Dear CMF Members and Partners,
I am pleased to share that Randy Van Antwerp has been named CMF’s incoming Chief Finance and Operations Officer (CFOO), effective February 1.
In addition to leading our finance and operations functions, Randy will serve as a key strategic partner and advisor to CMF leadership during this crucial time in our organizational journey as we lead with equity at the center.
Many of you may already know Randy as a member of our CMF community of philanthropy. He currently serves as CFO of the Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids. He is also a financial analysis instructor with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.
In total Randy brings to this role more than 24 years of financial and management experience with nonprofit organizations, including eight years in public accounting, seven years in the private sector and 11 years as CFO and deputy director for administration at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Randy possesses both a broad and in-depth understanding of philanthropy in Michigan and extensive strategic, financial and operational experience across sectors. He is a recognized leader in the field, known for his deep commitment to mission and team-oriented style that has earned him the trust and respect of colleagues and partners across the state and beyond.
Vincent Tilford, treasurer, CMF Board of Trustees and executive director, The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation noted, “I look forward to working closely with Randy as he supports the CMF Board finance and investment committees in strategic stewardship of the organization. As a CMF member, I am confident Randy will serve as a highly-skilled and trusted advisor on financial and operational excellence for our CMF community of philanthropy and for our sector.”
Randy was hired following a rigorous national search led by Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group (NPAG). NPAG’s efforts resulted in outreach to hundreds of individuals and a strong and diverse applicant pool.
Randy is slated to begin with CMF on February 1. Dave Lindberg, CMF’s retiring CFO, will be staying on through the end of February to help ensure we have a seamless transition.
Randy noted, “I am excited to join the CMF team as the organization leads with equity at the center. I look forward to leading and supporting Michigan philanthropy in my new role.”
We invite you to read this special Q&A with Randy. We’ll soon be sharing information on opportunities for you to personally connect with Randy, including a virtual “meet and greet” in the new year.
We are delighted to welcome Randy as he joins our team, and we are thankful to Dave for his support during this important search and the coming transition. I am confident Randy will continue Dave’s legacy as an exceptional servant leader.
All the best,
President and CEO