fundraising, marketing, and earned income program development.

Marnie believes in “keeping it real” by practicing what she preaches as a board member of organizations she is passionate about. Her current involvements include the WFYI Foundation (central Indiana public media), the Indianapolis Art Center, and the Sisters of Providence Mission Advisory Board. She is a Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Indianapolis.

She received both a B.A. in journalism and an MBA in marketing from Indiana University.

Consultant Information

Email: [email protected]


Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Areas of Expertise: Board culture and dynamics, Board ethics, Board roles and responsibilities, CEO/Board chair coaching, CEO-Board partnership , Executive assessment and oversight, Fundraising, Governance structures, Strategic board composition, Strategic planning and visioning

Areas of Engagement: Board self-assessment review and action planning, Board education retreat or seminar, Ongoing governance coaching and advising, Governance structure and design, Large-group training or conference session, Facilitation of important board conversations

Mission Areas: Associations, Community foundations, Family foundations, Federated organizations, Founder-led organizations , Private foundations, Religiously-affiliated organizations

Virtual Work Availability: Flexible, based on needs