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Marty Posch
Headline: Making a Difference

"Giving back" isn't just part of Marty Posch's job at IUPUI — it's his passion outside the office, too. The assistant director of the Office of Community Relations spends his workdays overseeing the campus's commitment to civic engagement.

He oversees the IUPUI-hosted Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, the "Jam the Jaguars Bus" food drive, the "Backpack Attack" school supplies drive, and IUPUI's involvement in community events like the United Way Day of Caring and Indiana Black Expo.

But his desire to make Indianapolis an even better place to live goes further: Posch and three fellow IUPUI students in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs master's program have launched a new nonprofit organization called Giving Sum to provide financial support, advocacy and hands-on expertise for groups in need of a helping hand.

Those efforts earned Posch the 2008 Edna B. Lacy Community Service Award for outstanding civic accomplishments and made him the 2008 United Way of Central Indiana Volunteer of the Year.