Heartland Film Strengthens Team by Adding Seasoned Community Leader Michael Ault


Creator of popular “Rev” fundraiser named vice president of development for Heartland Film as the nonprofit prepares to celebrate the 25th annual Heartland Film Festival. 

Nonprofit arts organization Heartland Film, Inc. has announced the hiring of Michael Ault as vice president of development. An effective fundraiser and community relationship manager with 30 years of professional experience across the Indianapolis area, Michael was most recently with Methodist Health Foundation Inc., where he created the signature “Rev” fundraising event.

“Heartland Film is excited to take its development department to the next level with the addition of Michael Ault,” said Heartland Film Board Chairman Gary D. Cohen. “Michael’s track record of success and engagement in the Indianapolis community is second-to-none, and we are thrilled to channel his expertise and passion as the organization plans for its 25th anniversary Festival in October.”

At Methodist Health Foundation, Michael served as the director of special events and corporate relations, where he built community and corporate relationships and raised funds through strategic special events. Hosted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his “Rev” event became an instant success three years ago upon its debut, and its third iteration broke attendance and fundraising records earlier this month.

Passionate about the Central Indiana community, Michael teaches a Nonprofit Volunteer and Management Class at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), serves on the board for Teachers’ Treasures and Camp Saturday – The People’s Burn Foundation, and volunteers for a myriad of causes, including Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Indianapolis Meridian Kessler Home Tour, Rock for Hope, the 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and more. Michael is a graduate of Ball State University with a Certificate in Fundraising Management from IUPUI.

“Heartland Film is among the city’s top arts organizations with a reputation for delivering a great product,” said Ault. “I look forward to working with Heartland’s board of directors and management team to further develop impactful community relationships, both for the 25th anniversary and for years to come.”

Michael will begin his new role at Heartland Film on June 13. The 25th annual Heartland Film Festival will take place from Oct. 20-30 across Indianapolis, headlined by a signature anniversary celebration on Friday, Oct 21 at the Premiere Pavilion at AMC Castleton Square 14.


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